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Cox reaches finals at World Championships; Burroughs to compete for bronze medal

Published February 4th, 2020 by Jonny

Cox reaches finals at World Championships; Burroughs to compete for bronze medal

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – 2018 World champion J’den Cox (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC/OTC) has earned a return trip to the World finals at 92 kg/202.5 lbs.at the 2019 World Wrestling Championships

Cox shut out 2017 U23 World bronze medalist Irakli Mtsituri of Georgia, 3-0 in the semifinals. Cox scored all of his points in the first period, on a counter takedown for two points with an additional point for a failed challenge by the Georgia corner.

Cox will battle two-time World bronze medalist Alireza Mohammad Karimimachiani of Iran in the gold-medal match on Saturday night. Cox defeated Karimimachiani, 5-2, in the 2018 World Championships semifinals.

Cox has guaranteed himself a World or Olympic medal for the fourth straight year by making the finals. In addition to his 2018 World gold, Cox was a 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and 2017 World bronze medalist.

Cox was in command in his two Friday morning matches, securing an 11-0 technical fall over Mohamad Fardj of Algeria and shutting out Nurgali Nurgaipuly of Kazakhstan, 8-0.

Cox is a native of Columbia, Mo., where he was a three-time NCAA champion and four-time All-American for Missouri. He is currently a U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center resident athlete in Colorado Springs, Colo.

2012 Olympic champion and four-time World champion Jordan Burroughs (Lincoln, Neb. /Sunkist Kids/Nebraska WTC) will compete for a bronze medal on Saturday, after dropping an intense 4-3 decision to World champion Zaurbek Sidakov of Russia.

Burroughs led 1-0 at the break after forcing a step out. In the second period, after Burroughs was placed on the shot clock, Sidakov converted a low single leg for a 2-1 lead. Burroughs scored a spin-behind takedown with 40 seconds left in the match to lead 3-2. Sidakov was awarded a step out point with less than two seconds left to tie the score at 3-3, and Sidakov help the tiebreaker. A U.S. challenge was denied, making the final score 4-3

It is the second year in a row that Sidakov defeated Burroughs at the World Championships. In the quarterfinals of the 2018 Worlds in Budapest, Sidakov scored a 6-5 victory over Burroughs.

Burroughs’ opponent for the bronze-medal match has yet to be determined. There will be two rounds of repechage matches on Saturday morning to set his opponent for the medal match.

By reaching the semifinals, Burroughs has qualified the USA to compete at the 2020 Olympic Games at 74 kg.

He powered to the semifinals with three wins Friday morning. He opened with a wild 11-10 decision over Azmat Nurykau of Belarus. In his second bout, Burroughs battled back to defeat Murad Kuramagomedov of Hungary, 6-4. His quarterfinal was a strong 8-1 win over 2018 Junior World Khadzimurad Gadzhiev of Azerbaijan.

Burroughs has seven career World or Olympic medals, an Olympic gold, four World golds and two World bronze medals.

The other two wrestlers in Group 2 of men’s freestyle lost matches on Friday and will not be eligible for repechage

2015 World bronze medalist and 2017 World silver medalist James Green (Lincoln, Neb./Sunkist Kids WC/Nebraska WTC) finished the morning session with a 1-1 record.

Green scored a 10-0 technical fall over Vincent De Marinis of Canada in his opening match, then was defeated in the second round by Magomedmurad Gadzhiev of Poland, 4-3. When Gadzhiev was beaten in the semifinal round by David Baev of Russia, Green was not pulled into repechage.

Two-time World bronze medalist Nick Gwiazdowski (Raleigh, N.C./Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack RTC) dropped his opening bout to Yadollah Mohebi of Iran, 5-2. When Mohebi lost his next bout, Gwiazdowski was not eligible for repechage.


WORLD WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS

At Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, September 20


Gold-medal finals pairings

70 kg/154 lbs. - David Baev (Russia) vs. Nurkozha Kaipanov (Kazakhstan)

74 kg/163 lbs. - Zaurbek Sidakov (Russia) vs. Frank Chamizo (Italy)

92 kg/202.5 lbs. – J’den Cox (USA) vs. Alireza Mohammad Karimimachiani (Iran)

125 kg/275 lbs. - Geno Petriashvili (Georgia) vs. Taha Akgul (Turkey)


Semifinals results


70 kg/154 lbs.

David Baev (Russia) dec. Magomedmurad Gadzhiev (Poland), 5-2

Nurkozha Kaipanov (Kazakhstan) dec. Yones Aliakbar Emamichoghae (Iran), 7-6


74 kg/163 lbs.

Zaurbek Sidakov (Russia) dec. Jordan Burroughs (USA), 4-3

Frank Chamizo (Italy) dec. Zelimkhan Khadjiev (France), 4-1


92 kg/202.5 lbs. –

J’den Cox (USA) dec. Irakli Mtsituri (Georgia), 3-0

Alireza Mohammad Karimimachiani (Iran) tech. fall Alikhan Zhabrailov (Russia), 10-0


125 kg/275 lbs.

Geno Petriashvili (Georgia) dec. Oleksandr Khotsianivskyi (Ukraine), 6-2

Taha Akgul (Turkey) dec. Zhiwei Deng (China), 5-0


U.S. Men's Group 2 freestyle performance on Friday


70 kg/154 lbs. - James Green, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids/Nebraska WTC)

WIN Vincent De Marinis (Canada), tech. fall 10-0

LOSS Magomedmurad Gadzhiev (Poland), 4-3


74 kg/163 lbs. - Jordan Burroughs, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids/Nebraska WTC)

WIN Azmat Nurykau (Belarus), 11-10

WIN Murad Kuramagomedov (Hungary), 6-4

WIN Khadzimurad Gadzhiyev (Azerbaijan), 8-1

LOSS Zaurbek Sidakov (Russia), 4-3

Bronze-medal bout – to be determined


92 kg/202.5 lbs. - J’den Cox, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OTC)

WIN Mohamad Fardj (Algeria), tech. fall 11-0

WIN Nurgali Nurgaipuly (Kazakhstan), 8-0

WIN Irakli Mtsituri (Georgia), 3-0

Gold-Medal match – Vs. Alireza Mohammad Karimimachiani


125 kg/275 lbs. - Nick Gwiazdowski, Raleigh, N.C. (Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack RTC)

LOSS Yadollah Mohebi (Iran), 5-2

***ORIGINALLY POSTED AT: https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2019/September/20/Cox-reaches-World-finals-Burroughs-goes-for-bronze

Burroughs, Cox reach semifinals at World Championships; Burroughs qualifies weight for 2020 Olympics

Published February 4th, 2020 by Jonny

Burroughs, Cox reach semifinals at World Championships; Burroughs qualifies weight for 2020 Olympics


NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – The USA pushed two men’s freestyle stars into Friday’s semifinals at the World Wrestling Championships at the Barys Arena

2012 Olympic champion and four-time World champion Jordan Burroughs (Lincoln, Neb. /Sunkist Kids/Nebraska WTC) won three matches to reach the semifinals, where he will face 2018 World champion Zaurbek Sidakov of Russia. Sidakov defeated Burroughs on a last-second takedown in the semifinals of last year’s World Championships.

By reaching the semifinals, Burroughs has qualified the USA to compete at the 2020 Olympic Games at 74 kg. The top six athletes in each Olympic weight class at the Worlds qualify their nation for the Tokyo Games. Those in the semifinals have clinched a top-six finish.

Burroughs survived a war with Azmat Nurykau of Belarus in the first round, scoring an 11-10 decision. Coming into the tournament, Nurykau was fifth in the World Championships three times.

After an initial two-and-two exchange, Nurykau tossed Burroughs for four points on a counter to take a 6-2 lead. Burroughs battled back with three step outs and a takedown to secure a 7-6 lead at the break. In the second period, Nurykau scored a takedown and turn to jump to a 10-7 lead. A double leg takedown for Burroughs closed it to 10-9. Nurykau was hit with a caution and one point penalty, making it 10-10. A final exchange on the edge was scored two points for Burroughs. The move was rescored during a challenge as a step out point for Burroughs, who won 11-10.

In his second bout, Burroughs battled back to defeat Murad Kuramagomedov of Hungary, 6-4. Burroughs got behind in the first period, as Kuramagomedov scored two takedowns to lead 4-0 at the break. Burroughs got all the points back on one four-point double leg takedown on the edge. A challenge by Hungary was denied, giving Burroughs at 5-4 lead. He added to the lead with a single leg that Burroughs took out of bounds for a step out point.

His quarterfinals win came over 2018 Junior World champion and 2019 Junior World bronze medalist Khadzimurad Gadzhiev of Azerbaijan, 8-1. Burroughs was in complete control of this match. He scored two takedowns and a turn in the first period, and added another second-period takedown, only giving up a step out.

Burroughs is seeking a fifth Senior World title, which would tie him with Adeline Gray for the most Senior World titles in U.S. wrestling history.

2018 World champion J’den Cox (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC/OTC) won both of his matches Friday morning to reach the semifinals at 92 kg/202.5 lbs., where he will face 2017 U23 World bronze medalist Irakli Mtsituri of Georgia.

Cox had no problem in his opener in an 11-0 technical fall over Mohamad Fardj of Algeria. After scoring initially on a stepout, Cox got a takedown and turned Fardj four times to end the bout. In the quarterfinals, he was in control in an 8-0 decision over Nurgali Nurgaipuly of Kazakhstan.

2015 World bronze medalist and 2017 World silver medalist James Green (Lincoln, Neb./Sunkist Kids WC/Nebraska WTC) finished the session with a 1-1 record. He remains a possibility for repechage.

Green got things rolling with a 10-0 technical fall over Vincent De Marinis of Canada. Green had three takedowns and two gut wrenches to end the match in the first period.

In his second match, Green was edged by Magomedmurad Gadzhiev of Poland, 4-3. Green led 1-0 at the break, aftere Gadzhiev was put on the shot clock and could not score. In the second period, Green added a takedown to lead 3-0. Green gave up a point when placed on the shot clock, making it 3-1 going into the final seconds. Gadzhiev was awarded a takedown on the edge with seven seconds to go, tying it at 3-3, with criteria to Gadzhiev. The USA corner challenged and it was denied, giving the final point to Gadzhiev.

When Gadzhiev won his quarterfinals bout over No. 1 seed Adam Batirov of Bahrain, Green’s hope for repechage stayed alive. Gadzhiev will need to win his semifinal bout later today to pull Green back into the tournament.

Two-time World bronze medalist Nick Gwiazdowski (Raleigh, N.C./Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack RTC) dropped his opening bout to Yadollah Mohebi of Iran, 5-2. The score was tied at 1-1 at the break. Gwiazdowski took a 2-1 lead on a forced step out. Mohebi countered a Gwiazdowski shot with a spin-behind takedown to take a 3-2 lead. On another shot late in the period, Mohebi scored a counter exposure to finish the scoring at 5-2.

When Mohebi was defeated in the quarterfinals by Oleksandr Khotsianivskyi of Ukraine, Gwiadzowski was not eligible for repechage. Only athletes who lose to a gold-medal finalist are drawn into repechage.

The semifinals are set for 4:45 p.m. local time, which is 10 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time zone.

WORLD WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, September 20

Semifinals pairings

70 kg/154 lbs.
Magomedmurad Gadzhiev (Poland) vs. David Baev (Russia)
Nurkozha Kaipanov (Kazakhstan) vs. Yones Aliakbar Emamichoghae (Iran)

74 kg/163 lbs.
Jordan Burroughs (USA) vs. Zaurbek Sidakov (Russia)
Frank Chamizo (Italy) vs. Zelimkhan Khadjiev (France)

92 kg/202.5 lbs. –
J’den Cox (USA) vs. Irakli Mtsituri (Georgia)
Alireza Mohammad Karimimachiani (Iran) vs. Alikhan Zhabrailov (Russia)

125 kg/275 lbs.
Geno Petriashvili (Georgia) vs. Oleksandr Khotsianivskyi (Ukraine)
Taha Akgul (Turkey) vs. Zhiwei Deng (China)

U.S. Men's freestyle performance on Friday

70 kg/154 lbs. - James Green, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids/Nebraska WTC)
WIN Vincent De Marinis (Canada), tech. fall 10-0
LOSS Magomedmurad Gadzhiev (Poland), 4-3

74 kg/163 lbs. - Jordan Burroughs, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids/Nebraska WTC)
WIN Azmat Nurykau (Belarus), 11-10
WIN Murad Kuramagomedov (Hungary), 6-4
WIN Khadzimurad Gadzhiyev (Azerbaijan), 8-1
Semifinals – Zaurbek Sidakov (Russia)

92 kg/202.5 lbs. - J’den Cox, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OTC)
WIN Mohamad Fardj (Algeria), tech. fall 11-0
WIN Nurgali Nurgaipuly (Kazakhstan), 8-0
Semifinals - Irakli Mtsituri (Georgia)

125 kg/275 lbs. - Nick Gwiazdowski, Raleigh, N.C. (Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack RTC)
LOSS Yadollah Mohebi (Iran), 5-2

***ORIGINALLY POSTED AT: https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2019/September/20/Burroughs-Cox-reach-World-semifinals

TMWC's Cox and Gwiazdowski, along with Burroughs and Green receive draw for day two of men’s freestyle at World Championships

Published February 4th, 2020 by Jonny

Burroughs, Cox, Green, Gwiazdowski receive draw for day two of men’s freestyle at World Championships

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – The second group of U.S. men’s freestyle wrestlers, which includes four athletes, have received their draws for the World Wrestling Championships, and will start their competition on Friday.

