BRISTOL, Tenn. – Former Scotland wrestler Jessi Kee is helping her current team stay stop the Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association poll.
The King University women’s wrestling program hasn’t competed in nearly a month, but the Tornado remained atop the rankings that were released this week. Oklahoma City University is No. 2, and University of the Cumberlands rounds out the top three.
Kee, a sophomore who wields a 22-1 record this season, is ranked No. 2 in her 136-pound weight class. She finished first at the Emmanuel Open earlier this season, and was the runner-up at the Missouri Valley Open.
Kee graduated from Scotland in 2014 and was a multi-sport star for the Scots.
Teammate Hanna Jewell is slotted right behind Kee at No. 3. She has posted an 11-2 mark during her freshman campaign, including a third-place finish at the Missouri Valley Open.
Ashley Iliff and Samantha Klingel are ranked atop their weight classes, 101 and 116 pounds, respectively. Iliff is 10-0 on the season, including tournament wins at the Emmanuel Open and the Missouri Valley Open. Klingel is 12-0 this year and helped King take the title at the Patriot Duals.
Also ranked with Iliff at 101 pounds is Marina Doi at No. 2 and Regina Doi at No. 4. Doi is 18-1, finishing first at the Emmanuel Open and taking third at the Missouri Valley Open. Doi owns an 8-2 record, taking third at the Emmanuel Open and second at the Missouri Valley Open.
The trio of Breonnah Neal, Daisy Santos and Vanessa Gomez are all ranked at 109 pounds. Neal is No. 3 with a 14-3 mark this season, taking second at the Missouri Valley Open. Santos is No. 6, posting a 6-4 record while Gomez checks in at No. 10.
Ranked at 116 pounds, Ricki Liang comes in at No. 7 with a 9-4 record during her freshman season. At 123 pounds, Hanna Grisewood is ranked No. 2 with a record of 18-2. She placed second at the Missouri Valley Open. Rachel Hale is ranked No. 10 at 130 pounds and is 8-6 on the year with a third-place finish at the Emmanuel Open.
Rounding out the Tornado in the rankings is No. 2 Forrest Molinari at 143 pounds and No. 5 Jacqueline Williams at 191 pounds. Molinari, 21-1 on the season, took first at the Missouri Valley Open and second at the Emmanuel Open. Williams has posted a 12-4 record with a second-place finish at the Emmanuel Open and fifth-place finish at the Missouri Valley Open.
Kee and the Tornado will be in action again Dec. 18-19 at the U.S. Open, and King will go for its third straight National Wrestling Coaches Association Duals championship Jan. 9-10 in Fort Wayne, Ind.