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Boyd wins repechage, will wrestle for bronze at 2021 Junior Worlds

by Taylor Miller, USA Wrestling

Photo of Alara Boyd by Kadir Caliskan, United World Wrestling.

UFA, Russia – The USA added another women’s freestyler to tonight’s medal session as Alara Boyd won her repechage match on Friday morning at 65 kg, sending her to the bronze-medal bout.

After a 9-2 loss to 2021 Senior European champion Irina Ringaci of Moldova yesterday, Boyd bounced back this morning, defeating Yana Tretsiak of Belarus with some solid par terre offense. Boyd, a McKendree University wrestler, opened scoring with a four-point takedown from a single and went right into a gut wrench for an early 6-0 lead. After giving up a step out, Boyd scored from a go-behind and added two gut wrenches for a 12-1 technical fall.

The win is crucial to the USA in the team race, which has India ahead by one point, going into tonight’s session.

Along with Boyd, three other Americans will wrestle for medals with Kennedy Blades seeking gold at 72 kg and Jaslynn Gallegos and Korina Blades going for bronze at 53 kg and 62 kg, respectively.

Medal matches will take place Friday at 6 p.m. local time (9 a.m. ET). Fans can watch live on FloWrestling or follow along on USA Wrestling’s twitter @USAWrestling.


Aug. 16-22 | Ufa, Russia

U.S. women’s freestyle results
65 kg: Alara Boyd (Muncie, Ind./McKendree Bearcat WC) – bronze match
LOSS Irina RINGACI (Moldova), 9-2
WIN Yana TRETSIAK (Belarus), 12-1
vs. Viktoria VESSO (Estonia)