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The 2017 Cadet World Championships in Athens, Greece, continue on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017, with the start of women's freestyle. 38 kg, 43 kg, 49 kg, 56 kg, and 65 kg will take the mats at 3:30 am eastern time to wrestle through the quarterfinals before returning for the semi-finals at 10:30 am eastern. Those who are pulled back into the repechage will wrestle those matches on Thursday morning (3:30 am) with the medal matches set to begin at 11 am eastern.
As they are at every level of competition, Japan is the dominant force in Cadet women's freestyle. Last year, they put on a performance for the ages, putting all nine of their wrestlers, they didn't enter at 38 kg, in the finals and winning eight gold medals to secure their third consecutive team title. Russia, the last team to unseat Japan in this tournament, was second, well back despite scoring an impressive 67 points and Team USA was third with 51. That American squad won five medals, one silver and four bronze, tieing the 1999 team's output in regards to total medals, one short of the American record for Cadet women's freestyle of six achieved in 1998. The United States has never won more than one gold in this discipline in a single tournament with the last champion being Ronna Heaton in 2015.
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