Patricia Miranda Earns First National Title
May 1, 2002
Las Vegas, Nev. - Senior Patricia Miranda traveled to Las Vegas this weekend for the National Open. Miranda posted a 5-0 record at the meet to earn her first national title and a bye into the finals of the World Team Trials.
Miranda competed with the Dave Schultz Wrestling Club and helped propel the team to a third place finish. On the men's freestyle side, the DSWC took second place and in all the club qualified 24 athletes for the World Team Trials.
Miranda began her title run by pinning Bernadette Javier of the Wahine Wrestling Club in 50 seconds. She followed up that performance with another pin as she downed Kristina Fujioka of Pacific University in 2:22. Miranda then defeated Malinda Ripley of the Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club with an 11-0 technical fall to put her into the semifinals where she handed Katrina Betts of the Minnesota Storm Wrestling Club a 9-4 decision. In the championship bout, Miranda faced fellow DSWC teammate and workout partner Julie Gonzalez and won 10-0, her second technical fall of the meet to earn the title.
The World Team Trials will be held in St. Paul, Minn. on June 23. If Miranda beats her next opponent in the best-of-three format, she will represent the United States at 105.8 pounds (48 kg) in Athens, Greece at the 2002 Women's World Championships on Nov. 2-3.