Adeline Gray is globally recognized as one of the most successful female athletes ever produced by the United States in the sport of freestyle wrestling, a reputation earned through her five Senior World Championships titles - the first and only female U.S. wrestler to achieve this mark. Gray is also an Olympian, World Cup, Pan American, and Dave Schultz Memorial Champion to name a few of her numerous list of accolades.
Adeline Gray Wrestling
- ASICS High School Wrestler of the Year (2009)
- 1st Place Junior Folkstyle Nationals championship (2008)
- 1st Place University World Champion (2012)
- 1st Place University Nationals Champion (2012)
- 1st Place Junior World champion (2008)
- 1st Place FILA Junior Body Bar Championship (2008, 2009, 2011)
- 1st Place FILA Cadet Body Bar championship (2008)
- 1st Place Fargo National Championship (2007, 2008, 2009)
- 2nd Place FILA Junior World Championship (2011)
- 3rd Place Fargo National Championship (2006)
- 9th Place Junior World Championship (2009)
USA Wrestling Women's Wrestler of the Year (2014, 2015)
USOC Female Olympic Athlete of the Year Finalist (2015)
- 1st Place UWW World Championship (2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019)
- 1st Place UWW World Cup (2014, 2015, 2018)
- 1st Place UWW Pan American Championship (2018, 2019)
- 1st Place Dave Schultz Memorial (2009, 2010, 2017)
- 1st Place US Olympic Team Trials (2016)
- 1st Place US World Team Trials (2009, 2013, 2014, 2015)
- 1st Place US Open (2009, 2011, 2015, 2018)
- 1st Place Final X (2018, 2019)
- 1st Place Mongolia National Championship (2011)
- 1st Place New York AC International (2009, 2011)
- 1st Place SFU International Open (2013)
- 2nd Place UWW Pan American Championship (2020)
- 2nd Place US World Team Trials (2008, 2011)
- 2nd Place Dave Schultz Memorial (2013)
- 2nd Place Golden Grand Prix - Azerbaijan (2014)
- 2nd Place New York AC International (2012, 2013)
- 3rd Place UWW World Championship (2011, 2013)
- 5th Place UWW World Championship (2009)
- 7th Place Summer Olympic Games (2016)
- US Olympic Team alternate (2012)
- 67 kg/147.5 lbs
- 75 kg/165.3 lbs
- Bear Creek High School
- DeVry University
Adeline Gray BiographyAdeline Maria Gray was born on January 15, 1991, in Denver, Colorado - USA, to parents, George, and Donna Gray.
Gray's father was an avid wrestling fan and practitioner in his youth, transmitting that same love for the sport to his three daughters, particularly Adeline - the eldest - and her Geneva. Although Geneva went on to pursue a soccer scholarship, Adeline stuck to wrestling, where her “lights and camera” personality shined brightest.
Officially starting her wrestling training at the age of 6, Adeline was first coached by her dad and uncle near Denver, Colorado. The fact that Gray's uncle ran a wrestling club helped tremendously in keeping Adeline committed to the mat from a young age, as she went on to grapple with boys in youth leagues all the way through high school.
In an interview given to the Seattle Times on July 31, 2016, Adeline's father, George explained her positive results during her HS career even though when she'd often trail 2x0 because the boys were faster at the takedown, “She'd always either reverse or get around and then get on top. She pinned a lot of boys.”
In 2009 Gray's spectacular form earned her a spot at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, a time when (then) 18YO Adeline Gray achieved one of her main goals, that of earning a roster spot on both the Junior and Senior World Team. Sadly, the young wrestler dislocated her kneecap when competing in Taiyuan, China, at the World Cup, resulting in a long recovery.
After a full recovery, Gray went on to dominate the sport, conquering several sequential world titles while keeping her eye on a business degree with the University of Colorado.
In 2016, Adeline Gray entered the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as the reigning world champion. Her curriculim made her the first female American wrestler to be projected for Olympic gold, and although she fell short in her quest for gold in Rio, Gray went on to repeat her World title and remain one of wrestling's best ever, female competitors.
Also in 2016, Gray decided to place more effort on her academic career, pursuing a degree with the DeVry University while maintaining her Olympic dream alive.
Adeline Gray Single Leg Finishes