Led by three champs, King three-peats as WCWA Women’s College National champions

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Feb. 13, 2016, 10:54 p.m. (ET)
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - King University won three of its four finals bouts and finished 18.5 points ahead of host Oklahoma City to win its third straight WCWA Women’s College National team title.

Champions for King were Marina Doi (101), Samantha Klingel (116) and Forrest Molinari (155). All three were first-time WCWA champion, and none of them were top seeded coming into the tournament. Head Coach Jason Moorman was named WCWA Coach of the Year.

Doi, a sophomore who was WCWA runner-up last year, scored three takedowns to defeat Sarah Allen of the Cumberlands, 6-0 in the finals. Doi lost earlier in the season to teammate Ashley Iliff, who Allen defeated in the semfinals. Doi is a past Cadet and Junior World medalist for the United States.

Klingel, a senior who missed last season with injury, scored a clutch takedown from a scramble in the second period to defeat Abby Lloyd of Simon Fraser, 3-0. She is a past University World Team member for Team USA.

Molinari, a junior, knocked off freshman top-seed Jessika Rottier of the Cumberlands, 7-0 in the finals. After jumping to a 4-0 lead in the first period, Molinari kept up the pressure in the second period to score the shutout. Molinari started her career at Missouri Baptist, and transferred to King. She was a member of the 2015 U.S. Junior World Team.

Team runner-up Oklahoma City had three champions of its own, junior Cody Pfau (101), freshman Becka Leathers (123) and junior Natalia Hinojo (130). All three were top seeds in their weight class.

It was a great night for Pfau, who defended her WCWA national title from last year. She scored a pin over Breonnah Neal of King in 4:35, avenging a loss to Neal earlier in the season. Pfau was elected for both of the major awards, winning the Outstanding Wrestler for the Year and the Outstanding Wrestler for the Tournament awards. Pfau made three U.S. Junior World Teams.

Leathers won her first national title as a freshman, defeating Megan Black of McKendree in the finals, 10-2. Leathers was a 2015 Junior World bronze medalist for the USA, and was also a member of Cadet World Teams.

Hinojo fired up the crowd when she used a gutwrench to pin Nicole Depa of Simon Fraser in just 21 seconds to claim her first WCWA title.

All four of the returning champions were able to repeat as champions, Pfau, plus sophomore Kayla Miracle of Campbellsville at 136, Victoria Francis of Lindenwood at 170 and junior Tiara Scott of Campbellsville at 191.

Miracle jumped to an 8-0 lead over Monica Ramirez of Lindenwood, then scored a pin in 3:45. For the second straight year, Miracle went up a weight class in order to help her team have a stronger lineup, and won the gold medal. She has won Junior and Cadet World medals for the United States.

Francis finished her senior year with her second straight national title, defeating Hanna Hall of Campbellsville, 11-4 in the finals. Francis is a past Junior World bronze medalist for the United States.

Scott scored a 10-0 technical fall in the finals over Payten Smith of Simon Fraser, 10-0. She scored a four-point double leg takedown and added three other two-point takedowns.

Simon Fraser placed third as a team with 170 points, and was led by 143-pound champion Mallory Velte, who scored a 10-0 technical fall over surprise finalist and No. 7 seed Maggie Douma. Velte missed last year’s college season with an injury, but returned in time to earn a spot on the U.S. Junior World Team last summer.

This was a #Road2IowaCity qualifying event, as the top three U.S. place winners in each weight class qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City, April 9-10. If an athlete was already qualified, that spot was not filled. A total of 21 new athletes were added to the Trials field today, and the list is posted below.

At Oklahoma City, Okla., Feb. 13

101 pounds
1st - Marina Doi (King) dec. Sarah Allen (Cumberlands), 6-0
3rd – Darby Huckle (Simon Fraser) dec. Ashley Iliff (King), 2-0
5th - Regina Doi (King) dec. Hiba Salem (Menlo College), 8-2
7th - Christina Bautista (Missouri Valley College) pin Kayla Walker (McKendree), 0:38

109 pounds
1st - Cody Pfau (Oklahoma City) pin Breonnah Neal (King), 4:35
3rd - Tayler Resuriz (McKendree) dec. Cindy Calixto (Emmanuel). 8-8
5th - Arielle Hernandez (McKendree) pin Daisy Santos (King), 5:30
7th - Tori Degginger (Lindenwood) dec. Andrey Diaz (Lindenwood), 10-1

116 pounds
1st- Samantha Klingel (King) dec. Abby Lloyd (Simon Fraser), 3-0
3rd - Cady Chessin (Menlo College) tech. fall Shelby Morrison (Oklahoma City), 10-0
5th - Rachel Archer (Oklahoma City) dec. Hanna Grisewood (King), 3-1
7th - Dajan Treder (Jamestown) tech fall over Madelynn McIlwain (Southern Oregon), 11-0

123 pounds
1st - Becka Leathers (Oklahoma City) tech. fall Megan Black (McKendree), 10-2
3rd - Dominique Parrish (Simon Fraser) tech. fall Cassidy Jasperson (Oklahoma City), 10-0
5th - Jennifer Anderson (Simon Fraser) tech fall Taylor Alva (Lyon), 10-0
7th - Hailee Lilly (McKendree) pin Bianca Arizpe (Menlo College), 1:50

130 pounds
1st - Natalia Hinojo (Oklahoma City) pin Nicole Depa (Simon Fraser), 0:21
3rd - Shelby Hall (Campbellsville) dec. Rosemary Flores (Campbellsville), 8-0
5th - Axa Molina (Lindenwood) tech. fall Kalyn Schwartz (Southern Oregon), 12-2
7th - Koral Sugiyama (Campbellsville) tech fall Alexia Ward (McKendree), 11-1

