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.

Augello started the day with a pair of tech fall wins over Alyssa Gonzalez (11-1) and Leyla Hirsch (13-0) before pinning Lindsey Spjut in 1:38. She then defeated teammate Grisewood 8-0 before pinning Montana Drum in 1:05. She then topped Maddy Tung on a 10-0 tech fall before receiving a bye. After the by, she defeated Grisewood again, 8-0 before falling in the title at 55 kilograms to Becka Leathers on a 10-1 decision to take second place.

Black's day was nearly as impressive, wrestling in the same weight class as Augello. She stared her tournament with a 12-0 tech fall win over Alicia Soto before topping Grace Paxton 10-6. She followed that with an 11-0 tech fall win over Michelle Lomas before dropping her first match of the day, getting pinned by Leathers in 5:36. After a bye, she topped Cady Chessin on a tech fall, 12-2, only to face Leathers again. However, Leathers got the best of Black again before Black bounced back to top Grisewood 4-2 to take third place.

Grisewood had a successful day as the only matches she dropped all day were to Augello and Black. Her day stared with a 10-0 tech fall win over Spjut before pinning Cara Romeike in 2:36. She then defeated Rachel Archer 10-0 on a tech fall before dropping her first bout to Augello. She bounced back for a 13-7 victory over Tung before receiving a bye. After defeating Tung again, she dropped back-to-back matches to Augello and Black to finish fourth.

At 48 kilograms, Daisy Santos turned in a solid performance, taking fourth place. She earned a pin in 1:13 in her first bout of the day, topping Rose Heurtelou. After a bye, she fell to Cody Pfau before rebounding with back-to-back victories. She pinned Rosie Guzman in 1:06, and Annabeth Cerdas in 0:26 before receiving a bye. Coming out of the by, she fell to Pfau again, before dropping the third place bout to Sarah Allen.

Eva Reyna took fifth place at the 72 kilogram weight class after starting her day with a 4-2 decision over Anastasia Lobsinger. She then dropped a pair of tight decisions, 5-4 to Renee Samano and 8-3 to Heiley Garcia before receiving a bye. After the bye, she fell to Samano again, but bounced tack to take a 7-4 win over Aviance Waters to take fifth place.

Katie Germain (59 kilograms) and Rachelle Proa (63 kilograms) also competed for the Tornado, but dropped their only two matches of the day.