FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. – The top ranked and three-time defending national champion King University women's wrestling team opened the 2016-17 season with an impressive showing at the Emmanuel Open on Saturday. King posted six different individual champions out of seven weight class entries and had the top two finishers in two weight classes.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- King entered three wrestlers at 101 pounds, and all three reached the semifinals. Marina Doi earned a pair of 10-0 technical fall wins over Maia Phanthadara of University of the Cumberlands and Cassidy Ferrell of King to reach the finals.
- Regina Doi also reached the finals, earning a 10-0 technical fall win over Rebecca Forsyth of Cumberlands before topping Sarah Allen of Cumberlands 8-3 to reach the finals. Marina and Regina were then named co-champions after a double forfeit in the finals.
- Ferrell took a 16-8 vicotry over Naomi Chavez of Emmanuel College to reach the semifinals before falling to teammate Marina Doi. She then fell to Allen in the third place bout to give her a fourth place finish.
- At 109 pounds, the championship bout was between a pair of Tornado, Breonnah Neal and Aleeah Gould. The veteran, Neal took a 10-0 technical fall victory over the freshman to take the title.
- All four of Neal's victories on the day were 10-0 technical fall victories. She first topped AArelys Valles of Cumberlands before defeating Chelsea Reynosa and Iesha Washington of Emmanuel to reach the finals.
- Gould earned her first two career victories by fall, pinning Emmanuel's Jessie Childs in 48 seconds and following it with a 2:15 pin of Nikki Weidman of Life University. Gould reached the finals with a 6-4 decision over Emmanuel's Maria Vidales.
- Hanna Grisewood went 3-0, all 10-0 technical fall victories at 123 pounds to take the title. She first topped Kellyann Jimenez of Cumberlands before defeating Amanda Nelson of Ferrum College. Grisewood capped the day, defeating Kayla Messar of Life in the finals.
- In her first career collegiate tournament, Nicole Joseph came away with a title at 130 pounds. Her first career victory came by fall as she pinned Brianna Bogdan of McKendree University in 3:46. She followed it with a 10-0 technical fall win over Aysia Cortez of Life before pinning Autumn Potkay of Ferrum in 5:08 in the championship bout.
- At 143 pounds, wrestling unattached, Hannah Jewell earned a pair of technical fall victories and one by fall en route to the title. She started with an 11-0 win over Shannon Henry of McKendree before pinning Jasmine Bailey of McKendree. She earned the title with a 10-0 victory over Hannah Gladden of Cumberlands.
- Forrest Molinari won her first two bouts at 170 pounds by 10-0 technical fall, defeating Courteney Tompkins of Cumberlands and Nadine Fiege of Life to reach the finals. However, she fell to Cumberlands' Jessika Rottier 6-2 in the finals, giving Molinari a second place finish.
- Another Tornado freshman took home a championship in her first collegiate tournament, Kenya Spencer at 191 pounds. Spencer took her first career win on a 10-0 technical fall when she topped Kayla Wade of Emmanuel. She followed with a pin of Lifes Kelly Swanson in 1:41 to reach the finals. In the finals she came away with a 3-3 victory on criteria over Janelle Fuamatu of McKendree.
KING RESULTS BY WEIGHT CLASS
123 - Hanna Grisewood 3-0
130 - Nicole Joseph 3-0
143 - Hannah Jewell 3-0
170 - Forrest Molinari 2-1
191 - Kenya Spencer 3-0
- King will be in action again on November 11-12 when some of the Tornado will compete at the Patriot Duals and others at the Bill Farrell International Classic.