 

At 70 kg, 2015 World bronze medalist and 2017 World silver medalist James Green, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids WC/Nebraska WTC) will start out with Vincent De Marinis of Canada. De Marinis placed seventh at the Grand Prix of Spain and 11th at the City of Sassari Tournament. If Green wins his first two matches, he could face top seeded Adam Batirov of Bahrain (formerly Russia). Batirov was a 2018 World Championships runner-up.

 

2012 Olympic champion and four-time World champion Jordan Burroughs opens with the winner of Azmat Nurykau of Belarus and Johann Steinforth of Germany. 

 

In the semifinals of the 74 kg bracket he could potentially meet returning World champion Zaurbek Sidakov of Russia. Sidakov defeated Burroughs on a last-second takedown in the semifinals of last year’s World Championships.

 

Returning World champion J’den Cox will open the 92 kg bracket with Mohamad Fardj of Algeria. If seeds hold, top-seeded Cox would see No. 4 seed Irakli Mtsituri of Georgia in the semifinals. Mtsituri is the 2019 European Championships bronze medalist.

 

At 125 kg, 2017 and 2018 World bronze medalist Nick Gwiazdowski will have the winner of Yadollah Mohebbi of Iran and Khuderbulga Dorjkhand of Mongolia. If the seeds hold, Gwiazdowski would have No. 1 seed, three-time World Champion, Geno Petriashvili of Georgia in the semifinals.

 

U.S. Men's freestyle draw for Friday

70 kg/154 lbs. - James Green, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids/Nebraska WTC)
Vs. Vincent De Marinis (Canada), 7th 2019 Grand Prix of Spain, 11th 2019 City of Sassari Tournament, 3rd 2015 Pan American Championships

74 kg/163 lbs. - Jordan Burroughs, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids/Nebraska WTC)
Vs. Azmat Nurykau, 5th 2019 Pan American Games, 3rd 2019 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix, 10th 2018 World Championships

Or John Steinforth (Germany), 7th 2019 Waclaw Ziolkowski Memorial, 15th 2019 European Championships

 

92 kg/202.5 lbs. - J’den Cox, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OTC)
Vs. Mohamad Fardj (Algeria), 1st 2019 Mediterranean Championships, 3rd 2019 All-African Games

 

125 kg/275 lbs. - Nick Gwiazdowski, Raleigh, N.C. (Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack RTC)

Vs. Yadollah Mohebbi (Iran), 1st 2019 Asian Championships, 2nd 2018 Yasar Dogu 

Or Khuderbulga Dorjkhand (Mongolia) 12th, Waclaw Ziolkowski Memorial, 3rd Mongolia Open

***ORIGINALLY POSTED AT: https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2019/September/19/Day-2-mfs-draws

Fix, Retherford drop bouts and are not eligible for repechage in men’s freestyle at World Championships

Published February 4th, 2020 by Jonny

Fix, Retherford drop bouts and are not eligible for repechage in men’s freestyle at World Championships


NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – The first two U.S. men’s freestyle wrestlers competed on Thursday morning at the World Wrestling Championships, and both suffered heartbreaking losses.

Daton Fix (Sand Springs, Okla./Titan Mercury WC/Cowboy RTC) went 1-1 at 57 kg/125.5 lbs. in his first appearance in a Senior World Championships.

Fix won his opening match handily, defeating 2019 European bronze medalist Vladimir Egorov of Northern Macedonia. Fix scored three first period takedowns to lead Egorov at the break, 6-1. In the second period, Fix added three more takedowns to close out the technical fall.

In the next round, Fix lost a tight 4-2 match to 2017 World champion and 2018 World bronze medalist Yuki Takahashi of Japan.

Fix scored the only takedown of the match early in the second period. Takahashi scored two points, with Fix being placed on the shot clock twice, once in the first period and once in the second period. As time was winding down, the score was 2-2 with Fix holding criteria. Takahashi forced the action and received a step out call with 16 seconds left to lead 3-2. The USA challenged and after a lengthy video review, the challenge was denied, giving Takahashi his final point.

Takahashi was defeated in the quarterfinals by Kumar Ravi of India, 6-1, which means Fix was not eligible for repechage. To compete in repechage, a wrestler must lose to a gold-medal finalist.

Zain Retherford (State College, Pa./(Nittany Lion WC) was defeated at 65 kg/143 lbs. in his opening bout, and also is not eligible for repechage.

In the first round, Retherford lost a heartbreaking 10-9 decision to two-time World bronze medalist Alejandro Valdes Tobier of Cuba.

Valdes jumped to an early 6-0 lead, with a takedown and two turns. A Retherford takedown made it 6-2 at the break. In the second period, Retherford added a double leg to close it to 6-4. After a 2-and-2 action, the score was 8-6. There was a break to tape up blood on both wrestlers, Retherford initiated a shot. Officials called it a 2-and-2, with both wrestlers getting exposure. Retherford ended up on top with a reversal, making the final score 10-9.

Valdes won his next match, but then was defeated in the third round by Haji Mohammed Ali of Bahrain, 11-6,

Retherford placed 11th at the 2017 Senior World Championships and was a 2011 Cadet World champion at 63 kg. Retherford was a three-time NCAA champion and Dan Hodge Trophy winner at Penn State.

WORLD WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, September 19

Finals pairings
57 kg/125.5 lbs. - Suleyman Atli (Turkey) vs. Zavur Ugaev (Russia)
65 kg/143 lbs. - Gadzhimurad Rachidov (Russia) vs. Daulet Niyazbekov (Kazakhstan)

Semifinals results

57 kg/125.5 lbs.
Suleyman Atli (Turkey) dec. Nurislam Sanayev (Kazakhstan), 5-3
Zavur Ugaev (Russia) dec. Kumar Ravi (India), 6-4

65 kg/143 lbs.
Gadzhimurad Rachidov (Russia) dec. Izmail Muszakajev (Hungary), 3-2
Daulet Niyazbekov (Kazakhstan) dec. Bajrang (India), 9-9

U.S. Men's freestyle performances on Thursday

57 kg/125.5 lbs. - Daton Fix, Sand Springs, Okla. (Titan Mercury WC/Cowboy RTC)
WIN Vladimir Egorov (Northern Macedonia), tech. fall 12-1
LOSS Yuki Takahashi (Japan), 4-2

65 kg/143 lbs. - Zain Retherford, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC)
LOSS Alejandro Valdes Tobier (Cuba), 10-9

***ORIGINALLY POSTED AT: https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2019/September/19/Fix-Retherford-at-the-World-Championships

Mensah-Stock to go for gold at World Championships and qualifies her weight for Olympic Games

Published February 4th, 2020 by Jonny

Mensah-Stock to go for gold at World Championships and qualifies her weight for Olympic Games 


NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan –2018 World bronze medalist Tamyra Mensah-Stock (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC/OPTC), was unstoppable on Thursday at the World Wrestling Championships.

She powered through four opponents at 68 kg/149.75 lbs. to reach the gold-medal finals, where she will battle 2012 World champion and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Jenny Fransson of Sweden in the gold-medal finals on Friday night.

Mensah-Stock punched her ticket to the finals with a dominant 10-0 technical fall over Anna Schell of Germany in the semifinals. Mensah-Stock quickly went up 4-0 on a four-point takedown. She added a takedown and turn to stretch it to 8-0. A takedown to danger at the end of the first period closed out her 10-0 triumph.

In the quarterfinals, Mensah-Stock was in command the entire match on the way to a 10-1 victory over 2016 Olympic champion and 2017 World champion Sara Dosho of Japan. Mensah-Stock led 4-0 at the break, scoring two first-period takedowns. In the second period, after Dosho forced a stepout, she had a takedown and turn to make it 8-1 and a takedown to close out the 10-1 win.

By winning her quarterfinal bout, Mensah-Stock guaranteed a top six position, and qualified the USA for the 2020 Olympic Games at her weight class.

In her second match, Mensah-Stock controlled nine-time African champion Blessing Oborududu of Nigeria, 6-1. Mensah-Stock scored three different single-leg takedowsn to secure the win.

She hammered Oceania champion Michelle Yvonne Montague of New Zealand by a 10-0 technical fall in the opening match. Mensah-Stock scored a takedown and three turns to lead 8-0, then finished it off with another takedown.

Competing at her first Senior World Championships, Kayla Miracle (Iowa City, Iowa/Sunkist Kids/Hawkeye WC) went 2-1 on the morning at 62 kg/138.75 lbs.

Miracle looked sharp in her opening bout, an 11-0 technical fall over 2018 Junior World silver medalist Nabria Esenbaeva of Uzbekistan. She led 3-0 at the break, with a takedown and a point on a step out. In the second, Miracle scored four two-point moves, getting two takedowns and two different exposures to close out the win.

Her second round was a bit more challenging, with a similar result. Miracle started slowly against No. 2 seed Lais Nunes de Oliveira of Brazil. Giving up a pair of takedowns, Miracle trailed 4-1 early in the second period. Then the offense untracked. Miracle got a takedown to make it 4-3, then a big four-point dump to take a 7-4 lead. She then locked up the leg lace and turned her four straight times to close out the technical fall win.

Miracle had pinned Nunes de Oliveira on her way to a Pan American Games title in August.

Miracle was beaten in her third match by 2016 Asian silver medalist Jong-Sim Rim of North Korea, dropping a 6-6 criteria decision. Miracle jumped to a 3-0 lead, with Rim not scoring on the shot clock, and a Miracle takedown. However, Rim scored a takedown right at the end of the first period to make it 3-2.

In the second period, Miracle scored a counter takedown for a 5-2 lead, but the North Korean corner challenge. It was rescored, giving Rim two points on an exposure and Miracle one for a reversal, making it 4-4, with Kim controlling criteria. Rim added a takedown to make it 6-4, and Miracle answered with a double leg to tie it at 6-6. Miracle could not score again, and Rim won by criteria.

When Rim was defeated in the semifinals by Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan in the semifinals, Miracle was eliminated, not eligible for repechage. Only athletes who lose to a gold-medal finalist can compete in repechage.

Miracle is a three-time age-group medalist, taking bronze at the 2014 and 2016 Junior World Championships at 59 kg and silver at the 2012 Cadet World Championships at 56 kg.

WORLD WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Nur-Sultan, Kazahstan, September 19

Finals pairings
62 kg/136.5 lbs. - Aisuluu Tynybekova (Kyrgyzstan) vs. Taybe Yusein (Bulgaria)
68 kg/149.75 lbs. - Tamyra Mensah-Stock (USA) vs. Jenny Fransson (Sweden)

Semifinal results

62 kg/136.5 lbs.
Aisuluu Tynybekova (Kyrgyzstan) dec. Jong-Sim Rim (North Korea), 7-0
Taybe Yusein (Bulgaria) tech fall Mariana Sastin (Hungary), 10-0

68 kg/149.75 lbs.
Tamyra Mensah-Stock (USA) tech. fall Anna Schell (Germany), 10-0
Jenny Fransson (Sweden) dec. Alla Cherkasova (Ukraine), 9-7

U.S. Women's freestyle performances on Thursday

62 kg/136.5 lbs. - Kayla Miracle, Iowa City, Iowa (Sunkist Kids/Hawkeye WC)
WIN Nabria Esenbaeva (Uzbekistan), tech. fall 11-0
WIN Lais Nunes de Oliveira (Brazil), tech. fall 15-4
LOSS Jong-Sim Rim (North Korea), 6-6

68 kg/149.75 lbs. - Tamyra Mensah-Stock, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OPTC)
WIN Michelle Yvonne Montague (New Zealand), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Blessing Oborududu (Nigeria), 6-1
WIN Sara Dosho (Japan), 10-1
WIN Anna Schell (Germany), tech. fall 10-0
Gold medal finals – Vs. Jenny Fransson (Sweden)

***ORIGINALLY POSTED AT: https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2019/September/19/Mensah-Stock-reaches-finals-of-World-Championships

TMWC's Jacarra Winchester wins. 2019 World Championship

Published February 4th, 2020 by Jonny

Winchester beats Japan’s Irie to win World gold medal at 55 kg, Francis places fifth at 72 kg


NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – Jacarra Winchester (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC/OTC) is the champion of the World at 55 kg/121 lbs. in women’s freestyle wrestling!!

With a stunning two-day performance at the World Wrestling Championships, Winchester claimed the gold medal with a clutch 5-3 win over 2012 Cadet World champion and 2015 Junior World champion Nanami Irie of Japan in the gold-medal finals.

