LAS VEGAS The U.S. Olympic trials tripped up Kristie Marano again.
Marano, a nine-time world medalist and the most successful American women's wrestler, failed again Friday to make the Olympics when she was pinned at 158 1/2 pounds by longtime rival Katie Downing in the trials challenge tournament.
Downing, who ended a lengthy losing streak against Marano by beating her in the national championships in Las Vegas in April, will face pre-seeded finalist Ali Bernard in a best two-of-three finals Friday night for one of four spots on the U.S. women's team. As the national champion, Bernard advanced directly to the finals.
"She was very significant. It's kind of hard to beat her because I love her so much and she deserves it so much, but I've got to take my shot, too," Downing said of a visibly disappointed Marano.
It was the second successive trials letdown for Marano, a two-time world champion who was the forerunner of the American women's wrestling program. -->
In the men's events, none of the five Utah wrestlers competed Friday. Pleasant Grove's Bo Beckman, Timpanogos' Cheney Haight and Brighton's Talan Knox will wrestle in the Greco-Roman events today while Provo's Nathaniel Haight will compete in freestyle today. Taylorsville's Justin Ruiz will compete in the Greco-Roman finals Sunday.