BRISTOL, Tenn. – Two King College women's wrestlers will represent the United States at this weekend's FILA Junior Pan American Championships, held in Peten, Guatemala. Rising freshmen Kayla Bartosch and Amanda Hendey will compete in their first official international championships of their King careers, which begins June 6 and conclude on June 10.
Kayla Bartosch (Granger, Ind.) will compete in the women's 51-kilogram weight class at the Junior Pan-Am Championships. She qualified for the event after taking second with a 3-0 pool play record at the Body Bar Women's Championships, including pins over Marina Sanchez (SD Hot Beaches) and Haley Moreno (Azle) to place her in the finals bout with Haley Augekio (NYAC) where she took second place overall.
Amanda Hendey (Beaumont, Calif.) will compete in just her third event as a King Tornado but on an international scale after taking second the Body Bar Championships in the 67-kg division. She rolled through the competition with pins over each of her four opponents to guide her into the title round. Two of her four pins were within the first minute of the opening period and all four pins were completed within 1:30 of the match.
"Both of their goals were to make some sort of world team and compete internationally, said Head Coach Jason Moorman. "No matter what happens this weekend this is going to enhance their wrestling and keep improving them. This is our goal as a program to have our wrestlers making these teams and representing our country. I know they will represent us well."
Fellow Tornado Krista Revelle qualified for the Junior Pan-Am Championships by advancing to the 63-kg championship against teammate Alli Ragan, but suffered a broken hand in training and was forced to withdraw from the competition.
Weigh-ins for the competition begin June 6 with Hendey and Bartosch taking the mat on Thursday, June 7. Last year, 14 teams participated in São Paulo, Brazil and the U.S. finished in first place in all three styles.