This match was tight throughout, with two skilled athletes going toe-to-toe. Winchester struck first on a single leg takedown to lead 2-0 as the athletes went to the break. In the second period, Irie scored a double leg, which was initially given four points but changed by the officials to two points, tying the score at 2-2. Irie forced a step out to take a 3-2 lead. Winchester responded with a single leg takedown with one minute left to take a 4-3 lead.

In the closing moments, Irie attempted a takedown, which Winchester countered with a whizzer, and time ran out without any change in the score. The Japanese corner challenged the call, asking for a takedown. The challenge was denied, giving Winchester one additional point for the 5-3 victory.

When it was over, Winchester ran around the mat with the American flag, the first World champion from the United States so far at the 2019 Worlds here in Nur-Sultan.

On Tuesday, Winchester opened with a pair of dominant technical falls, beating 2013 World University bronze medalist Madina Nadirova of Kyrgyzstan, 10-0 and Bolortuya Bat Ochir of Mongolia, 13-2. In the semifinals, she stopped 2016 University World champion Bediha Gun of Turkey, 6-4.

Winchester, who was a No. 3 seed here, was fifth at the 2018 World Championships, her only previous Senior World appearance. She won a bronze medal at the 2014 University World Championships.

A 2015 WCWA national champion for Missouri Valley College, Winchester was a California state high school champion for Arroyo High School in 2010. She is currently a U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center resident athlete in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Victoria Francis (Litchfield, Ill./Titan Mercury WC) finished at 72 kg/158.5 lbs., after dropping a heartbreaking 2-1 decision to 2018 U23 World champion Paliha of China in a bronze-medal match.

Francis scored first, after Paliha was put on the shot clock and could not score, giving Francis a 1-0 lead going into the break. In the second period, Francis was put on the shot clock. When Francis did not score in the 30 seconds required, it tied the bout at 1-1, and quickly after that, Paliha forced a step out for the 2-1 lead. Neither athlete could score again, and Paliha won the match, 2-1.

On Tuesday, Francis pinned Dejah Slater of Canada in 2:30 in her first bout. In the quarterfinals, Francis fell in a close battle to 2013 World champion Alina Berezhna Stadnik Makhynia of Ukraine, 4-0.

Francis was competing in her second Senior World Championships, after competing at the 2017 World Championships in Paris, France. Francis was a 2014 Junior World bronze medalist.

Originally from Litchfield, Ill., Francis won a pair of WCWA national titles for Lindenwood University.

After the first four women’s weight classes, the USA stands in fourth place with 39 points. Japan leads with 61 points, followed by Russia with 55 points and China with 42 points.

The other three World champions crowned on Wednesday were Mariya Stadnik of Azerbaijan at 50 kg/110 lbs., Yong Mi Pak of North Korea at 53 kg/116.5 lbs. and Natalia Vorobeva of Russia at 72 kg/158.5 lbs.

Stadnik won her second career World title, a full 10 years after her 2009 World title. She dominated Emilia Vuc of Romania in a 13-1 technical fall in the finals.

Pak also won with dominance, beating two-time World champion Mayu Mukaida of Japan in a 12-1 technical fall. Pak was able to turn Mukaida multiple times to blow open the match and secure the technical fall.

Vorobeva, a 2012 Olympic champion, won her second Senior World gold medal, to go along with a 2015 World title. She defeated 2013 World champion Alina Berezhna Stadnik Makhynia of Ukraine in the finals, 4-2.

WORLD WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, September 18

Women’s freestyle results

50 kg/110 lbs.
Gold – Mariya Stadnik (Azerbaijan)
Silver – Emilia Vuc (Romania)
Bronze – Valentina Islamova Brik (Kazakhstan)
Bronze – Ekaterina Poleschuk (Russia)
5th – Oksana Livach (Ukraine)
5th – Sun Yanan (China)
7th Place - Evin Demirhan (Turkey)
8th Place - Yuki Irie (Japan)
9th Place - Ellen Riesterer (Germany)
10th Place - Fredrika Ida Petersson (Sweden)
Gold – Stadnik tech. fall Vuc, 13-0
Bronze – Islamova pin Livach, 3:28
Bronze – Poleschuk dec. Sun, 9-9

53 kg/116.5 lbs.
Gold - Yong Mi Pak (North Korea)
Silver - Mayu Mukaida (Japan)
Bronze – Vinesh (India)
Bronze – Qianyu Pang (China)
5th – Maria Prevolaraki (Greece)
5th – Roksana Zasina (Poland)
7th - Luisa Elizabeth Valverde Melendres (Ecuador)
8th - Lianna De La Caridad Montero Herrera (Cuba)
9th - Sarah Hildebrandt (USA)
10th - Vanesa Kaladzinskaya (Belarus)
Gold – Pak tech. fall Mukaida, 12-1
Bronze – Vinesh pin Prevolaraki, 5:15
Bronze – Pang inj. fft over Zasina

55 kg/121 lbs
Gold - Jacarra Winchester (USA)
Silver - Nanami Irie (Japan)
Bronze – Olga Khoroshavtseva (Russia)
Bronze - Bolortuya Bat Ochir (Mongolia)
5th – Marina Sedniva (Kazakhstan)
5th - Behiha Gun (Turkey)
7th - Iryna Husyak (Ukraine)
8th - Anna Lukasiak (Poland)
9th - Annika Wendle (Germany)
10th - Mengyu Xie (China)
Gold – Winchester dec. Irie, 5-3
Bronze –Bat Ochir dec. Gun, 12-9
Bronze – Khoroshavtseva tech. fall Sedneva, 13-1

72 kg/158.5 lbs.
Gold - Natalia Vorobeva (Russia)
Silver - Alina Berezhna Stadnik Makhynia (Ukraine)
Bronze – Masako Furuichi (Japan)
Bronze – Paliha (China)
5th – Zhamila Bakbergenova (Kazakhstan)
5th – Victoria Francis (USA)
7th - Beste Altug (Turkey)
8th - Alexandra Nicoleta Anghel (Romania)
9th - Komal Bhagwan Gole (India)
10th - Oyunsuren Banzragch (Mongolia)
Gold – Vorobeva dec. Makhynia, 4-2
Bronze - Furuichi dec. Bakbergenova, 2-0
Bronze – Paliha dec. Francis, 2-1

U.S. women’s freestyle Group 1 performances

50 kg/110 lbs. - Whitney Conder, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP), dnp/26th
LOSS Son-Hyang Kim (North Korea), 6-0

53 kg/116.5 lbs. - Sarah Hildebrandt, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC/OTC), 9th place
WIN Thi Dao Bui (Vietnam), tech. fall, 10-0, 1:14
LOSS Mayu Mukaida (Japan), 12-1, 4:50
LOSS Vinesh (India), 8-2

55 kg/121 lbs. - Jacarra Winchester, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OTC), gold medal
WIN Madina Nadirova (Kyrgyzstan), tech. fall 10-0, 1:05
WIN Bolortuya Bat Ochir (Mongolia), tech. fall, 13-2, 3:40
WIN Bediha Gun (Turkey), 6-4
WIN Nanami Irie of Japan, 5-3

72 kg/158.5 lbs.- Victoria Francis, Litchfield, Ill. (Titan Mercury WC), 5th place
WIN Dejah Slater (Canada), pin 2:30
LOSS Alina Berezhna Stadnik Makhynia (Ukraine), 4-0
LOSS Paliha (China), 2-1

Team Standings after four weight classes
1. Japan, 61
2. Russia, 55
3. China, 42
4. United States, 39
5. Ukraine, 38

ORIGINALLY POSTED AT: https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2019/September/18/Winchester-wins-World-gold-medal

Gray makes finals and will go for a fifth World title; Molinari in bronze bout at World Championships

Published February 4th, 2020 by Jonny

Gray makes finals and will go for a fifth World title; Molinari in bronze bout at World Championships

Adeline Gray of the USA celebrates her semifinal win over Aline Rotter Focken of Germany. Photo by Mark Lundy, LutteLens

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – Four-time World champion 2016 Olympian Adeline Gray (Denver, Colo./New York AC) seeks to make history on Thursday night at the World Wrestling Championships.

By qualifying for the gold-medal finals at 76 kg/167.5 lbs., Gray has an opportunity to become the first American to be a five-time Senior World champion. She is currently tied with John Smith, Tricia Saunders and Jordan Burroughs with four.

To make the finals, No. 2 seed Gray won a strategic battle against the No. 3 seed and 2014 World champion Aline Rotter Focken of Germany in the semifinals by a 5-2 margin.

Both wrestlers were put on the shot clock and could not score, Focken in the first period and Gray in the second period, to make it a 1-1 tie with Gray holding criteria. Focken attempted a leg attack, which Gray was able to score a counter exposure, then came out on top leading 3-1. Gray hit a nice tilt for two points to make it 5-1, before Focken got a reversal to close it to 5-2. Focken could not turn Gray as time ran out.

Gray will battle two-time World bronze medalist Hiroe Minagawa Suzuki of Japan in the gold-medal finals on Thursday night.

By making the finals, Gray clinched a seventh career Senior World medal. She won World titles in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2018, and World bronze medals in 2011 and 2013.

By reaching the semifinals earlier Wednesday, Gray had already qualified the United States for the 2020 Olympics at this weight class. The top six athletes in each Olympic weight class qualify their nation for the Tokyo Games.

Her morning session featured three dominant 10-0 technical falls, powering through Eleni Pjollaj of Italy, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Elmira Syzdykova of Kazakhstan and two-time Junior World medalist Hui Tsz Chang of Chinese Taipei in succession.

After a loss in the semifinals, Forrest Molinari (Iowa City, Iowa/Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC) will compete for a bronze medal at 65 kg/143 lbs.

In a match that went down to the final seconds, Molinari was edged by 2018 U23 World bronze medalist Iryna Koliadenko of Ukraine in the semifinals, 6-5.

In the first period, Koliadenko was placed on the shot clock and could not score, giving Molinari a 1-0 lead at the break. Koliadenko forced a step out early in the second period to knot it at 1-1.

Molinari scored the first takedown of the match to take a 3-1 lead, and extended it to 4-1 when Koliadenko was hit with a caution and one point fleeing penalty. Koliadenko scored a takedown to make it 4-3. After a Koliadenko double leg attempt went out of bounds with no score, the Ukraine corner challenged and it was refused, giving Molinari a 5-3 lead. With about 10 seconds left, Koliadenko scored a counter exposure to tie the bout at 5-5, and criteria went to Koliadenko. The USA challenge was denied, making the final score, 6-5.

Molinari lost 4-3 to Koliadenko at the 2019 U23 World Championships last fall.

In her bronze-medal bout, Molinari will face the winner of the repechage match between Bolortuya Khurelkhuu Monoglia and Xiaoqian Wang of China

Coming in as the No. 1 seed, on Wednesday morning, Molinari pinned Thi Vinh Nguyen of Vietnam in 2:41 then shut out two-time World bronze medalist Malin Johanna Mattsson of Sweden, 3-0.

Molinari is competing in her second straight Senior World Championships, after placing fifth in the 2018 Worlds in Budapest, Hungary.

The medal match finals for Group 2 in women’s freestyle will be at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday night, where Gray and Molinari will compete in their medal bouts. Nur-Sultan is 10 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time. All of the action is live on Trackwrestling.

WORLD WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, September 18

Group 2 finals pairings
57 kg/125.5 lbs. - Risako Kawai (Japan) vs. Ningning Rong (China)
59 kg/130 lbs. - Liubov Ocharova (Russia) vs. Linda Morais (Canada)
65 kg/143 lbs. - Iryna Koliadenko (Ukraine) vs. Inna Trazhukova (Russia)
76 kg/167.5 lbs. - Adeline Gray (USA) vs. Hiroe Minagawa Suzuki (Japan)

Group 2 semifinal results

57 kg/125.5 lbs.
Risako Kawai (Japan) dec. Odunayo Adekuoroye (Nigeria), 6-1
Ningning Rong (China) vs. Jowita Maria Wrzesien (Poland), 6-1

59 kg/130 lbs.
Liubov Ocharova (Russia) tech. fall Pooja Dhanda (India), 10-0
Linda Morais (Canada) dec. Shoovdor Baatarjav (Mongolia), 3-1

65 kg/143 lbs.
Iryna Koliadenko (Ukraine) dec. Forrest Molinari (USA), 6-5
Inna Trazhukova (Russia) dec. Elis Manolova (Azerbaijan), 6-4

76 kg/167.5 lbs.
Adeline Gray (USA) vs. Aline Rotter Focken (Germany), 5-2
Hiroe Minagawa Suzuki (Japan) dec. Epp Maee (Estonia), 7-0

U.S. Women's freestyle Group 2 performances on Wednesday night

65 kg/143 lbs. - Forrest Molinari, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC)
WIN Thi Vinh Nguyen (Vietnam), pin, 2:41
WIN Malin Johanna Mattsson (Sweden), 3-0
LOSS Iryna Koliadenko (Ukraine), 6-5
Bronze medal bout – Vs. winner of Bolortuya Khurelkhuu (Monoglia) vs. Xiaoqian Wang (China)

76 kg/167.5 lbs. - Adeline Gray, Denver, Colo. (New York AC)
WIN Elani Pjollai (Italy), tech. fall 10-0, 2:00
WIN Elmira Syzdykova (Kazakhstan), tech. fall 10-0, 2:50
WIN Hui Tsz Chang (Chinese Taipei), tech. fall 10-0, 4:58
WIN Aline Rotter Focken (Germany), 5-1
Gold-medal bout – Vs. Hiroe Minagawa Suzuki (Japan)

Other U.S. women’s freestyle Group 2 performances

57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Jenna Burkert, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
WIN Lenka Hockova Martinakova (Czechia), 8-0
LOSS Marina Simonyan (Russia), pin 3:38

59 kg/130 lbs. - Alli Ragan, Iowa City, Iowa (Sunkist Kids/Hawkeye WC)
LOSS Anzehlina Lysak (Ukraine), pin 1:34

ORIGINALLY POSTED AT: https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2019/September/18/Gray-to-go-for-gold-and-Molinari-for-bronze

Women Mensah-Stock, Miracle and men Retherford, Fix receive draw for freestyle at World Championships

Published February 4th, 2020 by Jonny

Women Mensah-Stock, Miracle and men Retherford, Fix receive draw for freestyle at World Championships

BY MIKE WILLIS, USA WRESTLING | SEPT. 18, 2019, 6:19 A.M. (ET)

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – The final two U.S. women’s freestyle wrestlers, and the first two U.S. men’s freestyle wrestler have received their draws for the World Wrestling Championships, and will start their competition on Thursday.

