LEBANON, Ill. – Coming off their NWCA National Duals championship, the King University women's wrestling team returned to action at the Bearcat Open hosted by McKendree University. The Tornado had a great day, taking four individual titles and two second place finishes at the event.
Starting at 101 pounds, twins Marina Doi and Regina Doi both advanced to face each other in the final, and ended the day as co-champions. Regina Doi advanced to the final with a 14-3 technical fall win over Maia Phanthadara of University of the Cumberlands and an 8-2 decision over Cumberlands' Sarah Allen. On the other hand, Marina Doi took a pair of technical fall wins, 10-0 over Cassidy Ferrell of Campbellsville University and 10-0 over Cumberlands' Arelys Valles.
Forrest Molinari won a title for the Tornado, winning all five of her bouts on the day. She started the day with a pair of wins by fall before taking a 5-0 decision over McKendree's Jasmine Bailey in the quarterfinals. She the topped Oklahoma City University's Rachel Young 6-2 before defeated Olivia Seppinni of McKendree 2-1 to take the championship.
Teammates again squared off for the 170-pound title when Lorrie Ramos defeated Evonne Evien. Ramos won three matches via technical fall, starting with a 10-0 win over Yuneris Taveras of Viking Wrestling Club. She then advanced to the semifinals with a win by fall in 1:07 over Ashlyn Whitted of Lindenwood University. In the semifinals, Ramos defeated Clarc Walker of Cumberlands 14-2 before topping Evien 12-2. On the other hand, Evien defeated Missouri Valley College's Jessica Ulloa 10-0 on a technical fall to reach the finals.
At 109 pounds, Breonnah Neal took a win by technical fall over Jessica Marso of Menlo College, 10-0 before defeated Cumberlands' Grace Paxton on a fall in 1:00. In the championship bout, however, Cody Pfau of Oklahoma City took a narrow 5-4 decision, giving Neal a runner-up finish. Also wrestling at 109 pounds, Ashley Iliff won her first two matches by fall before falling to Pfau. She then topped Marso on a fall in 1:43 to reach the third place bout. However, Paxton earned the win to give Iliff a fourth place finish.
Vanessa Gomez also placed at 109 pounds, taking eighth. Gomez started the day with a 5-4 win over Hannah Padilla of Lindenwood before falling to Paxton. She then defeated teammate Rozlynn Vasquez on a technical fall, 10-0 before dropping her final two matches to take eighth.
Rachel Hale placed for the Tornado at 130 pounds, going 4-2 on the day. The freshman won her first bout of the day on a 9-6 decision over McKendree's Brianna Andazola before dropping to the consolation bracket where she earned back-to-back wins. She defeated Samantha Higa 9-4 and Diana Nevarez of McKendree 6-4. After falling in the consolation semifinals, Hale defeated Oklahoma City's Carla Ponce 10-8 to take fifth.
Along with Molinari, Jessi Kee and Rachelle Proa both competed at 136 pounds for the Tornado. Kee came away with a sixth place finish while Proa reached the third round of the consolation bracket. Kee reached the quarterfinals with a pair of wins before falling to the consolation bracket where she defeated Sonia Beri 9-8 before taking another win by injury default. However, she dropped her final two matches due to injury to take sixth.
Both Evalyn Reyna and Brenda Perez competed at 155 pounds with Reyna taking eighth for the Tornado. Reyna advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-0 win over Kassandra Castruita of Missouri Baptist University. After dropping the quarterfinal bout, she defeated Perez in the consolation bracket, but dropped her final two matches to take eighth.
King will be in action again on Tuesday when they host Life University at 7:00 p.m. in the Student Center Complex.