Klingel, Ragan take home medals from international competitions
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University's women's wrestlers continued to compete across the world this weekend as Alli Ragan and Sarah Hildebrandt competed at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia while Samantha Klingel and Kayla Brendlinger traveled to Santiago, Chile to compete in the Pan American Junior Championships. Ragan turned in a silver medal performance on Sunday while Klingel took home gold on Saturday.
Wrestling in the 59-kilogram weight class, Ragan defeated Japan's Ayaka Ito 4-2 before topping Canada's Elizabeth Kate Milovitch-Sera 7-0 on a tech fall to advance to the semifinals. The Carbondale, Ill., native kept the roll going in the semis, defeating Hungary's Emese Barka 9-3. However, Ragan's run came to an end in the finals as she fell to 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Yuliya Ratevich of Azerbaijan by the score of 7-0, giving her the silver medal.
Hildebrandt also competed at the World University Games in the 55-kilogram weight class and won her first bout 11-4 over Burcu Kebic of Turkey. Nevertheless, Hildebrandt dropped her next match 4-2 to North Korea's Sun Byol Hwang.
Meanwhile, in Chile, Klingel and Brendlinger helped Team USA take home the title at the Pan American Junior Championships. Wrestling at the 51-kilogram weight class, Klingel was one of two Americans to take home an individual gold medal from the event. Brendlinger finished eighth in the 55-kilogram weight class.
Overall, the United States took the gold while Venezuela finished with the silver and Canada took the bronze at the Pan American Junior Championships.