Returning World bronze medalist, Tamyrah Mensah-Stock, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OPTC), drew Oceania champion Michelle Yvonne Montague of New Zealand in the first round.

Mensah-Stock is the No. 2 seed in the bracket. Should she advance to the semifinals, it’s possible she would see No. 3 seed, 2019 European champion, Maria Mamashuk of Belarus.

Competing at her first senior World Championships, Kayla Miracle Iowa City, Iowa (Sunkist Kids/Hawkeye WC), opens with 2018 Junior World silver medalist Nabria Esenbaeva of Uzbekistan.

If she wins, she will face No. 2 seed Lais Nunes de Oliveira of Brazil. Miracle pinned Nunes de Oliveira on her way to a Pan American Games title in August. Nunes de Oliveira finished fifth at the 2018 World Championships, losing in the bronze medal match to American Mallory Velte.

Miracle is a three-time age-group medalist taking bronze at the 2014 and 2016 Junior World Championships at 59 kg and silver at the 2012 Cadet World Championships at 56 kg.

Two-time World Team member Zain Retherford, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC), will face two-time World bronze medalist Alejandro Valdes Tobier of Cuba. Valdes Tobier is a 2019 Pan American Games champion and has taken bronze at the last two World Championships at 65 kg.

Retherford placed 11th at the 2017 Senior World Championships and is a 2011 Cadet World champion at 63 kg.

Daton Fix, Sand Springs, Okla. (Titan Mercury WC/Cowboy RTC) is another American competing in his first Senior World Championships. He will wrestle Vladimir Egorov, a former Russian now competing for Northern Macedonia. Egorov is a 2019 European Championships bronze medalist.

If Fix wins, he will most likely face 2017 World champion and 2018 World bronze medalist Yuki Takahashi of Japan.

Fix has three Junior World medals including a Junior World gold in 2017 and two bronzes from 2016 and 2018. Additionally, he is a 2015 Cadet World bronze medalist and a 2014 Youth Olympic Games silver medalist.

U.S. Women's freestyle draw for Thursday

62 kg/136.5 lbs. - Kayla Miracle, Iowa City, Iowa (Sunkist Kids/Hawkeye WC)
Vs. Nabria Esenbaeva (Uzbekistan), 2018 Junior World 2nd

68 kg/149.75 lbs. - Tamyra Mensah-Stock, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OPTC)
Michelle Yvonne Montague (New Zealand), 2019 Oceania 1st, 2017 Oceania 1st

U.S. Men's freestyle draw for Thursday

57 kg/125.5 lbs. - Daton Fix, Sand Springs, Okla. (Titan Mercury WC/Cowboy RTC)
Vladimir Egorov (Northern Macedonia), 2019 European Championships 3rd

65 kg/143 lbs. - Zain Retherford, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC)
Alejandro Valdes Tobier (Cuba), 2019 Pan American Games 1st, 2018 World Championships 3rd, 2017 World Championships 3rd

ORIGINALLY POSTED AT: https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2019/September/18/Mens-and-Womens-draw-story

Gray, Molinari power to semifinals at World Championships; Gray qualifies her weight for Olympics

Published February 2nd, 2020 by Jonny

Gray, Molinari power to semifinals at World Championships; Gray qualifies her weight for Olympics

BY GARY ABBOTT, USA WRESTLING | SEPT. 18, 2019, 5:17 A.M. (ET)

Adeline Gray of the USA celebrates after her quarterfinal win, clinching a spot at 76 kg for the USA at the 2020 Olympics. Photo by Larry Slater.

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – Four-time World champion, six-time World medalist and 2016 Olympian Adeline Gray (Denver, Colo./New York AC) powered her way to three technical fall victories, advancing to the semifinals at 76 kg/167.5 lbs. at the World Wrestling Championships on Wednesday morning.

By reaching the semifinals, Gray has qualified the United States for the 2020 Olympics at this weight class. The top six athletes in each Olympic weight class qualify their nation for the Tokyo Games. Gray has clinched a top six placement by making the semifinals. Gray was the first U.S. wrestler this week to secure an Olympic berth for Team USA.

She started her tournament with a dominant 10-0 technical fall over Eleni Pjollaj of Italy. Gray scored three takedowns and two ankle lace turns to finish the bout in the first period. In her second match, Gray was equally powerful, beating 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Elmira Syzdykova of Kazakhstan with another 10-0 technical fall. This victory featured two takedowns and three ankle lace turns.

In the quarterfinals, Gray secured a 10-0 technical fall over two-time Junior World medalist Hui Tsz Chang of Chinese Taipei. Gray scored three takedowns and two turns to get her victory in the second period. Chang won a Junior World silver in 2019 and a Junior World bronze in 2017.

Gray, who received the No. 2 seed in the tournament, will battle the No. 3 seed and 2014 World champion Aline Rotter Focken of Germany in the semifinals. Focken won her World title at 69 kg, but has competed at heavyweight the last few years.

With her four World titles, Gray is seeking to become the first American to be a five-time Senior World champion. She is currently tied with John Smith, Tricia Saunders and Jordan Burroughs with four.

Also reaching the semifinals for the United States with two strong wins on Wednesday morning was Forrest Molinari (Iowa City, Iowa/Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC) at 65 kg/143 lbs.

Molinari opened with a pin over Thi Vinh Nguyen of Vietnam in 2:41. Molinari jumped to a 3-0 lead on two step outs and a shot clock violation against Nguyen. After a spin-behind takedown, Molinari powered Nguyen to her back while in par terre and secured the pin.

In the quarterfinals, Molinari was the aggressor in a 3-0 shutout win over two-time World bronze medalist Malin Johanna Mattsson of Sweden. Molinari’s first point came in the opening period, when Mattsson was put on the shot clock for passivity and could not score in the required 30 seconds. In the second period, Molinari hit a sweet counter on a scramble to secure the only takedown of the match.

Coming in as the No. 1 seed, Molinari will face Iryna Koliadenko of Ukraine in the semifinals. Koliadenko’s resume includes a 2018 U23 World bronze medal and a 2018 Junior World bronze medal.

Molinari is competing in her second straight Senior World Championships, after placing fifth in the 2018 Worlds in Budapest, Hungary.

Two U.S. athletes from Group 2 dropped matches on Wednesday morning and will not be eligible for repechage, Jenna Burkert (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP) at 57 kg/125.5 lbs. and two-time World silver medalist Alli Ragan (Iowa City, Iowa/Sunkist Kids/Hawkeye WC) at 59 kg/130 lbs.

Burkert was defeated in her second match by fall by Marina Simonyan of Russia, who was fifth in the 2018 U23 World Championships. There was much action in the first period, which ended with Simonyan up 7-2 over Burkert. In that first period, Burkert had Simonyan on her back and in danger, but Simonyan got off her back and got a reversal. In the second period, Simonyan was able to get Burkert in danger and secure the fall.

When Simonyan was beaten by technical fall in the quarterfinals by 2018 World champion Ningning Rong of China, Burkert was not eligible for repechage.

In her opening match, Burkert was in total control in an 8-0 win over Lenka Hockova Martinakova of Czechia. Burkert forced Martinakova out for six different step outs, two which resulted in cautions against Martinakova. Burkert added a takedown in the second period, showing a difference in strength and skill.

Ragan was pinned in her first match at 59 kg/130 lbs. by 2015 Junior World silver medalist Anzhelina Lysak of Ukraine. Ragan scored the first takedown of the match. However, Lysak was able to secure a double-overhook throw and take Ragan down to her back, finishing off the fall in 1:32.

When Lisak was defeated in her next bout by 2016 World bronze medalist Linda Morais of Canada, Ragan was eliminated from the tournament.

The Group 2 semifinals are scheduled for 4:45 p.m, with both Gray and Molinari in action. The medal-match round for Group 1 will follow at 6:00 p.m. Jacarra Winchester will go for the gold medal at 55 kg and Victoria Francis will battle for the bronze medal at 72 kg. Nur-Sultan is 10 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time. All of the action is live on Trackwrestling.

WORLD WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, September 18

Group 2 semifinal pairings

57 kg/125.5 lbs.
Risako Kawai (Japan) vs. Odunayo Adekuoroye (Nigeria)
Ningning Rong (China) vs. Jowita Maria Wrzesien (Poland)

59 kg/130 lbs.
Pooja Dhanda (India) vs. Liubov Ocharova (Russia)
Shoovdor Baatarjav (Mongolia) vs. Linda Morais (Canada)

65 kg/143 lbs.
Forrest Molinari (USA) vs. Iryna Koliadenko (Ukraine)
Elis Manolova (Azerbaijan) vs. Inna Trazhukova (Russia)

76 kg/167.5 lbs.
Adeline Gray (USA) vs. Aline Rotter Focken (Germany)
Epp Maee (Estonia) vs. Hiroe Minagawa Suzuki (Japan)

U.S. Women's freestyle Group 2 performances on Wednesday morning

57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Jenna Burkert, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
WIN Lenka Hockova Martinakova (Czechia), 8-0
LOSS Marina Simonyan (Russia), pin 3:38

59 kg/130 lbs. - Alli Ragan, Iowa City, Iowa (Sunkist Kids/Hawkeye WC)
LOSS Anzehlina Lysak (Ukraine), pin 1:34

65 kg/143 lbs. - Forrest Molinari, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC)
WIN Thi Vinh Nguyen (Vietnam), pin, 2:41
WIN Malin Johanna Mattsson (Sweden), 3-0
Semifinals – Vs. Iryna Koliadenko (Ukraine)

76 kg/167.5 lbs. - Adeline Gray, Denver, Colo. (New York AC)
WIN Elani Pjollai (Italy), tech. fall 10-0, 2:00
WIN Elmira Syzdykova (Kazakhstan), tech. fall 10-0, 2:50
WIN Hui Tsz Chang (Chinese Taipei), tech. fall 10-0, 4:58
Semifinals - Vs. Aline Rotter Focken (Germany)

ORIGINALLY POSTED AT: https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2019/September/18/Gray-and-Molinari-reach-World-semifinals

TMWC's Winchester reaches 55 kg finals at World Championships

Published February 2nd, 2020 by Jonny

Winchester reaches 55 kg finals at World Championships; Francis to go for bronze, Hildebrandt pulled into repechage

ra Winchester of the USA celebrates after her 55 kg semifinal win over Bediha Gun of Turkey. Photo by Larry Slater.

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - Jacarra Winchester (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC/OTC) won her semifinal bout at 55 kg/121 lbs. on Tuesday night, and has qualified for the gold-medal finals in women’s freestyle at the World Championships.

Winchester wrestled with confidence and skill on the way to a 6-4 victory over 2016 University World champion Bediha Gun of Turkey in the semifinals.

Both wrestlers scored first-period takedowns, going to the break at 2-2. Winchester scored a takedown going out of bounds to lead 4-2. Gun cut the lead to 4-3 with a step out point. Winchester scored a clutch takedown off a counter with 39 seconds left to extend her lead to 6-3. A late caution and one point penalty against Winchester was not enough for Gun to come back as time ran out.

Winchester will face 2012 Cadet World champion and 2015 Junior World champion Nanami Irie of Japan in the gold-medal finals.

Winchester, who was a No. 3 seed here, was fifth at the 2018 World Championships, her only previous World appearance.

In the morning session, Winchester scored a pair of dominant technical falls, beating 2013 World University bronze medalist Madina Nadirova of Kyrgyzstan, 10-0 and Bolortuya Bat Ochir of Mongolia, 13-2.

