US Women’s Wrestlers Create History as They Outperform USA’s Male Wrestlers at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 08/03/2021, 3:43 AM EDT


The Olympics are a platform for athletes to make history. Athletes cement themselves as legends at the Olympics, and the Tokyo Olympics 2020 are no different. For the first time in history, two wrestlers from the United States qualified for the finals, and they’re both women.

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US Women’s wrestling team are killing it at the Tokyo Olympics 2020

CHIBA, JAPAN – AUGUST 02: Women’s Freestyle 76kg silver medalist Adeline Maria Gray of Team United States poses with her medal during the Victory Ceremony on day ten of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Makuhari Messe Hall on August 02, 2021 in Chiba, Japan. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Adeline Gray and Tamyra Mensah-Stock weren’t the most popular names ahead of the Tokyo Olympics 2020. With the spotlight primarily on the male wrestlers like Gable Steveson, Kyle Dake and more, the women’s wrestlers remained in the shadows. However, Gray and Mensah-Stock have completely outdone their male counterparts.

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Adeline Gray qualified for the women’s 76kg freestyle final in stunning fashion. First, she beat Tunisia’s Zaineb Sghaier 6-0. In her second match, she faced an uphill battle against Turkey’s Yasemin Adar. She made a stellar comeback against the Turkish grappler, winning 6-4. In the semifinal, she swept aside Kyrgyzstan’s Aiperi Medet Kyzy 3-2.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Wrestling – Freestyle – Women’s 76kg – Semifinal – Makuhari Messe Hall A, Chiba, Japan – August 1, 2021. Adeline Maria Gray of the United States celebrates after winning against Aiperi Medet Kyzy of Kyrgyzstan REUTERS/Leah Millis

In the final, she came up short to Germany’s Aline Rotter Focken, but clinched silver for the United States. Her performance was so inspiring she earned plaudits from many, including former Olympic Champion Jordan Burroughs. While she claimed the runner-up award, her teammate might just go all the way today.

Tamyra Mensah-Stock is arguably the best female wrestler in the world and is the current women’s wrestling world champion as well as the US’ best hope for a medal. Now that Adeline Gray has done it, her confidence must’ve skyrocketed. She too won three matches in dominant fashion to qualify for the finals. In the finals, she faces Nigeria’s Blessing Oborududu.

Men’s wrestlers fail to impress

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With two nights of wrestling over, the US men’s wrestling team has not produced strong results. None of the athletes have come close to sniffing the hardware in Tokyo, and Cuba’s Luis Alberto Orta Sanchez and Mijain Lopez Nunez picked up gold.

The likes of G’Angelo Hancock, Ildar Hafizov and John Walter Stefanowicz Jr came nowhere close to the podium and exited in the preliminary rounds, which puts added pressure on the shoulders of Kyle Dake, Gable Steveson and even young Sarah Hildebrandt to deliver.

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Can the men wrestle their way to the finals or will the US women’s wrestling team outclass the men at the Tokyo Olympics 2020?

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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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