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World Championships Notebook: Women's Freestyle 55 kg, 58 kg, 63 kg and 75 kg

By Richard Immel, USA Wrestling | Aug. 23, 2017, 9:30 a.m. (ET)

Photo: Becka Leathers (United States) to wrestle for World bronze at 58 kg. Photo by Larry Slater.

Day three notebook for the morning session of women’s freestyle wrestling at the 2017 World Championships. The notebook features notable results and moments across all weight categories. 

55 kg/121 lbs.
Medal Matches
Gold – World No. 1 Odunayu Adekuoroye (Nigeria) vs. World No. 10 Haruna Okuno (Japan)
Bronze – World No. 12 Irina Kurachkina (Belarus) vs. World No. 13 Mathilde Riviere (France)
Bronze – World No. 4 Bilyana Dudova (Bulgaria) vs. World No. 9 Becka Leathers (United States)

Semifinals
- 2015 World bronze medalist Odunayu Adekuoroye (Nigeria) tech. fall U23 European champion Irina Kurachkina (Belarus), 10-0. Adekuoroye becomes second woman from Africa to make World finals.
- 2016 Cadet World champion Haruna Okuno (Japan) tech. fall European champion Bilyana Dudova (Bulgaria), 11-0.

Quarterfinals
- Becka Leathers (United States) falls to 2016 Cadet World champion Haruna Okuno (Japan), 8-0. Okuno controlled things throughout, scoring three takedowns and a pair of step outs in the win.
- 2015 World bronze medalist Odunayu Adekuoroye (Nigeria) pins two-time World medalist Otgontsetseg Davaasukh (Mongolia) in 3:00.
- U23 European champion Irina Kurachkina (Belarus) dec. 2014 European champion Maria Gurova (Russia), 8-0.

Round of 16
- Becka Leathers (United States) gets her first win of the day in emphatic fashion over Ramona Galambos (Hungary). Leathers scored a quick takedown, then followed with a crafty pin in 1:13.
- Two-time World medalist Otgontsetseg Davaasukh (Mongolia) dec. 2016 University World champion Bediha Gun (Turkey), 8-3.

Round of 32
- Two-time Junior World medalist Davaanchimeg Erkhembayar (Mongolia) dec. 2015 World bronze Tatyana Kit (Ukraine), 7-6.
- U23 European champion Irina Kurachkina (Belarus) dec. Olympic bronze medalist Natalya Sinishin (Azerbaijan), 2-1.
- Two-time World medalist Otgontsetseg Davaasukh (Mongolia) dec. 2015 World bronze medalist and two-time U23 European champion Tatyana Kit (Ukraine), 7-6.

Repechage
- Becka Leathers (United States) advances to bronze medal match with 13-2 technical fall over Carola Rainero (Italy). Leathers hit two takedown-to-turn combinations, plus a four-point toss, to run up the score.

58 kg/127.5 lbs.
Medal Matches
Gold – World No. 2 Helen Maroulis (United States) vs World No. 3 Marwa Amri (Tunisia)
Bronze – World No. 7 Michelle Fazzari (Canada) vs. World No. 16 Elin Nilsson (Sweden)
Bronze – World No. 4 Aisuluu Tynybekova (Kyrgyzstan) vs. UR Ningning Rong (China)

Semifinals
- Olympic and World champion Helen Maroulis (United States) tech. fall Pan American champion Michelle Fazzari (Canada), 10-0.
- Olympic bronze medalist Marwa Amri (Tunisia) dec. two-time Asian champion Aisuluu Tynybekova (Kyrgyzstan), 8-7. Amri becomes first woman from Africa to make World finals.

