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Hildebrandt to go for an Olympic bronze medal in women’s freestyle on Saturday; Winchester places fifth at 53 kg

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Sara Hildebrandt of the USA works the ankle lace, Photo by John Sachs, Tech-Fall,com

MAKUHARI, Chiba, Japan - 2018 World silver medalist Sarah Hildebrandt (Colorado Springs, Colo./USOPTC/New York AC) will battle for a bronze medal at 53 kg during the final session of wrestling at the Olympic Games on Saturday night at the Makuhari Messe Hall A.

In Friday night’s semifinals, Hildebrandt had an early lead, but could not hold off 2013 World champion Sun Yanan of China, losing a heartbreaking 10-7 match in the closing seconds.

Hildebrandt had a strong first period, jumping to a 7-0 lead. After a nice takedown, Hildebrandt scored a two-point ankle lace to make it 4-0. Sun was hit for a caution and one while defending against the ankle lace, jumping it to 5-0. Starting on top in par terre, Hildebrandt scored another ankle lace. A Sun reversal made it 7-1 at the break.

In the second period, Sun powered back with a two-point front headlock roll to make it 7-3. Another takedown made it 7-5. Late in the period, Sun forced a stepout to make it 7-6. As time was running out, Sun hit a four-point lateral drop throw to win the match.

Hildebrandt will compete in a bronze medal match against the winner of the repechage match between Yuneylis Guzman Lopez of Cuba and Oksana Livach of Ukraine.

On Friday morning, Hildebrandt opened up with a pair of technical falls. She scored an 11-0 technical fall over 2017 World bronze medalist, Evin Demirhan of Turkey then blitzed 2020 European champion Miglena Selishka of Bulgaria, 12-2. Hildebrandt used the ankle lace turn extensively in both victories.

Hildebrandt won her World silver medal at 53 kg in 2018. In 2020, Hildebrandt dropped to 50 kg for her Olympic run, and qualified the USA at the 2020 Pan American Olympic Qualifier right before the pandemic hit. Originally from Granger, Ind., Hildebrandt was a multiple-time national champion at King University.

2019 World champion Jacarra Winchester (Colorado Springs, Colo./USOPTC/Titan Mercury WC) placed fifth at 53 kg at the Olympic Games on Friday as her weight class completed at the Makuhari Messe Hall A.

In a bronze-medal match, Winchester was hit with a headlock by two-time World champion Vanesa Kaladzinskya of Belarus, who was able to secure the fall at the 2:09 mark. There had been no scoring prior to Kaladzinskaya’s big move.

Winchester earned a spot in the bronze-medal match after beating Laure Herin Avila of Cuba 5-0 in the repechage round on Friday morin

On Thursday, Winchester opened with a 7-4 win over 2019 World bronze medalist Olga Khoroshavtseva of Russia. In the quarterfinals, Winchester lost to 2019 World bronze medalist and No. 4 seed Pang Qianyu of China, 5-1. When Pang beat Kaladzinskya in the semifinals, Winchester was pulled back into repechage.

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


At Makuhari, Chiba, Japan, August 6

Group 6 U.S. women’s freestyle results

50 kg - Sarah Hildebrandt (Colorado Springs, Colo./USOPTC/New York AC)

WIN Evin Demirhan (Turkey), tech fall 11-0

WIN Miglena Selishka (Bulgaria), tech fall, 12-2

LOSS Sun Yanan (China), 10-7

Bronze medal bout – Vs. the winner of Yuneylis Guzman Lopez (Cuba) and Oksana Livach (Ukraine)

Group 6 women’s freestyle finalists

50 kg - Yui Susaki (Japan) vs. Sun Yanan (China)

Group 6 women’s freestyle semifinal results

50 kg

Yui Susaki (Japan) tech. fall Mariya Stadnik (Azerbaijan), 11-0

Sun Yanan (China) dec. Sarah Hildebrandt (USA), 10-7

Group 5 U.S. women’s freestyle results

53 kg - Jacarra Winchester (Colorado Springs, Colo./USOPTC/Titan Mercury WC), 5th place

WIN Olga Khoroshavtseva (Russia), 7-4

LOSS Pang Qianyu (China), 5-1

WIN Laura Herin Avila (Cuba), 5-0

LOSS Vanesa Kaladzinskya (Belarus), pin 2:09

Group 5 women’s freestyle results

53 kg

Gold - Mayu Mukaida (Japan)

Silver - Pang Qianyu (China)

Gold - Mayu Mukaida (Japan) Pang Qianyu (China)

Bronze - Vanesa Kaladzinskya (Belarus)

Bronze - Bolortuya Bat Ochir (Mongolia)

5th - Jacarra Winchester (USA)

5th - Joseph Essombe Tiako (Cameroon)

7th - Roksana Marta Zasina (Poland)

8th - Luisa Elizabeth Valverde Melendres (Ecuador)

9th - Vinesh (India)

10th - Olga Khoroshavtseva (ROC)

Gold – Mayu Mukaida (Japan) dec. Pang Qianyu (China), 5-4

Bronze – Bolortuya Bat Ochir (Mongolia) tech. fall Joseph Essombe Tiako (Cameroon), 14-4

Bronze - Vanesa Kaladzinskya (Belarus) pin Jacarra Winchester (USA), 2:09