2013-14 Women's Wrestling News

September 11, 2014
Ragan takes fifth at World Championships
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan – For the second straight year, former King University women’s wrestler Alli Ragan earned a spot on the U.S.A. Senior World team to compete in the World Championships. On Thursday, Ragan competed in the 58 kilogram weight class, and advanced to the bronze medal bout where she dropped a tough decision to Anastassia Huchok of Belarus.

July 20, 2014
Hildebrandt takes runner-up in World Team Trials Phase II
FARGO, N.D. – On Saturday, Phase II of the World Team Trials were held in Fargo, for the non-Olympic weight classes. The event had a very heavy King University flavor as the Tornado had six women’s wrestlers in the competition, five alone at 55 kilograms. Sarah Hildebrandt turned in the best performance, winning the challenge tournament, before falling in the championship bout to take second at 55 kilograms.

July 16, 2014
Augello, Salata take bronze at Senior Pan Am Championships
MEXICO CITY, Mexico – King University women's wrestling had an influence at the Senior Pan American Championships in Mexico City on Wednesday. Both Haley Augello and Julia Salata competed while Tornado head coach Jason Moorman was one of the coaches that helped lead Team USA to a second place finish in the 30 team tournament. Both Augello and Salata earned bronze medals at the competition.

July 10, 2014
Hendey, Salata, Klingel help USA to 3rd at University World Championships
PECS, Hungary – Three members of the King University women’s wrestling team earned a spot on Team USA for the University World Nationals and helped the Americans finish third at the competition that had 25 teams competing. Both Amanda Hendey and Julia Salata will come home with individual hardware, while Samantha Klingel finished fifth in her weight class.

July 7, 2014
Black takes Junior Pan American title
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Canada – King University women’s wrestler Megan Black continued in the footsteps of her Tornado teammates earlier this summer, taking gold at the Junior Pan American Women’s Championships. The freshman won both of her matches at the event en route to the title.

June 1, 2014
Hendey takes third at World Team Trials
MADISON, Wis. – On the second day of the World Team Trials, King University had five women's wrestlers that had a chance to qualify for the 2014 U.S.A. World Team. Amanda Hendey had the best chance for the Tornado as she advanced to the finals of the challenge bracket before dropping her first bout of the day. Hendey ended up with a second place finish in the challenge tournament and a fourth place finish in the World Team Trials.

May 31, 2014
Ragan qualifies for the USA World Team
MADISON, Wis. – A year ago, King University women’s wrestler Alli Ragan made history when she became the first Tornado wrestler to qualify for the U.S.A. World Team. On Saturday night, she duplicated the feat, earning a spot on the World Team for the second straight season.

May 18, 2014
Trio of 55 kg wrestlers lead King at Body Bar Nationals
IRVING, Texas – The women’s wrestling season never stops as seven King University grapplers traveled to Irving to compete in the Body Bar Women’s Nationals. Tornado freshmen Haley Augello, Megan Black and Hanna Grisewood led the way for King, placing second-fourth at 55 kilograms.

April 19, 2014
Ragan takes Las Vegas/U.S. Open title
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The King University women’s wrestling team had seven members travel to Las Vegas to compete in the Las Vegas/ASICS U.S. Open. Alli Ragan won the tournament at 58 kilograms, and Sarah Hildebrandt and Julia Salata also took home top three finishes.

April 3, 2014
Augello named to InterMat Freshman of the Year list
BRISTOL, Tenn. – In her first season in Scarlet and Navy, King University women’s wrestler Haley Augello was nothing short of impressive, capturing her first WCWA National Championship in January. Earlier this week, Augello was listed fifth on the 2014 InterMat list of National Freshman of the Year, a list that eight men’s NCAA Division I wrestlers and an NCAA Division III men’s wrestler, making Augello the only female to make the list.

March 29, 2014
Klingel, Hendey, Salata take titles at University Nationals
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Nine members of the King University women’s wrestling team traveled to Oklahoma City to participate in the University Nationals, and five came away with a top-3 finish. Samantha Klingel, Amanda Hendey and Julia Salata headlined this group as they all won titles at their respective weight classes.

