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UPDATED: Three U.S. wrestlers eliminated in second day of women’s wrestling at World University Championships in Mongolia
All three U.S. women wrestlers were defeated and eliminated from medal contention at the World University Championships in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, Sunday, June 18.
Placing fifth at 67 kg/147.7 lbs. was Randi Miller (Arlington, Texas/USOEC). Placing seventh at 59 kg/130 lbs. was Othella Lucas (San Diego, Calif./New York AC). Placing eighth at 51 kg/112.25 lbs. was Sara Fulp-Allen (El Granada, Calif./Menlo College).
The U.S. lost all four matches they they contested on Sunday. After Lucas and Fulp-Allen were beaten in their first match, their opponents lost in the semifinals, and the U.S. athletes were not eligible for the wrestlebacks. Miller's first opponent qualified for the finals, which allowed her to be drawn into the wrestleback rounds.
Miller dropped her opening match to Mami Shinkai of Japan, 2-1, who ultimately won the gold-medal in the weight class. In the bronze-medal match, Miller was defeated by 2005 World silver medalist Martine Dugrenier of Canada.
Miller was second at the 2006 U.S. Nationals and was a gold-medalist at the 2006 Body Bar University Nationals. She is a U.S. Olympic Education Center athlete at Northern Michigan Univ.
Lucas lost her first bout to veteran international wrestler Kitty Godo of Hungary, by pin in the first period. When Godo was beaten in the semifinals by Breanne Graham of Canada, Lucas was not eligible for the wrestlebacks.
Lucas won a gold medal at the 2006 Body Bar University Nationals. She is a student at the Univ. of the Cumberlands.
Fulp-Allen was beaten 1-8, 0-2 in the opening bout by Sarah White of Canada. When White was pinned in the semifinals by eventual champion Y. Gandolgor of Mongolia, Fulp-Allen did not qualify for the wrestlebacks.
Fulp-Allen was a 2005 U.S. Nationals champion down at 48 kg/105.5 lbs. She is a student at Menlo College.
"Day Two was a learning experience for our women as we were unable to
capture first round wins which are crucial in the new format," said U.S. coach Shannyn Gillespie. "We learned that we must come out ready to do our best from the first second the whistle blows or we put our chances of wrestling another round in the hands of our opponents."
The women's competition ended with the U.S. capturing two bronze medals, which were won on Saturday by Liz Short (Lombard, Ill./USOEC) at 48 kg/105.5 lbs. and Alaina Berube (Escanaba, Mich./New York AC) at 63 kg/138.75 lbs.
The United States placed fourth in the team standings with 41 points. Mongolia won the team title with 62 points, followed by Japan with 53 points and Canada with 49 points. There were 12 nations in the tournament.
The men's freestyle competition begins on Monday, with four weight classes: 55 kg/121 lbs., 66 kg/145.5 lbs., 84 kg/185 lbs. and 120 kg/264.5 lbs.
Click here for men's freestyle pairings
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WORLD UNIVERSITY CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Ulan Bator, Mongolia, June 18, 2006
Final Team Standings
1. Mongolia, 62
2. Japan, 53
3. Canada, 49
4. United States, 41
5. Russia, 38
6. Poland, 34
7. Taipei, 26
8. Ukraine, 22
9. Hungary, 15
10. France, 14
11. Vietnam, 12
12. Latvia, 6
Women's freestyle medalists
51 kg/112.25 lbs.
Gold - Y. Gandolgor (Mongolia)
Silver - S. Yuna (Japan)
Bronze - Sarah White (Canada)
Bronze - Podedworna (Poland)
5th - K. Anna (Ukraine)
5th - Wang Ying Chi (Taipei)
7th - M. Vilmora (Russia)
8th - Sara Fulp-Allen (USA)
59 kg/130 lbs.
Gold - K. Shimada (Japan)
Silver - Breanne Graham (Canada)
Bronze - Heryem Selloum (France)
Bronze - E. Novitskaya (Russia)
5th - Su Ying Tju (Taipei)
5th - Kitty Godo (Hungary)
7th - Othella Lucas (USA)
8th - D. Narmandakh (Mongolia)
67 kg/147.5 lbs.
Gold - G. Naranchimeg (Mongolia)
Silver - Mami Shinkai (Japan)
Bronze - Ya Ting Lin (Taipei)
Bronze - Martine Dugrenier (Canada)
5th - Randi Miller (USA)
5th - N. Lanshkina (Russia)
51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Sara Fulp-Allen (El Granada, Calif./Menlo College), 8th
LOSS Sarah White (Canada), 8-1, 2-0
59 kg/130 lbs. - Othella Lucas (San Diego, Calif./New York AC), 7th
LOSS Kitty Godo (Hungary), pin in 1st period
67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Randi Miller (Arlington, Texas/USOEC), 5th
LOSS Mami Shinkai (Japan), 2-1, 1-0
LOSS Martine Dugrenier (Canada), score not available