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World Championships preview in women’s freestyle wrestling at 48 kg/105.5 lbs.

By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling | Aug. 17, 2014, 12:13 p.m. (ET)

VIDEO: Alyssa Lampe (USA) pin Melanie Lesaffre (FRA), 2013 World bronze medal bout

Date of competition: Wednesday, September 10

The reigning World champion at 48 kg is Eri Tosaka of Japan, who came off a win at the World University Games last year then won the Senior Worlds. She holds a No. 2 FILA ranking going into Tashkent, and looks to continue Japan’s history of performance in this weight. Hitomi Sakamoto Obara won two World titles and an Olympic gold at this weight, setting the stage for the current Japanese star. Tosaka also won a World silver medal in 2012, her first big showing on the Senior-level stage.

The top FILA ranking goes to Olympic silver medalist Maria Stadnyk of Azerbaijan, who skipped 2013, but has been untouchable in 2014. She won the European Championship and the FILA Golden Grand Prix Finals this season, winning five straight international gold medals. She was World champion in 2009, and has a trophy case full of medals from the major competitions.

Another past World champion in the mix is 2012 gold medalist Vanessa Kaladzynskaya of Belarus, who went through the 2014 season without an international medal.

The United States looks strong at this weight class again, as two-time World bronze medalist Alyssa Lampe made the World Team for the third straight time. Lampe boasts three international medals this year but no golds, with her best effort a silver medal at the Dave Schultz Memorial International. To make the U.S. team, she had to beat two-time Junior World champion Victoria Anthony, who also had a strong international season.

China is always talented at this weight class, and has extensive depth in their program. Holding a No. 3 FILA ranking is Sun Yanan, the 2013 World champion at 51 kg who has competed at 48 kg this year. They could enter 2011 World bronze medalist Shasha Zhao, 2012 World bronze medalist Xiaomei Li, 2013 World bronze medalist Cheng Xu, 2014 Junior World silver medalist Ya Xie or Li Yunan who was fifth at the Asian Championships this year.

Russia is another team that has lots of options. Listed on their preliminary roster is Alina Moreva, who was third at the World University Championships this year or Nadezhda Fedorova of Russia, the 2014 European bronze medalist. But don’t be surprised to see Elena Vostrikova, who was second at the 2014 FILA Golden Grand Prix Finals and was 10th at last year’s World Championships.

2013 World silver medalist Mayelis Caripa Castillo of Venezuela comes off her best season last year, and was also a 2007 World bronze medalist. Another Pan American contender to watch is Carolina Castillo Hidalgo of Colombia, who has won five medals in international action this season, but did not medal at the Pan American Championships.

Canada is loaded at this weight, led by Jasmine Mian, the 2014 World University champion and 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist, who beat 2012 World champion Jessica MacDonald in the Canadian Trials event. Mian will have a chance to win a World medal of her own. Both Canadians are ranked in the top 11 in the world in the last ranking.

Poland is another nation with options at this weight class. 2006 World bronze medalist Iwona Matkowska won the 2014 Poland Open, and is on the World Team roster. However, Anna Lukasiak was third in the 2014 World University Championships and fifth at the European Championships for Poland also.

The 2013 and 2014 Asian champion is Tatyana Amanzhol-Bakatyuk of Kazakhstan, who also placed fifth at the FILA Golden Grand Prix Finals. She has been fifth in the World Championships two times, and also was fifth at the 2008 Olympic Games.

Placing second at the 2014 Asian Championships was Erdenesukh Narangerel of Mongolia, who was also third at the FILA Golden Grand Prix Finals this summer. 2013 Asian champion Pak Yong-Mi of North Korea was eighth in the World Championships in 2013.

Another talent from Asia is Vinesh of India, who was the 2014 Commonwealth champion and was 10th in the World Championships last year at 51 kg. She added a fifth place at the Asian Championships this year at 48 kg

Some of the emerging talents included 2014 European silver medalist Natalya Pulkovska of Ukraine and 2014 European bronze medalist Fredrika Petersson of Sweden. Pulkovska boasts a 2010 World University Championships bronze medal, while Petersson was third in the 2013 Junior World Championships.

2013 European silver medalist Yana Rattigan Stadnik of Great Britain, who was second at the 2014 Commonwealth Championship, brings experience and talent. 2012 World bronze medalist Jacqueline Schellin of Germany is another experienced European capable of winning at the highest level. Bulgaria could bring their 2013 Junior World champion Elitsa Yankova, who competed on their Senior World team last year. 2014 Junior World silver medalist Mercedesz Denes of Hungary was seventh in the Senior Europeans this year. Melanie LeSaffre of France took a career-best fifth in the 2013 World Championships but has been off the radar all season.

