WRESTLING: World champion Clarissa Chun captures Poland Open title
Craig Sesker
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July 30, 2011 2:14 PM

POZNAN, Poland – World champion Clarissa Chun won a gold medal and Olympian Ali Bernard captured a bronze medal at the Poland Open on Saturday.

Chun swept Germany’s Jaqueline Schellin 1-0, 3-0 in the finals at 48 kg/105.5 lbs. Schellin won a Junior World bronze medal in 2010.

“Clarissa won the competition and I feel that was important, but she needs to let herself open up and flow a little bit more,” U.S. National Coach Terry Steiner said. “She is thinking too much – Clarissa has so many ways to score points and today she didn't show many of them. She is a great talent and needs to let that all out.”

“It wasn't her best performance, but she still found a way to win,” said Keith Wilson, Chun’s coach. “She will be ready for the Worlds.”

Bernard downed Norway’s Maja Erlandsen in the bronze-medal bout at 72 kg/158.5 lbs. Bernard won the first period over World champion Stanka Zlateva of Bulgaria in the semifinals before dropping the match 5-0, 0-1, 2-3.

Chun and Bernard will compete at the World Championships in September in Istanbul, Turkey.

The U.S. men’s freestyle team received fifth-place finishes from Nick Simmons and Josh Churella at the Ziolkowski International. That event was held simultaneously with the Poland Open on Saturday.

Simmons pulled off two huge wins in his first two matches before finishing fifth at 55 kg/121 lbs.

Simmons, who has made his first World Team, opened by recording a first-period pin against past World champion and Olympic bronze medalist Radoslav Velikov of Bulgaria. He followed with a three-period win over 2009 World silver medalist Sezar Akgul of Turkey. He then lost to Vladislav Andreyev of Belarus in the quarterfinals.

Andreyev placed third in the European Championships and second in the Dave Schultz Memorial International this year.

Simmons beat Spain’s Francisco Sanchez before falling to Iran’s Farzad Jafari in the bronze-medal match. Jafari placed third in the Habibi & Abdollah Movahed Cup in 2010 and eighth in the 2008 Junior World Championships.

Churella placed fifth at 66 kg/145.5 lbs. He fell to Serafim Barzakov of Bulgaria in the bronze-medal match.

The tournament concludes on Sunday with competition again in men’s and women’s freestyle.


Men’s freestyle results

55 KG/121 LBS.
Gold – Vladislav Andreyev (Belarus)
Silver – Adrian Hajduk (Poland)
Bronze – Farzad Jafari (Iran)
Bronze – Nurlan Nakenaliev (Kyrgyzstan)

66 KG/145.5 LBS.
Gold – Soslan Ramonov (Russia)
Silver – Adam Sobieraj (Poland)
Bronze – Ramazan Sahin (Turkey)
Bronze – Serafim Barzakov (Bulgaria)

84 KG/185 LBS.
Gold – Alireza Goodarzi (Iran)
Silver – Amarhajy Magamedov (Belarus)
Bronze – Serdar Boke (Turkey)
Bronze – Ehsan Amini (Iran)

U.S. freestyle performances

55 kg/121 lbs. – Nick Simmons, Corvallis, Ore. (Sunkist Kids) – 5th
WIN Radoslav Velikov (Bulgaria), fall 1st period
WIN Sezar Akgul (Turkey), 7-3, 0-1, 1-0
LOSS Vladislav Andreyev (Belarus)
WIN Francisco Sanchez (Spain)
LOSS Farzad Jafari (Iran)

55 kg/121 lbs. – Troy Nickerson, Ithaca, N.Y. (New York AC)
LOSS Sezar Akgul (Turkey)

Obe Blanc, Stillwater, Okla. (Gator WC)
WIN Oleg Pervachuk (Ukraine)
LOSS Nurlan Nakenaliev (Kyrgyzstan)

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Chase Pami, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
WIN Pedro Soto (Puerto Rico)
LOSS Adam Sobieraj (Poland)
LOSS Ramazan Sahin (Turkey)

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Josh Churella, Ann Arbor, Mich. (New York AC) – 5th
WIN Zhan Safian (Belarus)
LOSS Soslan Ramonov (Russia)
WIN Samet Dulger (Germany)
LOSS Serafim Barzakov (Bulgaria)

84 kg/185 lbs. – Jon Reader, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids)
WIN Alan Bzykav (Belarus)
LOSS Serdar Boke (Turkey)

84 kg/185 lbs. – Keith Gavin, Bethlehem, Pa. (Lehigh Valley AC)
LOSS Istan Vereb (Hungary)

84 kg/185 lbs. – Raymond Jordan, Tempe, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids)
WIN Aleksej Isiaev (Belarus)
LOSS Ehsan Amini (Iran)


Women’s freestyle results

48 KG/105.5 LBS.
Gold – Clarissa Chun (USA)
Silver – Jaqueline Schellin (Germany)
Bronze – Vanessa Boubryemm (France)
Bronze – Alina Moreva (Russia)

55 KG/121 LBS.
Gold – Maria Gurova (Russia)
Silver – Agata Pietrzyk (Poland)
Bronze – Joice Silva (Brazil)
Bronze – Nicole Hauptmann (Germany)

63 KG/138.75 LBS.
Gold – Anastasia Bratchnikova (Russia)
Silver – Audrey Prieto (France)
Bronze – Danielle LaPage (Canada)
Bronze – Natalia Smirnova (Russia)

72 KG/158.5 LBS.
Gold – Stanka Zlateva (Bulgaria)
Silver – Ekaterina Bukina (Russia)
Bronze – Ali Bernard (USA)
Bronze – Aline Da Silva (Brazil)

U.S. women’s freestyle performances

48 kg/105.5 lbs. – Clarissa Chun, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids) – 1st
WIN Liliana Santos (Portugal), 3-0, 4-0
WIN Melanie Lesaffre (FRA), 3-0, 3-2
WIN Alina Moreva (Russia), fall 1:27
WIN Jaqueline Schellin (Germany), 1-0, 3-0

55 kg/121 lbs. – Ashley Hudson, Wildwood, Mo. (Gator WC)
WIN Vania Guerreiro (Portugal), 1-0, 2-1
LOSS Joice Silva (Brazil), 0-1, 0-1

72 kg/158.5 lbs. – Ali Bernard, New Ulm, Minn. (Gator WC) – 3rd
WIN Marina Gastl (Austria), 2-0, 2-1
LOSS Stanka Zlateva (Bulgaria), 5-0, 0-1, 2-3
WIN Maja Erlandsen Maja (Norway), forfeit