London 2012: Team MVC

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Former Valley wrestler Maria Dunn was carried the flag for the Guam contingent during the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympic Games. (MVC Athletics)

For the third straight quadrennial event, the Missouri Valley College wrestling program is being represented at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Two former Lady Vikings are returning to the international meet after competing in Beijing four years ago, Clarissa Chun as one of four members of Team USA and Maria Dunn part of the contingent from Guam, a U.S. territory in the South Pacific.

Chun, 30, of Kapolai, Hawaii, was one of the charter members of the Valley program when it began in 1999, and was one of its most decorated. She placed second in the U.S. World Team Trials and medaled in both the U.S. Nationals and Pan American Games during all three of her seasons in Marshall -- along with winning several college-level competitions.

Prior to her senior campaign, Chun accepted an invitation to attend the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, eventually earning her degree from the University of Colorado branch there.

After placing second in the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2004, the first year women's wrestling competition was held at the Games, she made the squad four years later. Chun finished fifth in the Beijing Games.

Since then, Chun has been the standard-bearer for American 48-kilogram wrestlers, taking part -- and often medaling -- in meets around the world.

Although Dunn, 26, of Tamuning, Guam, hasn't built a resume as impressive as Chun, she's also experienced in international competition. After grappling for the Lady Vikings from 2004 to '08, Dunn returned to her native land to earn her degree from the University of Guam last year.

Dunn (63 kilograms) was won 10 gold medals in the Oceania Championships, but lost her only match in the Beijing Games four years ago. She is the second Guam native to make the jump from Valley to the Olympics, men's wrestler Jeffrey Cobb having gone 0-2 in freestyle at the 2004 Athens Games.

The third ex-member of the Valley team won't be on the mat, but will be close at hand to attend to the contestants. Carrie (Harmon) Moore, a Crest Ridge graduate, received her bachelor's degree in athletic training from MVC in 1999 and was part of the school's training staff from 2004 to '09.

Moore is currently the assistant trainer at Lindenwood University and is the head trainer for the U.S. women's wrestling squad.

Both Chun and Dunn's weight classes will start and finish their tournament Wednesday.

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