Fort Worth, Texas – The King University women's wrestling was represented well this weekend by several strong finishes at the US Open. Ashlynn Ortega and Aleeah Gould led the Tornado with third and seventh place finishes. Notable alumni finishes were Forrest Molinari taking first and Julia Salata taking fourth.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After dropping the first match of the day, Aleeah Gould went on a three-match win streak at 50 kilograms. She finished the day 3-3 with an 8th place finish. Her only losses were to the fourth, sixth and seventh place finishers.
- At 57 kilograms Cheyenne Sisenstein fell first round by a score of 6-6 to the eventual fourth place finisher. She then won her next two, including a win over second seeded L. Louive from NYAC, but would still come short of the podium and finish the day 2-2.
- Allison Petix also represented the Tornado at 57 kilograms. She won 6-0 first round but then lost to the eventual champion in the round of 32. In consolation, she grabbed another win but lost by two points in the next match to finish the day 2-2.
- Ashlynn Ortega had an extremely strong showing this year at 68 kilograms. She won three straight, including two wins by technical fall before losing to King alumni Forrest Molinari in the semi-finals. But Ortega would not be phased. She won by technical fall in the consolation semi-finals before closing a decisive 3-2 victory to finish the day 5-1 and take third place.
HOW IT HAPPENED - ALUMNI
- At 68 kilograms we take a look at alumni Forrest Molinari. She went 5-0 on the day and finished first. Only one point was scored against her during the entire tournament.
- Alumni and Assistant Coach Julia Salata competed this weekend at 62 kilograms and finished fourth. She began the tournament with three straight wins, two of which were by technical fall. She lost a very close semifinal match but followed that up with another win to make the consolation finals. She completed the day 4-2 with a solid 4th place finish.