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2009 Junior Women’s Freestyle Preview

Joe Caprino
Published: July 13, 2009Posted in: Featured, Special CoverageTags:
2009 Junior Women’s Freestyle Preview

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 other two.

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
Courtesy ISWA

Year Age Group Weight Place Name School
1998 Cadet Women 123 3rd Monica Clay Bloomington North
1999 Cadet Women 70kg 4th Cylee Davis Indianapolis
1999 Cadet Women 43kg 3rd Lisa Harvey Carmel
1999 Cadet Women 60kg 4th Monica Clay Bloomington North
1999 Cadet Women 68kg 5th Rebekah Tolbert Brazil
1999 Junior Women 54kg 5th Lisa Ping Lowell
1999 Junior Women 68kg 4th Rebekah Tolbert Brazil
2001 Cadet Women 123 2nd Rachel Monroe Sullivan
2004 Junior Women 150 5th Ashleigh Lybargar Mooresville
2006 Junior Women 148 4th Ashleigh Lybarger Mooresville
2007 Junior Women 153 8th Frances Sherman Indianapolis
2007 Junior Women 165 5th Shelby Broockerd South Bend
2008 Junior Women 124 6th Becky Cissell Jeffersonville
2008 Junior Women 139 7th Demi Strub Lawrenceburg


Vietnamese wrestlers win medals


Female Vietnamese 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.


Wrestlers bring home handful of medals

The 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 national teams.

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 Kazakhstan .

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.



Mood upbeat after good show

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.

Warm welcome

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,” Mander said.

“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 in Manila.

“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,” Rahul said.

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 event.

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 23-year-old said.

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.

India finish with 14 medals at Jr Asian Championship
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, silver).

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.