U.S. women stars Gray, Mensah-Stock advance to World Championships semifinals in Budapest

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Oct. 23, 2018, 8:58 a.m. (ET)
Adeline Gray of the USA runs a bar arm to turn and pin 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Elmira Syzdykova of Kazakhstan. Photo by Robbert Wijtman.

BUDAPEST, Hungary – Two U.S. women’s wrestling stars have qualified for Tuesday’s semifinals at the World Wrestling Championships.

Winning in the quarterfinals this morning for Team USA were three-time World champion Adeline Gray, Kingston, Pa. (New York AC) at 76 kg/167.5 lbs. and teammate Tamyra Mensah-Stock (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC/OTC) at 68 kg/149.75 lbs.

Gray, seeded No. 2, won two matches to advance to the semifinals. She opened with a dominant 10-0 technical fall over 2015 World bronze medalist Epp Mae of Estonia. She scored three different takedowns, then also scored two turns from the mat to close out the match. Gray avenged a loss to Mae earlier in the season.

In the quarterfinals, Gray had to come from behind before she pinned 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Elmira Syzdykova of Kazakhstan in 4:49. Gray scored the first takedown, and on another exchange, she was taken down and got a reversal for a 3-2 lead. The Kazakhstan coaches challenged, and the score was changed giving Syzdykova a four-point takedown and a 4-3 lead.

In the second period, Syzdykova got another takedown to lead 6-3. Gray responded with a takedown and secured her powerful bar arm, running Syzdykova to her back and securing the fall.

Gray will battle 2016 Olympic champion Erica Wiebe of Canada, the No. 3 seed, in the semifinals.

The women’s semifinals start at 4:30 p.m. Budapest time (six hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time). TrackWrestling will be providing free Scramblecam coverage of the women’s semifinals.

Gray is a three-time World champion (2012, 2014, 2015) and 2016 Olympian. In addition to her gold medals, Gray won World bronze medals in 2011 and 2013. Gray also boasts a 2012 University World title and a 2008 Junior World title.

Mensah-Stock was dominant in her two wins. She opened with a 10-0 technical fall over 2017 Junior World silver medalist Yudaris Sanchez Rodriguez of Cuba. In her quarterfinals, Mensah-Stock continued with her impressive offense, scoring another 10-0 technical fall over two-time World champion Battsetseg Soronzonbold of Mongolia. She scored all of her points from the feet with takedowns and stepouts.

In the semifinals, Mensah-Stock draws 2017 World bronze medalist and two-time Junior World champion Koumba Larroque of France.

Mensah-Stock is competing on her second straight U.S. World Team. She became the first American to win back-to-back gold medals at the respected Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix in Russia with her victories in 2017 and 2018.

Dropping her quarterfinals match, but still with the possibility of repechage, is Forrest Molinari (Iowa City, Iowa/Titan Mercury WC/OTC), who went 1-1 on Tuesday morning at 65 kg/143 lbs.

Molinari, who was seeded second, opened with a 4-0 victory over Leidy Izquerdo Mendez of Colombia. In the quarterfinals, she was defeated by 2010 Junior World champion and 2016 Olympian Danielle Lappage of Canada, 6-2.

Lappage must defeat Irina Netreba of Azerbaijan in the semifinals for Molinari to be eligible for repechage.

Eliminated at 72 kg/158.5 lbs. is two-time Senior World Team member Erin Clodgo (Richmond, Vermont/Sunkist Kids). Clodgo opened with a strong 5-0 decision over Anastasia Zimiankova of Belarus, 5-0. In the second round, she fell behind Tatiana Kolesnikova Morozova of Russia by a 6-0 margin, but rallied back with a takedown and a tilt to make it 6-4. Clodgo was unable to score in the final seconds of the bout.

When Kolesnikova Morozova was defeated in the quarterfinals, Clodgo was not eligible for repechage.

There were repechage matches for the first two weight classes which began on Monday. There were no U.S. athletes involved in this round of repechage. However, the results from the repechage at 55 kg determined the opponent for Jacarra Winchester (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC/OTC) in her bronze medal bout for Tuesday night. Winchester will face Lianna Montero Herrera of Cuba for the bronze medal in the final session of the day, which begins at 6:00 p.m. in Budapest (12:00 noon Eastern).

