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Lampe earns bronze, Anthony finishes fifth in first day of women’s freestyle at Worlds
Alyssa Lampe turned Wednesday afternoon disappointment to pleasure later that night when she battled back to win a bronze medal at 48 kilos at the 2013 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
The same could not be said of Victoria Anthony, who nearly qualified for the gold medal match but ended up fifth at 51 kilos.
Lampe, whose only loss came to eventual gold medalist Eri Tosaka of Japan in the second round, needed just 46 seconds to pin Melanie LeSaffre of France at 48 kilos.
Anthony, who chose to move up a weight after losing to Lampe for the 48k weight class at this past summer’s World Team Trials, lost to Hyung Joo Kim, 8-0, in the bronze medal match at the Papp Laszlo Sports Arena. Earlier in the day, Anthony appeared set to advance to the finals when she was leading Erdennechimeg Sumiya of Mongolia, 6-1, before her foe caught her in a headlock and pinned Anthony.
Day 4 of the seven-day event is set for Thursday in Budapest. World champion Elena Pirozhkova, World silver medalist Helen Maroulis and World University silver medalist Alli Ragan are set to take the mat for the U.S.
2013 FILA World Championships
Sept. 18 • Budapest, Hungary
Women’s Freestyle • U.S. Highlights
48 kg/105.5 lbs. – Alyssa Lampe, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids), Bronze Medalist
1st round — won by TF over Nirmala Devi (India), 7-0
Lampe needed just 33 seconds to first score a takedown off a single, then twice put Devi on her back for the technical fall.
2nd round — lost by TF to Eri Tosaka (Japan), 8-0
In a battle between the world’s top-two-ranked wrestlers, Tosaka immediately countered a Lampe move and threw the American to her back for a 3-0 lead. Tosaka built the lead to 5-0 after a second takedown at the :45 mark, then needed just 30 more seconds to end the bout with a pushout and single against Lampe.
Repechage — won by TF over Madalina Linguraru (Romania), 7-0
Leading 1-0 after a pushout, Lampe used an arm-throw at the 130 mark to also put the Romanian on her back for a 5-0 lead. The final takedown by Lampe ended the match with 51 seconds left in the first period.
Repechage — won by TF over Tatyana Amanzhol (Kazakstan), 8-1
The fourth takedown by Lampe came off a double with 4:19 gone in the match. The first points did not come until the 1:29 mark when she countered a 2-on-1 and spun around for two. Lampe then sandwiched a pushout by Amanzhol with two more takedowns, one off a double and the other from an upper body lock.
Bronze Medal — pinned Melanie LeSaffre (France), 0:46
Lampe needed just 11 seconds to score a takedown off a double and nearly added a perfect suples to lead 3-0 before she barred LeSaffre’s left arm and turned the French wrestler to her back with 41 seconds gone before scoring the fall five seconds later.
Other Medal Matches
Gold — Eri Tosaka (Japan) won by TF over Mayellis Castillo (Venezuela)
Bronze — Cheng Xu (China) won by TF over Anna Lukasiak (Poland)
51 kg/112.25 lbs. – Victoria Anthony, Huntington Beach, Calif. (Sunkist Kids), 5th place
1st round — pinned Valya Trandeva (Bulgaria) fall 5:12
Moments after a much taller Trandeva battled back with a pair of takedowns to tie the bout at 4-4, Anthony stepped over a headlock by the Bulgarian and scored the pin. Anthony only led 2-0 after the first period before her second double of the bout gave her a 4-0 lead at the 4:12 mark. Trandeva’s first takedown nearly put Anthony in a cradle.
Quarterfinal — won by TF over Roksana Zasina (Poland), 7-0
Anthony led 1-0 after one period before powering in on double-leg takedown and following with a succession of turns to end the match. Zasina was a 2013 European champion.
Semifinal — lost by fall to Erdennechimeg Sumiya (Mongolia), 2:22
Anthony appeared ready to put the icing on a 6-1 lead over Sumiya when the Mongolian countered a shot by Anthony and caught her in a headlock and pinned Anthony. Before that, Anthony scored on three different takedowns: a double (:30), single (:46) and counter (1;20) to lead 6-0 before Sumiya scored on a pushout.
Bronze Medal — lost by TF to Hyung Joo Kim (North Korea), 8-0
The North Korean first countered a bad shot by Anthony for a takedown of her own and led 2-0 with 38 seconds into the bout, then used a single leg takedown to lead 4-0 before adding a pair of high body locks for four additional points to end the bout at 2:07.
Other Medal Matches
Gold — Yanan Sun (China) defeated Erdennechimeg Sumiya
Bronze — B. MacDonald defeated Yuliya Blahinya (Ukraine)