BRISTOL, Tenn. – The top-ranked King University women's wrestling team showed why they are the nation's #1 team on Thursday night in the first home dual when they faced #7 University of the Cumberlands. The Tornado got off to a great start and capped the dual with four straight wins by fall to take the match 45-1, and move to 15-0 on the year.
Freshman Marina Doi started the Tornado with a win by technical fall at 101 pounds. She defeated Maia Phanthadara 10-0 to get the ball rolling for King. At 109 pounds, Breonnah Neal fell behind Grace Paxton 4-0 early, but she came back with a vengeance. She evened the score at four-all at the end of the first period before earning 10 straight points in the second period to take the bout 14-4 on a technical fall and give King an 8-1 advantage.
Haley Augello kept the momentum going at 116 pounds as she defeated Alex Campbell on a technical fall by the score of 12-0, and Hanna Grisewood followed with a 10-0 technical fall win over Sidney Salinas at 123 pounds. Rachel Hale took a win by forfeit at 130 pounds to give King a commanding 21-1 lead halfway through the dual.
Forrest Molinari then took a 10-0 technical fall win over Olivia Cepak at 136 pounds before the Tornado really got rolling. At 143 pounds, Amanda Hendey defeated Kristin Yamasaki on a fall in 1:58, and Lorrie Ramos followed with a win by fall over Kaliegh Jennings in 4:21 to put King up 35-1. Julia Salata followed suit with a win by fall in 2:49 over Clarc Walker at 170 pounds before Jacqueline Williams capped eth 45-1 King victory with a win by fall in 1:21 over Rebecka Winton.
Earlier in the night, King defeated the Cumberlands B team by the score of 47-0.
The Tornado will be in action again on January 10-11 at the NWCA National Duals. King will be trying to defend the national duals championship they won a season ago.