2019 Sassari City Matteo Pellicone Memorial

Sassari Women's Preview

Sassari Women's Preview

The third Women's international ranking event takes place in Sassari, Italy on Friday.

May 23, 2019 by Willie Saylor
Sassari Women's Preview
I thought the Greco field was solid. But the ladies are in Sassari at full force. With 34 of the 100 ranked women in the World here, Sassari is full of can't-miss matches that will impact seeding at Worlds. 

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I thought the Greco field was solid. But the ladies are in Sassari at full force. With 34 of the 100 ranked women in the World here, Sassari is full of can't-miss matches that will impact seeding at Worlds. 

In particular, 57kg, with six ranked wrestlers, 62kg (with 6), 68kg (with 5), and 76 (6) are loaded.

The action starts at 4AM ET in the States. Medal matches and finals begin at 9:30AM ET.

Below are all entries and credentials for the top stars.


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May 23 -25 | 4:00 AM Eastern Time


50KG

Kamila BARBOSA VITO DA SILVA -  BRA

Jade Marie DUFOUR  -  CAN

Natasha Irene Vera KRAMBLE  -  CAN

Madison Bianca PARKS  -  CAN

Jacqueline Del Rocio MOLLOCANA ELENO  -  ECU

Tabatha Helene Laurence GRUNEWALD  -  FRA

Julie Martine SABATIE  -  FRA

Valentina Ivanovna ISLAMOVA BRIK  -  KAZ

YeoJin KIM  -  KOR

Anzhelika VETOSHKINA  -  RUS

Fredrika Ida PETERSSON  -  SWE

Contenders:

Dufour was a runner-up her last year and went on to win the World title in University's. Islamova-Brik, then wrestling for Russia, was a runner-up here in 2016. She just took Bronze at Asians. This year's Yarygin Champ, Vetoshkina, has been a little up and down as after that Yarygin performance she was just 10th at Germany and 5th at Klippan.


53KG

#4 - Diana Mary Helen WEICKER  -  CAN

#5 - Luisa Elizabeth VALVERDE MELENDRES  -  ECU

#10 - Zhuldyz ESHIMOVA  -  KAZ

Samantha Leigh STEWART  -  CAN

Marina RUEDA FLORES  -  ESP

Tatiana DEBIEN  -  FRA

Mercedesz DENES  -  HUN

Tatyana AKHMETOVA AMANZHOL  -  KAZ

Hyungjoo KIM  -  KOR

Jessica Cornelia Francisca BLASZKA  -  NED

Silje Knutsen KIPPERNES  -  NOR

Ekaterina POLESHCHUK  -  RUS\

Contenders:

Schultz Champ Samantha Stewart is here and won Sassari in 2017, where she beat Eshimova, who was 5th at Worlds last yearin the finals. Fellow Canadian Weicker is a reigning World Bronze that won the Grand Prix of Germany. 

Valvarde was World 7th last year an Pan Am runner-up to Hildebrandt. 

2016 Olympian Jessica Blaszka was just Bronze at Euro's. Most recently, Poleschuk was 3rd at the Klippan Open. She finished lower than 7th just one time in the last four years - a span of 22 tournaments. 


55KG

#2 - Marina SEDNEVA  -  KAZ

#7 (at 53) - Vanesa KALADZINSKAYA  -  BLR

#10 - Sofia Magdalena MATTSSON  -  SWE

Emily Suzanne SCHAEFER  -  CAN

Jayd Aexandria DAVIS  -  CAN

Viktoriia VAULINA  -  RUS

Contenders:

Small but talented Non-Olympic weight group. Mattsson is a 7-time World medalist. Sedneva was Asian U23 Champ and SR Broze. 

The World Champ in 2017 by beating current #1-Mukaida (JPN), Kaladzinkskaya placed 3rd at Euro's at 53 last month.

Vaulina bagged titles this year at Euro U23's and Yarygin.


