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By JD Rader — The Women’s World Cup went down this past weekend in Narita, Japan. Team USA brought a talented team, with seven of this year’s 10 World Teamers competing. America ran through Russia and defeated Mongolia before being stopped by powerhouse Japan in the final.
Quick notes and takeaways:
Tamyra Mensah-Stock and Adeline Gray both go 3-0 and continue to be Team USA’s rocks.
Gray won a rematch of this year’s World finals against Hiroe Suzuki of Japan. She was losing 1-1 in the second before tossing Suzuki to her back and picking up the pin.
Japan is really, really good!
The home team used a similar team to America in terms of number of 2019 Senior World Team reps in the finals, and it took USA’s three World champs to pick up a total of three victories in the dual.
This is their fifth-straight World Cup title.
A solid overall performance from Team USA.
This is the first time Team USA has finished in the top three since 2011, and Mongolia had previously defeated USA for bronze the past three World Cups.
Don’t worry too much about Winchester getting pinned.
Winchester was winning 4-2 when she was pinned against Mongolia. This was a rematch of this year’s World quarterfinals, where Winchester won 13-2.
China is good.
China picked up bronze, beating Mongolia 7-3.
They only lost to Japan 6-4. Now, those wins all came at the four final weights, where Japan wrestled younger women without much Senior-level experience. All of those Japanese wrestlers were at least one-time age level World champions and more than respectable, however.
Round 1: USA 8, Russia 2
50 kg: Whitney Conder (USA) DEC Daria Leksina (RUS), 7-0
53 kg: Sarah Hildebrandt (USA) DEC Milana Dadasheva (RUS), 10-7
55 kg: Jacarra Winchester (USA) DEC Olga Khorshavtseva (RUS), 5-4
57 kg: Mirina Simonyan (RUS) TF Kelsey Campbell (USA), 10-0
59 kg: Liubov Ovcharova (RUS) TF Desiree Zavala (USA), 10-0
62 kg: Macey Kilty (USA) DEF Uliana Tukurenova (RUS)
65 kg: Forrest Molinari (USA) FALL Natalia Fedoseeva (RUS)
68 kg: Tamyra Mensah-Stock (USA) DEC Anastasiia Bartchikova (RUS), 8-0
72 kg: Victoria Francis (USA) FALL Evgeniia Zakharchenko (RUS)
76 kg: Adeline Gray (USA) DEC Ekaterina Bukina (RUS), 11-6
Round 2: USA 6, Mongolia 4
50 kg: Whitney Conder (USA) DEC Namuuntsetseg Tsogt Ochir (MGL), 4-3
53 kg: Sarah Hildebrandt (USA) FALL Anudari Nandintsetseg (MGL)
55 kg: Bolortuya Bat Ochir (MGL) FALL Jacarra Winchester (USA)
57 kg: Battsetseg Altantsetseg (MGL) DEC Kelsey Campbell (USA), 8-0
59 kg: Shoovdor Baatarjav (MGL) TF Desiree Zavala (USA), 12-2
62 kg: Macey Kilty (USA) DEC Gantuya Enkhbat (MGL), 4-2
65 kg: Forrest Molinari (USA) DEC Purevsuren Ulziisaikhan (MGL), 6-2
68 kg: Tamyra Mensah-Stock (USA) FALL Delgermaa Enkhsaikhan (MGL)
72 kg: Davaanasan Enkh Amar (MGL) FALL Victoria Francis (USA), 13-7
76 kg: Adeline Gray (USA) FALL Ariunjargal Ganbat (MON)
FINAL: Japan 7, USA 3
50 kg: Yui Susaki (JPN) TF Whitney Conder (USA), 10-0
53 kg: Haruna Okuno (JPN) TF Sarah Hildebrandt (USA), 10-0
55 kg: Jacarra Winchester (USA) DEC Akie Hanai (JAPAN), 5-1
57 kg: Risako Kawai (JPN) TF Kelsey Campbell (USA), 11-0
59 kg: Yuzuka Inagaki (JPN) TF Desiree Zavala (USA), 10-0
62 kg: Yukako Kawai (JPN) DEC Macey Kilty (USA), 7-0
65 kg: Naomi Ruike (JPN) DEC Forrest Molinari (USA), 5-1
68 kg: Tamyra Mensah-Stock (USA) DEC Naruha Matsuyuki (JPN), 8-1
72 kg: Yuka Kagami (JPN) DEC Victoria Francis (USA), 3-1
76 kg: Adeline Gray (USA) FALL Hiroe Suzuki (JPN)