Greco-Roman and women’s pairings set for Sunkist Kids International finals to be webcast at 3:00 p.m. Pacific
PHOENIX, Ariz. – The finals matchups have been set for the Greco-Roman and women’s freestyle divisions for the Sunkist Kids International Open on Saturday.
The finals round will be webcast live on TheMat.com at 3:00 p.m., with Jason Bryant calling the action.
One weight class was completed during the morning session in Greco-Roman, as Zac Nielsen (Zimmerman, Minn./Minnesota Storm) won a three-athlete roundrobin at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. Nielsen competes with the U.S. Olympic Education Center program at Northern Michigan University.
Among the finalists in the women’s division is 2008 Olympic gold medalist Carol Huyhn of Canada, who will face fellow Canadian Genevieve Haley in the finals at 51 kg/112.25 lbs. Huyhn is up one weight class from her normal 48 kg/105.5 lbs., where she won her title in Beijing.
Olympic silver medalist Sara McMann (Gaffney, S.C./Sunkist Kids) is unbeaten heading into the final roundrobin bout at 63 kg/138.5 pounds. Her final match is against another unbeaten athlete, 2009 Junior World bronze medalist Vanessa Carlson (Addison, Ill./New York AC).
All of the remaining men’s finalists in Greco-Roman are U.S. athletes.
Among the finalists is No. 2 ranked Brandon Rupp (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) at 286.5 pounds. Another top Greco-Roman finalist is Joe Betterman (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids), a 2007 U.S. World Team member and a champion at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
The women’s freestyle finals is a rematch of the 2009 U.S. World Team Trials. Deanna Rix (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids), who has been fifth at the World Championships the last two years, will face Kelsey Campbell (Milwaukie, Ore./Sunkist Kids), who was the U.S. Nationals champion last year.
Adeline Gray (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC), who was also fifth at the 2009 World Championships, is in the 72 kg/147.5 lbs. finals, where she will face Canadian Vanessa Wilson in the finals.
A featured women’s final will be at 72 kg/158.5 lbs., where 2005 World champion Iris Smith (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) will battle two-time University World champion Stephany Lee (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids).
SUNKIST KIDS INTERNATIONAL OPEN
At Phoenix, Ariz., October 24, 2009
Greco-Roman finals pairings
55 kg/121 lbs. (final roundrobin matches)
Nate Engel (Sunkist Kids) vs. Paul Telgreen (NMU/USOEC)
William Spackman (unattached) vs. Kevin Hunter (unattached
60 kg/132 lbs. – Joe Betterman (Sunkist Kids) vs. Nathan Piasecki (U.S. Army)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Jacob Curby (New York AC) vs. Kerry Regner (Sunkist Kids)
74 kg/163 lbs. – Andrew Bisek (Minnesota Storm) vs. Jake Fisher (New York AC)
84 kg/185 lbs. – Cheney Haight (New York AC) vs. Chad Hemerson (New York AC)
96 kg/211.5 lbs.
1st – Zac Nielsen (Minnesota Storm)
2nd – Joseph Sheffield (Y.E.S. Wrestling Club)
3rd – Jason DeVries (unattached)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Pete Kowalczuk (Sunkist Kids) vs. Brandon Rupp (New York AC)
Women’s freestyle finals pairings
48 kg/105.5 lbs. – C.C. Weber (Sunkist Kids) vs. Ashley McKilligan (Canada-BMWC)
51 kg/112.25 lbs. – Carol Huynh (Canada) vs. Genevieve Haley (Canada)
55 kg/121 lbs. – Whitney Conder (Gator WC) vs. Jillian Gallays (Canada)
59 kg/130 lbs. – Kelsey Campbell (Sunkist Kids) vs. Deanna Rix (Sunkist Kids)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. (final roundrobin)
Sara McMann (Sunkist Kids) vs. Veronica Carlson (New York AC)
Holly Thien (San Jose State) vs. Miranda Diana (Mexico-Sonora)
67 kg/147.5 lbs. – Adeline Gray (New York AC) vs. Vanessa Wilson (Canada-Calgary)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. – Stephany Lee (Sunkist Kids) vs. Iris Smith (U.S. Army)