November 11, 2012

McAdoo, Ramos Collect Victories at Missouri Valley Open

Malexis McAdoo and Lorrie Ramos won their first tournaments at the Missouri Valley Open, Sunday. In addition, King had four second and two third place finishes.

MARSHALL, Mo. – Lorrie Ramos and Malexis McAdoo were victorious for the Lady Tornado at the Missouri Valley Open on Sunday. King had six additional podium finishes at the open style tournament, hosting by Missouri Valley College.  

Sophomores Lorrie Ramos (Orlando, Fla.) and Kerri Bumpers (Hampton, Va.) each won three matches to make it to the final of the 170-pound class bracket.  Ramos took only 40 seconds to win her first match by pin and then won by fall in her second match 33 seconds into the second round.  Ramos earned her spot in the final with a win by pin at the 32-second mark of her third match against Tamara Hatfield (MVC).

Bumpers upset No. 1 seed Demi Strub (OCU) by decision in a close three-round bout (2-2, 0-1, 2-2) in which the sophomore held the upper hand in two rounds that ended in ties by points, setting up a classic King-versus-King title bout with teammate Lorrie Ramos. Once again, the bout went down to the wire with Ramos earning the edge in a 2-3, 2-0, 1-1 victory for the tournament title and giving King a 1-2 finish in the bracket.

Leading up to the 170-pound final, Bumpers won three closely fought matches by decision, which included a 1-1, 1-0 win in her first round. Bumpers then took her next two matches in three rounds to advance to the final against her teammate. Ramos won a close decision in the all-King final, 2-3, 2-0, 1-1.

Freshman Malexis McAdoo (Amarillo, Texas) swept her way through to the 191-pound final and defeated Heather O'Conner of Oklahoma City University, 2-0, 2-1, to give the Lady Tornado its second victory at the Missouri Valley Open. McAdoo only gave up one point in three matches and notched a pin just 56 seconds into her first match against LaChae Cynum-Banks (MVC). She beat Heather O'Conner of OCU in the title match by decision, 2-0, 2-1.

The tournament victories by Ramos and McAdoo were the first of their King careers.

In the 101-pound division, junior Shannon Constantine (Haverhill, Ma.) went 4-1, including a 2-1, 6-0 victory in the third place match over her teammate, Ashley Iliff. Iliff placed fourth in the 101-pound bracket, going 3-2 on the day.

In the 116-pound bracket, sophomore Kayla Brendlinger (Slippery Rock, Pa.) won three matches, including her first two by pin less than two minutes into both matches, to advance to the final before falling by decision to No. 1 Joey Miller of Oklahoma City University (3-1, 3-1). Despite the loss, Brendlinger still won second place for the Lady Tornado. Junior Victoria Nguyen (Johnson City, Tenn.) also had a strong showing for King by going 4-1, including a 0-2, 6-0, 6-1 win by decision over Shelby Morrison (OCU) in the third place match.

Junior Katarina Perez (El Centro, Calif.) won two of three matches by pin to advance to the final of the 130-pound class. Perez fell by decision in the final to OCU's Audrey Morehouse (2-4, 1-0, 4-0) to collect second place honors.

Sophomore Krista Revelle (Meriden, Kan.) won four matches, three of four by decision, in which she did not allow a single point to make it to the final in the 143-pound class. Revelle lost in the final (1-0, 2-0) to Wayland Baptist's Tamyra Mensah, giving King another second place finish.

Also placing highly for the Tornado was Samantha Klingel (5th, 116) and Stacy Martin (5th, 130). A total of 12 King wrestlers advanced to the semifinal round of their respective weight classes. Junior World bronze medalist Alli Ragan, defending national champion Emily Martin, and Julia Salata did not compete at the Missouri Valley Open.

Up next for the Lady Tornado will be a trip to Canada for the prestigious Harry Geris Open in London, Ontario on Nov. 17. Last year, the Lady Tornado took the team title and junior Alli Ragan was named Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament.