Ragan wrestles to national spot at Body Bar Nationals

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – King College's Alli Ragan made Lady Tornado wrestling history over the weekend by winning the Body Bar National Tournament to secure her spot on the United States Junior World Team.

Ragan defeated Team Alaska's Rachael Shannon in back-to-back bouts, 5-2 and 6-0 in the opener before a 4-3 and 7-0 decision in the second. With the win Ragan, a freshman from Carbondale, Ill., will represent the United States at the Junior World Championships in Bucharest, Romania, from July 26 to 31.

"Alli has had such a great year and really put herself on the map placing third at NYAC International, second at WCWA Nationals, third at Senior National Championships, University National Champion and now Body Bar National Champion and making her first world team," King head coach Jason Moorman said. "She can do anything she sets her mind to, and she will be expecting to become a Junior World Champion in July."

King also had four other wrestlers place in the tournament. Tatiana Perez (Woodbridge, Va.) finished third with Shannon Constantine (Haverhill, Ma.) fourth in the 48-kilogram division.  Victoria Nguyen (Johnson City, Tenn.) was sixth at 55-kilograms. Haylee Childs (Lakeland, Fla.) finished fourth at 59-kilograms while Hanna Martin was eighth.

"This was a good experience for all of these girls," Moorman added. "Perez won her side of the pool in the challenge bracket at 48, and Constantine was seconds away from doing the same. Nguyen has improved so much this year. We were really close to getting a couple more in the finals, and I hope that motivates these women during the summer and into next year."