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Adeline Has Her Crown Back

Adeline Gray won her 4th World Championship with an incredible performance, especially she didn’t wrestle a match in 2017. Her road wasn’t easy either. She had to defeat several tough opponents including Olympic Gold Wiebe (Canada) and then in the finals defending champions Adar (Turkey). In that final, Gray got to a shot, finished to the inside, and locked up her signature lace in the middle of the mat to finish it. Adeline is back on top which is an amazing luxury for USA Wrestling.

In what will be the biggest upset of the week, Helen Maroulis was in on a shot when Kolesnik (Azerbaijan) hipped in and finished with a pin. Maroulis suffered a concussion in the India Pro League early this year, and it affected her preparation.

Sarah Hildebrandt wins her first medal claiming silver in just her second trip to a World Championship. She stormed to the finals scoring a lot of points and showing an impressive par terre game. The silver caps an impressive 2018 for her that included having to defeat Olympian Augello for the spot.

Tamyra Mensah claimed bronze for her first World Championship medal. Her run included an impressive win over Battsetseg (Mongolia), a 2-time World Champion, with a 10-0 tech. Mensah has had a lot of impressive international wins, including winning the Yarygin twice, and it is great to see her finally break through on the big stage and win a medal.

Mallory Velte made it four medals for Team USA Women when she claimed bronze. It was her second straight trip to the World Championship and her first medal. Velts was showing a lot more aggression and points as the 3-time WCWA Champion continues to develop.

Forrest Molinari made the bronze medal match, but fell 1-1 in a shot clock match. Wrestling in her first World Championship, she had two impressive wins including a come from behind lefty headlock for a pin.

Group Three U.S. women’s freestyle performances

50 kg/110 lbs. - Whitney Conder, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP), dnp/14th
LOSS Son-Hyang Kim (North Korea), 7-2

53 kg/116.5 lbs. - Sarah Hildebrandt, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC/OTC), silver medal
WIN Jyldyz Eshimova (Kazakhstan), 5-1
WIN Anzhela Dorogan (Azerbaijan), 15-9
WIN Diana Mary Weicker (Canada), tech. fall 10-0
LOSS Haruna Okuno (Japan), tech. fall 11-0

57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Helen Maroulis, New York, N.Y. (Sunkist Kids/NYCRTC), dnp/21st
LOSS Alyona Kolesnik (Azerbaijan), pin 3:46

62 kg/136.5 lbs. - Mallory Velte, Sacramento, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC), bronze medal
WIN Sara Dal Col (Italy), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Jackeline Renteria Castillo (Colombia), 14-6
WIN Gantuya Enkhbat (Mongolia), tech. fall 14-4
LOSS Taybe Yusein (Bulgaria), pin 2:17
WIN Lais Nunes de Oliveira (Brazil), 2-1

Group Two U.S. women’s freestyle results

65 kg/143 lbs. - Forrest Molinari, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/OTC), 5th place
WIN Leidy Izquerdo Mendez (Colombia), 4-0
LOSS Danielle Lappage (Canada), 6-2
WIN Mariia Kuznetsova (Russia), pin 5:25
LOSS Iryna Netreba (Azerbaijan), 1-1

68 kg/149.75 lbs. - Tamyra Mensah-Stock, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OTC), bronze medal
WIN Yudaris Sanchez Rodriguez (Cuba), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Battsetseg Soronzonbold (Mongolia), tech. fall 10-0 
LOSS Koumba Larroque (France), 2-1
WIN Olivia Di Bacco (Canada), 7-4

72 kg/158.5 lbs.- Erin Clodgo, Richmond, Vermont (Sunkist Kids), 7th place
WIN Anastasia Zimiankova (Belarus), 5-0
LOSS Tatiana Kolesnikova Morozova (Russia), 6-4

76 kg/167.5 lbs. - Adeline Gray, Kingston, Pa. (New York AC), gold medal
WIN Epp Mae (Estonia), 10-0 technical fall 
WIN Elmira Syzdykova (Kazakhstan), pin 4:49
WIN Erica Wiebe (Canada), 3-1
WIN Yasemin Adar (Turkey), tech. fall 13-1

Team Standings
1. Japan, 156
2. China, 119
3. United States, 103
4. Canada, 89
5. Mongolia, 71
6. Ukraine, 59
7. Turkey, 55
8. India, 51
9. Bulgaria, 47
10. Azerbaijan, 41