Two U.S. women were pulled back into repechage after the athlete who beat them on Tuesday morning was able to win in the semifinals: 2018 World silver medalist Sarah Hildebrandt (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC/OPTC) at 53 kg/116.5 lbs. and Victoria Francis (Litchfield, Ill./Titan Mercury WC) at 72 kg/158.5 lbs.

In the quarterfinals, Francis fell to 2013 World champion Alina Berezhna Stadnik Makhynia of Ukraine, 4-0. Makhinya wrestled a smart semifinal match, winning the key exchanges, to defeat 2018 U23 World champion Paliha of China, 7-0, getting Francis back into repechage.

Francis has been drawn into a bronze medal match against Paliha on Wednesday night. Makhinya, a No. 2 seed, only wrestled two matches on the day.

Hildebrandt will have one repechage match on Wednesday morning. She will face the winner of an earlier repechage match between 2018 Asian Games champion Vinesh of India and Yuliia Khavaldzhy Blahinya of Ukraine.

Hildebrandt was defeated in the quarterfinals by two-time World champion Mayu Mukaida of Japan, in a 12-1 technical fall. Mukaida won a tight 4-0 decision over two-time World medalist Maria Prevolaraki of Greece in the semifinals to pull Hildebrandt back into repechage. Hildebrandt is competing in her third Senior World Championships.

If Hildebrandt wins her repechage match, she will not only qualify for the bronze-medal match against Prevolaraki, but she will also qualify the USA to compete at 53 kg at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. The top six at each Olympic weight class earns an Olympic qualification for their country.

Whitney Conder (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP) was eliminated at 50 kg/110 lbs. She dropped a 6-0 decision to Son-Hyang Kim of North Korea, who was defeated in her next match, making Conder not eligible for repechage.

The Wednesday morning session, which includes Hildebrandt’s repechage match as well as four new weight classes, will begin at 11:00 a.m. The medal-match round, which will include both Winchester and Francis (and perhaps Hildebrandt), will be at 6:00 p.m. Nur-Sultan is 10 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time. All of the action is live on Trackwrestling.

WORLD WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, September 17

Women’s freestyle finals pairings
50 kg/110 lbs. - Emilia Vuc (Romania) vs. Mariya Stadnik (Azerbaijan)
53 kg/116.5 lbs. - Mayu Mukaida (Japan) vs. Yong Mi Pak (North Korea)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Jacarra Winchester (USA) vs. Nanami Irie (Japan)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Natalia Vorobeva (Russia) vs. Alina Berezhna Stadnik Makhynia (Ukraine)

Women’s freestyle semifinal results

50 kg/110 lbs.
Emilia Vuc (Romania) dec. Valentina Islamova Brik (Kazakhstan), 4-4
Mariya Stadnik (Azerbaijan) dec. Yanan Sun (China), 6-4

53 kg/116.5 lbs.
Mayu Mukaida (Japan) dec. Maria Prevolaraki (Greece), 4-0
Yong Mi Pak (North Korea) tech. fall Quinyu Pang (China), 12-2

55 kg/121 lbs.
Jacarra Winchester (USA) dec. Bediha Gun (Turkey), 6-4
Nanami Irie (Japan) tech. fall Marina Sedneva (Kazakhstan), 10-0

72 kg/158.5 lbs.
Natalia Vorobeva (Russia) tech. fall Zhamila Bakbergenova (Kazakhstan), 13-0
Alina Berezhna Stadnik Makhynia (Ukraine) dec. Paliha (China), 7-0

U.S. women’s freestyle performances on Tuesday

50 kg/110 lbs. - Whitney Conder, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
LOSS Son-Hyang Kim (North Korea), 6-0

53 kg/116.5 lbs. - Sarah Hildebrandt, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC/OTC)
WIN Thi Dao Bui (Vietnam), tech. fall, 10-0, 1:14
LOSS Mayu Mukaida (Japan), 12-1, 4:50
Repechage – Vs. winner of Vinesh (India) vs. Yuliia Khavaldzhy Blahinya (Ukraine)

55 kg/121 lbs. - Jacarra Winchester, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OTC)
WIN Madina Nadirova (Kyrgyzstan), tech. fall 10-0, 1:05
WIN Bolortuya Bat Ochir (Mongolia), tech. fall, 13-2, 3:40
Semifinals – Vs. Bediha Gun (Turkey)

72 kg/158.5 lbs.- Victoria Francis, Litchfield, Ill. (Titan Mercury WC)
WIN Dejah Slater (Canada), pin 2:30
LOSS Alina Berezhna Stadnik Makhynia (Ukraine), 4-0
Bronze medal bout – Vs. Paliha (China)

ORIGINALLY POSTED AT: https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2019/September/17/Winchester-makes-World-finals-at-55-kg

TMWC's Molinari receives draw for the 2019 World Championships

Published January 31st, 2020 by Jonny

Gray, Ragan, Burkert, Molinari receive draw for day two of women's freestyle at World Championships

BY USA WRESTLING | SEPT. 17, 2019, 5:48 A.M. (ET)

Four-time World champion Adeline Gray will look to earn her seventh world medal at the 2019 World Championships.

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – The second group of four U.S. women’s freestyle wrestlers have received their draws for the World Wrestling Championships, and will start their competition on Wednesday.

Four-time World champion, six-time World medalist and 2016 Olympian Adeline Gray (Denver, Colo./New York AC) at 76 kg starts her tournament off with Eleni Pjollaj of Italy. Pjollai placed fifth at the 2019 Junior World Championships.

Also in her side of the bracket is 2014 69 kg World champion Aline Rotter Focken of Germany. However, the pair would not meet until the semifinals.

Two-time World silver medalist Alli Ragan, Iowa City, Iowa (Sunkist Kids/Hawkeye WC) will square off with Ukrainian Anzhelina Lysak, a 2015 Junior World silver medalist. Lysak took fifth at the 2019 European Championships.

Should Ragan win, she will see 2016 World bronze medalist Linda Morais of Canada. Morais, the No. 2 seed, is the 2019 City of Sassari tournament champion.

Competing in her third Senior Worlds will be Jenna Burkert, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP). In her opening round she will face the Lenka Hockova Martinakova of Czechia. This is Martinakova’s 11th Senior World Championship. She has yet to earn a medal.

Top-seeded 2018 World champion Ningning Rong of China is on Burkert’s side of the bracket, and the pair could potentially meet in the quarterfinals.

Making her second Senior World Championships appearance, Forrest Molinari, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC) will open with Thi Vinh Nguyen of Vietnam. Nguyen finished seventh at the 2019 Asian Championships.

If she wins, Molinari could face two-time World bronze medalist Malin Mattsson of Sweden in the quarterfinals.

U.S. Women's freestyle draw for Wednesday

57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Jenna Burkert, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
Vs. Lenka Hockova Martinkova (Czechia), 2019 Flatz Open champion, 2019 European Championships 15th, 2019 European Games 16th 2018 Flatz Open champion,

59 kg/130 lbs. - Alli Ragan, Iowa City, Iowa (Sunkist Kids/Hawkeye WC)
Vs. Anzehlina Lysak (Ukraine), 2019 European Championships 5th, 2016 Junior World championships 2nd, 2015 Cadet World champion, 2014 Cadet World bronze

65 kg/143 lbs. - Forrest Molinari, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC)
Vs. Thi Vinh Nguyen (Vietnam), 2019 Asian Championships 7th, 2018 World Championships 21st, 2010 Asian Games 10th

76 kg/167.5 lbs. - Adeline Gray, Denver, Colo. (New York AC)
Vs. Elani Pjollai (Italy) 2019 Junior World Championships 5th, 2018 Henri Deglane Challenge champion

ORIGINALLY POSTED AT: https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2019/September/17/Gray-Ragan-Burkert-Molinari-receive-draw-for-day-two-of-womens-freestyle-at-World-Championships

Winchester reaches semis at World Championships

Published January 31st, 2020 by Jonny

Winchester reaches semifinals at World Championships; Hildebrandt and Francis still possible for repechage

BY GARY ABBOTT, USA WRESTLING | SEPT. 17, 2019, 4:45 A.M. (ET)

Jacarra Winchester of the USA has her arm raised in victory at the 2019 World Championships. Photo by Larry Slater.

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan –Jacarra Winchester (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC/OTC) won two matches by technical fall to qualify for the semifinals at 55 kg/121 lbs. in women’s freestyle at the World Championships on Tuesday.

Winchester, who was a No. 3 seed, opened with a dominant 10-0 technical fall over 2013 World University bronze medalist Madina Nadirova of Kyrgyzstan. Nadirova tried to go upper body against Winchester, but it did not work, with Winchester getting a four-point throw, two other takedowns and a turn.

In the quarterfinals, Winchester was in control on the way to a 13-2 technical fall over Bolortuya Bat Ochir of Mongolia. Both wrestlers were fifth at the 2018 World Championships. Winchester went up by a 9-0 lead after scoring often in the first period, and finished it in the second period with another throw.

Winchester will battle 2016 University World champion Bediha Gun of Turkey in the semifinals, which begin at 4:45 p.m.

Two U.S. wrestlers reached the quarterfinals but were defeated, but still have a chance to get back into repechage, 2018 World silver medalist Sarah Hildebrandt (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC/OPTC) at 53 kg/116.5 lbs. and Victoria Francis (Litchfield, Ill./Titan Mercury WC) at 72 kg/158.5 lbs. Both had 1-1 records in the session.

Hildebrandt was defeated in the quarterfinals by two-time World champion Mayu Mukaida of Japan, in a 12-1 technical fall. Mukaida scored three takedowns and a turn, giving up one escape, to lead Hildebrandt at the break, 8-1. A takedown and a tilt by Mukaida ended it in the second period.

Seeded No. 1, Hildebrandt had little trouble in her opening match, securing a 10-0 technical fall over Thi Dao Bui of Vietnam in just 1:14. Hildebrandt scored a go-behind takedown, locked up an ankle lace and turned Bui four times to end the match quickly.

Mukaida will need to beat Maria Prevolaraki of Greece in the semifinals to pull Hildebrandt back into repechage. Hildebrandt is competing in her third Senior World Championships.

In the quarterfinals, Francis fell to 2013 World champion Alina Berezhna Stadnik Makhynia of Ukraine, 4-0. The only scoring move of the match was a first-period headlock by Makhinya. Francis fought out of a potential fall to get to the break, but was unable to get any scoring moves in the second period.

Francis opened strongly with a pin in 2:30 against 2019 Pan American champion Dejah Slater of Canada. Francis scored first on a stepout to lead 1-0. After getting a go-behind takedown, Francis drove Slater to her back, and eventually settled into a headlock position, securing the first-period fall.

Makhinya will need to defeat Paliha of China in order for Francis to be pulled back into repechage tomorrow.

Whitney Conder (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP) was eliminated at 50 kg/110 lbs. She was defeated in her first-round match by 2017 World bronze medalist Son-Hyang Kim of North Korea, 6-0. Kim scored two takedowns in the first period to lead 4-0 at the break, then added an additional second-period takedown for the win. Kim was able to hold off Conder’s offense.

In the next round, Kim was defeated by the No. 2 seed, 2013 World champion Yanan Sun of China, 5-2, which eliminated Conder, making her not eligible for repechage.

It was the second straight year that Conder drew Kim in a first-round bout at the World Championships. In 2017, Kim defeated Conder, 7-2, and failed to reach the finals, keeping Conder out of repechage.

Conder, a two-time Pan American Games champion, competed in her fifth Senior World Championships.

All of the action is live on TrackWrestling. Nur-Sultan is 10 hours

WORLD WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, September 17

U.S. Women's performances on Tuesday

50 kg/110 lbs. - Whitney Conder, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
LOSS Son-Hyang Kim (North Korea), 6-0

53 kg/116.5 lbs. - Sarah Hildebrandt, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC/OTC)
WIN Thi Dao Bui (Vietnam), tech. fall, 10-0, 1:14
LOSS Mayu Mukaida (Japan), 12-1, 4:50

55 kg/121 lbs. - Jacarra Winchester, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OTC)
WIN Madina Nadirova (Kyrgyzstan), tech. fall 10-0, 1:05
WIN Bolortuya Bat Ochir (Mongolia), tech. fall, 13-2, 3:40
Semifinals – Vs. Bediha Gun (Turkey)

72 kg/158.5 lbs.- Victoria Francis, Litchfield, Ill. (Titan Mercury WC)
WIN Dejah Slater (Canada), pin 2:30
LOSS Alina Stadnik Makhynia (Ukraine), 4-0

Women’s Semifinal pairings

50 kg/110 lbs.
Emilia Vuc (Romania) vs. Valentina Islamova Brik (Kazakhstan)
Yanan Sun (China) vs Mariya Stadnik (Azerbaijan)

53 kg/116.5 lbs.
Mayu Mukaida (Japan) vs. Maria Prevolaraki (Greece)
Quinyu Pang (China) vs. Yong Mi Pak (North Korea)

55 kg/121 lbs.
Jacarra Winchester (USA) vs. Bediha Gun (Turkey)
Marina Sedneva (Kazakhstan) vs. Nanami Irie (Japan)

72 kg/158.5 lbs.
Natalia Vorobeva (Russia) vs. Zhamila Bakbergenova (Kazakhstan)
Alina Berezhna Stadnik Makhynia (Ukraine) vs. Paliha (China)

ORIGINALLY POSTED AT: https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2019/September/17/Winchester-qualifies-for-semifinals-at-World-Championships

TMWC's Winchester and Francis receive draw for start of women’s freestyle at World Championships

Published January 31st, 2020 by Jonny

Hildebrandt, Conder, Winchester, Francis receive draw for start of women’s freestyle at World Championships

BY GARY ABBOTT, USA WRESTLING | SEPT. 16, 2019, 7:12 A.M. (ET)

Sarah Hildebrandt of the USA celebrates a big win at the 2018 World Championships.

