UPDATE: Anthony, Velte win gold medals at the USA women claim seven medals at the Russia Cup

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Dec. 05, 2017, 1:02 p.m. (ET)
Awards stand photos of Victoria Anthony and Mallory Velte courtesy of Clarissa Chun.

CHEBOKSARY, Russia – The United States, led by individual gold medalist Victoria Anthony (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids) at 48 kg/105.5 lbs. and Mallory Velte at 63 kg/138.75 lbs, claimed seven medals at the Russia Cup, which was held on Monday and Tuesday.

This event, which featured many of the athletes who participated in the Women’s World Cup this past weekend, plus numerous others who did not, featured 143 athletes from six different countries. The USA won the team standings, which included national federations plus Russian club programs. Team USA was first with 65 points, with the Buryatia Republic Team (Russia) in second with 52 points and Mongolia in third with 48 points.

Anthony, a two-time U.S. World Team member and two-time Junior World champion, was dominant in her finals bout, scoring a first-period technical fall over 2012 Junior World bronze medalist Nadezhda Fedorova of Russia, 10-0. Anthony scored two four-point inside trip takedowns, then closed it out with a takedown, stopping the bout at 2:56.

Anthony had a strong week of wrestling in Russia, going 3-1 in the Women’s World Cup on Friday and Saturday, then winning four straight matches at the Russia Cup, including two technical falls and a pin.

Velte, a 2017 World Team member, also dominated her finals bout, getting a 10-0 first-period technical fall in the finals over Khurelkhuu Bolortuya of Mongolia. Velte put together a series of takedowns and turns to end the match at the 2:05 mark.

Claiming silver medals after dropping their finals bouts were Tamyra Mensah-Stock (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC/OTC) at 69 kg/152 lbs. and Adeline Gray (Kingston, Pa./New York AC) at 75 kg/165 lbs.

Gray, a three-time World champion and five-time World medalist, was pinned in the gold-medal match by 2013 World bronze medalist Epp Mae of Estonia in 2:22. With the match still scoreless, Gray attempted to get behind Mae, when the Estonian hit an arm throw for four points and finished it off with a headlock hold.

Gray also had a very successful week in Russia, going 3-0 in her World Cup matches and winning her first three matches at the Russia Cup with a pin and two technical falls.

Three U.S. wrestlers were bronze-medal winners, 2016 World Team member Sarah Hildebrandt (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC/OTC) at 53 kg/116.5 lbs., Jacarra Winchester (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC/OTC) at 55 kg/121 lbs. and two-time World silver medalist Alli Ragan (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids/OTC) at 60 kg/130 lbs.

Hildebrandt defeated Liubov Kornilaeva of Russia in her bronze-medal bout by pin. Winchester stopped Nailya Abzalova of Russia in a 10-0 technical fall in the bronze-medal round. Ragan defeated Maria Kotsareva of Russia for the bronze medal, with a 10-0 technical fall as well.

The USA also had one fifth-place finisher, as Forrest Molinari was beaten in a 63 kg/138.75 lbs. bronze medal match by Inna Trazhukova of Russia, 9-0. Trazhukova was fifth in the 2016 Olympic Games.

“We had some great performances today. The girls showed some grit and toughness to get through this competition. I really liked how we went about our business, how we prepared and our professionalism. We were not perfect, we made some mistakes, but if we continue to prepare how we did this week, we are on the right track. I am very proud of this group,” said National Women’s Coach Terry Steiner.

It was a long week with back-to-back events, which took a total team effort to show positive results.

“I cannot say enough about our coaches and support staff, Vlad Izboinikov, Aaron Sieracki, Shelby Hoppis and Clarissa Chun, who did an unbelievable job helping our athletes move forward both mentally and physically,” said Steiner.

At Cheboksary, Russia, Dec. 4-5

Women’s freestyle medalists

48 kg/105.5 lbs.
Gold - Victoria Anthony (USA)
Silver - Nadezhda Fedorova (Russia)
Bronze – Valeria Chepsarakova (Russia)
Bronze – Alina Moreva (Russia)
Gold Medal Bout – Anthony tech. fall Fedorova, 10-0, 2:56

53 kg/116.5 lbs.
Gold - Sumiya Erdenchimeg (Mongolia)
Silver - Natalia Malysheva (Russia),
Bronze – Sarah Hildebrandt (USA)
Bronze – Stalvira Orshush (Russia)
Gold Medal Bout – Erdenchimeg dec. Malysheva, 3-1

55 kg/121 lbs.
Gold - Nina Menkenova (Russia)
Silver - Maria Gurova (Russia)
Bronze – Jacarra Winchester (USA)
Bronze – Victoria Valieva (Russia)
Gold Medal Bout – Menkova dec. Gurova, 4-2

58 kg/128 lbs.
Gold - Batceceg Altantsetseg (Mongolia)
Silver - Alexandra Andreev (Russia)
Bronze – Kristina Yeloyeva (Russia)
Bronze – Anastasia Yakovleva (Russia)
Gold Medal Bout – Altantsetseg dec. Andreev, 8-5

