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Session 2 Live Blog: Kilty gets silver, Hildebrandt, Maroulis & Gray get bronze; Elor reaches Thursday final, Bruntil up for bronze

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

76 kg Olympic playoff - Milaimys Marin Potrille (Cuba) pin Catalina Axente (Romania)

57 kg Olympic playoff - Anhelina Lysak (Poland) pin Elvira Kamaloglu (Turkey)

50 kg Olympic playoff - Evin Demirhan (Turkey) dec. Alisson Cardoza Rey (Colombia), 4-1

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Team Scores After Six Weight Classes completed

1. Japan, 125 points

2. United States, 100 points

3. China, 65 points

4. Ukraine, 38 points

5. Mongolia, 36 points.

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76 kg Gold - Yuka Kagami (Japan) inj dft. over Aiperi Medet Kyzy (Kyrgyzstan), 5:06

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Adeline Gray World bronze medal graphic

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WFS 76 kg bronze medal –Adeline Gray (USA) dec. Milaimys Marin Potrille (Cuba), 10-6

Gray scores on a single leg takedown to lead 2-0. She turns Marin twice for a 6-0 lead. Marin hits a double leg takedown to close it to 6-2. We go to the break with Gray leading 6-2. After a long time trying to score, Gray gets two points on a takedown and then a tilt to make it 10-2 with 56 seconds left. Double leg for Marin makes it 10-4. Marin gets a tilt to make it 10-6. Time runs out with Marin on top and Gray wins 10-6. Adeline Gray gets a bronze medal, and qualifies the USA for the Olympics in Paris at 76 kg.

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76 kg Bronze - Tatiana Renteria (Colombia) pin Catalina Axente (Romania), 5:59

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57 kg Gold - Tsugumi Sakurai (Japan) dec. Anastasia Nichita (Moldova), 3-2

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Helen Maroulis World bronze medal graphic

WFS 57 kg bronze medal – Helen Maroulis (USA) vs. Anhelina Lysak (Poland)

Helen gets a single leg and coverts the takedown, up 2-0. We go to the break with Maroulis leading 2-0. Maroulis scores a takedown after blocking an attempt, and she adds an ankle lace to make it 6-0. Lysak get a counter exposure for two, and Maroulis gets a reversal, making the score 7-2 midway in the period. Lysak gets a big four pointer to close it to 7-6 with 40 seconds left. Maroulis gets a takedown after stopping an attack, 9-6. Poland challenges and it is denied, 10-6 is the score now. Time runs out. Helen Maroulis wins the bronze medal, and she qualifies the United States for the Paris Games at 57 kg,

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57 kg Bronze - Odunayo Adekuoroye (Nigeria) dec. Elvira Kamaloglu (Turkey), 9-5

50 kg Gold - Yui Susaki (Japan) tech. fall Otgonjargal Dolgorjav (Mongolia), 10-0

Sarah Hildebrandt World bronze medal graphic

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WFS 50 kg bronze medal – Sarah Hildebrandt (USA) vs. Evin Demirhan (Turkey)

Hildebrandt gets behind for a takedown and a 2-0 lead. Demirhan is warned for pulling hair. Demirhan put on shot clock late in period and can not score, giving Hildebrandt a 3-0 lead at the break. Hildebrandt does a counter shot and scores a takedown to make it 5-0 with less than a minute left. There is no more scoring and Sarah HIldebrandt wins, 5-0 for the bronze medal. Hildebrandt also qualifies the United States for the Paris Games at 50 kg!!!

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50 kg Bronze - Ziqi Feng (China) tech. fall Alisson Cardoza Rey (Colombia), 10-0

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Macey Kilty World silver medal graphic

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65 kg gold medal – Nonoka Ozaki (Japan) tech. fall Macey Kilty (USA), 10-0

Ozaki gets on a leg and scores the first takedown, 2-0. She gets a leg lace and turns it twice, then turns Kilty two more times for a 10-0 technical fall victory. SIlver medal to Macey Kilty.

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65 kg Bronze – Mimi Hristova (Bulgaria) pin Tatsiana Paulava (Individual Neutral Athlete), 1:51

65 kg Bronze - Lili (China) dec. Kadriye Aksoy (Turkey), 3-2

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The medal matches are beginning right now live on FloWrestling Here are the USA matches to watch for:

Mat B

Bout 3 -65 kg gold –Macey Kilty (USA) vs. Nonoka Ozaki (Japan)

Bout 5 - 50 kg bronze – Sarah Hildebrandt (USA) vs. Evin Demirhan (Turkey)

Bout 5 - 57 kg bronze – Helen Maroulis (USA) vs. Anhelina Lysak (Poland)

Bout 11 - 76 kg bronze –Adeline Gray (USA) vs. Milaimys Marin Potrille (Cuba)

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68 kg semifinals

Delgermaa Enkhsaikhan (Mongolia) pin Emma Bruntil (United States), 2:45

Buse Cavusoglu Tosun (Turkey) tech fall Ami Ishii (Japan), 11-1

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WFS 68 kg semifinal – Delgermaa Enkhsaikhan (Mongolia) pin Emma Bruntil (USA), 2:45

Enkhsaikhan gets the first takedown to lead 2-0. Enkhsaikhan hits a headlock, 6-0, and puts Bruntil in danger. She adjusts and Bruntil fights for a long time, with the fall called finally at 2:45.

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62 kg semifinals

Sakura Motoki (Japan) dec. Grace Bullen (Norway), 2-1

Aisuluu Tynybekova (Kyrgyzstan) dec. Luisa Niemesch (Germany), 4-2

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53 kg semifinals

Akari Fujinami (Japan) tech. fall Maria Prevolaraki (Greece), 10-0

Vanesa Kaladzinskaya (Individual Neutral Athlete) dec. Antim (UWW), 5-4

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With a takedown on the buzzer, Antim (UWW) from India defeated two-time World champion Kaladzinskaya (AIN) at 53 kg. But AIN challenged and they gave two exposure points also to Kaladzinskaya, beating Antim, 5-4. This knocks Dom Parrish (USA) out of the tournament, as Antim beat Parrish in the first round.

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72 kg semifinals

Davaanasan Enkh Amar (Mongolia) dec. Zhamila Bakbergenova (Kazakhstan), 6-2

Amit Elor (United States) tech fall Kendra Dacher (France), 12-2

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WFS 72 kg semifinal - Amit Elor (USA) tech. fall Kendra Dacher (France)

Amit Elor scored a step out, 1-0. She added a takedown, 3-0. Add in another step out, 4-0. Elor forces a step out, 5-0, and Dacher is also hit with a caution and one to make it 6-0. We go to the break at 6-0. Elor forces another step out, 7-0. Dacher gets two points on an exposure, and a reversal for Elor, 8-2. Add a takedown and a turn for Elor and she gets a 12-2 technical fall.

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Six USA women are competing in the evening session tonight. Group Three semifinals will feature Emma Bruntil (68 kg) and 2022 World champion Amit Elor (72 kg). Hoping to get pulled back into repechage is 2022 World champion Dom Parrish (53 kg).


Finishing the evening will be the Group Two women’s freestyle finals, with four USA stars in action. Macey Kilty (65 kg) os going for gold. In bronze-medal matches are Olympic champion and three-time World champion Helen Maroulis (57 kg), six-time World champion Adeline Gray (76 kg) and three-time World medalist and Olympic medalist Sarah Hildebrandt (50 kg).

Macey Kilty (USA) takes a shot during the 2023 World Championships (Photo by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors)