Hawkeye Wrestling Club's Alli Ragan withdraws from 2018 world championships
Alli Ragan, a member of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club, has withdrawn from 2018 women's freestyle world championships due to an injury.
Ragan was slated to compete at 59 kilograms (130 pounds) for the Team USA's women's freestyle world team at the world championships later this month in Budapest, Hungary. She is a six-time senior world team member, and a two-time world silver medalist.
Instead, she will be replaced by Jenna Burkert of the Army World Class Athlete Program. The world championships run October 20-28, and the women's freestyle 59-kilo competition is scheduled for October 22-23.
"It is disappointing that Alli Ragan can’t compete in the World Championships in Budapest and go after another World medal," national women's freestyle coach Terry Steiner, a former Iowa wrestler, said in a release from USA Wrestling.
"She has earned the right to represent Team USA at the Worlds for six straight years, and has been very important to our team’s success."
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Ragan made her sixth-straight senior world team when she defeated Burkert, two matches to none, at Final X in Lincoln last June. She won silver medals while competing at 60 kilograms at the 2016 world championships in Budapest and 2017 in Paris, France.
Prior to that success, the Carbondale, Illinois, native placed fifth at the 2014 world championships and was a junior world bronze medalist twice, in 2011 and 2012. She was a world silver medalist at the 2013 University Games, and won the U.S. Open in both 2013 and 2014.
With Ragan out, only three wrestlers with Iowa ties are now expected to compete — Thomas Gilman (57kg) and Joe Colon (61kg) in men's freestyle, and Forrest Molinari (65kg), another Hawkeye Wrestling Club member, in women's freestyle.
Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.