It’s Iowa; Medal matches of the 2022 UWW Men’s and Women’s Freestyle Wrestling World Cup from Coralville. The U.S. team will play bronze medalist Mongolia at 12:00 ET, and the women’s team will play Iran at 7:00 ET.
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The full schedule can be found here. The list is here. The entire archive can be found here (search for a wrestler or team to pull up the specific match you’re looking for). Box scores will be at the top of the article. It will be followed by a live blog.
Yesterday’s live blog and box score can be found here.
Women’s third-place match: USA vs. Mongolia
The first match of the day was the third-place match between the United States and Mongolia. In pool play, the Chinese team lost to the USA 8-2, but roared back to beat a stacked All-World team to take their place in both teams. Mongolia lost to Ukraine but beat the Japanese ladies in the pool.
50kg: Erin Golston (USA) vs Otgonjargal Dolgorjav (MGL)
1st Period: Joyous at first; Dolgorjav took a step out. A follow-up followed, but Golston didn’t let him go at high speed. 1-0 within a minute. Mongolia works for her snap and short offense, but now has more points with 2 minutes to go. There was a more tactful defense for Erin, but she would continue the movement clock. The clock expired and Mongolia were 2-0 at the halfway mark.
2nd period. Golston picked up her offense, but Dolgorjav got the better of the next flurry and took a 4-0 lead. Dolgorjac sets up an armbar and Golston is in trouble. 2 more for exposure. Dolgorjav is adjusting and still has a fall. Mongolia will compete in the first match via penalty shootout.
MGL 1, USA 0
53kg: Felicity Taylor (USA) vs Otgonjargal Ganbaatar (MGL)
1st period: Iowa’s own Felicity Taylor is back on the mat. Ganbaatar hits a quick one but Taylor saves. Still no goals scored in two minutes. Taylor scores before the clock runs out and the clock is ticking. Sticking from behind for Taylor. She will earn a shot clock point. Ganbaatar mildly countered Ganbaatar as Taylor came close to a takedown. Just before the end of the game, he pulled his foot back and put Mongolia up 4-1.
2nd Period: Both wrestlers land shots, but no score. Now only 90 seconds remain in the contest. Again, Taylor goes after, but a Ganbaatar counter puts Taylor in danger. She then transitions to a lace and 2 + 2 will make it 8-1 as time runs out on Taylor. Within 10 seconds, Ganbaatar was imported. Taylor tried to fight back, but a 12-1 technical loss to Mongolia would catch him on the back.
MGL 2, USA 0
55kg: Jenna Burkert (USA) vs Bolortuya Batochir (MGL)
1st period: World medalist Jenna Burkert will try to buck the tide against Olympic medalist Mongolia. Burkert got off to a great start with one leg to take an early 1-0 lead. Batochir counters with a thin forearm for a takedown for two; He then laced the leg to add 2 more and made it 4-1. There are only 90 seconds left in the game. Pride ends and still 4-1 Mongolia.
2nd Period: A slow start to the second period, but the action picks up by halftime. A very physical flurry is a stalemate; 4-1 Only one minute left now. Burkert with an upper body lock. Big and Batochir takes a step to the back but will give up the takedown. 30 seconds later, Jenna returned to their feet and made a 4-3 run. It will be taken down. Burkert in depth. But she was held off by Batochir for a 6-3 win to put the match out of reach. Burkert gets a reversal as time runs out and the game ends at 6-4. Although the US is challenging. They reward Burkert with a takedown on the initial attack, but it’s not enough as Batochir still gets exposure. So starts the series 4-3 MGL; Jenna then had a takedown for a 5-4 lead. Then MLG counters, 6-5 MLG, Jenna then reverses the score at 6-6, but Mongolia has the criteria. So they say the challenge is lost Add Batochir’s point total (I don’t know why) but I’m shocked to lose without Burkert. 7-6 is the official final. Something might be wrong, but either way, the US lost its third game in a row.
MGL 3, USA 0
57 kg: Alex Hedrick (USA) vs Erdeneseuvd Baterdene (MGL)
1st Period: Start the match with two good exchanges. Baterdene then gained backside position and pushed Hedrick to her back for a four-point move and a 4-0 lead. Hedrick countered with a single leg but couldn’t finish and the move stalled. The intensity of the contest continued, but there were no scores, and Mongolia led 4-0 at halftime.
