Frank Morgan, Athletic Communications Assistant
OMAHA, Neb. – The King University women’s wrestling team traveled to Nebraska this weekend to compete in the Junior and U23 National Championship. Six wrestlers represented the Tornado in the Junior Championship Friday and twelve Saturday in the U23 Championship. Twelve of the thirteen who wrested Saturday landed on the podium and five made the finals. Allison Petix and Ashlynn Ortega walked away this weekend with first place finishes and qualification for the 2021 Senior World Team Trials.
In the Junior competition, Samantha Larsen went 1-2 Friday at the 50kgs with a 10-2 win over Warrior Wrestling Club.
At 53kgs, Sophia Mirabella made a statement Friday. After a tough first round loss she wrestles all the way back with four consecutive victories to take sixth. She finished 5-3 on the day.
Also at 53kgs, Melanie Mendoza picks up three wins to find the podium at seventh place. Among these wins was a 10-0 technical fall in her favor.
Phoenix Dubose had a strong showing in the 59kg weight class where she would also finish the day 3-2 with a fifth place finish. Two of the three wins were perfect 10-0 tech falls
At 65kgs, Viktorya Torres led the way with a fourth place finish, going 2-2. Both of her victories were 10-0 tech falls
RESULTS BY WEIGHT CLASS – Junior
50kgs – Samantha Larsen 1-2; Johanna Palshan 0-2
53kgs – Sophia Mirabella 5-3, 6th; Melanie Mendoza 3-2, 7th
57kgs – Phoenix Dubose 3-2, 5th
65kgs – Viktorya Torres 2-2, 4th
In the U23 competition, Aleeah Gould had a strong showing at 50kgs where she finished 3rd and won five matches. She was not scored on a single time until her fifth match.
Jaclyn McNichols also found the podium this weekend at 50kgs by going 4-2 and taking 7th.
At 53kgs, Cheyenne Sisenstein steam rolled to the finals but came up just short. She finished the day 3-1 as she lost a close decision in her last match.
At 55kgs, Allison Petix had a stellar day by taking first and qualifying for the 2021 Senior World Team Trials. She only allowed 2 points scored en route to her finals match and finished the day 4-0.
Also at 55kgs, the Tornado filled the podium with Mirabella, Mendoza and Welch, each taking 3rd, 5th and 7th, respectively.
At 62kgs, Ana Luciano began the day very strong as she demolished two opponents with 10-0 technical fall victories. Unfortunately the finals got the best of her and she finishes second.
Phoenix Dubose and Alyssa Aceval also grabbed medals in the 62kg weight class with Dubose finishing 3rd and Aceval 7th.
At 65kgs Ashlynn Ortega and Viktorya Torres found themselves head to head in their finals match. Ortega would win this one and became the second Tornado to qualify for next year’s Senior World Team Trials. Throughout the entire tournament Ortega was not scored on a single time
RESULTS BY WEIGHT CLASS – U23
50kgs – Aleeah Gould 5-1, 4th Jaclyn McNichols 4-2, 8th; Samantha Larsen 1-2
53kgs – Cheyenne Sisenstein 3-1, 2nd
55kgs – Allison Petix 4-0, 1st; Sophia Mirabella 4-1, 4th; Melanie Mendoza 3-2, 5th; McKayla Welch 3-2, 7th
62kgs – Ana Luciano 3-1, 2nd; Phoenix Dubose 3-2, 6th; Alyssa Aceval 3-2, 7th
65kgs – Ashlynn Ortega 4-0 1st; Viktorya Torres 3-1, 2nd
The Women’s Wrestling Team next hosts Tiffin at home on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. Action is set to begin at 10 a.m.