A strong American team will face Mongolia in women’s freestyle wrestling at Bout at the Ballpark on February 12, with a Greco-Roman match also added
USA Wrestling has announced that in addition to the USA vs. Iran men’s freestyle competition that is included in the ballpark fight on February 12 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, there will be a large International Women’s Freestyle Meet and a featured International Greco-Roman Fight.
This unique event will also feature an NCAA Div. I have a dual encounter between the two most successful programs in history, Oklahoma State University and the University of Iowa.
Two of the best women’s freestyle nations in the world will square off when Team USA takes on Mongolia, in a six-game doubles competition in the Olympic weight classes.
The United States will be led by 2016 Olympic champion and three-time world champion Helen Maroulis at 57kg. Maroulis became the first American woman to win an Olympic title in wrestling at the Rio Olympics in 2016, then became the first American woman to win two Olympic medals with her Olympic bronze in 2020 at the Tokyo Games. Maroulis won world titles in 2015, 2017 and 2021. She also has a world silver medal in 2012 and a world bronze medal in 2014.
She will be joined on the team by 2019 world champion Jacarra Winchester, who will compete at 53kg, the weight class in which she also earned a spot on the 2020 U.S. Olympic team.
2021 World Silver Medalist and 2020 Olympian Kayla Miracle will wrestle for Team USA at 62kg. Victoria Anthony, a two-time world senior team member and two-time world junior champion, is expected to wrestle at 50kg.
The U.S. women’s team is rounded out by 2021 World Junior Champion Kennedy Blades at 68kg and two-time World Senior Team member Victoria Francis at 76kg.
Mongolia will bring a talented squad, with a mix of established veterans and young emerging stars. Two of Mongolia’s athletes competed at the 2020 Olympics, Namuuntsetseg Tsogt-ochir, who finished fifth at 50kg and Bolortuya Khurelkhuu, who finished 10th at 57kg. Tsogt-ochir and Bolortuya Khurelkhuu won places at the last senior world championships.
Narangerel Erdenesukh, who competed on five Mongolian World Senior Teams and was the 2010 World Junior Bronze Medalist, will wrestle at 62kg. Delgermaa Enkhsaikhan, the 68kg entry, was the 2018 World Junior silver medalist and 2021 World U23 bronze medalist. The Mongolian squad is rounded out by rising young talents Khulan Batkhuvag at 53kg and Ariunjargal Ganbat at 76 kg.
Additionally, there will be a special Greco-Roman showdown at 97kg, where 2021 World Bronze Medalist and 2020 Olympian G’Angelo Hancock will take on a major Greco-Roman star from Iran.
The final composition of the Iranian men’s team will be announced shortly.
The Oklahoma State-Iowa collegiate meet, as well as the USA-Iran men’s freestyle and the USA-Mongolia women’s freestyle will take place simultaneously on two different mats starting at 6:30 p.m. on February 12. This will be the first time a senior-level international meet and an NCAA meet will operate in this format.
Bout at the Ballpark will be the first event at Globe Life Field, home of the Texas Rangers, to feature international competition. The two wrestling mats will be located between the pitcher’s mound and second base areas and will be placed on raised stages to improve sight lines from the seat bowl. Ground seating will be added and Globe Life Field’s capacity is expected to be at least 27,000 for games.
Tickets for Bout at the Ballpark start at $15 and are available at texasrangers.com/wrestling.
The event will be broadcast live by FloLutte.
US Women’s Freestyle Team
50kg – Victoria Anthony (National City, CA/Sunkist Kids)
53 kg – Jacarra Winchester (Colorado Springs, Colorado/USOPTC/Titan Mercury WC)
57kg – Helen Maroulis (Rockville, MD/Sunkist Kids)
62kg – Kayla Miracle (Tempe, Arizona/Sunkist Kids)
68kg – Kennedy Blades (Broadview, Ill./Wyoming Seminary/Sunkist Kids)
76kg – Victoria Francis (Iowa City, Iowa/Hawkeye WC/Titan Mercury WC)
Mongolia Women’s Freestyle Wrestling Team
50 kg – Namuuntsetseg Tsogt-ochir
53 kg – Khulan Batkhuyag
57 kg – Bolortuya Khurelkhuu
62 kg – Narangerel Erdenesukh
68 kg – Delgermaa Enkhsaikhan
76 kg – Ariunjargal Ganbat
American Greco-Roman entry
97kg – G’Angelo Hancock (Colorado Springs, CO/Sunkist Kids)
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