For the first time, USA Women’s Wrestling is bringing back three gold medals from a single World Championship.
Tamyra Mensah-Stock has had a lot of success, but the 26-year old now has the World Championship Gold around her neck. It was a dominant performance only giving up four points in her five wins that was needed to reach the top of the podium. It was a great time for the Gold as the Olympic weight is now qualified, and she will just need two wins at the trials to punch her ticket to her first Olympics.
Jacarra Winchester also claimed her first World Championship. Last year was her first trip to the big dance, and she dropped her semi-final and bronze medal match in the closing seconds as both were heart breakers. This year she flipped the script winning a close semi and then in the finals up 4-3 she avoided a step out with a whizzer and stepped over at the buzzer. This is a non-Olympic weight class, but Jacarra will receive a bye to the semi-finals in the weight she elects to go at the Trials.
Adeline Gray won her 5th World Championship, which is tied for the most in American history. Gray dominated the field. There were a lot of upsets and Minagawa (Japan) made it to her first finals, but Adeline controlled the whole match. This also qualifies the Olympic weight, and she will be in the seat at the trials with just two wins needed to head back to her second Olympics.
Forrest Molinari appeared in a medal match picking up a couple solid wins to make the semi-finals. She lost a heart breaker 5-5 on criteria in the last few seconds, and there was confusion on who was winning with criteria as the Ukrainian opponent had a caution. Molinari gave up par terre points in her bronze medal match to finish 5th.
Victoria Francis also appeared in a medal match after starting her tournament with a pin over Canada. However, she dropped a close one to China 2-1.
The USA Women finish 3rd in the team race and will look to qualify the remaining four weights at the Pan Am Qualifier in March. It will be an interesting off-season with weight class decisions including Winchester and Molinari. There is also the expected return of Helen Maroulis that will factor in.
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
57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Jenna Burkert, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP), dnp/15th
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), dnp/13th
LOSS Anzehlina Lysak (Ukraine), pin 1:34
65 kg/143 lbs. - Forrest Molinari, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC), 5th place
WIN Thi Vinh Nguyen (Vietnam), pin, 2:41
WIN Malin Johanna Mattsson (Sweden), 3-0
LOSS Iryna Koliadenko (Ukraine), 6-5
LOSS Xiaoqian Wang (China), tech fall 10-0
76 kg/167.5 lbs. - Adeline Gray, Denver, Colo. (New York AC), gold medal
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
WIN Hiroe Minagawa Suzuki (Japan), 4-2
62 kg/136.5 lbs. - Kayla Miracle, Iowa City, Iowa (Sunkist Kids/Hawkeye WC), 8th place
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), gold medal
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
WIN Jenny Fransson (Sweden), 8-2