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – The first four U.S. women’s freestyle wrestlers have received their draws for the World Wrestling Championships, and will start their competition on Tuesday.

2018 World silver medalist Sarah Hildebrandt (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC/OPTC) received the No. 1 seed at 53 kg/116.5 lbs. She will have a first round bye, and will then face the winner of Betzabeth Arguello of Venezuela) and Thi Dao Bui of Vietnam. Arguello was a 2019 Pan American Games silver medalist, while Bui was 10th in the 2019 Asian Championships.

Hildebrandt is competing in her third Senior World Championships.

In her quarterbracket are 2009 World champion Sofia Mattsson of Sweden and 2018 World champion Mayu Mukaida of Japan

Making her fifth Senior World Championships appearance is Whitney Conder (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP). Conder’s first opponent at 50 kg/110 lbs. will be 2017 World bronze medalist Son-Hyang Kim of North Korea. Conder is a two-time Pan American Games champion (2015 and 2019).

If Conder wins her first match, she draws No. 2 seed Yanan Sun of China, a 2013 World champion.

There are two U.S. competitors in the first group of women freestyle wrestlers who are wrestling in their second Senior World Championships: Jacarra Winchester (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC/OTC) at 55 kg/121 lbs. and Victoria Francis (Litchfield, Ill./Titan Mercury WC) at 72 kg/158.5 lbs.

Winchester, who was fifth at the 2018 World Championships, opens against 2013 World University bronze medalist Madina Nadirova of Kyrgyzstan. Winchester received the No. 3 seed in her weight class.

Francis will face 2019 Pan American champion Dejah Slater of Canada in her opening match. There are 12 athletes in her weight class, so if Francis wins her opening match, she advances to the quarterfinals.

Francis made her first Senior World appearance was in 2017.

Two of the weight classes starting on Tuesday are Olympic weight classes: 50 kg/110 lbs. and 53 kg/116.5 lbs. The top six placewinners in each of these two weight classes will qualify their nation to compete at that weight at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Competition begins on Monday at 11:00 a.m. local time, with action through the quarterfinals in these three weight classes. The semifinals at these weights begin at 4:45 p.m. local time. Nur-Sultan is 10 hours ahead of the U.S. Eastern Time Zone.

U.S. Women's freestyle draw for Tuesday

50 kg/110 lbs. - Whitney Conder, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
Vs. Son-Hyang Kim (North Korea), 3rd in 2017 World Championships, 5th in 2018 World Championships, 2014 Youth Olympic Games champion

53 kg/116.5 lbs. - Sarah Hildebrandt, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC/OTC)
Bye, to face winner of Betzabeth Arguello (Venezuela) vs. Thi Dao Bui (Vietnam)
Arguello – 2nd in 2019 Pan Am Games, 5th in 2016 Olympics,
Bui – 10th in 2019 Asian Championships

55 kg/121 lbs. - Jacarra Winchester, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OTC)
Vs. Madina Nadirova (Kyrgyzstan), 8th in 2019 Asian Championships, 3rd in 2013 World University Championships

72 kg/158.5 lbs.- Victoria Francis, Litchfield, Ill. (Titan Mercury WC)
Vs. Dejah Slater (Canada), 2019 Pan American champion, 2nd in 2019 Canada Cup, 2018 Pan American Junior champion

ORIGINALLY POSTED AT: https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2019/September/16/First-four-USA-women-get-draws-for-World-Championships

Rau goes 1-1 at the 2019 World Championships

Published January 31st, 2020 by Jonny

Coleman, Rau and Hancock go 1-1, miss repechage on second day of Greco-Roman World Championships

BY MIKE WILLIS, USA WRESTLING | SEPT. 15, 2019, 12:12 P.M. (ET)

Photo of Ellis Coleman by Mark Lundy/Lutte Lens

While the U.S. started out strong on the second day of competition, the session ended in disappointment. Ellis Coleman (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP), Joe Rau (Chicago, lll./Titan Mercury WC/Chicago RTC) and G’Angelo Hancock (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) all won their opening matches, before falling in the next round. None were pulled into repechage.

At 77 kg, Coleman opened the day with a victory over 2018 World bronze medalist Meirzhan Shermakhanbet of Kazakhstan. Coleman started the match off with a bang, countering a body lock attempt with a headlock for four points. He hit another headlock for two points, which Shermakhanbet managed to roll through for two of his own. Coleman came out on top of the exchange, picking up another two points and nearly pinning the Kazakhstani. Coleman finished the match off by countering a headlock attempt for two points to pick up the 10-2 technical fall.

In his second match, Coleman fell to Devyid Dimitrov of Bulgaria. Dimitrov scored a four-point throw in the opening 30-seconds, and Coleman was unable to dig himself out of that hole. The Bulgarian tacked on a step-out, and the match ended 5-0.

He was eliminated from the competition when Dimitrov lost his next match, 6-0, to Fredrik Bjerrehuus of Denmark.

Joe Rau controlled the pace in his first match against 2019 Asian Championships runner-up Kumar Sunil of India. He earned his first two points off step-outs. At the very end of the period, Rau hit a duck under straight into a gut wrench for two sets of two points. He held the lead the entire second period and won 6-0.

In his second match against Nikolai Stadub of Belarus, a European Championships fifth place finisher, Rau brought a 1-0 lead into the break on a passivity point. In the second period Rau was hit with passivity and put down. Stadub rattled off four-straight turns to win, 9-1.

Stadub fell to 2015 World champion Zhan Beleniuk of Ukraine in the quarterfinals, ended Rau’s tournament.

G’Angelo Hancock won his opening match, 6-0 over Nikolai Krysov of Ukraine. Hancock earned a passivity and turned Krysov with a gut wrench to take a 3-0 lead. In the second period, he added a step-out to push his lead to 4-0. In the closing seconds he scpred a caution-and-two against Krysov to win 6-0. Krysov was yellow carded at the conclusion of the match. 

In his second match, Hancock was winning 2-1 in the second period against 2014 World Champion Melonin Noumonvi of France. The crafty and skilled veteran locked up a throw and tossed Hancock for five. The match would end, 6-2 Noumonvi.

Noumonvi dropped his next match, 5-1, to Giorgi Melia of Georgia, which ended Hancock’s chances for repechage.                                                                                                                    

WORLD WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

Greco-Roman Day 2 Results

67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Ellis Coleman, (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP)
WIN Meirzhan Shermakhanbet (Kazakhstan), 10-2
LOSS Devyid Dimitrov (Bulgaria), 5-0

87 kg/191.5 lbs. – Joe Rau, (Chicago, lll./Titan Mercury WC/Chicago RTC)
WIN Kumar Sunil (India), 6-0
LOSS Nikolai Stadub (Belarus), 9-1

97 kg/213.75 lbs. - G’Angelo Hancock, (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids)
WIN Nikolai Krysov (Ukraine), 6-0
LOSS Melonin Noumonvi (France), 6-2


ORIGINALLY POSTED AT: https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2019/September/15/Greco-Wrap-day-2


TMWC's Rau receives draw for the 2019 World Championships

Published January 31st, 2020 by Jonny

Coleman, Hancock, Rau receive draw for day two of Greco-Roman at World Championships

BY GARY ABBOTT, USA WRESTLING | SEPT. 14, 2019, 5:13 A.M. (ET)

Ellis Coleman of the USA competing at the 2018 Senior Worlds.

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – Three more U.S. Greco-Roman wrestlers have received their draws for the World Wrestling Championships, and will start their competition on Sunday.

2012 Olympian Ellis Coleman (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP) will open his competition at 67 kg/147.5 lbs. against 2018 World bronze medalist Meirzhan Shermakhanbe of Kazakhstan. This is Coleman’s fourth Senior World Championships appearance.

Competing in his third straight Senior World Championships at 97 kg/213.75 lbs. will be G’Angelo Hancock (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids). His opening match will be against Nikolai Krysov of Ukraine, who was seventh in 2019 European Championships.

Based upon a successful 2019 season, Hancock received the No. 3 seed at 97 kg/213.75 lbs.

In his second Senior World appearance Joe Rau (Chicago, Ill./Titan Mercury WC/Chicago RTC) will compete at 87 kg/191.5 lbs. and open against 2019 Asian Championships silver medalist Kumar Sunil of India.

Competition begins on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. local time, with action through the quarterfinals in these three weight classes. The semifinals at these weights begin at 6:00 p.m. local time. Nur-Sultan is 10 hours ahead of the U.S. Eastern Time Zone.

U.S. Greco-Roman draw for Sunday

67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Ellis Coleman, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
Vs. Meirzhan Shermakhanbe (Kazakhstan), 2018 World bronze medalist, 2nd in 2019 Asian Championships,

87 kg/191.5 lbs. - Joe Rau, Chicago, Ill. (Titan Mercury WC/Chicago RTC)
Vs. Kumar Sunil (India), 2nd in 2019 Asian Championships, 9th in 2017 Junior Worlds; 3rd in 2018 and 2019 Asian Juniors

97 kg/213.75 lbs. - G’Angelo Hancock, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
Vs. Nikolai Krysov (Ukraine), 2019 Ukrainian International champion, 7th in 2019 European Championships

ORIGINALLY POSTED AT: https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2019/September/14/Day-2-draws-in-Greco-Roman-at-Senior-Worlds

2019 World Championships Media and Fan Guide

Published January 31st, 2020 by Jonny

BY UNITED WORLD WRESTLING | SEPT. 13, 2019, 2:09 A.M. (ET)

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan (September 10) – In an effort to better serve the press and the sport’s growing fan base, United World Wrestling has released its Media and Fan Guide for the 2019 Wrestling World Championships held September 14-22 at the Barys Arena in Nur-Sultan.

The guide has several helpful features for fans or media looking to learn more about the championships including the tournament schedule, links to prior results, downloadable event photos, graphics, entry lists, seeding, and a glimpse at all the anticipated matchups across the 30 championship weight categories.

Users can choose to download a PDF version of the guide,  or access the most recent version of the guide via Google Docs HERE.

New to this year’s guide is a direct link to a searchable photo database with images from United World Wrestling’s top photographers. Outlets and individuals are kindly asked to attribute any published photos to United World Wrestling, the photographer, and any associated social media accounts. For ease of reference the guide also includes links to all United World Wrestling social media accounts.

Wrestling at the 2019 Senior Wrestling World Championships is set to begin September 14 and will continue for nine days, concluding September 22.

ORIGINALLY POSTED AT: https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2019/September/13/United-World-Wrestling-Media-and-Fan-Guide

Meet your Team USA at the 2019 World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

Published January 31st, 2020 by Jonny

Meet your Team USA at the 2019 World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

Team USA is loaded with talent, including Adam Coon (Greco-Roman), Adeline Gray (women's freestyle) and Jordan Burroughs (men's freestyle)

The United States will send a strong team to the 2019 World Wrestling Championships will be held in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, September 14-22.

This year’s World Championships has additional importance, as it serves as the first qualifying event for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan in the 18 Olympic weight classes. The top six place winners in each of the Olympic weights will qualify their nation for the Olympic Games.

Team USA for the 2019 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary is a mix of experienced veterans and young talents. Most of the team was determined in Final X: Rutgers or Final X: Lincoln in June. Two of the men’s freestyle spots were determined in Special Wrestle-offs over the summer.

The USA is coming off its greatest combined World Championships ever, winning 12 medals at the 2018 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

The U.S. men’s freestyle team is have a fantastic four-year cycle, winning the 2017 World Team Title in Paris, and placing second as a team at the 2018 Worlds in Budapest. The U.S. women’s freestyle team has won a trophy the last two World Championships, placing second at the 2017 Worlds in Paris and third at the 2018 Worlds in Hungary.

In men’s freestyle, the team is led by a pair of Olympic gold medalists, 2012 Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs at 74 kg and 2016 Olympic champion Kyle Snyder at 97 kg. Burroughs also owns four World Championship gold medals, while Snyder has also won two World Championship gold medals. Last year, Snyder added a World silver medal and Burroughs won a World bronze medal (his seventh career World or Olympic medal).