This weight class features a lot of talent and depth. It would not be surprising to see the top two ranked athletes Stadnyk and Tosaka in the finals, based upon their recent and career achievements. However, there is a ton of quality opponents who are capable of making the finals themselves. The USA is hoping Alyssa Lampe takes the next step in her already impressive career by getting into that final and going for the gold.

1. Mariya Stadnyk (AZE); 2. Eri Tosaka (JPN); 3. Sun Yanan (CHN); 4. Jessica MacDonald (CAN) 5. Victoria Anthony (USA); 6. Yuki Irie (JPN); 7. Alyssa Lampe (USA); 8. Tatyana Amanzhol-Bakatyuk (KAZ); 9. Erdenesukh Narangerel (MGL); 10. Frederika Petersson (SWE); 11. Jasmine Mian (CAN); 12. Natalya Pulkovska (UKR);
13. Elena Vostrikova (RUS); 14. Vinesh Vinesh (IND); 15. Nadeshda Fedorova (RUS); 16. Carolina Castillo Hidalgo (COL); 17. Mayelis Caripa Castillo (VEN); 18. Elitsa Yankova (BUL); 19. Valeria Chepsarakova (RUS); 20. Mercedesz Denes (HUN)


2013 World Championships

48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Gold – Eri Tosaka (Japan); Silver - Mayellis Caripa Castillo (Venezuela); Bronze – Alyssa Lampe (USA); Bronze – Cheng Xu (China); 5th – Anna Lukasiak (Poland); 5th – Melanie LeSaffre (France); 7th – Tatyana Amanzhol (Kazakhstan); 8th – Pak Yong Mi (North Korea); 9th – Elena Vostrikova (Russia); 10th – Yana Stadnik (Great Britain)

2012 Olympic Games
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Gold – Hitomi Sakamoto Obara (Japan); Silver – Maria Stadnyk (Azerbaijan); Bronze – Clarissa Chun (USA); Bronze – Carol Huynh (Canada); 5th – Isabelle Sambou (Senegal); 5th – Irini Merleni (Ukraine); 7th – Iwona Matkowska (Poland); 8th – Vannesa Kaladzinskaya (Belarus); 9th – Otgontsetseg Davaasukh (Mongolia); 10th – Mayelis Caripa Castillo (Venezuela)

2012 World Championships
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Gold – Vanessa Kaladzynskaya (Belarus); Silver – Eri Tosaka (Japan); Bronze – Xiaomei Li (China); Bronze – Jaqueline Schellin (Germany); 5th – Tatyana Amanzhol-Bakatyuk (Kazakhstan); 5th – Patimat Bagomedova (Azerbaijan); 7th – Estera Dobre (Romania); 8th – Anna Lukasik (Poland); 9th – Clarissa Chun (USA); 10th – Davaasuren Bayarmagnai (Mongolia)

2011 World Championships
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Gold - Hitomi Sakamoto Obara (Japan); Silver - Maria Stadnyk (Azerbaijan); Bronze - Shasha Zhao (China); Bronze - Jyldyz Eshimova (Kazakhstan); 5th - Carolina Castillo Hidalgo (Colombia); 5th - Carol Huynh (Canada); 7th - Clarissa Chun (United States) 8th - Tatyana Samkova (Russia); 9th - Mayelis Caripa Castillo (Venezuela); 10th - Isabelle Sambou (Senegal)

2010 World Championships
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Gold – Hitomi Sakamoto (Japan); Silver – Lorissa Oorzhak (Russia); Bronze – Sasha Zhao (China); Bronze – Carol Huyhn (Canada); 5th – Patimat Bagomedova (Azerbaijan); 5th – Iwona Matkowska (Poland); 7th – Yana Stadnik (Great Britain); 8th – Khrystyna Daranutsa (Ukraine); 9th – Enkhjargal Tsogtbazar (Mongolia); 10th – Hyung-Joo Kim (Korea)

2009 World Championships
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Gold - Mariya Stadnyk (Azerbaijan); Silver - Lorisa Oorzhak (Russia); Bronze - Sim Hyang So (North Korea); Bronze - Lyudmila Balushka (Ukraine); 5th - Thi Lua Nguyen (Vietnam); 5th - Yana Stadnik (Great Britain); 7th - Lindsay Rushton (Canada); 8th - Makiko Sakamoto (Japan); 9th - Clarissa Chun (USA); 10th - Sara Sanchez (Spain)