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Team USA Crowns 1 Champ On Day 2 Of Budapest Ranking Series


Day 2 of the Budapest ranking series was rather rough for Team USA as Sarah Hildebrandt emerged as the sole gold medalist.

At 61kg Vito Arujau would finish with a bronze medal with his sole loss being a 2-0 decision to last years 57kg world champion Zelimkhan Abakarov of Albania.

Joey McKenna would have the best performance out of any mens wrestler for the USA on day two coming away with a silver medal at 70kg. He would pick up a very big win over Iran’s Amir Yazdani 9-8 in the semifinals but fell to Ukraine in the gold medal bout.

Chance Marsteller had a rough start in the tournament losing his quarterfinal match to eventual champion Nokhodi of Iran by tech 10-0. He would win his first repechage match with ease and grab a big win in the bronze medal match against world finalist Kentchadze of Georgia 4-3 to wrap up his tournament.

Sarah Hildebrandt would win her matches pretty easily until the finals with Feng of China where she would win a close 4-2 bout to bring home a gold medal at 50kg.

Dom Parrish would lose her semifinal match to eventual champ Bat Ochir of Mongolia and would lose her next match as well for bronze 10-0 sending her home with a 5th place finish.

At 57kg Team USA sent 3 wrestlers: Xochitl Mota-Pettis, Alex Hedrick, and Amanda Martinez. All three would win their first match but fall in the round of 16 and not get pulled into repechage.

The 62kg bracket would feature 2 Americans, Kayla Miracle and Bridgette Duty. Miracle won her first round match but would get pinned by Estonia in the round of 16. Duty would lose her opening round match by fall.

Team USA sent Forrest Molinari and Alexandria Glaude at 68kg. Molinari would come away with a bronze medal as Glaude would fall in the quarterfinals.

The rest of our women’s wrestlers will take the mat tomorrow and Greco-Roman competition will begin as well with 55kg, 60kg, and 63kg.

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Akil Murugan
Akil Murugan
Senior Editor for Heavyweight Nation

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