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U.S. Olympic Team Trials Qualifiers
Olympic Team Trials Rankings
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Starting at a young age, most athletes dream of competing in the
Olympics and 13 current and former King University women's wrestlers will have an
opportunity to qualify for the 2016 Olympics at the U.S. Olympic Trials. The 2016
Olympic Wrestling Trials take place on April 9-10 at Iowa City, Iowa where the Tornado
are prepared to a have a solid weekend.
U.S. Olympic Team Trials Preview
This weight class appears to be the deepest for King as they will have four wrestlers
competing for the 48-kilogram spot on the Olympic Team. Breonnah Neal leads this group for the Tornado as she qualified for the trials by finishing third
at the 2015 Olympic Trials Qualifier. Marina Doi and Regina Doi also qualified at the 2015 Olympic Trials Qualifier, taking fifth and sixth place,
respectively. Ashley Iliff rounds out the group, qualifying for the Olympic Trials by finishing fourth at the
Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) National Championships.
This quartet had a great season, leading King to their third straight WCWA national
championship. Marina Doi won the national championship at 101 pounds and was followed
by Regina Doi at fifth and Iliff at sixth. Neal finished runner-up at 109 pounds.
Most recently at University Nationals in March, Neal took bronze at 48 kg, topping
Marina Doi 7-1 in the third place bout while Regina Doi finished sixth. Neal is ranked
seventh in the latest rakings leading up to the Trials while Marina Doi is ranked
The Tornado are pretty deep at this weight class as well, with three wrestlers competing
for a spot on the team. King graduate Sarah Hildebrandt leads this group as she qualified by taking third place at the 2015 Olympic Trials
qualifier. Haley Augello, who took an Olympic redshirt from King also has a strong chance as well. She qualified
for the Trials by finishing runner up at the 2015 Olympic Trials Qualifier. Current
King senior, Samantha Klingel rounds out the Tornado contingent at this weight class as she qualified by winning
the WCWA national championship earlier this spring. Hildebrandt comes into the Trials
ranked sixth and Augello is ranked fourth at 53 kilograms.
Hildebrandt capped her career at King with back-to-back WCWA national titles and has
placed in numerous international tournaments. In 2014 she took a silver medal at the
World Team Trials Phase II before taking bronze at the NYAC Bill Farrell International
and silver at the Dave Schultz Memorial International. At the U.S. Senior Nationals
in 2015 she earned a bronze medal. This year she earned bronze at the U.S. Open and
won silver medals at the Dave Schultz Memorial International and the Klippan Lady
Open in Sweden.
In her first two years at King, Augello was nothing short of impressive, taking back-to-back
WCWA national championships. This year, Augello took silver at the U.S. Open at 53
kilograms. Klingel earned her first WCWA national title this year. In 2015, she finished
sixth at the U.S. Senior Nationals and took second earlier in the year at University
A graduate of King, Alli Ragan is the only Tornado competing at 58 kilograms, and she is the headliner of the group
as she is ranked atop the weight class leading into the Trials. She a three-time Senior
World Team member, becoming the first Tornado to make a Senior World Team in 2013.
Ragan won two Junior World bronze medals for Team USA and was a two-time WCWA national
champion while at King. She turned in her best performance at the World Championships
in 2014 where she took fifth after dropping a very close bronze-medal match.
King has a pair of competitors at 63 kilograms, former Tornado Amanda Hendey and current wrestler Hannah Jewell. Hendey qualified for the Trials when she won the 2015 Olympic Trials Qualifier tournament
and Jewell finished sixth at the 2015 Olympic Trials Qualifier. Hendey enters the
Trials ranked third in the country while Jewell checks in at seventh.
While at King, Hendey earned one University Nationals championship, taking the gold
medal in 2014 before earning silver at the University World Championships later in
the year. This year she took bronze at 63 kilograms at the Dave Schultz Memorial International.
Jewell, had a solid freshman year for the Tornado, going 23-4 and finishing fourth
at the WCWA National Championships. She went 13-1 on technical falls and 8-1 on pins
on the year.
The Tornado will have a trio of competitors at this weight, led by Julia Salata. Forrest Molinari and Lorrie Ramos also qualified and will compete at 69 kilograms after for the Tornado. Salata qualifying
with a third place finish at the 2015 Olympic Trials Qualifier. Salata comes into
the weekend ranked fourth in the country at 69 kilograms. On March 26, Salata finished
runner-up to Jennifer Page at 69 kilograms at University Nationals. In 2014, she finished
runner-up at the Senior World Team trials and she did not compete at the World Team
Trials in 2015. Salata qualified at 75 kilograms, but will compete at 69 kilograms.
Molinari qualified for the Trials with a third place finish at the 2015 Olympic Trials
Qualifier and is ranked fifth in the weight class going into the Trials. During the
collegiate season, Molinari went 33-1, taking 15 wins by pin en route to her first
WCWA national championship.
Last June at the U.S. World Team Trials, Molinari finished fourth at 60 kilograms
and has seven times in international competition. Her best finish has come twice,
earning silver medals in 2015 at the Body Bar Nationals and again in January at the
Dave Schultz Memorial International. Most recently she took bronze at University Nationals
on March 26.
Ramos just qualified last weekend by winning the 2016 Olympic Trials. While at King,
Ramos was a three-time WCWA All-American and competed in numerous international competitions.
She finished sixth at the 2015 U.S. Senior Nationals and took a silver medal at University
Nationals earlier in the year.
Olympic Trials Information The U.S. Olympic Trials get underway on Saturday with the 58 kg, 63 kg, and 69 kg
weight classes, and conclude on Sunday with 48 kg, 53 kg and 75 kg weight class. There
will be two sessions each day, starting with the preliminary rounds at 9:00 a.m. CT
each day. The quarter and semifinal matches will also be included in the first session
which is scheduled to conclude by 2:00 p.m. CT. The third place and championship bouts
are scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. CT each day.
Live results can be found on trackwrestling.com and NBC Sports will have same-day coverage of both days o the U.S. Olympic Team Trials
for Wrestling on the NBC Sports Channel. The first day of the Olympic Team Trials
wrestling action will be aired LIVE on Saturday, April 9 starting at 7:00 p.m. ET.
The final day of the Olympic Trials wrestling action will be aired on a same-day taped-delayed
basis on Sunday, April 10 starting at 10:30 p.m. ET.
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