FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The top-ranked King University women's wrestling team opened the quest for their fourth straight National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) National Duals title with history on Thursday evening. The Tornado defeated No. 11 Life University 43-7, to advance to the semifinals and give head coach Jason Moorman his 100th career victory.
FINAL SCORE: #1 King 43, #11 Life 7
LOCATION: Fort Wayne Convention Center; Fort Wayne, Ind.
RECORD: King 9-0
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Marina Doi and Breonnah Neal got King off to a hot start with pins at 101 and 109 pounds respectively. Doi pinned Alyssa Martinez in 1:51 while Neal pinned Amber Garriga in 13 seconds to put King ahead 10-0.
- Aleeah Gould took a win by forfeit at 116 pounds before Haley Augello defeated Kayla Mesar on an 11-1 technical fall to put the Tornado ahead 19-1.
- At 130 pounds, Hanna Grisewood followed with a 38 second pin of Tymeria Gravett and Gabby Garcia pinned Zoe Wight in 1:32 at 136 pounds, extending the Tornado advantage to 29-1.
- After Nicole Joseph took an 11-1 technical fall win over Kate Nestingen at 143 pounds, Jessie Kee and Forrest Molinari took back-to-back wins by pin.
- Kee pinned Raven Thomas in 58 second at 155 pounds and Molinari pinned Marian Diaz in 2:49 at 170 pounds.
- The Running Eagles took a win by pin at 191 pounds, giving King the 43-7 victory.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The win gives head coach Moorman his 100th career victory. Moorman has been the only coach in program history, staring the program in 2009.
- In that time he has amassed a record of 100-19, leading the Tornado to three straight NWCA National Duals and Women's College Wrestling Association (WCWA) National Titles.
- He has been named WCWA Coach of the Year each of the last three years.
- King takes on fifth-ranked Campbellsville University on Friday at 11:00 a.m. in the semfinals.
- Should King win, the finals are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Friday.
- Life takes on 10th-ranked Missouri Baptist University in consolation quarterfinals on Friday.