OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The King University women's wrestling team opened their season in impressive fashion on Friday as they swept through pool play at the Cliff Keen Duals, hosted by Oklahoma City University. The Tornado took victories over Wayland Baptist University (2), the mystery team, Lindenwood University (2) and Missouri Baptist University to move into Saturday's Gold Bracket.
The Tornado started the day with a 44-4 triumph over Wayland Baptist. King took a 10-4 lead following forfeits at both the 101 and 116 pound weight classes. Sarah Hildebrandt extended the lead to 14-4 when she defeated Dineesha Jones on a tech fall. Malexis McAdoo capped the 44-4 win by defeating Kierra Boyce on a tech fall.
King then faced the Mystery Team, which is comprised of wrestlers from the schools competing, and took a 42-0 victory. Ashley Iliff got things off to a great start when she pinned Stephanie Martinez, of Oklahoma City in 2:42 at 101 pounds to give King an early 5-0 lead. Both Samantha Klingel (116) took a win by tech fall over Oklahoma City's Emily Ducote and Kayla Bartosch pinned the Stars Shilo Barrett. Stacy Martin (136) and Julia Salata (155) both took wins by tech fall while Lorrie Ramos (170) and McAdoo (191) both earned pins to cap the 42-0 Tornado win.
King again earned a shutout victory as they defeated Lindenwood 44-0 in their next match. Shannon Constantine defeated Sabreener Shelton on a tech fall to give King an early 9-0 lead. Alli Ragan (136) and Amanda Hendey (143) both turned in impressive victories. Ragan defeated Noelle Pohina on a fall in 50 seconds while Hendey topped Anna McAleavy on a fall in only 20 seconds.
In their final match of the day, King defeated Missouri Baptist 40-5 to earn the top seed in the Gold Bracket tomorrow. The Tornado earned three pins in the victory, starting with Daisy Santos at the 109 pound weight class as she pinned Kaylee Chavez in 4:52. The Final pins came by Ramos (170) over Aylin Hernandez in 0:47 and McAdoo (191) over Sharon Garcia in 1:23.
King will face McKendree University in the quarterfinals at 9:00 a.m. The Tornado could face defending WCWA national champion Simon Fraser University in the semifinals and home standing Oklahoma City University in the finals.