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The fifth day of the 2019 world championships is about to begin. It will be the second day of women's wrestling action in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
Starting today are two Olympic weights of 57kg and 76kg, as well as two non-Olympic weights at 59kg and 65kg, in the second day of women's freestyle. In the evening session, they'll finish up with the medal matches from 50kg, 53kg, 55kg, and 72kg.
Nations Qualifying Olympic Spots Today
50kg: Russia, Ukraine
53kg: India, Poland
57kg: China, Japan, Nigeria, Poland
76kg: Estonia, Germany, Japan, USA
It's still very early in the team standings, but Japan leads heading into today. We are tracking the team race as the United States attempts to knock off Japan.
Semifinals & Medal Matches
57kg: Odunayo Adekuoroye (NGR) vs Risako Kawai (JPN)
These two were once separated by 10kg at 2015 worlds. Kawai shot stalemated. Adekuoroye uses her length, gets to an ankle and Kawai goes out, 1-0 lead. The Nigerian falls into a low single but can't hold onto it. Kawai in on a leg but Adekuoroye giving her a lot of problems with a belly whizzer, blown dead. Kawai goes on the clock but this time finishes her shot cleanly and goes up 2-1, unable to force a turn. What a double by Kawai, but the whizzer from Adekuoroye stops it. Kawai won't stop shooting and this time gets her to the mat. 6-1 now with 7.7 seconds left.
57kg: Ningning Rong (CHN) vs Jowita Maria Wrzesien (POL)
Rong takes the lead 2-0 on a first-period takedown. Defending champ Rong first back to the center. Caution+1 against Rong. China may have just iced it with that takedown. Rong closes it out and wins 6-1 to make her second straight world final. Two returning world champs will meet in the gold medal match.
59kg: Pooja Dhanda (IND) vs Liubov Ovcharova (RUS)
Ovcharova has looked incredible all day. She gets a takedown right into a gut to make it 4-0, with 4:37 left. Dhanda is struggling to keep up, counter and a gut to increase her lead to 8-0. Wow, first-period tech. Ovcharova looks unstoppable right now.
59kg: Shoovdor Baatarjav (MGL) vs Linda Morais (CAN)
Baatarjav takes the lead on a shot clock point then drops to Morais right leg. No score and the second period has started. It is Mongolia's turn on the clock now. Final 90 seconds and Canada leads on criteria. Morais catches a shot, but they put her on the clock with a minute left. Morais is relentless. She stuffs the head and can't score on that shot, but chases Baatarjav around the mat and pushes her out before the clock expires. Morais holds on to win 2-1.
65kg - Forrest Molinari vs Iryna Koliadenko (UKR)
First Period: This is a rematch of last year's U23 world quarters, won by Koliadenko. Forrest in red. Whistle 13 seconds in. Passive against Ukraine at 5:20. Shot by Koliadenko, attempts a dump but Forrest balances on her head and squares up, heavy hips and its back to their feet. It will be Koliadenko going on the clock at 4:17. First point on the board and Molinari moves her over to the edge, but a slip brings them back to the center. Some Russian man has a VERY loud drum. Forrest catches a double and that ends the period.
Second Period: Swing single on Forrest left leg, brought up in the air, over to the edge and Koliadenko now leads on criteria. Forrest responds with her own swing single, head was stuck in the middle but she finally works out and finishes to make it 3-1. Caution+1 against Koliadenko! No longer a one score match. But a quick shot and she splits Forrest's legs. No turn though, 4-3 with 1:03 left. Shot by Koliadenko, drives her out but they say grounded. Challenge from Ukraine, who very clearly also needs a break. Holding it up is the fact that there is a challenge on C, extending this one. Challenge lost so Ukraine needs a takedown. Shot and precarious position, but Forrest is holding on and she rolls herself through, will lose 5-5 on criteria.
76kg - Adeline Gray vs Aline Rotter Focken (GER)
First Period: When Gray won 75kg in 2014, Focken won 69kg. That was at worlds in Tashkent, which is due south of Nur-Sultan. Adeline being called for passive. She goes on the clock at 4:37 and fights off a shot by Focken. No shots yet from the four-time world champ and she trails 1-0 at the break. Still no offense yet from Adeline, but Focken goes on the clock. Focken's in deep but Adeline goes belly whizzer to make it 3-1. She once again goes into a gut that she modifies into a tilt at the last second. Rotter gets a reversal but Gray wins 5-2.
