Doi, Miracle win bronze medals at Junior Worlds

ZAGREB, Croatia -- The United States came home with a pair of bronze medalists on the first day of women's freestyle at the FILA Junior World Championships on Thursday.

Kayla Miracle (Photo/T.R. Foley)
Capturing bronze medals with big pins in the evening session were Marina Doi, Kingsburg, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC) at 44 kilos/97 pounds and Kayla Miracle (Campbellsville, Ky./Sunkist Kids) at 59 kilos/130 pounds.

Both athletes won their first FILA Junior World medals, after a successful career on the FILA Cadet level. Doi won three Cadet World medals, including a Cadet World title, while Miracle was a Cadet World silver medalist.

Doi broke open a close match against Weronika Sikora of Poland in the bronze-medal bout, with Sikora having a decided height advantage. Doi battled for a second-period takedown that she converted into a cradle, and pressed for a fall at 4:21. Read full story ...

U.S. Women's Freestyle performances on Thursday

44 kilos/97 pounds -- Marina Doi, Kingsburg, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC), 3rd
LOSS Haruka Uchijo (Japan), tech. fall 0-11, 5:25
WIN Mariya Georgiyeva (Ukraine), 6-6
WIN Weronika Sikora (Poland), pin 4:21

51 kilos/112.25 pounds -- Amy Fearnside, Morgan Hill, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC/Jamestown), dnp/12th
LOSS Lilya Horishna (Ukraine), 5-8

59 kilos/130 pounds -- Kayla Miracle, Campbellsville, Ky. (Sunkist Kids), 3rd
WIN Bayhan Derya (Turkey), pin 1:46
WIN Madina Bagbergenova (Kazakhstan), pin 2:14
LOSS Luisa Niemesch (Germany), 3-4
WIN Patrizia Liuzzi (Italy), pin 5:44
WIN Kriszta Tunde (Romania), pin , 4:30

67 kilos/147.5 pounds -- Kayla Aggio, Rohnert Park, Calif. (OKCU Gator RTC), dnp/15th
LOSS Martina Kueuz (Austria), 3-4


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