Six women earn medal on Day 3 of University Worlds

PECS, Hungary -- The U.S. sent out six women's freestyle wrestlers to compete on Day 3 of University World Championships in Pecs, Hungary, and all six women earned a world medal.

Women's freestyle University World Team with the third-place team trophy at University Worlds (Photo/Melissa Simmons)
The U.S. had three athletes compete in the gold-medal finals, but all three fell just short of the gold.

Jamestown University standout, Amy Fearnside (Morgan Hill, Calif./Titan Mercury WC) won her first two bouts of the tournament to earn a spot in the finals against Iulia Leorda of Moldova at 53 kilos/116.5 pounds. Leorda won it over the American by technical fall 10-0.

Top wrestler for King University, Amanda Hendey (San Gabriel, Calif./Titan Mercury WC/King Univ.) pinned opponents from Poland and Bulgaria to make her way to the gold-medal match. In the finals, she faced former Junior World champion Danielle Lappage of Canada. Hendey fell in a close 7-2 bout to Lappage to earn the silver medal at 63 kilos/138.75 pounds.

WCWA national champion for Wayland Baptist, Tamyra Mensah, (Katy, Texas/Titan Mercury WC/Wayland Baptist) scored a technical fall over Germany and a pin over Romania on the way to the finals. She drew 2012 World silver medalist Dorothy Yeats of Canada for the gold. Yeats earned a quick 10-0 technical fall, earning Mensah the silver medal at 69 kilos/152 pounds.

Three U.S. athletes competed in bronze-medal bouts, with all three taking home the bronze. are Jacarra Winchester (San Leandro, Calif./Titan Mercury WC) at 58 kilos/128 pounds, Brieana Delgado (Fountain Inn. S.C./OKCU Gator RTC) at 60 kilos/132 pounds and Julia Salata (Canton, Mich./New York AC) at 75 kilos/165 pounds.

Jacarra Winchester (San Leandro, Calif./Titan Mercury WC), a star at Missouri Valley College, went 2-1 on the day. She faced Tetyana Lavrenchuk of Ukraine in a bronze-medal bout at 58 kilos/128 pounds. Lavrenchuk was fifth in the 2013 Senior World Championships, but Winchester was up for the challenge as she defeated the Ukrainian 6-6 to win bronze.

Oklahoma City University standout, Brieana Delgado (Fountain Inn. S.C./OKCU Gator RTC) battled Natsumi Hayami of Japan for a bronze. Delgado came on top in an exciting 8-6 bout and earned herself a bronze medal.

WCWA national champion for King University, Julia Salata (Canton, Mich./New York AC) drew Noelia Lalin Canda of Spain in the bronze-medal round. Salata made quick work of the Spaniard, winning by a 12-1 technical fall to earn bronze.

The U.S. came in third place in the team standings behind Champion Canada and runner-up Russia.

Three U.S. Greco-Roman athletes have weighed in and received their draws for day four of the University World Championships.

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At Pecs, Hungary, July 10

Women's freestyle results

53 kilos/116.5 pounds
Gold: Iulia Leorda (Moldova)
Silver: Amy Fearnside (United States)
Bronze: Arisa Tanaka (Japan)
Bronze: Olga Shnaider (Ukraine)
5th: Brianne Barry (Canada)
5th: Sara Jezierzanska (Poland)

58 kilos/128 pounds
Gold: Emese Barka (Hungary)
Silver: Oksana Nagornykh (Russia)
Bronze: Jacarra Winchester (United States)
Bronze: Mikako Higuchi (Japan)
5th: Tetyana Lavrenchuk (Ukraine)
5th: Ecaterina Rusu (Moldova)

60 kilos/132 pounds
Gold: Mariia Liulkova (Russia)
Silver: Celeste Contante-Rodrigues (Canada)
Bronze: Viktoriia Chpurko (Ukraine)
Bronze: Brieana Delgado (United States)
5th: Natsumi Hayami (Japan)
6th N. Sandagdorj (Mongolia)

63 kilos/138.75 pounds
Gold: Danielle Lappage (Canada)
Silver: Amanda Hendey (United States)
Bronze: Agnieszka Krol (Poland)
Bronze: Valeriia Lazinskaia (Russia)
5th: Dzanan Manolova (Bulgaria)
5th: Haruna Uehara (Japan)

69 kilos/152 pounds
Gold: Dorothy Yeats (Canada)
Silver: Tamyra Mensah (United States)
Bronze: Adina-Elena Popescu (Romania)
Bronze: Darima Sanzheeva (Russia)
5th: Lisa Nadine Hug (Germany)
5th: Chihiro Hashimoto (Japan)

75 kilos/165 pounds
Gold: Erica Wiebe (Canada)
Silver: Epp Mae (Estonia)
Bronze: Julia Salata (United States)
Bronze: Ganna Telkova (Ukraine)
5th: Noelia Lalin Canda (Spain)
5th: Viktoriya Frolova (Russia)
U.S. women's freestyle performances

53 kilos/116.5 pounds. - Amy Fearnside, Morgan Hill, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC), 2nd
WIN Sara Jezierzanska (Poland), 10-5
WIN Olga Shnaider (Ukraine), 4-2
LOSS Iulia Leorda (Moldova), 0-10

58 kilos/128 pounds. - Jacarra Winchester, San Leandro, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC), 3rd
WIN Elizabeth Milovitch-Sera (Canada), pin
LOSS Emese Barka (Hungary), pin
WIN Tetyana Lavrenchuk (Ukraine), 6-6

60 kilos/132 pounds.- Brieana Delgado, Fountain Inn. S.C. (OKCU Gator RTC), 3rd
LOSS Mariia Liulkova (Russia), tech. fall, 2-12
WIN Natsumi Hayami (Japan), 8-6

63 kilos/138.75 pounds. - Amanda Hendey, San Gabriel, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC/King Univ.), 2nd
WIN Agnieszka Krol (Poland), pin
WIN Dzanan Manolova (Bulgaria), pin
LOSS Danielle Lappage (Canada), 2-7

69 kilos/152 pounds. - Tamyra Mensah, Katy, Texas (Titan Mercury WC/Wayland Baptist), 2nd
WIN Lisa Nadine Hug (Germany), tech. fall 12-1
WIN A. Popescu (Romania), pin
LOSS Dorothy Yeats (Canada), 0-10

75 kilos/165 pounds. - Julia Salata, Canton, Mich. (New York AC), 3rd
WIN Tamae Yoshii (Japan), 5-0
LOSS Epp Mae (Estonia), pin
WIN Noelia Lalin Canda (Spain), 12-1

Women's freestyle team standings
1. Canada
2. Russia
3. United States
4. Japan
5. Ukraine
6. Poland
7. Hungary
8. Moldova
9. Romania
10. Mongolia

U.S. Greco-Roman draws for Friday

59 kilos/130 pounds. Sam Jones, Folsom, La. (USOEC)
Vs. Akan Baimagambetov (Kazakhstan), 3rd at 2013 Junior World Championships

71 kilos/156.5 pounds. Patrick Smith, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
Vs. Stefan Fuchsreiter (Austria), 2012 Junior World Team Member

98 kilos/216 pounds. Orry Elor, Marquette, Mich. (New York AC)
Vs. Alin Alexuc-Ciurariu (Romania), 2nd in 2010 Junior World Championships; 2012 Olympian


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