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Salata Crowned Champ at University Nationals, 10 Place

Salata Crowned Champ at University Nationals, 10 Place

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – King College was well represented at the 2012 University Nationals competition, held in Oklahoma City, Okla. over the weekend. Julia Salata took first place honors in the 72-kilogram division while nine of her teammates placed in the top-6 of their respective weight classes.

Salata, a freshman from Canton, Mich., defeated Oklahoma City University's Brittany Roberts (72kg/158.5 lb.) by decision. Salata controlled her opponent, taking away 4-1 and 2-0 decisions in the championship match.

Reigning WCWA National Champion and Wrestler of the Year Emily Martin (Frisco, Texas) advanced to the championship bout of the 48-kilogram (105.5 lb.) division but lost via second-period pin to two-time Junior World Champion, Victoria Anthony. She earned second place honors overall after defending her placement in a true second bout against Emily Webster (OCU) by shutting her out by decision, 2-0, 1-0.

Alli Ragan (Carbondale, Ill.) took a third place finish away from University Nationals, dominating OCU's Stephanie Geltmacher (63kg/138.5 lb.) by technical fall (7-0, 6-0).

Ten total Lady Tornado wrestlers placed during University Nationals, hosted at the Freede Center. Also taking the podium were Anna Cummings (6th, 48kg), Samantha Klingel (2nd, 51kg), Kayla Bartosch (3rd, 51kg), Sarah Hildebrandt (2nd, 55kg), Katarina Perez (4th, 59kg), Kayla Brendlinger (6th, 59kg), and Kerri Bumpers (5th, 77kg).

The Women's University Nationals is a qualifying event for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, set for Iowa City, Iowa, April 21-22. Champions at the four Olympic weight classes earned a spot in the field in Iowa City. Three of the four Olympic weight classes were won by athletes who were already qualified to compete in Iowa City (48 kg, 55 kg, 72 kg). 

More details and full tournament results will be available later.


At Oklahoma City, Okla., March 24, 2012
Women's freestyle results

48 kg/105.5 lbs
1st - Victoria Anthony, Huntington Beach, Calif. (NYAC) pin Emily Martin, Frisco, Texas (King College), 4-0, 0:24
3rd - Emily Webster, Oklahoma City, Okla. (OCU/Gator Wrestling Club) dec. Kristi Garr, Goodrich, Mich. (OCU/Gator Wrestling Club), Dec 4-1,0-2,5-1
5th - Candace Workman, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Unattached) dec. Anna Cummings, Bristol, Tenn. (King College), 3-2,2-1
True Second – Martin dec. Webster, 1-0, 2-0

51 kg/112 lbs
1st - Joey Miller, Woodward, Okla. (OCU/Gator Wrestling Club) dec. Samantha Klingel, Kresgeville, Pa.(King College), Dec 1-0, 2-0
3rd - Kayla Bartosch, Triangle, Va. (King College) dec. Logan Rich, Oklahoma City, Okla. (OCU/Gator Wrestling Club), 0-2, 2-1, 5-0
5th - Jessica Fresh, Knoxville, Iowa (Waldorf College) dec. Nicole Yarrington, Chipewa Falls, Wis. (Jimmie Wrestling Club), Dec 4-2,6-0

55 kg/121 lbs
1st - Michaela Hutchison, Soldotna, Alaska (OCU/Gator Wrestling Club) dec. Sarah Hildebrandt, Granger, Ind., (King College), 1-0, 1-0
3rd - Jacarra Winchester, Marshall, Mo. (Missouri Valley College) dec. Brittney Faust, Marshall, Mo. (Missouri Valley Wrestling Club), 2-0, 5-2
5th - Candice Chapick, Philadelphia, Pa. pin Rio Crismore, Plains, Montana, 1:16

59 kg/130 lbs
1st - Ashley Hudson, Wildwood, Mo. (OCU/Gator Wrestling Club) dec. Audrey Morehouse, Oklahoma City, Okla. (OCU/Gator Wrestling Club), 1-0, 1-0
3rd - Randi Beltz, Saint Clair, Mo. (Missouri Valley Wrestling Club) pin Katarina Perez, Atwater, Calif. (King College), 1:38
5th - Brieana Delgado, Fountain Inn, S.C. (OCU/Gator Wrestling Club) dec. Kayla Brendlinger, Slippery Rock, Pa. (King College), 1-0, 1-1

63 kg/138.5 lbs.
1st - Trinity Plessinger, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids) dec. Melissa Apodaca, Chugiak, Alaska (NYAC), 3-1, 6-0
3rd - Alli Ragan, Carbondale, Ill. (NYAC/King College) tech. fall Stephanie Geltmacher, Oklahoma City, Okla. (OCU/Gator Wrestling Club), 7-0,6-0
5th - Rachael Shannon, St. Charles, Mo. (Lindenwood) pin April Ritts, Manson, Iowa (Team Iowa), 1-0, 1:27
True Second – Apodaca pin Ragan, 0:49

67 kg/147.5 lbs.
1st - Adeline Gray, Colorado Springs, Colo. (NYAC) dec. Veronica Carlson, Colorado Springs, Colo. (NYAC), 1-0, 1-0
3rd - Jennifer Page, Orangevale, Calif. (OCU/Gator Wrestling Club) pin Gabrielle Klein, Stevens Point, Wis. (USOEC), 3-0, 1:39
5th - Danielle Curlis, Marshall, Mo. (Missouri Valley College) dec. Demi Strub, Oklahoma City, Okla. (OCU/Gator Wrestling Club), 6-0, 1-0

72 kg/158.5 lbs
1st - Julia Salata, Canton, Mich. (King College) dec. Brittany Roberts, Oklahoma City, Okla. (OCU/Gator Wrestling Club), Dec 4-1,2-0
3rd - Tamyra Mensah, Houston, Texas (Wayland) dec. Heather O`Connor, Oklahoma City, Okla. (OCU/Gator Wrestling Club), Dec 1-0,2-0
5th - Brittany David, St. Charles, Mo. (Lindenwood) pin Christina Zamora, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. (Jimmie Wrestling Club), Fall 0:38

77 kg/169.75 lbs
1st - Mei Ling Keiki, Douglas, Wyo. (Douglas Wyoming Club) pin Erie Bragg, Carrollton, Wash. (Jimmie Wrestling Club), 0:55
3rd - Paloma Basulto, Marshall, Mo. (Missouri Valley Wrestling Club) pin Jessica Ulloa, Marshall, Mo. (Missouri Valley Wrestling Club), 2-0, 0:28
5th - Kerri Bumpers, Bristol, Tenn. (King College) pin Obrianna Baidoo, Plano, Texas (Unattached), 3-0, 0:32