BUDAPEST, Hungary – On Thursday, King University women's wrestler Alli Ragan became the first Tornado wrestler to compete at the World Championships. After winning her first match in the round of 16, Ragan fell to Japan's Ayaka Ito to end her run in her first senior level competition.
The senior from Carbondale, Ill., had a bye in the first round, before squaring off against Russia's Svetlana Lipatova, a 2013 Junior World Champion. Ragan gained an 8-0 lead on Lipatova before she pinned her at 4:24 in the second period to take the victory and move into the quarterfinals.
In the quarterfinals, Ragan faced Ito in what was a tight match to move on to the semifinals. However, Ragan dropped a narrow 3-2 decision. Ragan had a chance to wrestle for the bronze medal had Ito won her semifinal match, but she fell to Marianna Sastin from Hungary, effectively ending Ragan's tournament.
"I will definitely learn from this experience," Ragan said. "I'll be back next year and many more years hopefully. I definitely know I can compete with anyone in the World."
Sastin defeated Taybe Yusein of Bulgaria in the finals to take the gold medal while Muhktuya Tungalag of Mongolia defeated Ito for the bronze.