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Makoyed upsets 2022 World Team member Guilford for gold at Zouhaier Sghaier

by Ellen Paddock, USA Wrestling

Makoyed, shown at Final X Stillwater, upset World teamer Guilford. Photo by Tony Rotundo. 

TUNIS, Tunisia – Avenging her loss at Final X Stillwater, Yelena Makoyed upset 2022 World Team member Dymond Guilford in the 76 kg gold medal match at the Zouhaier Sghaier ranking series event.

Guilford defeated Makoyed in two straight matches in their best-of-three series in Stillwater, 10-5 and 12-2. The two met again this morning in pool competition where Makoyed lost 7-6 after recovering from a 7-0 deficit.

Makoyed brought her late-match momentum to the gold medal round. She was first on the board with a pushout and scored late on a takedown to win 5-2.

Makoyed continues to find success on the international stage. In June, she beat World silver medalist and Olympian Epp Mae of Estonia to win the Matteo Pellicone ranking series event.

Helen Maroulis finished fourth after forfeiting out of the bronze medal match. Team USA collected three medals today – golds from Makoyed and Mensah Stock and a silver from Guilford.

The action continues tomorrow in the following weight classes and disciplines:

WFS 50, 53, 55, 59, 65, 72; MFS 97, 125 kg.

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Tunis, Tunisia | July 14-17

U.S. Women’s freestyle results

57 kg: Helen Maroulis (Sunkist Kids) – FOURTH

WIN Sandra Paruszewski (Germany), 5-3

WIN Masni Mansi (India), 8-5

WIN Amanda Martinez (USA), fall 3:21

LOSS Elvira Kamaloglu (Turkey), fall 5:24

LOSS Mansi Mansi (India), forfeit

57 kg: Amanda Martinez (TMWC) – SEVENTH

LOSS Masni Mansi (India), tech. fall, 10-0

LOSS Sandra Paruszewski (Germany), 6-0

LOSS Helen Maroulis (USA), fall 3:21

68 kg: Tamyra Mensah Stock (TMWC) – GOLD

WIN Ranim Saidi (Tunisia), tech. fall, 10-0

WIN Nisha Nisha (India), tech. fall. 10-0

WIN Grabiela Pedro Da Rocha (Brazil), 10-0

76 kg: Yelena Makoyed (Cardinal WC/TMWC) – GOLD

WIN Mehtap Gultekin (Turkey), tech. fall, 14-1

LOSS Dymond Guilford (USA), 7-6

WIN Dymond Guilford (USA), 5-2

76 kg: Dymond Guilford (TMWC) - SILVER

WIN Yelena Makoyed (USA), 7-6

WIN Mehtap Gultekin (Turkey), tech. fall, 10-0

LOSS Yelena Makoyed (USA), 5-2

76 kg: Precious Bell (TMWC) – FIFTH

LOSS Samar Ibrahim (Egypt), 7-0

LOSS Francy Raedelt (Germany), 6-3

Women’s freestyle results


Gold – Giullia Penalber (Brazil)

Silver – Elvira Kamaloglu (Turkey)

Bronze – Mansi Mansi (India)


Gold – Luisa Niemesch (Germany)

Silver – Lais Nunes (Brazil)

Bronze – Sakshi Malik (India)


Gold – Tamyra Mensah Stock (USA)

Silver – Nisha Nisha (India)

Bronze – Grabriela Pedro Da Rocha (Brazil)


Gold – Yelena Makoyed (USA)

Silver – Dymond Guilford (USA)

Bronze – Samar Hamza (Egypt)

Schedule (5 hours ahead of U.S. EST)

Saturday, July 16

10:30 a.m. – Qualification and repechage (WFS 50, 53, 55, 59, 65, 72; MFS 97, 125 kg)

6 p.m. – Finals (WFS 50, 53, 55, 59, 65, 72; MFS 97, 125 kg)

Sunday, July 17

10:30 a.m. – Qualification and repechage (MFS 57, 61, 65, 70, 74, 79, 86, 92 kg)

6 p.m. – Finals (MFS 57, 61, 65, 70, 74, 79, 86, 92 kg)