By Gary R. Blockus | Aug. 24, 2017, 5:54 p.m. (ET)

Alli Ragan competes against Risako Kawai of Japan in the final of the women's 60 kg. at the 2017 UWW World Wrestling Championships on Aug. 24, 2017 in Paris.

 

Alli Ragan won a world championship silver medal for the second year in a row and Team USA finished tied for second overall as the women completed their portion of the 2017 UWW World Wrestling Championships on Thursday in Paris.

Ragan, ranked No. 2 at 60 kg. heading into the tournament, lost to top-seeded Risako Kawai of Japan on a technical fall by the score of 13-0.

Ragan, a world silver medalist in 2016 and the current Pan American champion, couldn’t stave off Kawai’s single and double leg attacks.  Kawai is the reigning Olympic champion at 63 kilos and the 2015 world silver medalist.

It proved to be a tough end for Ragan, who looked dominating in three prior matches heading into the finals. She pinned 2014 world bronze medalist Anastasija Grigorijevain of Latvia in 4:43 of the semifinals to make the world finals in the non-Olympic weight for the second straight year.

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Ragan earned a tough 4-0 decision over 2017 European bronze medalist Luisa Niemesch of Germany in the quarterfinals after scoring a takedown in the second period. Ragan also scored two points off shot clock expirations. She scored five takedowns to open the tournament with a 10-0 win over Hungary’s Gabriella Sleisz.

Victoria Anthony, the 2017 Pan American champion at 48 kg., came up short in the bronze-medal match against North Korea’s Son-hyang Kim, losing 11-1, and ended up in fifth place because she came out of the repechage bracket.

Japan won the team title with 60 points, followed by the U.S. and Belarus, which were tied with 30 points.

The U.S. last placed second as a team in 2003 when the world championships were held Madison Square Garden in New York City. Team USA lost a tiebreaker against Japan for first place that was based on most individual champions.

The U.S. picked up a gold medal from Helen Maroulis (58 kg.) and bronze from Becka Lethers (55 kg.) on Wednesday. Men’s freestyle action begins on Friday.

Gary R. Blockus is a journalist from Allentown, Pennsylvania who has covered multiple Olympic Games. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.