On Friday, the first step towards the 2020 Olympics will be taken by dozens of men and women who have visions of gold medals from Tokyo dancing in their heads. The New York Athletic Club will host the Bill Farrell Memorial Invitational in all three styles with the Greco-Roman and women’s freestyle tournaments conducted on Friday, while the men’s freestyle is taking place Saturday. The highest American finisher at each weight, who has not previously qualified, will earn themselves a coveted spot in the Olympic Trials, which will be held April 4th and 5th in State College, Pennsylvania. Since this is a qualifier for the Olympic Trials, only the six Olympic weights will be contested in each style. With such all of our talent condensed into six weight classes, there will be some incredible battles. Here is what to expect at all six of the women’s freestyle weights on Friday.
50 kg - This weight class has been stacked domestically for years, so why would this tournament be any different? Victoria Anthony is a two-time World Team member and a two-time Junior World Champion. One of the few honors missing from her resume is Olympian, so she will be ready to take her first steps towards the team on Friday. One of those who could be standing in her was is Erin Golston. Erin also has a pair of Junior world medals to her credit, but has yet to make a team on the Senior level. These two met in the best-of-three finals at the World Team Trials in May and it was Anthony who swept the series and advanced to Final X. Coming in third at the WTT’s and close behind the top contenders at most domestic events is Amy Fernside. Amy was teched by Anthony in the semis. The future of this weight class is Emily Shilson, who won a Cadet World Championship in 2018 and was a member of the Junior and U23 World Team’s earlier this year. We may be able to see how far she’s come in the last six-plus months because she was soundly defeated by Fernside, 12-3, at the US Open and took sixth. Emmanuel’s Lion Wrestling Club will have a pair of WCWA runners-up that could make an impact in Angelina Gomez, who made the national finals last year and Maria Vidales, who did the same in 2018. Also from the college ranks is Aleeah Gould, who has earned All-American honors twice for King University.
The favorite at this weight has to be Japan’s Miho Igarashi, a two-time U23 World Champion and two-time Junior World Champion. Igarashi’s world titles have come anywhere between 48 and 58 kg’s. While Canada’s Natasha Fox is solid, she’s not quite on the same level. In 2019, Fox has taken bronze at the Poland Open, an event won by Fernside, and was 12th at the Grand Prix of Germany. In Germany, she was outplaced by Anthony, Golston, and Fernside.
TOM Finals Prediction: Miho Igarashi over Victoria Anthony
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