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Richardson claims state wrestling title

By staff reports
February 6, 2003

For the second straight year, Santa Paula High's Megan Richardson has brought home a state champion trophy.

The sophomore won the 165-pound title Saturday at the California Girls State Championships in Vallejo.

The tournament is not a CIF-sanctioned state event. Girls' wrestling will be an exhibition event at the boys' state championships in Stockton on March 8.

Richardson pinned Juana Juarez of San Leandro in 4:59 in the final. Richardson was leading in points, 10-0, before the fall.

"Megan took her down three times," said Santa Paula coach Robert Hastie.

"She is so much quicker (than girls in her weight class). When she turns a girl, it's over."

In the semifinals, Richardson pinned Diana Douglas of Vintage in 2:31.

Richardson will compete with the Santa Paula wrestling team in the Channel League Finals Saturday at Ventura High.

Santa Paula's Amanda Reed lost in the quarterfinals of the girls' 130-pound weight class. Reed lost to Josanna Kraus of Montgomery, 13-3.

Mary Hamley of Thousand Oaks was fifth in the 165-and-over division.


Nothing can stop her now
SFU wrestler Carol Huynh has her sights set firmly on ruling the worlds

Dan Stinson
Vancouver Sun Wednesday, February 05, 2003

Ward Perrin, Vancouver Sun / SFU Clan wrestler Carol Huynh of Hazelton is the defending NAIA champion in her 48-kilogram weight class and was named the tournament's most outstanding wrestler.

Ward Perrin, Vancouver Sun / SFU Clan wrestler Carol Huynh (top) of Hazelton wrestles with Shannon Briginshaw during morning practice at Simon Fraser University.

The sport of wrestling was launched at Simon Fraser University in the fall of 1972. And although there has been team success at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics level -- the Clan men won U.S. small college network banners in 1988 and '93 -- it took almost three decades for SFU to produce a world champion.

That champion, of course, is Daniel Igali, who was a double gold-medal winner in the 69-kilograms weight class at the 1999 world championships in Ankara, Turkey and again at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.

Fast-forward to the present day and you'll find SFU head coach Mike Jones pondering the possibility of a Clan women's world champion in a much shorter time -- perhaps as early as this September, when the men's and women's world championships take place in New York City.

The Clan's current best hope for a world title since the women's wrestling program started in 1994 is diminutive Carol Huynh, a 5-foot-2, 112-pound native of Hazelton who has already competed in three world championships.

Only 22, Huynh was a bronze medallist in 2000 and a silver medallist in 2001 at the world championships in Bulgaria and followed those impressive performance with a fifth-place showing at the 2002 worlds in Greece.

She wrestled in the 46-kilogram weight class at Bulgaria and at 48 kilograms in Greece.

Huynh (pronounced, appropriately enough, win) was also the NAIA-sponsored North American women's collegiate champion at 48 kilograms last year and was named the tournament's most outstanding wrestler.

Huynh's four-year career record in SFU colours is 105-26 -- the most wins by a wrestler in the history of the Clan women's program. She is only eleven victories behind Igali's unblemished 116-0-0 mark when he grappled atop the Burnaby Mountain campus.

Huynh is currently the No. 1-ranked female wrestler in 48 kilograms in the NAIA and in Canadian Interuniversity Sport.

"Carol has a realistic chance of becoming Simon Fraser's next world champion," says Jones. "When I first came here in '72 and started the men's program, we were just happy to qualify one or two wrestlers for the world championships. At that time, we would have been satisfied if we won a single match at the worlds.

"But the calibre of wrestling has risen dramatically since the early '70s," Jones adds. "As just one example, the men who were competing for NAIA championships 10 years ago wouldn't even make our team now. And the standard of women's wrestling has risen significantly over the last decade as well."

Huynh, who is of Chinese and Vietnamese descent, is the leading grappler on SFU's 25-member women's team. Growing up in Hazelton, a small community in the northwest corner of the province, she was involved in a variety of sports before taking up wrestling full-time in her Grade 12 year.

