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Sally Roberts named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week for Jan. 22-28



Sally Roberts (Colorado Springs, Colo./Gator WC) has been named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week for Jan. 22-28.

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.

Roberts won a gold medal in women's freestyle wrestling at the Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix on Jan. 25 in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

Roberts won her second gold medal in this event after sweeping Alla Cherkasova of Ukraine 1-0, 5-0 in the finals at 59 kg/130 lbs. Roberts, a two-time World bronze medalist, won the first period from the clinch before dominating the second period. She scored on a front headlock to start the second period before scoring four points on a gut wrench.

Roberts was dominant as all three of her matches lasted only two periods apiece. She downed Olagnadorsh Charagarov of Mongolia 3-0, 7-0 in the quarterfinals before defeating Olga Smirnova of Kazakhstan 6-0, 7-1 in the semifinals.

Roberts won World bronze medals in 2003 and 2005. She placed second at the 2006 U.S. World Team Trials before being sidelined in the 2007 season with an injury.

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 Craig Sesker at csesker@usawrestling.org
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