Summer of International Wrestling
Summer is well under way and a lot has already happened in the world of women’s wrestling. Our junior, university and senior-level world teams have been training together and will compete this weekend for the first time in 2010 as a team at the Canada Cup in Guelph, Ontario. Following this weekend of competition, Team USA will stay in Guelph for an extended training camp with the Canadian National Teams.
The first major competition of the summer will take place in Istanbul, Turkey when the Junior World Team will be looking for their first ever team world title. Last summer the junior team looked like they had a great opportunity to win the team title, but fell short. This summer looks promising again as nearly the entire team has an abundance of international experience. Victoria Anthony was a world champion last summer and moved up a weight class and will compete at 48 kg. Helen Maroulis (55 kg) and Tatiana Padilla (59 kg) are past junior world medalist who will help lead the team that will be coached by Vladislav Izboinokov (Coach Izzy).
Soon after the Junior World Championships take place, the country’s top high school athletes will congregate in Fargo, ND for the ASICS Junior National Championships. The women’s division has grown in participants each year since its inception. However, the numbers could be affected this year because the Junior Women’s Duals were moved to Oklahoma City a few weeks ago.
From the future stars of our sport to the current super stars, head women’s USA coach Terry Steiner does a wonderful job of preparing our country for international success. Steiner spends endless energy collaborating with coaches from grassroots to university and senior club programs. His intent is to see everyone work together as Team USA. At the present moment, all of our world teams are together as one team on foreign soil. The future impact of this type of cooperation will make the future of women’s wrestling very exciting.