Sarah Hildebrandt celebrates after beating Canada's Jessica MacDonald (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
OTTAWA, Canada -- The United States will be represented in all six women's wrestling weight classes at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
On Saturday, the American women dominated at the Pan Am Olympic Qualifier in Ottawa, Canada, going a perfect 13-0 in contested matches to qualify four more weight classes for the Olympics to go along with the two previously qualified.
Sarah Hildebrandt (50 kilograms), Jacarra Winchester (53 kilograms), Helen Maroulis (57 kilograms) and Kayla Miracle (62 kilograms) advanced to the finals to qualify their weight classes for the Olympics. All four wrestlers forfeited in the finals, giving the Americans four silver medals on Saturday. The top two wrestlers in each weight class qualified their weight classes for their country at the Olympics.
Hildebrandt, a 2018 world silver medalist, was unscored upon in her two contested matches. She opened with a 10-0 win over Rita Rojas Chavez of Mexico before beating past world champion Jessica MacDonald of Canada, 11-0. Hildebrandt forfeited in the finals against Yusneylis Guzman Lopez of Cuba.
Winchester, a returning world champion at 55 kilograms, won her three contested matches at 53 kilograms and outscored her opposition 24-6. She started her day with a 6-2 win over 2018 world bronze medalist Lianna de la Caridad Montero Herrera of Cuba. In the quarterfinals, Winchester rolled to a 10-0 technical superiority over Zeltzin Hernandez Guerra of Mexico. She then qualified the 53-kilogram weight class for the United States with an 8-4 win over Canada's Samantha Stewart. Winchester forfeited in the finals to Lianna de la Caridad Montero Herrera (Cuba)
The 2016 Olympic champion Maroulis started her day with a 12-2 technical superiority over 2019 world champion Linda Morais of Canada. She then cruised in her next two matches to advance to the semifinals, where she defeated Puerto Rico's Nes Marie Rodriguez Tirado, 11-0. She defaulted in the finals against Mexico's Alma Valencia.
Miracle went 4-0 in the opening session at 62 kilograms. Her semifinal victory came over Canada's Michelle Fazzari, a 2017 world bronze medalist, 12-3. She forfeited to Lais Nunes de Oliveira of Brazil in the finals.