Nowry, Provisor beaten in Greco-Roman quarterfinals at Senior Worlds in Norway; Smith, Porter are eliminated

OSLO, Norway – Day one of Greco-Roman at the 2021 Senior World Championships included preliminary action at four weight classes on Thursday morning.

Competing at 82 kg was Ben Provisor, who competed in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games and is also on his second Senior World Championships team.

Provisor, the No. 2 seed, received a bye, then battled 2021 Asian bronze medalist Satoki Mukai of Japan in his first match. Mukai got the first point when Provisor was called for passivity. While defending a gut wrench, officials penalized Provisor for two points and a caution for fleeing. The USA challenged and it was accepted, no points awarded. Provisor scored a nice takedown on the edge in the second period to lead 2-1. Mukai could not get to Provisor the rest of the way, giving Provisor a one-point win. Continue reading at teamusa.org →

Gray wins record sixth World title, Hildebrandt takes silver, Molinari claims bronze at Senior Worlds in Oslo

OSLO, Norway – The United States won three medals during the Group Two medal session at the Senior World Championships on Wednesday. But one of those medals will be remembered for a long, long time.

History was made in the final match of the night when U.S. superstar Adeline Gray won her U.S. record sixth Senior World gold medal. Coming from behind to take over the match and score a last-second pin over two-time World medalist Epp Maee of Estonia, Gary raised the bar for American wrestling one more time.

Gray’s finals match was full of excitement. Maee controlled the match early and took plenty of momentum into the break, where she was winning 4-0 after an activity clock point against Gray, plus a late-period takedown which the USA challenged and lost. Continue reading at teamusa.org →

Maroulis to go for gold, Nelson and Mensah Stock for bronze in women’s freestyle at Senior Worlds in Norway

OSLO, Norway – 2016 Olympic champion and 2020 Olympic bronze medalist Helen Maroulis showed grit and persistence in winning her semifinals match at 57 kg and earning a spot in the gold-medal match at the Senior World Championships on Wednesday.

Maroulis, who came in as the No. 4 seed at 57 kg, faced a talented young star, 2019 U23 World champion and two-time Junior World champion Sae Nanjo of Japan in the semifinals. After falling behind in the first period, Maroulis emerged with a hard-fought 6-4 victory.

Maroulis was leading a 1-0 match after a shot clock point, but Nanjo was able to score a four-point takedown at the edge of the mat with under a minute to go in the first period to make the score 4-1. Maroulis found momentum going into the break however, scoring a counter takedown to get the match to within a point after three minutes. Continue reading at xxx →

Mensah Stock, Maroulis, Nelson qualify for women’s freestyle semifinals at Senior Worlds in Norway

OSLO, Norway – Three U.S. women wrestlers from Group Two have advanced to the semifinals at the Senior World Championships on Wednesday morning, and all will compete against opponents from world powerhouse Japan in their next match.

2020 Olympic champion and 2019 World champion Tamyra Mensah Stock, seeded No. 1, won her only match of the session, an 8-0 victory over Anastasia Lavenchuk of Ukraine. Mensah Stock scored four takedowns in the match and was never in danger of allowing any points.

Mensah Stock will battle Rin Miyaji of Japan.in Wednesday night’s semifinals. Miyaji, who won the 2021 All-Japan Invitational, was second in the 2020 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix. Continue reading at teamusa.org →

Miracle wins silver, Burkert gets bronze as women’s freestyle holds first finals night at Senior Worlds in Norway

OSLO, Norway – The U.S. won its first two medals in the women’s freestyle division at the Senior World Championships on Tuesday, with Kayla Miracle claiming a silver medal at 62 kg and Jenna Burkert adding a bronze medal at 55 kg. It was their first career Senior World medals for both U.S. women. There were only two women’s weight classes contested in Group One.

Miracle was defeated in the finals by 2019 World champion and 2020 Olympic silver medalist Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan, 7-0.

Miracle and Tynybekova wrestled a relatively even and back-and-forth first period, as Tynybekova had a 1-0 lead at the break courtesy of a shot clock point. The most action in the match came in the first minute of the second period, when the two wrestlers entered into a scramble after a shot by Miracle. Tynybekova was able to maneuver in the position and expose Miracle for two points, a call that was challenged but confirmed. That gave Tynybekova a 4-0 lead, one that would prove to be enough. She posted a step out and then a late go-behind takedown to complete the 7-0 win over Miracle. Continue reading at teamusa.org →

Snyder wins World silver, USA places second as a team as men’s freestyle wraps up in Senior Worlds in Norway

OSLO, Norway – Kyle Snyder claimed a silver medal at 97 kg on the final night of the men’s freestyle competition, his seventh straight World or Olympic medal, and the United States placed a close second as a team at the Senior World Championships on Tuesday night.

Snyder was defeated in the finals by his arch-rival, Abdulrashid Sadulaev of the Russian Wrestling Federation, 6-0.

Snyder and Sadulaev wrestled a familiar-paced match early, both being warned for passivity within the first 90 seconds. Snyder was put on the shot clock with 1:11 left in the first period and went into the break trailing in the 1-0 bout. Sadulaev boosted the pace early in the second period and almost forced Snyder out of bounds, but the American defended the attempt to keep the match within a point.

However, shortly after that exchange, Snyder was placed on the shot clock again and failed to post a score, giving Sadulaev the 2-0 advantage. Moments later came the match’s turning point, when Sadulaev worked a takedown and found a strong gut wrench to turn Snyder, boosting his lead to a 6-0 advantage that would prove to be the final score. Continue reading at teamusa.org →