Women's Wrestling


Garcia leads King at Bearcat Open

Photo: Danielle Stauffer
Photo: Danielle Stauffer

LEBANON, Ill. – The top ranked King University women's wrestling team returned to the mat at the Bearcat Open on Saturday. The Tornado were led by Gabby Garcia who took a runner-up finish at 136 pounds.


  • Garcia started her day with a pair of pins over Kaylynn Hixenbaugh of Southwestern Oregon CC and Hailey Meyers of MacMurray College.
  • She then took a decision over Cheyenne Youngblood of Missouri Baptist University before defeating Abigail Nette of Emmanuel College 6-2 in the semifinals.
  • In the finals she faced Koral Sugiyama of Campbellsville University in a high scoring bout, but Sugiyama took the 12-12 decision on criteria.
  • At 109 pounds, Aleeah Gould finished third after reaching the quarterfinals. Gould earned a pin of McKendree University's Zamantha Mulder in 1:32.
  • After falling in the quarterfinals, Gould rolled off four straight victories in the consolation bracket, including a 6-4 decision over Iesha Washington of Emmanuel to take third place.
  • After falling in the quarterfinals, Cassidy Ferrell won back-to-back matches to reach the third place bout at 101 pounds.
  • Ferrell earned a 10-0 technical fall win over Amber Garriga of Life University before topping Genae Sampract 6-6 in the consolation semifinal. However, she fell to McKendree's Coellet Rangel 7-0, giving her a fourth place finish.
  • Both Nicole Joseph and Alexis Bleau finished fifth at 130 and 155 pounds, respectively. Joseph opened her day with a 10-0 technical fall over Samantha Barrientos of McKendree and reached the semifinals with a 9-4 decision over Lyon College's Miyuki Pugrad.
  • However, she dropped back-to-back matches before defeating Menlo College's Melanie Cordero 8-2 to take fifth.
  • Bleau dropped her first match, but answered with four straight wins, including three pins. Following a defeat in the consolation semifinals, Bleau earned a 10-2 decision over Shamera McTier, taking fifth place.


  • Select Tornado will be in action on February 2-3 at the Dave Schultz International in Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • King goes for their fourth straight Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) national championship February 9-11 at Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, Okla.


101 – Cassidy Ferrell 3-2, 4th

109 – Aleeah Gould 5-1, 3rd

130 – Nicole Joseph 3-2, 5th

136 – Gabby Garcia 4-1, 2nd

155 – Alexis Bleau 5-2, 5th