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|UPDATED: Downing wins silver on final day of Kiev International in Ukraine|
By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
Katie Downing (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) captured a silver medal at 67 kg/147.5 lbs. in the women's division on the final day of the Kiev International on Feb. 25.
Downing was the only U.S. medalist for the day. The competition on Sunday featured six weight classes, three in women's freestyle and three in men's freestyle.
Downing, a 2005 World bronze medalist, won her first three matches during the day. She opened with a victory over Auriele Gerlac of France, then stopped Maryana Kyvatkovska of Ukraine. In the semifinals, Downing had a clutch victory over 2002 World champion Kateryna Burmistrova of Ukraine.
Downing was defeated in the championship finals by 2006 World bronze medalist Monika Rogien of Poland.
"Katie looked good today," said National Women's Coach Terry Steiner. "She beat Burmistrova of Ukraine in the semifinals, a former World champion. In the first period of the finals, she was driven out of bounds by Rogien. The second period was also like that. Katie could have won the match. She missed a couple of opportunities to get behind for for takedowns. She wrestled solid, but she has some things to work on."
Two U.S. wrestlers placed fifth in their divisions after losing bronze-medal matches: Jenny Wong (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) at 51 kg/112.25 lbs. and Leigh Jaynes (Colorado Springs, Colo./Gator WC) at 59 kg/130 lbs.
Wong, a 2003 World bronze medalist, opened with a win over Trusova of Russia, but lost to eventual champion Zamira Rakhmanova of Russia in the semifinals. Wong was beaten in the bronze-medal round by Francine De Paola of Italy.
Jaynes had a 2-2 record for the day. After an opening victory, Jaynes dropped her second match to Mariya Smolyakova of Russia. After beating Elmira Mursalova of Russia in her first wrestleback bout, Jaynes fell in the bronze-medal round to Ludmila Kristya of Moldova.
The men's weight divisions contested on Sunday were 60 kg/132 lbs., 74 kg/163 lbs. and 96 kg/211.5 lbs.
All four U.S. freestyle wrestlers who competed on Sunday were defeated in their opening match and were eliminated when their opponents failed to qualify for the finals.
With Downing's silver medal, the USA captured five medals during the weekend. Claiming silver medals on Saturday were Marcie Van Dusen (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids), Iris Smith (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Navy) and Andy Hrovat (Ann Arbor, Mich./New York AC). Winning a bronze medal on Saturday was Randi Miller (Colorado Springs, Colo./Gator WC).
at Kiev, Ukraine, Feb. 25, 2007
51 kg/112.25 lbs.
Gold - Zamira Rakhmanova (Russia)
Silver - Marina Markevich (Belarus)
Bronze - Alena Adashinskaya (Russia)
Bronze - Francine De Paola (Italy)
59 kg/130 lbs.
Gold - Larisa Kanayeva (Russia)
Silver - Mariya Smolyakova (Russia)
Bronze - Ludmila Kristya (Moldova)
Bronze - Kateryna Yakushkevich (Belarus)
67 kg/147.5 lbs.
Gold - Monika Rogien (Poland)
Silver - Katie Downing (USA)
Bronze - Anna Shamova (Russia)
Bronze - Kateryna Burmistrova (Ukraine)
51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Jenny Wong, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids), 5th
WIN Trusova (Russia)
LOSS Zamira Rakhmanova (Russia)
LOSS Francine De Paola (Italy)
59 kg/130 lbs. - Leigh Jaynes, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC), 5th
WIN Yevheniya Kurkudyuk (Ukraine)
LOSS Mariya Smolyakova (Russia)
WIN Elmira Mursalova (Russia)
LOSS Ludmila Kristya (Moldova)
67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Katie Downing, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids), 2nd
WIN Auriele Gerlac (France)
WIN Maryana Kvyatkovska (Ukraine)
WIN Kateryna Burmistrova (Ukraine)
LOSS Monika Rogien (Poland)
67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Elena Pirozhkov, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Northern Elite), 8th
WIN Kristin Buettner (Germany)
LOSS Anna Shamova (Russia)
Men's freestyle medalists
60 kg/132 lbs.
Gold - Vasyl Fedoryshin (Ukraine)
Silver - Maksim Matus (Ukraine)
Bronze - Avil Ibragimov (Azerbaijan)
Bronze - Yevgen Khavilov (Ukraine)
74 kg/163 lbs.
Gold - Ali Denylkhanov (Russia)
Silver - Gela Saginashvili (Georgia)
Bronze - Derdier Kelehsaev (Russia)
Bronze - Besarion Bikoev (Russia)
96 kg/211.5 lbs.
Gold - Georgiy Tibilov (Ukraine)
Silver - Vasyl Tesmineiskyy (Ukraine)
Bronze - Eldar Atakshiev (Azerbaijan)
Bronze - Yevhen Dukhin (Ukraine)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Angel Cejudo, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids), dnp
LOSS Mars Ernazarov (Kazakhstan)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Donny Pritzlaff, Madison, Wis. (New York AC), dnp
LOSS Dmytro Komissar (Ukraine)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Ramico Blackmon, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC), dnp
LOSS Mihail Ganev (Bulgaria)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Damion Hahn, Ithaca, N.Y. (Minnesota Storm), dnp
LOSS Andrey Vishar (Ukraine)