Women's Wrestling

4 NWCA DUALS CHAMPIONSHIPS & 4 WCWA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Tornado comeback to defeat #6 Emmanuel

Photo credit: Danielle Stauffer
Photo credit: Danielle Stauffer

FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. – In their third matchup of the season, and second in five days, the sixth-ranked King University women's wrestling team defeated sixth-ranked Emmanuel College of the second time this year. The Tornado fell behind, but came back and Victoria Espinoza gave King the 22-21 win with technical fall, avenging the loss for the Tornado last Thursday at the NWCA National Duals.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: #6 King 22, #6 Emmanuel 21
LOCATION: Franklin Springs, Ga.
RECORDS: King 13-2, Emmanuel 16-6

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Regina Doi started the dual with a 8-2 decision over Iesha Washington at 101 pounds.
  • However, the Lions countered with back-to-back pins, taking a 10-3 advantage.
  • At 123 pounds, Briana Kellin defeated eighth-ranked Alexis Encinas 4-0 to get the Tornado going.
  • Allison Petix followed with a pin of fifth ranked Abigail Nette at 130 pounds, vaulting King back into the lead.
  • Nicole Joseph followed with a 4-0 decision over Astrid Silva at 136 pounds, stretching the King lead to 14-10.
  • Emmanuel regained the lead with a pin at 143 pounds, but Jessi Kee came back with a 10-0 technical fall over Sadie Tackett at 155 pounds.
  • The Lions again took the lead with a pin, and held a 21-18 advantage going to the final match.
  • AT 191 pounds, Espinoza earned an 11-0 technical fall over Kayla Wade, giving King the 11-0 victory.

KING (13-2) 22, EMMANUEL (16-6) 21

101 – No. 2 Regina Doi (KING) dec. Iesha Washington (EMM), 8-2 (KING 3-0)

109 – No. 3 Maria Vidales (EMM) pinned No. 1 Marina Doi (KING), 4:51 (EMM 5-3)

116 – No. 1 Cody Pfau (EMM) pinned No. 6 Aleeah Gould (KING), 2:03 (EMM 10-3)

123 – Briana Kellin (KING) dec. No. 8 Alexis Encinas (EMM), 4-0 (EMM 10-6)

130 – No. 6 Allison Petix pinned No. 5 Abigail Nette (EMM), 2:56 (KING 11-10)

136 – No. 7 Nicole Joseph (KING) dec. Astrid Silva (EMM), 4-0 (KING 14-10)

143 – No. 4 Kayla Marano (EMM) pinned Leilani Vital (KING), 1:28 (EMM 15-14)

155 – Jessi Kee (KING) tech. fall. Sadie Tackett (EMM), 10-0 (KING 18-15)

170 – Felicity Bryant (EMM) pinned Keely Sage (KING), 0:18 (EMM 21-18)

191 – Victoria Espinoza (KING) tech. fall Kayla Wade (EMM), 11-0 (KING 22-21)

UP NEXT

  • King returns home on Sunday to host the Tornado Open. Wrestling is scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m. in the Student Center Complex.
  • Emmanuel will also compete at the Tornado Open on Sunday.