American women shine in Oslo
The US women’s freestyle team put in another historic performance at the World Championships in Oslo, finishing second behind Japan in the team race while also tying a US women’s record with seven medalists, including champions Adeline Gray and Helen Maroulis.
Sarah Hildebrandt won her second world silver medal, and the first since 2018, at 50 kg. Jenna Burkert won bronze at 55 kg. Maroulis won gold at 57 kg; Kayla Miracle won a silver medal at 62 kg; Forrest Molinari won bronze at 65 kg; Tamyra Mensah Stock won bronze at 68 kg; and Gray did his job at 76 kg. In total, these are two gold, two silver and three bronze for the American women.
Japan won the team race with 196 points, with the United States second at 147 and Mongolia third at 78.
Just four months ago, Maroulis lost two matches at the Polish Open, including a 13-0 loss to Nigerian Odunayo Adekuoroye. Over the next 120 days, she returned to the old form, winning an Olympic bronze medal and her fourth world-level title at Olso. It was his first gold medal since 2017, the culmination of a long comeback marked by coach changes and concussions.
“It’s amazing,” Maroulis said after pinning Indian Anshu Anshu at 3:59. “It’s such a good feeling. There is nothing like holding your flag and representing your country.
Maroulis lost 1-0 in the first period after Anshu scored an activity clock point, but the Maryland native held the second period, securing an out which she converted to an arm bar for the fall at 3:59. With his 2016 Olympic gold and 2021 Olympic bronze, Maroulis now has four world titles and seven world medals in total.
Adeline Gray became a six-time world champion and a nine-time world medalist in Oslo, equaling Jordan Burroughs and John Smith for the most world-level titles of all time by an American wrestler (including her Olympic gold), and tied legend Kristi Marano -Davis for the most medals of all time for American women. Marano-Davis won two world titles (2000 and 2003), although she was never able to compete in the Olympics.
Gray, a member of the Beaver Dam RTC, worked his way to the title with four falls, although it was not easy in his last game against Estonian Epp Mae. Defeated 4-0 early in the second period, Gray had to come back for the win, resuming the game with her first out halfway through the second to bring the score to 4-2. Moments later, the Olympic silver medalist countered a shot from Mae and secured a trapped arm to work position in the fall at 5:58. For the sixth time on the world stage, Gray ran around the carpet draped with the American flag.
“It’s about opening up and finding the moments,” Gray said afterward. “People are smart. They understand what my first attacks are and a lot of times are able to score with my first attacks… but I’m a smart wrestler and I can adapt and that’s what a smart wrestler does is make those adjustments to mid-game.
One of Oslo’s most dramatic and shocking moments came when Rin Miyaji of Japan pinned Olympic gold medalist Tamyra Mensah Stock with a cradle in 21 seconds. Mensah Stock fired a shot early in the first and was hit in the hip as Miyaji defended the attack. The Japanese wrestler immediately locked a cradle and secured the fall, much to the shock of American wrestling fans and the gold medal’s dismay. Despite this, Mensah-Stock went to the line and immediately waved the sign “love” with her hands, just like the women of the US team did in Tokyo, showing the character and heart that many fans have come to know. to like.
The next day, Mensah Stock came back from the devastating defeat to win bronze with a dominant performance over Adela Hanzlickova of Czechoslovakia. She showed her world-class skills in a neutral position with five eliminations to win the game 10-1 and take bronze, her fourth world medal.
It was very tight for seed Hildebrandt in the 50kg final against Japan’s Remina Yoshimoto. The American star scored the first with an activity clock point and a withdrawal from a hip-to-hip scrum, jumping ahead 3-0. Yoshimoto scored late in the first period to make it 3-2 at the break, then added his own cutout to bring the score to 3-3 with a standard lead. In the middle of the second, Hildebrandt got into trouble after an attempt to move to the outside, resulting in a savage scramble that eventually led to Yoshimoto getting a turn to take the score to 5-3, which would ultimately be the final score.
In the 55kg bronze match, Jenna Burkert faced Pinki Pinki of India, winning bronze with a 5-2 decision. By winning a medal, Burkert fulfilled a personal dream and completed the story many American fans wanted after his heartbreaking loss at the Olympic Trials to Maroulis last April. It wasn’t until a few weeks after her mother passed away, and in her last loss of the three-game series, she spoke to the world of viewers on NBC, “I’m sorry mum.” In the bronze medal match, Burkert struggled as if she had no intention of losing. Going up 5-0 in the second, she had to fend off a few late attacks but held on to climb to the podium on her fourth visit to the World Championships.
At 62kg, Kayla Miracle managed to win her first world medal by advancing to the final, ultimately losing 7-0 to Olympic silver medalist Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan. After securing technological drops in the first round and quarterfinals, she had a much closer game in the semifinals, a 2-0 positional battle against Brazil’s Lais Nunes De Oliveira. After Miracle’s heartbreaking exit in the first round of the Olympics, the Campbellsville graduate justified herself with her silver medal and, like many other senior level wrestlers around the world, will now reset and watch into the future after a long training cycle.
After taking fifth place in 2018 and 2019, Molinari ascended the podium in a dominant fashion, taking a 12-1 victory over Maryia Mamashuk (Belarus) in the bronze match. Her aggressive heavy hands and strong defensive approach have served her well, repelling many of Mamashuk’s attacks and even turning them into her own points. Leading 6-0 at the break, Molinari marked the technological drop in the middle of the second for bronze. The King University graduate needed a last-second score to defeat 2018 world silver medalist Koumba Larroque of France in the quarter-finals, even though she would lose to Japan’s Miwa Morikawa 6-2 in semi-final to win the bronze match.
At 59 kg, Maya Nelson landed in fifth place after a controversial loss in the bronze match. The 2017 junior world champion was leading 3-0 at the break but suffered a shoulder injury early in the second. After screaming in obvious pain and receiving treatment from coaches and coaches, she continued the game, after taking a few minutes of added time. A few calls went against Nelson in the final minutes, and she fell to Shoovdor Baatarjav of Mongolia 4-3.
Amy Fearnside (53kg) and Kylie Welker (72kg) both lost their first round games and were ultimately eliminated from the draft.
In the end, the American women’s team continued to prove that this was one of the best programs in the world, ending a year of exploits at the Olympics and Worlds.