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.
King's started the day with a pair of forfeit wins at 101 and 109 against eighth ranked Cumberlands to take a 10-0 lead. Freshman Haley Augello extended the lead to 14-0 with an 11-0 win over Grace Paxton at 116 pounds while Sarah Hildebrandt defeated Sherri Berube 11-1 at 123 pounds. Megan Black scored four points with a 10-0 win over Darby Newman at 130 pounds, while Alli Ragan won by the same score at 136 pounds over Olivia Cepak to extend the King lead to 26-1. Amanda Hendey took a win over DeAngela Castx on a fall at 143, and at 155, Julia Salata defeated Angelica Hernandez 11-0 before the Tornado capped the 40-1 win with a forfeit at 170.
After having a couple matches off, the A team took on sixth ranked and host Campbellsville, and senior Shannon Constantine got the Tornado off to a great start. She defeated Cassidy Ferrell on a fall in 2:05 at 101 pounds to give King an early 5-0 lead. The Tigers then took a win a 109 to cut their deficit to 6-4 before Augello brought the momentum back to King with a 10-0 win over Michelle Lomas at 116 pounds. Hildebrandt followed with a 10-0 win at 123 before Campbellsville took a win at 130. Ragan extended the Tornado lead back to 10 points with a victory on a fall over Kasey Kruczek at 136 pounds, and Hendey topped Hanna Hall on a fall to stretch the lead to 28-9. Salata took a 10-0 win on a fall over Michell Organ at 155 before King capped the 33-9 win with a forfeit at 191 pounds.
Ashley Iliff got the King B team off to a good start against Campbellsville as she took a win on a fall in 1:26 over Ferrell at 101 pounds to start the match. After the Tigers evened the match with a forfeit win, Samantha Klingel gave the lead back to King with a 10-0 win over Lomas at 116 pounds. Kayla Bartosch stretched the lead to 13-5 with a 10-0 win over Kasey Ricketts at 123 pounds, and at 130 pounds, Kayla Brendlinger topped Rosemary Flores 8-5. The Tornado lead grew to 19-7 followed in a Hanna Martin 6-4 win over Kruczek at 136 pounds before the Tigers started to come back. Campbellsville took a win at 143 before the final three bouts were forfeited. The Tigers took two wins by forfeit, and King took one to make the final score 24-22 in favor of the Tornado.
King followed the win with a match against Cumberlands in which Iliff and Klingel got the Tornado off to a good start. Iliff took an 11-0 win over Sarah Allen at 101, and Klingel gave King a 7-1 lead with a 7-2 win over Grace Paxton at 116 pounds. Following a Cumberlands win at 123, Brendlinger stretched the King lead to 10-7 with a 13-4 victory over Kerstin Harmon. However, the Patriots followed with three straight wins to take a 20-11 lead before Kerri Bumpers topped Hernandez 10-0 at 170 pounds to make the final score 20-15 in favor of Cumberlands.
The Tornado will be in action again next weekend when they travel to the NWCA National Duals. The duals will take place Friday through Sunday in Des Moines, Iowa.