Also on the team is 2018 World champion, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and 2017 World bronze medalist J’den Cox at 92 kg. Cox has made his fourth straight World or Olympic team for the USA.

2018 World champion Kyle Dake will attempt to repeat at 79 kg, after winning a Special Wrestle-off for the team spot. He received an extension for his Final X Series at 79 kg due to injury. Dake beat World Team Trials Challenge Tournament champion Alex Dieringer in a Special Wrestle-off on August 17 in Austin, Texas, 3-2 and 2-1. Dake won his 2018 World title in his first Senior World appearance.

James Green, a 2017 World silver medalist and 2015 World bronze medalist, holds down 70 kg and will be on his fifth Senior World Team. 2017 and 2018 World bronze medalist Nick Gwiazdowski will wrestle at 125 kg for his third straight World Championships.

Zain Retherford will be competing in his second Senior Worlds at 65 kg after appearing at the 2017 Worlds in Paris.

At Final X: Rutgers, Retherford beat Yianni Diakomihalis in two straight matches to claim the 65 kg spot on the team. However. Diakomihalis pursued his rights, challenging the results of the second match. An arbitrator struck down the second match result and ordered that the series be completed with Retherford leading the series at one match to none. In a Final X Special Wrestle-off in a sold-out gym at Wilkes College on September 2, Retherford won the second bout, 2-1, to earn the trip to the World Championships.

First-time Senior World Team members will include Daton Fix at 57 kg, Tyler Graff at 61 kg and Pat Downey at 86 kg. All three have been on U.S. age-group teams, and Fix and Downey are past age-group World medalists. Fix has won four age-group World medals, including a 2017 Junior World gold.

In women’s freestyle, four-time World champion, six-time World medalist and 2016 Olympian Adeline Gray at 76 kg leads the lineup. Gray won World titles in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2018, and added bronze medals in 2011 and 2013.

There could be some big-time U.S. history written in Nur-Sultan, as both Gray and Burroughs are both aiming to become the first U.S. wrestler to win five career Senior World titles. They are currently tied with wrestling legends John Smith and Tricia Saunders with four World Championship gold medals.

On the women’s squad, Gray is joined by two-time World silver medalist Alli Ragan at 59 kg, who made her seventh straight Senior World Team. Last year, Ragan was injured after making the USA team and was unable to compete in Budapest.

Other World medalists on the team are 2018 World silver medalist Sarah Hildebrandt at 53 kg and 2018 World bronze medalist Tamyra Mensah-Stock at 68 kg. Both are on their third Senior World team.

Nine of the 10 U.S. women freestylers are past Senior World Team members. Making her fifth Senior World team is Whitney Conder at 50 kg. Competing in her third Senior Worlds will be Jenna Burkert at 57 kg.

Making a second Senior World Team are Jacarra Winchester at 55 kg, Forrest Molinari at 65 kg and Victoria Francis at 72 kg. Winchester and Molinari made medal matches at the 2018 Senior Worlds, placing fifth in their weight classes.

The only first-time Senior World Team member is Kayla Miracle at 62 kg, who is a multiple age-group World medalist for the USA.

The Greco-Roman team is led by 2018 World silver medalist Adam Coon at 130 kg, who is on his second straight Senior World Team. Coon has also won three age-group World medals for the USA.

A pair of past Olympians on the team are Ildar Hafizov at 60 kg and Ellis Coleman at 67 kg. Coleman competed in the 2012 Olympics for the USA, while Hafizov was a 2008 Olympian for Uzbekistan. Coleman has now made his fourth Senior World team. Hafizov will be on his second U.S. Senior World Team, and has also competed in two World Championships for Uzbekistan.

Making a third straight Senior World Team is G’Angelo Hancock at 97 kg. Wrestling in their second Senior World Championships will be Pat Smith at 77 kg and Joe Rau at 87 kg.

First-time Senior World Team members in Greco-Roman include Max Nowry at 55 kg, Ryan Mango at 63 kg, Raymond Bunker at 72 kg, and John Stefanowicz at 82 kg. Nowry was a 2012 University World champion.

Based on success during the 2019 UWW Ranking Series, which included results from the 2018 Worlds and select international ranking events this season, 12 U.S. wrestlers will receive seeds in Nur-Sultan.

Earning No. 1 seeds are Dake, Cox and Snyder in men’s freestyle and Hildebrandt and Molinari in women’s freestyle. No. 2 seeds will go to Mensah-Stock and Gray in women’s freestyle, Burroughs in men’s freestyle and Coon in women’s freestyle. Securing a No. 3 seed in Greco-Roman is Hancock. Add in No. 4 seeds Gwiazdowski in men’s freestyle and Winchester in women’s freestyle.

The current U.S. World Team includes two Olympic champions, three Olympic medalists, four World champions (who have won a combined eight World golds), 11 World medalists (with a combined 27 World medals) and six Olympians.

There are 22 athletes who have competed in previous Senior World Championships, and another eight who will be wrestling in their first Senior World Championships.

Included on the roster are six past NCAA champions (with a combined 17 NCAA titles) and six WCWA women’s national champions (with a combined 14 WCWA titles).

That said, the rest of the World will be ready. Fans can expect that each of the Olympic weight classes will be filled with top stars, as many World and Olympic medalists from the non-Olympic weight classes will move into an Olympic weight class.

Earning a spot in the Olympics will be more difficult in 2020, as there will only be 16 athletes in each weight class for the Tokyo Games, down from 18-19 athletes in the Rio Games in 2016. That makes the 2019 World Championships even more important, because there will be fewer opportunities to qualify than in the past.

The USA looks to be strong at the Olympic weight classes, as U.S. athletes won nine medals at the Olympic weight classes at the 2018 World Championships. At the 2019 Pan American Games, which included only the 18 Olympic weight classes, the USA won 15 medals, including nine gold medals. Burroughs won his third career Pan American Games gold medal, an amazing achievement.

Each weight class will be contested over two days. The event starts with Greco-Roman, then moves on into women’s freestyle, and concludes with men’s freestyle.

U.S. fans can watch the live broadcast on Trackwrestling. For complete coverage, USA Wrestling, through TheMat.com and its other media platforms, will cover the 2019 World Championships start to finish. Nur-Sultan is 10 hours ahead of the U.S. Eastern Time Zone.

2019 U.S. SENIOR WORLD WRESTLING TEAMS

Greco-Roman
55 kg/121 lbs. - Max Nowry, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Ildar Hafizov, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
63 kg /138.75 lbs. - Ryan Mango, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Ellis Coleman, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Raymond Bunker, Camp LeJeune, N.C. (U.S. Marine Corps)
77 kg/169.5 lbs. - Pat Smith, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
82 kg/180.5 lbs. - John Stefanowicz, Camp LeJeune, N.C. (U.S. Marine Corps)
87 kg/191.5 lbs. - Joe Rau, Chicago, Ill. (Titan Mercury WC/Chicago RTC)
97 kg/213.75 lbs. - G’Angelo Hancock, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
130 kg/286 lbs. - Adam Coon, Fowlerville, Mich. (New York AC/Michigan RTC)
National Greco-Roman Coach – Matt Lindland, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Manager of Greco-Roman Programs – Gary Mayabb, Colorado Springs, Colo.
World Team Coach – Bruce Robinson, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Personal/Club Coaches – Herb House, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Jason Loukides, Jacksonville, N.C.; Sean Bormet, Ann Arbor, Mich., Robert Smith, Chicago, Ill.,

Women's freestyle
50 kg/110 lbs. - Whitney Conder, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
53 kg/116.5 lbs. - Sarah Hildebrandt, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC/OTC)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Jacarra Winchester, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OTC)
57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Jenna Burkert, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
59 kg/130 lbs. - Alli Ragan, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids/Hawkeye WC/OTC)
62 kg/136.5 lbs. - Kayla Miracle, Iowa City, Iowa (Sunkist Kids/Hawkeye WC)
65 kg/143 lbs. - Forrest Molinari, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OTC)
68 kg/149.75 lbs. - Tamyra Mensah-Stock, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OTC)
72 kg/158.5 lbs.- Victoria Francis, Litchfield, Ill. (Titan Mercury WC)
76 kg/167.5 lbs. - Adeline Gray, Denver, Colo. (New York AC)
Team Leader – Jim Bennett, New Caanan, Conn.
National Women’s Coach – Terry Steiner, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Assistant National Women’s Coach – Clarissa Chun, Colorado Springs, Colo.
World Team Coaches – Coleman Scott, Chapel Hill, N.C. and Troy Steiner, Fresno, Calif.
Personal/Club Coaches – Mark Perry, Iowa City, Iowa; Izzy Izboinikov, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Jermaine Hodge, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Aaron Sieracki, Colorado Springs, Colo., Brad Harper, Granger, Ind.

Men's freestyle
57 kg/125.5 lbs. - Daton Fix, Sand Springs, Okla. (Titan Mercury WC/Cowboy RTC)
61 kg/134 lbs. - Tyler Graff, Princeton, N.J. (Titan Mercury WC/NJRTC)
65 kg/143 lbs. - Zain Retherford, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC)
70 kg/154 lbs. - James Green, Lincoln, Neb. (Titan Mercury WC/Nebraska WTC)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Jordan Burroughs, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids/Nebraska WTC)
79 kg/174 lbs. - Kyle Dake, Ithaca, N.Y. (Titan Mercury WC/Finger Lakes RTC)
86 kg/189 lbs. - Pat Downey, Cranbury, N.J. (Titan Mercury WC/NJRTC)
92 kg/202.5 lbs. - J’den Cox, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OTC)
97 kg/213.75 lbs. - Kyle Snyder, Columbus, Ohio (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)
125 kg/275 lbs. - Nick Gwiazdowski, Raleigh, N.C. (Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack RTC)
Team Leader – Jamie Dinan, New York, N.Y.
National Freestyle Coach – Bill Zadick, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Manager of Freestyle Programs – Joe Russell, Colorado Springs, Colo.
World Team Coach – Jeff Buxton, Easton, Pa.
Personal/Club Coaches – Cody Sanderson, State College, Pa.; Tervel Dlagnev, Columbus, Ohio; Reece Humphrey, Daton, N.J., Adam Hall, Raleigh, N.C., Derek Fix, Sand Springs, Okla., Mark Manning, Lincoln, Neb., Rob Koll, Ithaca, N.Y.; Bryan Snyder, Lincoln, Neb.

Doctor – Dr. Jason Holm. Edina, Minn.
Athletic Trainers – Corey James, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Rod Rodriguez, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Shelby Hoppis, Princeton, N.J.
USOPC Staff – Rob Skinner, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Mason Walters, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Other medical and support staff – Cyrus Poitier, Berkely, Calif., Fred Roberto, Marietta, Ga., Amy Murry, Olympia, Wash.

Referees – Sam Julian, Schuylkill Haven, Pa., Casey Goessl, Oscoeola, Wis.; Danny Blackshear, Oklahoma City, Okla.

USA Wrestling President – Bruce Baumgartner, Edinboro, Pa.
Executive Director – Rich Bender, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Associate Executive Director of Programs and Strategy – Les Gutches, Colorado Springs, Colo.
National Teams staff – Cody Bickley, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Jaimie McNab, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Corporate Partnership staff – Ryan Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Communications staff – Gary Abbott, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Mike Willis, Philadelphia, Pa.
Delegates – Paul Kieblesz, Middle Village, N.Y., Jose Campo, Poway, Calif.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE

Saturday, Sept. 14
11:00 a.m. - Preliminary Round (GR 55 kg, 63 kg, 72 kg, 82kg)
6:00 p.m. – Semifinals (55 kg, 63 kg, 72 kg, 82 kg)

Sunday, Sept. 15
11:00 a.m. – Preliminary Round (GR 67 kg, 87 kg, 97 kg)
11:00 a.m. – Repechage (GR 55 kg, 62 kg, 72 kg, 82 kg)
6:00 p.m. – Semifinals (GR 67 kg 87 kg, 97 kg)
7:00 p.m. – Medal Matches (GR 55 kg, 62 kg, 72 kg, 82 kg)

Monday, Sept. 16
11:00 a.m. – Preliminary Round (GR 60 kg, 77 kg, 130 kg)
11:00 a.m. – Repechage (GR 67 kg, 87 kg, 97 kg)
5:00 p.m. – Semifinals (GR 60 kg, 77 kg, 130 kg)
6:00 p.m. - Medal Matches (GR 67 kg, 87 kg, 97 kg)

Tuesday, Sept. 17
11:00 a.m. – Preliminary Round (WFS 50 kg, 53 kg, 55 kg, 72 kg)
11:00 a.m. – Repechage (GR 60 kg, 77 kg, 130 kg)
4:45 p.m. – Semifinals (WFS 50 kg, 53 kg, 55 kg, 72 kg)
6:00 p.m. – Medal Matches (GR 60 kg, 77 kg, 130 kg)

