King takes 4th straight WCWA championship

King takes 4th straight WCWA championship

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The King University women's wrestling team made history again at the Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) National Championships, taking their fourth straight title. The Tornado are now tied for most WCWA national championships ever. Marina Doi, Breonnah Neal and Haley Augello all took home national titles, leading King to 187.5 points, finishing ahead of second place Simon Fraser University who had 170.5 points.

THE BASICS
SCORE: King 1st of 30, 187.5 points
LOCATION: Abe Lemmons Arena; Oklahoma City, Okla.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • At 101 pounds, teammates Marina Doi and Regina Doi squared off for the Tornado, and Marina Doi took the 5-0 decision for the national championship.
  • Neal kept it going at 109 pounds, defeating second-ranked Amy Fearnside of Jamestown University on a 4-1 decision.
  • At 116 pounds, Augello made it three straight champions with an 8-3 decision over No. 3 Cady Chessin of Menlo College.
  • Jessi Kee went for her first national title at 143 pounds, but she fell to defending champion and top-ranked Mallory Velte of Simon Fraser, giving Kee a runner-up finish.
  • At 170 pounds, Forrest Molinari had a chance for her second straight title, competing in a different weight class. However, she fell to The University of the Cumberlands' Jessika Rottier who was ranked first 8-1.
  • Earlier in the day, Hanna Grisewood won both of her matches at 123 pounds, giving her a third place finish. She defeated fifth-ranked Rachel Archer of Oklahoma City 8-2 in the third place bout.
  • Freshman Aleeah Gould came in with a seventh place finish at 109 pounds and Cassidy Ferrell finished eight at 101 pounds.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • The win gives King their fourth straight WCWA national title, matching run of Oklahoma City University from 2009-12.
  • King is tied with Oklahoma City for the most WCWA national titles.
  • Marina Doi takes her second straight national title. In her career she has two titles and one runner up finish.
  • Neal takes home a national title for the first time in her career after a pair of runner-up finishes.
  • For Augello, the national title is the third of her career, in three chances.
  • Kee takes her second runner up finish, the last coming at 130 pounds in 2015.
  • Molinari takes a runner up finish at 170 pounds a season after winning a title at 155 pounds.
  • All six finalists as well as Ferrell, Garcia and Grisewood earned All-America honors.

KING RESULTS BY WEIGHT CLASS

101 – No. 1 Marina Doi 4-0, 1st; No. 2 Regina Doi 3-1, 2nd; Cassidy Ferrell 2-3, 8th

109 – No. 1 Breonnah Neal 5-0, 1st; Aleeah Gould 5-2, 7th

116 – No. 1 Haley Augello 5-0, 1st

123 – No. 1 Hanna Grisewood 3-2, 3rd

130 – Nicole Joseph 2-2

136 – No. 4 Gabby Garcia 2-2

143 – No. 2 Jessi Kee 3-1, 2nd

155 – Alexis Bleau 1-2

170 – No. 2 Forrest Molinari 4-1, 2nd