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Ali Bernard (New Ulm, Minn./Univ. of Regina) has been named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week for the week of July 5-11. 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. Bernard claimed a gold medal at 72 kg/158.5 lbs. at the Junior World Women's Wrestling Championships in Vilnius, Lithuania, July 7. Bernard pinned all four of her opponents during the competition, including a second-period fall over Alena Stardubtseva of Russia. Bernard won the first period on criteria, 2-2, then pinned Stardubtseva in the second period. Other athletes that Bernard pinned were Kie Tanaka of Japan, Vasilisa Marzaliuk of Belarus and Jenny Franson of Sweden. Bernard was one of four U.S. wrestlers to win a medal in the Junior World Championships for the United States, joined by silver medalists Sara Fulp-Allen (El Granada, Calif./Menlo College) at 48 kg/105.5 lbs., Dany Hedin (Kailua, Hawaii/USOEC) at 55 kg/121 lbs. and Heather Martin (Wellington, Ohio/New York AC) at 67 kg/147.5 lbs. Bernard was second at the 2005 World Team Trials and the 2005 U.S. Nationals, competing at 72 kg/158.5 lbs. She was a 2004 U.S. Nationals champion at 67 kg/147.5 lbs., and competed at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Bernard was named 2004 TheMat.com/ASICS High School Girls High School Wrestler of the Year, after an outstanding age-group career. She won national titles on the FILA Cadet, Junior and FILA Junior levels. Bernard attended New Ulm High School in Minnesota. She now attends the Univ. of Regina in Canada, where she was a 2005 CIS National champion on the Canadian college scene. She was named Rookie of the year among Canadian college wrestlers, as well as the Female Athlete of the Year and Rookie of the Year at her college. Click here to view previous Athletes of the Week
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