Gilman goes for gold while Cox, Gwiazdowski will go for bronze in freestyle at World Championships in Paris

PARIS, France – Competing in his first Senior World Championships, Thomas Gilman (Council Bluffs, Iowa/Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC) won four matches to qualify for the gold-medal finals at 57 kg/125.5 lbs. in men’s freestyle at the World Championships at the AccorHotels Arena on Friday.

Gilman will battle 2017 Asian champion Yuki Takahashi of Japan in the gold-medal match, in a session which begins at 7:00 p.m. Paris time. U.S. fans can watch the finals live on Trackwrestling. Takahashi was ninth in the 2015 World Championships, his only previous Worlds appearance.

In his first match, Gilman earned a 5-2 win over 2016 European silver medalist Andrey Yatsenko of Ukraine. The bout was tied 2-2 at the break, as both wrestlers scored takedowns. Gilman scored on a step out and a single leg takedown in the second period to secure the win.

Gilman next drew 2017 Asian bronze medalist Reza Ahmad Atrinagharchi of Iran, who he had beaten in the third round at the 2014 Junior World Championships, in a 4-4 criteria decision. Gilman won a Junior World bronze medal in 2014 after beating Atrinagharchi. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

Ragan gets silver, Anthony places fifth and Team USA tied for second among women at World Championships

PARIS, France – Alli Ragan (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) won a silver medal at 60 kg/132 lbs. for the second straight year and the United States placed in a tie for second in the team race on the final day of women’s freestyle at the World Championships on Thursday.

Ragan was beaten in the finals by 2016 Olympic gold medalist Risako Kawai of Japan in the gold-medal finals, 13-0. Kawai won her Olympic title at 63 kg/138.75 lbs., but has dropped down in weight this season. Kawai led 4-0 at the break with two takedowns and was able to get three more second-period takedowns, including a four-pointer to end the match.

Ragan was competing in her fifth World Championships and won her other silver medal in December 2016 in Budapest, Hungary.

Ragan got on a strong run to win three bouts to reach the finals in the morning session. She opened with a 10-0 technical fall against Gabriella Sleisz of Hungary, then beat Luisa Niemesch of Germany 4-0 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, trailing 3-2, she hit a headlock and pinned 2014 World bronze medalist Anastasija Grigorjeva of Latvia in 4:43.

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Gilman, Stieber, Cox and Gwiazdowski receive men’s freestyle draws for World Championships

PARIS – The first four U.S. men’s freestyle athletes have weighed in and received their draws for the World Championships being held at AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France.

Americans taking the mat on Friday are Olympic bronze medalist J’den Cox (Titan Mercury WC/Missouri WF), World champion Logan Stieber (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC) and first time World Team members Thomas Gilman (Council Bluffs, Iowa/Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC) and Nick Gwiazdowski (Raleigh, N.C./Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack WC).

“I know all of these guys are capable,” said Bill Zadick, U.S. National Freestyle Coach. “My hope for them is that they are smart and tough. I know they are well prepared, are physically prepared and they are good athletes. They have been winners at all levels. You still have to do it on the day, between the whistles. If we wrestle with great attitude, are exciting, and are smart and tough, we will be in a good spot.”

World No. 5 Cox will begin his first World Championships run against 2012 Junior World silver medalist Ahmed Dudarov of Germany at 86 kg/189 lbs. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

Ragan makes World finals for second straight year, Anthony goes for bronze at World Championships

PARIS, France – 2016 World silver medalist Alli Ragan (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) will get another chance to win a World title, after qualifying for the finals at 60 kg/132 lbs. at the World Championships on Thursday morning.

Ragan, the top seed, needed a big move late in her semifinal match against 2014 World bronze medalist Anastasija Grigorjeva of Latvia to advance. Trailing 3-2 in the second period after stepping out of bounds, Ragan came right back with a wicked headlock and pinned Grigorjeva in 4:43.

She will battle 2016 Olympic gold medalist Risako Kawai of Japan in the gold-medal finals. Kawai won her Olympic title at 63 kg/138.75 lbs., but has dropped down in weight this season.

Ragan is competing in her fifth World Championships, winning her silver medal in December 2016 in Budapest, Hungary. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

U.S. women Anthony, Augello, Ragan and Mensah receive draws for World Championships

PARIS – Four U.S athletes have weighed in and received their draws for the second day of women’s freestyle action at the 2017 World Championships being held at AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France.

Taking the mat on Thursday for the U.S. are World silver medalist Alli Ragan (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids), Olympian Haley Augello (Lockport, Ill./New York AC), Olympic Trials champion Tamyra Mensah (Katy, Texas/Titan Mercury WC) and two-time World Team member Victoria Anthony (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids).

“We feel good about this group. They have to come out and perform. They have to come out and compete hard,” said U.S. Women’s Freestyle National Coach Terry Steiner. “We talked about it last night, that nobody is going to give us anything. We have to come out here and earn these medals. If we can get in the right frame of mind, by approaching this as an opportunity to showcase your skills, that is what we really want to do.”

Currently ranked No. 3 in the UWW World Rankings at 60 kg/132 lbs., Ragan will kick off her fifth World Championships as the No. 1 seed against two-time University World medalist and World No. 20 Gabriella Sleisz of Hungary. Ragan is this year’s Pan American champion and reigning silver medalist at this weight class. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org