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Ragan Repeats as Bronze Medalist at Junior World Nationals

Ragan Repeats as Bronze Medalist at Junior World Nationals
Junior Alli Ragan battled to earn her second bronze medal in as many appearances at the FILA Junior World National Championships.

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Alli Ragan was part of a trio of Lady Tornado wrestlers to represent King at the 2012 Junior World National Championships, held in Pattaya, Thailand, this week. After the conclusion of the Friday's events, she served as one of two Americans to earn a medal after she repeated her 2011 performance by earning a second bronze medal at 68 kg, at the Eastern Sports Training Center. Fellow Tornado wrestlers Julia Salata and Sarah Hildebrandt also represented the United States and King, but failed to advance to their respective medal rounds.

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Interviews with US Women's Freestyle team members
(credit: Jason Bryant, USA Wrestling)

Alli Ragan bronze medal match
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Ragan's first step toward the bronze medal began with a three-period victory over Laura Gavrilluc (Romania). After being on the losing end of a 1-1 first period, she and Gavrilluc locked up to a 3-3 second period with Ragan taking the advantage. Ragan's 4-0 third-period victory, powered by a double leg move good for three points, led her to a match victory and a trip to the quarterfinal round.

The Carbondale, Ill. native's quarterfinal matchup against Anastasiya Huchok (Belarus) did not go as smoothly, resulting in a fall just 48 seconds into the first period. Her hopes were not dashed, however, after Huchok advanced to the finals round, pulling Ragan back into the pool of medal round contenders.

With a dominating 4-0, 6-0 victory over Germany's Nadien Wienauge, Ragan advanced to the bronze medal round where the dramatics continued and her power game went on display.

In her bronze medal match, Ragan quickly went on the offensive to take the first period, 1-0. Feeding off her opponent's momentum, Ragan threw a headlock on Tetyana Lavrenchuck (Ukraine) and put her in prime position to end the match with a pin just 50 seconds into the second period.

"I brought my offense more to the table [in the bronze medal match]," said Ragan. "In that third-place match, I knew she was going to tie up. I felt it there, and said 'okay, let's go for it.'"

 "I think Alli did a great job," said Junior World Team and King coach Jason Moorman. "We just said you have to be on the attack. She has a lot of different tools and she's scoring a lot of different ways. You didn't see that until the very next match."

Ragan's bronze medal at this year's Junior World Championship marks her second bronze medal in as many years at the competition. In 2011, Ragan earned her first bronze medal after defeating Klaudia Pilipczuk of Poland (1-0, 3-0) and helped the United States to a second place team finish.

Post-match interview with Alli Ragan
(credit: Jason Bryant, USA Wrestling)

This year, the United States finished sixth overall with 25 points. Japan repeated as champions, tallying 53 points.

"I wanted the gold of course, but I'll take any medal," said Ragan. "I guess at the end of the day, you have to be happy with what you get and build upon what you didn't do."

Sarah Hildebrandt (Granger, Ind.),wrestling at 55 kg/121 lbs., won her opening round match in three periods, 1-0, 2-0 over Moldova's Elena Turcan to advance to the quarterfinals, but was beaten in that round by Azerbaijan's Yarina Dubovska 1-0, 3-1, 1-1. Hildebrandt finished in 11th place.

When Dubovska was beaten in the quarterfinals by Ukraine's Tetyana Kit, Hildebrandt was eliminated from medal contention. 

Julia Salata (Canton, Mich.), wrestling at 72 kg/158 lbs., started off strong, defeated 2011 Junior World bronze medalist Elmira Szydykova of Kazakhstan 3-0, 1-3, 3-1. In the quarterfinals, Salata was pinned by Halina Leuchanka of Belarus in 28 seconds of the first period. Leuchanka was pinned in the semifinals by France's Cynthia Vescan, thus eliminating Salata from medal contention. She finished the competition eighth overall in her weight class.

For Hildebrandt and Salata it was their first trip to international competition. As sophomores at King, they will have at least one more opportunity to compete at the Junior World National Championships.

Complete women's freestyle results can be found below.

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Women's Freestyle Results


48 kg/105. Lbs
Gold – Yuki Irie (Japan)
Silver – Thi Hang Vu (Vietnam)
Bronze – Mercedesz Denes (Hungary)
Bronze – Nadezda Fedorova (Russia)
5th – Sara Jezierzanska (Poland)
5th – Emilia Vuc (Romania)
7th- Kamala Aliyev (Azerbaijan)
8th- Mamta Rani (India)
9th- Victoria Jeppsson (Sweden)
10th – Jade Papke (Canada)
15th – Kristi Garr (United States)

55 kg/121 lbs. 
Gold – Kanako Murata (Japan)
Silver – Xuechun Zhong (China)
Bronze – Petra Olli (Finland)
Bronze –Tetyana Kit (Ukraine)
5th – Virginia Jimenez (Venezuela)
5th –Kathrin Neumaier (Germany)
7th- Yarina Dubovska (Azerbaijan)
8th- Orkhon Puredorj (Mongolia)
9th- Zalina Sidakova (Belarus)
10th – Liisa Andersson (Sweden)
11th – Sarah Hildebrandt (United States)

63 kg/138 lbs.
Gold – Anastasiya Huchok (Belarus)
Silver – Maria Lyulkova (Russia)
Bronze – Alli Ragan (United States)
Bronze – Yekaterina Larionova (Kazakhstan)
5th – Tetyana Lavrenchuk (Ukraine)
5th – Braxton Stone (Canada)
7th- Wen-Ling Chen (Chinese Taipei)
8th- Laura Robocinska (Poland)
9th- Haruka Sato (Japan)
10th – Hye-Bin Kim (Korea)

72 kg/158 lbs.
Gold – Feng Zhou (China)
Silver – Cynthia Vescan (France)
Bronze – Gamze Durukan (Turkey)
Bronze – Halina Leuchanka (Belarus)
5th – Justina DiStasio (Canada)
5th – Illena Macovei (Romania)
7th- Epp Mae (Estonia)
8th- Julia Salata (United States)
9th- Tae-Kyung Lee (Korea)
10th – Elmira Syzdykova (Kazakhstan)