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Six U.S. wrestlers win gold medals at Clansmen International
Burnaby, Canada - Three U.S. men's freestyle wrestlers and three U.S. women's freestyle wrestlers captured gold medals on Saturday at the Clansmen International.
Winning gold in men's freestyle competition were Jared Lawrence (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Storm) at 66 kg/145.5 lbs., Damion Hahn (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Storm) at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. and Tommy Rowlands (Columbus, Ohio/Sunkist Kids) at 120 kg/264.5 lbs.
In the finals, Lawrence downed Chris Harada of Canada. Hahn defeated Steve Snijders of Canada in his gold-medal bout. Rowlands, moving up to 120 kg for the first time since 2002, defeated Murat Basiev of Russia in the finals.
Jesse Brock (Boise, Idaho/Boise State) won a bronze medal at 60 kg/132 lbs. as did Tony Gansen (Colorado Springs, Colo./USOTC) at 84 kg/185 lbs.
Trey McLean (Colorado Springs, Colo./USOTC) placed fourth at 120 kg.
Former USA Wrestling Junior Nationals champion for Ohio Khetag Pliev of Russia placed sixth at 96 kg.
With three champions, Russia placed first overall. Lawrence and Hahn led the Minnesota Storm to a fourth-place finish.
In women's freestyle action, bringing home gold medals were Clarissa Chun (Colorado Springs, Colo./Gator WC) at 48 kg/105.5 lbs., Jenny Wong (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) at 51 kg/112.25 lbs. and Ali Bernard (New Ulm, Minn./Univ. of Regina) at 72 kg/158.5 lbs. Bernard was competing under her club, the Univ. of Regina, which is located in Canada.
Chun defeated Miranda Dick of Canada in the gold-medal bout. Wong downed Olympian Lindsay Belisle of Canada, who recently won the Sunkist Kids/ASU International Open, in the finals at 51 kg. Bernard topped Ayako Murashima of Canada in the 72 kg final.
Na'Tasha Umemoto (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) lost in a gold-medal bout at 63 kg/138.75 lbs. to Viola Yanik of Canada.
Winning a bronze medal for the U.S. was Tina Pihl (Colorado Springs, Colo./Unattached) at 55 kg/121 lbs. Pihl is also a Canadian citizen.
U.S. Nationals champion Sara Fulp-Allen (El Granada, Calif./Menlo) placed fifth at 48 kg.
Also placing for the U.S. women were Titi Lowani (Pacific), fourth at 63 kg, Andrea Hale (Lassen), sixth at 67 kg/147.5 lbs., Stacey Martell (Pacific), sixth at 72 kg, Irene Prouxl (Lassen) fourth at 80 kg/176 lbs., Megan Richardson (Pacific), fifth at 80 kg and Kate Nomura (Lassen), sixth at 80 kg.
TheMat.com will provide complete results of the Clansmen International when they become available.