57KG

#3 - Grace Jacob BULLEN  -  NOR

#4 - Odunayo Folasade ADEKUOROYE  -  NGR

#5 - Emese BARKA  -  HUN

#5 - (at 59) - Sarita SARITA  -  IND

#6 - Pooja DHANDA  -  IND

#7 - Alyona KOLESNIK  -  AZE

Katsiaryna HANCHAR YANUSHKEVICH  -  BLR

Hannah Fay TAYLOR  -  CAN

Tianna Grace KENNETT  -  CAN

Alexandria Rebekkah TOWN  -  CAN

Lissette Alexandra ANTES CASTILLO  -  ECU

Graciela SANCHEZ DIAZ  -  ESP

Mathilde Hélène RIVIER   -  FRA

Arianna CARIERI  -  ITA

Francesca INDELICATO  -  ITA

Carola RAINERO  -  ITA

Altynay SATYLGAN  -  KAZ

Emma TISSINA  -  KAZ

Olga KHOROSHAVTSEVA  -  RUS

Sara Johanna LINDBORG  -  SWE

Kelsey Rene CAMPBELL  -  USA

Contenders:

The biggest and best bracket of the entire tournament, this weight features five of the ten ranked wrestlers in the world 

Bullen was World 5th last year and won U23's. Adekuoroye was World Silver at 55kg in '17; Rivier was 5th in that bracket.

Barka just won Euro's over Tatiana Kit where Rivier was 5th again, and Bullen 7th. Dhanda is returning World Bronze.

Both finalists from Pan Ams are here: Castillo over Taylor last month. Town won U23's last year. Rainero won this last year. 

Khoroshavtseva was the Russian Champ last year and was Silver at this year's Yarygin. Lindborg was a World Bronze medalist at Juniors last year.


59KG

#3 - Svetlana LIPATOVA   -  RUS

Linda MORAIS  -  CAN

Laurence BEAUREGARD  -  CAN

Maria Victoria BAEZ DILONE  -  ESP

Ramona GALAMBOS  -  HUN

Kumari MANJU  -  IND

Madina BAKBERGENOVA  -  KAZ

Nazira AMANZHOLOVA  -  KAZ

Contenders:

Both Canadians have won this tournament before; Morais in 2017 and Beauregard last year, and both won University Worlds in '18.

Lipatova has made the medal match in her last 11 tournaments including making the Euro finals last month. 

Wrestling both Euro SR's and U23's, Galambos was 5th and 1st, respectively this year. Manju did the same for Asian's and went 3rd and 1st.


62KG

#3 - Mallory Maxine VELTE  -  USA

#5 - Lais NUNES DE OLIVEIRA  -  BRA

#5 (at 65) Henna Katarina JOHANSSON  -  SWE

#7 - Aisuluu TYNYBEKOVA  -  KGZ

#10 - Malin Johanna MATTSSON  -  SWE

#10 (at 65) Elis MANOLOVA  -  AZE

Tetiana OMELCHENKO  -  AZE

Elmira GAMBAROVA  -  AZE

Veranika IVANOVA  -  BLR

Braxton Rei STONE  -  CAN

Lydia PEREZ TOURINO  -  ESP

Sakshi MALIK  -  IND

Aurora CAMPAGNA  -  ITA

Annalisa MARZULLI  -  ITA

Ayaulym KASSYMOVA  -  KAZ

Jiae CHOI  -  KOR

Aminat Oluwafunmilayo ADENIYI  -  NGR

Moa Lena Maria NYGREN  -   SWE

Marwa AMRI  -  TUN

Contenders:

Another monster weight with six ranked competitors led by Pan American athletes Velte and de Oliveira. Velte beat de Oliveira in the Bronze bout at Worlds but that result was flipped at Pan Ams. A third from the Americas is Braxton Stone, last year's U23 World runner-up.

Dating back to the 2016 Olympics when she was 5th - the span of 11 tournaments - Tynybekova has medaled in every time since. 

Amri was the World runner-up at 58kg in 2017 to Helen Maroulis.

From the home nation, Campagna is the Euro Silver this year.

Mattsson was World Bronze in '17. Manolova made Euro finals the last two years and was the 2018 U23 World Champ.

Omelchenko was Euro Bronze the last three straight years. Gamborova was Bronze this year as well.

Olympic Bronze in Rio, Malik was just 3rd at Asians. Henna Johansson was this year's Klippan champ at 65 while her teammate Nygren won that event at this weight.


