Adeline Gray, Spenser Mango advance to bronze-medal matches at World Championships

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Adeline Gray defeated Olympic bronze medalist Guzel Manyurova of Kazakhstan to advance to the bronze-medal match. Tony Rotundo photo.

BUDAPEST, Hungary – Adeline Gray and Spenser Mango have advanced to bronze-medal matches at the World Wrestling Championships.

Gray rebounded from a quarterfinal loss with a win in the repechage to advance to the bronze bout on Friday afternoon at Papp Laszlo Sports Arena.

Gray, a 2012 World champion, will face Turkey’s Yasemin Adar in the bronze-medal match in women’s freestyle at 72 kg/158.5 lbs. Adar placed fifth at the 2012 Worlds.

“It’s definitely not ideal,” Gray said. “I woke up this morning thinking I was going to be going for gold. It’s unfortunate that my path has to be changed to the bronze, but I am ready to go out and win this bronze for the USA. I’m excited to go out there and compete.”

Mango, a two-time Olympian, won two repechage matches to advance to the bronze bout in Greco-Roman wrestling at 55 kg/121 lbs.

Mango will face veteran Roman Amoyan of Armenia in the bronze-medal match. Amoyan, 30, is a past World silver and bronze medalist, and a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist.

“I think I wrestled decent,” Mango said. “I got off to a slow start in the match I lost, and I can’t let that happen again. I need to wrestle with more intensity and get after it.”

The medal matches are scheduled for 7 p.m. local time (1 p.m. Eastern) in Budapest.

The U.S. is looking for two more bronze medals after Alyssa Lampe and Elena Pirozhkova won bronze the previous two days in women’s freestyle. American Jordan Burroughs won a gold medal in men's freestyle on Wednesday.

The U.S. is in third place with 35 points entering the final night of medal matches in women's freestyle. Japan leads with 46, Mongolia is second with 43 and the U.S. is third with 35. China is fourth with 34.

Mongolia has two going for bronze, while the U.S. and Japan each have one. China has one wrestler going for gold and one going for bronze. Wins in the bronze matches are worth two points and wins in the gold matches are worth one point.

Gray defeated World silver medalist and Olympic bronze medalist Guzel Manyurova of Kazakhstan 2-1 in the repechage to earn a shot at her third World medal. Gray won a bronze medal at the 2011 Worlds.

Gray opened by recording a quick fall over Andrea Alaya Gutierrez of Colombia. Gray turned Gutierrez with an arm bar to record the pin.

Gray then dropped a 9-2 decision to Junior World silver medalist Fengliu Zhang of China in the quarterfinal round. Gray was pulled back in for the repechage when Zhang advanced to the finals.

Mango rallied to defeat Junior World champion Kanybek Zholchubekov of Kyrgyzstan 6-2 in his second repechage match to reach the bronze bout.

Mango earned a quick 7-0 technical fall over Fouad Fajari of Morocco in his first repechage match.

Mango opened with a 4-0 win over Jani Haapamaki of Finland in the first round. Following a scoreless first period, Mango scored on a front headlock turn and with a late takedown to advance.

Mango then dropped a 4-2 decision to Korea’s Gyu-Jin Choi in the second round. Mango trailed 4-0 before scoring a takedown early in the second period to draw within two points. Mango tried valiantly to score, but was unable to break through.

Mango was pulled back in for the repechage when Choi advanced to the finals. Choi was a 2010 World silver medalist who placed fifth in the 2012 Olympics.

Veronica Carlson fell short of the medal round in her first Senior Worlds at 67 kg/147.5 lbs.

Carlson opened by winning by an injury default over Nadia Anter of Egypt. Carlson shot in for a takedown early in the match and the Egyptian wrestler was hurt and was unable to continue.

Carlson then dropped an 8-0 decision to China’s Zhangting Zhou in the quarterfinals. Carlson was eliminated when Zhou lost to Canada’s Stacie Anaka in the semifinals.

Day 6 of the World Championships is set for Saturday in Budapest. Americans Jesse Thielke, Jordan Holm and Caylor Williams are scheduled to compete for the U.S. in Greco-Roman.

Papp Laszlo Sports Arena, Budapest, Hungary

Gold-medal matchups

Women’s freestyle

67 kg/147.5 lbs.
Stacie Anaka (Canada) vs. Alina Stadnik (Ukraine)

72 kg kg/158.5 lbs.
Natalia Vorobeva (Russia) vs. Fengliu Zhang (China)


55 kg/121 lbs.
Won Choi Yun (North Korea) vs. Gyu-Jin Choi (Korea)

U.S. results

Women’s freestyle

67 kg/147.5 lbs. – Veronica Carlson, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
WIN Nadia Anter (Egypt), injury default
LOSS Zhangting Zhou (China), 0-8

72 kg/158.5 lbs. – Adeline Gray, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
WIN Andrea Alaya Gutierrez (Colombia), fall 1:01
LOSS Fengliu Zhang (China), 2-9
WIN Guzel Manyurova (Kazakhstan), 2-1
vs. Yasemin Adar (Turkey) in bronze-medal match


55 kg/121 lbs. – Spenser Mango, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)
WIN Jani Haapamaki (Finland), 4-0
LOSS Gyu-Jin Choi (Korea), 2-4
WIN Fouad Fajari (Morocco), 7-0 
WIN Kanybek Zholchubekov (Kyrgyzstan), 6-2
vs. Roman Amoyan (Armenia) in bronze-medal match