STEVENSON, MCCOY, BACHER HONORED AS THEMAT.COM WRESTLERS OF THE WEEK OF APRIL 17-23
TheMat.com has named its National Wrestlers of the Week for April 17-23, 2000.
The winner of TheMat.com Junior Wrestler of the Week is Eric Stevenson of Newberg, Ore.
The winner of TheMat.com International Wrestler of the Week is Kerry McCoy (State College, Pa./New York AC)
The winner of TheMat.com Women's Wrestler of the Week is Sandra Bacher (San Jose, Calif./Dave Schultz WC)
TheMat.com will announce Wrestlers of the Week in a number of age group levels, which will be posted on the web page and promoted to the national media.
Junior Wrestler of the Week: Eric Stevenson, Newberg, Ore.
Stevenson was a double champion at 105.5 pounds, winning both the freestyle and Greco-Roman gold medals, at the Western Junior Regionals, held in Las Vegas, Nev., April 19-21. Stevenson scored pins in both gold-medal matches, pinning Ricardo Ramirez of Arizona in the freestyle finals in 1:26 and pinning Sterling Oglesby of Wyoming in the Greco-Roman finals in 56 seconds. Juniors are wrestlers in grades 9-12.
International Wrestler of the Week: Kerry McCoy, State College, Pa. (New York AC)
McCoy won the gold medal at 286 pounds at the U.S. National Freestyle Wrestling Championships in Las Vegas, Nev., April 21-22. He defeated 1999 World Champion Stephen Neal (Bakersfield, Calif./Dave Schultz WC) in the gold-medal finals, 3-2. McCoy had four victories in the tournament, including three technical falls, and outscored his opponents 34-2. McCoy was fourth in the 1998 World Championships.
Women's Wrestler of the Week: Sandra Bacher (San Jose, Calif./Dave Schultz WC)
Bacher won the gold medal at 149.75 pounds at the U.S. National Women's Wrestling Championships in Las Vegas, Nev., April 21-22. Bacher is the defending World champion at this weight class. In the gold-medal finals, she defeated four-time World silver medalist Kristie Marano (Albany, N.Y./ATWA), 5-1. Marano dropped down from 165.25 pounds this year. Bacher won four matches in the tournament, including two pins. Bacher is also a three-time U.S. Olympian in judo.
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