Tamyra Stock named USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week

By Richard Immel, USA Wrestling | Jan. 30, 2018, 7:47 p.m. (ET)
Photo: Tamyra Stock becomes the first American to win back-to-back Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix titles last weekend in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Photo: Max Rose-Fyne, United World Wrestling.

Tamyra Stock (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC) has been selected as TheMat.com Athlete of the Week on January 30, 2018.

It was a weekend of historic proportion for Stock and the U.S. team competing at the Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix held in frigid Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Stock journeyed to the 68 kg/149 lbs. gold medal in women's freestyle, and in doing so became the first American to win "the toughest tournament in the world" two years in a row.

It was a controlled, yet dominant effort from Stock in the opening session of wrestling. She picked up wins over Mai Hayakawa of Japan, Yudari Sanchez Rodriguez of Cuba and Iuliia Maksimova Bartnovskaia of Russia to qualify for the gold medal match. In her three preliminary bouts Stock outscored her opponents by a combined 21-1 tally.

Standing opposite Stock in the finals was Chinese rival Yue Han, who previously defeated Stock in the quarterfinals of the 2017 World Championships and went on to win a World bronze medal. After the first period Stock trailed, 1-0, by way of a shot clock point. The second frame boasted a higher pace with the two women trading takedowns. A step-out point in the final moments gave Stock the win, 3-3.

At the time, Stock became the second American to win the event twice, joining 2005 and 2008 champion Sally Roberts on this list. Kyle Snyder entered the ranks of two-time Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix champions the following day, pushing the U.S. total to three. Stock is one of six U.S. women, and 18 total Americans, who have been crowned champions at this tournament.

Stock competed at the 2017 World Championships for Team USA, finishing in ninth place at 69 kg/152 lbs. She was a champion at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, but did not compete at the Olympic Games due to the U.S. not qualifying her weight class.

Since the World Championships in Paris, France, Stock has earned silver medals at the Dave Schultz Memorial International and Russia Cup. She composed a 3-1 record at the Women's World Cup held in December. Other top credentials for Stock include silver medals earned at the 2014 University World Championships and Golden Grand Prix Final, plus a U.S. Open title from 2016.

Stock completed her college career last year for Wayland Baptist University as a two-time WCWA champion and four-time All-American. As a senior, she was named WCWA Wrestler of the Year.

Each week USA Wrestling 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.

To nominate a wrestler for this honor please send the athlete's name, wrestling program, weekly accomplishments and career accolades to USA Wrestling Manager of Communications Richard Immel at rimmel@usawrestling.org.