TASHKENT, Uzbekistan – For the second straight year, former King University women's wrestler Alli Ragan earned a spot on the U.S.A. Senior World team to compete in the World Championships. On Thursday, Ragan competed in the 58 kilogram weight class, and advanced to the bronze medal bout where she dropped a tough decision to Anastassia Huchok of Belarus.
In the first period, Huchok got a take down on Ragan to take a 2-0 lead after the first stanza. Trailing 4-2 with less than minute left in the second period, Ragan earned a take down to even the score at 4-4. She nearly got the fall, but time expired in the bout with the score even at 4-4, leaving the decision up to criteria which Huchok won because she had two two-point moves to Ragan's one.
Earlier in the day, the Carbondale, Illinois native started the competition with a comeback win over Aisylyy Tynbekova of Kyrgyzstan. Ragan trailed 4-0, but came back to take the 7-6 victory to advance to the quarterfinals where she faced three-time Olympic champion and eight-time world champion, Kaori Icho of Japan.
Icho took the 10-0 technical fall victory, dropping Ragan into the repechage round. This time it was Ragan than earned the technical fall victory to advance to the bronze medal bout. Ragan defeated Asem Seydametova of Uzbekistan 10-0, setting up the bronze medal bout against Huchok.
WIN Aisylyy Tynbekova (Kyrgyzstan), 7-6
LOSS Kaori Icho (Japan), tech. fall 0-10
WIN Asem Seydametova (Uzbekistan), tech. fall 10-0
LOSS Anastassia Huchok (Belarus), 4-4 criteria