Team USA went 3-0 on the mats on Thursday in Rio, with women wrestlers Elena Pirozhkova, Adeline Gray, and Helen Maroulis advancing from their weightclasses.
First, Maorulis dominated Ukraine’s Yuliia Khavaldzhy Blahinya. Period 1 saw Maroulis win 5-1 and the second was an even better 7-0. The 12-1 win cruises her into the Round of 16 with Zhong Xuechen.
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Gray was next, and scooped the only four points of her match with Colombia’s Andrea Olaya Gutierrez. She’ll face Vasilisa Marzaliuk (Belarus) in the quarters.
Elena Pirozhkova showed a powerful burst in the second round to make up for some sloppy moments in a 10-7 win over Bulgaria’s Taybe Mustafa Yusein.
She opened with a 2-0 lead, but gave it back with a lax few moments to bridge the first and second segments. But Pirozhkova buried her opponent with 8-straight points to advance to the quarters, where she’ll grapple with Mongolia’s Soronzonboldyn Battsetseg.