Jul 10, 2014 8:06 PM by Jordan Mason

U.S. earns six medals and wins third place as team in women's freestyle at University Worlds

PECS, Hungary -The U.S. sent out six women's freestyle wrestlers to compete on day three of University World Championships in Pecs, Hungary, and all six women earned a world medal.

The U.S. had three athletes compete in the gold-medal finals, but all three fell just short of the gold.

Jamestown University standout, Amy Fearnside (Morgan Hill, Calif./Titan Mercury WC) won her first two bouts of the tournament to earn a spot in the finals against Iulia Leorda of Moldova at 53 kg/116.5 lbs. Leorda won it over the American by technical fall 10-0.

Top wrestler for King University, Amanda Hendey (San Gabriel, Calif./Titan Mercury WC/King Univ.) pinned opponents from Poland and Bulgaria to make her way to the gold-medal match. In the finals, she faced former Junior World champion Danielle Lappage of Canada. Hendey fell in a close 7-2 bout to Lappage to earn the silver medal at 63 kg/138.75 lbs.

WCWA national champion for Wayland Baptist, Tamyra Mensah, (Katy, Texas/Titan Mercury WC/Wayland Baptist) scored a technical fall over Germany and a pin over Romania on the way to the finals. She drew 2012 World silver medalist Dorothy Yeats of Canada for the gold. Yeats earned a quick 10-0 technical fall, earning Mensah the silver medal at 69 kg/152 lbs.

Three U.S. athletes competed in bronze-medal bouts, with all three taking home the bronze. are Jacarra Winchester (San Leandro, Calif./Titan Mercury WC) at 58 kg/128 lbs., Brieana Delgado (Fountain Inn. S.C./OKCU Gator RTC) at 60 kg/132 lbs. and Julia Salata (Canton, Mich./New York AC) at 75 kg/165 lbs.

Jacarra Winchester (San Leandro, Calif./Titan Mercury WC), a star at Missouri Valley College, went 2-1 on the day. She faced Tetyana Lavrenchuk of Ukraine in a bronze-medal bout at 58 kg/128 lbs. Lavrenchuk was fifth in the 2013 Senior World Championships, but Winchester was up for the challenge as she defeated the Ukrainian 6-6 to win bronze.

Oklahoma City University standout, Brieana Delgado (Fountain Inn. S.C./OKCU Gator RTC) battled Natsumi Hayami of Japan for a bronze. Delgado came on top in an exciting 8-6 bout and earned herself a bronze medal.

WCWA national champion for King University, Julia Salata (Canton, Mich./New York AC) drew Noelia Lalin Canda of Spain in the bronze-medal round. Salata made quick work of the Spaniard, winning by a 12-1 technical fall to earn bronze.


The U.S. came in third place in the team standings behind Champion Canada and runner-up Russia.

Three U.S. Greco-Roman athletes have weighed in and received their draws for day four of the University World Championships.

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At Pecs, Hungary, July 10

Women's freestyle results

53 kg/116.5 lbs.
Gold - Iulia Leorda (Moldova)
Silver - Amy Fearnside (United States)
Bronze - Arisa Tanaka (Japan)
Bronze - Olga Shnaider (Ukraine)
5th - Brianne Barry (Canada)
5th - Sara Jezierzanska (Poland)

58 kg/128 lbs.
Gold - Emese Barka (Hungary)
Silver - Oksana Nagornykh (Russia)
Bronze - Jacarra Winchester (United States)
Bronze - Mikako Higuchi (Japan)
5th - Tetyana Lavrenchuk (Ukraine)
5th - Ecaterina Rusu (Moldova)


60 kg/132 lbs.
Gold - Mariia Liulkova (Russia)
Silver - Celeste Contante-Rodrigues (Canada)
Bronze - Viktoriia Chpurko (Ukraine)
Bronze - Brieana Delgado (United States)
5th - Natsumi Hayami (Japan)
6th - N. Sandagdorj (Mongolia)


63 kg/138.75 lbs.
Gold - Danielle Lappage (Canada)
Silver - Amanda Hendey (United States)
Bronze - Agnieszka Krol (Poland)
Bronze - Valeriia Lazinskaia (Russia)
5th - Dzanan Manolova (Bulgaria)
5th - Haruna Uehara (Japan)


69 kg/152 lbs.
Gold - Dorothy Yeats (Canada)
Silver - Tamyra Mensah (United States)
Bronze - Adina-Elena Popescu (Romania)
Bronze - Darima Sanzheeva (Russia)
5th - Lisa Nadine Hug (Germany)
5th - Chihiro Hashimoto (Japan)


75 kg/165 lbs.
Gold - Erica Wiebe (Canada)
Silver - Epp Mae (Estonia)
Bronze - Julia Salata (United States)
Bronze - Ganna Telkova (Ukraine)
5th - Noelia Lalin Canda (Spain)
5th - Viktoriya Frolova (Russia)

U.S. women's freestyle performances

53 kg/116.5 lbs. - Amy Fearnside, Morgan Hill, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC), 2nd
WIN Sara Jezierzanska (Poland), 10-5
WIN Olga Shnaider (Ukraine), 4-2
LOSS Iulia Leorda (Moldova), 0-10

58 kg/128 lbs. - Jacarra Winchester, San Leandro, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC), 3rd
WIN Elizabeth Milovitch-Sera (Canada), pin
LOSS Emese Barka (Hungary), pin
WIN Tetyana Lavrenchuk (Ukraine), 6-6

60 kg/132 lbs.- Brieana Delgado, Fountain Inn. S.C. (OKCU Gator RTC), 3rd
LOSS Mariia Liulkova (Russia), tech. fall, 2-12
WIN Natsumi Hayami (Japan), 8-6

63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Amanda Hendey, San Gabriel, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC/King Univ.), 2nd
WIN Agnieszka Krol (Poland), pin
WIN Dzanan Manolova (Bulgaria), pin
LOSS Danielle Lappage (Canada), 2-7

69 kg/152 lbs. - Tamyra Mensah, Katy, Texas (Titan Mercury WC/Wayland Baptist), 2nd
WIN Lisa Nadine Hug (Germany), tech. fall 12-1
WIN A. Popescu (Romania), pin
LOSS Dorothy Yeats (Canada), 0-10

75 kg/165 lbs. - Julia Salata, Canton, Mich. (New York AC), 3rd
WIN Tamae Yoshii (Japan), 5-0
LOSS Epp Mae (Estonia), pin
WIN Noelia Lalin Canda (Spain), 12-1

Women's freestyle team standings
1. Canada
2. Russia
3. United States
4. Japan
5. Ukraine
6. Poland
7. Hungary
8. Moldova
9. Romania
10. Mongolia


U.S. Greco-Roman draws for Friday

59 kg/130 lbs. - Sam Jones, Folsom, La. (USOEC)
Vs. Akan Baimagambetov (Kazakhstan), 3rd at 2013 Junior World Championships


71 kg/156.5 lbs. - Patrick Smith, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
Vs. Stefan Fuchsreiter (Austria), 2012 Junior World Team Member


98 kg/216 lbs. - Orry Elor, Marquette, Mich. (New York AC)
Vs. Alin Alexuc-Ciurariu (Romania), 2nd in 2010 Junior World Championships; 2012 Olympian



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