American Adeline Gray captures bronze medal at World Championships
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Craig Sesker (USA Wrestling)
Adeline Gray displays her bronze medal on Friday night in Budapest. Larry Slater photo.
BUDAPEST, Hungary â€“ 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 Turkeyâ€™s Yasemin Adar in her womenâ€™s freestyle bronze match at 72 kg/158.5 lbs.
â€œI really wanted to get that gold for my team,â€ Gray said. â€œI feel a little disappointed. Iâ€™m definitely ready to go back to the drawing board and make sure this doesnâ€™t happen again.â€
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.
â€œWe are proud of third, but we came in expecting more,â€ U.S. Coach Terry Steiner said. â€œI think five medals probably wouldâ€™ve won this competition for us. We were very, very close, but we left some medals on the table. We canâ€™t be satisfied and content with third. There is no doubt this team can win. We have to get back to work.â€
American Spenser Mango finished fifth, falling to Armeniaâ€™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 Amoyanâ€™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.
â€œI saw the scoring a little differently in the match, but you canâ€™t leave it in the refâ€™s hands,â€ Mango said. â€œWhat it all comes down to is I shouldâ€™ve put more points on the board. I was trying to keep the pace up and go after him.â€
Amoyan is a past World silver and bronze medalist, and a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist.
Mangoâ€™s fifth-place finish was the highest of his four trips to the Worlds and two trips to the Olympics.
â€œI feel like Iâ€™m always improving,â€ Mango said. â€œItâ€™s hard when the results donâ€™t show all the training Iâ€™ve put into this. I just have to keep working hard and the results will come.â€
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 womenâ€™s freestyle. American Jordan Burroughs won a gold medal in menâ€™s freestyle on Wednesday night.
Veronica Carlson fell short of the medal round on Friday in her first Senior Worlds in womenâ€™s freestyle at 67 kg/147.5 lbs.
Champions crowned on Friday were Ukraineâ€™s Alina Stadnik at 67 kg/147.5 lbs. and Chinaâ€™s Fengliu Zhang at 72 kg/158.5 lbs. in womenâ€™s freestyle, and North Koreaâ€™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.
FILA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Papp Laszlo Sports Arena, Budapest, Hungary
67 kg/147.5 lbs.
Gold â€“ Alina Stadnik (Ukraine)
Silver â€“ Stacie Anaka (Canada)
Bronze â€“ Nasanburmaa Ochirbat (Mongolia)
Bronze â€“ Sara Dosho (Japan)
5th â€“ Zhangting Zhou (China)
5th â€“ Aline Focken (Germany)
72 kg/158.5 lbs.
Gold â€“ Fengliu Zhang (China)
Silver â€“ Natalia Vorobeva (Russia)
Bronze â€“ Adeline Gray (USA)
Bronze â€“ Burmaa Ochirbat (Mongolia)
5th â€“ Yasemin Adar (Turkey)
5th â€“ Svetlana Saenko (Moldova)
55 kg/121 lbs.
Gold â€“ Won Choi Yun (North Korea)
Silver â€“ Gyu-Jin Choi (Korea)
Bronze â€“ Roman Amoyan (Armenia)
Bronze â€“ Peter Modos (Hungary)
5th â€“ Spenser Mango (USA)
5th â€“ Ivan Tatarinov (Russia)
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
67 kg/147.5 lbs. â€“ Veronica Carlson, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC) â€“ 10th
WIN Nadia Anter (Egypt), injury default
LOSS Zhangting Zhou (China), 0-8
72 kg/158.5 lbs. â€“ Adeline Gray, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC) â€“ 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. â€“ Spenser Mango, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army) â€“ 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