The World Championships were last week! And they were awesome!
This year, the World Championships were in Nur- Sultan Kazakhstan, and they were held September 14-22nd. This tournament also served as a qualifying tournament for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. (Each country must qualify the six weight classes at a major tournament to then be allowed to wrestle in the Olympics. This World Championship was the first tournament in which weight classes could be qualified for the Olympics.)
There are ten weight classes for each division, and there are three divisions. The divisions are; Men and Women’s freestyle and Men’s Greco. All of the international tournaments wrestle their weights in Kilograms, so in Men’s Freestyle the weight classes are: 57, 61, 65, 70, 74, 79, 86, 92, 97, and 125. For Women’s Freestyle, they are 50, 53, 55, 57, 59, 62, 65, 68, 72, and 76. And last but not least, the Men’s Greco weights are, 55, 60, 63, 67, 72, 77, 82, 87, 97 and 130.
The United States came away with five individual gold medals; three for women’s freestyle and two for men’s freestyle. The US also earned two individual bronze medals; both from men’s freestyle. The US Men and Women’s Freestyle teams placed both also placed third as teams respectively.
For the Women’s Freestyle division, it was the first time in history that three women from the United State have won. Those women were Jacarra Winchester at 55 Kilograms, Tamyra Mensah at 68 Kilograms, and Adeline Gray at 76 Kilograms.
This was Winchester and Mensah’s first time winning the World Championships; an incredible feat. However, this was Adeline Gray’s fifth World Championship Gold.
A FIVE TIME World Champion. Talk about an incredible feat…
Gray is the first woman in US history to win five World titles. She won the World Championships in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018, and 2019, along with being a 2016 Olympian.
In the Men’s Freestyle division, two men won World titles; Kyle Dake at 79 Kilograms, and J’den Cox at 92 Kilograms. This is the second back to back Gold at the World Championships for both men.
As the World Championships come to a close, many athletes look to future competitions, especially to the Olympics in 2020. Many will be looking to make an Olympic Team at the Olympic Trials Tournament in April of 2020. To make that team, one must win the Olympic Trials Tournament, a difficult task with so many talented wrestlers returning.
Lots of talent returning, lots of World Champs returning. This is going to be a good year!