The 2 Individuals went head-to-head as the principle occasion of a bumper FloWrestling card in Texas, and the end result proved that measurement is not the whole lot in wrestling.
Freestyle wrestling in 2021 has begun with a bang!
In the principle occasion of a star-studded FloWrestling card in Texas on Saturday evening (ninth January), Tamyra Mensah-Inventory moved up a weight class to beat fellow reigning world champion Adeline Gray 4-0 at 76kg.
There was additionally a win for J’den Cox, as followers obtained an opportunity to evaluate the progress of a number of the Group USA Olympic hopefuls for the Tokyo 2020 Video games, following a break from competitors as a result of Covid-19 pandemic.
Mensah-Inventory wins battle of the reigning world champions
Grey went into the bout because the sturdy favorite as a result of her measurement benefit and additional expertise, having not misplaced to a different American since 2012.
That mentioned, she was underneath no phantasm as to the scale of the duty earlier than her in Mensah-Inventory, telling Olympic Channel in a pre-match interview: “There could possibly be a quick second the place one in all us takes a breath and we see that chance to attain and it may occur both method.”
Mensah-Inventory, the world’s finest at her most popular weight of 68kg, was aggressive from the beginning – understanding that her superior pace can be her finest likelihood of successful.
Grey struggled to implement any assaults, and it was the youthful wrestler that held a 4-0 lead by the top of the primary interval with an outstanding takedown.
5-time world champ Grey got here again out with a variety of pictures, however Texas native Mensah-Inventory demonstrated her very good defence to shut out the match.
The respect between the coaching companions was clear within the aftermath of an occasion that in the end bodes nicely for the nationwide group. Having each certified their weight classes for Group USA at Tokyo 2020, they might each develop into Olympic gold medallists later within the 12 months.
J’den Cox steps up Olympic preparations
Elsewhere on the FloWrestling occasion, J’den Cox beat Hayden Zillmer 6-2 at 97kg, in what was
Regardless of trailing 1-0 after the opening interval, Cox exploded into life within the closing interval to go up 6-1. Zillmer added a late pushout, however he had no reply for the Missouri native’s superior expertise.