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Wrestling sisters compete for national berth

Fulp-Allen siblings travel to Council Bluff for World Team Trials

Menlo College senior Katherine Fulp-Allen and Menlo College grad Sara Fulp-Allen hope to compete for the United States on an international level for the second consecutive year.

The Fulp-Allen sisters will compete at the World Team Trials in Council Bluffs, Iowa beginning Saturday. The winning wrestler at each weight class will represent the U.S. at the World Wrestling Championships in Herning, Denmark in September.

Both wrestlers must make it through a Challenge Tournament this weekend to qualify for a championship berth.

Katherine competes at 112 pounds while Sara wrestles at 105.5 pounds. A top three finish would place both wrestlers on the U.S. National Team for 2009-10.

World champion Clarissa Chun is favored at 105.5 pounds, while Olympic bronze medalist Patricia Miranda, a Stanford grad, will be tough competition at 112.5 pounds.

Miranda has three World medals on her resume and currently holds the National title. Katherine Fulp-Allen, a World University champion, was the runner-up at the U.S. Nationals this year. She will be a threat to Miranda for the World Team spot if she makes it to the best-of-3 finals for a rematch. Fulp-Allen won the WCWA National title and was named Wrestler of the Year at the college level this year.

-- PA Weekly Online Sports

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