PECS, Hungary – Three members of the King University women's wrestling team earned a spot on Team USA for the University World Nationals and helped the Americans finish third at the competition that had 25 teams competing. Both Amanda Hendey and Julia Salata will come home with individual hardware, while Samantha Klingel finished fifth in her weight class.
Hendey registered pins in her first two bouts at 63 kilograms over Agnieszka Krol of Poland and Bulgaria's Dzanan Manolova to advance to the championship match. In the finals, Hendey faced off against former Junior World Champion, Danielle Lapagge of Canada. Lapagge came away with the win, 7-2 in what was a very tight and hard fought match, giving Hendey at silver medal.
At 75 kilograms, Salata won her first match on a 5-0 decision over Tamae Yoshii of Japan to advance to the semifinals. However, the junior fell to Estonia's Epp Mae in the semifinals, dropping her to the third place bout. There, Salata earned a 12-1 tech fall victory over Noelia Lalin Canda of Spain to take the bronze medal.
On Wednesday, Klingel won her first match at 55 kilograms, but fell to Russia's Irina Ologonova before facing Samanthat Stewart of Canada for bronze. However, Klingel dropped the match to Stewart to give her a fifth place finish.
Members of the King women's wrestling team will next be in action at the Senior Pan American Championships on July 15-17 in Mexico City, Mexico.