LAKELAND, Fla. – The King University women's wrestling team competed at the 2013 Body Bar Championships on Sunday, and the Tornado came home with three first place finishes and two runner-ups. Sarah Hildebrandt (55-kg), Lorrie Ramos (67-kg) and Julia Salata (72-kg) all returned home from Florida with titles.
At the 72-kilogram weight class, Salata defeated Anastasia Lobsinger of Concord Youth Center 3-0, 6-0 to win the championship. Hildebrandt turned a perfect day, going 6-0 to win the 55-kilogram title. She won two matches by tech fall, before facing teammate Kayla Brendlinger in the final. Hildebrandt took a 2-0, 1-0 victory to win the weight class while Brendlinger came in with a second place finish.
Ramos also completed a perfect day with a 6-0 record. She started the day with a win in 1:12 on fall and completed the championship with another victory on a fall in 1:55 over Lindenwood's Amy Spafford to win the 67-kilogram weight class. Samantha Klingel earned a second place finish at the 51-kilogram weight class. Klingel won her first six matches, but fell in the final to NYAC's Haley Augello on a fall in 1:03 in the final. Augello will be joining the Tornado sqaud as a freshman in the fall.
Also at the 51-kilogram weight class, Marina Sanchez turned in a third place finish. Sanchez won her first four bouts, including two on falls before she dropped her semifinal match to future teammate Augello. However, Sanchez bounced back to finish third with a 2-0, 0-2, 2-2 decision over Lindenwood's Savanna Nobile. Ashley Iliff also earned a fourth place finish wrestling at the 44-kilogram weight class.
With the wins, Hildebrandt, Ramos, Salata and Augello all earned spots on the Junior World team that will compete in Bulgaria in August. Of the seven members that will make up the Junior world team, four of them will be representing King in Bulgaria. Augello was also named the Outstanding Wreslter of the event.
Due to their second place finishes, Klingel and Brendlinger earned positions to wrestle in the Junior Pan Ams in Chili.