60 kg/132 lbs.
Gold - Julia Prontsevich (Russia)
Silver - Dinara Salikhova (Russia)
Bronze – Alli Ragan (USA)
Bronze – Natalie Fedoseava (Russia)
Gold Medal Bout – Prontsevich dec. Salikhova, 2-0

63 kg/138.75 lbs.
Gold –Mallory Velte (USA)
Silver - Khurelkhuu Bolortuya (Mongolia)
Bronze – Svetlana Babushkina (Russia)
Bronze – Inna Trazhukova (Russia)
Gold Medal Bout – Velte tech. fall Bolortuya, 10-0, 2:05

69 kg/152 lbs.
Gold - Nasanburmaa Ochirbat (Mongolia)
Silver - Tamyra Mensah-Stock (USA)
Bronze – Julia Maksimova (Russia)
Bronze – Sharuhuu Tymenceceg (Mongolia)
Gold Medal Bout – Ochirbat dec. Mensah-Stock, 6-4

75 kg/165 lbs.
Gold - Epp Mae (Estonia)
Silver - Adeline Gray (USA)
Bronze – Angela Kataeva (Russia)
Bronze – Elmira Syzdykova (Kazakhstan)
Gold Medal Bout – Mae pin Gray, 2:22

U.S. women’s freestyle performances

48 kg/105.5 lbs. – Victoria Anthony, Tempe, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids), gold medal
WIN Valeria Chepsarakova (Russia), 9-2
WIN Christina Daranuta (Russia), pin 2:56
WIN Louisa Suleymanova (Russia), 10-0, 2:55, tech. fall
WIN Nadezhda Fedorova (Russia), 10-0, 2:56

48 kg/105.5 lbs. – Amy Fearnside, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OTC), dnp/14th
LOSS Elena Stainsteil (Russia), 5-5

53 kg/116.5 lbs. – Sarah Hildebrandt, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC/OTC), bronze medal
WIN Valentina Novik (Russia), 10-0, 3:00 tech fall
WIN Nadezhda Tretyakova (Russia), pin 0:52
LOSS Natalya Malysheva (Russia), 10-0, 2:00 tech. fall
WIN Liubov Kornilaeva (Russia), pin 1:51

53 kg/116.5 lbs. – Haley Augello, Lockport, Ill. (New York AC), dnp/12th
WIN Gulsamal Burrini (Kazakhstan), 10-0, 0:25 tech. fall
LOSS Natalya Malysheva (Russia), 8-5
LOSS Liubov Kornilaeva (Russia), pin 0:28

55 kg/121 lbs. – Jacarra Winchester, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OTC), bronze medal
WIN Nadezhda Krasnova (Russia), 10-0, 2:57 tech. fall
WIN Yulia Blitny (Russia), 10-0, 5:13 tech. fall
LOSS Nina Menkova (Russia), 8-5
WIN Nailya Abzalova (Russia), 10-0 tech fall

60 kg/130 lbs. – Alli Ragan, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids/OTC), bronze medal
WIN Veronica Lebedeva (Russia), pin
WIN Manzura Dosymbetova (Russia), 10-0, 1:38, tech. fall
LOSS Dinara Salikhova (Russia), 4-4
WIN Maria Kotsareva (Russia), 10-0 tech fall

63 kg/138.75 lbs. – Mallory Velte, Sacramento, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC/Burnaby Mountain WC), gold medal
WIN Gaukhar Mukatai (Kazakhstan), 10-0, 3:26 tech. fall
WIN Forrest Molinari (USA), 5-1
WIN Inna Trazhukova (Russia), 4-4
WIN Khurelkhuu Bolortuya (Mongolia), 10-0, tech. fall

63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Forrest Molinari, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC), 5th place
WIN Tatiana Cymorik (Russia), 6-1
LOSS Mallory Velte (USA), 5-1
WIN Gaukhar Mukatai (Kazakhstan), pin 2:42
LOSS Inna Trazhukova (Russia), 9-0

69 kg/152 lbs. – Tamyra Mensah-Stock, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OTC), silver medal
WIN Tymentsetseg Sharkhuu (Mongolia), pin 5:56
WIN Arina Babkina (Russia), pin 4:12
WIN Anastasia Brachikova (Russia), 6-0
LOSS Nasanburmaa Ochirbat (Mongolia), 6-4

75 kg/165 lbs. – Adeline Gray, Kingston, Pa. (New York AC), silver medal
WIN Elizabeta Kazantseva (Russia), pin 0:24
WIN Elmira Syzdykova (Kazakhstan), 10-0, 0:25, tech. fall
WIN Tatiana Kolesnikova (Russia), 11-0, 4:16 tech. fall
LOSS Epp Mae (Estonia), pin 2:22

75 kg/165 lbs. – Victoria Francis, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OTC), dnp 15th
LOSS Angela Kataeva (Russia), 6-2

Team Standings
1. United States, 65 pts.
2. Buryatia Republic Team (Russia), 52
3. Mongolia, 48
4. Moscow (Russia), 27
5. Krasnoyarsk Region (Russia), 26
6. St. Petersburg (Russia), 23
7. Moscow Region (Russia), 21
8. Bryansk Region (Russia), 20
9. Dagestan (Russia), 19
10. (tie) Kemerova Region (Russia), 17
10. (tie) Chuvash Republic (Russia), 17
(of 32 teams)