(R) Sarah Hildebrandt is announced as the winner of the 53 kg weight class at the Ivan Yargin Memorial International on Jan. 26, 2018 in Krasnoyarski, Russia.
This weekend was a big one for Sarah Hildebrandt and Tamyra Mensah-Stock, whose gold medal performances highlighted the U.S. freestyle wrestling team’s showing at the Ivan Yarygin Memorial International in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
The U.S. won a total of five medals at the prestigious tournament.
Mensah-Stock became the first American in any style to win three Ivan Yarygin titles after defeating Yuka Kagami of Japan in the 72-kilogram class. The 2018 world bronze medalist notched back-to-back wins over Russia’s Evgenia Zakharchenko and Tatyana Kolesnikova to reach the final, where she pinned Kagami with the clock at 2:43. Last year the 26-year-old from Katy, Texas, became the first American to win consecutive gold medals at the tournament.
Hildebrandt, who won her first world championship medal with the silver at 53 kg. back in the fall, is now the seventh woman in U.S. history to win an Ivan Yarygin title.
The 25-year-old from Granger, Indiana, grabbed an early lead but trailed Russia’s Natalya Malysheva of Russia, 4-2, late in the championship bout. Two points on exposure with 20 seconds left and then two more for a takedown earned her the win.
Victoria Anthony, 27, also medaled, winning the bronze in the women’s 50 kg. class. The two-time junior world champion lost in the semifinals to Anzhelika Vetoshkina of Russia but defeated Elena Vostrikova, also of Russia, 6-1 by decision for the bronze.
Both Thomas Gilman and Alexander Dieringer won bronze medals in the men’s bracket.
Gilman, a 2017 world silver medalist, was defeated in the quarterfinals by Russia’s Abasgadzhi Magomedov but came through the repechage and defeated Mongolia’s Erdenebat Bekhbayar by decision, 14-8.
Dieringer lost in the semifinals to Russia’s Akhmed Gadzhimagomedov and was slated to wrestle in the bronze-medal match against Russia’s Alan Zaseev. Zaseev did not weigh in, however, and Dieringer got the bronze.