WRESTLING: World medalists Davis, Chun, Herbert, Dlagnev star at competitive New York AC Freestyle International
Gary Abbott
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November 21, 2010 8:40 PM
​NEW YORK, N.Y. – Four past World medalists from the United States won gold medals in a highly competitive New York AC Freestyle International Championships on Sunday.
In the final bout of the event, and the highlighted showdown of the women’s finals, two-time World champion Kristie Davis (Oklahoma City, Okla./Gator WC/OCU) beat 2010 World silver medalist Elena Pirozhkova (Colorado Springs, Colo./Gator WC), 0-3, 2-0, 5-1 in the finals at 63 kg/138.75 lbs.
After splitting the first two periods, Davis hit a slick footsweep for a takedown and exposure points to win the deciding third period. Davis was named Outstanding Wrestler in the women’s division.
The five-athlete round-robin at Davis’ weight was loaded with talent, also featuring U.S. college star Alli Ragan of King College, 2010 Junior World champion Danielle Lappage of Canada and past U.S. Open runner-up Vanessa Oswalt of the U.S. Army.
“I feel I could have wrestled better, but I did good for the first time down to this weight,” said Davis. “I didn’t cut any weight, and felt strong. There was a lot of talent in this weight class, which is good because we need to push each other.”
Davis praised Pirozhkova after their intense finals showdown.
“She has improved tremendously,” said Davis. She is an outstanding competitor. It will be a battle. We will push each other for the next few years.”
Davis is tied with Bruce Baumgartner with the most career World medals among Americans with nine. It was the first time she has competed at 63 kg/138.75 lbs. since winning the U.S. Open at the division in 2004.
Capturing the women’s title at 48 kg/105.5 lbs. was 2008 World champion Clarissa Chun (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) who scored a dominant technical fall over 2010 U.S. World Team member Alyssa Lampe (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids), 8-1, 6-0. Chun opened up her offense, with a variety of takedowns, throws and turns.
Chun and Lampe have met in the U.S. World Team Trials the last three years, with Chun winning in 2008 and 2009 and Lampe winning the series in 2010.
2009 World silver medalist Jake Herbert (Evanston, Ill./New York AC) and 2009 World bronze medalist Tervel Dlagnev (Columbus, Ohio/Sunkist Kids) were among the U.S. champions in the men’s division.
In a rematch of the 2010 World Team Trials finals, Herbert defeated Keith Gavin (Pittsburgh, Pa./Lehigh Valley AC), 2-0, 2-0 at 84 kg/185 lbs. Herbert beat Gavin in a three-match series at the 2010 World Team Trials.
In a battle of training partners at 120 kg/264.5 lbs., Dlagnev defeated 2007 U.S. World Team member Tommy Rowlands (Hilliard, Ohio/Sunkist Kids), 1-0, 1-0 in the finals. Dlagnev and Rowlands train together at the Ohio Regional Training Center in Columbus.
Overall, the United States won 10 of the 14 gold medals awarded during the event.
The U.S. claimed six of the seven women’s gold medals. The other U.S. individual champions were Helen Maroulis (Rockville, Md./New York AC) at 55 kg/121 lbs.,
Deanna Rix (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) at 59 kg/130 lbs., Christen Paysse (Fullerton, Calif./Univ. of the Cumberlands) at 67 kg/147.5 lbs. and Brittany Delgado (Gator WC/OCU) at 72 kg/158.75 lbs.
Maroulis, a two-time Junior World medalist and 2008 U.S. World Team member, defeated 2010 U.S. World Team member Kelsey Campbell (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) in the finals, 2-0, 1-0. Campbell has dropped to 55 kg after competing at 59 kg in recent seasons.
Rix, who was fifth in the 2008 and 2009 World Championships, defeated Canadian Amanda Gerhart in the finals, 1-0, 1-0.
Paysse went 4-0 in a five-athlete roundrobin to win her weight division. Delgado won her weight class uncontested.
The other U.S. champions in men’s freestyle were past World Team members Trent Paulson (Ames, Iowa/Sunkist Kids) at 74 kg/163 lbs. and J.D. Bergman (Columbus, Ohio/New York AC) at 96 kg/211.5 lbs.
Paulson, a member of the 2009 U.S. World team, defeated former Iowa star Ryan Morningstar (Iowa City, Iowa/New York AC), 4-0, 5-2 in the finals. In a field featuring eight of the top 10 ranked Americans in the weight class, unranked Morningstar had a strong performance in his debut on the Senior freestyle circuit.
In another rematch of the 2010 World Team Trials finals, Bergman defeated 2009 U.S. World Team member Jake Varner (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC), 3-1, 1-0. Bergman beat Varner in the World Team Trials finals last year.
Russia captured the three lightest weight classes in men’s freestyle, with titles from Petr Sivcev at 55 kg/121 lbs., Rasul Murtazaliev at 60 kg/132 lbs. and Magomed Gadziev at 66 kg/145.5 lbs. Gadziev was named Outstanding Wrestler in men’s freestyle, after defeating Canada’s Haislan Garcia in the finals.
The other individual champion in women’s freestyle was Jessica MacDonald of Canada at 51 kg/112.25 pounds.
At New York, N.Y., Nov. 21
Men’s freestyle
55 kg/121 lbs.
