- Wrestling starts on Sunday, August 1 in Tokyo
- Who will win gold in their respective weight classes?
- See the odds and picks for the women’s wrestling competition below
The Tokyo Olympics are well underway but in week two of the Games, wrestling starts up.
The women’s 76kg semifinals take place on August 1 in Tokyo with the finals on August 2. The 68kg semifinal is on August 2 with the finals on the 3rd. 57kg semis happen on August 4 with the medals on the 5th, and the fourth competition we will cover is the 53kg with the semis on August 5 and the medal matches on the 6th.
Women’s 68kg Olympic Wrestling Odds
|Tamyra Mensah (USA)||-250|
|Blessing Oborududu (NGR)||+450|
|Sara Dosho (JPN)||+500|
|Koumba Larroque (FRA)||+500|
|Alla Cherkasova (UKR)||+1100|
All odds as of July 30 at DraftKings
This is Tamyra Mensah’s competition to lose as she has been phenomenal over the past few years. She won the gold medal in 2021 at the Ranking Series back in March and has won the PanAmerican Championship three years in a row. The American is also the reigning PanAm Games champion among countless other medals. But, this is her first Olympics so how she will deal with the pressure of the Olympics and being expected to win will be interesting.
Although I expect Mensah to continue her dominance, if you want one of the long shots, I like Sara Dosho who’s the reigning Olympic champ. Since winning gold in Rio she has continued to win events and heads into Tokyo at the top of her game.
Pick: Tamyra Mensah (-250)
Women’s 76kg Olympic Wrestling Odds
|Adeline Gray (USA)||-140|
|Aline Rotter-Focken (GER)||+210|
|Erica Weibe (CAN)||+400|
|Hiroe Minagawa (JPN)||+900|
|Elmira Syzdykova (KAZ)||+1100|
In the women’s 76kg, just like the 68kg, I expect the American will be walking away with gold.
Gray has been one of the best wrestlers as she has five world championships and a Pan American Games gold medal. She was forced to take silver at the 2020 Pan American Championships in Ottawa but she pulled out of the gold medal match with an injury. She’s now healthy and will finally be able to say Olympic champion. Rotter-Focken will likely be her toughest challenge as, despite Weibe’s historic success, she has struggled as of late.
Pick: Adeline Gray (-140)
Women’s 53kg Olympic Wrestling Odds
|Vinesh Phogat (IND)||-105|
|Mayu Mukaida (JPN)||+150|
|Luisa Valverde (ECU)||+400|
|Jacarra Winchester (USA)||+900|
|Pang Qianyu (CHN)||+1000|
The women’s 53kg is one of the hardest to call as three or four women are serious gold medal contenders.
Although Vinesh Phogat is the favorite as she has been claiming medals for years now, I believe Japan’s Mayu Mukaida will be the one wearing gold when the completion is over. Mukaida and Phogat have wrestled three times against one another and Mukaida has won all three and I expect that to be the gold medal match with Mukaida going 4-0 against the Indian.
Pick: Mayu Mukaida (+150)
Women’s 57kg Olympic Wrestling Odds
|Risako Kawai (JPN)||-115|
|Helen Maroulis (USA)||+300|
|Rong Ningning (CHN)||+350|
|Odunayo Adekuoroye (NGR)||+500|
|Iryna Kurachkina (BLR)||+550|
Helen Maroulis won Olympic gold in 2016 at 53kg and she will now be moving up and has her hands full with Kawai and Ningning. Risako Kawai also won gold in 2016 at 63kg and is dropping down in weight, so how she looks when she weighs in and in her first match will be something to watch out for.
Yet, Kawai was excellent at 63kg and I expect her to be able to use her size and strength to win back-to-back gold medals in Tokyo.
Pick: Risako Kawai (-115)