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Led By Leathers And Mensah, U.S. Women’s Wrestlers Claim 7 Medals At Grand Prix Of Spain

By Karen Price | July 16, 2017, 12:35 p.m. (ET)

U.S. women's freestyle wrestlers and staff celebrate the team's performance at the Grand Prix of Spain on July 16, 2017 in Madrid.


Team USA closed out a successful weekend of wrestling at the Grand Prix of Spain with the women’s freestyle competition Sunday, when it earned two gold, one silver and four bronze medals.

Seven of the eight U.S. women’s freestyle world team members were in action at the grand prix. Five of them earned medals in the final tune-up before the world championships in August.

Becka Leathers won gold in the 55 kg. weight class, defeating Maria Gurova of Russia by fall.

Tamyra Mensah, the 2016 U.S. Open and U.S. Olympic Team Trials champion, was victorious in the 69 kg. class, getting the 10-0 tech fall win over Russia’s Galina Bulatova in the final match. The U.S. also claimed the bronze medal in that class thanks to Forrest Molinari.

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Kayla Miracle, who opened against 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and nine-time African champion Marwa Anri of Tunisia, took bronze in the 58 kg. class.

Mallory Velte, who was third at the 2016 Olympic trials, also won the bronze at 63 kg. and Victoria Anthony claimed bronze at 48 kg.

Victoria Francis earned the 75 kg. silver after falling to Estonia’s Mae Epp in the championship match.

All are members of the world team except for Miracle and Molinari. Olympic champion Helen Maroulis did not wrestle this weekend.

Seven men’s world team members won gold in freestyle wrestling at the tournament on Saturday. The U.S. will compete at the world championships in Paris beginning Aug. 21.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.