King University women's team poses as team champion at the Cliff Keen Oklahoma City Duals. Emma Randall photo
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Tabbed as the preseason favorites, the King University women's wrestling team lived up to that billing in the first major event of the women's college wrestling season, the Cliff Keen Oklahoma City Duals
The Tornado cruised through pool play and both the quarter and semifinals before facing defending WCWA national champion Simon Fraser University in the finals of the Cliff Keen Duals. King didn't slow down, topping the Clan 35-9 to take the title. For the weekend, King went 7-0 en route to the championship.
After six wins, King took on defending WCWA National Champion Simon Fraser in the finals. The Tornado fell behind 4-0 early, but Daisy Santos gave the 5-4 lead to King with a pin at 109 pounds. Haley Augello followed with a win by tech fall at 116, and King held a 9-5 lead that they would not relinquish.
At 136, Alli Ragan took another pin victory, defeating Mallory Velte in 1:32. Julia Salata and McAdoo earned the final two King victories of the day as Salata earned win on a tech fall at 155 while Malexis McAdoo ended the 35-9 triumph with a pin of Jenna McLatchy in 1:46.
"King University came ready to wrestling in the finals and have a very balanced team," said Simon Fraser coach Justin Abdou. "We have some work to do to put ourselves in a position to beat them. The team had a bit of a let down after beating OCU. King got on a roll early on and rode that momentum to a fairly lopsided win."
In the third place match, Oklahoma City defeated Wayland Baptist, 27-15. The Stars built a 17-0 advantage after Brieana Delgado's technical-fall win over Jesse Von Behren at 123 pounds.
At 116, Shelby Morrison pinned Kristin Navarrete in 1:26. Cody Pfau and Emily Webster had technical falls for the Stars. OCU's Demi Strub won 5-0 over Valerie Rosales at 155 to stop Wayland Baptist's three-match win string. Sherese Thomas tacked on a technical-fall win 8-0 over Brenda Mendoza for the Stars.
Placing fifth was Lindenwood, with a 26-19 win over the University of the Cumberlands. Seventh place went to McKendree, a 24-20 winner over Missouri Baptist.
In the semifinals, King squared off with Wayland Baptist University, and Shannon Constantine started the match with a pin in 2:45 at the 101 pound weight class. Daisy Santos followed with a pin in 1:49 at 109 and Alli Ragan took a victory via pin in 53 seconds to give King a 28-0 lead. Lorrie Ramos and Malexis McAdoo capped King's 41-3 victory with tech fall wins at 170 and 191 pounds, respectively.
In the other semifinals, Oklahoma City led 16-1 as Cody Pfau, Emily Webster, Kristi Garr and Brieana Delgado had technical-fall victories in the first three weights. Simon Fraser responded by winning the last seven matches. Justina Distasio put Simon Fraser in front 22-17 with a fall. Jenna McLatchy clinched the Clan's win with a victory at 191.
Compiled from sports information reports from King University, Simon Fraser University and Oklahoma City University.
