Bacher Smith win silver medals at the Gilbert Schaub Women s Open

By Gary Abbott | Jan. 25, 2000, 12 a.m. (ET)
Bacher and Smith win silver medals at the 2000 Gilbert Schaub Women's Open in Tourcoing, France, Jan. 22-23

Sandra Bacher (San Jose, Calif./Dave Schultz WC) won the silver medal at 149.75 pounds and Iris Smith (Colorado Springs, Colo.) won the silver medal at 165.25 pounds at the 2000 Gilbert Schaub Women's Open in Tourcoing, France, Jan. 22-23.

Bacher pinned three opponents before losing in overtime in the gold-medal match to Myriam Djebaili of France, 4-1. She opened with a pin over Minako Toyama of Japan in 1:03, and then over Carine Decleriuex of France in 2:05. In the semi-finals, she pinned Angelique Griveaux of France in 4:41. Bacher is a 1999 World Champion and a member of the 1999 U.S. Women's World Championship team.

Smith first won by injury default over Fanny Gai of France and then pinned Caroline Dos Santos of France in 0:54. She then scored another pin over Nadege Bourgeouis of France in 1:01, before losing by pin in the finals to Christine Nordhagen of Canada in 1:37.

Others competing for the U.S. included: Julie Gonzalez (Vallejo, Calif/Peninsula Grapplers) placing fifth at 101.25 pounds, Malissa Sherwood (Rocklin, Calif./Dave Schultz WC) placing sixth at 123.25 pounds, Tonya Evinger (Bates City, Mo./Wrestling Central) placing 10th at 136.5 pounds and Afsoon Johnston (San Diego, Calif./Sunkist Kids) competed at 112.25 pounds.

Gonzalez first lost a close decision to Myriam Prost of France, 10-7, then won by injury default over Sandrine Trapet of France.

Sherwood first lost by a pin to eventual champion Saori Yoshida of Japan in 3:55, then pinned her next two opponents. Angelique Vaissie of France in 4:10 and Elzbieta Stryczek of Poland in 4:08.

Evinger had a bye her first round, then lost a close decision to Diletta Giampiccolo of Italy, 5-3. She then won by a pin over Audrey Prieto of France in 0:57.

Johnston went 2-1 at the tournament but did not finish in the top ten. She fist lost a decision to Francine Depaola of France, 10-3, then pinned Claire Prieto of France in 0:49 and Faiza Bjaoui of Tunisia in 2:40.

The team was coached by Lee Allen of San Francisco, Calif. and Mike Duroe of Colorado Springs, Colo.


Tourcoing, France, Jan. 22-23

Medal matches

101.25 lbs.- 1st - Farah Touchi (France) pinned Airi Futnatsu (Japan), 5:13; 3rd - Audrey Poix (France) dec. Myriam Prost (France), 8-4

112.25 lbs.- 1st - Erica Sharp (Canada) dec. Ida-Therese Karlsson (Sweden), 10-0; 3rd - Ninako Hattori (Japan) dec. Francine Depaolo (France), 5-1

123.25 lbs. - 1st - Saori Yoshida (Japan) dec. Anna Gomis (France), 13-3; 3rd - Yukiko Inoue (Japan) dec. Agnieszka Lis (Poland), 14-1

136.5 lbs. - 1st - Lotta Andersson (Sweden) dec. Sara Eriksson (Sweden), 3-1, ot; 3rd - Ayako Suga (Japan) dec. Stephanie Gross (Germany), 5-0

149.75 lbs. - 1st - Myriam Djebaili (France) dec. Sandra Bacher (USA), 4-1, ot; 3rd - Lise Golliot (France); 4th - Carine Declerieux (France)

165.25 lbs. - 1st - Christine Nordhagen (Canada) pinned Iris Smith (USA), 1:37; 3rd - Monika Kowalska (Poland); 4th - Caroline Dos Santos (France)

U.S. Results

101.25 lbs. - Julie Gonzalez, Vallejo, Calif. (Peninsula Grapplers), 5th place - lost dec. Myriam Prost (France), 10-7, ot; won by inj. def. over Sandrine Trapet (France)

112.25 lbs. - Afsoon Johnston, San Diego, Calif. (Sunkist Kids), dnp - lost dec. Francine Depaola (France) 10-3; pinned Claire Prieto (France), 0:49; pinned Faiza Bjaoui (Tunisia), 2:40

123.25lbs. - Malissa Sherwood, Rocklin, Calif. (Dave Schultz WC), 6th - lost by pin to Saori Yoshida (Japan), 3:55; pinned Angelique Vaissie (France), 4:10; pinned Elzbieta Stryczek (Poland), 4:08

136.5 lbs. - Tonya Evinger, Bates City, Mo. (Wrestling Central), 10th - lost dec. Diletta Giampiccolo (Italy), 5-3; pinned Audrey Prieto (France), 0:57

149.75 lbs. - Sandra Bacher, San Jose, Calif. (Dave Schultz WC), 2nd - pinned Minako Toyama (Japan), 1:03; pinned Carine Decleriuex (France), 2:05; pinned Angelique Griveaux (France), 4:41; lost dec. Myriam Djebaili (France), 4-1, ot

165.25 lsb. - Iris Smith, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2nd - won by inj. def. over Fanny Gai (France), pinned Caroline Dos Santos (France), 0:54; pinned Nadege Bourgeouis (France), 1:01; lost by pin to Christine Nordhagen (Canada), 1:37

Coaches - Lee Allen, San Francisco, Calif. and Mike Duroe, Colorado Springs, Colo.