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    Lots of nice coverage. But..... if you say you are going to cover the women... then cover the women. If you are not.... then don't, but you shouldn't put it up there unless you plan on doing it.
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    That is what I just got on here looking for Scott. Guess I will check that other site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Avallone View Post
    That is what I just got on here looking for Scott. Guess I will check that other site.
    Then maybe you can post it here, since this is a collaborative forum, not a news site.

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    Ok Bluestater



    GOING FOR THE GOLD!! Dramatic pin sends Kristie Marano into finals at World Championships
    Craig Sesker USA Wrestling
    09/23/2007

    BAKU, Azerbaijan ? A teary-eyed Kristie Marano came off the mat, walked down the steps of the elevated platform and quickly found USA Wrestling National Women?s Freestyle Coach Terry Steiner.

    They hugged.

    And then they smiled.

    Just moments before, Marano had launched Olympic silver medalist Guzel Manurova of Russia with a textbook pancake maneuver for a first-period pin to reach the finals of the World Championships on Sunday at the Heydar Aliyev Sport and Exhibition Complex.

    The 28-year-old Marano tied a U.S. record for all three styles by winning her ninth World medal. She will shoot for her third World title Sunday night when she faces 2006 World champion Stanka Zlateva of Bulgaria in the finals at 72 kg/158.5 lbs. This is Marano?s seventh trip to the World finals. Zlateva beat Marano a month ago in the finals of a tournament in Poland.

    ?Kristie always performs her best when the lights are on,? Steiner said. ?She comes out there ready to fight and ready to battle. She finds a way to make things happen.?

    Marano (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) ties heavyweight freestyle legend Bruce Baumgartner with the most World medals won by a U.S. wrestler with nine.

    ?Nine medals ? that just speaks for itself,? Steiner said. ?To be in this fire nine times and win nine medals is pretty amazing. The level of wrestling is improving, no doubt about it, and for her to continue to succeed at this level is very impressive.?

    This is Marano?s seventh trip to the finals of the World Championships. She?s won a medal in all nine trips to the Worlds.

    The U.S. now has qualified for the 2008 Olympics in two of the four Olympic weight classes. The top eight finishers in each of the four Olympic classes for women earn a berth to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. Marano and Stephanie Murata, who placed fifth at 48 kg/105.5 lbs. on Friday, have now qualified their weight classes for the Olympics.

    In the decisive sequence in the semifinals, Manurova shot in on a double-leg attempt and Marano blocked her into a front headlock. The Russian athlete started to come around the corner, but Marano reacted by recovering into an underhook to pancake Manurova to her back. Marano had the pinning combination locked up tight and about 10 seconds later the official slapped the mat for the fall.

    Marano survived a scare in the quarterfinals when she won the first period over Spain?s Miader Unda. But Unda came back to win the second period 6-1 as she caught Marano on her back. In the third period, Marano scored three points on a hip toss off Unda?s leg attack and earned the fall at 1:13.

    ?She just finds a way to make things happen,? Steiner said. ?She tends to not be a practice room wrestler so much, but when the lights are on she lets her reactions take over.?

    Americans Katie Downing (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) and Sara McMann (Gaffney, S.C./Sunkist Kids) both lost to World champions in the first session, but will have a chance to wrestle back and win a bronze medal Sunday afternoon.

    Downing, a past World bronze medalist at 67 kg/147.5 lbs., dropped a 2-0, 2-0 decision in the semifinals to 2006 World champion Ruixue Jing of China. Downing now needs one win for her second career World bronze medal.

    McMann, a past Olympic and World silver medalist at 63 kg/138.75 lbs., drew 2006 World champion Kaori Icho of Japan in the first round and fell 2-1, 1-0. McMann was the aggressor the entire match, trying to set up shots and attacked the wrestler from Japan. Icho never took a shot, scoring all three takedowns when countering McMann?s leg attacks. McMann shot in for a takedown late in the first period to pull within 2-1, but was unable to turn Icho.

    Icho made the finals to keep McMann alive in the bracket at 63 kg/138.75 lbs. McMann now needs three wins to win a bronze medal at this Olympic weight class.

    ?Katie and Sara really need to come back and be ready to compete,? Steiner said. ?We?re fighting to qualify Sara?s weight for the Olympics. We need another World medal for Katie ? she works too hard and does too many things right not to get it. Katie?s kind of our leader and we need her to win a medal.?

    Icho beat McMann in the finals of the 2003 World Championships and the finals of the 2004 Olympics.

    This is the final day of competition in the seven-day event.

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    Kristie Marano earns silver medal at World Championships, equaling U.S. mark with her 9th World medal
    Craig Sesker USA Wrestling
    09/23/2007

    BAKU, Azerbaijan ? Terry Steiner was in a little better mood Sunday night.

    One day after watching three of his wrestlers fail to place, USA Wrestling's National Women?s Freestyle Coach saw all three of his wrestlers win medals at the World Championships on Sunday night at the Heydar Aliyev Sport and Exhibition Complex.

