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Elena Pirozhkova powers in for a double-leg takedown during the World Wrestling Championships. Larry Slater photo. Continued from page 8

wrestler to win three straight World or Olympic titles. John Smith won six straight World or Olympic titles from 1987-92. The U.S. has now won 36 World titles in men's freestyle wrestling.

The U.S. finished fifth in the men’s freestyle standings. Americans Angel Escobedo and Tervel Dlagnev placed fifth in freestyle.

The U.S. women’s freestyle team won three bronze medals to place third in the team standings. Alyssa Lampe, Elena Pirozhkova and Adeline Gray each won bronze medals for the U.S. Victoria Anthony finished fifth. Lampe captured a World bronze medal with a quick 46-sec- ond pin over Melanie LeSaffre of France in women’s freestyle at 48 kg/105.5 lbs.

Lampe earns her second straight World bronze after taking third at the 2012 Worlds at 51 kg/112.25 lbs. “I knew I had to come back strong to win a medal,” Lampe said. “I just had to keep focused and stay on my offense.” Pirozhkova scored a first-period takedown and completely shut down Junior World champion Anastasia Bratchikova of Russia in a 2-0 win in the bronze match.

“I’m just really happy I got a medal,” Pirozhkova said. “I felt really good. I could’ve opened up a little more, but I got the job done. I wanted to win the gold, but I was happy to come back and win a bronze. I just need to keep building for the 2016 Olympics.”

Pirozhkova now owns World medals of every color. She cap- tured a World silver medal in 2010 and a World gold medal in 2012 in women’s freestyle wrestling at 63 kg/138.75 lbs. “Elena looked really solid,” U.S. Coach Terry Steiner said. “Her positioning was very good and she did a good job of pres- suring her opponent.”

Gray earned her third straight medal at the World Wrestling Championships, collecting a bronze medal on Friday night at Papp Laszlo Sports Arena.

Gray registered a convincing 8-2 win over Turkey’s Yasemin Adar in her women’s freestyle bronze match at 72 kg/158.5 lbs. “I really wanted to get that gold for my team,” Gray said. “I

feel a little disappointed. I’m definitely ready to go back to the drawing board and make sure this doesn’t happen again.” Gray won her third straight World medal after earning a gold medal in 2012 and a bronze in 2011.

"I'm supposed to be an Olympic champion and that's what I want to deliver in 2016," Gray said. "This wasn't the gold I want- ed, but I'm still going to celebrate tonight." The U.S. women scored 37 points to earn a trophy for its third-place finish. Japan won the title with 48 points while Mongolia was a close second with 47 points. “We are proud of third, but we came in expecting more,” U.S.

Coach Terry Steiner said. “I think five medals probably would’ve won this competition for us. We were very, very close, but we left some medals on the table. We can’t be satisfied and content with third. There is no doubt this team can win. We have to get back to work.” American Spenser Mango finished fifth, falling to Armenia’s

Roman Amoyan 5-4 in the bronze-medal match in Greco- Roman at 55 kg/121 lbs.

The match was scoreless until a wild scramble near the edge of the mat late in the first period that produced nine points. Mango exposed Amoyan’s back to the mat to lead briefly 4-2, but Amoyan then threw Mango for three points to end the sequence and lead 5-4. Mango was on top in par terre in the closing seconds after Amoyan was called for passivity, but Mango was unable to gain the turn he needed.

“I saw the scoring a little differently in the match, but you can’t leave it in the ref’s hands,” Mango said. “What it all comes down to is I should’ve put more points on the board. I was trying to keep the pace up and go after him.” Mango’s fifth-place finish was the highest of his four trips to

the Worlds and two trips to the Olympics. “I feel like I’m always improving,” Mango said. “It’s hard when the results don’t show all the training I’ve put into this. I just have to keep working hard and the results will come.” The U.S. finished 10th in the team standings in Greco-Roman wrestling. The U.S. was looking for its first World or Olympic medal in Greco-Roman since 2009.

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