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Luft places fourth at Cadet Beach World Championships in Romania, as three U.S. women compete in event

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

The U.S. Cadet World Women’s Beach Team pose together in Constanta, Romania. Photo courtesy of Coach Britney Carrington.

Lilly Luft of Charles City, Iowa placed fourth at 60 kg in the women’s division of the Cadet Beach World Championships, held in Constanta, Romania on Thursday.

Luft won her Pool C competition with a 3-0 record, securing victories over Oleksandra Zhulidova of Ukraine, 3-0, Valeriia Dmytrenko of Ukraine, 4-1 and Sofia Marchenko of Ukraine, 1-0,

She advanced to the semifinals, where she was defeated by Viorica Adam of Romania. In her bronze-medal bout, Luft dropped a battle to Gabriella Cuc of Romania, 3-1.

Placing eighth at 50 kg was Isabella Hoffman of Tega Cay, S.C., who had a 1-2 record in her pool and did not advance to the bracket competition. She opened with a 3-0 win over Denisa Perju of Romania, then dropped matches to Delia Voiculescu of Romania and Emine Osman of Bulgaria.

Isabelle Carrington of Dayton, Ohio was randomly drawn into a knockout match at 70 kg, which she needed to win to advance into Pool B. She was beaten 3-0 by Georgiana Andries of Romania, and finished 10th in the final standings.

Although there have been an individual athlete that competed in the Cadet Beach Worlds, this is the first team to enter on behalf of USA Wrestling. The USA did not have any entries in the men's division.

The U.S. will enter two women in the Junior World Beach Championships which will be held on Friday. The Final Beach World Series event, featuring Senior athletes, will be held Saturday and Sunday, and the U.S. will have a team of both men and women.

The event is being streamed live on FloWrestling.


At Constanta, Romania, September 23, 2021

Cadet Women's medalists

40 kg

Gold - Alexandra Voiculescu (Romania)

Silver - Cansu Ozer (Turkey)

Bronze - Bianca Mariana Iancau (Romania)

50 kg

Gold - Delia Gabriela Voiculescu (Romania)

Silver - Ana Maria Gianina Rotaru (Romania)

Bronze - Emine Hyusein Osman (Bulgaria)

60 kg

Gold - Busra Efe (Turkey)

Silver - Viorica Tania Adam (Romania)

Bronze - Gabriela Cuc (Romania)

70 kg

Gold - Mariia Zenkina (Ukraine)

Silver - Bukrenaz Sert (Turkey)

Bronze - Georgiana Florentina Andries (Romania)

U.S. Cadet Women’s results

50 kg - Isabella Hoffman, Tega Cay, S.C., 8th place

WIN Denisa Perju (Romania), 3-0, 0:40

LOSS Delia Voiculescu (Romania), 3-0, 0:12

LOSS Emine Osman (Bulgaria), 3-0, 0:45

60 kg - Lilly Jo Luft, Charles City, Iowa, 4th place

WIN Oleksandra Zhulidova (Ukraine), 3-0, 2:08

WIN Valeriia Dmytrenko (Ukraine), 4-1, 2:45

WIN Sofia Marchenko (Ukraine), 1-0, 3:00

LOSS Viorica Adam (Romania), 3-0, 1:00

LOSS Gabriella Cuc (Romania), 3-1, 1:36

70 kg - Isabelle Carrington, Dayton, Ohio, 10th place

LOSS Georgiana Andries (Romania), 3-0, 0:15

Cadet Men's Medalists

50 kg

Gold - Mirac Sarac (Turkey)

Silver - Sorin Aristica Lazarica (Romania)

Bronze - Gabriel Cristian Barbu (Romania)

60 kg

Gold - Abdullah Toprak (Turkey)

Silver - Musa Aghayev (Azerbaijan)

Bronze - Daniel Marian Sandu (Romania)

70 kg

Gold - Huseyn Aliyev (Azerbaijan)

Silver - Gigi Marian Subtirica (Romania)

Bronze - Ion Laurentiu Marcu (Moldova)

80 kg

Gold - Angelos Apostolidis (Greece)

Silver - Nandor Milan Hajduch (Hungary)

Bronze - Dmytro Lisniak (Ukraine)
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