UCCS Sport Management Student Adeline Gray Wins Two World Titltes
Adeline Gray Wins Two World Championships in Women's Wrestling
Adeline Gray, a second year Sport Management Student at UCCS won two important wrestling titles within the past few months. The girl who once gained notoriety for competing with boys on high-school wrestling teams has won two world titles in the world of women's wrestling. This has motivated her to continue to strive for the 2016 US Olympic team.
Adeline Gray, captain of the Chatfield High School wrestling team in 2007, won the gold in her weight class at the World Championships in Canada in September. She's only the sixth American woman to win the gold in women's freestyle wrestling at that competition.
On September 27, 2012 in Sherwood Park, Canada, Gray sent Junior World champion Dorothy Yeats of Canada to her back with an arm bar and recorded a fall late in the second period to capture a gold medal at the FILA Women's World Championships. Gray won the first period 4-0 and had the lead late in the second period before finishing the match with a pin at 67 kg/147.5 lbs. on Thursday night at Millennium Place.
"The finals match was just everything I wanted it to be," Gray said. "I executed what I needed to execute, and everything came together for me. I'm really excited to win a World title. To hear our National Anthem being played, it was awesome. It's so exciting to live my dream and be able to do this."
Gray, 21, a 2011 World bronze medalist, becomes the sixth U.S. wrestler to win a World title in women's freestyle wrestling. Gray was able to overpower Yeats, 19, who won Junior Worlds earlier this month.
Gray, a past Junior World champion who grew up in Littleton, Colorado, was making her third appearance in the Worlds. She was fifth in this event in 2009 as an 18-year-old. Gray competes for the New York Athletic Club.
Three days after the World Championships she flew to Finland, where she captured the gold medal at the University World Championships. This competition includes the best wrestlers in the world that are also enrolled in university studies.
Thanks to the Denver Post and USA Wrestling for providing content for this story.