50kg Bronze: Oksana Livach (UKR) vs Valentina Islamova Brik (KAZ)
Livach was a four-time medal winner at the age level, and has turned it into a successful senior level career, as well. She was bronze in Budapest last year, won U23 Euros the past two years, was silver at this year's Euro Games and gold at this year's European championships. Islamova Brik used to wrestle for Russia. She takes the lead on a shot clock point. That'll do it, a shot was stopped, Islamova goes double overs, tosses Livach and the fall is confirmed.
50kg Bronze: Ekaterina Poleshchuk (RUS) vs Yanan Sun (CHN)
Low single for Yanan, and the roll through makes it 2-0, challenge by Russia. Call switched to Russia, Poleshchuk leads 2-0 now. Yanan kicks out to the edge, but Russia bullrushes and gets the stepout. Back to it in the second and another roll through off a Yanan shot to make it 5-0. Yanan is not losing because of lack of effort, she keeps shooting, but Poleshchuk is stonewalling her. And that should seal it, Poleshchuk rips a headlock and it's 9-2. China mounts a last-second comeback, getting reversal and turn, and then a crotch lock into another gut, but falls 9-9 on criteria.
50kg Gold: Emilia Vuc (ROU) vs Mariya Stadnik (AZE)
Stadnik looking for her second world title, 10 years apart. Vuc in her second world final, making it to the finals in 2017 in Paris. Vuc on the clock at 4:21. The Azeri leads 1-0. Right before the end of the first she scores a takedown and works for the trap arm late in the period. Low double into a single and she leads 7-0.
53kg Bronze: Vinesh Phogat (IND) vs Maria Prevolaraki (GRE)
Passive against India at 4:55. Shot by Prevolaraki, blown dead, and Vinesh is on the clock at 4:10. Greece scores the shot clock point, into a merkle position but can't get behind or expose. Prevolaraki forces Vinesh to the edge, but stalemated at 2:29. Low to sweep single on Vinesh right leg, but Prevolaraki gets extended and whistled dead. Greece going on the clock now, but they once again have to clean up her cheek. Final 90 seconds and the shot clock is no longer there. Vinesh catches the shot and tosses Prevolaraki to her back, leads 4-1 and looking for the fall. She gets it and wins her first bronze.
53kg Bronze: Roksana Zasina (POL) vs Qianyu Pang (CHN)
Forfeit, China wins.
53kg Gold: Mayu Mukaida (JPN) vs Yong Mi Pak (PRK)
The two-time world champ at 55kg Mukaida dropped down and has looked excellent. Holding a two on one and blown dead. Passive against Pak at 4:57. Pak on the clock. Mukaida shoots in but heavy hips from Pak and blown dead. Just the shot clock point in the first. Pak did beat Mukaida in the finals of the Asian Championships this year. Lightning-fast shot off a snap and Pak gets the takedown to start off the second. Good lord, Pak is fast, 4-1 now. Mukaida's in trouble, Pak's got a trap arm. She finished it off with the trap arm and became North Korea's first world champ in women's freestyle ever, and first overall since 2014.
55kg Bronze: Olga Khoroshavtseva (RUS) vs Marina Sedneva (KAZ)
Khoroshavtseva runs through a pick, Sedneva tries a chin whip, ends up on her back. Sedneva rolls through and fights off, back on their feet. Khoroshavtseva putting on a show with that 5, once again had Sedneva on her back. Russia looking to close it out, but can only muster a two right before the period ends. Foot sweep and that's a tech.
55kg Bronze: Bolortuya Bat Ochir (MGL) vs Bediha Gun (TUR)
Head pinch for Gun. Bat Ochir with a takedown into a lace and it's 4-2. Nice ankle pick for Mongolia but Turkey comes out on top for the reversal. 6-3 at the break. Gun runs the pipe and it's 6-5. Two low guts and she's up 9-6. Gun walks the tight rope and doesn't get pushed out. This one's coming down to the wire, takedown for Mongolia. Bat Ochir catches both ankles and puts Gun on her back, she wins 10-9.
55kg Gold: Nanami Irie (JPN) vs Jacarra Winchester (USA)
Jacarra is about 5 inches taller than Japan. Jacarra looking to control the handfight early. Shot by Japan but Jacarra squares up and stalemates it. Passive against Winchester right after she shoots off an underhook. Very patient finish there for Jacarra off that single, into a throwby, and she's up 2-0 late in the first. Attention against Japan. 2-0 to end the first. Jacarra keeping her distance, but Irie runs through a monster double for 4. After a conference it's changed to a 2. Overhook to the edge and Jacarra tries to hip her out but stepout goes to Japan. Another shot and Jacarra finishes this one quicker. Japan needs a takedown to win. Great excellent smart wrestling by Jacarra that last minute. Stayed engaged, kept her feet moving, good head hands. JACARRA WINCHESTER IS A WORLD CHAMP!!!! And we get to see the most beautiful sight in the world: an American making the lap around the circle with a flag-waving behind them.
