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Winchester, Velte and Molinari reach Yasar Dogu finals; Parrish, Moore, Bruntil, Fearnside to go for bronze

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Jacarra Winchester (USA) with her arm raised. Photo by Tony Rotundo, UWW

ISTANBUL, Turkey – The United States will have three finalists at the Yasar Dogu, a UWW Ranking Series event, on Saturday, and have four more wrestlers in a bronze-medal match.

At 55 kg, 2019 World champion Jacarra Winchester (USOPTC/Titan Mercury WC) won three straight bouts to reach the finals, where she will battle Katarzyna Krawczyk (Poland for the gold medal.

Winchester opened with an 11-0 technical fall over Aisha Kappar of Kazakhstan, then beat Eakatarina Isakova of the Russian Wrestling Federation in the quarterfinals, 9-5. She finished off a competitive semifinal match by pinning Vinesh Phogat of India with just five seconds on the clock.

The 65 kg finals will feature a pair of U.S. stars, 2021 World bronze medalist Forrest Molinari (Sunkist Kids) against 2018 World bronze medalist Mallory Velte (Beaver Dam RTC/Titan Mercury WC). Both scored three victories on the way to their finals showdown.

Molinari opened with a pair of pins, stopping Ilayda Isliyen of Turkey in 57 seconds, then pinning Emma Bruntil (USOPTC/Titan Mercury WC) in 5:37. Molinari reversed a recent loss to Bruntil with this victory. In her semifinals, Molinari scored a pair of clutch takedowns in the second period to beat Elis Manolova, 5-3.

Velte did not give up a point in her three wins. She won her first two matches with 10-0 technical falls over Madina Bakbergenova of Kazakhstan and Khadija Jlassi of Tunisia. In the semifinals, she was dominant in a 7-0 win over Uliana Tukerenova of the Russian Wrestling Federation.

The U.S. had a pair of athletes lose in their semifinals and will come back in bronze-medal bouts, Dom Parrish (Sunkist Kids) at 53 kg in women’s freestyle and Kollin Moore (Ohio RTC/Titan Mercury WC) at 97 kg in men’s freestyle.

Parrish won three straight decisions to reach the semifinals, beating Ellada Makhyaddinova of Kazakhstan, 6-2, Leila Karymova of the Russia Wrestling Federation, 6-4 and Katsiaryna Pichkouskaya of Belarus, 5-0. Parrish was leading 8-0 in the semifinals, but was pinned by Bolortuya Bat Ochir of Mongolia in 1:20. She will wrestle Pooja Gelhot of India for bronze

Moore won his first match over Satywart Kadian of India in a 12-1 technical fall. He was beaten in the semifinals by Aliikhan Zhabrailov of Russia, 8-2. He will battle Burak Sahin of Turkey for a bronze.

Two other U.S. wrestlers came through with wins in repechage and will go for bronze medals, Emma Bruntil at 65 kg and Amy Fearnside (Titan Mercury WC) at 50 kg.

Bruntil rebounded from the loss to Molinari with a 10-0 technical fall over Karaduman of Turkey. She will face Elis Manolova of Azerbaijan in a bronze-medal bout.

Fearnside, who was defeated in the quarterfinals by Emilia Vuc of Romania, 10-5, won a crazy 14-12 shootout with Evin Demirhan of Turkey in the repechage. Her bronze-medal opponent is Otonjargal Dolgorjav of Mongolia.

There were 12 USA entries on Saturday, nine women and three men. The team has a chance for seven medals from this group.

Today’s medal matches are set for 6 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET).


Feb. 26, 2022 | Istanbul, Turkey

U.S. women’s freestyle performances

50 kg: Amy Fearnside (Titan Mercury WC)

WIN Weronika Sikora (Poland), 14-4

LOSS Emilia Vuc (Romania), 10-5

WIN Evin Demirhan (Turkey), 14-12

Bronze medal bout – Otonjargal Dolgorjav (Mongolia)

50 kg: Erin Golston (Wisconsin RTC/New York AC)

LOSS Otgonjargal Dolgorjav (Mongolia), tech. fall 10-0

53 kg: Dom Parrish (Sunkist Kids WC)

WIN Ellada Makhyaddinova (Kazakhstan), 6-2

WIN Leila Karymova (Russia), 6-4

WIN Katsiaryna Pichkouskaya (Belarus), 5-0

LOSS Bolortuya Bat Ochir (Mongolia), pin 1:20

Bronze Medal Bout – Vs. Pooja Gehlot (India)

55 kg: Jacarra Winchester (USOPTC/Titan Mercury WC)

WIN Aisha Kappar (Kazakhstan), tech. fall 11-0

WIN Ekatarina Isakova (Russia), 9-5

WIN Vinesh (India), pin 4:55

Gold Medal Finals – Katarzyna Krawczyk (Poland)

59 kg: Michaela Beck (Wisconsin RTC/Sunkist Kids)

LOSS Anastasiia Iakovleva (Russia), 3-2

59 kg: Sophia Mirabella (Team Tornado WC)

LOSS Elif Yanik (Turkey), pin 2:06

65 kg: Emma Bruntil (USOPTC/Titan Mercury WC)

WIN Dinara Kudaeva Salikhova (Russia), tech. fall 10-0

LOSS Forrest Molinari (USA), pin 5:37

WIN Karaduman (Turkey), tech. fall 10-0

Bronze bout – Vs. Elis Manolova (Azerbaijan)

65 kg: Forrest Molinari (Sunkist Kids WC)

WIN Karaduman (Turkey), pin 0:57

WIN Emma Bruntil (USA), 5:37

WIN Elis Manolova (Azerbaijan), 5-3

Gold Medal Finals – Vs. Mallory Velte (USA)

65 kg: Mallory Velte (Beaver Dam RTC/Titan Mercury WC)

WIN Madina Bakbergenova (Kazakhstan), tech. fall 10-0

WIN Khadija Jlassi (Tunisia), tech. fall 10-0

WIN Uliana Tukerenova (Russian Wrestling Federation), 7-0

Gold Medal Finals – Vs. Forrest Molinari (USA)

U.S. men's freestyle performances

97 kg: Kollin Moore (Ohio RTC/Titan Mercury WC)

WIN Satywart Kadian (India), tech. fall 12-1

LOSS Aliikhan Zhabrailov (Russian Wrestling Federation), 8-2

Bronze bout – Burak Sahin (Turkey)

125 kg: Nick Gwiazdowski (Spartan Combat RTC/Titan Mercury WC)

WIN Hayden Zillmer (USA), 3-0

LOSS Atsamaz Tebloev (Russia), 6-4

125 kg: Hayden Zillmer (Gopher WC RTC)

LOSS Nick Gwiazdowski (USA), 3-0
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