Strong U.S. team to face Mongolia in women's freestyle at Bout at the Ballpark on Feb 12, with one Greco-Roman match also added www.teamusa.org
USA Wrestling has announced that in addition to the USA vs. Iran men’s freestyle competition that is included in the Bout at the Ballpark on February 12 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, there will be a major women’s international freestyle dual meet and a featured international Greco-Roman bout.
This unique event will also feature an NCAA Div. I dual meet between the two most successful programs in history, Oklahoma State University and the University of Iowa.
Two of the world’s best women’s freestyle nations will battle when Team USA faces Mongolia, in a six-match dual meet at the Olympic weight classes.
The United States will be led by 2016 Olympic champion and three-time World champion Helen Maroulis at 57 kg. Maroulis became the first U.S. woman to win an Olympic title in wrestling at the 2016 Rio Olympics, then became the first U.S. women to win two Olympic medals with her 2020 Olympic bronze at the Tokyo Games. Maroulis won World titles in 2015, 2017 and 2021. She also boasts a 2012 World silver medal and a 2014 World bronze medal.
She will be joined on the team by 2019 World champion Jacarra Winchester, who will compete at 53 kg, the weight class where 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 62 kg. Two-time Senior World team member and two-time Junior World champion Victoria Anthony is slated to wrestle at 50 kg.
Rounding out the U.S. women’s team are 2021 Junior World champion Kennedy Blades at 68 kg and two-time Senior World Team member Victoria Francis at 76 kg.
Mongolia will bring a talented team, with a mix of proven veterans and emerging young stars. Two of the Mongolian athletes competed at the 2020 Olympic Games, Namuuntsetseg Tsogt-ochir, who was fifth at 50 kg and Bolortuya Khurelkhuu, who was 10th at 57 kg. Both Tsogt-ochir and Bolortuya Khurelkhuu have been placewinners at past Senior World Championships.
Narangerel Erdenesukh, who has competed on five Mongolian Senior World Teams and was a 2010 Junior World bronze medalist, will wrestle at 62 kg. Delgermaa Enkhsaikhan, the 68 kg entry, was a 2018 Junior World silver medalist and 2021 U23 World bronze medalist. Rounding out the Mongolian team are rising young talents Khulan Batkhuvag at 53 kg and Ariunjargal Ganbat at 76 kg.
Additionally, there will be a special Greco-Roman showdown at 97 kg, where 2021 World bronze medalist and 2020 Olympian G’Angelo Hancock will face a top Greco-Roman star from Iran.
The final lineup for the Iranian men’s team will be announced shortly.
The Oklahoma State-Iowa collegiate meet, plus the United States-Iran men’s freestyle and United States-Mongolia women’s freestyle will take place simultaneously on two different mats beginning at 6:30 p.m. on February 12. This will mark 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, the Home of the Texas Rangers, to feature an international competition. The two wrestling mats will be located between the areas of pitcher’s mound and second base and will be placed on raised stages to improve sightlines from the seating bowl. Floor seating will be added with the Globe Life Field capacity expected to be at least 27,000 for the matches.
The event will be broadcast live by FloWrestling.
U.S. women’s freestyle team
50 kg – Victoria Anthony (National City, Calif./Sunkist Kids)
53 kg – Jacarra Winchester (Colorado Springs, Colo./USOPTC/Titan Mercury WC)
57 kg – Helen Maroulis (Rockville, Md./Sunkist Kids)
62 kg – Kayla Miracle (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids)
68 kg – Kennedy Blades (Broadview, Ill./Wyoming Seminary/Sunkist Kids)
76 kg – Victoria Francis (Iowa City, Iowa/Hawkeye WC/Titan Mercury WC)
Mongolia women’s freestyle 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
U.S. Greco-Roman entry
97 kg – G’Angelo Hancock (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids)