Katy’s Tamyra Mensah-Stock entered the Olympics as the #1 seed at 68 KG and has lived up to that so far.
She started things out vs. Japan’s 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Sara Dosho. Tamyra ran through Dosho with relative ease, picking up a first-period tech fall to move to the quarterfinals and China’s Feng Zhou.
Stock scored a takedown almost immediately vs. Zhou, then methodically worked her way to a 10-0 tech in the second period.
Mensah-Stock then faced her toughest test of the tournament so far.
Here’s the breakdown from USA Wrestling
Mensah Stock defeated 2018 World champion Alla Cherkasova of Ukraine in the semifinals, 10-4, breaking open a very close battle with a strong second-period effort.
Mensah Stock scored first, getting a spin behind takedown while Cherkasova was on the shot clock, for a 2-0 lead which she carried into the break. During an active exchange, Cherkasova scored a spin behind takedown then hit a gut wrench for a 4-2 lead, but a two-point reversal with exposure by Mensah Stock tied it at 4-4. Mensah Stock opened it up with a two-point double leg takedown and a turn to lead 8-4. With Cherkasova trying an attack, Mensah Stock closed it out with a two-point counter takedown and the 10-4 final score.
This win sets up the gold medal match with no. 2 seed Blessing Oborududu of Nigeria in the finals on Tuesday.
The gold-medal finals on Tuesday which will include Mensah Stock will begin at 7:30 p.m. local time, which is 5:30 a.m. U.S. Central time.