    American Kristie Marano led the way by finishing with her fifth career silver medal in seven trips to the finals. The two-time World champion ran into a tough finals opponent and dropped a 3-0, 3-0 decision to 2006 World champion Stanka Zlateva of Bulgaria in the gold-medal match at 72 kg/158.5 lbs.

    U.S. teammates Sara McMann and Katie Downing each rebounded from losses to World champions to earn bronze medals on Sunday afternoon as the seven-day tournament concluded. The United States finished fifth with 32 points. Japan won the title with 52 points, followed by Kazakhstan and Ukraine with 39 points each, and China with 36.

    ?I thought we competed better today ? no doubt about it,? Steiner said. ?We definitely came back with some fight, and didn?t make everything a tactical, technical match. It doesn?t have to be like that because then we think too much. You have to let your work take over and let your reactions take over. We turned it into more battles and just wrestled.

    ?We had some good wins and won some medals. And we had some losses where we made some mistakes. We can correct those mistakes and we need to keep working. We need to wrestle our style, which is using our conditioning and getting into people?s faces.?

    The U.S. now has qualified for the 2008 Olympics in three of the four Olympic weight classes for women. The top eight finishers at the World Championships in each of the four Olympic classes for women earned a berth to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. Marano, McMann and Stephanie Murata, who placed fifth at 48 kg/105.5 lbs. on Friday, have now qualified their weight classes for the Olympics. The U.S. still needs to qualify at 55 kg/121 lbs. and will have three more chances to do so in Olympic qualifiers.

    The 28-year-old Marano earlier tied a U.S. record for all three styles by winning her ninth World medal. She?s won a medal in all nine trips to the Worlds.

    ?Nine medals ? that just speaks for itself,? Steiner said. ?To be in this fire nine times and win nine medals is pretty amazing. The level of wrestling is improving, no doubt about it, and for her to continue to succeed at this level is very impressive.?

    Marano (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) ties heavyweight freestyle legend Bruce Baumgartner with the most World medals won by a U.S. wrestler with nine.

    ?I didn?t know that,? Marano said of the record. ?But he was pretty good, so it?s definitely a good accomplishment. It?s a an honor to accomplish something like that. It?s not the medal I wanted, but it?s still a medal and that?s good.?

    Marano tried a number of arm throws but was unable to generate much offense against the defending champion in the finals.

    ?I just didn?t wrestle very well,? Marano said. ?I don?t know, I didn?t wrestle very well a month ago and got pinned by her. I just didn?t get anything going. There is definitely room for improvement and I?m going to keep working hard for next year.?

    Zlateva beat Marano a month ago in the finals of a tournament in Poland.

    ?I noticed right away that Kristie wasn?t moving forward,? Steiner said. ?She was letting her opponent dictate the pace a little bit and moving backwards. We weren?t working hard enough with our hands and getting our tie. That?s a credit to Stanka, she?s definitely improved a ton and she?s proven two years in a row she?s the best in the World.?

    Downing (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) won her second career World bronze medal. Her first medal came two years ago.

    ?It?s disappointing because I came here for gold, but bronze is probably better than silver because you get that chance to rectify your situation,? Downing said. ?I feel pretty good. I feel like I?ve improved my wrestling overall. I?m definitely better than last year and even 2005. I definitely have some work to do on specific opponents.?

    Trying to come back was not an easy task for Downing.

    ?Some of the hardest wrestling that you ever have to do is in the wrestlebacks,? Downing said. ?You still have a job to do. You?re crushed on the inside, but you still have to get yourself ready to go like you?re going for gold still.?

    McMann (Gaffney, S.C./Sunkist Kids) now has won three World medals, a silver and two bronze.

    McMann drew Japan?s Kaori Icho in the first round and lost in two straight periods to fall into the wrestlebacks. But she rebounded to win three straight matches for bronze. She capped the run by downing Golliot L LeGrand of France 2-1, 4-1 in the match for the bronze.

    ?It was really difficult for me to come back,? McMann said. ?To be perfectly honest, the first thing I think of when I know I am not getting gold is, ?OK, I?m ready to go home.? But I knew that I had a job to do and I completely reset my focus instantly because I had to qualify my weight class (for the Olympics). Apart from my personal goals, I have some other goals to make no matter what I was feeling like and my team needed the points.?

    What does McMann need to do better against Icho, who beat McMann in the 2003 World and 2004 Olympic finals?

    ?It?s positioning errors,? McMann said. ?I was moving her and I was doing the things we worked on, and she kept getting her head in the way of my shot. You can?t get to the legs if someone?s head is in the way. I need to basically put two and three things together. I?ve been working on that, but it?s not where it needs to be obviously. I need to have my second and third shots be the ones that take her down. I need to come more into her body, and not try to outslick her because she?s pretty fast.?

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    Kevin Jackson Reflects on the World Championships

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