72kg Bronze: Masako Furuichi (JPN) vs Zhamila Bakberganova (KAZ)
Furuichi leading 1-0 on a shot clock point at the break. Not a whole lot happening in this one. Furuichi going on the clock now. Furuichi hits a single, lifts and drives her out for 4. Challenge by Kazakhstan. Ends up being a stepout, 2-0 Japan now. The six-time age level champ wins her first senior-level medal.
72kg Bronze: Victoria Francis (USA) vs Paliha Paliha (CHN)
Francis doing what she does best: handfight and try to pull you into short offense. Paliha gets hit for passive at 4:54. She gets put on the clock and that's a 1-0 lead for Francis. She goes on the clock at 2:18 and can't score, so China leads on criteria. Stepout for China to make it 2-1. Shot and can't break the grip, stalemated with 31 to go. Francis will get fifth.
72kg Gold: Natalia Vorobeva (RUS) vs Alina Berezhna (UKR)
Internet cut out there for a bit. Vorobeva leads 4-0 on a couple stepouts and a takedown. She wins her fourth world medal (plus two Olympic medals) and is now a two-time world champ. Vorobeva will no doubt be a force if she goes up for the Olympic year.
Important one for the team race right away on D as Masako Furuichi (JPN) faces Alexandra Anghel (ROU) in repechage. A win puts them in the bronze match. The winner on Mat B will face Sarah Hildebrandt. Furuichi with the 11-0 tech and will wrestle Zhamila Bakbergenova (KAZ) for bronze. Vinesh Phogat (IND) wins 5-0 and will see Hildebrandt for an Olympic qualifying spot.
Match 1 - Jenna Burkert vs Lenka Martinakova (CZE)
First Period: Jenna kicking off the day for America. Front offense, blown dead. Passive offered and confirmed against Martinakova. Right as they are about to call a passive, Jenna forces a stepout. Another stepout and 2-0 lead now with 4:05 to go. Another stepout and Jenna is just overpowering CZE.
Second Period: Shon Lewis and Jermaine Hodge in her corner. Yet another stepout and at some point you wonder when the Caution+1s are coming. This is getting absurd, 5 stepouts now, but this one finally called a Caution+1. Jenna finally gets to her offense and a takedown makes it 7-0, she is completely outclassing her opponent. Final minute and Martinakova still can't get anything going. We've got another Caution+1 and Jenna's up 8-0 with 30 seconds left. That'll do it, into the Round of 16.
First-period tech for two-time world medalist Odunayo Adekuoroye (NGR). All of the top half at 57kg has been set, and the bracket is starting to take shape. Marina Simonyan (RUS) will be Burkert's second match.
Up on B, Risako Kawai, the only wrestler in the world in any style to win the past four world/Olympic titles. Right away up 4-0 and into a lace, looks like she's going to tech the two-time world champ from Mongolia in 38 seconds.
Shooting off the whistle is Blessing Joy Onyebuchi (NGR) and she gets a takedown and stepout in the first minute over Hiroe Minagawa (JPN). It's 5-0 already and we're just over a minute in. Saved by the buzzer as Minagawa put Onyebuchi on her back, 7-0 at the break. They did end up giving Minagawa 4 for the end of the period. Nigeria starting to shut down here, and Japan forces a stepout. Shot to a 4 out of bounds and Minagawa is leading, Onyebuchi is exhausted. Japan wins.
Meanwhile over on C, Epp Mae (EST) is up 5-4 over Ekaterina Bukina (RUS). On B is Olympic champ Erica Wiebe (CAN). Takedown Bukina and she leads by one with under a minute left. Late stepout and Mae snags the win from Bukina. Wiebe up 3-0 at the break over Hungary. Wiebe ends up winning 5-1.
Match 2 - Adeline Gray vs Eleni Pjollaj (ITA)
First Period: Adeline snatch single into her lace, but the Italian fights out of it. Another snatch single and this time gets a turn on her lace, make that two.
