By Gary Abbott
ZAGREB, Croatia –Victoria Francis (Litchfield, Ill./Titan Mercury WC/Lindenwood) finished a strong day with a bronze-medal win at 72 kg/158.5 lbs. on the final day of women’s freestyle at the FILA Junior World Championships on Friday.
Francis scored an impressive 16-6 technical fall in the bronze-medal bout over Francy Radelt of Germany, giving Team USA its third bronze medal of the women’s tournament.
Francis was very effective with her counter defense, stopping Radelt’s double leg attacks and spinning behind for multiple takedowns. Radelt scored one four-point double leg to tighten up the match in the first period, but Francis continued her effective wrestling, reaching the 10-point lead as time ran out.
“I knew what she was coming with. I knew she would come with the double. The first few times, I wasn’t quite ready. Once I got my head into the match, I was ready,” she said.
She won her first match with a pin in 39 seconds over Pooja of India. In the second round, she fell behind early and lost to Anzhela Kataeva of Russia, 9-2. In the repechage round, she defeated Canada’s Gracelyn Doogan, 9-1.