Huynh says she was inspired to hit the mat at the exclusion of all other sports by her older sister Ngoc and Joe Sullivan, the founder and head coach of the Hazelton Spartans high school wrestling program.

"My sister is four years older than I am and wrestled in high school when the Hazelton program was in its infancy," Huynh says. "There were only two girls teams at the school in the earliest days of the program, but I was drawn to the competitive nature of the sport.

"Joe Sullivan deserves a lot of credit," Huynh adds. "He launched women's wrestling in a very small community and organized fund-raising drives so we could afford to travel and compete against some of the best women's wrestling teams in the province."

Huynh has a 17-5 record with the Clan so far this season. Mostly because of her strong performances, SFU is ranked No. 1 in women's wrestling both in the NAIA and in CIS. The Clan has not lost a dual meet in North America since 2001 and, last week, was ranked No. 1 in North America by media service that covers university wrestling in Canada and in the United States.

In the absence of an NAIA women's championship tournament this year due to an insufficient number of teams, Huynh's goals are to win her weight class at the Canada West championship tournament Feb. 14-15 at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon and then at the CIS national championships, scheduled for Feb. 28-March 1 at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ont.

Those competitions will be followed by the Canadian championships at Saskatoon in May and the Canadian Olympic trials, scheduled for next December in Toronto.

Only four women's berths are available on the Canadian wrestling team that will compete in the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens -- in the 48, 55, 63 and 72-kilogram weight divisions.

Women's wrestling will be a medal sport for the first time in an Olympic Games in 2004.

"Winning nationals has to be Carol's goal because it sets things up for the Olympic trials," Jones says. "She remains committed to the university competitions, but the events that matter most as far as her international ambitions are concerned are the Canadian championships and Olympic trials.

"Her long-range goals are focused in that direction."


