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Sandy Stevens named 2000 USA Wrestling Woman of the Year



Sandy Stevens of Glen Ellyn, Ill. has been named the 2000 Woman of the Year by USA Wrestling. This award recognizes an outstanding woman for her contributions to the sport of wrestling. Stevens is a journalist, by trade, but has been able to travel the world as a public address announcer for wrestling. She has worked hundreds of events ranging from high school dual meets to the Olympic Games. Her most recognizable assignment has been as the voice of the Asics Tiger Junior Nationals. Sandy got involved as an annoucer to support her husband, Robert "Bear" Stevens. Sandy and Bear are graduates of Northern Iowa, where he wrestled for Hall of Famer Bill Koll. Bear was the first head coach at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The first home meet was a quadrangular and the coach needed an announcer. Sandy volunteered. In their third year at Kennedy, the school played host to the USA Wrestling district freestyle tournament. After she announced that, she was invited by Bob Siddens to work the state freestyle event. Next, Iowa coaches Dave McCuskey and Gary Kurdelmeier asked her to call the first Junior Nationals at the University of Iowa. That led her to announcing Iowa dual meets, and began her association with USA Wrestling. Stevens has worked 29 of the 30 Asics Tiger Junior Nationals events since it was created in Iowa City, Iowa in 1971. Her announcing career has included many of the most important events in the sport. After calling Division III and Division II NCAA tourneys, she joined Ed Aliverti at the Division I nationals in 1982 and they have been the premiere collegiate announcing team ever since. They worked together at the Olympic Games of 1984 in Los Angeles and again in 1996 at Atlanta. On her own, she has announced Cadet, Junior, Espoir and Senior World Championships, the Pan American Games of 1987, the Midlands Championships since 1985, all of the National High School Folkstyle tournaments in Pittsburgh and Delaware, state high school tournaments including Florida, Arizona and California, and a host of regional, national and international events. She has worked USA Wrestling nationals at all levels, along with Olympic and World Team Trials. Sandy was chosen by the Distinguished Members of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame to receive the 1998 Order of Merit, one of the most prestigious honors in wrestling. Stevens has also been inducted into the Illinois Wrestling Hall of Fame. USA Wrestling will be announcing major award winners each day this week on TheMat.com, the official web page of the Amateur Wrestling Alliance.
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