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Maroulis & Gray Dominate to World Gold

Adeline Gray & Helen Maroulis dominated their way to World Championships on Day 4. The atmosphere was electric as the crowd cheered on the final matches in what was an amazing performance all day from both women. Those final matches came with two tech falls to cap it off. 

Gray wins her 3rd world title and her 5th world medal in what is becoming a career few can compare to in the United States and she won't turn 25 until January. 

Maroulis wins her first world title, in what seemed like an inevitability just days before she turns 24. Helen absolutely dominated the competition all day never actually being scored upon. It was truly an incredible sight to see someone be that far away above the rest of the field. 

On the disappointing side of things, it's another World Championships that has gone by without a medal for Brent Metcalf. He lost to #1 ranked Mohammadi (Iran) 5-4 in a very tight match. Mohammadi then lost in the semis to Chamizo (Italy) when he was caught and pinned. It's another year where Metcalf has not wrestled a repechage match. He is 3-4 at world championships. It's frustration all around as it appears Metcalf is on the level of the best in the world, but without a medal to show for it. 

It is worth noting that this is the Chamizo that James Green beat earlier this summer. It's a higher weight, but impressive to beat a world champion as we have been saying how Green could be really dangerous in the non-Olympic weight.

Alli Ragan & Erin Clodgo both were not pulled in to repechage. 

It was kind of entertaining seeing what was trending on Twitter on Day 4. Apparently the Wrestling community was giving actress Laurie Metcalf a hell of a bump in popularity. Mat B was trending for awhile being replaced with Mat D and then Mat B took over again. It was nice to Adeline Gray trending for awhile as well. 

Medal winners

Women’s freestyle

55 kg/121 lbs.
Gold – Helen Maroulis (USA)
Silver – Irina Ologonova (Russia)
Bronze – Evelina Nikolova (Bulgaria)
Bronze – Tetyana Kit (Ukraine)

58 kg/128 lbs.
Gold – Kaori Icho (Japan)
Silver – Petra Olli (Finland)
Bronze – Elif Yeslirmak (Turkey)
Bronze – Yuliya Ratkevich (Azerbaijan)

63 kg/138.75 lbs.
Gold – Battsetseg Soronzonbold (Mongolia)
Silver – Risako Kawai (Japan)
Bronze – Yulia Tkach (Ukraine)
Bronze – Taybe Yusein (Bulgaria)

75 kg/165 lbs.
Gold – Adeline Gray (USA)
Silver – Qian Zhou (China)
Bronze – Mae Epp (Estonia)
Bronze – Vasilisa Marzaliuk (Belarus)

Men’s freestyle

65 kg/143 lbs.
Gold – Frank Chamizo (Italy)
Silver – Ikhtiyor Navruzov (Uzbekistan)
Bronze – Soslan Ramonov (Russia)
Bronze – Sayed Mohammadi (Iran)

Finals matchups

Women’s freestyle

55 kg/121 lbs.
Helen Maroulis (USA) won by tech. fall over Irina Ologonova (Russia), 11-0

58 kg/128 lbs.
Kaori Icho (Japan) won by tech. fall over Petra Olli (Finland), 10-0

63 kg/138.75
Battsetseg Soronzonbold (Mongolia) pinned Risako Kawai (Japan), 0:36

75 kg/165 lbs.
Adeline Gray (USA) won by tech. fall over Qian Zhou (China), 13-2

Men’s freestyle

65 kg/143 lbs.
Frank Chamizo (Italy) dec. Ikhtiyor Navruzov (Uzbekistan), 4-3

U.S. performances

Women’s freestyle

55 kg/121 lbs. – Helen Maroulis, Huntington Beach, Calif. (Sunkist Kids) – GOLD MEDAL
WIN Brenda Fernandez Salazar (Mexico), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Evelina Nikolova (Bulgaria), 3:33
WIN Qianyu Pang (China), 5-0
WIN Irina Ologonova (Russia), tech. fall 11-0

58 kg/128 lbs. – Alli Ragan, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
WIN Shoovdor Baatarjav (Mongolia), 4-2
LOSS Jackeline Renteria (Colombia), 0-5

63 kg/138.75 lbs. – Erin Clodgo, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
LOSS Katerina Vidiaux (Cuba), 6-11

75 kg/165 lbs. – Adeline Gray, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC) – GOLD MEDAL
WIN Naranchimeg Gelegjamts (Mongolia), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Vasilisa Marzaliuk (Belarus), 6-0
WIN Daria Osocka (Poland), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Aline da Silva (Brazil), 10-2
WIN Qian Zhou (China), tech. fall 13-2

Men’s freestyle

65 kg/143 lbs. – Brent Metcalf, Iowa City, Iowa (New York AC) – 10th
WIN Norbert Lukacs (Hungary), 11-0
WIN Katal Yeerlanbieke (China), 5-3
LOSS Sayed Mohammadi (Iran), 4-5