Klingel, Hendey, Salata take titles at University Nationals

Photo by Rachel Burrus

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.

Klingel earned the first victory for the Tornado, taking the 55 kilogram title bout over Tamara Tillman. In what was a very tight match, Klingel took the title on criteria since the match ended all square at 5-5. Hendey capped an impressive day with her third technical fall win of the day, a 13-3 triumph over Shai Mason to take the 63 kilogram championship. Hendey's other two wins on the day came on falls in 43 and 48 seconds. Salata also had an impressive day, taking all four of her bouts by technical fall at the 75 kilogram weight class. The junior only allowed one point all day, and won the title match 10-0 over Victoria Francis.

Also competing at 55 kilogram weight class, Hanna Grisewood turned in a third place performance. Grisewood opened the day with a 10-0 win on a technical fall, before dropping a match by a narrow 2-0 decision. After a bye, she worked her way back after another loss to defeat Hailee Lily 12-2 on a technical fall. She then advanced to the third place bout where she pinned Bree Rapoza in 1:31. At 58 kilograms, Katie Germain rebound from an early loss to take third place. Her only two losses on the day came to second place finisher Tarkyia Mensah, but Germain topped Rosemary Flores on a 6-4 decision in the third place match.

Wrestling at 60 kilograms, Kayla Brendlinger nearly came up with a third place finish, but fell to Brieana Delgado in the third place bout 10-2, giving her a fourth place finish. Brendlinger started the day with four straight wins, including a bye before falling to eventual second place finisher Jenna Burkert in the semifinals.