Anthony wins gold Maroulis gets bronze at Junior World Championships in HungaryBUDAPEST, Hungary - Victoria Anthony (Huntington Beach, Calif./New York AC) became a two-time Junior World champion, after winning the gold medal at 48 kg/105.5 lbs. at the Junior World Championships at the Syma Arena on Friday.
Anthony defeated Davaasuren Bayarmagnai of Mongolia in gold-medal match, 1-0, 6-0.
Anthony claimed the first period with a clinch, then won the second period by technical fall after taking Bayarmagnai down, then turning her multiple times with an ankle lace.
"I was excited for the match. I couldn't calm down the whole time. I think I brought that to the match, that intensity. And just not holding back. Opening up was the big thing for me" said Anthony.
She reached the finals with wins over Yasmine Abigai Leon Martinez of Mexico, Lenka Matajova of Slovakia and Jaqueline Schellen of Germany.
Anthony won a Junior World gold medal in 2009 at 44 kg/97 lbs., and moved up in weight this year to win her second straight Junior World title.
"It gives me great pleasure to see her succeed" said Izzy Izboinikov, Assistant National Women's Coach for USA Wrestling. "I was fortunate enough to see her win a second World title. She joins an exclusive club of multiple Junior World champions. There aren't too many of them."
"It started day one of her preparation" he said. "We saw a different Vicky this year. She was on a mission, just to be the best in the world. Not just to win a title, but really to be the absolute best wrestler in the world."
Maroulis won her second career Junior World bronze medal, defeating Karima Sanchez Ramis of Spain, 5-0, 3-1 in the bronze-medal match. Maroulis was the aggressor in the match and got things rolling with a slick three-point takedown in the first period. Maroulis was also a Junior World bronze medalist in 2008.
She ended with a 4-1 record for the tournament. Her only loss came in the quarterfinals to Yu Horiuchi of Japan. It was Horiuchi who beat Maroulis in the 2008 Junior Worlds as well.
Last year, Anthony competed for Simon Fraser Univ. in Canada and Maroulis wrestled for Missouri Baptist. Next year, Maroulis will join Anthony as a student at Simon Fraser.
Placing fifth at 72 kg/158.5 lbs. was Brittany Delgado (Fountain Inn, S.C./Gator WC/OCU), who was defeated in the bronze-medal match by Xinyi Liu of China, 3-5, 0-3. Delgado trailed 5-0 in the first period when she reversed Liu to her back and held her for a minute, almost getting the fall. In the second period, Liu scored the only takedowns to close out the match.
Delgado went 2-2 for the tournament. Her only other loss came to the eventual champion at the weight class, Russia's Natalia Vorobieva.
The United States finished with three medalists, with Amy Whitbeck (Duanesburg, N.Y./New York AC) taking a bronze on Thursday at 51 kg/112.25 lbs.
As a team, the USA was sixth with 33 points. Russia won the team title with 59 points, followed by China and Japan with 44 points. China took second on the tie breaking procedures.
JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Budapest, Hungary, July 23
48 kg/105.5 lbs.
1 Victoria Anthony (USA)
2 Davaasuren Bayarmagnai (Mongolia)
3 Tatyana Samkova (Russia)
3 Jaqueline Schellin (Germany)
5 Pepa Valcheva Dimitrova (Bulgaria)
5 Lenka Matejova (Slovakia)
7 Khrystyna Daranutsa (Ukraine)
8 Vanesa Kaladzinskaya (Belarus)
9 Burcu Kepic (Turkey)
10 Mika Naganuma (Japan)
55 kg/121 lbs.
1 Yu Horiuchi (Japan)
2 Yuliya Blahinya (Ukraine)
3 Irina Olgonova (Russia)]
3 Helen Maroulis (USA)
5 Brianne Barry (Canada)
5 Karima Sanchez Ramis (Spain)
7 Nomin-Erdene Batbaatar (Mongolia)
8 Zalina Sidakova (Belarus)
9 Rim Ayari (Tunisia)
10 Tatiana Debien (France)
63 kg/138.75 lbs.
1 Danielle Lappage (Canada)
2 Valeria Lazinskaya (Russia)
3 Taybe Mustafa Yusein (Bulgaria)
3 Aline Focken (Germany)
5 Anna Fedorova (Ukraine)
5 Dailane Gomes dos Reis (Brazil)
7 Panpan Yang (China)
8 Irene Garcia (Spain)
9 Rio Watari (Japan)
10 Anastasiya Huchok (Belarus)
72 kg/158.5 lbs.
1 Natalia Vorobyeva (Russia)
2 Cinthya Vanessa Vescan (France)
3 Yuliya Dravaziuk (Belarus)
3 Xinyi Liu (China)
5 Kubra Yucel (Turkey)
5 Brittany Delgado (USA)
7 Epp Mae (Estonia)
8 Shiori Tateko (Japan)
9 Han-Bit Kang (Korea)
10 Elmira Syzdykova (Kazakhstan)
U.S. Women's Freestyle performances
48 kg/105.75 lbs. - Victoria Anthony, Huntington Beach, Calif. (New York AC), 1st
WIN Yasmine Abigai Leon Martinez (Mexico), 6-0, pin 0:24
WIN Lenka Matajova (Slovakia), 0-1, 4-1, 2-0
WIN Jaqueline Schellen (Germany), 4-1, 1-0
WIN Davaasuren Bayarmagnai (Mongolia), 1-0, 6-0
55 kg / 121 lbs. - Helen Maroulis, Rockville, Md. (New York AC), 3rd
WIN Maria Gaidau (Moldova), 6-0, 6-0
WIN Rickhangul Gukharbakiev (Kazakhstan), 3-0, 6-0
LOSS Yu Horiuchi (Japan), 0-1, 3-0, 0-1
WIN Hafize Sahin (Turkey), 1-0, inj. dft 0:59
WIN Karima Sanchez Ramis (Spain), 5-0, 3-1
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Lauren Louvie, Massillon, Ohio (Univ. of the Cumberlands), dnp/14th
LOSS Anna Fedorova (Ukraine), 1-1, 0-1
72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Brittany Delgado, Fountain Inn, S.C. (Gator WC/OCU), 5th
WIN Naranchimeg Batsaikhan (Mongolia), 2-0, 3-0
WIN Epp Mae (Estonia), 2-3, 2-1, 1-0
LOSS Natalia Vorobieva (Russia), 3-4, 3-4
LOSS Xinyi Liu (China), 3-5, 0-3
Women's freestyle team standings
1 RUSSIA (RUS) 59
2 CHINA (CHN) 44
2 JAPAN (JPN) 44
4 MONGOLIA (MGL) 43
5 UKRAINE (UKR) 41
6 UNITED STATES (USA) 33
7 GERMANY (GER) 20
8 CANADA (CAN) 16
8 INDIA (IND) 16
10 BULGARIA (BUL)15
10 BELARUS (BLR) 15
12 FRANCE (FRA) 14
13 TURKEY (TUR) 13
14 AZERBAIJAN (AZE)10
15 NORWAY (NOR) 9
15 SPAIN (ESP) 9
15 ROMANIA (ROU) 9
18 KOREA (KOR) 8
19 BRASIL (BRA) 6
19 SLOVAKIA (SVK)6
19 UZBEKISTAN (UZB)6
19 KAZAKHSTAN (KAZ)6
23 LATVIA (LAT) 5
24 ESTONIA (EST)4
25 MOLDOVA (MDA)2
25 TUNISIA (TUN) 2
27 HUNGARY (HUN) 1