Tomeo wins third consecutive Women s Junior National Title June 2

By Gary Abbott | June 02, 2000, 12 a.m. (ET)
Erin Tomeo (Volant, Pa./TAPS) wins her third consecutive title at the FILA Junior Women's National Championships and World Team Trials in Battle Creek, Mich., June 2.

Tomeo pinned Jessi Shirley (Galion, Ohio/Northmor WC) in 4:09 to win the national title at 119 pounds.

1999 Cadet World Champion Mary Kelly (Mahomet, Ill./Unattached) pinned Lindsay Torrance (Grass Valley, Calif./Unattached) in 2:51 at 94.75 pounds to claim her first junior national title.

2000 U.S. Nationals runner-up Clarissa Chun (Kapolei, Hi./Viking WC) won by a technical fall over Sandra Szendry (Marshall, Mo./Viking WC) at 101.25 pounds by the score of 12-2. This is Chun's first junior national title.

Melina Hutchison (Soldotna, Ak./Alaska WC) defeated 1999 junior national champion Jenny Wong (Stillwater, Minn./Sunkist Kids) by a decision, 4-2, to win the 110 pound national title.

U.S. Senior National Team member Sara McMann (Lock Haven, Pa./Sunkist Kids) won by a technical fall over Tonya Evinger (Bates City, Mo./Viking WC), 12-1 to claim the junior title.

At 165.25 pounds, Dominique Smalley (Iowa City, Iowa/Dave Schultz WC) decisioned Kaci Lyle (Eurka, Calif. /Dave Schultz WC), 4-2, to claim the title. Smalley is a member of the U.S. Women's national team.

Other champions include: Carrie Birge (Omaha, Neb./Viking WC) at 127.75 pounds and Toccara Montgomery (Cleveland, Ohio/Sunkist Kids) at 149.75 pounds.

The Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament was Toccara Montgomery.

The wrestler with the most falls in the least amount of time was Alicia Mena with three in 3:54.

The FILA Junior age level includes athletes from 17-20 years old. Many of the best wrestlers in the nation on the Senior level can still compete at this level, as well as a number of age group stars. Winners of the FILA Junior Nationals/World Team Trials will be eligible to represent the U.S. at the Women's Junior World Championships in Nantes, France, July 3-9.

The Senior Women's World Team Trials, the FILA Cadet Women's National Championships and the Central Kids/Cadet Regional Championships for boys are also held at Kellogg Arena, June 2-4.


Battle Creek, Mich., June 2

43 kg/94.75 lbs. - 1st - Mary Kelly, Mahomet, Ill. (Unattached) pin Lindsay Torrance, Grass Valley, Calif. (Unattached), 2:51

46 kg/101.25 lbs. - 1st - Clarissa Chun, Kapolei, Hi. (Viking WC) won by tech. fall over Sandra Padron, Scottville, Mich. (Viking WC), 12-2

50 kg/110 lbs. - 1st - Melina Hutchison, Soldotna, Ak. (Alaska WC) dec. Jenny Wong, Stillwater, Minn. (Sunkist Kids), 4-2; 3rd - Amy Alvaro, Elmira, N.Y. (Viking WC) pinned Sandra Szendry, Marshall, Mo. (Viking WC), 1:47

54 kg/119 lbs. - 1st - Erin Tomeo, Volant, Pa. (TAPS) pinned Jessi Shirley, Galion, Ohio (Northmor WC), 4:09; 3rd - Tela O'Donnel, Homer, Ak. (Alaska WC) pinned Jessica Bixby, Smithville Flats, N.Y. (Greene WC), 1:33

58 kg/127.75 lbs. - 1st - Carrie Birge, Omaha, Neb. (Viking WC) pinned Lisa Bisers, Hampton, Pa. (TAPS), 2:09; 3rd - Cathilee Albert, Bolder, Colo. (Fairview WC) won by tech. fall over Rosaria DeCola, Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wolverine WC), 10-0

63 kg/138.75 lbs. - 1st - Sara McMann, Lock Haven, Pa. (Sunkist Kids) won by tech. fall over Tonya Evinger, Bates City, Mo. (Viking WC), 12-1; 3rd - Tina Arnds, Marshall, Mo. (Viking WC) won by tech. fall over Peggy Vandemark, Kimball, Minn. (Minnesota Storm), 10-0

68 kg/149.75 lbs. - 1st - Toccara Montgomery, Cleveland, Ohio (Sunkist Kids) dec. Katie Downing, Pendleton, Ind. (UM-Morris), 9-2; 3rd - Melanie Macari, Marshall, Mo. (Viking WC) pinned Tori Adams, Amarillo, Tex. (Viking WC), 2:18

75 kg/165.25 lbs. - 1st - Dominique Smalley, Iowa City, Iowa (Dave Schultz WC) dec. Kaci Lyle, Eurka, Calif. (Dave Schultz WC), 4-2; 3rd - Alicia Mena, St. Paul, Minn. (Minnesota Storm) pinned Donell Bradley, Marshall, Mo. (Viking WC), 0:36

Outstanding Wrestler - Toccara Montgomery

Most Falls - Alicia Mena with three falls in 3:54