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Jenny Wong (Lock Haven, Pa./Sunkist Kids) claimed the 50 kg weight class and was named Outstanding Wrestler at the FILA Junior Women's Nationals and World Team Trials in Dayton, Ohio, June 3. The tournament featured the best 17-20 year old women wrestlers in the United States. The winners qualified to represent the United States at the FILA Junior World Women's Championships, which will be held in Martigny, Switzerland this summer. Wong scored an impressive 10-0 technical fall over high school star Mary Kelly (Mahomet, Ill.), in just 3:39 in the gold-medal finals. Four wrestlers qualified for their second straight FILA Junior World Team: Clarrisa Chun (Kapolei, Hawaii/Missouri Valley) at 46 kg, Melina Hutchison (Soldotna, Alaska) at 54 kg, Erin Tomeo (Volant, Pa./Sunkist Kids) at 63 kg and Toccara Montgomery, Cleveland, Ohio (Sunkist Kids) at 68 kg. Chun scored a 12-1 technical fall over Sandra Padron (Scottsville, Mich./Shelby WC) in the gold-medal match. It was a rematch of last year's finals, also won by Chun by technical fall. Hutchison defeated Brooke Bogren (Carbondale, Kan.), 9-3 in the finals match. Bogren had won the Outstanding Wrestler award at the FILA Cadet Nationals the previous day. Tomeo scored a hard-fought 3-0 win over Tori Adams (Amarillo, Texas /Missouri Valley) to claim her individual title. Tomeo was a runner-up at the 2001 U.S. Senior Nationals in April. Montgomery pinned Kaci Lyle (Eureka, Calif./Missouri Valley) in 4:11 for the victory. Montgomery was the Outstanding Wrestler at the 2001 U.S. Senior Nationals a month ago. The 75 kg finals featured a pair of sisters, Elena and Alicia Mena (St. Paul, Minn./Minnesota Wrestling). Older sister Elena won the spot on the U.S. team, pinning Alicia in 1:09 in the finals. Also winning individual titles to earn a berth on the U.S. team were Erica Dye (Elizabeth, W.Va.) at 43 kg and Brandy Rosenbrock (Warren, Mich./Shamrocks) at 58 kg. Both were also individual champions at the FILA Cadet Nationals the day before. The Most Falls award was won by runner-up Brooke Bogren of Carbondale, Kan., who scored a pair of falls in 4:05. The head coach of the U.S. team for the FILA Junior World Championships will be Tadaaki Hatta of Ohio.
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