2019 World Championships: Greco-Roman Preview 67kg




photo courtesy of Richard Immel

Greco-Roman 67 kg Preview

Days of competition: Qualifiers-Semi-finals: Sunday September 15; Finals: Monday, September 16

Seeds: #1 Artem Surkov (Russia), #2 Hansu Ryu (South Korea), #3 Gevorg Sahakyan (Poland), #4 Meiirzhan Shermakhanbet (Kazakhstan)

US Entry: #17 Ellis Coleman

The most experienced member of the 2019 United States Greco-Roman team, at least from an international perspective, is 67kg entry Ellis Coleman. Ellis will be making his fourth appearance at the Senior World Championships, as well as a berth at the 2012 Olympics as well. Coleman is the only American to have been on Greco’s World Team in each of the past three years. Ellis is the last of four American lowerweights in Army WCAP. Coleman was in a position to make his final World Team after blasting his way through the 2019 US Open, earning him a spot in Final X Rutgers. It was more or less the same in Final X as Ellis picked up a dominating pair of wins over Jamel Johnson to claim his place in the 2019 team, 9-1 and 6-0. Now Coleman will have his fifth chance to win a world medal at the senior level. He found success on the international stage before winning bronze medals at the World Junior Championships in 2010 and 2011. Last year, Coleman was brought back into the repechage after losing in the second round at the World Championships. This time around it will be just as difficult with a handful of former champions in this area. So far in 2019, Coleman has competed at the Pan Am Championships and Pan Am Games. In both events, he fell to one of those former world champions, Ismael Borrero Molina (Cuba), winning silver and bronze respectively.

Favorites:

Surkov – 2019 European Bronze Medalist, 2019 Dan Kolov Silver Medalist, 2018 World Champion, Double European Champion, 2017 World Bronze Medalist, 2015 World Bronze Medalist

Ryu – 2019 Asian Champion, 2019 Sassari City Bronze Medalist, 2018 Asian Games Champion, 2017 World Champion, 2016 Olympic Fifth Place, 2015 World Silver Medalist, 2013 World Champion, Double Bronze Medalist world junior

Sahakyan – 2019 European Silver Medalist, 2019 Dan Kolov Champion, 2018 World Bronze Medalist

Shermakhanbet – 2019 Asian Silver Medalist, 2019 Dan Kolov Silver Medalist, 2018 World Bronze Medalist

#10 (72kg) Rasul Chunayev (Azerbaijan) – 2018 World Bronze Medalist, 2018 European Silver Medalist, 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist, 2015 World Champion, 2014 World Bronze Medalist, 2011 World Junior Bronze Medalist, Champion 2010 Junior World Cup

#1 (72kg) Frank Staebler (Germany) – Triple World Champion

Medal candidates:

#18 Karen Aslanyan (Armenia) – Two-time European Bronze Medalist, 2017 World Fifth Place, 2014 World Junior Silver Medalist, 2013 World Junior Champion, 2011 World Cadet Bronze Medalist

#15 Ismael Borrero Molina (Cuba) – 2019 Pan American Games champion, five-time Pan American champion, 2016 Olympic champion, 2015 world champion

#16 Fredrik Bjerrehuus (Denmark) – 2019 Thor Masters Champion

#6 Mohamed Elsayed (Egypt) – 2018 U23 World Champion, 2016 World Junior Bronze Medalist

NR Shmagi Bolkvadze (Georgia) – 2019 European Games silver medalist, 2018 European silver medalist, 2017 U23 world champion, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, 2014 world junior champion, 2013 world junior silver medalist

#11 Shogo Takahashi (Japan) – 2019 Asian bronze medalist

#13 Mihai Mihut (Romania) – 2018 U23 World Bronze Medalist, 2018 U23 European Champion, 2018 European Champion, 2015 World Junior Bronze Medalist

#8 Mate Nemes (Serbia) – 2019 European Games bronze medalist

#12 Mirzobek Rakhmatov (Uzbekistan) – 2019 Asian fifth place, 2018 Asian bronze medalist, 2012 World Cadet bronze medalist

2018 medalists

Gold: Artem Surkov (Russia)

Silver: Davor Stefanek (Serbia)

Bronze: Gevorg Sahakyan (Poland)

Bronze: Meiirzhan Shermakhanbet (Kazakhstan)

2019 Medal Predictions

Gold: Frank Staebler (Germany)

Silver: Artem Surkov (Russia)

Bronze: Hansu Ryu (South Korea)

Bronze: Rasul Chunayev (Azerbaijan)




Robert J. King