65KG

#2 - Mariia KUZNETSOVA  -  RUS

Amanda SAVARD  -  CAN

Pauline Denise LECARPENTIER  -  FRA

Saidy Lorena CHAVEZ FIGUEROA  -  HON

Gabriella SLEISZ  -  HUN

Aina TEMIRTASSOVA  -  KAZ

Contenders:

Russian National Champ Kunetsova leads the pack. She Bronze at U23's and just took 3rd in SR Euro's. LeCarpenter was the other Bronze in that bracket. Sleisz was Klippan runner-up.


68KG

#2 - Tamyra Mariama MENSAH  -  USA

#3 (at 65) Danielle Suzanne LAPPAGE  -  CAN

#6 - Olivia Grace DI BACCO  -  CAN

#9 - Maryia MAMASHUK  -  BLR

#10 - Blessing OBORUDUDU  -  NGR

Alexia Rose SHERLAND  -  CAN

Divya KAKRAN  -  IND

Dalma CANEVA  -  ITA

Sara DA COL  -  ITA

Irina KAZYULINA  -  KAZ

Meerim ZHUMANAZAROVA  -  KGZ

Anastasiia BRATCHIKOVA  -  RUS

Contenders:

Three women who wrestled for a medal at last year's Worlds are in this bracket. Mensah hasn't lost a tournament this year after beating Di Bacco in the Bronze bout in Budapest. She's won Kolov, Yarygin, and Pan Ams. Mamashuk was 5th on the other side of Mensah's World bracket. Caneva was 9th in the bracket and won Sassari last year.

Lappage is up from 65kg where she was World runner-up last year. 

Oborududu was 5th in 2017 Worlds. Kakran has medaled at Asians five times. Zhumanazarova was a JR World Bronze in '17.


72KG

#4 - Samar Amer Ibrahim HAMZA  -  EGY

#5 (at 68) Koumba Selene Fanta LARROQUE  -  FRA

#9 - Zhamila BAKBERGENOVA  -  KAZ

Dejah Aniela SLATER  -  CAN

Anna Jenny Eva Maria FRANSSON  -  SWE

Contenders:

Making her first appearance since injuring her leg in World finals, Larrouque comes back at 72. Her countrywoman Slater was this year's Pan Am Champ. 

Hamza was World 5th.

Bakbergenova was U23 Bronze. Fransson won Klippan.


76KG

#4 - Aline ROTTER FOCKEN  -  GER

#5 - Elmira SYZDYKOVA  -  KAZ

#6 - Erica Elizabeth WIEBE  -  CAN

#7 - Zsanett NEMETH  -  HUN

#8 - Epp MAE  -  EST

#10 - Iselin Maria Moen SOLHEIM  -  NOR

Vasilisa MARZALIUK  -  BLR

Natallia LANKO  -  BLR

Aline DA SILVA FERREIRA  -  BRA

Gracelynn DOOGAN -  CAN

Genesis Rosangela REASCO VALDEZ  -  ECU

Cynthia Vanessa VESCAN  -  FRA

Enrica RINALDI  -  ITA

Gulmaral YERKEBAYEVA  -  KAZ

Aiperi MEDET KYZY  -  KGZ

Eunju HWANG  -  KOR

Natalia VOROBEVA  -  RUS

Ekaterina BUKINA  -  RUS

Contenders:

You know the last time Natalia Vorobeva didn't medal at a tournament? 2010 when she took 12th wrestling at the Grand Prix of Germany while still a Junior. Since 2007, she medaled in 49 of the 49 majors she's entered otherwise. After finishing runner-up in Rio at 69kg, she took two years off. She won Germany GP and took 3rd at Deglane. 

Vorobeva is one of two Olympic Champs in the bracket. The other - Eric Weibe - was also medaled at Worlds last year when she beat Mae in the Bronze bout. Nemeth was 5th in that bracket, Szydykova 7th.

Focken was Bronze in her last three majors - Kolov, Euro's, and Yarygin. Marzaliuk was runner-up at Yarygin. 

Yerkebayeva was Bronze at U23 World's. Bukina was the Russian Nationals Champ last year.