LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The King University women's wrestling team returned to the mat on Friday at the NWCA National Duals. The fifth-ranked Tornado fell behind No. 12 University of The Cumberlands early, but rolled off five straight victories to take the win 24-20 and advance to the semifinals.
FINAL SCORE: #5 King 24, #12 Cumberlands 20
LOCATION: Louisville Exposition Center; Louisville, Ky.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Patriots won the first three matches to open up a 12-1 advantage after the bout at 116 pounds.
- Briana Kellin got the Tornado going with a pin of Ashley Tobe in 1:34 at 123 pounds.
- At 130 pounds, Cheyenne Sisenstein followed with a 10-0 technical fall over eighth-ranked Bridgette Duty.
- Nicole Joseph gave King the lead when she pinned fifth-ranked Kellyann Jimenez in 5:05 at 136 pounds.
- Ashlynn Ortega and Ana Luciano stretched the Tornado advantage to 23-12 with back-to-back technical falls.
- Ortega topped Samantha Croker 11-0 at 143 pounds, and at 155 pounds, Luciano defeated Isabella Ricchiazzi 10-0.
- Cumberlands won the final two matches, but King took the match 24-20.
RESULTS BY WEIGHT CLASS
101 – #9 Jessica Rodriguez (Cumberlands) pinned Jaclyn McNichols (King), 1:52
109 – Autumn Gordon (Cumberlands) technical fall Lesly Hernandez (King), 10-0
116 – Madison Angelito (Cumberlands) decision #5 Makayla Welch (King), 8-4
123 – #7 Briana Kellin (King) pinned Ashley Tobe (Cumberlands); 1:34
130 – #4 Cheyenne Sisenstein (King) technical fall #8 Bridgette Duty (Cumberlands), 10-0
136 – #2 Nicole Joseph (King) pinned #5 Kellyann Jimenez (Cumberlands), 5:05
143 – #3 Ashlynn Ortega (King) technical fall Samantha Croker (Cumberlands), 11-0
155 – #5 Ana Luciano (King) technical fall Isabella Ricchiazzi (Cumberlands), 10-0
170 – #7 Anna Naylor (Cumberlands) decision Hailey Cancelleri (King), 7-1
191 – #10 Jesse Kirby (Cumberlands) pinned #10 Nia Crosdale (King), 1:08
- King will take on fourth-ranked Wayland Baptist University on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in the semifinals.
- The Tornado will then face top-ranked McKendree University or sixth-ranked Emmanuel College in either the championship or third place match at 2:00 p.m.