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GUELPH, Ontario, Canada - Three American men and one women's freestyle wrestler earned gold medals at the Canada Cup International this past weekend.

The New York Athletic Club struck gold three times in men's freestyle with Ramico Blackmon (Colorado Springs, Colo.) winning at 74 kg/163 pounds, Bryce Hasseman (Colorado Springs, Colo.) claiming the title at 84 kg/185 pounds and Kyle Cerminara (Lewiston, N.Y.) was the champion at 96 kg/211.5 pounds.

Blackmon beat Canada's Zoltan Hunyady in the finals, Hasseman beat Ivon DeHamel of Canada and Cerminara downed Mike Neufeld of Canada.

Patricia Miranda (New Haven, Conn./Sunkist Kids) continued her strong season by winning the women's freestyle championship at 51 kg/112 pounds. The two-time World silver medalist and Olympic bronze medalist beat Olympian Hu Li of China in the finals.

World bronze medalist Katie Downing (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) won a silver medal at 67 kg/147.5 pounds. Downing fell to China's Rui Xue Jing in the finals. Jing won a silver medal at 63 kg/138.75 pounds in the 2005 World Championships.

Two-time World champion Kristie Marano (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) placed fifth at 72 kg/158.5 pounds.

Miranda, Downing and Marano are members of the 2006 World Team that will compete in the World Championships this fall in Guangzhou, China.
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