November 22, 2010

Ragan picks up third at NYAC International Open

NEW YORK, N.Y. - King College's Alli Ragan wrestled to third place at the NYAC International Open on Sunday as part of a trio of freshman that made an impact at the event.

Ragan, from Carbondale, Ill., went 2-2 in five 63-kilogram round-robin matches in a highly competitive draw. She had a 1-0 and 3-0 decision over No. 3 Vanessa Oswalt, from Army and former US Open finalist, after losing to Elena Pirozhkova 0-1, 6-0 and 2-0. Pirozhkova was a 2010 World Silver medalist and Ragan got the point to win the first period with a takedown with 10 seconds left to turn heads in the crowd gathered at the event. Ragan had a 2-0 and 2-0 setback against eventual winner and two-time world champion Kristie Davis, from Oklahoma City University and Gator WC, who went 4-0 on the day. Ragan ended with a win over Danielle Lappage.

"Alli wrestled tough every match," said King head coach Jason Moorman. "She had tough opponent each time, and to walk away with third place as a freshman in this weight is a positive outcome. We are going to make some adjustments, and get her, as well as the other girls working on closing some of these gaps and peaking at the right time."

Haylee Childs (Lakeland, Fla.) competed in the 59-kilogram weight class division, and had a tough draw first round against Army's Othella Lucas.  Childs made it a physical match, but lost the decision 3-0 and 2-0. She bounced back defeating Amanda Ridenour, from the Lady Eagle Wrestling Club, 6-0 and a fall at the 40 second mark. In the consolation quarter finals, Childs faced off against the University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) Cianah Hee in a three-period battle that Childs won 2-0, 0-1 and 3-1. Hee came into the match ranked No. 6 on the senior rankings. Childs unfortunately had to injury default the consolation semifinals.

In the 51-kilogram weight bracket, Sarah Anderson (Schuylerville, N.Y.) began her day facing former US World Team Member Jessica Medina which was eventually won by Medina 1-0 and 3-0 in a tough fought match.

"Sarah got in on a leg at least four times, just couldn't finish," Moorman said. "That match showed us areas we can focus on to have a different outcome next time."

Anderson next faced Kalin Knight Alvarez, and won 7-0 and 4-0. Later on she lost in the consolation semifinals to Gabby Henry of Cumberlands 4-0 and 3-2.

The Lady Tornado squad will wrestle one more time before Christmas break when the team travels to the Cumberlands Duals in Williamsburg, Ky. on Dec. 3-4.