King Ranked No. 1 in WCWA Rankings for First Time in School History

King Ranked No. 1 in WCWA Rankings for First Time in School History
The WCWA College preseason rankings were released on Tuesday night. For the first time in school history, King held the top spot while two held individual No. 1 rankings.

BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the first time in its four-year history, the King College Women's Wrestling team has achieved a WCWA national No. 1 ranking. In the Women's College Wrestling Association (WCWA) preseason poll released Tuesday night, the King Lady Tornado was named the No. 1 team in the nation while two of its individuals were tabbed preseason favorites in their respective weight classes.

The preseason rankings naming King the top team in the country marks the first time King held the No. 1 spot in its history. The Lady Tornado dethroned the four-time defending team champion Oklahoma City University Stars who had possessed the top spot for much of the time since the WCWA's inception. The Stars are ranked second in the country with Lindenwood, Simon Fraser, and Cumberlands rounding out the top-5, in that order.

The team rankings are constructed as a by-product of the individual rankings. King and OCU both have two returners ranked No. 1 in their respective weight classes, but the Tornado's depth at multiple divisions helped them achieve a higher team ranking than the defending champions.

Junior World Team member Sarah Hildebrandt was named the No. 1 wrestler at the 123-pound division. The sophomore from Granger, Ind. was the runner up in her weight class at the 2012 WCWA Championships and was one of the three participants at the most recent Junior World Team Championships in Pattaya, Thailand in September.

Also ranked the top wrestler in her weight class was sophomore Krista Revelle (Meriden, Kan.) in the 136-pound division. Revelle stormed onto the scene last year and in her first collegiate competition advanced all the way to the 136-pound championship match where she defeated Stephanie Geltmacher for the title. She met teammate Alli Ragan in the 136-pound finals at the 2012 Body Bar Championship but lost, placing her in the Junior Pan-Am games. Due to an injury, she was unable to compete but has all the motivation and health to return to defend her title.

Defending national champion Emily Martin (Frisco, Texas) was granted an extra year of eligibility by the WCWA and will also get the chance to defend her title in the 109-pound division. She comes in ranked the No. 2 wrestler in her weight class after the return of Simon Fraser's Victory Anthony, who took an Olympic redshirt last year.

Junior World bronze medalist Alli Ragan (Carbondale, Ill.) enters the 2012-13 season ranked No. 2 in the 143-pound division and will attempt to improve upon her runner-up finish at the 2012 WCWA Championships.

Other notable individual placements include Julia Salata (Canton, Mich.) who currently ranks third at 155 pounds. Katarina Perez (130#), Amber Floyd (191#), and Shannon Constantine (101#) all are ranked third in their respective weight classes.

King has a stronghold on the 116- and 123-pound weight classes, placing three inside the top-10 of each.

A total of 17 individuals from the Lady Tornado team were ranked in the top-10 of their respective weight class, including freshmen Malexis McAdoo (Amarillo, Texas) at 191 pounds and Marina Sanchez (Riverside, Calif.) at 101 pounds. McAdoo Sanchez is the only King freshman to receive a preseason ranking.

King will engage in their annual Navy vs. Scarlet intrasquad match on Oct. 9 and begin their season on Oct. 20 in a classic No. 1 versus No. 2 dual match with the Oklahoma City Stars in Oklahoma City. King's lone home meet will be held on Nov. 3 when they host Missouri Baptist and No. 5 Cumberlands.

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101 pounds
1. Emily Webster, So., Oklahoma City
2. Opelia Felipe, Sr., Cumberlands
3. Shannon Constantine, Jr., King
4. Brianna Rahall, Jr., Oklahoma City
5. Megan Chun, So., Pacific
6. Jenny Garza, Sr., Lindenwood
7. Deyonne Sedillos, So., Oklahoma City
8. Desiree Ramos, So., Lindenwood
9. Marina Sanchez, Fr., King
10. Dalina Vuong, Fr., MVC


1. King College
2. Oklahoma City University
3. Lindenwood University
4. Simon Fraser University
5. University of the Cumberlands
6. Wayland Baptist University
7. Missouri Valley College
8. Menlo College
9. Jamestown College
10. Waldorf College


109 pounds
1. Victoria Anthony, Jr., Simon Fraser
2. Emily Martin, Sr., King
3. Kristi Garr, Jr., Oklahoma City
4. India Walker, Sr., Lindenwood
5. Michelle Jimenez, Jr,, Menlo
6. Jessica Fresh, So., Waldrof
7. Caitlyn Chase, Sr., Missouri Baptist
8. Sherylyn Sabato, Sr., Menlo
9. Amy Fearnside, Fr., Midland 
10. Quinn Nagatani, Fr., Midland 


