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|Miranda, Miller, Downing strike gold at Guelph Open|
By Craig Sesker USA Wrestling
GUELPH, Ontario - Americans Patricia Miranda, Randi Miller and Katie Downing each earned gold medals in women's freestyle wrestling on Saturday at the Guelph Open.
Miranda (New Haven, Conn./Sunkist Kids) beat Stephanie Murata (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) in the finals at 51 kg/112.25 lbs. Miranda is a 2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist who won a bronze medal at the 2006 World Championships.
Miller (Colorado Springs, Colo./Gator WC) won the title at 63 kg/138.75 lbs. while Downing (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) won at 67 kg/147.5 lbs. Downing is a 2005 World Bronze Medalist.
Also for the U.S., Mary Kelly (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) placed second at 48 kg/105.5 lbs. with Clarissa Chun (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) taking third. Jenny Wong (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) finished third at 55 kg/121 lbs. with Chelynne Pringle (Hugo, Minn./Minnesota Storm) coming in fourth in the same division.
Elena Pirozhkov (Colorado Springs, Colo./Northern Elite) lost to Downing in the finals at 67 kg/147.5 lbs. Ali Bernard (New Ulm, Minn./Univ. of Regina) took second at 72 kg/158.5 lbs.
Leigh Jaynes (Colorado Springs, Colo./Gator WC) placed third at 59 kg/130 lbs.
U.S. men's freestyle wrestler Kendall Cross placed third. Cross is a 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist.
Complete individual results of the event will be available later in the week.
2007 GUELPH OPEN
Jan. 20, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
48 kg/105.5 lbs.
Gold - Carol Huynh (Canada)
Silver - Mary Kelly (USA)
Bronze - Clarissa Chun (USA)
Fourth - Erica Sharp (Canada)
Fifth - Lindsay Rushton (Canada)
Sixth - Ashley McKilligan (Canada)
51 kg/112.25 lbs.
Gold - Patricia Miranda (USA)
Silver - Steph Murata (USA)
Bronze - Belinda Chow (Canada)
Fourth - Vanessa Brown (Canada)
Fifth - Jessica Bondy (Canada)
Sixth - Liz Martindale (Canada)
55 kg/121 lbs.
Gold - Tonya Verbeeh (Canada)
Silver - Britt Laverdure (Canada)
Bronze - Jenny Wong (USA)
Fourth - Chelynne Pringle (USA)
Fifth - Sharon Jacobson (USA)
Sixth - Sarah Peasley (USA)
59 kg/130 lbs.
Gold - Katie Patrock (Canada)
Silver - Michelle Fazzari (Canada)
Bronze - Leigh Jaynes (USA)
Fourth - Amy Dick (Canada)
Fifth - Katrina Huszarik (Canada)
63 kg/138.75 lbs.
Gold - Randi Miller (USA)
Silver - Megan Dolan (Canada)
Bronze - Tara Hedican (Canada)
Fourth - Helen Hennick (Canada)
Fifth - Heidi Kulak (Canada)
Sixth - Amanda Gerhart (Canada)
Gold - Katie Downing (USA)
Silver - Elena Pirozhteon (USA)
Bronze - Stephanie Howar (Canada)
Fourth - Megan Wilton (Canada)
Fifth - Jessica Fitzgerald (Canada)
Fifth - Erin Clodgo (USA)
72 kg/158.5 lbs.
Gold - Martine Dugrenier (Canada)
Silver - Ali Bernard (USA)
Bronze - Leah Callahan (Canada)
Fourth - Jocelyn Dresser (Canada)
Fifth - Jessica Belchos (Canada)
Sixth - Emma Brightwell (Canada)