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Half the American women's team in Estonia received their draws for Day 3 of the UWW Junior World Championships. Check out who Team USA will have to get through on their quest for international glory.
50 Kilograms - Alleida Martinez
Two-time cadet world bronze medalist Alleida Martinez has Lucia Yepez from Ecuador in a tough first-round bout. Yepez just beat American two-time cadet world champ Emily Shilson at the Pan-Am Junior Championships in June. After that, Martinez may see either a wrestler from China or Turkey, both of which come with solid credentials.
55 Kilograms - Alex Hedrick
Hedrick has a Pan-Am senior championship to her name and was a runnerup at 2018's Final X, all accomplished while being UWW junior eligible. Hedrick has Anastasia Blayvas from Germany in the first round, who does not have an overly impressive resume. The most difficult competition from Hedrick's side of the bracket is likely Sezen Belberova of Bulgaria, who has a bronze medal at both the 2019 Junior European Championship and U23 World Championship.
59 Kilograms - Michaela Beck
Beck finished third on the senior ladder in both 2018 and 2019. Beck sits at the top position of the bottom half of the bracket. Beck's first opponent is Anne Nuernberger, who does not have significant international results. Either a wrestler from Turkey or Ukraine awaits in the next match, neither of which have imposing results. Two wins in a row would put Beck in the semifinals and guarantee a shot at at least a bronze.
68 Kilograms - Jayden Laurent
Laurent also finished third on the senior ladder the past two years, and is participating in her second straight junior world championships. Laurent has an inexperienced opponent from Kazakhstan in her first match. If she wins and makes it to the quarters, it could be either Ivanova from Bulgaria, who last placed 9th at 72kg in the 2019 Junior Euros, or Martins of Brazil, who just won 2019 Junior Pan-Ams over Alma Mendoza of the USA.
76 Kilograms - Korinahe Bullock
Bullock arrives in Estonia already with an impressive list of credentials. She was runner up at 2018 Final X and then snagged a bronze medal at the 2018 U23 world championships. She also finished third at 2019 the senior U.S. Open before winning the junior world team trials. Bullock is in an opening quad with South Korea first, then either China or Turkey in the quarters, with China probably being the most difficult opponent.