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Adeline Gray (right) and Elena Pirozhkova became the 6th and 7th U.S. Women’s World champions. Tom Kimmell photo. earn her first World title.

"I came in here really focused," Pirozhkova said. "I really got after it and wrestled aggressively. I scrapped and I fought and I got it done. This was my chance to win a World title and I had to make sure I got it."

The 25-year-old Pirozhkova came back strong in this event after she dropped her first match at the 2012 Olympics. "It's been a long time coming for Elena," U.S. Coach Terry Steiner said. "She has bought into this program whole- heartedly. She put it all together today. She went out to get that gold medal and she really came through for us." This marks just the second time the U.S. has crowned multiple women's gold medalists at a World Championships. Gray and Pirozhkova become the sixth and seventh U.S. wrestlers to win a World title in women’s freestyle. The U.S. now has 11 World individual titles overall in women’s freestyle.

China won the team title with 54 points, followed by Japan (43) and the U.S. (40). Helen Maroulis finished second for the United States at 55 kg/121 lbs. Maroulis ran into arguably the best women’s freestyle wrestler of all-time in the finals in Japan’s Saori Yoshida. Yoshida captured her record 10th

World title after recording a second-peri- od fall over Maroulis in the finals.

Elena Pirozhkova works for a fall in her quarterfinal win over Japan’s Kayoko Kudo. Pirozhkova won her second career World medal. Ikuo Higuchi photo.

“My day didn’t end the way I wanted, but I had a great day and I was very pleased with my wrestling,” Maroulis said. “I was confident and embraced the battle. I enjoyed every second of it until the last match.” Yoshida has won a record total of 13 Olympic and World titles. She now has 10 World and three Olympic gold medals.

She broke the all-time international wrestling record she had shared with Russia’s Alexander Karelin, who won nine World and three Olympic titles in Greco-Roman wrestling. American Alyssa Lampe captured a bronze medal at 51 kg/112.25 lbs. Lampe beat Kazakhstan’s Abdutalipova Abdutalipova 2-1, 1-0 to finish third.

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