Huge Olympic Implications At WCWA Championships

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The Women's College Wrestling Association's 2020 championships will also boast competitions between eight of America's top senior-level women's wrestlers.

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Women's college wrestling's annual championship, where programs from the NCAA, NAIA and Junior College ranks all come together to compete, has gotten a shot in the arm this year thanks to the Olympics. To begin with, individual winners of the tournament will earn a berth at the Olympic Team Trials on April 4-5. Additionally, eight women will compete in three weight classes for the right to represent the USA at the Pan-Am Olympic Qualification Tournament in Ottawa on March 13-15.

The United States has only qualified two women's wrestling weights for Tokyo, 68 and 76 kilograms, thanks to the 2019 World Championship gold medals won by Tamyra Mensah-Stock and Adeline Gray. The USA gets one rep to try and finish in the top two of the tournament in Ottawa to earn an Olympic bid in the four other divisions, 50, 53, 57, and 62 kilograms. It is also worth keeping in mind that any woman who qualifies a weight for the Olympics gets an automatic bye to the finals of the 2020 Olympic Team Trials. 

It has already been determined that Kayla Miracle will be the American at 62 kilograms. The wrestlers vying for the other three weight classes and the schedule of the wrestle-offs are below.

Schedule

50 kg/110 lbs.
4:00PM - Whitney Conder vs Sarah Hildebrandt (Best of 3 series)

53 kg/116.5 lbs.
9:00AM - Katherine Shai vs Haley Augello (prelim match)
4:00PM - Shai/Augello winner vs Jacarra Winchester (Best of 3 series)

57 kg/125.5 lbs.
9:00AM - Helen Maroulis vs Alli Ragan (prelim match)
4:00PM Maroulis/Ragan winner vs Jenna Burkert (Best of 3 series)

These women represent some of America's most accomplished wrestlers. A combined total of nine Olympic and world medals have been won by the competitors, including Helen Maroulis' Rio gold, a historic first for Team USA in women's wrestling history.

Below, we provide an incomplete list of the accolades of the eight senior-level athletes in competition to represent Team USA at the Pan-Am Olympic qualifier. 


50 Kilograms

Whitney Conder

2019, 2018, 2015 Pan-Am champion

World Team Member 2019, 2018, 2015, 2014, 2011

2007 Junior World champion 51kg


Sarah Hildebrandt

2019 World Team member 53kg

2019, 2018, 2015, 2013 Pan-Am champion

2019 Yariguin champion

2018 World silver 53kg


53 Kilograms

Katherine Shai

2020 Pellicone Bronze 

2016 Dave Shultz Champion

2008 World University Champion


Haley Augello

2017 World Team Member 53kg

2016 Olympian 48kg

2011 Cadet World champion 46kg


Jacarra Winchester

2019 World champion 55kg

2018 World fifth 55kg

2018 Ukraine champion

2016 Canada champion


57 Kilograms

Helen Maroulis

2018 World team member 57kg

2017 World champion 58kg

2016 Olympic gold medalist 53kg beat 16X world/Olympic champ Saori Yoshida

2015 World champion 55kg

2014 World bronze 55kg

2013 World team member 55kg

2012 World silver 55kg

2011 World team member 55kg

3X Junior World medalist


Alli Ragan

2019 World team member 59kg

2018 Yariguin silver 59kg

2017 World silver 60kg

2017 Pan-Am champion 60kg

2016 World silver 60kg

2015 World team member 58kg

2014 World team member 58kg

2013 World team member 59kg

2X Junior World bronze


Jenna Burkert

2014, 2018, 2019 World team member 60kg, 59kg, 57kg

Junior World team member 2011, 2012, 2013

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