2022 53 kg world finalist Dom Parrish (photo courtesy of Kadir Caliskan/UWW)
Tuesday marked the first day of the 2022 Senior World Championships with four women's freestyle weights being contested.
Before getting to the new weights, two American women were competing for medals, Kayla Miracle at 62 kg, wrestling in the gold medal match and Jacarra Winchester, who wrestled for bronze at 55 kg.
Miracle's opponent, 2022 U20 world champion Nonoka Ozaki (Japan), was aggressive from the opening whistle and took a shot which led to an Ozaki takedown. In the process, Ozaki held onto Miracle's legs and was able to get to sets of exposure points to take a commanding 6-0 lead. Ozaki ended up scoring twice more and ending the match in the first period.
Miracle settled for a silver medal for the second consecutive year.
The second session of the day was kicked off by Jacarra Winchester in the 55 kg bronze medal match against China's Mengyu Xie. Winchester jumped out to an early lead and initially was ruled the winner after a pair of exposures from a high gut attempt. The Chinese corner challenged and it was shown that Xie initiated the action on the second sequence, which led to an 8-4 match in Winchester's favor.
In the second period, Winchester appeared to be cruising towards a tech after securing a takedown to lead 12-4. Xie continued wrestling and caught Winchester on her back. Despite a valiant effort bridging, there was just too much time left on the clock and Xie eventually put Winchester down for the fall. She'll finish fifth for the third time at a World/Olympic event.
One of the two first-timers on the day, Dom Parrish showed no signs of jitters as she navigated her way through the 53 kg bracket and into the world finals. In her opening bout, Parrish controlled the action from the opening whistle and locked up a victory via a 10-0 tech of Mercedesz Denes (Hungary) in the last three seconds of regulation.
The quarterfinals saw Parrish matched up with a Pan-American opponent in Lucia Yepez Guzman (Ecuador). After scoring the first takedown of the bout, Parrish used a leg lace, going one direction and then the other, to turn her opponent four times and close the match emphatically.
All that stood between Parrish and a berth in the world finals was Greece's veteran Maria Prevolaraki. With Prevolaraki on the shot clock, Parrish stayed offensive and grabbed the only takedown of the contest. When the shot clock expired, she was given a third point. Parrish's defense was the key to victory in the second period, as she gave up her own shot clock point, but was never in danger of surrendering a takedown to Prevolaraki.
Parrish will face Mongolia's Khulan Batkhuyag in tomorrow's final. Batkhuyag was trailing Emma Malmgren 6-0 in the second period of their semifinal contest, when she got the quick fall.
It was a Mongolian opponent that doomed Parrish's teammate, Sarah Hildebrandt, just one match before her semifinal, at 50 kg. Hildebrandt, the longer of the two combatants, had difficulty finishing against the short and muscular Otgonjargal Dolgorjav. Hildebrandt's fate was sealed after giving up a takedown followed by a set of exposure points in a scramble situation late in the opening period. Dolgorjav got a second takedown to make the final score 6-2 as Hildebrandt threw caution to the wind and was furiously attacking in the waning seconds of the match.
Hildebrandt drops into the bronze medal match and will take on the winner of Jasmina Immaeva (Uzbekistan) and Emilia Vuc (Romania) tomorrow afternoon.
Also wrestling for the bronze tomorrow is Mallory Velte at 65 kg. Velte put on a dominant performance in her first match, only to lose a razor-thin 2-0 decision to Japan's Miwa Morikawa. A large chunk of the bout featured Velte controlling the mat with Morikawa not in a scoring position.
The other first-time Senior world team member, Dymond Guilford, suffered a close loss to Japan in her only bout of the tournament. Guilford was put on the shot clock twice as she fell to Yuka Kagami (Japan), 3-0 at 76 kg.
2022 Senior World Championships US Results
50 kg Women's Freestyle
Round of 16: Sarah Hildebrandt over Kamila Barbosa Da Silva (Brazil) 10-0
Quarterfinals: Sarah Hildebrandt over Oksana Livach (Ukraine) 11-0
Semifinals: Otgonjargal Dolgorjav (Mongolia) over Sarah Hildebrandt 6-2
53 kg Women's Freestyle
Round of 16: Dom Parrish over Mercedesz Denes (Hungary) 10-0
Quarterfinals: Dom Parrish: over Lucia Yepez Guzman (Ecuador) 10-0
Semifinals: Dom Parrish over Maria Prevolaraki (Greece) 3-1
55 kg Women's Freestyle
Bronze Medal Match: Mengyu Xie (China) over Jacarra Winchester Fall 4:55
62 kg Women's Freestyle
Gold Medal Match: Nonoka Ozaki (Japan) over Kayla Miracle 10-0
65 kg Women's Freestyle
Round of 16: Mallory Velte over Purevsuren Ulziisaikhan (Mongolia) 14-4
Quarterfinals: Miwa Morikawa (Japan) over Mallory Velte 2-0
76 kg Women's Freestyle
Qualification: Yuka Kagami (Japan) over Dymond Guilford 3-0