Match 3 - Alli Ragan vs Anhelina Lysak (UKR)
First Period: Nice single from Alli and she's up 2-0 about 40 seconds in. Working on a gut but nothing comes of it. Unsurprisingly Lysak goes to her double overs and throws for two. Right back to their feet, this time she gets full hip rotation and a 4, into the fall. Ragan will need a lot of help to get pulled back in.
Match 4 - Sarah Hildebrandt vs Vinesh Phogat (IND)
First Period: Olympic qualifying spot on the line. Sarah looking to get revenge from March where Vinesh pinned her. Phogat coming out firing and gets a takedown right away. Sarah's got her wits about her now, firing off a shot, head outside on Phogat's right hip. Vinesh attempting a crotch lock and not letting Sarah finish, blown dead with 4:07 left. Another shot by Hildebrandt stuffed and stalemated at 3:21. Vinesh with a takedown at the buzzer and it's 4-0.
Second Period: Another shot by Vinesh and she splits the legs to go up 6-0. Sarah in deep once again but the Indian does the splits and stalemated. Another shot stopped by Vinesh. Far ankle scramble and Sarah is still being shut out. Sarah falls 8-2 and is out. USA will have to qualify this weight from the Pan Am qualifier.
Match 5 - Jenna Burkert vs Marina Simonyan (RUS)
First Period: Passive at the 5:11 mark. Simonyan in on Jenna's right leg, but no finish. Simonyan rolls her through for 4 on shot, but Jenna comes back with an exposure. Simonynan with the back bow and leads 7-2.
Second Period: Simonyan pins Jenna.
Match 6 - Adeline Gray vs Elmira Syzdykova (KAZ)
First Period: She is going right from her singles into her laces today, 4-0 about 90 seconds in. Adeline isn't forcing anything, content to let KAZ come to her. Looking for a knee pick and right back to that lace. She finishes it off 10-0 right before the period ends.
Match 7 - Forrest Molinari vs Thi Vinh Nguyen (VIE)
First Period: Forrest taking ground and gets a stepout 38 seconds in. Snowflake is moving her all around the mat and Ukraine gets hit for passive. Once again, she goes on the clock. Forrest is going full Iowa style right now, with three stepouts. Full force Forrest, Iowa style handfight, into a snapdown for a takedown, and hits an armbar for the fall.
Quarters close to being set here at all four weights. Morais of Canada beat Lysak so All is out.
The quarterfinals have begun, starting with 57kg. Winners here get 10 team points and qualify their nation for the Olympics. Three seed Odunayo Adekuoroye (NGR) looking for a tech. Ningning Rong (CHN) gives up an early four, but the defending world champ grinds her way to 9 points at the break. Kawai with a hard-fought 5-0 win, getting a big 4 in the second. Poland pinned Brazil to make the semis.
No Olympic spots on the line at 59kg, only team points. Japan's Inagaki in a dog fight with Pooja Dhanda on B. Azerbaijian leading Canada by cirteria on A, same guess with China and Russia on C, as I say that China gets the takedown.Wow, cutback for 4 for Dhanda, Inagaki gets the reversal but can't turn her and India wins 10-8, being challenged. Russia comes back and gets the fall to beat China.
Match 8 - Forrest Molinari vs Johanna Mattsson (SWE)
First Period: Forrest looking to wrestle for a medal for the second straight year. The top seed, she'll be in red. Hard lefty lead as usual for Forrest, going right into her handfight. Passive offered and confirmed against Sweden, 5:14 left. Tried passing the elbow, no go. Mattsson goes on the clock at 4:38. Shot clock point and restart, final minute of the first. They'll head into the break with Forrest up 1-0.
Second Period: Mark Perry and Terry Steiner (two Iowa guys) in Molinari's corner. Trying to give the Hawkeye WC an athlete in a medal match for the third straight year. Low single for Mattsson, crotch lock stalemates it at 2:36. Another low single on the left leg, Mattsson trying to come out the back, but Forrest hips up and wins the position, 3-0 now. Forrest staying patient, final minute now. Stalemate at 25 seconds, and Forrest wins 3-0.
Match 9 - Adeline Gray vs Hui Tsz Chang (TPE)
First Period: The four-time world champ is a heavy favorite here. Single for Gray, whizzer from Chang but circling around and trying to shelf it. Extended finish but she finally gets the two, no turn. Adeline gets to rear standing and into a gut that turns into a tilt, 6-0 now. Back on their feet with 3:47 to go.
Second Period: Whizzer to stalemate. Chang isn't shooting, but making Adeline earn all her points. Single, sliding up the leg, around the back and it's 8-0. Gut/tilt finishes it off and Adeline qualifies for the Olympics.