GRACIE “Queen Bee” FIGUEROA as she is known to her family and friends in the town of Selma, is without a doubt the favorite to win her first Cadet World Championships in Athens, Greece, Thursday, September 7th. Figueroa and her teammates are scheduled to take the mats at 12:30 am Pacific time to wrestle through the quarterfinals before returning for the semi-finals at 7:30 am Pacific. All medal matches are set to begin at 8:00 am Pacific time.
During the month of May, Figueroa made USA history by becoming the first woman to win both the UWW Cadet and UWW Junior Nationals, thus qualifying for the U.S. World Team in both age groups. Figueroa followed that victory with a championship title at Fargo Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota, to become just the second female wrestler to win five titles.
Figueroa will commence the tournament by taking on 2017 Cadet Asian Championships silver medalist Nuraida Anarkulova of Kyrgyzstan. If Figueroa gets pass Anarkulova, she will face the winner between Aqsungul Azizova (Uzbekistan) and Violleta Petrovska (Ukraine). Petrovska was third at this year’s Cadet European Championships.
It will be Figueroa’s third trip to the Cadet World Championships. Figueroa won a bronze medal here a year ago.