LAS VEGAS – The King University women's wrestling team had a successful weekend at the U.S. Open. Three current Tornado placed in the top five of their weight class and two alums won titles.
Ashlynn Ortega finished third at 68 kilograms, going 3-1 on the day. She defeated Kayla Marano 6-1 in the third-place bout. At 65 kilograms, Nicole Joseph went 2-2 on the day, finishing fourth. Allison Petix finished fifth at 57 kilograms, going 4-2 on the day. She defeated Koral Sugiyama 8-8 on criteria in the fifth-place bout.
The top five finishers at the U.S. Open Qualify for the Senior World Team Trials Challenge Tournament that is scheduled to take place on May 16-19 in Raleigh, N.C. The winners of the challenge tournament qualify for the Final X.
Three Tornado alums competed with Alli Ragan and Forrest Molinari winning championships while current King assistant coach Julia Salata finished sixth. For Ragan, it marked her third career U.S. Open title as she topped 2018 World Team Member Abigail Nette on a 10-0 technical fall at 59 kilograms. Molinari defeated a pair of world champions ag 65 kilograms to claim her first U.S. Open title with a 5-1 victory over Maya Nelson.
Ragan and Molinari along with Sarah Hildebrandt have all qualified for the Final X later this summer. The winner of the best-of-three Final X will make the 2019 World Team.