Alyssa Lampe among women's champs crowned at US Open
Alyssa Lampe takes control against Victoria Anthony in the women’s finals on Saturday night. Tony Rotundo photo.
LAS VEGAS – Alyssa Lampe has earned bronze medals at the last two World Championships.
Now she’s ready to make a run at gold.
Lampe capped a superb tournament by rolling past 2013 World Team member Victoria Anthony in the finals of the U.S. Open on Saturday night at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Lampe took charge early in scoring a 10-0 technical fall in the women’s freestyle finals. Lampe won her second straight Open title.
“I plan on being done wrestling in 2016, so this is the time to get it done,” Lampe said. “I just need to keep working hard and not let things get me rattled.”
Lampe was one of eight women’s champions crowned on Saturday night.
The top seven wrestlers in each Olympic weight class qualify for the U.S. World Team Trials on May 31-June 1 in Madison, Wis.
World champion Elena Pirozhkova took control late in the first period en route to a 3-0 win over Erin Clodgo in the finals at 63 kg/138.75 lbs. Pirozhkova won her sixth Open title.
Jackie Cataline took charge late in the first period, recording a fall over past World champion Iris Smith in the finals at 75 kg/165 lbs. Cataline won her first Open title after twice finishing second in this event. Smith is a five-time Open champion.
“It’s amazing to finally win this,” Cataline said. “It’s long overdue. It’s my year and that’s what I told myself before I came here, and I got it. It feels great.”
World silver medalist Helen Maroulis struck U.S. Open gold for the fifth time in the last six years in downing Sarah Hildebrandt 11-0 in the finals at 55 kg/121 lbs. Maroulis is ranked No. 3 in the World.
Maroulis was named Outstanding Wrestler in women’s freestyle.
Olympic bronze medalist Randi Miller continued her strong return to the mat in earning a 3-1 win over 2013 World Team member Veronica Carlson in the finals at 69 kg/152 lbs. Miller won her second Open title, but first since 2008 after not competing in the last Olympic cycle.
2013 World Team member Alli Ragan pinned Trinity Griffin in the finals at 58 kg/128 lbs. Ragan won her second straight Open title.
Past World Team member Whitney Conder kicked off the evening by earning a 2-0 win over Katherine Fulp-Allen in the finals at 53 kg/116.5 lbs. Conder won her second U.S. Open title.
Jennifer Page continued her strong season by pinning Jenna Burkert in the first period of the finals at 60 kg/132 lbs. Page won her first Open title.
The Titan Mercury Wrestling Club won the Division I team title and the Sunkist Kids won the Division II title.
48 kg/105.5 lbs.
Alyssa Lampe (Sunkist Kids) dec. Victoria Anthony (Sunkist Kids), 10-0
53 kg/116.5 lbs.
Whitney Conder (U.S. Army) dec. Katherine Fulp-Allen (New York AC), 2-0
55 kg/121 lbs.
Helen Maroulis (Sunkist Kids) dec. Sarah Hildebrandt (King), 11-0
58 kg/128 lbs.
Alli Ragan (New York AC) pinned Trinity Griffin (Sunkist Kids), 2:20
60 kg/132 lbs.
Jennifer Page (Titan Mercury WC) pinned Jenna Burkert (New York AC), 1:52
63 kg/138.75 lbs.
Elena Pirozhkova (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Erin Clodgo (Sunkist Kids), 3-0
69 kg/152 lbs.
Randi Miller (U.S. Army) dec. Veronica Carlson (New York AC), 3-1
75 kg/165 lbs.
Jackie Cataline (Titan Mercury WC) pinned Iris Smith (U.S. Army), 2:54