Four-time World champion Adeline Gray will look to earn her seventh world medal at the 2019 World Championships.
NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – The second group of four U.S. women’s freestyle wrestlers have received their draws for the World Wrestling Championships, and will start their competition on Wednesday.
Four-time World champion, six-time World medalist and 2016 Olympian Adeline Gray (Denver, Colo./New York AC) at 76 kg starts her tournament off with Eleni Pjollaj of Italy. Pjollai placed fifth at the 2019 Junior World Championships.
Also in her side of the bracket is 2014 69 kg World champion Aline Rotter Focken of Germany. However, the pair would not meet until the semifinals.
Two-time World silver medalist Alli Ragan, Iowa City, Iowa (Sunkist Kids/Hawkeye WC) will square off with Ukrainian Anzhelina Lysak, a 2015 Junior World silver medalist. Lysak took fifth at the 2019 European Championships.
Should Ragan win, she will see 2016 World bronze medalist Linda Morais of Canada. Morais, the No. 2 seed, is the 2019 City of Sassari tournament champion.
Competing in her third Senior Worlds will be Jenna Burkert, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP). In her opening round she will face the Lenka Hockova Martinakova of Czechia. This is Martinakova’s 11th Senior World Championship. She has yet to earn a medal.
Top-seeded 2018 World champion Ningning Rong of China is on Burkert’s side of the bracket, and the pair could potentially meet in the quarterfinals.
Making her second Senior World Championships appearance, Forrest Molinari, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC) will open with Thi Vinh Nguyen of Vietnam. Nguyen finished seventh at the 2019 Asian Championships.
If she wins, Molinari could face two-time World bronze medalist Malin Mattsson of Sweden in the quarterfinals.
U.S. Women's freestyle draw for Wednesday
57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Jenna Burkert, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
Vs. Lenka Hockova Martinkova (Czechia), 2019 Flatz Open champion, 2019 European Championships 15th, 2019 European Games 16th 2018 Flatz Open champion,
59 kg/130 lbs. - Alli Ragan, Iowa City, Iowa (Sunkist Kids/Hawkeye WC)
Vs. Anzehlina Lysak (Ukraine), 2019 European Championships 5th, 2016 Junior World championships 2nd, 2015 Cadet World champion, 2014 Cadet World bronze
65 kg/143 lbs. - Forrest Molinari, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC)
Vs. Thi Vinh Nguyen (Vietnam), 2019 Asian Championships 7th, 2018 World Championships 21st, 2010 Asian Games 10th
76 kg/167.5 lbs. - Adeline Gray, Denver, Colo. (New York AC)
Vs. Elani Pjollai (Italy) 2019 Junior World Championships 5th, 2018 Henri Deglane Challenge champion