This past weekend, the 2022 United World Wrestling Championships concluded with the team champion coming from India. This is because they sent out a particularly solid squad of eight medals to compete in the event. Tunisia and Germany also sent teams which almost secured two total golds for each country going into the Punchestown Festival.
da gets America‘s healthy Olympians to train for next Games
Ahead of the second day of competition at the Zouhaier Sghaier, USA’s three returning Olympic medalists were announced on its roster. They swept their opponents, with Mensah-Stock earning a score of 31-0 in less than six minutes of mat time. She competed alongside American favorites, but was defeated in her first match by a wrestler from Korea. Though her consistency and dominance should help build confidence for American fans this weekend, it doesn’t mean that she’ll be competing on an even stage or breaking new ground in any way.
Sarah Hildebrandt’s second international outing of the year was just as dominant as her first. In Tunisia, she earned a 10-0 victory by fall in the quarters, a 5-2 win in the semifinals, and an 11-0 tech over Emily Shilson, who had a really solid tournament herself en route to the finals. Hildebrandt’s only hiccup was an unexpectedly close bout against India’s 2017 Cadet World Bronze medalist Neelam. Neelam led 2-1 for much of the second period until Hildebrandt was able to crack the match open in the final minute. Though closer than expected, Hildebrandt was still able to pull out a convincing win.
Helen Maroulis had a great day in the preliminary rounds, winning her first two matches and defeating Mansi 8-5. But, in the semifinals, Turkish U23 European champion Elvira Kamaloglu pulled off an unlikely victory due to a late takedown.
Although it seems like Maroulis is the one who can’t work out, it doesn’t mean she won’t come back to dominate. She has seen many losses throughout her wrestling career and bounced back even better, such as her loss to Tetiana Omelchenko in the Kiev last year between Olympic gold and world champion title. In 2017, Maroulis will likely win her gold medal again at the World Wrestling Championships this fall due to Risako Kawai’s absence.
Mirena was ranked the #1 in her weight class during the U17 ISWF Junior World Team Championships and brought home a gold medal for India. Antim held up the Pan-Am Championship, winning a bracket full of Olympians and future Hall of Famers in two minutes.
Other gold medalists of the weekend were Bipasha and Mansi with a silver and bronze, along with Nisha, who earned bronze at U23 world. Other veterans also brought home hardware to India-Top Olympic Medalists Sakshi Malik (gold) and Sarita Mor (silver).
India is becoming a force in global team competition as the country is developing at unprecedented rates.
Mushin Yusuf caps off Senior international career with (yet another) gold medal
Last month of international wrestling for Yelena Makoyed has gone on to be remarkable. She won gold in two tournaments, Matteo Pellicone Ranking and the Grand Prix of Spain, as well as claiming bronze in both the World Championships and World Bronze medalist. But her success continued once she went on to Tunisia with a hot streak.
Makoyed won a 14-1 game. She then lost the second match of her pool against another player who previously beat her by a close margin. However, she was able to advance to the semifinals and win in the end against a different competitor after beating an Egyptian medalist who is 2021 World bronze. After clinching her third international title in less than 30 days, Makoyed gives it all she’s got for the 5-2 victory.