Elena Pirozhkova named USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week
Elena Pirozhkova (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC) has been named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week.
Each week, TheMat.com will select an Athlete of the Week, based upon performance within wrestling for that week. The selection committee will consider any level of wrestling, from youth programs through the Senior level.
Pirozhkova moved up a weight class to win a gold medal at the Heydar Aliyev FILA Golden Grand Prix on Saturday in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Pirozhkova, a three-time World medalist, won four matches on the way to the women’s freestyle title at 67 kg/147.5 lbs. She defeated Alina Makhynia of Ukraine 3-1 in the finals.
Pirozhkova opened with a 4-0 victory over U.S. teammate Veronica Carlson. In the quarterfinals, she scored an 8-0 technical fall over Nasanburmaa Ochirbat of Mongolia. Her semifinal win was over Yoshiko Inoue of Japan, 2-0.
With the victory, Pirozhkova earned the $10,000 prize money awarded to champions by the event hosts, as well as $3,000 in USA Wrestling National Team bonuses.
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