OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The King University women's wrestling team opened competition at the Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) National Championships with solid day. Seven Tornado will compete for medals on Saturday, including both of the finalists at 101 pounds.
KING RESULTS: 6th of 31
LOCATION: Abe Lemons Arena; Oklahoma City, Okla.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Tornado will have both finalists at 101 pounds for the second straight year as Marina Doi and Regina Doi will square off on Saturday.
- Top-ranked Marina Doi won all of her three matches on the day, topping Lisa Megargee of Eastern Oregon University 8-0 before topping seventh-ranked Iesha Washington of Emmanuel College 5-0 in the quarterfinals.
- She reached the finals with an 8-0 victory over fourth-ranked Genae Sampract of McKendree University 8-0.
- Regina Doi entered ranked second and she went 4-0 on the day, starting with a 10-0 technical fall victory over Waldorf University's Alaura Couch.
- Following another 10-0 technical fall, this time over Shania Melendez of Lindenwood University, Doi defeated sixth-ranked McKayla Campbell of Campbellsville University 13-6 in the quarterfinals.
- In the semifinals, Doi took a tight 6-6 decision on criteria over third-ranked Asia Ray of Wayland Baptist University.
- Nicole Joseph, ranked fifth at 136 pounds won her first three matches of the day to reach the semifinals. She started with a 2-0 victory over Lacey Henderson of Ottawa University and followed with a 7-2 win over Missouri Valley College's Julia Mata.
- Joseph reached the semifinals with a 5-4 win over fourth-ranked Solin Piearcy of Menlo before falling to top-ranked Kayla Miracle of Campbellsville.
- At 109 pounds, Aleeah Gould went 3-1 on the day, with her lone defeat coming to second-ranked Charlotte Fowler of Campbellsville in the quarterfinals, 5-4.
- She started the day with a 14-4 technical fall over Madison Angelito of University of the Cumberlands, then defeated eighth-ranked Alanda Nguyen of Life University 8-1 before falling to Fowler.
- In the consolation bracket, Gould defeated sixth-ranked Alexa Christoforatos 8-0 to reach the quarterfinals and lock up a spot on the podium.
- Allison Petix also locked up All-American honors, reaching the quarterfinals of the consolation bracket at 130 pounds.
- Petix, ranked fourth, earned an 8-2 win over De'anna Prince of Waldorf University before falling to second-ranked Grace Bullen of Campbellsville 5-0.
- In the consolation bracket, she defeated Menlo College's Melaine Cordero 6-2 and took an 11-0 technical fall over Charline Hagemaster of Emmanuel to reach the consolation semifinals.
- Ranked seventh at 155 pounds, Jessi Kee rolled off three wins to reach the finals. She defeated Kaylee Foster of Missouri Baptist University 6-0 and 12th-ranked Yuneris Taveras on a 10-0 technical fall.
- She the topped third-ranked Yvonne Galindo of Oklahoma City University 10-4 in the quarterfinals. However, she fell to second-ranked Tatum Sparks of the University of Providence in the semifinals.
- At 191 pounds, eighth-ranked Victoria Espinoza won her first bout of the day, topping Stephanie Pantoja of Life 3-1. However, she fell to second-ranked Paige Baynes in the quarterfinals before defeating ninth-ranked Darcie Manning-O'Brien of Missouri Baptist 4-1 to earn a podium finish.
KING RESULTS BY WEIGHT CLASS
109 – Aleeah Gould 3-1
123 – Briana Kellin 2-2
130 – Allison Petix 3-1
136 – Nicole Joseph 3-1
143 – Leilani Vital 1-2
155 – Jessi Kee 3-1
191 – Victoria Espinoza 2-1
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The Tornado also received the WCWA Team Scholastic Award for the seventh straight year. For the first time in program history, the Tornado had the hightest team GPA among all competing teams.
- The WCWA National Championships conclude on Saturday at Oklahoma City University.