COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The King University women's wrestling team had three wrestlers compete at the World Team Wrestle-Off on Saturday, and one made King history. Alli Ragan became the first women's wrestler in King history to earn a spot on a Senior World Team, taking first in the 59 kg weight class.
Ragan advanced to the finals where she faced Erin Clodgo in the best two-out-of-three finals. In the first match, the Carbondale, Ill., native used a takedown with 20 seconds left to gain a 6-5 lead en route to a 1-0 lead. Ragan captured the title with an 8-0 win on a tech fall to sweep the final 2-0. She will be the first women's wrestler to represent King on a Senior World team at the 2013 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary on September 18-20.
"Erin's a really tough wrestler," Ragan said. "It's been back and forth when we've wrestled. I definitely was ready for that match. I needed to get my offense going and keep moving."
Samantha Klingel and Amanda Hendey also competed at the event for the Tornado. Hendey turned in a third place finish at the 67 kg weight class after she pinned Jennifer Page in 34 seconds. At the 51 kg weight class, Klingel dropped a third place bout to Katherine Fulp-Allen, finishing fourth.
Julia Salata, Lorrie Ramos and incoming Tornado Haley Augello also competed at the event. Salata advanced to the semifinals of the 67 kg weight class before falling to Hendey on a 10-5 decision. Ramos won her first bout in the 67 kg weight class before dropping consecutive matches to be eliminated while Augello advanced to the semifinals of the 51 kg weight class before being forced to withdraw due to injury.
Check KingTornado.com for updates on King women's wrestling and where they will be competing next.