23 U S wrestlers honored in April 2006 TheMat com International Rankings

By Gary Abbott | April 05, 2006, 6:41 p.m. (ET)
There were no No. 1 ranked wrestlers from the United States, but five Americans were ranked No.2 and 23 U.S. wrestlers were honored in TheMat.com International Wrestling Rankings for April 2006.

These are international wrestling rankings published by a panel of independent journalists. Athletes and teams in the three Olympic wrestling styles (men's freestyle, men's Greco-Roman and women's freestyle wrestling) were ranked by five respected international journalists.

TheMat.com International Wrestling Rankings list the top 15 wrestlers in the world in each weight class, as well as the top 15 nations in each of the wrestling styles.

Included were 12 women freestyle wrestlers, eight men's freestyle wrestlers and three men's Greco-Roman wrestlers.

The five U.S. athletes with a No. 2 world ranking were:
Sammie Henson (Flintstone, Ga./Sunkist Kids) at 55 kg/121 lbs. in men's freestyle
Joe Williams (Ames, Iowa/Sunkist Kids)at 74 kg/163 lbs. in men's freestyle
Mo Lawal (Colorado Springs, Colo./Gator WC)at 84 kg/185 lbs. in men's freestyle
Jenny Wong (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) at 51 kg/112.25 lbs. in women's freestyle
Kristie Marano (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) at 67 kg/147.5 lbs. in women's freestyle

The United States received a No. 3 ranking among teams in women's freestyle wrestling, placing behind No. 1 Japan and No. 2 China.

In men's freestyle wrestling, the United States received a No. 6team rankings, as Russia was selected as the No. 1 nation. The U.S. Greco-Roman team was ranked No. 14in their style, as Russia received the No. 1 ranking there.

The U.S. wrestlers who are included in the April 2006 TheMat.com International Wrestling Rankings are:

Women's Freestyle
No. 2 at 51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Jenny Wong (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids)
No. 2 at 67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Kristie Marano (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC)
No. 3 at 63 kg/138.75 lbs - Sara McMann (Iowa City, Iowa/Sunkist Kids)
No. 4 at 72 kg/158.5 lbs - Iris Smith (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army)
No. 5 at 59 kg/130 lbs. - Sally Roberts (Colorado Springs, Colo./Gator WC)
No. 5 at 67 kg/167.5 lbs. - Katie Downing (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids)
No. 6 at 48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Stephanie Murata (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids)
No. 6 at 51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Patricia Miranda (New Haven, Conn./Sunkist Kids)
No. 6 at 55 kg/121 lbs. - Marcie Van Dusen (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids)
No. 8 at 55 kg/121 lbs. - Tina George (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army)
No. 14 at 48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Clarissa Chun (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids)
No. 15 at 63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Erin Tomeo (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids)

Men's Freestyle
No. 2 at 55 kg/121 lbs. - Sammie Henson (Flintstone, Ga./Sunkist Kids)
No. 2 at 74 kg/163 lbs. - Joe Williams (Ames, Iowa/Sunkist Kids)
No. 2 at 84 kg/185 lbs. - Mo Lawal (Colorado Springs, Colo./Gator WC)
No. 5 at 120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Tolly Thompson (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Sunkist Kids)
No. 8 at 60 kg/132 lbs. - Mike Zadick (Solon, Iowa/Hawkeye WC)
No. 8 at 66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Chris Bono (Ringgold, Ga./Sunkist Kids)
No. 13 at 120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Tommy Rowlands (Columbus, Ohio/Sunkist Kids)
No. 15 at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Daniel Cormier (Stillwater, Okla./Gator WC)

Men's Greco-Roman
No. 5 at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Justin Ruiz (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC)
No. 7 at 120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Dremiel Byers (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army)
No. 11 at 60 kg/132 lbs. - Joe Warren (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC)

Rankings will be published during the following months this season
* December 2005
* February 2006
* April 2006
* June 2006
* August 2006