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Clarissa Chun attempts a trip against Victoria Anthony in the 48 kg women's freestyle finals of the U.S. Open on Friday night. Chun won her fourth career U.S. Open title. Adam Fenn photo

ARLINGTON, Texas – Champions have been determined in the first six weight classes of the U.S. Open for Greco-Roman and Women’s Freestyle at the Arlington Convention Center on Friday. There were four Greco-Roman weight classes and two women’s Olympic weight classes in the competition today.

In women’s freestyle, 2008 World champion Clarissa Chun of the Sunkist Kids earned a spot in the finals against two-time Junior World champion Victoria Anthony of the New York AC in the finals, 1-0, 3-0 at 48 kg/105.5 lbs. Chun won the first period on a takedown from the leg clinch, and hit a three-point hip throw for the second period win. Chun won her fourth U.S. Open title.

At 63 kg/138.75 lbs., 2010 World silver medalist Elena Pirozhkova of the Gator WC scored a second period pin over a surprise finalist, Melissa Apodaca of the New York AC/USOEC, 7-0, 1:16. It was Pirozhkova’s fourth straight U.S. Open title.

In Greco-Roman, two-time World bronze medalist Justin Lester of the U.S. Army edged his teammate Aaron Sieracki of the U.S. Army in the finals at 74 kg/163 lbs., by a 1-0, 3-0 margin. Lester is normally at 66 kg/145.5 lbs. It was his fourth career U.S. Open title.

2008 Olympian Spenser Mango of the U.S. Army won the the 55 kg/121 lbs. finals in Greco-Roman against his teammate Jermaine Hodge of the U.S. Army, 1-0, 0-1, 1-0. In a match with no scoring except from the forced par terre, Mango won the third period by defending from the bottom. It was Mango’s fourth career U.S. Open title.

In a battle of two-time U.S. World Team members at 60 kg/132 lbs., Joe Betterman of the Sunkist Kids defeated Jeremiah Davis of the U.S. Army, 2-2, 1-0. It was Betterman’s third career U.S. Open championship.

Claiming his first U.S. Open title was C.P. Schlatter of the Minnesota Storm at 66 kg/145.5 lbs., who scored a second period pin over Ben Sanchez of the New York AC, 1-0, 1:45.

The top seven placewinners in each weight class earn a spot in the field at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City, Iowa, April 21-22.

In the women’s divisions at the U.S. Open from today, Pirozhkova will move directly into the final best-of-three series at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in her division, because her weight classes is already qualified for the Olympic Games. The 48 kg division is not yet qualified.

None of the Greco-Roman champions will advance to the finals series at the World Team Trials, according to the qualifying standards set for that style.

Five more weight classes will be contested on Saturday, three in Greco-Roman and two in freestyle.

U.S. OPEN FOR GRECO-ROMAN AND WOMEN’S FREESTYLE
At Arlington, Texas, Dec. 16.

Women’s freestyle results


48 kg/105.5 lbs.
1st - Clarissa Chun, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids) dec. Victoria Anthony, Huntington Beach, Calif. (New York AC), 1-0, 3-0
3rd – Whitney Conder, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC) dec. Alyssa Lampe, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids), 1-0, 2-0
5th – Nicole Woody, Austin, Texas (Gator WC) dec. Joey Miller, Woodward, Okla. (Gator WC/OCU), 6-0, 5-1
7th - Erin Golston, Lake in the Hills, Ill. (New York AC) dec. Emily Webster, Oklahoma City, Okla. (Gator WC/OCU), 7-0, 2-1

63 kg/138.75 lbs.
1st - Elena Pirozhkova, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC) pin Melissa Apodaca, Chugiak, Alaska (New York AC/USOEC), 7-0, 1:16
3rd – Erin Clodgo, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids) dec. Alli Ragan, Carbondale, Ill. (New York AC/King College), 4-0, 3-2
5th – Veronica Carlson, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC) dec. Randi Beltz, Chesterfield, Mo. (Team St. Louis), 4-1, 1-0
7th – Vanessa Oswalt, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army) dec. Kristie Davis, Yukon, Okla. (Gator WC/OCU), 3-2, 6-0

Greco-Roman results

55 kg/121 lbs.
1st - Spenser Mango, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army) dec. Jermaine Hodge, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army), 1-0, 0-1, 1-0
3rd – Max Nowry, Wheeling, Ill. (New York AC/USOEC) dec. Nikko Triggas, Moraga, Calif. (New York AC), 1-0, 1-0
5th – Mike Fuenffinger, Hibbing, Minn. (Minnesota Storm) dec. Nathan Engel, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)
7th - Tyler Cox, Laramie, Wyo. (Gator WC) dec. Dmitry Ryabchinskiy, Brooklyn, N.Y. (New York AC)

60 kg/132 lbs.
1st - Joe Betterman, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids) dec. Jeremiah Davis, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army), 2-2, 1-0
3rd – Marco Lara, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army) dec. Jesse Thielke, Germantown, Wis. (Sunkist Kids), 0-1, 3-2, 2-0
5th – Jamel Johnson, Greensboro, N.C. (YES Wrestling) dec. Donovan DePatto, Camp LeJeune, N.C. (U.S. Marines), 1-0, 0-1, 1-0
7th – Joey Denova, Fortson, Ga. (USOEC) dec. Julian Gunnels, Kansas City, Mo. (Warrior WC), 1-0, 3-0

66 kg/145.5 lbs.
1st - C.P. Schlatter, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm) pin Ben Sanchez, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC), 1-0, 1:45
3rd – Glenn Garrison, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army) dec. Josh Castellano, Wood Dale, Ill. (USOEC), 1-0, 4-1
5th – Zachary Lamano (Edge Hoboken) inj. dft. Joe Warren, Monument, Colo. (New York AC)
7th – John Cox, Hampstead, N.C. (U.S. Marines) pin Pat Smith, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm), 1:09

74 kg/163 lbs.
1st - Justin Lester, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army) dec. Aaron Sieracki, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army), 1-0, 3-0
3rd – Andrew Bisek, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Minnesota Storm) dec. Ben Provisor, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids), 1-0, 3-0
5th – Tanner Andrews, North Aurora, Ill. (USOEC) dec. Timothy Bleau, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army), 4-0, 1-0
7th – Jon Anderson, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army) dec. Steve Forrest, Hubert, N.C. (U.S. Marines), 0-1, 1-0, 4-0

Note: Top seven athletes qualify for U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City, Iowa, April 21-22, 2012.
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