Macey Kilty and Gracie Figueroa claimed bronze medals
TBILISI, Georgia -- The U.S. women's freestyle squad capped off the 2016 Cadet World Championships with a three-medal performance on Friday evening at New Sports Palace in Tbilisi, Georgia.
The repeat bid fell just short for 2015 Cadet World champion Ronna Heaton as she was edged by 2015 Cadet World bronze medalist Haruna Okuno of Japan, 4-2, in the 52-kilogram/114.5-pound finals. Okuno won the takedown battle two to one over Heaton to come away with the win.
"I felt pretty good today. My finals match I was feeling alright then, just little mistakes I can work on. My defense, I'll go back and work on that with my coaches. [Okuno] just had really good positioning. I really wanted to be a Cadet World champ, two time, but maybe Junior World champ sometime," said Heaton following the loss.
Heaton finished with a 3-1 record on the day, picking up three pins in the morning session to secure her spot in the championship match for the second-straight year.
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