April 25, 2011

Championship for Ragan at University Nationals

AKRON, Ohio - King College had three women's wrestlers reach the finals of their respective weight classes at the weekend's University Nationals in Akron, Ohio, including a championship for Alli Ragan.

Ragan, a freshman from Carbondale, Ill., used a 1-4, 5-1 and 3-0 decision to take the 63-kilogram crown over Lindenwood (Mo.) University's Randi Beltz.

She came off a strong performance at US Senior Open, continued her run pinning Lindenwood's Rachel Shannon in the first round 6-0 and 6-0. Ragan then defeated Oklahoma City's Amberle Montgomery 5-3 and 4-3. In the finals, after dropping the first period 4-1, She went on a tear taking the championship defeating Beltz 5-1 and 3-0 in the next two periods.

Emily Martin (Frisco, Texas) was pinned by USOEC's Carlene Sluberski in the 51-kilogram championship. Amber Floyd (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) reached the 77-kilogram title match but was pinned in the second period by Brittany Delgado of Oklahoma City University.

Martin began the tournament with a win over Michelle Jimenez-Linares.  Martin then faced a rematch against Lindenwood's Ashley Shannon who Martin had edged out for third at the US Open and Martin won in convincing fashion. Martin eventually fell to Sluberski. 

Shannon Constantine finished sixth in 48-kilogram weight class.  Constantine defeated the University of the Cumberlands' Opelia Felipe 6-0, 0-6 and 6-0, avenging a previous loss from the WCWA Nationals.  Constantine also defeated Oklahoma City's Brianna Rahal 0-1, 2-0 and 2-0.

Stacy Martin placed fourth in the 51-kilogram bracket. She defeated Logan Rich, from Oklahoma City, 2-1 and 2-0. Martin eventually lost to Lindenwood's Ashley Shannon.

Kayla Bartosch was fifth among 55 kilogram wrestlers thanks to a win over teammate Victoria Nguyen. Bartosch also defeated Milagros Zamora by fall.

Haylee Childs ended her tournament with a strong third place finish in the 63-kilogram weight class. She defeated Oklahoma City's Tessa Plana in the opening round. After dropping a decision to Lindenwood's Randi Beltz, Childs avenged a previous loss at the US Open, with a win over returning University National Champion Amberle Montgomery, from Oklahoma City, for third 4-3 and 1-0.

Floyd dominated her first two opponents, with first period falls over Menlo's duo of Rebecca Meideros in 39 seconds and Brittany Caoile in 75 seconds. She lost to Delgado in the championship, but did secure her spot at the World Team Trials.

The top two finishers from each weight class earned a trip to June's U.S. World Team Trials in Oklahoma City.

Next for the squad will be the USAW Body Bar Nationals May 13-14.