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|FLASH: Chun places fifth in Mongolia Open on Saturday|
By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
ULAN BAATAR, Mongolia – Clarissa Chun (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) placed fifth at 48 kg/105.5 lbs. on the first day of the Mongolia Open.
Chun opened the tournament with two wins, stopping Bolor-Erdene of Mongolia in the first round by technical fall, then claiming a clutch three-period win over 2011 World silver medalist Otgontsetseg Davaasukh of Mongolia, 3-0, 0-2, 3-0.
In the semifinals, Chun was defeated by Minori of Japan, 1-1, 0-6. She was defeated in the bronze-medal bout by Pak Jong Mi of North Korea, 2-1, 2-0.
“Chun lost for third against Pak of North Korea. She is wrestling very hesitant. She has to believe in herself and let herself wrestle. You can’t win like that,” said National Women’s Coach Terry Steiner. “When she let herself wrestle, she did great. She wrestled a great match against the Mongolian girl who was second in the World at 51 kg. She didn’t wrestle the same in the semifinals or the third place match.”
Chun was a 2008 World champion and placed fifth in the 2008 Olympic Games.
Also competing in the men’s freestyle division was Phil Keddy, Iowa City, Iowa (Hawkeye WC), who had a 1-1 record and did not place at 84 kg/185 lbs.
Five other U.S. women wrestlers have weighed in and will compete on Sunday.
At Ulan Baatar, Mongolia, January 13
48 kg/105.5 lbs.
Gold - Akeo Minori (Japan)
Silver – T.S. Enkhzhargal (Mongolia)
Bronze - Pak Jong Mi (North Korea)
U.S. women’s freestyle performance
55 kg/105.5 lbs. – Clarissa Chun, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids), 5th
WIN E. Bolor-Erdene (Monoglia), 6-0, 6-0
WIN Otgontsetseg Davaasukh (Mongolia), 3-0, 0-2, 3-0
LOSS Akeo Minori (Japan), 1-1, 0-6
LOSS Pak Jong Mi (North Korea), 2-1, 2-0
U.S. men’s freestyle performance
84 kg/185 lbs. – Phil Keddy, Iowa City, Iowa (Hawkeye WC), dnp
WIN Na Qing (China), 4-2, 7-0
LOSS Seiji Suzuki (Japan), 0-1, 0-2
U.S. draws for Sunday
51 kg/112.25 lbs. – Whitney Conder, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC)
Vs. Marina Oidopova (Russia)
59 kg/130 lbs. – Kelsey Campbell, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
Vs. Kumabe Chihio (Japan)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. – Stephany Lee, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
Vs. Burmaa Ochirbat (Mongolia)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. – Ali Bernard, New Ulm, Minn. (Gator WC)
Vs. Odonchimeg Badrakh (Mongolia)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. – Kristie Davis, Yukon, Okla. (Gator WC/OCU)
Vs. Naranchimeg Gelegjamts (Mongolia)