Chun, Lee grab gold at Pan Am wrestling
Hawai'i's Clarissa Chun and Stephany Lee won gold medals yesterday at the Pan American Wrestling Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Chun, a Roosevelt High alum, beat Ingrid Cuellar of El Salvador to win the 105.5-pound division. Lee, a Moanalua High alum, defeated Rosangela Conceicao of Brazil in the 158.5-pound division.
"I thought Stephany Lee had a good tournament," said U.S. national women's coach Terry Steiner. "Clarissa Chun found a way to win. She didn't feel good today, but she got through it. That is what you have to do."
In weight classes where the U.S. already has Olympic berths, the championships served as confidence builders for gold medalists like Chun and Lee.
"There are a few things I need to tweak," Lee said. "But overall, I feel good about my wrestling."
Chun won despite recovering from a sinus infection. "It feels great," she said. "This is my second hometown. I live here in Colorado Springs (at the U.S. Olympic Training Center). I am able to wrestle in front of family and friends."
SWIMMING AND DIVING
UH FINISHES SECOND
Led by the 1-2 finish of Mats Wiktorsson and Magnus Frick in platform diving, the University of Hawai'i men's swimming and diving team finished second at the Conference USA Championships yesterday in Houston.
Wiktorsson scored 388.40 points and Frick had 340.35.
Also, Darren Maxwell placed second in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:46.99, Nicola Xella took second in the 200 breaststroke in 2:00.00, and the 400 freestyle relay team of Davis Kane, Grzegorz Mroz, Steve Allnutt and Mark Higley finished second in 2:59.86.
Southern Methodist won the title with 968.5 points, followed by UH (819), East Carolina (651.5) and Cal State Bakersfield (448).
RAINBOW WAHINE SPLIT
Jessica Morton pitched a six-hitter with seven strikeouts as 15th-ranked Hawai'i beat host UNLV, 5-2, yesterday in the Eller Media Stadium Classic.
Kate Robinson had two hits, including a solo homer, for the Rainbow Wahine (12-4).
Earlier, California amassed 13 hits to hand Courtney Baughman (7-1) her first loss in a 9-2 trouncing of the 'Bows.
Clare Warwick had two hits for UH.
HPU SALVAGES SPLIT
Micah Takahashi pitched five scoreless innings and BA Garner worked out of trouble in the seventh as Hawai'i Pacific beat Northwest Nazarene, 6-4, yesterday to salvage a split of a doubleheader at Hans L'Orange Field.
Takahashi allowed one hit and turned over a 4-0 lead to the bullpen. Garner, the second reliever, allowed three hits and one run, but got the final two batters of the game to strand a runner at third.
Spencer Omalza had two hits and two RBIs for HPU (11-6).
In the first game, Zach Aakhus had four hits and three RBIs to lead the Crusaders (11-4) to a 7-5 win.
POWERS, IRONS OUSTED
Kaua'i's Roy Powers and Bruce Irons were eliminated in the third round yesterday in the Quiksilver Pro at Queensland, Australia.
Joel Parkinson beat Powers, 17.00-8.84, and Adrian Buchan bounced Irons, 14.17-6.44.
Kaua'i's Andy Irons has yet to surf in the third round.