As the Olympics were delayed a year, so many stories have changed in the women’s divisions of freestyle wrestling.
Saturday night, six women punched their ticket to the Tokyo Games and will wrestle from August 1-7 to hopefully become Gold medalists.
Two familiar faces will be returning to the Olympics: 53 kg Gold Medalist in the 2016 Games Helen Maroulis (who qualified a weight up at 57 kg) and Adeline Gray at 76 kg, who looks for her first medal. Joining them are Sarah Hildebrandt (50kg), Jacarra Winchester (53 kg), Kayla Miracle (62 kg), and Tamyra Mensah-Stock (68 kg).
It is becoming more and more common that girls are coming from the BJJ realm to wrestling and finding success.
In only a few years, Autumn Gordon has become one of the top girls in wrestling, having taken home the 2017 Junior Folkstyle National championship and became a qualifier for the US Senior World Team Trials. Not to mention she has been invited to train at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. This after she won a IBJJF title.
We are live in Oklahoma City as collegiate teams from across the US and Canada look to crown female wrestling champions.
10 weight divisions were represented with 626 overall wrestlers participating. The four time team champions King University looked for their fifth straight title, but had stumbled in day 1 to landing in sixth place, 75 points the surprising leader in Canada’s Simon Fraiser. The favorite coming into the tournament, Campbellsville, is in second place just 12.5 points behind.