136 pounds
1st - Kayla Miracle (Campbellsville) pin Monica Ramirez (Lindenwood), 3:45
3rd - Francesca Giorgio (Simon Fraser) dec. Hannah Jewell (King), 8-3
5th - Jessi Kee (King) dec. Sarah Bollinger (Missouri Baptist), 10-4
7th - Cassandra Herkelman (McKendree) tech fall Rachel Young (Oklahoma City), 15-4

143 pounds
1st - Mallory Velte (Simon Fraser) tech. fall Maggie Douma (Oklahoma City), 10-0
3rd - Olivia Seppinni (McKendree) dec. Kiera Gabaldon (Warner Pacific), 4-2
5th - Alexis Porter (McKendree) tech fall Carly Jaramillo (Southwest Oregon CC), 10-0
7th - Anna Mcaleavey (Lindenwood) pin Marina Briceno (Wayland Baptist), 5:25

155 pounds
1st - Forrest Molinari (King) dec. Jessika Rottier (Cumberlands), 7-0
3rd - Niauni Hill (Lindenwood Belleville) dec. Michelle Organ (Campbellsville), 8-1
5th - Iman Kazem (Menlo College) pin Tatum Sparks (Southwest Oregon CC), 1:00
7th - Samantha Cushard (Adrian College) inj. dft. Mary Westman (Jamestown), 0:00

170 pounds
1st - Victoria Francis (Lindenwood) dec. Hanna Hall (Campbellsville), 11-4
3rd - Alyssa LaFrancis (Cumberlands) tech fall Brittany Marshall (Wayland Baptist), 13-2
5th - Solove Naufau (Menlo College) dec. Nadine Fiege (Life), 9-0
7th - Nahiela Magee (Wayland Baptist) tech fall over Clarc Walker (Cumberlands), 10-0

191 pounds
1st - Tiara Scott (Campbellsville) tech fall Payten Smith (Simon Fraser), 10-0
3rd - Kierra Boyce (Wayland Baptist) dec. Renee Samano (Jamestown), 3-1
5th - Jackie Williams (King) dec. Paige Baynes (Lindenwood), 5-4
7th - Monica Mason (Oklahoma City) dec. Gabriela Guzman (Lindenwood), 9-6

Final Team Standings
1. King University KING 208.0
2. Oklahoma City University OKCU 190.5
3. Simon Fraser University SFRU 170.0
4. Campbellsville University CAMP 162.5
5. Lindenwood University LIND 139.5
6. McKendree University MCKU 136.0
7. Menlo College MNLO 88.5
8. Wayland Baptist University WAYB 87.0
9. The University of the Cumberlands CUMB 85.0
10. Jamestown University JAMU 59.0
11. Southern Oregon University SORU 50.5
12. Missouri Baptist University MOBP 46.5
13. Southwest Oregon Community College SWOC 44.0
14. Life University LIFE 40.5
15. Lindenwood Belleville BELL 26.0
16. Missouri Valley College MOVL 25.5
17. Warner Pacific College WPAC 25.5
18. Lyon University LYON 19.5
19. Emmanuel College EMMC 17.5
20. Adrian College ADRC 16.5
21. Ottawa University OTTU 14.0
22. Waldorf College WALC 14.0
23. Pacific University PACU 7.5
24. Ferum College FERC 2.5
25. Midland Lutheran College MIDU 0.5

Outstanding Wrestler of the Year – Cody Pfau, Oklahoma City
Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament – Cody Pfau, Oklahoma City
Coach of the Year – Jason Moorman, King

New Olympic Trials Qualifiers
WCWA Nationals gold/silver medalist at 101 – Sarah Allen (Cumberlands)
WCWA Nationals fourth place at 101 - Ashley Iliff (King)
WCWA Nationals bronze medalist at 109 – Tayler Resuriz (McKendree)
WCWA Nationals gold/silver medalist at 116 - Samantha Klingel (King)
WCWA Nationals bronze medalist at 116 - Cady Chessin (Menlo College)
WCWA Nationals fourth place at 116 - Shelby Morrison (Oklahoma City)
WCWA Nationals gold/silver medalist at 123 - Megan Black (McKendree)
WCWA Nationals bronze medalist at 123 - Dominique Parrish (Simon Fraser)
WCWA Nationals gold/silver medalist at 130 - Natalia Hinojo (Oklahoma City)
WCWA Nationals bronze medalist at 130 - Shelby Hall (Campbellsville)
WCWA Nationals fourth at 130 - Rosemary Flores (Campbellsville)
WCWA Nationals gold/silver medalist at 136 - Monica Ramirez (Lindenwood)
WCWA Nationals bronze medalist at 136 - Francesca Giorgio (Simon Fraser)
WCWA Nationals gold/silver medalist at 143 - Maggie Douma (Oklahoma City)
WCWA Nationals bronze medalist at 143 - Olivia Seppinni (McKendree)
WCWA Nationals gold/silver medalist at 155 - Jessika Rottier (Cumberlands)
WCWA Nationals gold/silver medalist at 170 - Hanna Hall (Campbellsville)
WCWA Nationals bronze medalist at 170 - Alyssa LaFrancis (Cumberlands)
WCWA Nationals gold/silver medalist at 191 - Tiara Scott (Campbellsville)
WCWA Nationals bronze medalist at 191 - Kierra Boyce (Wayland Baptist)
WCWA Nationals fourth place at 191 - Renee Samano (Jamestown)