Rachel Watters looking for Junior World medal in second attempt

Former Ballard High School wrestler Rachel Watters will make her second trip to the Junior World Championships looking to improve upon her fifth place finish from a year ago. Watters is one of three women returning from last year’s fifth place Junior squad. This year’s Junior World Championships are held in Macon, France.

Once again competing at 72 kg (158.5 lbs), Watters has already thrust herself into the thick of Team USA’s Women’s Freestyle circuit placing third in the 2015 Senior World Team Trials at 69 kg, and falling one win away from placing at the 2016 Olympic Trials. Not only that but her senior high school season saw her win USA’s Wrestling’s Junior Women’s Triple Crown. As noted in our previous IAwrestle story, that feat puts Watters into the same category as two-time World Champion Adeline Gray, and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Helen Maroulis.

Last year at the Junior World Championships in Brazil Watters made it to the semifinals of the Junior tournament before she was defeated by eventual gold medalist Rino Abe (Japan). She was then defeated once again 4-0 by Iselin Moen (Norway) in the bronze medal match.

Rachel will compete this Friday September 2. First round begins at 3:00 AM Central, and the medal matches will be at 11:00 AM Central.

List of 72 kg world competitors, courtesy of Flowrestling:

 

72kg

 

Country

 

Full Name

 

WT

BLR

Yauheniya ANDREICHYKAVA

72

BUL

Boryana Tsvetkova BORISOVA

72

CAN

Gracelynn DOOGAN

72

CHN

Chuchu YAN

72

FRA

Pauline Denise LECARPENTIER

72

GER

Francy RAEDELT

72

HUN

Vivien SZARAZ

72

IND

Pooja POOJA

72

JPN

Masako FURUICHI

72

KAZ

Zhamila BAKBERGENOVA

72

MGL

Khishigmaa MUNKHBAT

72

POL

Natalia Iwona STRZALKA

72

RUS

Daria SHISTEROVA

72

TUR

Aysegui Ahmet OZBEGE

72

UKR

Anastasiia SHUSTOVA

72

 

USA

 

Rachel Ann WATTERS

 

72

UZB

Lalakhan ORINBAEVA

72

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