BRISTOL, Tenn. – The top-ranked King University women's wrestling team hosted their only even of the season, and the Tornado took four more wins. King wrestled two teams, and both teams took victories of Campbellsville University and #9 University of the Cumberlands.
King's top team first faced Campbellsville, taking a 34-8 win over the Tigers. Shannon Constantine got things off to a good start when she pinned Cassidy Ferrell in 50 seconds at 101 pounds. Julia Salata also won by pin at 155, pinning Michelle Organ in 1:08. Haley Augello (116), Sarah Hildebrandt (123) all won by tech fall.
The Tornado then took on ninth ranked Cumberlands, and Constantine took a tough fought 8-0 decision over Sarah Allen. After King fell behind 5-3, Augello and Hildebrandt earned wins by tech fall to give King an 11-5 advantage. Kayla Brendlinger then pinned Siebhan Esquerra in 44 seconds at 130 while Alli Ragan pinned Kerstin Yamasak in 1:11. Amanda Hendey, Salata and Lorrie Ramos capped the 36-5 victory with pins. At 143, Hendey pinned Kristin Harmon in 2:16 while Salata pinned Olivia Cepak in 1:03. Ramos defeated Angelica Hernandez in 53 seconds.
King's second team also faced both schools, taking a 33-9 win over Campbellsville before topping #9 Cumberlands 27-13. Against Campbellsville, Ashley Iliff won by tech fall at 101 while Samantha Klingel pinned Michelle Lomas in 1:24 at 116 to give King a 9-4 lead. Kayla Bartosch defeated Kasey Ricketts by tech fall at 123. Hanna Martin capped King's win with a pin in 1:45 over Organ at 155.
The Tornado fell behind Cumberlands 10-0 before Klingel brought the momentum back to the Tornado with a pin of Sherri Berube as the first period horn sounded at 116. Bartosch then evened the score at 10-10 with a pin of Tia Kinglsey in 1:38 at 123. Katie Germain gave King a lead they didn't relinquish with a pin of Esquerra in 45 seconds at 130. Stacy Martin took a 9-0 decision over Yamasaki at 136 while Hanna Martin topped Cepak on a tech fall at 155. Kerri Bumpers capped the 27-13 win with a pin of Hernandez in 41 seconds at 170.
King will be in action again on Friday and Saturday at the NYAC International Tournament in New York, N.Y.