August 16, 2013
Former Bella Vista wrestler takes third at junior world finals

Orangevale's Jennifer Page won a women's freestyle bronze medal at today's Junior World Wrestling Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The former Bella Vista High School standout defeated Nyamgerel Burneebaatar of Mongolia, 6-3 in the 138.5-pound division.

Page led 3-1 at the end of the first period, with a two-point takedown to help take the lead.

In the second period, when Burneebaatar was pushing the action, Page got another key two-point takedown in a scramble. A late Burneebaatar takedown was not enough to close the gap.

In the evening session, Page was defeated in the semifinals by 2013 European Junior champion Buse Tosun of Turkey in a technical fall.

Page easily won her first three matches against opponents from India, Norway and the Ukraine.

Last year, Page was fifth at 147.5 pounds at the Junior World Championships, but has dropped down to her normal weight on the senior level.

She competed to Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma, where she won a national title, then became a U.S. Olympic Training Center resident athlete.

"Jennifer is understanding the ropes better," said world team coach Marcie Van Dusen. "She is getting more and more confident in her abilities."

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