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Mensah Stock gets two technical falls to advance to Olympic Games semifinals at 68 kg in women’s freestyle

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Tamyra Mensah Stock of the USA secures a takedown during the morning session at the Olympic Games. Photo by John Sachs,

MAKUHARI, Chiba, Japan –2019 World champion Tamyra Mensah Stock (Colorado Springs, Colo./USOPTC/Titan Mercury WC) was dominant in her first two matches at 68 kg this morning, securing a pair of technical falls and advancing into Monday night’s semifinals at the Makuhari Messe Hall A.

Mensah Stock opened up with power and poise against 2016 Olympic champion and 2017 World champion Sara Dosho of Japan, getting a 10-0 first-period technical fall. Mensah Stock opened with a takedown and ankle lace for a 4-0 lead. She added a blast double takedown to make it 6-0 and two more ankle lace turns stretched it to the 10-0 technical fall.

Dosho was fifth at the 2019 Senior Worlds, where Mensah-Stock defeated her 10-1 in the quarterfinals.

Her next opponent was two-time World medalist Feng Zhou of China, who also was unable to stop the powerful Mensah Stock’s offense in another 10-0 technical fall. In this match, Mensah Stock scored five straight takedowns, including three in the first period and two in the second period. Included were some powerful blast double legs for which Zhou had no ability to defend.

Mensah Stock will battle 2018 World champion Alla Cherkasova of Ukraine in the semifinals round, which will be held at 6:15 p.m. tonight local time (5:15 a.m. U.S. Eastern time zone)

Mensah Stock was a 2019 World champion in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, and also won a World bronze medal in 2018. She was also a member of the 2017 Senior World Team. Mensah Stock won the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, but did not compete in Rio de Janeiro because the U.S. did not qualify her weight class for the Games. She was a two-time WCWA national champion for Wayland Baptist University, and is originally from Katy, Texas.

The United States has already guaranteed its first women’s freestyle medal, as five-time World champion and two-time Olympan Adeline Gray (Colorado Springs, Colo./USOPTC/New York AC) has secured her place in the finals at 76 kg.

Gray will battle 2014 World champion Aline Rotter Focken of Germany in Monday’s gold medal match, in a session that begins at 7:30 p.m. local time. This is 13 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time zone, so the finals session will begin at 6:30 a.m. in the Eastern time zone in the USA.

Gray won World titles in 2012, 2014, 2014, 2018 and 2019, and also boasts two World bronze medals. She was seventh at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Gray also boasts University and Junior World titles. She is a native of Denver, Colo., and lives in Colorado Springs, Colo.


At Makuhari, Chiba, Japan, August 2

U.S. women’s freestyle performances

68 kg – Tamyra Mensah Stock (Colorado Springs, Colo./USOPTC/Titan Mercury WC)

WIN Sara Dosho (Japan), tech, fall 10-0

WIN Feng Zhou (China), tech. fall 10-0

Semifinals – Alla Cherkasova (Ukraine)

Semifinal pairings

Tamyra Mensah Stock (USA) vs. Alla Cherkasova (Ukraine)

Blessing Oborududu (Nigeria) vs. Battsetseg Soronzonbold (Mongolia)