March 16, 2014
Ragan helps Team USA to 6th at Women's World Cup
TOKYO, Japan – King University senior women’s wrestler Alli Ragan continued to compete for the USA Senior World team this weekend at the Women’s World Cup in Tokyo, Japan. Ragan posted a 2-2 record at the event, helping the team to a sixth place finish.

March 2, 2014
Hildebrandt, Ragan take 5th at Klippan Lady Open
KLIPPAN, Sweden – Three members of the King University women’s wrestling team competed for Team U.S.A. over the weekend at the Klippan Lady Open in Klippan Sweden. The trio of Alli Ragan, Sarah Hildebrandt and Julia Salata all traveled overseas to compete in the tough international competition.

February 1, 2014
Ragan, Hendey advance to semifinals of Dave Schultz International
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Fresh off the first national championship in program history, members of the King University women’s wrestling team traveled to the Dave Schultz Memorial International Tournament to wrestle against elite competition from around the world.

January 25, 2014
King captures first WCWA national title
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Winning a national championship is never easy, and the King University women’s wrestling team learned that on Saturday. The Tornado trailed Oklahoma City University by 13 points going into the finals of the Women’s College Wrestling Association (WCWA) College Championships, but King won four individual national titles and Julia Salata clinched the team title with a 5-1 decision at 155 pounds.

January 24, 2014
King leads WCWA College Nationals after day one
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – In search of their first Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) national title, the top-ranked King University women’s wrestling team turned in a solid first day at the WCWA College Nationals hosted by Missouri Baptist University. Eleven Tornado wrestlers reached the semifinals of their weight class in the first day, and King is atop the team standings with 129 points.

January 23, 2014
Top-ranked Tornado ready for WCWA College Nationals
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Fresh off an NWCA National Duals title, the King University women’s wrestling team will have an opportunity to win their second title in three weeks this weekend at the WCWA College Nationals. The Tornado have been the #1 ranked team all season in the WCWA Poll, and are in search of their first WCWA national championship this weekend in St. Louis.

January 15, 2014
Moorman to appear on "On the Mat" and USA Wrestling Google+ Hangout Series
BRISTOL, Tenn. – With success comes media requests. Fresh off the program’s first NWCA National Duals title, King University women’s wrestling head coach Jason Moorman will be making the rounds on Wednesday and Thursday. He is slated to be on the “On the Mat” radio show on Wednesday evening and will be on the USA Wrestling College Wrestling Google+ Hangout On Air Series on Thursday night.

January 12, 2014
Tornado take NWCA National Duals title
DES MOINES, Iowa –The top-ranked team in the preseason has lived up to that billing all season long, and the King University women’s wrestling team proved they are #1 once again on Sunday at the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) National Duals. The Tornado topped #4 Wayland Baptist University 36-7 in the semifinals, setting up a clash with #2 Simon Fraser University in the finals. King narrowly defeated the Clan 21-19 in the finals to take the championship.

January 11, 2014
Women's wrestling advances to NWCA Duals semifinals
DES MOINES, Iowa – After receiving an opening-round bye at the National Wrestling Coaches Association Women’s National Duals, the No. 1-ranked King University women’s wrestling team easily dispatched of McKendree University 45-2 to move into the semifinals.

January 4, 2014
Top-ranked Tornado open 2014 at Campbellsville Duals
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – The King University women’s wrestling team opened 2014 the same way they left off 2013, on a winning note. The top-ranked Tornado went 3-1 at the Campbellsville University Best Western Duals where they wrestled host Campbellsville and University of the Cumberlands. The King A team posted a pair of wins while the B team went 1-1 on the day.

December 20, 2013
Tornado remain #1 in WCWA poll
BRISTOL, Tenn. – In the third installment of the Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association’s (WCWA) poll, the King University women’s wrestling team remains at the top. The Tornado received 124 points in the latest poll, ranking ahead of Oklahoma City University and defending national champion Simon Fraser University.