Cinco boys, Katy girls take top spots at district

By Nick Georgandis 2/6/03

Sports Editor - The Cinco Ranch boys rallied from behind to win while the Katy girls maintained their dominance in taking the two halves of the district wrestling meet last Saturday at Katy High School.
Taylor High took second in both the boys and girls’ team standings with Mayde Creek grabbing third place at both ends.
The boys’ overall title was closely contested, with the Cougars, led by head coach Bill Dushane, outpointing Taylor 170-158.5. Mayde Creek finished third with 139 points, followed by Katy at 106.
Cinco Ranch and Taylor each won six individual titles in the boys’ meet, with Mayde Creek producing two individual champions and Katy producing one.
The top two competitors at each weight class advance to the Regional Meet this Friday and Saturday at Allen High School in the Dallas Metroplex.
The Katy girls won five weight classes while Taylor and Mayde Creek won two each.
Katy’s female champions included Melissa Terry at 95 pounds, Teri Lopez at 128, Mary Reddick at 148, Ashley Weber at 165 and Kaccee Ravenberg at 215.
Taylor’s Laurie Ashby won the title at 102 pounds while Diana Mato won at 138 pounds.
The 138-pound title match matched two of the top five wrestlers in the state as Mato, ranked No. 2 in Texas by, defeated Katy’s Felicia Woodall, ranked fourth.
Mayde Creek produced two champions, with Tosha McSloy winning at 110 pounds and Stephanie Sparks reigning at 119.
The list of girls’ winners and regional qualifiers from KISD is a veritable who’s who list of ranked wrestlers in Texas.
Katy’s Terry is presently ranked second in the state in the 95-pound class, while teammate Lopez is ranked second at 128 pounds.
Katy’s Reddick, the junior 148-pound district champion, is ranked 10th in the state in her class while 165-pound champion Weber is ranked sixth.
Qualifying for the regional by finishing second in their respective weight classes are: 95: Dani Aming, Taylor; 102: Gabriella Bruscianelli, Katy; 110: Hailey Hale, Cinco Ranch; 119: Emily Marlowe, Taylor; 128: Sara Cevallos, Mayde Creek; 138: Felicia Woodall, Katy; 148: Amie Legoski, Cinco Ranch; 215: Gesche Weiss, Taylor.
One of the more dramatic finals on the boys’ side of the competition was the last match of the meet as Cinco Ranch senior Chris Mozer, the fourth seed, defeated Taylor’s Joe Kaupert in overtime, 2-1.
Mayde Creek’s Zach Ayers then wrestled Kaupert in a wrestle-back and defeated him to claim the second regional spot, although Kaupert still technically finished second.
Several of Katy’s top state-ranked wrestlers lived up to their billings with convincing victories.
At 112 pounds, Taylor senior Patrick Huff, ranked No. 2 in Texas, defeated Katy’s Michael Orlando with a technical fall count of 17-2.
At 135 pounds, Cinco Ranch sophomore Jimmy Benavides, ranked 10th in the state, pitched a shutout in the final, beating Mayde Creek’s Chris Horgan 14-0.
At 160 pounds, Taylor senior Reid Minto won by default over Mayde Creek’s Dexter Cole. Minto is ranked sixth in the state for his weight class.
Katy sophomore behemoth James Aston, ranked third at 171 pounds, scored a technical fall decision of 25-9 over Taylor’s Dan Depew in the final to qualify for a second straight year.
At 180 pounds, Cinco Ranch junior Matt Tiffin pinned Taylor’s Matt Altman in 1:41 to take the victory. Tiffin is ranked fifth in the state.
At 189 pounds, second-ranked Joel Saldana of Mayde Creek pinned Katy’s Alex Slack in 2:21 to take the crown and the top regional spot.
From a rankings point of view, the upset of the match came courtesy Taylor’s Naum Shuminov, who won a 7-5 decision over 10th-ranked Josh Brewster of Cinco Ranch for the title at 145 pounds.
Also bringing home individual titles (with second-place regional qualifiers / margin of victory in parentheses) were: 103: Joseph Grayson, Katy (bye over Mayde Creek’s Steven Caruana); 119: Cinco Ranch’s Jordan Allen (pin at 3:43 over Katy’s Jeremy Grass); 125: Cinco Ranch’s Michael Vitek (pin at 3:08 over Taylor’s Dale Owings); 130: Taylor’s Aleks Borreson (8-7 decision over Cinco Ranch’s Andrew Vasquez); 140: Mayde Creek’s Ben Walcher (2-1 decision over Cinco Ranch’s Marc Robinson); 152: Cinco Ranch’s Cas Roman (8-0 decision over Mayde Creek’s Joe Van); 215: Taylor’s Thomas Lutner (by default over Cinco Ranch’s James Hale).


Region I presents challenge to metro wrestling squads

By John Kaltefleiter 2/6/03

The way Lauren Lindsey sees it, this weekend will be more challenging than any other during the wrestling season - and that includes the state tournament coming up in a couple of weeks.

Fresh of her District 5 championship in the 121-pound weight class, the senior Palo Duro wrestler guides her squad into the University Interscholastic League's Region I wrestling championships starting Friday morning at the Caprock Activity Center.

The former state champion Lindsey, who upset No. 1-ranked Hope Jones of Caprock last weekend to help lead the Lady Dons to the district championship, said the high level of competition in Region I makes getting to the state tournament extremely difficult - more difficult than perhaps winning a state title.

"We have the toughest region in the state," said Lindsey, who will be one of nearly 114 girls vying for state berths starting at 9:15 a.m. Friday.

"There's a lot more pressure to win at state, but winning at region is much more demanding."

Palo Duro came into last weekend's district meet ranked No. 3 in the state behind Katy and Caprock, respectively. But, the Lady Dons manhandled the top-ranked Lady Longhorns, winning five out of the seven finals in which the two teams faced each other. Palo Duro's most impressive wins arguably came from Stormy Greer (97 pounds), Shaleb Bowie (185), Annie Thomas (148) and Lindsey. Greer defeated Caprock's Crystal Valdez, Bowie beat Ana Maria Mireles, Thomas downed Nina Rodriguez and Lindsey beat Jones.

Why were the Lady Dons so successful?

Greer presented a simple answer.

