2001 U S Freestyle Wrestling World Cup Team named U S Olympic Committee Team of the Month for May

By Lindsay Davis | June 11, 2001, 12 a.m. (ET)
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - The United States Olympic Committee today announced the May 2001 Athlete and Team of the Month Award winners. The 2001 U.S. Freestyle Wrestling World Cup Team won the team title at the World Cup of Freestyle Wrestling, held in Baltimore, Md., May 5-6 and earned themselves first place USOC team honors for the month of May. The World Cup event is the annual international dual meet championship for wrestling, and one of the most important events in the sport each year. The United States won dual meets over four major international powers during the competition, defeating Iran, Russia, Turkey and Uzbekistan on the way to the team title. The U.S. Freestyle Wrestling team members are Stephen Abas (Fresno, Calif.), Teague Moore (Pittsburgh, Pa,), Kerry Boumans (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Cary Kolat (Morgantown, W.Va.), Chris Bono (Gilbert, Iowa), Joe Williams (Iowa City, Iowa), Charles Burton (Bloomington, Ind.), Dominic Black (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Chad Lamer (Iowa City, Iowa) and Kerry McCoy (Bethlehem, Pa.). The team is coached by Mark Manning (Lincoln, Neb.), Zeke Jones (Morgantown, W.Va.) Kevin Jackson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Mike Duroe (Colorado Springs, Colo.). It was the first time that a U.S. wrestling team has won the Team of the Month award since the award has been in existence. Wrestlers also placed second in the voting for Male and Female Athletes of the Month for May. Topping the voting in the men's race was Alan Webb (Reston, Va.), who became the fastest U.S. high school miler of all time when he ran the mile in 3:53.43 at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore. on May 27, 2001. Webb's mile time was the fastest recorded by an American runner this year. The 18-year-old senior at Reston's South Lakes High School broke Jim Ryun's 36-year-old high school mile record of 3:55.3 by nearly two seconds. At the same event, Webb continued his success by setting an all-time U.S. high school best for the 1,500-meter race when he ran it in 3:38.26. Kerry McCoy (Bethlehem, Pa.), a 2000 Olympian, won a gold medal at 286 pounds for the United States at the World Cup of Freestyle Wrestling, held in Baltimore, Md., May 5-6. It was the third straight year that McCoy claimed a gold medal at this major international event. His performance helped lead the USA to the team title at the competition as well as taking second place for USOC (Male) Athlete of the Month. McCoy won four matches, dominating his opponents. He pinned Ebrahim Mehraban of Iran, a clutch victory that gave the USA a one-point win over Iran in the dual meet in the final match of the evening. He scored a 10-0 technical fall over Ruslan Utegenov of Uzbekistan, defeated Aydin Polatci of Turkey 8-5, and defeated Nikolai Telegin of Russia by disqualification. On the women's side, Kimberley Bruckner (Boulder, Colo.), 31, received the USOC (Female) Athlete of the Month award for becoming only the sixth woman in U.S. Cycling history to win two titles at the same national road cycling championship. She placed first in the time trials as well as the road race and beat out the reigning time trial world champion Mari Holden during the U.S. National Road Cycling Championships, May 24-26, 2001. Earlier in the month, Bruckner captured first place at the Hoysatonic Valley Classic in Danbury, Conn., and during the first week in May, she came in second in the Tour of the Gila in New Mexico. She is currently ranked first on the National Racing Calendar Standings. While wrestling to second-place USOC (Female) Athlete of the Month honors, Iris Smith (Colorado Springs, Colo.) won a pair of gold medals in international wrestling events during the month of May. She was the champion at 165.25 pounds at the Dave Schultz Memorial International in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 11-12. In the gold-medal finals of the annual event, she pinned Cecelia Alenius of Sweden in 5:08. She also claimed a gold medal at the Pan American Women's Wrestling Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, May 17-18, winning this major title for the second straight year. She won three matches in the competition, pinning Arelis Taveras of the Dominican Republic and Luida Carras of El Salvador and defeating Yamilezt Ramos of Venezuela, 9-1 Results (first place points in parentheses) Team 1. 2001 U.S. Freestyle Wrestling World Cup Team 27 (24) 2. Stanford University Women's Tennis Team 26 (9) 3. Saturn Cycling Team 15 (6) Others receiving first place votes: U.S. Men's Synchronized Platform Diving Team; 2001 U.S. Men's National Ice Hockey Team; Santa Clara Aquamaids "A" Synchronized Swimming Team. Men 1. Alan Webb, Track and Field 41 (30) 2. Kerry McCoy, Wrestling 17 (9) 3. Andy Roddick, Tennis 13 (3) Others receiving first place votes: Danny Pate, Cycling. Women 1. Kimberley Bruckner, Road Cycling 31 (24) 2. Iris Smith, Wrestling 28 (15) 3. Laura Granville, Tennis 17 (9) Others receiving first place votes: Stacy Dragila, Track and Field; Regina Jaquess, Water Skiing.