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Kelsey Campbell named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week for



Kelsey Campbell (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) has been named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week for Jan. 26-Feb. 1.

Each week, TheMat.com will select an Athlete of the Week, based upon performance within wrestling for that week. The selection committee will consider any level of wrestling, from youth programs through the Senior level.

Campbell won a gold medal at 59 kg/130 lbs. in women's freestyle wrestling at the prestigious Ivan Yarygin Memorial International on Jan. 29 in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. It is considered one of the toughest international events in the World each year.

Campbell won four matches on the way to the title, defeating Natalya Smirnova of Russia in the gold-medal finals, 0-1, 1-0, 1-0. In the third and deciding period, Campbell captured the title by scoring a takedown from the clinch.

In the earlier rounds, Campbell stopped Madina Kurmagalieva of Kazakhstan, 1-0, 7-0 and stopped Anna Vasilenko of Russia, 1-0, 1-0. In the semifinals, Campbell scored a 1-0, 1-0 victory over Anna Tsvetchik of Russia.

Campbell was the 2009 U.S. Nationals champion in her weight class, and placed second at the 2009 U.S. World Team Trials. She competed for Arizona State as an undergrad.

Note: To nominate a wrestler for TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week, send the athlete's name, accomplishments for the week and career accomplishments to Craig Sesker at csesker@usawrestling.org
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