Betts named Outstanding Wrestler at UM Morris Women s Open

By Gary Abbott | Dec. 03, 2001, 12 a.m. (ET)
Katrina Betts was one of three UM-Morris individual champions, and was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler after claiming the 101.25-pound weight class at the UM-Morris Women's Open in Morris, Minn., Dec. 1. Betts, a freshman, scored a technical fall and two pins in a four-athlete round-robin to claim the title. She pinned runner-up Kera Pemberton of Neosho County College in 45 seconds in the deciding match. Also winning individual gold medals for UM-Morris were Keli Hinton at 112.25 pounds and Katie Downing at 149.75 pounds. Hinton pinned Dani Presley of Neosho County College in 2:45 for the title, while Downing captured the title uncontested. Other individual champions included Sara Tolin of Neosho County College at 123.25 pounds, Sally Roberts of Pacific Univ. at 136.5 pounds and Elena Mena of the Minnesota Storm. UM-Morris captured the team title, followed by Neosho County College. UM-Morris, coached by Doug Reese, was the first U.S. college to field a varsity women's wrestling team, when it added the sport in the mid-1990s. UM-Morris Women's Open Results at Morris, Minn., Dec. 1 46 kg/101.25 lbs. 1st - Katrina Betts (UM-Morris) pin Kera Pemberton (Neosho Com. College), 0:45 3rd - Liz Short (UM-Morris) tech. fall over Tonie Trowbridge (Neosho Comm. College), 10-0 51 kg/112.25 lbs. 1st - Keli Hinton (UM-Morris) pin Danni Presley (Neosho Comm. College), 2:45 56 kg/123.25 lbs. 1st - Sarah Tolin (Neosho Comm. College) tech. fall Katie Ross (UM-Morris), 12-2 3rd - Lisa Neuburger (UM-Morris) 62 kg/136.5 lbs. 1st - Sally Roberts (Pacific Univ.) tech. fall over Emily Black (Neosho Comm. College), 11-0 68 kg/149.75 lbs. 1st - Katie Downing (UM-Morris) 75 kg/165.25 lbs. 1st - Elena Mena (MN Storm) pin Samantha Branka (UM-Morris), 0:46 3rd - Alicia Wilson (UM-Morris) pin Randi Miller (Neosho Comm. College), 4:15 Team Champion - UM-Morris Runner Up - Neosho Community College Most Outstanding Wrestling - Katrina Betts (46 kilos) UM-Morri