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Note: To nominate a wrestler for TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week, send the athlete's name, accomplishments for the week and career accomplishments to John Fuller at jfuller@usawrestling.org Katie Downing (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) has been named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week for the week of June 14-20. Each week, TheMat.com will select an Athlete of the Week, based upon performance within wrestling for that week. The selection committee will consider any level of wrestling, from youth programs through the Senior level. The announcement will be made each week on Wednesday. Downing won the 67 kg/147.5 lbs. weight class at the 2005 U.S. World Team Trials in Ames, Iowa last weekend. While it is not the first time Downing has won the World Team Trials, it is the first time that she has officially made the U.S. World Team in women's freestyle wrestling. Downing defeated Ashley Sword 4-0, 4-0 in the Challenge Tournament finals to advance to the best-of-three championship series against seven-time World medalist Kristie Marano of the New York Athletic Club. In the first match, Downing pinned Marano in just 30 seconds. In the second match, Downing dominated, winning 4-0, 1-0. "For the last 3-4 years I had to wrestle her at some point and I knew it would be here that I'd have to beat her to accomplish my goal of wrestling at Worlds," Downing said of Marano after the second bout. "(The pin) broke the seal I've been trying to break for a couple years." Downing won the 2002 and 2003 U.S. World Team Trials, but under the old system, the top three placewinners at the non-Olympic weights were able to challenge Trials champions to a wrestle-off. Marano defeated Downing in both 2002 and 2003, eventually winning a World silver medal in 2002 and a World gold medal in 2003. Downing also won a U.S. Nationals title in 2003 and a gold medal at the 2001 World Cup. Downing received degrees from the Univ. of Minnesota-Morris in History and Social Science. She is currently a resident-athlete at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Click here to view previous Athletes of the Week
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