Golston edges Augello in U.S. Open semifinals, 4 returning World Team members reach finals

Erin Golston advanced to the finals with a win over Olympian Haley Augello (Photo/Sandy Slater)

LAS VEGAS -- Less than a week after earning a silver medal at the Pan American Championships, Erin Golston claimed a spot in the U.S. Open finals at 50 kilograms.

Golston scored a late takedown to knock off 2016 Olympian Haley Augello 4-4 on criteria in the U.S. Open semifinals on Thursday night at South Point Arena in Las Vegas.

With the victory, Golston will meet Whitney Conder, a returning World Team member and U.S. Open champion. Conder advanced with a 4-4 criteria victory over Victoria Anthony.

In addition to Conder, three other returning World Team members reached the U.S. Open finals: Jacarra Winchester, Jenna Burkert and Forrest Molinari.

Winchester, who placed fifth at last year's World Championships, was dominant in the semifinals, earning a 10-0 technical fall over Alisha Howk at 55 kilograms. Her finals opponent will be Areana Villaescusa.

Burkert, competing at 57 kilograms, rolled to a 13-0 technical fall in the semifinals over Koral Sugiyama, setting up a finals meeting against 2017 world bronze medalist Becka Leathers. Leathers also won by technical fall in the semifinals.

Molinari topped 2018 Cadet world champion and Junior world silver medalist Macey Kilty 7-3 in the semifinals at 65 kilograms. She now meets 2017 Junior world champion Maya Nelson, who knocked off returning U.S. Open champion Julia Salata.

Two-time world silver medalist Alli Ragan will look to capture her third U.S. Open title after picking up a dominant 12-2 technical fall over Lauren Mason in the semifinals at 59 kilograms. She will face 2018 U23 World Team member Abigail Nette in the championship.

The women's wrestling finals are slated for Friday at 7 p.m. PT.

Semifinal results

50 kilograms:
Erin Golston dec. Haley Augello, 4-4
Whitney Conder dec. Victoria Anthony, 4-4

53 kilograms:
Tiare Ikei pinned Cody Pfau, 5:16
Katherine Shai dec. Gracie Figueroa, 9-6

55 kilograms:
Jacarra Winchester tech. fall Alisha Howk, 10-0 2:46
Areana Villaescusa pinned Shauna Isbell-Kemp, 5:32

57 kilograms:
Jenna Burkert tech. fall Koral Sugiyama 13-0 1:50
Becka Leathers tech. fall Cameron Guerin, 14-4 5:33

59 kilograms:
Alli Ragan tech. fall Lauren Mason, 12-2 1:43
Abby Nette tech. fall Lauren Louive, 10-0 2:35

62 kilograms:
Kayla Miracle tech. fall Alexandria Liles, 10-0 2:00
Desiree Zavala pinned Brenda Reyna, 0:53

65 kilograms:
Forrest Molinari dec. Macey Kilty, 7-3
Maya Nelson dec. Julia Salata, 8-0

68 kilograms:
Randi Beltz dec. Kayla Marano, 10-9
Jayden Laurent dec. Ashlynn Ortega, 4-2

72 kilograms:
Alyvia Fiske dec. Alexis Gomez, 14-6
Victoria Francis dec. Rachel Watters, 5-4

76 kilograms:
Precious Bell tech. fall Paige Baynes, 12-2 3:38
Hannah Gladden pinned Kenya-Lee Sloan, 5:13


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