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Roberts rolls at nationals

WRESTLING - Former Pacific women's wrestling standout Sally Roberts wins first place at the FILA Senior National Championships in Las Vegas

Sally Roberts has enjoyed a long and successful wrestling career, beginning at Pacific University and continuing on a national stage.

In April, at the FILA Senior National Championships in Las Vegas, Roberts added to her already impressive resume with a championship at 59 kg (130 pounds). Roberts took out Erin Tomeo of Colorado Springs in the championship match to claim first place in her weight class.

The win put Roberts in prime position to make the U.S. World Championship team, which will compete in China this September, but Tomeo exacted her revenge last week with a win in the finals to earn the team's only roster spot at 59 kg.

Roberts wrestled her way into the finals at the World Team Trials, held in Colorado Springs last Thursday and Friday, but Tomeo won the best-of-three series 2-0 to land a spot on the World Championship team.

Now Roberts, who already owns bronze medals from the 2003 and 2005 World Championships, will have to wait another year to add to her medal count.

In between the win in Las Vegas and tough loss in Colorado Springs, Roberts represented the U.S. at the Women's World Cup in Nagoya, Japan. The U.S. Team finished third, thanks in large part to Roberts, who won two of her three matches.

In pool play, Roberts beat Olena Komarova of Ukraine, and she added a win over Larisa Kanaeva of Russia in the third-place match.