#WomensWednesday: With six new U15 World champs, U.S. women have now won 52 World-level titles

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | June 19, 2019, 6:57 p.m. (ET)
Adeline Gray, shown at the 2018 World Championships, is a four-time Senior World champion, and also won World titles on the University and Junior levels for Team USA.

With the addition of six new U15 World champions on Tuesday, the United States has won an impressive 52 gold medals at the Olympic and World levels at all ages.

The USA can rightfully call itself one of the world powers in women’s wrestling, and has been successful at the age-group and Senior levels.

The U.S. woman with the most World or Olympic titles is Adeline Gray with six. She has won four Senior World titles, one University World title and one Junior World title.

The first U.S. woman to win a World title was Tricia Saunders in 1992 on the Senior level. With four Senior World titles, Saunders is No. 2 on the gold-medal list behind Gray.

Four athletes have won three gold medals in their careers: Kristie Davis, Elena Pirozhkova, Helen Maroulis and Ali Bernard. Maroulis is the only U.S. woman to win an Olympic gold medal so far.

The USA has won a gold medal in the women’s division at every World-level event it has entered but two. The exceptions are the World University Games (a multi-sport event), and the new U23 World Championships, in which Team USA is still seeking its first champion after the first two have been held.

Most World Championships and Olympic titles (all age groups)
1. Adeline Gray, 6 (4 Senior, 1 University, 1 Junior)
2. Tricia Saunders, 4 (4 Senior)
3. (tie) Kristie Davis, 3 (2 Senior, 1 Junior)
3. (tie) Elena Pirozhkova, 3 (1 Senior, 2 University)
3. (tie) Helen Maroulis, 3 (2 Senior, 1 Olympic)
3. (tie) Ali Bernard 3 (1 University, 2 Junior)
7. (tie) Stephany Lee, 2 (2 University)
7. (tie) Victoria Anthony, 2 (2 Junior)
7. (tie) Emily Shilson 2 (1 Cadet, 1 Youth Olympic)
7. (tie) Iris Smith, 2 (1 Senior, 1 Military)

Olympic Games
2016  – Helen Maroulis (53 kg)

Senior World Championships
1992 – Tricia Saunders (50 kg)
1996 – Tricia Saunders (47 kg)
1998 – Tricia Saunders (46 kg)
1999 – Tricia Saunders (46 kg)
1999 - Sandra Bacher (68 kg)
2000 – Kristie Davis (68 kg)
2003 – Kristie Davis (67 kg)
2005 – Iris Smith (72 kg)
2008 – Clarissa Chun (48 kg)
2012 – Elena Pirozhkova (63 kg)
2012 - Adeline Gray (67 kg)
2014 – Adeline Gray (75 kg)
2015 – Helen Maroulis (55 kg)
2015 - Adeline Gray (75 kg)
2017 – Helen Maroulis (58 kg)
2018 – Adeline Gray (76 kg)

Military World Championships
2010 – Iris Smith (72 kg)
2014 – Randi Miller (69 kg)

University World Championships
2004 - Marcie Van Dusen (59 kg)
2004 - Stephany Lee (72 kg)
2008 - Katherine Shai (51 kg)
2008 - Elena Pirozkhova (67 kg)
2008 - Stephany Lee (72 kg)
2010 - Elena Pirozkhova (67 kg)
2010 - Ali Bernard (72 kg)
2012 - Adeline Gray (72 kg)

University World Games
None at this time

U23 World Championships
None at this time

UWW Junior World Championships
1998 - Kristie Davis (75 kg)
2000 - Dominique Smalley (75 kg)
2003 - Ali Bernard (67 kg)
2005 - Ali Bernard (72 kg)
2006 - Nicole Woody (44 kg)
2007 - Whitney Conder (51 kg)
2008 - Adeline Gray (67 kg)
2009 - Victoria Anthony (44 kg)
2010 - Victoria Anthony (48 kg)
2017 - Maya Nelson (63 kg)

UWW Cadet World Championships
1998 - Micah Kelly (43 kg)
1999 - Mary Kelly (43 kg)
2011 - Haley Augello (46 kg)
2012 - Marina Doi (38 kg)
2014 - Teshya Alo (56 kg)
2015 - Ronna Heaton (49 kg)
2018 - Emily Shilson (43 kg)
2018 - Macey Kilty (69 kg)

Youth Olympic Games
2018 – Emily Shilson (43 kg)

U15 World Championships
2019 - Valerie Hamilton (36 kg)
2019 - Jasintai Mallqui (39 kg)
2019 - Alexandra Szkotnicki (42 kg)
2019 - Olivia Messerly (50 kg)
2019 - Korina Blades (58 kg)
2019 - Destiny Rodriguez (66 kg)