"We had a full team for the first time this season," said the sophomore, who was elevated to the No. 1 ranking in her weight class after winning the district title last Friday.

"Annie (Thomas) has got a lot of confidence, right now, I think she's going to be one to watch out for this weekend."

Palo Duro head coach Steve Nelson has eight girls that could make the state tournament. But, because of wrestlers from defending state champion Tascosa, Caprock and some of the talented El Paso schools, he said that the Lady Dons will be lucky to post five state qualifiers.

"You're looking at a region that's swamped with talent," said Nelson, whose team has aspirations of winning a state title for the second time in three seasons.

"The last three state champions in the last three years have been Caprock, Palo Duro and Tascosa. We're all in the same district, and El Paso has a lot of tough people.

"Do I think we're going to win? Yes. Am I going to predict that we're going to win? I'm not willing to do that."

Meanwhile, Lindsey said her team continues to search for the respect she believes it deserves. Lindsey and company felt slighted by the Lady Longhorns. The senior thought PD's chief rivals made excuses for not winning the district, she said.

"I think Caprock thought it got cocky and that's why they lost," Lindsey said. "That's not why they lost. They lost because we had a full team and we were ready."

Girls Region I Wrestling Pairings

97-Bracket A: *Stormy Greer, Palo Duro (2-0)(bye). Bracket B: Carmen Ayala, EP High (1-1) vs. Katrina Price, EP Franklin (16-9). Bracket C: *Mariana Chavira, EP Montwood (14-1) vs. Chelsi Pickens, Hereford (2-6). Bracket D: Becca Salcido, EP Irvin (5-3) vs. *Crystal Valdez, Caprock (16-3).

104-Bracket A: *Angel Diaz Tascosa (14-2) vs. Christina Dominguez, EP Fabens (2-10). Bracket B: Elizabeth Hoang, EP Irvin (7-9) vs. Crystal Carrillo, EP Burges (17-6). Bracket C: Christine Mata, EP Andress (12-4) vs. Teresa Lear, Palo Duro (4-13). Bracket D: Winner of Felipa Reyes, EP High (2-2) vs. Marisa Solis, Hereford (6-7) to face *Marisol Chavira, EP Montwood (14-1).

112-Bracket A: *Tina Chiavarria, EP Hanks (27-3)(bye). *Lilli Cortez, Amarillo High (11-7) vs. Alejandra Fernandez, EP Burges (6-8). Bracket B: *Chelsea Coralelli, Caprock (4-9) vs. Valerie Rodriguez, EP Jefferson (11-3). Nataley Sandoval, EP Americas (9-4)(bye). Bracket C: Zabrina Gusanova, EP Franklin (13-10)(bye). Erica Eichman, Tascosa (8-5) vs. Samantha Chavez, Borger (12-6). Bracket D: Amanda Armenti, EP Montwood (0-4) vs. Valerie Estrada, EP Austin (3-8). *Brittany Owens, Palo Duro (15-3)(bye).

121-Bracket A: *Lauren Lindsey, Palo Duro (18-2)(bye). Melissa Chavez, Borger (NA) vs. Diana Esquivel, EP Montwood (2-1). Bracket B: Ana Nance, EP Del Valle (6-2). Melissa Salado, EP Fabens (16-10)(bye). Bracket C: *Hope Jones, Caprock (20-5)(bye). Marla Avila, EP Americas (7-5) vs. *Nora Rodriguez, Hereford (9-5). Bracket D: Erika Rico, EP High (14-7) vs. Julie Hernandez, River Road (NA). *Kim Quinonez, EP Hanks (25-1)(bye).

130-Bracket A: *Amenda Howland, Caprock (20-3)(bye). Isabella Lortillo, EP Irvin (23-8) vs. Tiffany Garcia, EP Chapin (11-13). Bracket B: Norma Rueda, EP Socorro (2-5) vs. Corina Gomez, EP Burges (3-9). *Gina James, Tascosa (13-9) vs. *Jenny Franco, EP Hanks (28-9). Bracket C: Roberta Gallegos, Palo Duro (10-3) vs. Jessica Gonzales, EP Jefferson (3-15). Karla Dominguez, Hereford (3-6) vs. Kirsten Calloa, EP Del Valle (2-12). Bracket D: Bethany Pina, EP High (24-4) vs. Sapora Bradley, EP Americas (3-2). Nancy San Ramon, EP Andress (21-3)(bye).

