World & Olympic medalists lead U.S. Women’s World Cup team to compete in Tokyo, Japan, March 15-16

By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling | Feb. 24, 2014, 10:38 a.m. (ET)
USA Wrestling file photos of World champion Adeline Gray, who will compete at the Women’s World Cup.

The U.S. roster for the 2014 Women’s World Cup, which will be held in Tokyo, Japan, March 15-16, includes a number of past World and Olympic medalists.

The top eight women’s wrestling teams in the world will come together in the annual international dual meet championships. Other nations expected at the Women’s World Cup include host Japan, Mongolia, China, Canada, Russia, Ukraine and Hungary.

Team USA will feature two 2012 World champions on its roster, Elena Pirozhkova (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC) at 63 kg/138.75 lbs. and Adeline Gray (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC/Titan Mercury WC) at 75 kg/165 lbs.

Both are also three-time World medalists, with Pirozhkova boasting a 2010 World silver and a 2013 World bronze, while Gray won World bronze medals in 2011 and 2013. Pirozhkova was also a 2012 U.S. Olympian.

There are three past Olympians on the team. Along with Pirozhkova, 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Randi Miller (Colorado Springs, Colo./Army WCAP) at 69 kg/152 lbs. and 2012 Olympian Kelsey Campbell (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) at 55 kg/121 lbs. will be on the U.S. team in Tokyo.

Miller may also compete at 75 kg/165 lbs. Campbell earned a spot on the U.S. World Cup team with a victory in a Special Wrestle-off at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. on Feb. 22.

2012 World silver medalist Helen Maroulis (Rockville, Md./Sunkist Kids) will compete, along with 2012 and 2013 World bronze medalist Alyssa Lampe (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) at 48 kg/105.5 lbs.

Nine of the athletes on the U.S. roster are past World or Olympic Team members. Other past World Team members who will represent Team USA are Victoria Anthony (Huntington Beach, Calif./Sunkist Kids) at 48 kg/105.5 lbs., Alli Ragan (Carbondale, Ill./New York AC/King Univ.) at 58 kg/127.7 lbs. and Veronica Carlson (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) at 69 kg/152 lbs.

Also competing for the USA is 2013 Junior World bronze medalist Jennifer Page (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC) at 60 kg/132 lbs.

“We have a very strong team. We were third at the World Championships last year. We let some things slide at the World Championships. We are capable of more than third place. We are definitely going over there to win. We have a team that can challenge to win, no matter who we are wrestling. We have high expectations,” said National Women’s Coach Terry Steiner.

The 2013 Women’s World Cup was hosted in Ulan Baator, Mongolia. China won the team title, with Mongolia in second, Japan in third and the United States in fourth.

The last time the United States won the team title at the Women’s World Cup was in 2004.

At Tokyo, Japan, March 15-16

United States roster

48 kg/105.5 lbs. – Alyssa Lampe, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
48 kg/105.5 lbs. – Victoria Anthony, Huntington Beach, Calif. (Sunkist Kids)
53 kg/116 lbs. – Helen Maroulis, Rockville, Md. (Sunkist Kids)
55 kg/121 lbs. – Kelsey Campbell, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
58 kg/127.7 lbs. – Alli Ragan, Carbondale, Ill. (New York AC/King Univ.)
60 kg/132 lbs. – Jennifer Page, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. – Elena Pirozhkova, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC)
69 kg/152 lbs. – Veronica Carlson, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
69 kg/152 lbs. – Randi Miller, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Army WCAP)
75 kg/165 lbs. – Adeline Gray, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC/Titan Mercury WC)
*-Miller may also compete at 75 kg
Team Leader – Les Gutches, Colorado Springs, Colo.
National Women’s Coach – Terry Steiner, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Coach – Seiko Nagashima, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Coach – Billy Wood, Pocatello, Idaho
Referee – Roy Scott, Port Jefferson, N.Y.
Referee – Matt Fiala, Merrick, N.Y.
Medical – Jodi Loecke, Greeley, Colo.

Event Schedule (times in Tokyo, Japan)

Saturday, March 15
10:00 a.m. – Session I
2:30 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies
3:00 p.m. – Session II
5:00 p.m. – Session III

Sunday, March 16
10:00 a.m. – Seventh Place Dual Meet
11:00 a.m. – Fifth Place Dual Meet
2:00 p.m. – Third Place Dual Meet
3:00 p.m. – Championship Dual Meet