Reigning World Champs Kilty, Susaki and Velieva Roll Into Semifinals
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 11:14 By Eric Olanowski
TRNAVA, Slovakia (September 19) - Reigning world champions Macey KILTY (USA), Yui SUSAKI (JPN) and Khanum VELIEVA (RUS) opened up the women’s wrestling portion of the Trnava Junior World Championships with a pair of wins and moved into Wednesday night’s semifinals.
Last year’s cadet world champion Macey Kilty breezed past her first two opponents. In her first match, Kilty quickly dismantled Tindra SJOEBERG (SWE), scoring a 12-0 technical superiority victory. In her quarterfinals bout, she commanded a 4-0 lead on Alina RUDNYTSKA LEVYTSKA (UKR) before picking up the fall to move into the 68kg semifinals where she’ll meet China’s WANG Yan.
Susaki, the reigning Paris world champion only needed 43 seconds in her opening round match to pick up the 10-0 technical superiority victory over Mariana DRAGUTAN (MDA).
In the quarterfinals, Susaki trampled China’s ZHONG Yumei (CHN), 10-0, grabbing the 53-second technical superiority win. Through two matches, Susaki has been on the mat for a total of 99 seconds and has outscored her opponents 20-0.
The 19-year-old Japanese superstar will meet three-time age-level world bronze medalist and reigning junior European champion Veronika GURSKAYA (RUS) in tonight’s semifinals.
Russia’s Tampere junior world gold medalist Khanum Velieva began her day with a 6-2 first round routing of Japan’s 2016 cadet world runner-up, Miwa MORIKAWA (JPN).
She then moved to the semifinals with a 10-0 win over Rihem AYARI (TUN). In the semifinals, Velieva will wrestle Korea’s PARK Hyeonyeong (KOR).
Women's wrestling semifinals begin at 17:15, and will be followed by the Greco-Roman finals which begin at 18:00.
Ellen RIESTERER (GER) vs. Marina ZAKSHEVSKAYA (KAZ)
Veronika GURSKAYA (RUS) vs. Yui SUSAKI (JPN)
Ekaterina VERBINA (RUS) vs. Saki IGARASHI (JPN)
Jiajing HOU (CHN) vs. Khaliunaa BAYARAA (MGL)
Yekaterina FIRSTOVA (KAZ) vs. Anastasia NICHITA (MDA)
Sae NANJO (JPN) vs. Anshu ANSHU (IND)
Khanum VELIEVA (RUS) vs. Hyeonyeong PARK (KOR)
Yan WANG (CHN) vs. Macey Ellen KILTY (USA)
Yuanyuan HUANG (CHN) vs. Yasuha MATSUYUKI (JPN)
Denise MAKOTA STROEM (SWE) vs. Elmira KHALAEVA (RUS)