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Winchester beaten in Olympic Games quarterfinals, needs Pang of China to reach finals to qualify for repechage

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Jacarra Winchester of the USA takes down Olga Khoroshavtseva of Russia in the Olympic Games. Photo by John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com


MAKUHARI, Chiba, Japan - 2019 World champion Jacarra Winchester (Colorado Springs, Colo./USOPTC/Titan Mercury WC) won her opening bout at the Olympic Games, but was defeated in the 53 kg quarterfinals at the Makuhari Messe Hall A.


Winchester opened with a 7-4 win over 2019 World bronze medalist Olga Khoroshavtseva of Russia. Winchester scored first on a step out, but fell behind 4-1 when Khoroshavtseva scored a takedown and gut wrench turn. Winchester scored a takedown to make it 4-3 at the break. In the second period, Winchester added a pair of takedowns to secure the victory.


In the quarterfinals, Winchester dropped a 6-1 decision to 2019 World bronze medalist and No. 4 seed Pang Qianyu of China. Pang got all of her points in the first period on a takedown and two turns, and went into the break with a 6-0 lead. Winchester was able to get a point in the second period when Pang was placed on the shot clock and could not score. Winchester was unable to crack Pang’s defense in that second period.


Pang must beat two-time World champion Vanesa Kaladzinskaya of Belarus in the semifinals for Winchester to get drawn back into Friday’s repechage rounds.


Winchester qualified the weight class for USA for the Olympics when she reached the finals of the 2020 Pan American Olympic Qualifier in Canada. Winchester won her World title in 2019 at 55 kg, a non-Okympic weight and was also fifth at the 2018 Worlds. Originally from Oakland, Calif., Winchester competed collegiately at Missouri Valley College.

Group 5 U.S. women’s freestyle results

53 kg - Jacarra Winchester (Colorado Springs, Colo./USOPTC/Titan Mercury WC)

WIN Olga Khoroshavtseva (Russia), 7-4

LOSS Pang Qianyu (China), 5-1

Group 5 women’s freestyle semifinal pairings

Vanesa Kaladzinskaya (Belarus) vs. Pang Qianyu (China)

Bolortuya Bat Ochir (Mongolia) vs. Mayu Mukaida (Japan)