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|UPDATED: Hedin, Bernard win bronze medals in women’s freestyle at FILA Junior World Championships|
By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
Two U.S. women won bronze medals in freestyle wrestling at the Junior World Championships in Guatemala City, Guatemala on Friday, Sept. 1.
Winning bronze medals for the United States were Dany Hedin (Kailua, Hawaii/USOEC/New York AC) at 55 kg/121 lbs. and Ali Bernard (New Ulm, Minn./Univ. of Regina) at 72 kg/158.5 lbs.
It was a third career FILA Junior medal for Bernard, who was a FILA Junior World champion in both 2003 and 2005.
Bernard opened by pinning Scheherazad Bentorki of France in the second period. Bernard was defeated in the semifinals by Aline Silva of Brazil, getting pinned in the second period. Bernard's next match was in the bronze-medal round, where she pinned Olga Dmukhovska of Ukraine.
"It was not my best week. I had high expectations and I didn't come through for myself," said Bernard.
It was the second straight year that Hedin has won a medal at the FILA Junior World Championships, after claiming a silver medal last year.
Hedin opened with two victories, defeating Mizuho Shibata of Japan, 0-1, 5-1, 3-1 and Andreea Simon of Romania, 2-1, 6-1. In the semifinals, Hedin was defeated by Alena Filipava of Belarus, 0-3, 0-2. This placed Hedin in a bronze-medal match, where she stopped Jillian Gallays of Canada by pin.
"It was a tough tournament," said Hedin. "The weight class was tough and anything could happen. I didn't wrestle to my expectations. My first two matches went well, but I didn't perform in the semis like
I wanted to, but I came back and earned my bronze."
Two U.S. women wrestlers were defeated in the wrestleback rounds and placed ninth in their weight classes, Sadie Kaneda (Honolulu, Hawaii/USOEC) at 48 kg/105.5 lbs. and Jackie Cataline (Corona, Calif./Cataline's Wildcat WC) at 63 kg/138.75 lbs.
Kaneda had a 1-2 record in the tournament. She opened with a 1-1, 2-4, 3-0 victory over Dany Cespedez of Peru. In her next match, she was pinned by Sofia Mattsson of Sweden. After Mattson qualified for the gold-medal match, Kaneda became eligible for the wrestle-back rounds. Kaneda was beaten in the next bout by Genevieve Haley of Canada, 2-5, 2-2.
Cataline went 0-2 in her two matches. She opened with a 1-2, 0-5 loss to Mio Nishimaki of Japan. After Nishimaki qualified for the gold-medal finals, Cataline was drawn back into the wrestleback rounds. She was defeated by Helena Allandi of Sweden, 1-6, 3-4 and eliminated from the tournament. Both of Cataline's opponents have also had success on the Senior level.
The U.S. won four medals in the women's freestyle tournament. On Thursday, Nicole Woody (Odenton, Md./New York AC) won a gold medal at 44 kg/97 lbs. and Jessica Medina (Pomona, Calif./Univ. of the Cumberlands) won a bronze medal at 51 kg/112.25 lbs.
The USA was third in the team standings with 44 points, behind team champion Russia with 50 points and runner-up Japan with 48 points. Rounding out the top five were fourth-place Ukraine with 37 points and fifth-place Canada with 33 points. There were 32 nations entered in the competition.
FILA has set up a website with results, pairings and information about the Junior World Championships, at:
The men's freestyle team begins competition on Saturday in four weight divisions. All four U.S. athletes have weighed in and received their draws for the first round. Competing for the United States on Saturday are Patrick McCaffrey (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) at 50 kg/110 lbs., Coleman Scott (Waynesburg, Pa./Gator WC) at 60 kg/132 lbs., Matt Coughlin (Evansville, Ind. Hoosier WC) at 74 kg/163 lbs. and Max Askren, Hartland, Wis. (Sunkist Kids) at 96 kg/211.5 lbs.
McCaffrey, a 2005 FILA Junior World bronze medalist, opens against Andrei Komar of Belarus. Scott, who competes for Oklahoma State Univ., draws Jack Bond of Canada in the first round. Coughlin, a wrestler for the Univ. of Indiana, will face Lee Sang-Kyu of Korea in his first match. Askren, a student at the Univ. of Missouri, will battle Faisal Al Kutbi of United Arab Emirates in his opening match.
The final four U.S. men's freestyle wrestlers will weigh in on Saturday and compete on Sunday.
U.S. WOMEN'S FREESTYLE RESULTS FOR FRIDAY, SEPT. 1
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Sadie Kaneda, Honolulu, Hawaii (USOEC)
WIN Dany Cespedez (Peru), 1-1, 2-4, 3-0
LOSS Sofia Mattsson (Sweden), pin
LOSS Genevieve Haley (Canada), 2-5, 2-2
55 kg/121 lbs. - Dany Hedin, Kailua, Hawaii (USOEC/NYAC), 3rd
WIN Mizuho Shibata (Japan), 0-1, 5-1, 3-1
WIN Andreea Simon (Romania), 2-1, 6-1
LOSS Alena Flipava (Belarus), 0-3, 0-2
WIN Jillian Gallays (Canada), 3-1, pin
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Jackie Cataline, Corona, Calif. (Cataline's Wildcat WC)
LOSS Mio Nishimaki (Japan), 1-2, 0-5
LOSS Helena Allandi (Sweden), 1-6, 3-4
72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Ali Bernard, New Ulm, Minn. (Univ. of Regina)
WIN Scheherazad Bentorki (France), 3-1, pin
LOSS Aline Silva (Brazil), 3-7, pin
WIN Olga Dmukhovska (Ukraine), pin
Coaches - Trevor Keifer (Le Mesa, Calif.), Vladislav "Izzy" Izboinikov (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
WEIGHT CLASS RESULTS
48 kg/105.5 lbs.