136 pounds
1. Krista Revelle, So., King
2. Stephanie Geltmacher, Jr., Oklahoma City
3. Danielle Curtis, Sr., MVC
4. Rachael Shannon, Jr., Lindenwood
5. Kerstin Harmon, Jr., Cumberlands
6. Bailey Halvorson, Jr., Simon Fraser
7. Shanice Vernon-Jackson, So., Wayland Baptist
8. Beatrize Martinez, Jr., Oklahoma City
9. Monica Ramirez, Fr., Lindenwood
10. Stephanie Mix, Fr., Cumberlands

116 pounds
1. Joey Miller, Sr., Oklahoma City
2. Kalin Knight-Alvarez, So., Menlo
3. Samantha Klingel, So., King
4. Kayla Bartosch, Jr., King
5. Victoria Nguyen, Jr., King
6. Sherri Berube, So., Cumberlands
7. Jacarra Winchester, Jr., MVC
8. Michelle Canete, Sr., Jamestown
9. Shelby Morrison, Fr., Oklahoma City
10. Logan Rich, Sr., Oklahoma City


155 pounds
1. Sydney Nelson, Sr., Cumberlands
2. Brittney Roberts , Sr., Oklahoma City
3. Julia Salata, So., King
4. Brittany David, Jr., Lindenwood
5. Demi Strub, So., Oklahoma City
6. Jenna McLatchy, Jr., Simon Fraser
7. Valerie Rosales, So., Wayland Baptist
8. Jordan Hagerman, Sr., Missouri Valley
9. Claire Lawson, So., Waldorf
10. Lori Ramos, So., King

123 pounds
1. Sara Hildebrandt, So., King
2. Laura Wilson, Sr., Simon Fraser
3. Courtney Kinimaka, Sr., Lindenwood
4. Stacy Martin, Jr., King
5. Jessica Behren, So., Wayland Baptist
6. Rachael McFarland, Fr., Oklahoma City
7. Katlyn Eddie, Fr., Oklahoma City
8. Summer Werner, Fr., Midland
9. Kayla Brendlinger, So., King
10. Brittany Faust, Jr., MVC


170 pounds
1. Justina Distassio, Jr., Simon Fraser
2. Kendra Lewis, Sr., Lindenwood
3. Leya-Justi Luaflemana, Jr., NW Kansas Tech
4. Heather O'Connor, So., Oklahoma City
5. Rebecca Mattes, So., King
6. Brittany Jones, Jr., MVC
7. Kayla Volin, Jr., Jamestown
8. Juliana Tripilett, Fr, Missouri Baptist
9. Darcie Manning-O'Brien, Fr., Missouri Baptist
10. Victoria Francis, Fr., Lindenwood


130 pounds
1. Shauna Isbell, Sr., Lindenwood
2. Audrey Morehouse, Sr., Oklahoma City
3. Kat Perez, Jr., King
4. Breanna Delgado, So., Oklahoma City
5. Laura Gordon, Sr., Simon Fraser 
6. Brazel Marques, So., Menlo
7. Roni Goodale, So., Waldorf
8. Liza Gutierrez, Sr., Cumberlands
9. Cianah Hee, Sr., Cumberlands
10. Randi Beltz, Jr., MVC


191 pounds
1. Miriam Moreno, So., Wayland Baptist
2. Angela Vvborny, Jr., Wayland Baptist
3. Amber Floyd, Sr., King
4. Chelse Fleming, Sr., Jamestown
5. Katy Yoder, Sr., Cumberlands
6. Malexis McAdoo, Fr., King
7. Sanoe Spencer, Fr., Oklahoma City
8. Ruth Ledger, Jr., Lindenwood
9. Indya Stevens, So., Lindenwood
10. Rebecca Perales, So., Lindenwood


143 pounds
1. Danielle Lappage, Sr., Simon Fraser
2. Alli Regan, Jr., King
3. Tanya Kusse, Jr., Lindenwood
4. Tamyra Mensah, So., Wayland Baptist
5. Crystal Borrow, So, Lindenwood
6. Frances Efiong, Sr., Missouri Valley
7. Sidney Morrison, Sr., Simon Fraser
8. Allysoon Blessman, Jr., Cumberlands
9. April Ritts, So., Waldorf
10. Kayla Aggio, Fr., Oklahoma City