Miracle claims silver at U23 Worlds

Kayle Miracle finished with a silver medal at 62 kilograms (Photo/Sachiko Hotaka, United World Wrestling)

BUDAPEST, Hungary -- For the second straight day, the United States has a silver medalist at the U23 World Championships.

A day after Macey Kilty won a silver at 68 kilograms, Kayla Miracle fell in the gold-medal match at 62 kilograms to multiple-time age group world champion Yuzuka Inagaki of Japan, 3-0.

After a scoreless first 90 seconds, Miracle was placed on the activity clock. The 23-year-old American was unable to score in the 30 seconds, giving Inagaki the first point of the match. The Japanese wrestler would take that 1-0 lead to the break.

Early in the second period, Inagaki fired off a shot and gained a two-point exposure to go up 3-0. It would turn out to be the last points scored in the match.

Miracle had three falls in three matches on Thursday.

It's Miracle's fourth age group world medal. In addition to her U23 silver, she won a silver medal at the Cadet World Championships and two bronze medals at the Junior World Championships.

Felicity Taylor (53 kilograms) and Maya Nelson (65 kilograms) were defeated in repechage on Friday.

The United States women's wrestling team finished in fifth place in the team standings. Miracle and Kilty were the lone medalists for the U.S. women's team. Japan ran away with the team title, finishing 125 points ahead of runner-up China.

Tate Orndorff gets his hand raised after picking up a win at the U23 World Championships (Photo/Sachiko Hotaka, United World Wrestling)

Five American Greco-Roman wrestlers eliminated, compile combined record of 1-5

It was a disappointing start for the United States Greco-Roman team at the U23 World Championships. Five wrestlers competed on Friday, with only one of the five picking up a win, Tate Orndorff (130 kilograms).

All five U.S. Greco-Roman who competed on Friday were eliminated when the wrestlers who defeated them failed to advance to the finals.

Orndorff, an NCAA qualifier last season as a freshman at Utah Valley, defeated Deepak Poonia of India, 6-1, in his first match at 130 kilograms. He trailed 1-0 at the break before scoring six unanswered points in the final period. Orndorff was blanked in his second match by three-time Junior world medalist Osman Yildirim of Turkey, 9-0.

Brady Koontz was shut out by senior world champion Amangali Bekbolatov of Kazakhstan, 9-0, at 55 kilograms.

Dalton Roberts fell to Yerner Fidakhmetov of Kazakhstan, 9-4, at 63 kilograms.

Jesse Porter, competing at 77 kilograms, was defeated by Sajan Sajan of India, 6-0.

At 87 kilograms, Matt Finesilver was shut out by Kiryl Maskevich of Belarus, 9-0.

The final five Greco-Roman wrestlers will compete for the United States on Saturday. Those wrestlers include Taylor LaMont (60 kilograms), Peyton Omania (67 kilograms), Lenny Merkin (72 kilograms), Andrew Berreyesa (82 kilograms) and Chad Porter (97 kilograms).

Wrestling is scheduled to begin Saturday at 10:30 a.m. local time (4:30 a.m. ET).


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