140-Bracket A: Houston Shephard, Tascosa (2-0)(bye). Sandra Rietzke, EP Austin (2-1) vs. Victoria Rolland, River Road (0-5). Bracket B: Martha Enriquez, EP Bel Air (0-2) vs. Jackie Fennell, Palo Duro (3-13). Maria Mena, EP Chapin (10-4) vs. Zee Baltres, EP Americas (8-3). Bracket C: Lilian Lewis, EP Irvin (27-3) vs. Isela Moreno, EP High (1-3). *Amanda Flores, Caprock (15-10) vs. Alejandra Chavaria, EP Montwood. Bracket D: Janet Balderamma, EP Franklin (12-11) vs. Jessica Garcia, EP Fabens (4-10). *Astrid Gomez, Hereford (14-0)(bye).

150-Bracket A: *Judy Rivera EP Montwood (21-0)(bye). Alex Muller, EP Eastwood (10-7) vs. Denise Olivares, Lubbock Coronado (15-8). Bracket B: Claudia Rocha, EP Fabens (7-10) vs. Hannah Skinner, Amarillo High (8-9). Audry Chavez, EP Jefferson (7-4) vs. *Nina Rodriguez, Caprock (20-3). Bracket C: Patricia Castillo, EP Chapin (12-4) vs. Claudia Ruda, EP Socorro (16-3). *Shelbee Hutchens, Tascosa (16-9) vs. Lorraine Smith, EP Franklin (12-12). Bracket D: Jessica Paredes, EP High (8-11) VS. Jackie Alaniz, EP Bel Air (2-1). *Annie Thomas, Palo Duro (10-4)(bye).

167-Bracket A: *Diane Reveles, EP Hanks (24-1)(bye). Denise Poulin, EP High (0-3) vs. Theresa Fennell, Palo Duro (13-7). Bracket B: Ashley Ivy, EP Americas (12-7) vs. Clarissa Dalke, Amarillo High (3-2). Katara Wright, EP Frankin (3-12) vs. Monica Gomez, EP Burges (13-6). Bracket C: *Tamron Johnson, Tascosa (18-4)(bye). Angelina Gandara, EP Socorro (8-2) vs. Jeanna Castaneda, EP Bel Air (0-2). Bracket D: Veronica Swift, EP Chapin (13-10) vs. *Erica Martinez, Caprock (15-8). Alexis Muro, EP Jefferson (18-4)(bye).

187-Bracket A: *Shaleb Bowie, Palo Duro (9-0) vs. Jennie Zieglar, Tascosa (11-6). Bracket B: Winner of Christian Richardson, EP Chapin (3-6) vs. Audrey Rey, Amarillo High (2-10) to face Kim Johnson, EP Socorro (10-9). Bracket C: Jackie Torres, EP Jefferson (19-3) vs. *Ana Maria Mireles, Caprock (16-6). Bracket D: Bertha Valdez, EP Americas (5-6) vs. Shanta Taylor, EP Bel Air (3-1).

217-Bracket A: *Julie Aquino, Hereford (2-1)(bye). *Rachel Morgan, Palo Duro (8-8) vs. Elizabeth Madas, EP Irvin (3-1). Bracket B: *Lindsey Juliano, Amarillo High (3-6) vs. Megan Hill, EP Riverside (1-7). Jennifer Reed, EP Chapin (3-7)(bye). Bracket C: Eugenia Bejevaro, EP Jefferson (9-5)(bye). Noemi Grenado, EP High (0-1)(bye). Bracket D: *Shanda Roberts, Caprock (15-5) vs. Valerie Escalante, EP Montwood (0-4). Celia Mergy, EP Hanks (10-3)(bye).

*Ranked in the top ten by Texas-USA Wrestling, Inc.