NEW YORK, N.Y. – 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Randi Miller (Colorado Springs, Colo./Army WCAP) earned a spot in the gold-medal finals at 67 kg/147.5 lbs. at the New York AC International on Friday. Miller is competing in her first event since winning her Olympic bronze at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.
Randi Miller opened with three straight 8-0 technical falls, beating Natasha Li Galarza of Lindenwood-Belleville, then Larissa D’Alleva of Canada and Erin Clodgo of the Sunkist Kids in order. She will face two-time Junior World champion Dorothy Yates of Canada in the gold-medal finals.
“I felt pretty good. It is a lot of fun. I am so happy to be here and be able to do this today,” said Miller after her semifinal win. “I am just out there. Before I got here, coach Seiko (Yamamoto) said to get a good warmup and don’t stop moving and that’s what I am trying to do.”
There are 13 Americans who have guaranteed a spot in the finals in the women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman divisions. One weight class is a round-robin in the women’s draw. In Greco-Roman, there is at least one American in each finals.
In Greco-Roman, two-time Olympian Spencer Mango (Colorado Springs, Colo./Army WCAP) has reached the finals, where he will battle Seunghak Kim of Korea.
2012 Olympian Ben Provisor (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) has moved up to 84 kg/185 lbs. for this event, and has reached the finals, where he will battle another American, Josef Rau (Chicago, Ill./Minnesota Storm).
The finals are estimated for 6:00 p.m. Eastern. TheMat.com will attempt to stream the finals live.
NEW YORK AC INTERNATIONAL
At New York, N.Y., November 8
Greco-Roman finals pairings
55 kg/121 lbs. – Spenser Mango (USA/Army WCAP) vs. Seunghak Kim (Korea)
60 kg/132 lbs. – Joe Betterman (USA/Army WCAP) vs. Hokil Kim (Korea)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Takeshi Izumi (Japan) vs. Thrasher Porcher (USA/USOEC)
74 kg/163 lbs. – Andy Bisek (USA/Minnesota Storm) vs. Neulpuleun Jeon (Korea)
84 kg/185 lbs. – Ben Provisor (USA/New York AC) vs. Josef Rau (USA/Minnesota Storm)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Kevin Mejia Castillo (Honduras) vs. Pete Gounaridis (USA/Army WCAP)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Robbie Smith (USA/New York AC) vs. Erik Nye (USA/Army WCAP)
Women’s freestyle finals pairings
48 kg/105.5 lbs. – Yuki Irie (Japan) vs. Jasmine Mian (Canada)
51 kg/112.25 lbs. – Jessica MacDonald (Canada) vs. Vanessa Brown (Canada)
55 kg/121 lbs. – Yuuki Ikegame (Japan) vs. Sarah Hildebrandt (USA/King Univ.)
59 kg/130 lbs. – Alli Ragan (USA/New York AC/King Univ.) vs. Michelle Fazzari (Canada)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. – Yuki Ito (Japan) vs. Amanda Hendey (USA/Titan Mercury WC/King Univ.)
67 kg/147.5 lbs. – Dorothy Yeats (Canada) vs. Randi Miller (USA/Army WCAP)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. – Five athlete round-robin. After two rounds, Erica Wiebe (Canada) and Hiroe Suzuki (Japan) are now 2-0.