WRESTLING: Sally Roberts wins gold medal, Vic Moreno captures bronze at Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix
KRASNOYARSK, Russia-Women's freestyle wrestler Sally Roberts won a gold medal and men's freestyle wrestler Vic Moreno captured a bronze medal Friday on the first day of the Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix. Roberts won her second gold medal in this event after downing Olga Cherkasheva of Kazakhstan 1-0, 5-0 in the finals at 59 kg/130 lbs. Roberts, a two-time World bronze medalist, won the first period from the clinch before dominating the second period. She scored on a front headlock to start the second period before scoring four points on a gut wrench. Roberts (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) was dominant as all three of her matches lasted only two periods apiece. She downed Olagnadorsh Charagarov of Mongolia 3-0, 7-0 in the quarterfinals before downing Olga Smirnova of Kazakhstan 6-0, 7-1 in the semifinals. Moreno, competing for the first time outside the United States, won his first two matches before falling to two-time Junior World champion Dyamal Otarsultanov of Russia 1-0, 1-2, 1-0. Moreno (Palo Alto, Calif./Gator WC) came back to win three matches to capture the bronze medal at 55 kg/121 lbs. Henry Cejudo (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) and Matt Azevedo (Pismo Beach, Calif./Sunkist Kids) both failed to place at 55 kg/121 lbs. Cejudo, a 2007 World Team member, won his first match before being pinned in 45 seconds by Zhassulan Mukhtarbekuly of Kazakhstan. Azevedo fell to Mukhtarbekuly 2-0, 7-0 in the first round. Mukhtarbekuly placed eighth at the 2007 World Championships. Lee Fullhart (Colorado Springs, Colo./Gator WC) and Andy Hrovat (Ann Arbor, Mich./New York AC) fell short of placing at 84 kg/185 lbs. Fullhart beat Utagadaev of Kazakhstan 0-1, 1-0, 1-0 before falling to Kaiser Boranbyev of Kazakhstan 1-0, 0-1, 1-1. Hrovat fell to Kourman Temrezov of Russia in his first match. Mary Kelly (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) lost by fall in the first round to Mongolia's Yura Gandolgor at 51 kg/112.25 lbs. Kelly led 3-0 before being caught and pinned late in the first period. U.S. wrestlers Shawn Bunch (Colorado Springs, Colo./Gator WC) and Zach Roberson (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids) are scheduled to compete on Saturday at 60 kg/132 lbs. Damion Hahn (Ithaca, N.Y./New York AC) is scheduled to wrestle at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. In women's freestyle, Sara Fulp-Allen (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC), Alaina Berube (Escanaba, Mich./New York AC), Randi Miller (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) and Iris Smith (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) scheduled to compete. Fulp-Allen wrestles at 48 kg/105.5 lbs., Berube and Miller at 63 kg/138.75 lbs. and Smith at 72 kg/158.5 lbs. The three-day event is scheduled to conclude on Sunday.