CLIFF KEEN OKLAHOMA CITY DUALS
at Oklahoma City, Okla., October 25-26
KING UNIVERSITY 35, SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY 9
101: Darby Hackle, SFU by tech fall Shannon Constantine (SFU leads 4-0)
109: Daisy Santos, King pinned Michlle Araki (King leads 5-4)
116: Haley Augello, King by tech fall Nikkie Brar (King leads 9-5)
123: Sarah Hildebrandt, King defeats Laura Anderson 6-0 (King leads 12-4)
130: Kayla Brendlinger, King by tech fall Gina Carpenter (King leads 16-5)
136: Alli Ragan, King pinned Mallory Velte, 1:32 (King leads 21-5)
143: Amanda Hendey, King pinned Bailey Halveran, 5:50 (King leads 26-5)
155: Julia Salata, King by tech fall Monika Padgorski (King leads 30-5)
170: Justina Distasio, SFU by tech fall Lorrie Ramos (King leads 30-9)
191: Malexis McAdoo, King pinned Jenna McLatchy, 1:46 (King leads 35-9)
THIRD PLACE DUAL
OKLAHOMA CITY 27, WAYLAND BAPTIST 15
101: Emily Webster, OCU, tech. fall Vanessa Smith, 7-0 (OCU leads 4-0)
109: Cody Pfau, OCU, tech. fall Cheyenne Kemp, 7-0 (OCU leads 8-0)
116: Shelby Morrison, OCU, pinned Kristin Navarrete, 1:26 (OCU leads 13-0)
123: Brieana Delgado, OCU, tech. fall Jesse Von Behren, 7-0 (OCU leads 17-0)
130: Tarkyia Mensah, WBU, dec. Rachel Young, 6-2 (OCU leads 18-3)
136: Samantha Villegas, WBU, dec. Natalia Hinojo, 5-2 (OCU leads 19-6)
143: Tanya Mensah, WBU, pinned Kayla Aggio, 2:56 (OCU leads 19-11)
155: Demi Strub, OCU, dec. Valerie Rosales, 5-0 (OCU leads 22-11)
170: Sherese Thomas, OCU, tech. fall Brenda Mendoza, 8-0 (OCU leads 26-11)
191: Angela Vyborny, WBU, tech. fall Heather O'Connor, 10-3 (OCU wins 27-15)
FIFTH PLACE DUAL
Lindenwood 26, Cumberlands 19
SEVENTH PLACE DUAL
McKendree 24, Missouri Baptist 20
SIMON FRASER 25, OKLAHOMA CITY 18
101: Emily Webster, OCU, tech. fall Darby Huckle, 6-0 (OCU leads 4-0)
109: Kristi Garr, OCU, tech. fall Michiko Araki, 9-2 (OCU leads 8-1)
116: Cody Pfau, OCU, tech. fall Nikie Brar, 8-0 (OCU leads 12-1)
123: Brieana Delgado, OCU, tech. fall Laura Anderson, 5-0 (OCU leads 16-1)
130: Gina Carpenter, SFU, tech. fall Rachel Young, 7-0 (OCU leads 16-5)
136: Mallory Velt, SFU, tech. fall Beatrize Martinez, 6-0 (OCU leads 16-9)
143: Bailey Halvorson, SFU, tech. fall Natalia Hinojo, 8-1 (OCU leads 17-13)
155: Monika Podgorski, SFU, tech. fall Demi Strub, 8-0 (Dual tied 17-17)
170: Justina Distasio, SFU, pinned Sherese Thomas, 2:26 (SFU leads 22-17)
191: Jenna McLatchy, SFU, dec. Heather O'Connor, 5-4 (SFU wins 25-18)
KING UNIVERSITY 41, WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY 3
101: Shannon Constantine, King pinned Vanessa Smith, 2:45 (King leads 5-0)
109: Daisy Santos, King pinned Cheyenne Kema, 1:49 (King leads 10-0)
116: Samantha Klingel, King by tech fall Kristin Navarrele (King leads 14-0)
123: Sarah Hildebrandt, King by tech fall Jesse Van Behren (King leads 18-0)
130: Kayla Brendlinger, King pinned Jorkvia Mesah, 1:46 (King leads 23-0)
136: Alli Ragan, King pinned Samantha Villegos, 0:53 (King leads 28-0)
143: Jamvra Mensah, WBU defeated Amanda Hendey, 6-3 (King leads 28-3)
155: Julia Salata, King by tech fall Valarie Rosales (King leads 32-3)
170: Lorrie Ramos, King by tech fall Brenda Mendez (King leads 36-3)
191: Malexis McAdoo, King by fall Angela Veborny (King leads 41-3)
1st - Oklahoma City Blue 26, Jamestown 20
3rd - Midland 29, Lindenwood Gold 19
5th - Mystery Team 25, Missouri Valley 23
7th - Cumberlands 26, Northwest Kansas Technical 18
1st - Missouri Baptist White 27, Waldorf 17
3rd - Wayland Baptist Gold 15, Jamestown White 15 (WB wins on criteria)