April 19, 2014

Ragan takes Las Vegas/U.S. Open title

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The King University women's wrestling team had seven members travel to Las Vegas to compete in the Las Vegas/ASICS U.S. Open. Alli Ragan won the tournament at 58 kilograms, and Sarah Hildebrandt and Julia Salata also took home top three finishes.

Ragan made easy work of her bracket, advancing to Saturday night's final with a pair of wins on Friday. After a bye in the first round, she defeated Kayla Miracle 10-0 on a tech fall before topping Michaela Hutchison on a narrow 6-4 decision. In the finals, Ragan made quick work of Trinity Griffin, pinning her in 2:21 to take the 58 kilogram title.

At 55 kilograms, Hildebrandt was nearly as impressive en route to her second place finish. The Granger, Ill., native started her day on Friday with a 10-0 tech fall win over Cassidy Jasperson before advancing o the finals with a 6-4 decision over Jacarra Winchester in the semifinals. However, she fell to Helen Maroulis on a tech fall, 11-0 in the title bout on Saturday.

Salata turned in a solid weekend at 75 kilograms, winning her first match on a pin before advancing to the semifinals with a 12-2 tech fall win over Anastasia Lobsinger. After dropping her semifinal bout, Salata bounced back to take her consolation semifinal match on a 10-0 tech fall. She then defeated Mary Westman on a tech fall 10-0 in the third place bout.

At the same 75 kilogram weight class, Lorrie Ramos finished in fifth place, pinning Kiaya Van Scoyoc in 5:57 in the fifth place bout. After she fell in the quarterfinals, Ramos took a 10-0 tech fall win over Gabriela Buzman before defeating Lobsinger on a tight 10-9 decision.

Wrestling at 55 kilograms, Hanna Grisewood started her weekend with a pin over Cara Romeike to advance to the semifinals. However, she dropped the semifinal bout before topping Jasperson on a 12-2 tech fall to advance to the third place bout. She then dropped a close 6-0 decision to Jacarra, giving her a fourth place finish.

Amanda Hendey and Samantha Klingel also competed for the Tornado. Hendey went 2-1 before dropping her final two matches due to injury to take sixth while Klingel went 1-2.

With the victory, Ragan receives a bye into the finals of the U.S. World Team Trials on May 31-June 1 in Madison, Wis.