Bucarest, Romania After a phenomenal first season with King Colleges womens wrestling team, sophomore Alli Ragan has definitely made a name for herself in womens wrestling.
Representing the United States at the Junior World Championships in Bucarest, Romania, Ragan defeated Klaudia Pilipczuk of Poland 1-0, 3-0 to take the bronze medal.
The Romanian Wrestling Federation hosted this years Junior World Championships, sponsored by the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles.
Participation in Freestyle, Greco Roman, and Women Wrestling was open to all national wrestling federations associated with FILA. Representatives from 56 countries competed in this years championship tournament.
Of the 54 countries represented in the womens division of the tournament, the United States tied for 2nd place with Russia, while Japan took 1st and China finished 4th.
Ragan competed at the 139-pound weight class. There were 16 other countries represented in her weight division including Russia, Japan, Bulgaria, and China.
We are so proud of Alli, said Jason Moorman, head coach for womens wrestling at King College in Bristol. This is the first World medal for King. Only one person in the country earns the spot to compete for the U.S. at 63kg in the Junior World Championships, and this year it was Alli. She has done a tremendous job representing both our program, King College, and the United States.
Ragan, who hails from Carbondale, Ill., had an outstanding freshman year, finishing 3rd at the New York Athletic Club International Open, 2nd at the Womens Collegiate Wrestling Association Nationals, and 3rd at U.S. Senior Championships. She was also the University Nationals Champion and Body Bar Womens National Champion. Her Body Bar win sealed her spot in the Junior World tournament.
Alli set a goal to make King College history by adding a Junior World Medal to her list of accomplishments this season, said Moorman. It is wonderful to see that goal become reality.
For more information on the 2011 Junior World Championships visit www.fila-wrestling.com/bucarest2011/.