January 29, 2012

King has 13 Named to WCWA All-American Team

 

BRISTOL, Tenn. – On a night capped with two National Champions, two second place finishes and the successful defense of their No. 2 team ranking, King also featured 13 members of the team on the 2012 WCWA All-American team.

With their appearances in their weight class final bout, wrestlers Emily Martin (Frisco, Texas), Krista Revelle (Meriden, Kan.), Alli Ragan (Cardondale, Ill.), and Sarah Hildebrandt (Granger, Ind.) all earned All-American bids. For Ragan and Martin, it served as their second times named to the honor.

The 116-pound weight class was represented well as three Tornado grapplers were tabbed to the All-American team with their performances at the WCWA National Championships. Samantha Klingel placed fourth after finishing the day 4-2. The freshman fell in the third place bout against Kalin Knight-Alvarez (Menlo) in a decision that needed all three periods to find a winner (6-2, 2-2, 2-1). Bartosch and Victoria Nguyen (Johnson City, Tenn.) also earned All-American births out of the 116-pound division.

King had multiple representatives in the 123 and 170-pound divisions, as well. Sarah Hildebrandt and Stacy Martin (Frisco, Texas) finished second and seventh, respectively, at 123. Julia Salata (Canton, Mich.) and Rebecca Mattes (Randolph, N.J.) finished fourth and seventh at 170 pounds.

The most spirited All-American was no doubt Katarina Perez (El Centro, Calif.) who willed her way to a third place finish in an upset win over OCU's Brieana Delgado (130#). Perez, ranked eighth, lost to Delgado in the second round earlier in the day (0-6, 1-0, 3-1) but rattled off three wins in a row, two by pin, to get into the medal round. After falling 1-0 in the first period, Perez waited for the proper time to strike and with 25 seconds left went in for the takedown. Flipping Delgado on her back, Perez pinned to No. 4 (123#) ranked grappler with 20 seconds remaining on the clock for the win.

Also garnering All-American honors for King was Shannon Constantine (101#, 4th) and Amber Floyd (191#, 5th) to round out the King's 13 All-American recipients.

The top-eight finishers at the WCWA National Championships comprise the All-American teams each season.

In other awards handed out during the national tournament, Emily Martin was awarded the top individual honor by being named the 2012 WCWA Wrestler of the Year.

One King Tornado earned a place on the WCWA Scholar-Athlete team. Victoria Nguyen met the criteria necessary to be one of four athletes named to the honor. To be eligible, wrestlers must be of sophomore status or higher, have at least one year wrestling for their institution and possess a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

King was also one of the four teams awarded a scholastic award for one of the top team GPAs in the WCWA. Menlo College, Missouri Valley and Oklahoma City University were also named to the list of teams with at least 10 wrestlers and a team GPA of 3.00 or higher.

 

WCWA All-American Team

Women`s - 101
1st Place - Emily Webster of Oklahoma City University
2nd Place - Daphne Hodgson of Simon Fraser
3rd Place - Opelia Felipe of Cumberlands
4th Place - Shannon Constantine of King College
5th Place - Brianna Rahall of Oklahoma City University
6th Place - Michiko Araki of Simon Fraser
7th Place - Megan Chun of Pacific University
8th Place - Jenny Garza of Lindenwood

 

Women`s - 109
1st Place - Emily Martin of King College
2nd Place - Kristi Garr of Oklahoma City University
3rd Place - Tessa Ma of Simon Fraser
4th Place - India Walker of Lindenwood
5th Place - Michelle Jimenez of Menlo
6th Place - Jessica Fresh of Waldorf
7th Place - Caitlyn Chase of Missourit Baptist
8th Place - Sherylyn Sabado of Menlo

 

Women`s - 116
1st Place - Joey Miller of Oklahoma City University
2nd Place - Andrea Hughes of Cumberlands
3rd Place - Kalin Kinght-Alverez of Menlo
4th Place - Samantha Klingel of King College
5th Place - Chloe Ivanoff of Simon Fraser
6th Place - Kayla Bartosch of King College
7th Place - Victoria Nguyen of King College

8th Place - Sherri Berube of Cumberlands

 

Women`s - 123
1st Place - Michaela Hutchison of Oklahoma City University
2nd Place - Sarah Hildebrandt of King College
3rd Place - Laura Wilson of Simon Fraser
4th Place - Summer Sistad of Missouri Valley
5th Place - Courtney Kinimaka of Lindenwood
6th Place - Priscilla Caldera of Lindenwood
7th Place - Stacy Martin of King College
8th Place - Jessica Von Behren of Wayland Baptist

 

Women`s - 130
1st Place - Shauna Isbell of Lindenwood
2nd Place - Audrey Morehouse of Oklahoma City University
3rd Place - Kat Perez of King College
4th Place - Brieana Delgado of Oklahoma City University
5th Place - Laura Gordon of Simon Fraser
6th Place - Brazel Marquez of Menlo
7th Place - Roni Goodale of Waldorf
8th Place - Liza Gutierrez of Cumberlands

 

Women`s - 136
1st Place - Krista Revelle of King College
2nd Place - Stephanie Geltmacher of Oklahoma City University
3rd Place - Tessa Plana of Oklahoma City University
4th Place - Danielle Curlis of Missouri Valley
5th Place - Rachel Shannon of Lindenwood
6th Place - Kerstin Harmon of Cumberlands
7th Place - Bailley Halvorson of Simon Fraser
8th Place - Shanice Vernon-Jackson of Wayland Baptist

 

Women`s - 143
1st Place - Jennifer Page of Oklahoma City University
2nd Place - Alli Ragan of King College
3rd Place - Tanya Kusse of Lindenwood
4th Place - Tamyra Mensah of Wayland Baptist
5th Place - Crystal Borrow of Lindenwood
6th Place - Frances Efiong of Missouri Valley
7th Place - Sidney Morrison of Simon Fraser
8th Place - Allyson Blessman of Cumberlands

 

Women`s - 155
1st Place - Kristi Davis of Oklahoma City University
2nd Place - Sydney Nelson of Cumberlands
3rd Place - Brittany David of Lindenwood
4th Place - Demi Strub of Oklahoma City University
5th Place - Jenna Mclatchy of Simon Fraser
6th Place - Valrie Rosales of Wayland Baptist
7th Place - Jordan Hagerman of Missouri Valley
8th Place - Claire Lawson of Waldorf

 

Women`s - 170
1st Place - Justina Distasio of Simon Fraser
2nd Place - Kendra Lewis of Lindenwood
3rd Place - Brittney Roberts of Oklahoma City University
4th Place - Julia Salata of King College
5th Place - Leya-Justina Luafalemana of Northwest Kansas Technical College
6th Place - Heather O`Conner of Oklahoma City University
7th Place - Rebecca Mattes of King College
8th Place - Jessica Ulloa of Missouri Valley

 

Women`s - 191
1st Place - Brittany Delgado of Oklahoma City University
2nd Place - Hillary Greening of Simon Fraser
3rd Place - Miriam Moreno of Wayland Baptist
4th Place - Angela Vyborny of Wayland Baptist
5th Place - Amber Floyd of King College
6th Place - Chelsie Fleming of Jamestown
7th Place - Katy Yoder of Cumberlands
8th Place - Paloma Basulto of Missouri Valley

 

WCWA Scholar-Athlete Team

Beatrice Martinez (OCU), Tessa Plana (OCU), Danielle Curlis (Missouri Valley), Victoria Nguyen (King)

 

WCWA Team Scholastic Award

Menlo, Missouri Valley, Oklahoma City University, King