WRESTLING: Murata wins gold at international tournament in Ulan-Ude, Russia
ULAN UDE, RUSSIA - Stephanie Murata (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) won a gold medal at 48 kg/105.5 pounds during the first day of action at the Grand Prix of the Buriyatia Republic's President Tournament. Murata won four matches on the way to the title, including a victory over an opponent from Russia in the championship match. Murata is the No. 1 ranked women's wrestler on Women's Team USA at her weight class. She was a World silver medalist in 2001, and was fifth at the 2007 World Championships. Four U.S. men's freestyle wrestlers will enter the competition later this weekend, and will be coached by USA Wrestling National Freestyle Resident Coach Terry Brands. Competing on Saturday will be Michael Martinez (Pagosa Springs, Colo./Cowboy WC) at 55 kg/121 lbs., 2006 World champion Bill Zadick (Colorado Springs, Colo./Gator WC) at 66 kg/145.5 lbs. and Lee Fullhart (Colorado Springs, Colo./Gator WC) at 84 kg/185 lbs. Wrestling on Sunday will be Angel Cejudo (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) at 60 kg/132 lbs.