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USA wins 2023 Senior Worlds overall medal count for second straight year with 14, Japan second with 12

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Zain Retherford (USA) celebrates his 70 kg World gold medal in Belgrade, Serbia (Photo by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors)

In 2022, the United States won the overall medal count for all disciplines at the Senior World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia for the first time in history, capturing 15 medals.


In 2023, with the Senior World Championships back in Belgrade, Team USA did it again, winning the overall medal count back-to-back with 14 total medals.


The United States medal haul included seven in men’s freestyle and seven in women’s freestyle. Overall, the USA had four individual champions: men’s freestyle gold medalists Vito Arujau (61 kg), Zain Retherford (70 kg) and David Taylor (86 kg), plus women’s freestyler Amit Elor (72 kg). Taylor won his third career World title, and Elor won her second straight gold medal, while Arujau and Retherford won their first Senior World title.


Silver medals went to women’s freestylers Jacarra Winchester (55 kg) and Macey Kilty (65 kg) plus men’s freestyler Kyle Dake (74 kg).  Bronze medalists were women’s freestylers Jennifer Page (59 kg), Sarah Hildebrandt (50 kg), Helen Maroulis (57 kg) and Adeline Gray (76 kg) and men’s freestylers Kyle Snyder (97 kg), Zahid Valencia (92 kg) and Mason Parris (125 kg).


Gray won her ninth career Senior World medal, six golds and three bronzes, and along with her 2020 Olympic silver medal, she is now up to 10 overall medals. Maroulis is now a seven-time World medalist, with three gold medals, two silver medals and two bronze medals, and with her two Olympic medals, now has nine overall medals. Snyder continued his streak of winning a medal for the United States to nine straight years, starting with his World gold medal in 2015. His Senior World medal haul is seven medals, three gold, two silver and two bronze, and with his two Olympic medals, is now up to nine total medals.


The USA had the most medals in men’s freestyle and the second-most in wonen’s freestyle behind only Japan.


Japan placed second in the overall medal count with 12 medals, including eight in women’s freestyle, two in men’s freestyle and two in Greco-Roman. Included were six golds, three silvers and three bronzes. Japan won the medal count in women’s freestyle.


Iran was third on the medal table with 10 medals, with six in Greco-Roman and four in men’s freestyle. Included were three golds, three silvers and four bronzes. Iran won the medal count in Greco-Roman.


Next on the medal chart are Azerbaijan and Turkey with seven medals. Georgia earned six medals. Five nations came home with five medals: Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Serbia, Ukraine and Individual Neutral Athletes from Russia.


In total, 33 nations won at least one medal during the 2023 World Championships in Belgrade.

Overall medals, all disciplines

Nation, #of medals, (Gold, Silver, Bronze)

United States 14 (4-3-7)

Japan, 12 (6-3-3)

Iran, 10 (3-3-4)

Azerbaijan, 7 (2-5-0)

Turkey, 7 (2-1-4)

Georgia, 6 (2-2-2)

Kyrgyzstan, 5 (3-1-1)

AIN-Russia 5, (2-1-2)

Armenia, 5 (0-1-4)

Serbia, 5 (0-1-4)

Ukraine, 5 (0-1-4)

China, 4 (1-0-3)

Cuba, 3 (2-0-1)

Hungary, 3 (1-2-0)

Kazakhstan, 3 (1-0-2)

Mongolia 3 (0-3-0)

Moldova, 3 (0-1-2)

Bulgaria, 3 (0-0-3)

Norway, 2 (0-0-2)

Uzbekistan, 2 (0-0-2)

Bahrain, 1 (1-0-0)

AIN-Belarus 1 (0-1-0)

Puerto Rico, 1 (0-1-0)

Albania, 1 (0-0-1)

Colombia, 1 (0-0-1)

Czechia, 1 (0-0-1)

Ecuador 1 (0-0-1)

Egypt, 1 (0-0-1)

France, 1 (0-0-1)

Germany, 1 (0-0-1)

Nigeria, 1 (0-0-1)

San Marino, 1 (0-0-1)

UWW-IND 1 (0-0-1)

Men’s Freestyle

Nation, #of medals, (Gold, Silver, Bronze)

United States 7 (3-1-3)

AIN-Russia, 4 (2-1-1)

Iran, 4 (1-2-1)

Georgia, 4 (1-1-2)

Armenia, 3 (0-0-3)

Kazakhstan, 2 (1-0-1)

Serbia, 2 (1-0-1)

Azerbaijan, 2 (0-2-0)

Japan, 2 (0-1-1)

Turkey, 2 (0-0-2)

Bahrain, 1 (1-0-0)

Hungary, 1 (1-0-0)

Puerto Rico, 1 (0-1-0)

Albania, 1 (0-0-1)

Bulgaria, 1 (0-0-1)

Kyrgyzstan, 1 (0-0-1)

San Marino, 1 (0-0-1)

Ukraine, 1 (0-0-1)


Women’s Freestyle

Nation, #of medals, (Gold, Silver, Bronze)

Japan, 8 (6-1-1)

United States, 7 (1-2-4)

China, 3 (1-0-2)

Mongolia 3 (0-3-0)

Moldova, 3 (0-1-2)

Kyrgyzstan, 2 (1-1-0)

Ukraine, 2 (0-1-1)

Norway, 2 (0-0-2)

Turkey, 1 (1-0-0)

AIN-BLR 1 (0-1-0)

Bulgaria, 1 (0-0-1)

Colombia, 1 (0-0-1)

Ecuador 1 (0-0-1)

France, 1 (0-0-1)

Germany, 1 (0-0-1)

Kazakhstan, 1 (0-0-1)

Nigeria, 1 (0-0-1)

UWW-IND 1 (0-0-1)


Greco-Roman

Nation, #of medals, (Gold, Silver, Bronze)

Iran, 6 (2-1-3)

Azerbaijan. 5 (2-3-0)

Turkey, 4 (1-1-2)

Cuba, 3 (2-0-1)

Serbia, 3 (0-0-3)

Kyrgyzstan, 2 (2-0-0)

Georgia, 2 (1-1-0)

Armenia, 2 (0-1-1)

Hungary, 2 (0-2-0)

Japan, 2 (0-1-1)

Ukraine, 2 (0-0-2)

Uzbekistan, 2 (0-0-2)

Bulgaria, 1 (0-0-1)

China, 1 (0-0-1)

Czechia, 1 (0-0-1)

Egypt, 1 (0-0-1)

AIN-RUS, 1 (0-0-1)

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