By Karen Price | Nov. 17, 2019, 12:35 p.m. (ET)

Tamyra Mensah-Stock celebrates at the Pan American Games Lima 2019 on Aug. 9, 2019 in Lima, Peru.

 

Despite wins from reigning world champions Jacarra Winchester (55 kg.), Tamyra Mensah-Stock (68 kg.) and Adeline Gray (76 kg.), the U.S. women’s freestyle wrestling team couldn’t get the overall advantage it needed and lost to Japan, 7-3, in the 2019 Women’s World Cup final in Narita, Japan. 

The silver medal is nothing to scoff at, however. It’s the sixth time overall that the team has reached the podium at the meet and the first since 2011, and it did so without three world championship team members.

To get to Japan in the final, the U.S. women first had to get through Mongolia. They’d lost to Mongolia in the bronze-medal match the last three years at the world cup, but this year took a 6-4 victory to go 2-0 in Group B and clinch a spot on the podium. The U.S. got victories from Whitney Conder at 50 kg., Sarah Hildebrandt at 53 kg., 18-year-old Macey Kilty, who was not a member of the world championship team and two weeks ago was wrestling at the U23 World Championships, at 62 kg., Forrest Molinari at 65 kg., Mensah-Stock and Gray. 

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Mensah-Stock finished the weekend 3-0 after her 8-1 decision over Japan’s Naruha Matsuyuki. Gray was also undefeated after pinning Hiroe Minagawa Suzuki in 5:04 to close out her meet. Winchester defeated Akie Hanai, 5-1, in the final. 

This was the last international ranking event for the U.S. women until January 2020, but many will compete at Senior Nationals beginning Dec. 20 in Fort Worth, Texas. The U.S. Olympic Team Trials will take place April 4-5. 

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