TRNAVA, Slovakia — For the second time this year, Macey Kilty will wrestle for a world title.
Kilty, who won a Cadet world title in July, cruised to the gold-medal match at 68 kilograms on Wednesday at the Junior World Championships, winning by technical fall, 11-0, in the semifinals over China’s Yan Wang.
“I’m just super jacked to try to get another belt,” Kilty said following her semifinal victory. “It’s just fun.”
Kilty has not surrendered a point in three matches. She opened with a 12-0 technical fall over Tindra Sjoeberg of Sweden and followed it up with a 50-second fall over Alina Rudnytska of Ukraine. Kilty will face Khanum Velieva of Russia in the gold-medal match on Thursday.
Alleida Martinez (50 kilograms), Ronna Heaton (55 kilograms), Brenda Reyna (59 kilograms) and Dymond Guilford (76 kilograms) competed on Wednesday for Team USA but failed to advance to medal matches. Martinez won two matches to advance to the quarterfinals before losing by fall to Marina Zakshevskaya of Kazakhstan. Heaton won her opening match before losing to Russia’s Ekaterina Verbina 11-4. Reyna and Guilford both lost their first match.
Berreyesa finishes with a silver medal in Greco-Roman
Cornell University wrestler Andrew Berreyesa faced a tall order in his gold-medal match in Greco-Roman on Wednesday. His opponent in the 82-kilogram finals, Aleksander Komarov of Russia, was going after his fourth age group world title. After a scoreless 90 seconds, Berreyesa was called for passivity, surrendering a point and giving Komarov a chance to score in par terre. The Russian took advantage, executing two gut wrenches to take a 5-0 lead. Komarov then used a four-point throw to close out the 10-0 technical fall victory in the second period.