Gold - Sofia Mattsson (Sweden)
Silver - Natoliya Pulkovska (Ukraine)
Bronze - Eshimova Znidxz (Kazakhstan)
Bronze - Fuyuko Mimura (Japan)
5th - Elza Tazetdinora (Russia)
5th - Genevieve Haley (Canada)
7th - Mihaela Radoi (Romania)
8th - Sarianne Savola (Finland)
9th - Sadie Kaneda (USA)
10th - Gisele Sabrina (Brazil)
11th - Dany Cespedez (Peru)
12th - Jaqueline Corado (Guatemala)
13th - Silivia Felice (Italy)
13th - Derya Yilmaz (Turkey)
15th - Patrici Claudia Morales Bolanos (El Salvador)
16th - Lee Da-Yeon (Korea)
16th - Toasa Katiuska (Ecuador)
18th - Maryuri Valencia (Colombia)
55 kg/121 lbs.
Gold - Sandra Roa (Colombia)
Silver - Alena Filipava (Belarus)
Bronze - Johanna Mattsson (Sweden)
Bronze - Danyelle Hedin (USA)
5th - Olena Malyshko (Ukraine)
5th - Jillian Gallays (Canada)
7th - Valentina Minguzzi (Italy)
8th - Emriye Musta (Turkey)
9th - Andreea Simon (Romania)
10th - Laura Demoury (France)
11th - Katharina Peter (Germany)
12th - Alena Adashinskaya (Russia)
13th - Mizuho Shibata (Japan)
14th - Marian Figueroa (Venezuela)
15th - Zoya Vredikin (Israel)
15th - Gabriela Salazar (Guatemala)
17th - Ellen Mordt (Norway)
63 kg/138.75 lbs.
Gold - Mio Nishimaki (Japan)
Silver - Yelena Shalyqina (Kazakhstan)
Bronze - Mihaela Sadoveanu (Romania)
Bronze - Helena Allandi (Sweden)
5th - Aldona Haniszewska (Poland)
5th - Justine Bouchard (Canada)
7th - Diana Paulina Miranda Gonzales (Mexico)
8th - Mine Yosmaoglu (Turkey)
9th - Jackie Cataline (USA)
10th - Elina Vaseva (BUlgaria)
11th - Elena Kalikova (Russia)
12th - Olha Brazhnyk (Ukraine)
13th - Laura Skujina (Latvia)
14th - Volha Ziamtsova (Belarus)
15th - Simona Corbani (Italy)
72 kg/158.5 lbs.
Gold - Vasilisa Marzaliuk (Belarus)
Silver - Aline Silva (Brazil)
Bronze - Ali Bernard (USA)
Bronze - Ekaterina Bukina (Russia)
5th - Olga Dmukhovska (Ukraine)
5th - Jenny Fransson (Sweden)
7th - Olga Zhanibekova (Kazakhstan)
8th - Ana Maria Paic (Romania)
9th - Scheherazad Bentorki (France)
10th - Kie Tanaka (Japan)
11th - Joceyln Dresser (Canada)
1. Russia, 50
2. Japan, 48
3. United States, 44
4. Ukraine, 37
5. Canada, 33
6. Sweden, 32
7. Belarus, 30
8. ROmania, 25
9. Kazakhstan, 22
11. Poland, 14
11. Turkey, 14
13. Guatemala, 11
14. Brazil, 10
14. Germany, 10
16. Ecuador, 9
17. Venezuela, 8
18. Korea, 7
19. Denmark, 6
19. Mexico, 6
21. Austria, 4
21. Czech Republic, 4
21. Italy, 4
24. Finland, 3
24. France, 3
26. Bulgaria, 1
(of 32 nations)
U.S. MEN'S FREESTYLE FIRST-ROUND DRAWS FOR SATURDAY, SEPT. 2
50 kg/110 lbs. - Patrick McCaffrey, Glen Ellyn, Ill.
vs. Andrei Komar (Belarus)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Coleman Scott, Waynesburg, Pa. (Gator WC)
vs. Jack Bond (Canada)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Matt Coughlin, Evansville, Ind. (Hoosier WC)
vs. Lee Sang-Kyu (Korea)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Max Askren, Hartland, Wis. (Sunkist Kids)
vs. Faisal Al Kutbi (United Arab Emirates)
Coaches - Jim Humphrey (Canal Winchester, Ohio), Yero Washington (Hoboken, N.J.), Dave Bennett (Colorado Springs, Colo.)