December 17, 2013
Ragan, Salata compete for Team USA
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – King University women’s wrestlers Alli Ragan and Julia Salata traveled to Albuquerque to compete for Team USA against Team Russia in an international dual. Both wrestlers faced familiar foes, but both dropped decisions to their Russian counterparts. However, Team USA came away with a 7-4 win.

November 16, 2013
Brendlinger, McAdoo take second place at Missouri Valley
MARSHALL, Mo. – The King University women’s wrestling team continued their WCWA schedule with the Missouri Valley Open on Saturday. The Tornado turned a solid day as four wrestlers finished in the top-5 of their weight classes, including a pair of second place finishes.

November 12, 2013
King still sits atop WCWA rankings
BRISTOL, Tenn. – So far, the King University women’s wrestling team has lived up to their preseason #1 ranking, and they are still ranked atop the poll in the latest WCWA rankings. Not only is King the #1 team in the country, but five individuals sit atop their weight classes in the latest rankings.

November 8, 2013
Tornado take home two gold, one silver from NYAC
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The King University women’s wrestling team took a break from WCWA competition for the weekend as eight wrestlers competed at the NYCA Holiday International Tournament. Sarah Hildebrandt and Alli Ragan both took home gold medals, and Amanda Hendey turned in a silver medal performance.

November 2, 2013
#1 Tornado sweep King Duals
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The top-ranked King University women’s wrestling team hosted their only even of the season, and the Tornado took four more wins. King wrestled two teams, and both teams took victories of Campbellsville University and #9 University of the Cumberlands.

October 31, 2013
Top-ranked Tornado host lone home event Saturday
BRISTOL, Tenn. – As the top-ranked team in the country, the King University women’s wrestling team hosts their lone event on Saturday in the Student Center Complex. The Tornado host both University of Cumberlands and Campbellsville University starting at 9:00 a.m., Saturday morning.

October 28, 2013
McAdoo named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Malexis McAdoo of the King University women's wrestling team has been named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week.

October 26, 2013
King takes title at Cliff Keen Duals
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Tabbed as the preseason favorites, the King University women’s wrestling team lived up to that billing in their first event of the season. The Tornado cruised through pool play and both the quarter and semifinals before facing defending WCWA national champion Simon Fraser University in the finals of the Cliff Keen Duals. King didn't slow down, topping the Clan 35-9 to take the title.

October 25, 2013
King sweeps first day at Cliff Keen Duals
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The King University women’s wrestling team opened their season in impressive fashion on Friday as they swept through pool play at the Cliff Keen Duals, hosted by Oklahoma City University. The Tornado took victories over Wayland Baptist University (2), the mystery team, Lindenwood University (2) and Missouri Baptist University to move into Saturday’s Gold Bracket.

October 23, 2013
Tornado open 2013-14 as WCWA favorites
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Coming off a third place finish at last year’s national championships, the King University women’s wrestling team will open its fifth season of interscholastic competition in a position it is growing accustomed to—as the top ranked team in the Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) preseason poll.

October 3, 2013
Tornado top WCWA preseason poll
BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the second consecutive year, the King University women’s wrestling team sits atop the Women’s College Wrestling Association’s preseason poll. The Tornado narrowly edged out last year’s national runner-up Oklahoma City University for the top spot in the poll.

September 19, 2013
Ragan reaches quarters at first World Championships
BUDAPEST, Hungary – On Thursday, King University women’s wrestler Alli Ragan became the first Tornado wrestler to compete at the World Championships. After winning her first match in the round of 16, Ragan fell to Japan’s Ayaka Ito to end her run in her first senior level competition.

September 18, 2013
Ragan to wrestle at 2013 World Championships
BRISTOL, Tenn. – On Thursday, King University women’s wrestler Alli Ragan will make Tornado history in Budapest, Hungary. Ragan earned a spot on the USA Senior World Team early this year, and will become the first King women’s wrestler to compete at the World Wrestling Championships.