RALEIGH, N.C. — Victoria Anthony, Jenna Burkert and Kayla Miracle fell short at Final X last year.
On Sunday, all three earned a chance to right last year’s wrong.
Anthony, Burkert and Miracle were among the 10 women’s champions crowned at the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament on Sunday in Raleigh, N.C.
Anthony, a two-time World Team member and three-time U.S. Open champion, is making a return trip to Final X after beating U.S. Open runner-up Erin Golston in two straight matches at 50 kilograms. Anthony won the first match 8-2 before closing out the series with a 4-3 victory. She will now face Whitney Conder at Final X. Conder defeated Anthony at last year’s Final X as well as this year’s U.S. Open.
Burkert, who filled in for the injured Alli Ragan at last year’s World Championships, was dominant in picking up two victories over Arian Carpio at 57 kilograms. She won 11-2 and 10-0. Burkers faces Becka Leathers at Final X, a rematch from this year’s U.S. Open won by Leathers.
Miracle, a three-time U.S. Open champion and four-time WCWA national champion, also dominated in the best-of-three finals. Facing Desiree Zavala, Miracle earned a first-period fall in the first match and closed out the series with a 10-0 technical fall. She will now face Mallory Velte in a rematch of last year’s Final X. Velte defeated Miracle last year and then went on to capture a bronze medal at the World Championships.
Maya Nelson, a 2017 junior world champion, secured her spot in Final X by defeating Macey Kilty, a Cadet world champion and Junior world silver medalist last year. Nelson blanked Kilty 5-0 in the first match before closing out the series with an 11-3 victory.
Other World Team Trials Challenge Tournament champions crowned in women’s wrestling included Katherine Shai (53 kilograms), Dominique Parrish (55 kilograms), Lauren Louive (59 kilograms), Alex Glaude (68 kilograms), Victoria Francis (72 kilograms) and Precious Bell (76 kilograms).
Women’s wrestling best-of-three finals results
50 kilograms: Victoria Anthony over Erin Golston, 2 matches to 0
Match 1: Anthony dec. Golston, 8-2
Match 2: Anthony dec. Golston, 4-3
53 kilograms: Katherine Shai over Tiare Ikei, 2 matches to 0
Match 1: Shai tech. fall Ikei, 10-0
Match 2: Shai pinned Ikei, 1:53
55 kilograms: Dominique Parrish over Areana Villaescusa, 2 matches to 0
Match 1: Parrish dec. Areana Villaescusa, 6-0
Match 2: Parrish dec. Areana Villaescusa, 4-1
57 kilograms: Jenna Burkert over Arian Carpio, 2 matches to 0
Match 1: Burkert dec. Carpio, 11-2
Match 2: Burkert tech. fall Carpio, 10-0
59 kilograms: Lauren Louive over Michaela Beck, 2 matches to 1
Match 1: Beck dec. Louive, 8-3
Match 2: Louive dec. Beck, 4-4
Match 2: Louive dec. Beck, 5-4
62 kilograms: Kayla Miracle over Desiree Zavala, 2 matches to 0
Match 1: Miracle pinned Zavala, 1:15
Match 2: Miracle tech. fall Zavala, 10-0
65 kilograms: Maya Nelson over Macey Kilty, 2 matches to 0
Match 1: Nelson dec. Kilty, 5-0
Match 2: Nelson dec. Kilty, 11-3
68 kilograms: Alex Glaude dec. Randi Beltz, 6-1
Match 1: Beltz pinned Glaude, 2:59
Match 2: Glaude dec. Beltz, 6-2
72 kilograms: Victoria Francis over Iman Kazem, 2 matches to 0
Match 1: Francis tech. fall Kazem, 14-3
Match 2: Francis pinned Kazem, 1:47
76 kilograms: Precious Bell over Hannah Gladden, 2 matches to 0
Match 1: Bell pinned Gladden
Match 2: Bell tech. fall Gladden