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Women’s wrestling titans named as honorary coaches for Captains’ Cup

by Taylor Miller, USA Wrestling

File photo of four-time World champion and 2004 Olympic coach Tricia Saunders.


The Captains’ Cup is set for Feb. 13-14 live on FloWrestling, and while some of the biggest current stars in women’s freestyle are competing, they’ll be led some of the most impactful pioneers the sport has seen.


Each coach was picked by the team captains as part of the Captains’ Cup draft last month.


Check out who will be in the corners this weekend!

Emma Randall – Team Hildebrandt

• Beat the Streets New York Developmental Director

• Former USA Wrestling Women’s Freestyle National Assistant Coach

• First female coach to receive gold certification from USA Wrestling’s National Coaches Education Program

Sara McMann – Team Winchester

• 2004 Olympic silver medalist

• Two-time World bronze medalist (2005, 2007)

• Seven-time World Team member

• UFC women’s bantamweight fighter

Kristie Davis – Team Burkert

• Nine-time World medalist

o Gold – 2000, 2003

o Silver – 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2007

o Bronze – 2002, 2006

• Head coach at Emmanuel College

• 2018 National Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee as Distinguished Member

Tricia Saunders – Team Miracle

• Four-time World champion (1992, 1996, 1998, 1999)

• First U.S. woman to win World title

• 1993 World silver medalist

• 2004 Olympic coach

• 2006 National Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee as Distinguished Member

Afsoon Johnston – Team Mensah-Stock

• First U.S. woman to win a World medal (bronze, 1989)

• 1990 World silver medalist

• Four-time World Team member (1989, 1990, 1992, 1997)

• 2016 Olympic coach

Ashley Sword – Team Francis

• Head coach at Life University

• 2007 Pan American bronze medalist

• Former U.S. National Team member
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