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Draws and Quotes from U.S. wrestlers Katie Downing and Kristie Marano and U.S. coach Bill Scherr after Saturday’s weighins

Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
09/30/2006


67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Katie Downing, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
Will face Marisa Admiraal of Netherlands in her first match


"With the three day format, the challenge is for the wrestlers at the end not to get too excited too soon. Last night, I thought, finally, it is time to go. We have to not get too caught up in it. We have a job to do. It is nice to compete along with Katie and Sara."

"I feel really good. Last year, being the first time here, I was excited about everything. I had finally got my shot. This year, it is a regular tournament. My weight class is pretty much the same. I know what to expect. I think I have improved in a lot of ways since last year. It is just like business as usual. I'm not too nervous. I am ready to go."

72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Kristie Marano, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
Will face Dascha Kopnenko of Kazakhstan in her first match


"I feel good. I am excited. It's good to be back. It has been a couple of years. I worked hard on some things in training. I'm definitely glad with our preparation."

"I am getting things to be more my style of wrestling. I am getting my ties, getting people to wrestle my matches."

"At the Canada Cup and the camp afterwards, it was good training for me. It was just like being at the World Championships. I feel very strong. I did everything I could to get ready. I just have to go out there and use it."

63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Sara McMann, Iowa City, Iowa (Sunkist Kids)
Will face Sandra Amado of Colombia in the opening round


U.S. Women's World Team Coach Bill Scherr

"This is the heart of our team, both in the heart they possess and their talent level. They are three senior leaders, all experience and all with medals in the past. We have a chance to turn a disappointing tournament into a success in the end. We have the ammunition with these women to do it."

"The U.S. has had a wonderful tournament in all three styles. If we can end on a positive note, it will be fitting. If not, it will be a long plane ride home for the coaching staff. Asia is the strength of women's wrestling. This is their back yard. It is understandable that this tournament is so strong."

"If you look at our lineup, there is nobody who is not capable of medaling. They all looked great at the training camps. They all know what they have to do."

"Sara is a tremendous athlete and competitor. She has a great Japanese wrestler in her weight class. I look forward to seeing Sara wrestle. Katie is a battler. She is one of my favorites, because she wrestles a lot like I did. She can be a little of a plodder, but she is very solid. She has a great heart. I'd love to see her win. Kristie is the old salt. She is a seasoned veteran, a good wrestler, a good woman. The staff would be tickled if she would medal here, preferably a gold."
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