American Wrestlers Secure Three Additional Medals at World Championships

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American Wrestlers Secure Three Additional Medals at World Championships

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U.S. wrestlers continued to shine at the world championships, securing three more medals on Tuesday, bringing the nation’s total to nine in just three days, catapulting them to the top of the standings.

Jacarra Winchester claimed the silver medal, Jennifer Page earned a bronze, and Kyle Snyder also secured a bronze in the competition held in Belgrade. Additionally, Macey Kilty is poised to win a medal on Wednesday as she competes in a gold-medal match in the 65kg category.

In the women’s 55kg final, Winchester narrowly fell short with a 4-2 defeat against Japan’s Haruna Okuno. Despite the outcome, Winchester, the 2019 World 55kg champion, acknowledged it was a good tournament but expressed disappointment, as her ultimate goal was to become a world champion. She now plans to assess her options for the upcoming Olympic Trials in April, considering whether to move down to 53kg or up to 57kg weight class.

Four years ago, Winchester made the decision to shift to the 53kg category, where she earned a spot in the Olympic Trials and competed in the bronze-medal match at the Tokyo Olympics, narrowly missing out on a medal.

Reflecting on her Tokyo experience, Winchester expressed her desire to go beyond being just an Olympian and instead become an Olympic champion. She is determined to achieve this goal.

Dominique Parrish, the 2022 World champion at 53kg, will begin her title defense on Wednesday.

Jennifer Page, making her senior world debut at the age of 30, secured a bronze medal by pinning Alyona Kolesnik of Azerbaijan in the 59kg category, which is not an Olympic weight class. Page is expected to consider competing in either the 57kg or 62kg category for the Olympic Trials. She had previously competed at 62kg and finished third in the Tokyo Olympic Trials at that weight.

Kyle Snyder earned his seventh consecutive world championships medal at 97kg when his opponent, Russian Abdulrashid Sadulayev, forfeited due to injury before their bronze-medal match.

Snyder and Sadulayev had dominated the division, claiming the previous eight Olympic or world titles. However, both were upset by Russian-turned-Bahraini Akhmed Tazhudinov in the early rounds on Monday. Tazhudinov went on to win the gold-medal match via pin.

Snyder, as a reigning world medalist, will receive a bye into the Olympic Trials finals in April.

Three of the most accomplished active female wrestlers from the United States each faced a loss on Tuesday but will compete for bronze on Wednesday.

Helen Maroulis, the first U.S. woman to win Olympic wrestling gold in 2016, suffered a 6-0 defeat in the semifinals against Japan’s Tsugumi Sakurai, a rematch of last year’s 57kg final.

Adeline Gray, a six-time world champion who made the U.S. team after giving birth to twins in July 2022, lost her 76kg quarterfinal to Japan’s Yuka Kagami with a score of 4-1. Given that Kagami advanced to the final, Gray was granted another opportunity to compete for a bronze medal in the repechage.

Sarah Hildebrandt, a four-time medalist at the Olympics and worlds, had hoped to face Japan’s four-time global champion, Yui Sasaki, in the 50kg final. However, Hildebrandt fell in the semifinals to Mongolia’s Dolgorjavyn Otgonjargal with a score of 7-5.

Reference:

https://www.nbcsports.com/olympics/news/jacarra-winchester-kyle-snyder-helen-maroulis-wrestling-world-championships

https://www.kadn.com/sports/olympics/u-s-wrestlers-win-three-more-medals-at-world-championships/article_98546f0a-daf8-5ca7-ae4a-e520546935c5.html

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