The entire tournament is being broadcast by TrackWrestling.

WORLD WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
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Group Two U.S. women’s freestyle results


65 kg/143 lbs. - Forrest Molinari, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/OTC)
WIN Leidy Izquerdo Mendez (Colombia), 4-0
LOSS Danielle Lappage (Canada), 6-2

68 kg/149.75 lbs. - Tamyra Mensah-Stock, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OTC)
WIN Yudaris Sanchez Rodriguez (Cuba), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Battsetseg Soronzonbold (Mongolia), tech. fall 10-0
Semifinals - Koumba Larroque (France)

72 kg/158.5 lbs.- Erin Clodgo, Richmond, Vermont (Sunkist Kids)
WIN Anastasia Zimiankova (Belarus), 5-0
LOSS Tatiana Kolesnikova Morozova (Russia), 6-4

76 kg/167.5 lbs. - Adeline Gray, Kingston, Pa. (New York AC)
WIN Epp Mae (Estonia), 10-0 technical fall
WIN Elmira Syzdykova (Kazakhstan), pin 4:49
Semifinals – vs. Erica Wiebe (Canada)

Semifinal pairings

65 kg
Petra Olli (Finland) vs. Ayana Gempei (Japan)
Irina Netreba (Azerbaijan) vs. Danielle Lappage (Canada)

68 kg
Alla Cherkasova (Ukraine) vs. Feng Zhou (China)
Koumba Larroque (France) vs. Tamyra Mensah-Stock (USA)

72 kg
Justina Di Stasio (Canada) vs. Samar Hamza (Egypt)
Nasanburmaa Ochirbat (Mongolia) vs. Juan Wang (China)

76 kg
Yasmin Adar (Turkey) vs. Zsanett Nemeth (Hungary)
Erica Wiebe (Canada) vs. Adeline Gray (USA)

Quarterfinal results

65 kg
Petra Olli (Finland) dec. Ritu (India), 6-2
Ayana Gempei (Japan) dec. Adela Hanzlickova (Czechia), 6-1
Irina Netreba (Azerbaijan) dec. Chuying Tang (China), 3-0
Danielle Lappage (Canada) dec. Forrest Molinari (USA), 6-2

68 kg
Alla Cherkasova (Ukraine) pin Viktoria Bobaev (Bulgaria)
Feng Zhou (China) tech. fall Daniela Caneva (Italy), 12-1
Koumba Larroque (France) dec. Olivia Di Bacco (Canada), 11-3
Tamyra Mensah-Stock tech. fall Battsetseg Soronzonbold (Mongolia), 10-0

72 kg
Justina Di Stasio (Canada) dec. Martina Kuenz (Austria), 6-3
Samar Hamza (Egypt) tech. fall Naruha Matsuyuki (Japan), 12-1
Nasanburmaa Ochirbat (Mongolia) dec. Buse Tosun (Turkey), 7-6
Juan Wang (China) tech. fall Tatiana Kolesnikova Morozova (Russia), 11-0

76 kg
Yasmin Adar (Turkey) dec. Hiroe Minagawa Suzuki (Japan), 7-0
Zsanett Nemeth (Hungary) dec. Naranchimeg Gelegjamts (Mongolia), 4-0
Erica Wiebe (Canada) dec. Aline Focken (Germany), 6-4
Adeline Gray (USA) pin Elmira Syzdykova (Kazakhstan), 4:49

Women’s Group One Finals pairings for tonight

55 kg
Gold - Zalina Sidakova (Belarus) vs. Mayu Mukaida (Japan)
Bronze – Jacarra Winchester (USA) vs. Lianna Montero Herrera (Cuba)
Bronze - Qi Zhang (China) vs. Myong Suk Jong (North Korea)

59 kg
Gold - Risako Kawai (Japan) vs. Elif Jale Yesilirmak (Turkey)
Bronze – Svetlana Lipitova (Russia) vs. Xingru Pei (China)
Bronze - Shoovdor Baatarjav (Mongolia) vs. Alejandra Romero Bonilla (Mexico)