Wrestlers Back from Action
Kimberly Stobb Student Writer January 15, 2007
MARQUETTE, Mich.—The United States Olympic Education Center women’s freestyle wrestling team returned from the NWCA Iowa National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa, last weekend (Jan. 13-14) with solid performances under its belt. The women faced opponents from Missouri Valley College, Menlo College and the University of the Cumberlands.
“I’m happy with the overall results,” said head coach Shannyn Gillespie. “The competition was good preparation for our upcoming events, including the U.S. National Championships.”
One of the strong performances came from Marquette Senior High School senior Paige Rife (Fowlerville, Mich.) at 72 kilograms. The USOEC newcomer proved herself as she wrestled to a 2-1 record. Her only defeat came from Tabetha Golt of the University of the Cumberlands, who finished fifth at the World Championships.
“I’m impressed with [Rife’s] results. She’s young and held her own against a strong opponent,” Gillespie said.
Another notable performance came from Northern Michigan University freshman Nicole Darrow (Lanesboro, Mass.), who competed for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery last spring. In an attempt to lessen the strain on her shoulder, she only wrestled in two matches instead of three like the rest of her USOEC teammates. Darrow made her limited time on the mat count, winning both of her matches at 55 kg.
NMU junior Sadie Kaneda (Honolulu, Hawaii) and sophomore Dany Hedin (Kailua, Hawaii) also had winning records at the duals. They came out on top in two matches in their respective 48- and 55-kg weight classes.
NMU senior Amy Borgnini (Terre Haute, Ind.) captured a win in one of three matches at 55 kg. Other USOEC athletes earning a 1-2 record include 63-kg graduate student Kierstin Hyatt, (Carmichael, Calif.), 80-kg freshman Dallas Monreal-Berner (Niles, Ill.) and 67-kg MSHS junior Erin Clodgo (Richmond, Vt.).
NMU senior and 48-kg wrestler Liz Short (Lombard, Ill.) was scheduled to compete but pulled out prior to the start of the duals due to an injury.
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