|USA wins five Senior medals and three Cadet medals at Klippan Lady Open in Sweden|
By Gary Abbott and Emma Randall USA Wrestling
The eight Klippan Lady Open champions from the United States pose together. Front row (l ro r): Jessica Medina, Marina Doi, Erin Golston, Regina Doi. Back row: Julia Salata, Haley Augello, Sara Hildebrandt and Francesca Giorgio. Emma Randall photo
KLIPPAN, Sweden – The United States won five medals in the Senior division of the Klippan Lady Open, which was held on Saturday and Sunday.
Sunday featured the repechage rounds and medal matches.
Capturing silver medals for Team USA were be Sara Hildebrandt (Granger, Ind./King College) at 55 kg/121 lbs. and Julia Salata (Canton, Mich./King College) at 67 kg/147.5 lbs. Both won two matches on Saturday to qualify for Sunday’s finals.
Hildebrandt was pinned by World champion Sofia Mattsson of Sweden in 2:54 in the gold-medal bout. Salata was defeated in the finals by Svetlana Babushkina of Russia, 0-6, 1-4.
Three U.S. wrestlers bounced back from losses on Saturday to claim bronze medals on Sunday: Erin Golston (Lake in the Hills, Ill./New York AC) at 48 kg/105.5 lbs., Haley Aguello (Lockport, Ill./New York AC) at 51 kg/112.25 lbs. and Jessica Medina (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) at 51 kg/112.25 lbs.
Golston, a two-time Junior World champion, won her bronze medal by default over Fredrika Pettersson of Sweden.
Augello, a 2011 Cadet World champion, beat Stine Mared of Sweden, 1-3, 1-0, 2-0 in the bronze-medal bout
Medina, a two-time U.S. Senior World Team member, dominated Violetta Ponomajova of Latvia, 6-0, 5-0.
Two U.S. Senior athletes placed fifth with losses in bronze-medal matches: Jennifer Page (Orangevale, Calif./Titan Mercury WC) at 63 kg/138.7 lbs. and Anastasia Lobsinger (Martinez, Calif.) at 72 kg/158.5 lbs.
The United States placed a strong second in a field featuring a number of international powers. Russia won the team title with 20 points, the United States in second with 15 points and Norway in third with eight points.
On Saturday, the United States won three medals in the FILA Cadet division (ages 15-17), including two individual champions, Marina Doi of Kingsburg, Calif. at 38 kg/83.75 lbs. and Regina Doi of Kingsburg, Calif. at 40 kg/88 lbs.
The two day medal total for the United States was eight, with more than half of the 15 participants claiming a medal.
This was a special opportunity for U.S. athletes, as wrestlers from three age-group National Teams participated in the tour: Senior, FILA Junior and FILA Cadet. Funding for the FILA Junior and FILA Cadet athletes was developed by participation in the new FILA Cadet and FILA Junior National Team programs, which includes education and training opportunities.
KLIPPAN LADY’S OPEN
at Klippan, Sweden, February 16-17
Senior women’s results
48 kg/105.5 lbs.
Gold - Valeriya Chepsarakova (Russia)
Silver - Mikhrniso Nurmatova (Kyrgyzstan)
Bronze - Erin Golston (United States)
Bronze - Mai Susaki (Japan)
5th - Henriette Slåttum (Norway)
5th - Fredrika Pettersson Klippans (Sweden)
51 kg/112.25 lbs.
Gold - Yu Miyahara (Japan)
Silver - Ekaterina Krasnova (Russia)
Bronze - Jessica Medina (United States)
Bronze - Haley Aguello (United States)
5th - Stine Mared Klippans (Sweden)
5th - Violetta Ponomarjova (Latvia)
55 kg/121 lbs.
Gold - Sofia Mattsson (Sweden)
Silver - Sara Hildebrandt (United States)
Bronze - Rumi Hirose (Japan)
Bronze - Nadezda Tretiakova (Russia)
5th - Laura Mertens (Germany)
5th - Nina Hemmer (Germany)
59 kg/130 lbs.
