Junior Worlds: USA Remains Medal-less After Day Three
Day Three of the United Word Wrestling Junior World Championships concluded today in Brazil and once again ended with the American team coming up short on the medal stand. We have reached the half way point in the Championships and only one wrestler has made it to a medal match.
But the women’s performance was not without note today, as three of the four competitors were able to pick up first round wins and reach the quarterfinals at their respective weight classes.
At 51 kg, Marizza Biruetta opened with a 11-7 first round win over Turkey’s Sinem Cisem, before she was eliminated 4-2 by her Russian opponent Ksenia Nezgovorova.
Kayla Miracle opened with USA’s only technical fall on the day, dispatching Turkey’s Gizem Kabak 12-2. She was then eliminated 8-5 in the quarterfinals by Mexico’s Alejandra Bonilla. Miracle was a 2014 Junior World medalist at this same weight.
Forrest Molinari earned a first round over Canada’s Alison Carrow, before losing to Turkey’s Asli Tugcu.
USA’s other returning bronze medalist, Marina Doi, took a 10-0 first round loss to Bulgaria’s Kseniya Stankevich.
After taking fifth as a team in 2014, the remaining women’s wrestlers will be facing some added pressure to help pick up the team, but USA will send out three-time Junior World Team member, Cody Pfau at 48 kg as well as two-time Junior World Team member , Becka Leathers at 55 kg.
Marina Doi – 44 kg
Qualification: Kseniya STANKEVICH (BLR) df. Marina DOI (USA) by TF, 10-0
Marizza Biruetta – 51 kg
1/8: Marizza BIRRUETA (USA) df. Sinem CISEM (TUR), 11-7
Quarterfinal: Ksenia NEZGOVOROVA (RUS) df. Marizza BIRRUETA (USA), 4-2
Kayla Miracle – 59 kg
1/8: Kayla MIRACLE (USA) df. Gizem KABAK (TUR) by TF, 12-2
Quarterfinal: Alejandra BONILLA (MEX) df. Kayla MIRACLE (USA), 8-5
Forrest Molinari – 67 kg
1/8: Forrest MOLINARI (USA) df. Alison CARROW (CAN) by FALL, 4-2
Quarterfinal: Asli TUGCU (TUR) df. Forrest MOLINARI (USA), 4-3