Bristol, Tenn. - The first issue of the NWCA NCAA polls for this season have been released and King University is seeded second in tournament rank and third in dual strength rank. Individually the Tornado have 13 placed in only 10 weight classes. Of these placements, Jaclyn McNichols, Cheyenne Sisenstein, Allison Petix and Ashlynn Ortega all sit at the top of their prospective weight class. Interestingly enough, this gives King the most first place standings of any other institution in the country.
Sophomore Jaclyn McNichols is ranked first at 101 pounds and is 9-2 this season including two wins by technical fall and two by pin. She also took third at the Missouri Valley Open this year.
Aleeah Gould is a Senior out of California and returning WCWA All-American. She has been ranked fifth in the nation and is 7-2 on the season with five wins by pin and two by technical fall. She tool sixth this year at the Missouri Valley Open.
Next for the Tornado is Danny Garcia at 116 pounds. She is also ranked fifth and made an appearance at the Missouri Valley Open this year.
Another first place rank for King goes to Sophomore Cheyenne Sisenstein at 123 pounds. She is undefeated this year at 8-0 with four wins by technical fall and 3 by pin. She won the Missouri Valley Open this year and is a returning WCWA All-American. Also ranked at 123 pounds is Freshman Phoenix Dubose. As the ranking dust settles we see here sitting at fifth. This season she has compiled a record of 9-3, including five wins by technical fall and one by pin. She took seventh at the Missouri Valley Open this year.
At 130 pounds Junior Allison Petix absorbs another first place accolade. She is 9-2 this year with two tech falls and one pin. She also won the Missouri Valley Open this year.
Next for the Tornado we have Sophomore Amy Gathings at 136 pounds. She is 6-4 on the year, including three pins and three technical falls.
At 143 pounds King manages to retain the number one and three spots for individual ranks. Sophomore Ashlynn Ortega lands in first at 8-0 on the season. She is a returning All-American, having taken third last year and has only lost two matches her entire collegiate career. Ortega also picked up one of the most sensational wins of the year by knocking off a returning World Medalist earlier this year at the SFU open. Landing in the third spot was see Ana Luciano. She is also only a Sophomore and a returning national finalist. This season she has compiled a record of 7-3 with four wins by technical fall and one by fall.
Sophomore Hailey Cancelleri is ranked sixth at 155 pounds. She is 7-4 on the year with two wins by tech fall and three by pin.
At 191 pounds we see Nia Crosdal for King also landing in sixth. As a sophomore she has a 19-2 career record, including ten wins by fall.