No. 1 King Cruises to Pair of Victories
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The No. 1 King Lady Tornado went a combined 18-2 in individual bouts en route to a pair of wins in Saturday's King College Duals. The Lady Tornado defeated Missouri Baptist by a score of 36-6 prior to taking care of No. 5 University of the Cumberlands, 37-4. With two wins, King improves to 7-1 in team duals. King's Scarlett team also took three wins away, including one over Cumberlands' varsity squad.
King, currently ranked No. 1 by the Women's College Wrestling Association (WCWA), began their opening bout against Missouri Baptist with three straight wins by fall. Shannon Constantine (Haverhill, Ma.) and Samantha Klingel (Kresgeville, Pa.) both pinned their respective opponents in the first period of action, adding to defending national champion Emily Martin's fall over Caitlyn Chase. King won four straight bouts and picked the pace back up with Katarina Perez's win by decision in the 136-pound bout. Hannah Martin's technical fall victory over Sarah Holdman sealed the team's win, though King added three more wins by decision to lead to a 36-6 win over the Spartans.
The Lady Tornado returned to the mat against No. 5 University of the Cumberlands and after dropping the opening bout of the match, ran the table the rest of the way en route to a 37-4 win over the Patriots. Down 3-0 after the 101-pound bout, King outscored the Patriots 37-1 through the remaining nine bouts that included two tech falls and three pins. Emily Martin (Frisco, Texas) got the ball rolling with a technical fall over Alex Campbell (0-6, 0-7). The Lady Tornado surrendered only one point the rest of the way in their second match victory of the day.
Julia Salata (Canton, Mich.) won both of her bouts at 155 pounds, each by decision, surrendering only one point in four periods of action. Freshman Malexis McAdoo (Amarillo, Texas) took a pair of victories away, including a fall over Janet Mitchell in the second period.
King dressed a second team, the Scarlett squad, which took three wins away from Missouri Baptist and both Cumberlands squads. Ashley Iliff, Marina Sanchez, Kayla Brendlinger, Kayla Bartosch, and Rebecca Mattes all went 3-0 on the day. They defeated the Cumberlands Red team, 32-11, Missouri Baptist, 25-20, and the Patriots varsity squad, 29-15.
The Tornado will split their squads in their next competitions on Nov. 11. The team will participate in the Missouri Valley Open in Marshall, Mo. while select individuals will compete in the prestigious NYAC Open in New York, N.Y. Last year, Alli Ragan was named Most Outstanding Wreslter at the competition among some of the world's best grapplers.