Gold - Petra Olli (Finland)
Silver - Yoshimi Kayama (Japan)
Bronze - Aisuluu Tynybekova (Kyrgyzstan)
Bronze - Laura Raffler (Austria)
5th - Lisa Holgersson Varbergs (Sweden)
5th - Yui Sakano (Japan)
63 kg/138.75 lbs.
Gold - Inna Trazhukova (Russia)
Silver - Elif Jale Yesilirmak (Turkey)
Bronze - Jackeline Renteria (Colombia)
Bronze - Henna Johansson (Sweden)
5th - Charlotte Skauen Klippans (Sweden)
5th - Jennifer Page (United States)
67 kg/147.5 lbs.
Gold - Svetlana Babushkina (Russia)
Silver - Julia Salata (United States)
Bronze - Martina Kuenz (Austria)
Bronze - Aline Focken (Germany)
5th - Sofie Nordström Hästveda (Sweden)
5th - Iselin Moen Solheim (Norway)
72 kg/158.5 lbs.
Gold - Natalia Vorobeva (Russia)
Silver - Marina Gastl (Austria)
Bronze - Rino Abe (Japan)
Bronze - Maider Unda (Spain)
5th - Epp Mäe (Estonia)
5th - Anastasia Lobsinger (United States)
1. Russia 20
2. United States 15
3. Norway 8
4. Austria 7
4. Germany 7
6. Sweden 6
U.S. women’s results
48 kg/105.5 lbs. – Erin Golston, Lake in the Hills, Ill. (New York AC), 3rd
WIN Sandra Sarkkinen (Sweden) pin 3:55
LOSS Valerlya Chepsarakova (Russia), 1-0, 3-0
WIN Fredrika Pettersson (Sweden), default
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Amy Hou, Rome, Ga., 8th
LOSS Mai Susaki (Japan), 0-1, 2-0, 3-4
51 kg/112.25 lbs. – Haley Aguello, Lockport, Ill. (New York AC), 3rd
LOSS Yu Miyahara (Japan), 0-5, 0-6
WIN Stine Mared (Sweden), 1-3, 1-0, 2-0
51 kg/112.25 lbs. – Jessica Medina, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids), 3rd
WIN Tiina Ylinen (Finland), 1-0, 1-0
WIN Eileen Frederick (Germany), 0-1, 5-1, 1-0
LOSS Ekaterina Krasnova (Russia), 0-1, 2-0, 0-1
WIN Violetta Ponomajova (Latvia), 6-0, 5-0
55 kg/121 lbs. – Katherine Fulp-Allen, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC), 10th
LOSS Rumie Hirose (Japan), 0-5, 0-1
55 kg/121 lbs. – Sara Hildebrandt, Granger, Ind. (King College), 2nd
WIN Ayaka Hanada (Japan), 2-1, 2-0
WIN Nadezda Tretiakova (Russia), 0-1, 2-1, 2-1
LOSS Sofia Mattsson (Sweden), pin 2:54
63 kg/138.7 lbs. – Jennifer Page, Orangevale, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC), 5th
WIN Signe Marie Fidge Store (Norway), pin 3:07
LOSS Elif Jale Yesilrmak (Turkey), 1-0, 3-0
WIN Nadine Weinage (Germany), pin 3:48
LOSS Henna Johansson (Sweden), 0-2, 0-2
67 kg/147.5 lbs. – Julia Salata, Canton, Mich. (King College), 2nd
WIN Sofie Nordstrom (Sweden), 6-0, 2-0
WIN Martina Kuenz (Austria), 0-1, 1-0, 4-0
LOSS Svetlana Babushkina (Russia), 0-6, 1-4
72 kg/158.5 lbs. – Anastasia Lobsinger, Martinez, Calif., 5th
LOSS Natalia Vorobeva (Russia), pin 0:22
LOSS Maider Unda (Spain), pin 1:47