American Adeline Gray captures bronze medal at World Championships

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Adeline Gray displays her bronze medal on Friday night in Budapest. Larry Slater photo.

BUDAPEST, Hungary – Three straight years, three straight medals.

American Adeline Gray earned her third straight medal at the World Wrestling Championships, collecting a bronze medal on Friday night at Papp Laszlo Sports Arena.

Gray registered a convincing 8-2 win over Turkey’s Yasemin Adar in her women’s freestyle bronze match at 72 kg/158.5 lbs.

“I really wanted to get that gold for my team,” Gray said. “I feel a little disappointed. I’m definitely ready to go back to the drawing board and make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

Gray won her third straight World medal after earning a gold medal in 2012 and a bronze in 2011.

"I'm supposed to be an Olympic champion and that's what I want to deliver in 2016," Gray said. "This wasn't the gold I wanted, but I'm still going to celebrate tonight."

The U.S. women finished third in the team race, scoring 37 points to earn a trophy. Japan won the title with 48 points while Mongolia was a close second with 47 points.

“We are proud of third, but we came in expecting more,” U.S. Coach Terry Steiner said. “I think five medals probably would’ve won this competition for us. We were very, very close, but we left some medals on the table. We can’t be satisfied and content with third. There is no doubt this team can win. We have to get back to work.”

American Spenser Mango finished fifth, falling to Armenia’s Roman Amoyan 5-4 in the bronze-medal match in Greco-Roman at 55 kg/121 lbs.

The match was scoreless until a wild scramble near the edge of the mat late in the first period that produced nine points. Mango exposed Amoyan’s back to the mat to lead briefly 4-2, but Amoyan then threw Mango for three points to end the sequence and lead 5-4.

Mango was on top in par terre in the closing seconds after Amoyan was called for passivity, but Mango was unable to gain the turn he needed.

“I saw the scoring a little differently in the match, but you can’t leave it in the ref’s hands,” Mango said. “What it all comes down to is I should’ve put more points on the board. I was trying to keep the pace up and go after him.”

Amoyan is a past World silver and bronze medalist, and a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist.

Mango’s fifth-place finish was the highest of his four trips to the Worlds and two trips to the Olympics.

“I feel like I’m always improving,” Mango said. “It’s hard when the results don’t show all the training I’ve put into this. I just have to keep working hard and the results will come.”

The U.S. now has four total medals with two days left in the seven-day event.

Americans Alyssa Lampe and Elena Pirozhkova won bronze medals the previous two days in women’s freestyle. American Jordan Burroughs won a gold medal in men’s freestyle on Wednesday night.

Veronica Carlson fell short of the medal round on Friday in her first Senior Worlds in women’s freestyle at 67 kg/147.5 lbs.

Champions crowned on Friday were Ukraine’s Alina Stadnik at 67 kg/147.5 lbs. and China’s Fengliu Zhang at 72 kg/158.5 lbs. in women’s freestyle, and North Korea’s Won Choi Yun at 55 kg/121 lbs. in Greco-Roman.

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

Women’s freestyle

67 kg/147.5 lbs.
Gold – Alina Stadnik (Ukraine)
Silver – Stacie Anaka (Canada)
Bronze – Nasanburmaa Ochirbat (Mongolia)
Bronze – Sara Dosho (Japan)
5th – Zhangting Zhou (China)
5th – Aline Focken (Germany)

72 kg/158.5 lbs.
Gold – Fengliu Zhang (China)
Silver – Natalia Vorobeva (Russia)
Bronze – Adeline Gray (USA)
Bronze – Burmaa Ochirbat (Mongolia)
5th – Yasemin Adar (Turkey)
5th – Svetlana Saenko (Moldova)


55 kg/121 lbs.
Gold – Won Choi Yun (North Korea)
Silver – Gyu-Jin Choi (Korea)
Bronze – Roman Amoyan (Armenia)
Bronze – Peter Modos (Hungary)
5th – Spenser Mango (USA)
5th – Ivan Tatarinov (Russia)

Gold-medal matchups

Women’s freestyle

67 kg/147.5 lbs.
Alina Stadnik (Ukraine) pinned Stacie Anaka (Canada), 2:17

72 kg kg/158.5 lbs.
Fengliu Zhang (China) pinned Natalia Vorobeva (Russia), 4:33


55 kg/121 lbs.
Won Choi Yun (North Korea) dec. Gyu-Jin Choi (Korea), 4-3

U.S. results

Women’s freestyle

67 kg/147.5 lbs. – Veronica Carlson, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC) – 10th
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) – BRONZE MEDAL
WIN Andrea Alaya Gutierrez (Colombia), fall 1:01
LOSS Fengliu Zhang (China), 2-9
WIN Guzel Manyurova (Kazakhstan), 2-1
WIN Yasemin Adar (Turkey), 8-2


55 kg/121 lbs. – Spenser Mango, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army) – 5th
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
LOSS Roman Amoyan (Armenia), 4-5