Mance, Martinez, Heaton, Boyd, Cue receive women's freestyle draws at Cadet Worlds

By Richard Immel, USA Wrestling | Sept. 15, 2016, 10:13 a.m. (ET)
 Ronna Heaton (USA) after winning the Cadet World Championships
in 2015. Photo: Sachiko Hotaka, United World Wrestling.
TBILISI, Georgia – Five U.S. women have weighed in and received their draws for the second day of women’s freestyle competition at the 2016 Cadet World Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia. 

Taking the mat on Friday for the U.S. are Erin Mance (Weatherford, Texas), Alleida Martinez (Selma, Calif.), Ronna Heaton (Brookings, S.D.), Alara Boyd (Muncie, Ind.) and Emily Cue (Parker, Colo.).

“Tomorrow we have two returning medalist going with Alleida and Ronna, so we’re expecting big things from them. [The girls] are going to have to own it, and show up, and do their best right off the bat, not wait for it,” said U.S. coach Kevin Black.

Heaton and Martinez both made the finals at this event last year with Heaton claiming top prize and Martinez settling for silver. Both women are multiple-time champions at the USAW Cadet and Junior Nationals held in Fargo, N.D., and are well versed in primetime competition.

Fresh off an 11th place finish at the 2016 Junior World Championships in Macon, France, Heaton will begin her Cadet World title defense against international unknown Eden Mishiev of Israel at 52 kg/114.5 lbs.

The dynamic Martinez is set to face 2015 Cadet Asian champion Suzuna Yoshimura of Japan in her second attempt at Cadet World gold competing at 46 kg/101.25 lbs.

Upper weight stars Boyd and Cue were both double All-Americans at the Cadet and Junior Freestyle Nationals in Fargo, N.D. this summer. Boyd will face 2016 Cadet European bronze medalist Iryna Zhurauliova of Belarus in her first bout at 60 kg/132.25 lbs., while Cue is paired against 2016 Nordic silver medalist Kamile Gaucaite of Lithuania at 70 kg/154.25 lbs.

Wrestling in her first Cadet World Championships, the less-experienced Mance will open against Maria-Alexandra Cioclea of Romania at 40 kg/88 lbs. Cioclea was the Cadet European champion this year and won Cadet World bronze in 2015.

“This group that is going to wrestle tomorrow, I think they’ve taken responsibility for where they’re at with things. I don’t know if everything was done the best with some weight management, but it all worked out, so using that for a positive is, hey, what you’ve been doing is working and just believe in yourself,” added Black.

The women’s freestyle competition at the Cadet World Championships resumes tomorrow with the qualification and repechage rounds at 2 a.m. (ET) followed by the medal matches at 10 a.m. (ET).

Flowrestling will provide a live stream and archived matches of the 2016 Cadet World Championships to U.S. spectators at A Flo Pro membership is required to view the competition. 

Complete brackets and match-by-match results can be viewed at

Sept. 13-18 at Tbilisi, Georgia

U.S. women’s freestyle draws for Friday
40 kg/88 lbs. - Erin Mance, Weatherford, Texas
Vs. Maria-Alexandra Cioclea (Romania), 2016 Cadet European champion, 2015 Cadet World bronze, 2015 Cadet European silver

46 kg/101.25 lbs. - Alleida Martinez, Selma, Calif. 
Vs. Suzuna Yoshimura (Japan), 2015 Cadet Asian champion

52 kg/114.5 lbs. - Ronna Heaton, Brookings, S.D.
Vs. Eden Mishiev (Israel)

60 kg/132.25 lbs. - Alara Boyd, Muncie, Ind. 
Vs. Iryna Zhurauliova (Belarus), 2016 Cadet European bronze

70 kg/154.25 lbs. - Emily Cue, Parker, Colo. 
Vs. Kamile Gaucaite (Lithuania), 2016 Nordic silver