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Here's the bright side: Team USA has two in the semis from today's flight and Jacarra in the finals tonight.
But it could have been much more and the Americans on the ground are feeling like the air came out of the balloon.
Alli Ragan was tossed and pinned by Lysak (UKR) who later lost. It's one of those deals where everyone knows Alli was the better wrestler but...stuff happens. Sarah was eliminated when she lost to Vinesh in the repechage. Jenna went 1-1.
Adeline is rolling. She looks like the most dominant wrestler in the building. Forrest is in tonight's semis as well with a winnable match although she lost to her (Koliadenko/UKR) earlier this season.
Jacarra is in the finals and Victori Francis is in the Bronze bout.
Brass tacks is this: though we fell behind Russia we are still in prime position for a team medal.
Bracket notes from Session I and U.S. results are below.
You can get all the goods for Session II here.
How The Brackets Played Out
57 KG - Bracket Link
World silver medalist Yeserlimake (TUR) overcame a brutal draw in the opening round - she beat Euro champ Kurachkina (BLR). For her trouble, she'll now get the returning World champ Rong (CHN).
A real shocker came where Giulia Rodrigues (BRA) beat 4th-seeded Barka ((HUN).
In the bottom half, World 5th Riviere (FRA) beat Hristova (BUL) the Euro runner-up, in an early good one. Riviere will now have Adekoruoye (NGR).
I was interested in the Suhkee (MGL)-Kawai (JPN) prelim but it wasn't a thing. Kawai with a takedown and lace for a tech in 0:38.
Another shocker! Grace Bullen hasn't been wrestling quite to her past levels but I don't think anyone saw the #2 seed falling to Anastasia Nichita (MDA) who is making her SR debut after being Silver at JR's last year.
Kawai over Nichita gives us a dream semi with her vs. Adekuoroye.
59 KG - Bracket Link
Our former World silver Alli Ragan fell to Lysak (UKR) on a double overs toss and pin. Canada's second-seeded Linda Morais then beat Lysak to knock Ragan out. Morais was seventh and ninth at Worlds previously. Otherwise, the bracket completely held to expectations through the preliminary rounds.
Poojah Dhanda! Late 4 puts her in the semi and gives Inagaki (JPN) the first loss in her career.
65 KG - Bracket Link
Forrest rolled and got the fall in her opening match running a bar.
Forrest led 1-0 at the break. Mattsson (SWE) was in on a deep shot but Forrest countered for the 2 in the only real action of the second period. In the semi's she'll have Irina Koliadenko (UKR) who beat her in the quarters at Worlds last year.
76 KG - Bracket Link
Wild one with Nigeria's Blessing Onyebuchi and Minagawa (JPN). Onyebuchi held a huge lead (7-0) but was utterly gassed. Miagawa 10-7 final.
Epp Mae (EST) who was 5th last year also had a wild one to open. Against Russia's Rio Bronze Bukina, it was a see-saw battle in the 2nd before Mae prevailed 6-6.
Euro Champ Marzaliuk (BLR) goes down in Round 1, 2-1 at the hands of Brazil's Aline de Silva Ferreira.
4th seed and multiple-time World medalist Aline Focken (GER) didn't look great in a 5-4 squeaker over India.
Wow! Top seed Yasar Adar (TUR), who made the finals the last two years is taken out by Zhou (CHN).
UPSET OF THE DAY:— United World Wrestling (@wrestling) September 18, 2019
Qian ZHOU (CHN) scores a last second takedown and ends world champion Yasemin ADAR'S (TUR) quest of reaching the 76kg world finals for the third year in a row. pic.twitter.com/CS3oVEtMHw
Other than Gray, who lead 6-0, all the quarters were close at the break. 1-0 for Minagawa for a chance at the semi's no one expected for Japan. 1-0 Wiebe over Mae in a rematch from last year's Bronze bout. And 3-0 for Focken.
While Adeline got the tech, the rest continued to be tight. Mae scored with under two seconds to take the lead 3-3.. Focken closed out, 5-1. And Minagawa did it! And to think she was "this close" to getting teched in Round 1. And that means Adar is eliminated. Unbelievable.
USA Women's Results
53 KG - Sarah Hildebrandt
Repechage - loss to Vinesh (IND), 8-3
57 KG - Jenna Burkert
Prelims - dec. L. Hockova, 8-3
Prelims - loss by fall. to Simonyan (RUS), 3:38
59 KG - Alli Ragan
Prelims - loss by fall to Lysak (UKR)
65 KG - Forrest Molinari
Prelims - fall. over Nguyen (VIE), 2:41
Quarters - def. Mattsson (SWE), 3-0
Semi's - vs. Koliadenko (UKR)
72 KG - Victoria Francis
Bronze - vs. Paliha (CHN)
76 KG - Adeline Gray
Prelims - tf E. Pjollaj (ITA), 10-0
Quarters - tf. Syzdakova (KAZ), 10-0
Semi's - H. Chang (TPE)