UWW Announces All-World Team for Women’s Freestyle World Cup



United World Wrestling has announced the 10-woman global squad for the 2022 Women’s Freestyle World Cup taking place December 10-11 in Iowa City, Iowa. The team was selected based on the performance of individuals at the 2022 World Championships in Serbia whose teams finished outside the top five in the team standings. The all-star women’s team includes two 2022 world champions, one silver medalist and four bronze winners.

This year’s senior world champions who are expected to compete for the all-star team are Anastasia Nichita from Moldova at 59 kg and Yasmin Adar from Turkey at 76 kg. Double world champion Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan, who took fifth place in Serbia, will be there, battling at 62kg. She is also a silver medalist at the Tokyo Olympics. Another former champion listed is Moldova Irina Ringaci at 68kg, who was a gold medalist in 2021 and a bronze medalist in 2022. Ringaci lost in the 2022 semi-finals to American Tamyra Mensah Stock, a two-time world champion and Tokyo Olympic champion.

from Kazakhstan Zhamila Bakbergenova just finished her second consecutive world silver medal and will be heading to the World Cup at 72 kg. She did not win the 2022 title against American Amit Elor, who at 18 is the youngest American in American wrestling history to win a senior world gold medal.

In addition to Ringaci, other bronze medalists heading to Iowa City include Anna Lukasiak from Poland (50 kg), Maria Prevolaraki from Greece (53 kg) and Karla Godinez of Canada (55 kg).

The team is completed by fifths Zhala Aliyeva from Azerbaijan at 57 kg and Mimi Christova from Bulgaria at 65 kg.

The rest of the field will include the top five teams from the World Championships: USA, Japan, China, Mongolia and Ukraine. Iowa City will host the Men’s Freestyle Skiing World Cup that same weekend.

Tickets are on sale now at xtreamarena.com.

December 10-11, 2022 | Iowa City, Iowa

All World List
50 kg: Anna Lukasiak (Poland), world bronze 2022
53 kg: Maria Prevolaraki (Greece), 2022 World Bronze, 2017 World Bronze, 2012 World Bronze
55 kg: Karla Godinez (Canada), world bronze 2022
57 kg: Zhala Aliyeva (Azerbaijan), 5th in the world 2022
59 kg: Anastasia Nichita (Moldova), world gold 2022
62 kg: Aisuluu Tynybekova (Kyrgyzstan), 2022 world 5th, 2021 world gold, 2020 Olympic silver, 2019 world gold, 2017 world bronze
65 kg: Mimi Hristova (Bulgaria), 5th in the world 2022
68 kg: Irina Ringaci (Moldova), world bronze 2022, world gold 2021
72 kg: Zhamila Bakbergenova (Kazakhstan), 2022 World Silver, 2021 World Silver
76 kg: Yasemin Adar (Turkey), 2022 World Gold, 2020 Olympic Bronze, 2018 World Silver, 2017 World Gold

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