Patricia Miranda and Chris Horpel Head to Pan-American Championships

March 13, 2002

Caracas, Venezuela - Stanford senior Patricia Miranda and Director of Wrestling Chris Horpel are in Caracas, Venezuela for the 2002 Pan-American Championships this week. Miranda will compete in at 112.25 pounds in Women's Freestyle and Horpel will be coaching the Men's Freestyle team. There is also a Men's Greco-Roman field.

Miranda (Saratoga, CA/Saratoga) placed third at the 2001 National Open and was the first alternate on the 2001 World Team. She earned a silver medal at the 2000 Women's World Championships. In 2002, Miranda notched three wins in collegiate competition for the Cardinal and is one of America's best female wrestlers. Earlier this season, TheMat.com named Miranda its preseason No. 1 at 112.25 pounds and she is currently ranked second in North America.

Horpel served as the Stanford head coach for 23 years before assuming the role of Director of Wrestling this year. He is also the head coach of the Dave Schultz Wrestling Club, which is based at Stanford. Horpel has coached seven NCAA Division I All-Americans and ten Pacific-10 Conference champions. This is Horpel's third appearance as a coach of the Pan-American freestyle team.

The championships will be held from March 14-17 in Venezuela.

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