1st - Petr Sivcev (Russia) dec. Rasul Mashezov (Russia), 0-2, 5-3, 2-0
3rd - John Pineda (Burnaby Mountain WC- Canada) dec. Obe Blanc (Gator WC), 2-0, 0-1, 4-2
60 kg/132 lbs.
1st - Rasul Murtazaliev (Russia) dec. Nyam-Ochir Enkhsaikhan (Mongolia), 4-0, 4-1
3rd - Nick Simmons (Sunkist Kids) dec. Reece Humphrey (New York AC), 7-0, 3-0
66 kg/145.5 lbs.
1st - Magomedmurad Gadzhiev (Russia) dec. Haislan Garcia (Burnaby Mountain WC-Canada), 1-0, 1-0
3rd - Heinrich Barnes (NWRTC – South Africa) dec. Joe Johnston (MWF), 6-0, 7-5
74 kg/163 lbs.
1st - Trent Paulson (Sunkist Kids) dec. Ryan Morningstar (New York AC), 4-0, 5-2
3rd - Evan MacDonald (Brock WC - Canada) dec. Moza Fay (Gator WC), 2-3, 5-2, 6-0
84 kg/185 lbs
1st - Jake Herbert (New York AC) dec. Keith Gavin (Lehigh Valley AC), 2-0, 2-0
3rd - Koloy Kortoev (Russia) dec. Raymond Jordan (Sunkist Kids), 1-0, 1-1, 1-0
96 kg/211.5 lbs.
1st - J D Bergman (New York AC) dec. Jake Varner (Nittany Lion WC), 3-1, 1-0
3rd - Marat Ibragimov (Russia) dec. Wynn Michalak (Gator WC), 1-0, 2-1
120 kg/264.5 lbs
1st - Tervel Dlagnev (Sunkist Kids) dec. Tommy Rowlands (Sunkist Kids), 1-0, 1-0
3rd - Aaron Anspach (Nittany Lion WC) dec. Blake Gillis (Lehigh Valley AC), 0-3, 2-0, 2-0
Women’s freestyle
48 kg/105.5 lbs.
1st - Clarissa Chun (Sunkist Kids) tech. fall. Alyssa Lampe (Sunkist Kids), 8-1, 6-0
3rd - Victoria Anthony (New York AC) dec. Carolina Castillo (Colombia), 3-0, 2-3, 2-1
51 kg/112.25 lbs.
1st - Jessica MacDonald (Brock WC - Canada) dec. Michaela Hutchison (Gator WC/OCU), 3-3 ,3-0
3rd - Gabrielle Henry (Univ. of the Cumberlands) pin Monica Hovermale (Lady Eagle WC), 0-1, 1:20
55 kg/121 lbs.
1st - Helen Maroulis (New York AC) dec. Kelsey Campbell (Sunkist Kids), 2-0, 1-0
3rd - Schuyler Brown (Gator WC) dec. Sharon Jacobson (U.S. Army), 2-0, 7-0
59 kg/130 lbs.
1st - Deanna Rix (Sunkist Kids) dec. Amanda Gerhart (Burnaby Mountain WC – Canada, 1-0, 1-0
3rd - Othella Lucas (Ul.S. Army) dec. Amberle Montgomery (Gator WC/OCU), 3-1, 3-0
63 kg/138.75 lbs.
1st Place - Kristie Davis (Gator WC/OCU)
2nd Place - Elena Pirozhkova (Gator WC)
3rd Place - Alli Ragan (King College)
4th Place - Danielle Lappage (Burnaby Mountain WC-Canada)
5th Place - Vanessa Oswalt (U.S. Army)
Round robin bouts
Lappage dec. Oswalt, 3-1, 1-3, 3-0
Pirozhkova dec. Ragan, 0-1, 6-0, 2-0
Ragan dec. Oswalt, 1-0, 3-0
Davis dec. Lappage, 2-1, 1-0
Davis dec. Oswalt, 1-7, 1-0, 6-0
Pirozhkova dec. Lappage, 0-1, 1-0, 1-0
Pirokzhkova dec. Oswalt, 1-0, 1-0
Davis dec. Ragan, 2-0, 2-0
Ragan inj. dft. Lappage
Davis dec. Pirozhkova, 0-3, 2-0, 5-1
67 kg/147.5 lbs.
1st Place - Christen Paysse (Univ. of the Cumberlands)
2nd Place - Brittany Roberts (Gator WC/OCU)
3rd Place - Laura Conway (USOEC)
4th Place - Emma Randall (Lady Eagle WC)
5th Place - Sijara Eubanks (Lloyd Irvin Mixed Martial Arts Academy)
Round robin bouts
Roberts pin Conway, 5-0, 1:33
Randall dec. Eubanks, 2-7, 3-1, 2-1
Roberts pin Eubanks, 6-0, 1:11
Paysse dec. Conway, 10-3, 7-2
Paysse dec. Roberts, 0-1, 2-1, 3-0
Conway pin Randall, 1-1, 0:53
Roberts tech. fall Randall, 2-3, 6-0, 8-1
Paysse pin Eubanks, 6-0, 1:02
Conway dec. Eubanks, 1-1, 4-1
Paysse dec. Randall, 3-0, 7-0
72 kg/158.75 lbs
1st - Brittany Delgado (Gator WC/OCU)

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