BY GARY ABBOTT, USA WRESTLING | MARCH 30, 2018, 8:48 P.M. (ET)
Whitney Conder puts Cody Pfau in danger in the 50 kg finals at the Bill Farrell Memorial in New York City. Photo by Julieta Okot.
VIDEO: Bill Farrell Memorial International interviews
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Four U.S. women came home with gold medals at the Bill Farrell Memorial International at the New York Athletic Club on Saturday afternoon.
Claiming titles for Team USA were Whitney Conder of the U.S. Army at 50 kg, Arelys Valles of the University of the Cumberlands at 53 kg, 2012 Olympian Kelsey Campbell of the Sunkist Kids at 59 kg and high school sensation Jayden Laurent of the Musky WC at 65 kg.
Conder, a three-time World Team member, opened up her offense to defeat three-time WCWA national champion Cody Pfau of the Titan Mercury WC by a 12-2 technical fall in the finals. Pfau won the U23 World Team Trials last weekend.
“I just went in there, trying to work the techniques I have been working on, keep moving and keep wrestling throughout any position I was put into. My coaches have been telling us to not stop wrestling, just keep wrestling in any position no matter what. I just tried to wrestle through every position,” said Conder.
Valles scored some key turns and came on strong late, on the way to a 10-7 win over Kailyn Ramos of the Aires WC in her finals bout.
“At first I was wrestling really slow. Once I got that single in, I felt good after that. I just kept turning her from the break. It was real good at the end. It feels great. This is my first international medal,” said Valles.
Campbell won a four-athlete roundrobin with a 3-0 record. Her final victory was over the silver medalist, Lauren Louive of the NYAC/Hawkeye WC, by a 3-0 margin.
“I feel like my whole mindset is different this year than in seasons past. I am really enjoying my time. I am not really thinking about the outcome. It is a different kind of pressure now. I want to improve. It is more important to me to enjoy what I am doing and continue to get better. That is what I am bringing into each match,” said Campbell.
Laurent broke a 1-1 tie with a go-behind takedown in the final few seconds to defeat 2016 Junior World bronze medalist Alexis Porter of the NYAC, 3-2 in the finals. Laurent, a high school senior, was second at last week’s U23 World Team Trials, and now has won her first Senior-level international gold medal.
“I didn’t start out too good, but I kept working my stuff and stayed positive and pushed through. I knew I didn’t want to win a 1-1 match. I wanted to be ahead, obviously. I kept staying in position and she made a shot, I recovered and got behind,” said Laurent.
The other five weight classes were won by international competitors. Four of the five gold medals not won by the USA went to Pan American rivals, as Peru and Brazil both had a pair of champions.
The international champions this year were Otgonjargal Ganbaatar of Mongolia at 55 kg, Giulia Rodrigues of Brazil at 57 kg, Lais Nunes de Oliveria of Brazil at 62 kg, Janet Sourcro Niah of Peru at 68 kg and Dena Zuisa V Cruz Arroyo of Peru at 72 kg.
The women’s finals were held alongside the Greco-Roman tournament. All of the matches were broadcast live and archived by Flowrestling. Men’s freestyle concludes the event on Saturday.
BILL FARRELL MEMORIAL INTERNATIONAL
At New York, N.Y., March 30
Women’s freestyle results
1st - Whitney Conder (U.S. Army) tech. fall Cody Pfau (TMWC), 12-2, 1:46
3rd - Amy Fearnside (TMWC) tech. fall Alleida Martinez (TMWC), 14-2 3:52
1st - Arelys Valles Fernandez (University of the Cumberlands) dec. Kailyn Ramos (Aries Wrestling Club), 10-7
1st – Otgonjargal Ganbaatar (Mongolia)
2nd - Samantha Klingel (U.S. Army)
3rd - Ronna Heaton (Sunkist Kids)
RR – Ganbaatar tech. fall Klingel, 12-2; Ganbaatar tech. fall Heaton, 10-0; Klingel dec. Heaton, 4-0
1st - Giulia Rodrigues (Brazil) dec. Brieana Delgado (Aries Wrestling Club), 10-4
3rd - Jacarra Winchester Marshall, MO (TMWC) VSU Michela Beck (NYAC), 10-0 2:05
1st - Kelsey Campbell (Sunkist Kids)
2nd - Lauren Louive (Nyac/HWC)
3rd - Megan Black (TMWC)
4th - Marizza Birrueta (LWC)
RR1 – Louive dec. Black, 12-4, Campbell dec. Birrueta, 7-0
RR2 – Campbell dec. Black, 5-0, Louive tech. Birrueta, 15-5
RR3 – Black dec. Birrueta, 6-6, Campbell dec. Louive, 3-0
1st - Lais Nunes de Oliveria (Brazil) pin Alexandria Liles (Best Trained Texas), 0:55
3rd - Brianna Csontos (TMWC) VFA Sydney Freund (Aries Wrestling Club), 4-0 0:55
1st - Jayden Laurent (Musky Wrestling Club) dec. Alexis Porter (NYAC), 3-1
3rd - Cara Broadus Plymouth, CT (Connecticut/KT Kidz) VSU1 Cierra Foster Oklahoma City, OK (Aries Wrestling Club), 16-6 4:09
1st - Janet Sourcro Niah (Peru)
2nd - Kayla Marano (LWC)
3rd - Skylar Grote (Brock University)
RR – Niah tech. Marano, 11-0, Marano tech. fall Grote, 11-0, Niah tech. fall Grote, 12-0
1st - Dena Zuisa V Cruz Arroyo (Peru)
2nd - Rachael Watters (Nyac/ocu)
3rd - Alexandria Glaude (TMWC)
4th - Hannah Gladden (LWC)
RR – Watters dec. Gladden, 8-3; Glaude dec. Gladden, 2-2, Cruz dec. Watters, 5-2, Glaude tech. fall Cruz, 12-1; Cruz pin Gladden, 3:55; Watters tech. fall Glaude, 11-0
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