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.
Shannon Constantine got the Tornado off to a good start with her technical fall win over Taylor Resuriz, and a forfeit at 109 pounds gave King an early 9-0 lead. The Tornado stretched its lead to 22-2 over the next three bouts, a fall by Sarah Hildebrandt sandwiched between a pair of technical falls by talented freshmen Haley Augello and Megan Black. King was then able to keep McKendree off the scoreboard over the final five bouts. Alli Ragan won by fall before Amanda Hendey and Julia Salata recorded technical fall victories. The Tornado claimed victories by forfeit in the final two bouts.
The Tornado will face No. 4 Wayland Baptist University at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. Should the Tornado be victorious, it would set up a championship bout at 3:00 p.m. between King and the winner of the other semifinal, which features No. 2 Oklahoma City University and No.3 Simon Fraser University, the defending national champions.