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Mallory Velte selected as USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Mallory Velte celebrates her victory at Final X Stillwater. Photo by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors


Mallory Velte (Beaver Dam RTC/TMWC) has been named USA Wrestling Wrestler of the Week on June 8, 2022.


In a battle of past World bronze medalists, Velte won the 65 kg weight class at Final X Stillwater on June 3, defeating Forrest Molinari in the best-of-three series, two matches to one.


Velte, who won her World bronze medal in 2018, scored a dominant 9-1 victory over Molinari, a 2021 World bronze medalist. Molinari rallied to claim bout two by a 3-1 decision.


In the deciding third match, Velte opened up her offense with a 10-0 technical fall in just 1:33 to secure the victory.


Velte will compete at the Senior World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia in September.


Each week USA Wrestling will select an Athlete of the Week based upon performance within wrestling for that week. The selection committee will consider any level of wrestling from youth programs through the senior level.


To nominate a wrestler for this honor during May and June of 2022, please send the athlete's name, wrestling program, weekly accomplishments and career accolades to Director of Communications Gary Abbott at gabbott@usawrestling.org.
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