BRISTOL, Tenn. – King College Women's Wresting released its 2012-13 season schedule over the weekend and announced they will begin their competitive play against the defending WCWA National Champions, Oklahoma City University, on Oct. 20. They will host one dual tri-match before hitting the road and then return to host the 2013 WCWA National Championships in the Student Center Complex.
The defending National Runners-up announced that their season will start with the team's greatest challenge in No. 1 ranked Oklahoma City University. The Lady Tornado, ranked second in the Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association, will travel west to grapple with the Stars on Oct. 20 in a rematch that gets more intense with every year. Last year, King scored the most team points against OCU than any other team that had played them, twice. The Lady Tornado also defeated the OCU "Black" team by a commanding 34-5 margin as part of a tri-match held in Oklahoma City, last year.
The Lady Tornado will host one home tri-match early in the season against Missouri Baptist and the University of the Cumberlands on Nov. 3. The Student Center will be rocking early with a 9:00 a.m. first bout as the three schools will engage against one another in head-to-head play.
November 11 marks the first of five open tournaments the Navy and Scarlet will participate in when the team heads to Marshall, Mo. for the Missouri Valley Open. One of the largest international tournaments will also be taking place that weekend when Alli Ragan (Carbondale, Ill.) defends her title and Most Outstanding Wrestler award at the NYAC Open, held in New York City.
For the second straight year, King has been selected to host the WCWA National Tournament, signaling the end of the collegiate season. The 2013 Nationals will be held inside the Student Center Complex on Jan. 25-26 and return one of the most electric atmospheres in women's wrestling from a season ago when King attempts to defend one individual National Championship and two runner-up finishes from the 2012 National Tournament. Last year, Emily Martin won the 101 lbs. weight class and was awarded the prestigious Wrestler of the Year award to cap off a fantastic career. Then newcomer Krista Revelle (Meriden, Kan.) won a National Championship as a freshman to add to 13 WCWA All-Americans, two second place finishes, one WCWA Scholar-Athlete, and a Team Scholar Award.
King will host a preseason intrasquad match pitting the yet-to-be-formed Navy team versus the Scarlett team on Oct. 9 at a time and location on campus to be determined.
Last year, the Lady Tornado came out of the gates ranked fourth in the country but quickly jumped into the second spot after the first season rankings were released in October. They never relinquished that spot and maintained a high level of success from the contributions of a strong starting lineup. King sent six wrestlers to the 2012 London Olympic Qualifier in Iowa City, Iowa where all three qualified for the U.S. Pan Am or Junior World National team.