Anthony, Velte, Mensah-Stock, Gray qualify for gold-medal finals at Russia Cup

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Dec. 04, 2017, 3:56 p.m. (ET)
Mallory Velte of the USA after her semifinal win at the Russia Cup. Video capture from Wrestrus.ru

CHEBOKSARY, Russia – Eight U.S. women wrestling stars have qualified for the medal round, including four going for the gold, at the Russia Cup on Monday.

The tournament features many of the athletes who competed in the Women’s World Cup on Friday and Saturday, as well as some other athletes who were not in the World Cup event.

Earning spots in the finals are three-time World champion and five-time World medalist Adeline Gray (Kingston, Pa./New York AC) at 75 kg/165 lbs., two-time World Team member Victoria Anthony (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids) at 48 kg/105.5 lbs., plus two other 2017 World Team members, Mallory Velte (Sacramento, Calif./Titan Mercury WC/Burnaby Mountain WC) at 63 kg/138.75 lbs. and Tamyra Mensah-Stock (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC/OTC) at 69 kg/152 lbs.

Information is a bit sketchy, but we have received the following from the U.S. coaches, as well as the Russian wrestling federation website WRESTRUS.RU.

Gray has drawn 2013 World bronze medalist Epp Mae of Estonia in the finals. In the semifinals, Gray defeated Tatyana Kolesnikova, a 2013 Junior World bronze medalist.

Anthony has drawn 2012 Junior World bronze medalist Nadezhda Fedorova of Russia in the finals. Anthony beat 2009 Junior World champion Valeria Chepsarakova of Russia in her semifinal bout. Anthony was a two-time Junior World champion herself.

Velte had a strong run to reach the finals, where she faces Mongolia’s Borlortuya Khurelkhuu for the title. Velte had three wins on Monday, including beating U.S. teammate Forrest Molinari, as well as Inna Trazhukova of Russia, who was fifth in the 2016 Olympic Games.

Mensah-Stock has drawn three-time World bronze medalist Nasanburmaa Ochirbat of Mongolia in the finals. Among those she beat was 2017 European champion Anastasia Bratchikova of Russia.

The U.S. athletes who have qualified for the bronze-medal round are:
• 2016 World Team member Sarah Hildebrandt, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC/OTC) at 55 kg/121 lbs.
• Jacarra Winchester, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OTC) at 55 kg/121 lbs.
• Two-time World silver medalist Alli Ragan, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids/OTC) at 60 kg/130 lbs.
• Forrest Molinari, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OTC) at 63 kg/138.75 lbs.

The schedule for Tuesday includes third-place matches at 11:00 a.m. local time and the gold-medal finals at 5:00 p.m. local time. Cheboksary is eight hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time.

The Russian Wrestling Federation has posted some of the USA matches on their YouTube Channel.
Click here for video play list from Russia Cup

There was also a live stream on the Russian Federation website, wrestrus.ru.

RUSSIA CUP
At Cheboksary, Russia, Dec. 4

Gold Medal finals pairings

48 kg -Victoria Anthony (USA) vs. Nadezhda Fedorova (Russia)
53 kg - Natalia Malysheva (Russia) vs. Sumiya Erdenchimeg (Mongolia)
55 kg - Maria Gurova (Russia) vs. Nina Menkenova (Russia)
58 kg - Alexandra Andreev (Russia) vs. Batceceg Altantsetseg (Mongolia)
60 kg - Julia Prontsevich (Russia) vs. Dinara Salikhova (Russia)
63 kg – Khurelkhuu Bolortuya (Mongolia) vs. Mallory Velte (USA)
69 kg - Nasanburmaa Ochirbat (Mongolia) vs. Tamyra Mensah-Stock (USA)
75 kg - Epp Mae (Estonia) vs. Adeline Gray (USA)

U.S. athletes going for a medal
48 kg/105.5 lbs. – Victoria Anthony, Tempe, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids) – going for gold
55 kg/121 lbs. – Sarah Hildebrandt, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC/OTC) – going for bronze
55 kg/121 lbs. – Jacarra Winchester, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OTC) – going for bronze
60 kg/130 lbs. – Alli Ragan, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids/OTC) – going for bronze
63 kg/138.75 lbs. – Mallory Velte, Sacramento, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC/Burnaby Mountain WC) – going for gold
63 kg/138.75 lbs. – Forrest Molinari, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OTC) – going for bronze
69 kg/152 lbs. – Tamyra Mensah-Stock, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OTC) – going for gold
75 kg/165 lbs. – Adeline Gray, Kingston, Pa. (New York AC) – going for gold