Wednesday, Sept. 18
11:00 a.m. – Preliminary Round (WFS 57 kg, 59 kg, 65 kg, 76 kg)
11:00 a.m. – Repechage (WFS 50 kg, 53 kg, 55 kg, 72 kg)
4:45 p.m. – Semifinals (WFS 57 kg, 59 kg, 65 kg, 76 kg)
6: 00 p.m. – Medal Matches (WFS 50 kg, 53 kg, 55 kg, 72 kg)

Thursday, Sept 19.
11:00 a.m. – Preliminary Round (WFS 62 kg, 68 kg)
11: 00 a.m. – Preliminary Round (MFS 57 kg, 65 kg)
11:00 a.m. – Repechage (WFS 57 kg, 59 kg, 65 kg, 76 kg)
4:45 p.m. – Semifinals ( WFS 62 kg, 68 kg)
4:45 p.m. – Semifinals (MFS 57 kg, 65 kg)
6:00 p.m. – Medal Matches (WFS 57 kg, 59 kg, 65 kg, 76 kg)

Friday, Sept 20.
11:00 a.m. – Preliminary Round (MFS 70 kg, 74 kg, 92 kg, 125 kg)
11:00 a.m. – Repechage (WFS 62 kg, 68 kg)
11:00 a.m. – Repechage (MFS 57 kg ,65 kg)
4:45 p.m. – Semifinals (MFS 70 kg, 74 kg, 92 kg, 125 kg)
6:00 p.m. – Medal Matches (WFS 62 kg, 68 kg)
6:00 p.m. – Medal Matches (MFS 57 kg, 65 kg)

Saturday, Sept. 21
11:00 a.m. – Preliminary Round (MFS 61 kg, 79 kg, 86 kg, 97 kg)
11:00 a.m. – Repechage (MFS 70 kg, 74 kg, 92 kg, 125 kg)
4:45 p.m. – Semifinals (MFS 61 kg, 79 kg, 86 kg, 97 kg)
6: 00 p.m. – Medal Matches (MFS 70 kg, 74 kg, 92 kg, 125 kg)

Sunday, Sept. 22
3:30 p.m. – Repechage (MFS 61 kg, 79 kg, 86 kg, 97 kg)
6:00 p.m. – Medal Matches ( MFS 61 kg, 79 kg, 86 kg, 97 kg)

ORIGINALLY POSTED AT: https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2019/September/13/Meet-your-2019-USA-World-Wrestling-Team

2019 Senior World Championships Special Section

Published January 31st, 2020 by Jonny

2019 Senior World Championships Special Section

BY USA WRESTLING | SEPT. 12, 2019, 11:46 A.M. (ET)

Trackwrestling live broadcast

Event Schedule

Media Guide

VIDEO PLAYLIST: 2019 World Championships interviews

Photo Galleries
Larry Slater Photography
Sandy Slater Photography
Lutte-Lens.com (Mark Lundy)
Wrestlers Are Warriors (Tony Rotundo)
Follow Justin Hoch on Instagram and Twitter for his photos

World Championships News
Dake repeats as World Champion, Snyder gets bronze, USA is third as team to close out World Championships
Final Tokyo watch: Russia qualifies nine for Olympics, with Japan and Kazakhstan next with eight
Amine, Micic qualify weight for Olympics, the top efforts of U.S. collegians wrestling for other nations
Graff wins repechage match to reach 61 kg bronze medal bout at World Wrestling Championships
Cox repeats as World champion, Burroughs wins bronze medal at World Championships
Tokyo watch for Saturday: Japan leads with eight qualifiers; Russia and Kazakhstan top men’s freestyle with three
Dake to go for gold, Snyder to wrestle for bronze at World Championships
Snyder and Dake reach semifinals at World Championships; Snyder qualifies weight for 2020 Olympics
Experienced U.S. World Grappling team to compete in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, Sept. 21-22
ICYMI: Russia’s Uguev, Rashidov win first two men’s freestyle golds at World Championships
Mensah-Stock wins gold at World Championships; USA has three women World champions for the first time
Tokyo watch for Friday: Japan takes lead with seven Olympic qualifiers, including five of the six women’s spots
Snyder, Dake, Graff, Downey receive draw for day three of men’s freestyle at World Championships
Cox reaches finals at World Championships; Burroughs to compete for bronze medal
Burroughs, Cox reach semifinals at World Championships; Burroughs qualifies weight for 2020 Olympics
Burroughs, Cox, Green, Gwiazdowski receive draw for day two of men’s freestyle at World Championships
Tokyo watch for Thursday: China and Japan add two more qualifiers, five nations have four qualifiers
HISTORY! Adeline Gray becomes the first five-time Senior World champion in USA history
Fix, Retherford drop bouts and are not eligible for repechage in men’s freestyle at World Championship
Mensah-Stock to go for gold at World Championships and qualifies her weight for Olympic Games
Winchester beats Japan’s Irie to win World gold medal at 55 kg, Francis places fifth at 72 kg
Tokyo watch for Wednesday: Russia takes lead in Olympic qualifiers; China gets two women’s Olympic spots
Gray makes finals and will go for a fifth World title; Molinari in bronze bout at World Championships
Women Mensah-Stock, Miracle and men Retherford, Fix receive draw for freestyle at World Championships
Gray, Molinari power to semifinals at World Championships; Gray qualifies her weight for Olympics
Hildebrandt drops repechage bout to Vinesh of India to complete her World Championships
Winchester reaches 55 kg finals at World Championships; Francis to go for bronze, Hildebrandt pulled into repechage
Fumita, Lorincz and Kayaalp claim titles on final day of Greco-Roman World Championships
Tokyo watch for Tuesday: Four nations have qualified three Greco-Roman weight classes for Olympics
Gray, Ragan, Burkert, Molinari receive draw for day two of women's freestyle at World Championships
Winchester reaches semifinals at World Championships; Hildebrandt and Francis still possible for repechage
Borrero Molina, Beleniuk and Evloev take gold on day three of Greco-Roman World Championships
Tokyo watch for Monday: Russia, Germany and Serbia qualify two Greco-Roman spots in 2020 Olympics
Tickets available on Friday for U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling at Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State, April 4-5
Hildebrandt, Conder, Winchester, Francis receive draw for start of women’s freestyle at World Championships
U.S. wrestlers go 1-3, denied repechage on Day three of Greco-Roman World championships
Adam Coon among featured speakers at UWW Press Conference in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
Max Nowry finishes fifth at 55 kg at Greco-Roman World Championships
Coon, Hafizov, Smith receive draw for day two of Greco-Roman at World Championships
Coleman, Rau and Hancock go 1-1, miss repechage on second day of Greco-Roman World Championships
Nowry will wrestle for bronze after winning repechage match
NBC Sports to stream World Championships
Nowry and Stefanowicz pulled into tomorrow's repechage at Greco-Roman World Championships
Krasnoyarsk to Host 2022 World Championships; Bureau adds age and term restrictions
Three Americans hope to be pulled into repechage after first Greco-Roman session of 2019 World Championships
Coleman, Hancock, Rau receive draw for day two of Greco-Roman at World Championships
Help support Team USA Wrestling during the World Championships in Nur-Sultan, KAZ
Nowry, Mango, Bunker, Stefanowicz receive draw for day one of Greco-Roman at World Championships
International journalists predict the winners for the 2019 World Championships in Nur-Sultan
United World Wrestling releases its 2019 World Championships Media and Fan Guide
Meet your Team USA at the 2019 World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
Trackwrestling partners with USA Wrestling for upcoming United World Wrestling Senior World Championships promotion
Willis World Blog: Daily updates from Nur-Sultan
Coleman Scott and Troy Steiner named to women's freestyle World Team staff
Jeff Buxton named U.S. Men’s Freestyle World Team Coach
Bruce Robinson named U.S. Greco-Roman World Team Coach
United World Wrestling releases final entry lists for the World Championships in Nur-Sultan
Retherford earns 65 kg World Team spot over Diakomihalis in one match wrestle-off
Watch 2019 World Championships Live and On-Demand on Trackwrestling
Dake sweeps Dieringer in Final X Special Wrestle-Off to win World Team spot at 79 kg

Women's Acclimation Camp features
Hear from some of the women's freestyle coaches leading into 2019 World Championships
Burkert conquers weight management, feels better than ever leading into 2019 Worlds
The women behind the U.S. Women's Freestyle World Team
Mensah-Stock seeks to convert newly established self-confidence into World gold
Women's freestyle coaches Steiner and Chun talk logistics of acclimation camp in Sicily
Women's Freestyle Team begins acclimation camp in Sicily

Weight Class Previews

Men's freestyle
57 kg/125.5 lbs. 
61 kg/134 lbs.
65 kg/143 lbs. 
70 kg/154 lbs. 
74 kg/163 lbs. 
79 kg/174 lbs.
86 kg/189 lbs. 
92 kg/202.5 lbs. 
97 kg/213.75 lbs. 
125 kg/275 lbs.

Women's freestyle
50 kg/110 lbs. 
53 kg/116.5 lbs. 
55 kg/121 lbs. 
57 kg/125.5 lbs.
59 kg/130 lbs. 
62 kg/136.5 lbs. 
65 kg/143 lbs.
68 kg/149.75 lbs.
72 kg/158.5 lbs.
76 kg/167.5 lbs. 

Greco-Roman
55 kg/121 lbs. 
60 kg/132 lbs.
63 kg /138.75 lbs. 
67 kg/147.5 lbs. 
72 kg/158.5 lbs. 
77 kg/169.5 lbs.
82 kg/180.5 lbs. 
87 kg/191.5 lbs. 
97 kg/213.75 lbs. 
130 kg/286 lbs.

ORIGINALLY POSTED AT: https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2019/September/12/2019-Senior-World-Championships-Special-Section

Mensah-Stock seeks to convert newly established self-confidence into World gold

Published January 31st, 2020 by Jonny

Mensah-Stock seeks to convert newly established self-confidence into World gold

BY TAYLOR MILLER, USA WRESTLING | SEPT. 09, 2019, 5:50 A.M. (ET)

Photo by Taylor Miller, USA Wrestling.

Tamyra Mensah-Stock is pound-for-pound one of the most dominant wrestlers the USA has to offer in any style. However, once upon a time, she would have been surprised to hear that. 

Over the last four years, Mensah-Stock, who represents the USA at 68 kg in women’s freestyle, has become a rising talent not only on the domestic level but also internationally. 

In 2016, she won the Olympic Trials but was unable to qualify the weight for the Games. In 2017, she made the World Team and competed in Paris, France. In 2018, she won a World bronze medal. And this year, she plans to trade it in for a World title. 

Mensah-Stock will admit that her belief in herself, or lack thereof, has been a big obstacle for her in the past. 

“It’s been something that I struggled with since I started wrestling,” she said. “I think there have only been three times in my entire wrestling career where I’ve lost a match because they actually outwrestled me. All the other times, it was due to mental fatigue or not believing in myself. I didn’t want to talk about it in the past because I thought that I was by myself in feeling that way. But because I’ve decided to be more open about it, I’ve been able to deal with it and resolve it.”

This year, she has tackled that mental stumbling block and has been absolutely dominant all year long. So much so that she enters the World Championships as the No. 2 seed. 

This season, she competed in three of the four UWW Rankings Series events and claimed the top spot at all three tournaments: Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix, Dan Kolov International and City of Sassari Tournament. She also won gold at the Pan American Championships as well as the Pan American Games. 

She attributes part of her success to the belief that others have in her. 

“Having people around me who believe in me has made me so much more confident. Not me. I can’t build myself up as much as they can. They bring it out of me,” Mensah-Stock said. “I know we all have that power deep within us, but it’s all something that we struggle with. It’s not as big of a struggle as it used it used to be, but I work on it every single day. Confidence has been playing a big role. Once I believe in myself and I have all these people backing me, it’s hard to stop me. It’s such a powerful thought to me that it gives me goosebumps.”

Mensah-Stock leaves for the 2019 World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, in just a few days. When she returns to the United States, she plans to do so with a gold medal around her neck.  

 “I believe that this year I can be a World champion,” she said. “I keep playing it in my mind. I cannot let myself give up if I’m in a tough scramble, or even if I’m up by five points. I just have to make sure that I stay focused and that I’m ready for anything.”

*ORIGINALLY POSTED AT: 

1.https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2019/September/09/Mensah-Stock-seeks-to-convert-newly-established-self-confidence-into-World-gold

Statement Regarding Wayne Boyd

Published August 23rd, 2019 by Jonny

In regards to the news last week regarding the allegations against Mr. Boyd, he was charged with 8 separate counts pertaining to an incident that occurred at his residence in 2016.  The incident did not involve any individuals associated with TMWC, its staff or any of their athletes or affiliates.  Today he was acquitted of three (3) of the charges, but was found guilty of three (3) misdemeanors and two (2) felonies.  

Mr. Boyd has informed us that he “...will be vigorously pursuing his appeal on all these charges; all of which were totally unfounded especially in light of the fact that the Prosecution granted the victim immunity for perjury and theft of money from me."

Mr. Boyd has submitted his immediate resignation to Titan Mercury Wrestling Club.

*Updated on Monday, August 26th, 2019 at 4:30 PM

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