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.

The Carbondale, Ill., native earned a bye into the finals by winning the U.S. Open last month, and she went on to win the best two-of-three championship over 2012 Olympian Kelsey Campbell at 58 kilograms. She took a narrow 4-2 victory in the first bout before making her presence known in the second bout. Ragan scored 10 straight points to take the match by technical fall to earn a spot on the World Team for the second straight year.

Julia Salata also competed for the Tornado and reached the finals of the 69 kilogram weight class after winner her first two bouts of the day. The Canton, Mich., native took a 10-0 tech fall win over Demi Strub and a narrow 8-7 decision over Tamyra Mensah to reach the best two-of-three finals. In the finals, the junior faced Veronica Carlson who took the first match 9-2. Salata tried to bounce back in the second match, but ultimately dropped a 4-0 decision.

Ragan will compete with the rest of the champions from the World Team Trials in September at the World Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

King will have five more wrestlers competing for a spot on the team on Sunday. Wrestling starts at 10:00 a.m. (CT) and the finals are slated to start at 6:00 p.m. (CT).