Amri Headlines List of Sr-Jr Entries at Women’s German Grand Prix
Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 07:45 By William May
DORMAGEN, Germany (June 1) – Rio 2016 bronze medalist Marwa AMRI (TUN), fresh from winning her ninth African championship crown, headlines a field of world and continental champions vying for top honors this weekend in the women’s Grand Prix of Germany.
Amri, who has won most of her African titles at 55kg and, most recently, at 60kg, however, has not indicated which category she will compete in at the TSV Sportcenter in Dormagen situated on the Rhine in western Germany.
Amri won her bronze medal in Rio de Janeiro last summer at 58kg, took the Paris Grand Prix at 63kg, and grabbed the continental crown in Marrakech at 60kg in April.
But, wherever Amri decides to compete, there will be wrestlers ready to challenge. Pan American champions Michelle FAZZARI (CAN) and Braxton STONE (CAN) wait at 58kg and 63kg, respectively. And, at 60kg, two-time European champion Johanna MATTSSON (SWE) looks forward to a pairing with her fellow Olympian.
World champion Jessica MacDONALD (CAN) also comes to Dormagen as the recently crowned Pan America champion and is entered at 53kg where she could face European bronze medalist and local favorite Nina “It’s Hemmer Time” HEMMER (GER).
Germany’s own world champion Aline FOCKEN (GER) is entered up one category from her normal 69kg, and could well face Pan American champion Justina DiSTASIO (CAN), No.2 in the most recent UWW rankings, at some point over the two days of wrestling.
Along with Focken, representing the host country at 75kg will be fellow Rio Olympian Maria SELMAIER (GER), 2016 European under-23 silver medalist Anna SCHELL (GER) or last year’s junior European runner-up Francy RAEDELT (GER).
In other junior-senior categories, Pan American bronze medalist Patricia BERMUDEZ (ARG), who was also a bronze medal finalist at Rio 2016, and European bronze medal winner Alina VUC (ROU) appear to be the class of 48kg.
European bronze medalist Mathilde RIVIERE (FRA) and junior European champ Elena BRUGGER (GER) could square off at 55kg. And, joining Fazzari at 58kg will be European bronze medal winner Laura MERTENS (GER).
At 63kg, 2015 Pan American Games gold medalist Stone is joined by last year’s Pan Am bronze medalist Breanne GRAHAM (CAN), European junior champion Kriszta INCZE (ROU), and former world bronze medalist Henna JOHANSSON (SWE).
As entries continue to trickle in, more than 100 entries are expected in the junior-senior division with some 140 entries set to wrestle in the cadet division.
Friday, June 2
18:00-19:00 – Weigh-in for all categories
Saturday, June 3
09:30-10:00 – Opening ceremony
10:00-13:00 – Qualification Rounds & Repechage, all categories
14:00-19:00 – Qualification Rounds & Repechage, all categories
Sunday, June 4
09:30-To Conclusion – Qualification Rounds, Repechage & Finals