Round of 16
- Helen Maroulis (United States) picks up second dominant win on the day over Elin Nilsson (Sweden), 10-0. Three takedowns and two turns for Maroulis ended things early in the second period.
- Pan American champion Michelle Fazzari (Canada) wins by injury default over Olympic silver medalist Valeria Koblova-Zholobova (Russia).
- Olympic bronze medalist Marwa Amri (Tunisia) dec. 2014 World bronze medalist Iryna Chykhradze (Ukraine), 8-1.
- Two-time Asian champion Aisuluu Tynybekova (Kyrgyzstan) dec. European bronze medalist Laura Mertens (Germany), 6-0.

Round of 32
- Helen Maroulis (United States) goes to work early in 10-0 win over Hanbit Kim (Korea). Maroulis scored quickly on a go-behind takedown, and followed with four turns from a leg lace to get the technical fall in 0:49.
- 2014 World bronze medalist Iryna Chykhradze (Ukraine) pins Asian bronze medalist Katsuki Sakagami (Japan) in 3:57.
- Two-time African champion Aminat Adeniyi (Nigeria) dec. European champion Grace Bullen (Norway), 9-8.

63 kg/138.75 lbs.
Medal Matches
Gold – Yulia Tkach (Ukraine) vs. World No. 2 Orkhon Purevdorj (Mongolia)
Bronze – World No. 11 Hafize Sahin (Turkey) vs. World No. 8 Valeria Lazinskaya (Russia)
Bronze – World No. 12 Jackeline Renteria Castillo (Colombia) vs. UR Blessing Oborududu (Nigeria)

Semifinals

- 2014 World champion Yulia Tkach (Ukraine) dec. Two-time European medalist Hafize Sahin (Turkey), 13-5.
- World No. 2 Orkhon Purevdorj (Mongolia) tech. fall Two-time Olympic bronze medalist Jackeline Renteria Castillo (Colombia), 13-0.

Round of 16
- Two-time European medalist Hafize Sahin (Turkey), 13-5 pins Pan American champion Braxton Stone (Canada) in 1:49.
- Six-time African champion Blessing Oborududu (Nigeria) upsets four-time World medalist Taybe Yusein (Bulgaria), 10-6.
- World No. 2 Orkhon Purevdorj (Mongolia) dec. World medalist and European champion Henna Johansson (Sweden), 6-2.

Round of 32
- Mallory Velte (United States) drops her opening match 10-2 to six-time African champion Blessing Oborududu (Nigeria).
- University World bronze medalist Veronika Ivanova (Belarus) tech. fall six-time Pan American medalist Janet Sovero Nino (Peru), 11-1.

75 kg/165 lbs.
Medal Matches
Gold – World No. 3 Yasemin Adar (Turkey) vs. World No. 7 Vasilisa Marzaliuk (Belarus)
Bronze – World No. 4 Epp Mae (Estonia) vs. UR Hiroe Suzuki (Japan)
Bronze – World No. 6 Paliha Paliha (China) vs. World No. 2 Justina Di Stasio (Canada)

Semifinals
- Two-time European champion Yasemin Adar (Turkey) dec. 2015 World bronze medalist Epp Mae (Estonia), 8-5.
- Three-time World medalist Vasilisa Marzaliuk (Belarus) fall Asian champion Paliha Paliha (China), 2:01.

Quarterfinals
- Three-time World medalist Vasilia Marzaliuk (Belarus) upends Pan American champion and highest ranked World wrestler in field Justina Di Stasio (Canada), 7-4.

Round of 16
- Asian champion Paliha Paliha (China) dec. European silver medalist and No. 3 seed Zsanett Nemeth (Hungary), 8-4.
- Three-time World medalist Vasilisa Marzaliuk (Belarus) shuts out Junior World champion Aiperi Medet Kyzy (Kyrgyzstan), 6-0.

Round of 32
- 2015 World bronze medalist Epp Mae (Estonia) dec. 2014 World silver medalist Aline da Silva Ferreira (Brazil), 3-0.
- Victoria Francis (United States) drops first match to 2015 Junior World bronze medalist Gulmaral Yerkebayeva (Kazakhstan), 10-3. Yerkebayeva scored five takedowns to Francis’ one takedown and step out.