Alli Ragan won a silver medal for the second straight year in the 132-pound category at the World Championships on Thursday in Paris, France. The United States is now tied for second place with Belarus. All four U.S. wrestlers got placed in the top 10 and scored valuable team points for the country.
Ragan squared off with Risako Kawai of Japan in the finals and lost 13-0. This was Ragan’s fifth World Championship and prior to this she had won a silver medal in Budapest, Hungary in December. Ragan defeated Gabriella Sleisz of Hungary and Luisa Niemesch of Germany in the earlier rounds. In the semi-finals she pinned 2014 World bronze medalist Anastasija Grigorjeva of Latvia.
“We started out strong today but the wheels came off a little bit. They competed hard. We are not quite there yet. We have some things to work on and it showed. We still have a lot of things to work on,” U.S. national team coach Terry Steiner said in a statement.
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Japan is leading the charts with 60 points while the United States and Belarus are tied in second place with 38 points. The last time the United States placed second as a team was in 2003 in Madison Square Garden in New York City, where the they were tied with Japan at the World Championships.
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“It is always important to get a team trophy,” Steiner continued. “It is important to maintain where we have been and to move forward. We have a good group of athletes. We need a little more grit. We have to find that. We have to train that. We have work to do, but we are not starting from scratch. This is a good group of athletes right here. We just have to get better at what we do.”