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McMann and Smith win titles at the 2000 Senior Women's World Team Trials in Battle Creek, Mich., June 4

Sara McMann (Lock Haven, Pa./Sunkist Kids) and Iris Smith (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) won titles at the 2000 Women's World Team Trials in Battle Creek, Mich., June 4.

One of the world team spots decided was at 136.5 pounds. 2000 U.S. Nationals champion McMann first won by a technical fall over Tonya Evinger (Bates City, Mo./Viking WC), 11-1, and then by another technical fall, 11-0. This is McMann's first year on the world team.

Smith made her first world team when she defeated Dominique Smalley (Iowa City, Iowa/Dave Schultz WC) in the best-of-three series. She first won by a technical fall, 14-3, and then won by a technical fall, 11-0.

Four women in the top spot in the senior division have asked for delays for their finals series due to injury: Tricia Saunders (Phoenix, Ariz./Sunkist Kids) at 101.25 pounds, Stephanie Murata (Williamsburg, Ky./Sunkist Kids) at 112.25 pounds, Malissa Sherwood (Rocklin, Calif./Dave Schultz WC) at 123.25 pounds and Sandra Bacher (San Jose, Calif./Dave Schultz WC) at 149.75 pounds. They will face the winner of the World Team Trials in a best-of-three series at a date and location to be determined.

At 101.25 pounds, Clarissa Chun (Kapolei, Hi./Viking WC) decisioned Julie Gonzales (Vallejo, Calif./Napa Valley WC), 5-4 and won by a pin in 5:40. Chun will now face four-time World Champion Saunders in a best two-of-three series. This will be a re-match of the 2000 U.S. Nationals finals, won by Saunders.

Patricia Miranda (Stanford, Calif./Dave Schultz WC) decisioned Jenny Wong (Stillwater, Minn./Sunkist Kids), 4-3 in overtime in the first match at 112.25 pounds and 4-3 in the second match. Miranda will face Murata to decide who will represent the U.S. on the world team.

At 123.25 pounds, Tina George-Wilson (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) decisioned Erin Tomeo (Volant, Pa./TAPS), 3-2 in the first match and 9-2. George-Wilson will face Sherwood in the next series.

Four-time World silver-medalist Kristie Marano (Albany, N.Y./ATWA) first lost by a pin to Toccara Montgomery (Cleveland, Ohio/Sunkist Kids) in 5:37 and then won by a technicall fall, 14-4, and won by pin in 2:10. Marano will face Bacher in the series.

The champions in the senior division qualify for the 13th Women's World Championships to be held in Sofia, Bulgaria, Sept. 1-3.

Three weight classes had a match Sunday morning for the "true-second place" in their weight classes; 112.25 pounds, 149.75 pounds and 165.25 pounds. At 112.25 pounds, Melina Hutchison (Soldotna, Ak./Alaska WC) decisioned Afsoon Johnston (San Diego, Calif./Sunkist Kids), 3-1. Lauren Lamb (Farmington, N.Y./Michigan WC) decisioned Teri Kleinberg (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif./Unattached), 7-1 at 149.75 pounds and Melanie Macari (Marshall, Mo./Viking WC) pinned Alicia Mena (St. Paul, Minn./Minnesota Storm) in 1:05 to win at 165.25 pounds.

2000 SENIOR WOMEN'S WORLD TEAM TRIALS

Kellogg Arena, Battle Creek, Mich., June 3-4

Championship results; best two-of-three series from June 4

46 kg/101.25 lbs. - Clarissa Chun, Kapolei, Hi. (Viking WC) dec. Julie Gonzales, Vallejo, Calif. (Napa Valley WC), 5-4, and won by pin, 5:40

51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Patricia Miranda, Stanford, Calif. (Dave Schultz WC) dec. Jenny Wong, Stillwater, Minn. (Sunkist Kids), 4-3, ot, and dec. 4-3

56 kg/123.25 lbs. - Tina George-Wilson, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids) dec. Erin Tomeo, Volant, Pa. (TAPS), 3-2, and dec. 9-2

62 kg/136.5 lbs. - Sara McMann, Lock Haven, Pa. (Sunkist Kids) won by tech. fall over Tonya Evinger, Bates City, Mo. (Viking WC), 11-1, and by tech. fall, 10-0

68 kg/149.75 lbs. - Kristie Marano, Albany, N.Y. (ATWA) lost by pin to Toccara Montgomery, Cleveland, Ohio (Sunkist Kids), 5:37, won by a tech. fall, 14-4 and won by pin, 2:10

75 kg/165.25 lbs. - Iris Smith, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids) won by tech. fall over Dominique Smalley, Iowa City, Iowa (Dave Schultz WC), 14-3, and won by tech. fall, 11-0

National Team Wrestle-offs

When the second place and third place finishers in Friday's Mini-Tournament did not meet, a wrestle-off is held for a "true second place." The winner of this match wins the No. 3 national ranking for 2000-2001, and qualified for Team USA.

51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Melina Hutchison, Soldotna, Ak. (Alaska WC) dec. Afsoon Johnston, San Diego, Calif. (Sunkist Kids), 3-1

68 kg/149.75 lbs. - Lauren Lamb, Farmington, N.Y. (Michigan WC) dec. Teri Kleinberg, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. (Unattached), 7-1

75 kg/165.25 lbs. - Melanie Macari, Marshall, Mo. (Viking WC) pinned Alicia Mena, St. Paul, Minn. (Minnesota Storm), 1:05

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