2nd period: Hedrick on the offensive. Now it’s his turn. Hedrick attacked with a quadpod defense for her first point and took the lead at the half. 4-2 neutral; 90 seconds. Mongolia’s dilemma. Bterdene punches again and Hedrick fights back and then backs off. 4-4 But Mongolia has conditions. 31 second reload time. Hedrick digs it down for a double and Bterdene starts to walk towards the boundary. She just needs one. The ref called a timeout. As time passes, it makes sense. Mongolia challenged (naturally) but they lost the review. Hedrick earns Team USA’s first win.
MGL 3, USA 1
59 kg: Lexie Basham (USA) vs Davaachimeg Erkhembayar (MGL)
First period: Basham will try to keep the American momentum going. Team USA had little room for error from this point on. They lock horns with collars and have a grappling match around the mat, but to no avail. Besham put on the watch first. Mongolia scored the first point off the clock. There were no more points during a physical but cautious first half and Erkhembayar went 1-0 up.
Second Period: Tactical wrestling and Basham uses the clock again. Mongolia gave up one point as the action clock expired and scored four more to make it 6-0. Basham rolled her in for a two count, but Mongolia reversed and wrestled it to 7-2 with a minute to go. Pressing Basham on the restart, Erkhembayar went on top, moving Basham four points behind her. 11-2 with 12 seconds left. A takedown by the Mongolian after a desperate shootout made the technical fall 13-2 official.
MGL 4 USA 1
62 kg: Kayla Miracle (USA) vs Tserenchimed Sukhee (MGL)
First period: The USA’s two-time world medalist takes the podium in a must-win match for the Americans. Miracle picks up Sukhee and runs in the right direction on one leg. Sukhee counters with a suplex for two, but Miracle comes in for a reversal with a dropkick to her head. 2-2, but Mogolia has conditions. Sukhee is penalized for a negative wrestling match after Miracle locks in the leg rope and turns around, restarting on par terre. Miracle couldn’t get another turn, but it was a 5-2 reversal; Because of turnovers and penalty points, Miracle won that program. Miracle leads 5-4 as Sukhee grabs a leg before time-out, changes double and breaks.
Second period: Sukhee is attacked and in a flurry, putting Miracle in danger, doing some kind of awkward head lever/arm bar and turns around. Sukhe leads 8-5. 90 seconds left in the contest. Miracle stopped the shot. Only 60 seconds left. Another amazing attack, but it’s stuffy. Fireman for Sukhee landing for takedown; The lace goes in for two more and it’s 12-5. Sukhe would take two more turns before time ran out and win 16-5. It’s tough for Miracle and Team USA’s hopes of victory.
MGL 5 USA 1
65kg: Mallory Velte (USA) vs Orkhon Purevdorj (MGL)
1st Period: Team USA needs to beat at least two opponents to win. Velte is a two-time world gold medalist. Purevdroj is a world gold medalist. Purevdorj picks the knee and gets a two point takedown in the first 10 seconds. Velte responds with a knee drop for two. Then another with 30 seconds left in the period for a 4-2 lead. Another near overthrow, but the process is considered a letdown for Mongolia. He started off 4-2 Mal Pal.
2nd period: Velte gets stopped on a heavy shot. In another shot, Velte led Purevdorj crotch for a touchdown and 4-4 through regulation. Velte responded with a throw on the boundary line. 6-4 lead. This match is gaining momentum. A shot and a takedown now put Mongolia back on top 6-6 through sets. 54 seconds to go. On the shot, Velte tripped Purevdorj and time ran out. Standing behind Purevdroj, Velte returned to Mongolia, falling on her back. Four points that Velte officially said. no The table judge and the chairman were removed by two points for Mongolia. But the USA is challenging. The review confirmed that 2 points were dropped; Velte won a heartbreaker, 9-6, to place third against Mongolia.
MGL 6 USA 1
68 kg: Solin Piercy (USA) vs Purevsuren Ulziisaikhan (MGL)
1st Period: Just one action clock point for Piercy and many others in a methodical pace results in a first period. We’re 1-0 up and we’re through to the USA.