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U.S. women receive draws for Matteo Pellicone Ranking Event in Italy

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | June 22, 2022, 2:42 p.m. (ET)

2022 World Team member Abigail Nette, shown at Final X Stillwater, will compete in Rome this week. Photo by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors.

ROME, Italy – The six U.S. women’s freestyle wrestlers who will compete at the Matteo Pellicone Ranking Event in Rome this week have received their draws.

2022 U.S. Senior World Team member Abigail Nette will over against 2021 European bronze medalist Kateryna Zhydachevska of Romania in her opening bout at 59 kg.

The other five U.S. wrestlers competing in Italy qualified for the U.S. Senior National Team based upon their placement in the World Team Trials qualifying process.

Two U.S. wrestlers, Final X runner-up and 2022 Pan American champion Skylar Grote and 2022 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament bronze medalist Marilyn Garcia are both in a five-athlete round robin at 72 kg. Grote and Garcia are scheduled to wrestle each other, as well as three other competitors. Amont them are two-time Senior World bronze medalist Anna Schell of Germany and 2018 U23 World silver medalist Alexandra Anghel of Romania.

Another 2022 Final X runner-up, two-time NCWWC national champion Yelena Makoyed, will compete at 76 kg, and has a four-athlete round robin. All three of her opponents are accomplished, including 2022 World silver medalist Epp Mae of Estonia, 2019 European silver medalist Martina Kuenz of Austria and 2021 University World champion Francy Raedelt of Germany.

Emma Bruntil, who was third in the World Team Trials process, also has a round robin of five athletes at 65 kg. Among the stars she will face are 2019 European champion Tetiana Rizhko of Ukraine, 2021 U23 World silver medalist Kateryna Zelenykh of Ukraine and 2019 European runner-up Kriszta Incze of Romania.

At 57 kg, Amanda Martinez, who is third on the National Team, opens up against 2019 Junior World champion Patrycja Gil of Poland.

Martinez and Makoyed will compete on Thursday, while Nette, Bruntil, Garcia and Grote all wrestle on Friday. Rome is six hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time zone. Three Greco-Roman weight classes will be held on Thursday, completing that tournament.

The event is being broadcast live by FloWrestling.

MATTEO PELLICONE RANKING TOURNAMENT
At Rome, Italy

U.S. women’s freestyle pairings


57 kg: Amanda Martinez (Cardinal WC/TMWC)
Vs. Patrycja Gil (Poland) – 2nd in 2021 and 2022 U23 Europeans, 2019 Junior World champion

59 kg: Abigail Nette (Army WCAP)
Vs. Kateryna Zhydachevska (Romania) – 3rd in 2021 European Championships, 5th in 2018 World Championships

65 kg: Emma Bruntil (TMWC)
Round Robin
Vs. Kateryna Zelenykh (Ukraine) – 2nd in 2021 U23 Worlds, 3rd in 2019 Junior Worlds
Vs. Veronica Braschi (Italy) – 5th in 2019 Cadet Worlds, 2nd in 2021 Matteo Pellicone Ranking Event
Vs. Tetiana Rizhko (Ukraine) – 2021 European champion, 2021 European U23 champion
Vs. Kriszta Incze (Romania) – 8th in 2020 Olympics, 2nd in 2019 European Championships

72 kg: Marilyn Garcia (California)
Round Robin
Alexandra Anghel (Romania) – 2nd in 2018 U23 Worlds, 3rd in 2018 European Championships
Anna Schell (Germany) – 2019 and 2021 World bronze medalist, 2022 European champion
Aysegul Ozberge (Turkey) – 17th in 2022 Yasar Dogu ranking event
Skylar Grote (USA) – 2nd in 2022 Final X, 2022 Pan American champion

72 kg: Skylar Grote (Beaver Dam RTC/TMWC)
Round Robin
Vs. Marilyn Garcia (USA) – 3rd in 2022 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament, 2019 NAIA champion
Vs. Alexandra Anghel (Romania) - 2nd in 2018 U23 Worlds, 3rd in 2018 European Championships
Vs. Anna Schell (Germany) - 2019 and 2021 World bronze medalist, 2022 European champion
Vs. Aysegul Ozberge (Turkey) - 17th in 2022 Yasar Dogu ranking event

76 kg: Yelena Makoyed (Cardinal WC/TMWC)
Round Robin
Vs. Martina Kuenz (Austria) – 2nd in 2019 European Championships, 5th in 2017 World Championships
Vs. Epp Mae (Estonia) – 2022 World silver medalist, 2019 World bronze medalist, 2x Olympian
Vs. Francy Raedelt (Germany) – 2nd in 2019 European Games, 2021 University World champion

Women's Freestyle Event Schedule
(local time, six hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time zone)


Thursday, June 23
8 a.m. – Qualification rounds and repechage (WFS 57, 62, 68, 76)
6 p.m. – Medal matches (WFS 57, 62, 68, 76)

Friday, June 24
8 a.m. – Qualification rounds and repechage (WFS 50, 53, 55, 59, 65, 72)
6 p.m. – Medal matches (WFS 50, 53, 55, 59, 65, 72)