OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The King University women's wrestling team opened the Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) National Championships with a solid showing, placing six of 12 wrestlers in Saturday's championship matches. The Tornado lead the team standings with 167.5 points the second place team coming in at 125.5 points.
SCORE: King 1st of 30, 167.5 points
LOCATION: Abe Lemmons Arena; Oklahoma City, Okla.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- King will have both finalists at 101 pounds on Saturday when Marina Doi and Regina Doi square off.
- Regina Doi went 3-0 on the day, taking two wins over ranked opponents, defeating No. 8 Rozlynn Vasquez of Wayland Baptist University on a 10-0 technical fall. She then defeated teammate Cassidy Ferrell before topping third-ranked Sarah Allen of The University of the Cumberlands 6-0 in the semifinals.
- On the top half of the bracket, Marina Doi won all four of her matches to reach the finals for the second straight year after taking the title a season ago.
- She earned two by technical fall another by pin and she defeated fifth-ranked Hiba Salem of Menlo College 7-0 in the semfinals.
- Breonnah Neal reached the finals for the second straight year after taking a runner-up finish last season. Neal won all four of hear matches by technical fall at 109 pounds, including a 12-1 technical fall victory over eight-ranked Cassidy Jasperson of Oklahoma City University in the semifinals.
- Two-time national champion Haley Augello finds herself in the final again after four decisive wins at 116 pounds on Friday. The redshirt-junior took her first three wins by technical fall before defeating Wayland Baptist's Jathiya Isaac who is ranked seventh to reach the finals.
- At 143 pounds, Jessi Kee reached the finals for the second time in her career in search of her first national championship.
- She took three wins on the day, two by technical fall at 143 pounds. Kee earned a 4-2 decision over seventh- ranked Maggie Douma of Oklahoma City before taking a 10-0 technical fall over third-ranked Montana Drum of Missouri Baptist University in the semifinals.
- Forrest Molinari is the sixth Tornado to reach the finals, taking four wins at 170 pounds. Molinari took her first three wins by pin, including a 4:16 pin over No. 8 Leilani Carmargo-Naone of Midland Lutheran College.
- She reached the finals with a 5-0 decision over McKendree University's Janelle Fuamatu who is ranked sixth.
- Also at 101 pounds, Ferrell reached the quarterfinals where she fell to teammate Regina Doi. However, she bounced back with a pin of No. 6 Julian Olivo of Lindenwood University-Belleville.
- Hanna Grisewood reached the semifinals before falling 5-4 to Campbellsville University's Andribeth Rivera who was ranked fourth.
- At 109 pounds, freshman Aleeah Gould dropped her second match of the day before rolling off three straight wins in the consolation bracket. She capped her day with a 4:06 pin of fourth-ranked Ciara McCrae of Simon Fraser.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The Tornado will have a champion at 101 pounds when Marina Doi takes on Regina Doi. The finals appearance for Marina Doi is her third as she has one national title and it is the first appearance for Regina Doi.
- Neal will for the title for the third time in her career when she squares off with second-ranked Amy Fearnside of the University of Jamestown.
- Augello has won two national titles, and will take on third-ranked Cady Chessin of Menlo on Saturday.
- Kee last reached the finals in 2015, coming at 130 pounds. This year, Kee is ranked second at 143 pounds and squares off with No. 1 Mallory Velte of Simon Fraser University.
- Molinari was a national champion at 155 pounds last year, and this year she comes in ranked second at 170 pounds. She will face off with No. 1 Jessika Rottier of Cumberlands on Saturday.
- Ferrell, Gould and Grisewood will all be All-Americans.
- The WCWA National Championships conclude on Saturday. The placement matches will start at 11:00 a.m. and the finals are scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m.
KING RESULTS BY WEIGHT CLASS
116 – No. 1 Haley Augello 4-0
123 – No. 1 Hanna Grisewood 2-1
130 – Nicole Joseph 2-2
136 – No. 4 Gabby Garcia 2-2
143 – No. 2 Jessi Kee 3-0
155 – Alexis Bleau 1-2
170 – No. 2 Forrest Molinari 4-0