MARSHALL, Mo. – The fifth-ranked King University women's wrestling team posted a solid day at the Missouri Valley Open with eight placers at the event. Regina Doi took home a first place finish and Nicole Joseph finished runner-up to lead the Tornado.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Doi started her day at 101 pounds with a 2:00 pin over Coellet Rangel of McKendree University in the quarterfinals.
- Then the second-ranked wrestler earned a pair of 10-0 technical fall wins over sixth-ranked Maia Phanthadara of University of The Cumberlands and Wayland Baptist University's and third-ranked Asia Ray to take the title.
- At 136 pounds, Joseph won her first four matches, one by technical fall and another on a pin. Joseph, ranked seventh defeated Crystal Zamarripa of Missouri Baptist University on a 10-0 technical fall.
- She then pinned Adrian College's TJ Nelson in 1:54 before defeated McKendree's Darla Allen 8-0. Joseph then topped Oklahoma City University's Erin Redford 9-7 to reach the final.
- However, Joseph fell to sixth ranked Solin Piearcy of Menlo College in the final, giving her a runner-up finish.
- Fifth-ranked Aleeah Gould finished third at 109 pounds, going 5-1 on the day. She started with a 50 second pin of Holly Bailor of Adrian before taking a 10-0 technical fall over Brewton-Parker College's Brooke Richards.
- Gould pinned Bacone College's Destanie Juarez before falling to eventual runner-up Sarah Allen in the semifinals.
- In the consolation bracket, Gould defeated Jessica Rodriguez of Cumberlands on a 12-2 technical fall before topping Cumberlands' Madison Angelito on a 14-4 technical fall to take third.
- Allison Petix, ranked sixth also finished third, going 5-1 at 130 pounds. She started with two straight falls over Rachel Mitchell of Missouri Valley in 1:31 and another over Adrian's Beandra Benn in 2:01.
- Following a 12-2 technical fall win over Breanna Dudoit-Vasquez, Petix fell to eventual runner-up Alexia Ward in the semifinals.
- However, in the consolation bracket, Petix defeated Ismileyna Valles of Cumberlands 4-0 before taking a 10-0 technical fall victory over Menlo's Shelly Avelino to take third.
- Eighth-ranked Cassidy Ferrell and Clarc Walker also took home seventh place finishes. At 101 pounds, Ferrell went 3-2 on the day, taking a pair of wins by technical fall and earning seventh with a 6-0 decision over Coellet Rangel of McKendree University.
- Walker went 3-2 at 170 pounds, starting her day with a 2:24 pin over Cumberlands' Payton Rigert. She later defeated seventh-ranked Courteney Tompkins of Cumberlands 4-2 to take seventh.
- Jordan Daniels and Victoria Espinoza were the final two placers for King, both finishing eighth.
- Daniels went 3-3 at 109 pounds. She won three matches in a row in the consolation bracket, capped by a 2:42 pin of Destanie Juarez of Bacone College. However, she dropped her final two matches to take eight.
- At 191 pounds, Espinoza reached the quarterfinals with a pair of wins to start the day. The first win was a pin in 37 seconds over Brittany Alva of Ottawa University.
- She followed that with a 12-1 technical fall over Shea Chares of Cumberlands to reach the quarterfinals.
- However, she dropped her next match before pinning JaLynne Hooker of Bacone in 1:25 in the consolation bracket. She then dropped her final two matches to finish eighth.
KING RESULTS BY WEIGHT CLASS
123 – Izzy Hook 1-2
136 – Nicole Joseph 4-1, 2nd
143 – Leilani Vital 2-2
191 – Victoria Espinoza 3-2, 8th
- King will be in action again on January 4-5 at the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) National Duals. The Tornado will be going for their fifth straight title in Fort Wayne, Ind.