BRISTOL, Tenn. – A trio of King University women's wrestling alums will be competing in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan at the World Championships in the upcoming week. Sarah Hildebrandt, Alli Ragan and Forrest Molinari all have visions of bringing a medal back to the states.
Hildebrandt will take the mat first, competing on Tuesday and Wednesday. A year ago, Hildebrandt finished with a silver medal at the World Championships and enters this year's championships ranked atop the 53-kilogram weight class. She was also a member of the 2016 World Team, finishing 10th at 55 kilograms. This year, Hildebrandt won the Pan American Games, the fourth time she has won goal at the event.
Ragan is scheduled to compete on Wednesday and Thursday at 59 kilograms. This is the sixth time she has been on the World Team, taking silver each of the last two times she has competed, in 2016 and 2017. Both of those medals came in the 60-kilogram weight class.
Molinari enters the World Championships ranked third in the world at 65 kilograms and should be the top seed in the tournament. She will also compete on Wednesday and Thursday. This marks the second straight year she will compete at the World Championships, a season ago she finished fifth at 65 kilograms.
The qualification rounds each day start at 11:00 a.m. with the semifinals starting at 4:45 and finals getting underway at 6:00 p.m. Kazakhstan is 10 hours ahead of United States Eastern Time.