Published: July 13, 2009Posted in: Featured, Special
Four female wrestlers will be representing Team Indiana this year in
Fargo for the Junior Women’s Freestyle National Championships.
Last year Indiana had two All-Americans with Becky Cissell of
Jeffersonville placing 6th at 124lbs and Demi Strub of Lawrenceburg
placing 7th at 139lbs. Since 1998 Indiana has had six Cadet
All-Americans and eight Junior All-Americans. Rachel Monroe is
Indiana’s highest finisher with a second place finish in 2001.
Three girls have been two-time All-Americans in Fargo with Monica Clay
doing it first and Rebekah Tolbert and Ashleigh Lybargar being the
This year’s team will be led by returning All-American Demi
Strub. She will be looking to become Indiana’s fourth
two-time All-American and first time national champion. Strub
also finished second this year at the Girls Folkstyle Nationals.
Another top wrestler is Sarah Hildenbrandt who finished fifth at the
Girls Folkstyle Nationals this year. Hildenbrandt was ranked 11th
in the nation in the preseason rankings. Sarah Haas will be
looking to finish on the podium this year after just missing it by one
match last year. Melody Koller is the last of the quintet that
will be going to Fargo this year. She wrestled 125lbs for Brown
County High School this past year.
Team Indiana Roster for Junior Women’s Freestyle
102lbs - Sarah Hildenbrandt
116lbs - Sarah Haas
124lbs - Melody Koller
139lbs - Demi Strub
Past Women’s All-Americans
wrestlers win medals
wrestlers won two silver and one bronze medals in the Asian Junior
Wrestling Championship which wrapped up at the Philsports Arena in
Pasig City, the Philippines on Sunday.
Nguyen Thi Lua
walked away with a silver medal after losing to Japanese Nodoka Nishi
in the U48kg category.
Tran Dieu Linh
took another silver in the U51kg category after losing to Japanese
wrestler Ayaka Oyama.
The bronze medal
went to Vu Thi Mai in the U44kg category.
Fourteen countries sent their
strongest teams to the competition in preparation of the 16th Asian
Games in 2010 in China.
Vietnamese team won two silvers and two bronzes in the 2009 Asian
Junior Wrestling Championships, which drew to a close in Manila in the
Philippines on July 12 after four days of competition attracting 14
Nguyen Thi Lua lost to Nodoka Nishi from Japan in the final of the
girl’s 48 kg category and missed the chance to take the title,
which the Asian bronze medallist’s trainers had pinned their
hopes on. The road to the final witnessed Lua defeat many strong rivals
such as Tsogtbaatar Byambazaya from Mongolia and Gilmura Isakova from
The Japanese showed they were too strong for the Vietnamese
wrestlers after Tran Dieu Linh was defeated by another Japanese in the
final of the 51 kg category final.
However two bronze medals were won by Vu Thi Mai in the 44 kg
category for girls and Ta Hong Tuan in the boy’s freestyle.
Sports Reporter 7/14/09
NEW DELHI: The wrestling fraternity is upbeat after India’s
rich haul of medals at the junior Asian Championships in Manila.
The field at the Asian level is a formidable one and India’s
haul of 14 medals — including four in freestyle, five in Greco
Roman and five in female styles — is a creditable one.
“These wrestlers have been doing well for some time and have a
great future,” said Sharvan Singh, one of the coaches who
accompanied the team to Manila.
Wrestling Federation of India President G.S. Mander, who accorded a
warm welcome to the young wrestlers on their return on Tuesday, was
confident about the country’s showing in major events like the
Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games next year.
“Winning 14 medals in the Asian Championships — where
teams like Korea, Japan, Iran, Mongolia and Kazakhstan contest —
certainly speaks volumes about the ability of our wrestlers,”
“Previously, we used to end up seventh or eighth. But
finishing among the top three/four in Asia in every category is
heartening,” he said.
Focus on Rahul
Eighteen-year-old Rahul Aware received special attention because of
his effort in winning back-to-back gold medals.
The 55kg freestyle grappler from Pune took the top honours in the
Youth Commonwealth Games and German Grand Prix before making his mark
“Once you win a medal, you want to do it again. Now my next
target is gold at the junior World Championships in Turkey next
month,” Rahul told The Hindu.
A ward of renowned wrestler Harischandra Birajdar, Rahul is hugely
inspired by Olympic bronze medallist Sushil Kumar. “When I was
with him during the German Grand Prix, I was amazed with his training.
Even during cross-training, he used to be as focused as ever,”
Icing on the cake
Meanwhile, the return of a successful Indian team from the Gran
Premio de Espana event in Madrid was the icing on the cake. India won
three medals, including a gold, in the Greco Roman competition
featuring 29 top countries.
Anil Kumar Bhariya won gold in the 60 kg category, while Hari Kishan
(55 kg) and Devender Singh (120 kg) bagged bronze in the prestigious
Bhariya was delighted to have got his first international medal.
“I never expected to win the gold. This has boosted my
confidence for the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games,” the
So far considered weak in the more demanding Greco Roman style,
India’s showing brought smiles on the face of Mander. “The
scene in Greco Roman is also improving and now we can hope to do better
in this style as well,” he said.
“In fact, the overall picture in wrestling is changing. With
scientific training and the assistance of foreign coaches from Georgia
— Vladimir Mestvirishvili (freestyle), Emzar Makharadze (Greco
Roman) and Roin Doborjginidze (female) — our wrestlers are on the
path of improvement,” Mander said.
Source: Hueiyen News Service
New Delhi, July 13 2009:
Indian grapplers signed off the Junior Asian Wrestling Championship in
style, bagging a gold and a silver on the final day in Manila on
Sunday, to finish with an impressive haul of 14 medals.
Rahul Aware won the gold in 55kg freestyle category, while the silver
was bagged by Rahul Mann in 60kg division.
Overall, India won five gold, four silver and five bronze medals in the
three-day meet, a Wrestling Federation of India release stated.
Apart from Aware, other medal winners in men's freestyle category are
Surender (50kg, gold); Joginder Kumar (120kg, gold), Rahul Mann (60kg,
Suresh Yadav (60kg, gold); Manjit (50kg bronze); Manoj (55 Kg, bronze);
Rupender (96kg, bronze); Rakesh Hooda (120kg, bronze) are medal winners
in the Greco Roman style division.
In the women's freestyle, Navjot Kaur (67kg, gold); Gargi Yadav (55kg,
silver); Anmol (72kg, silver); Sakshi Malik (59kg, silver); Anju
Chaudhary (51kg, bronze) were the medal winners.