Adams advances to U17 Greco-Roman Worlds semi-finals after superb morning performance

Joel Adams lifts Takaku Suzuki of Japan at the U17 World Championships. Photo by Ringer Spiegal.

ROME, Italy — Joel Adams headlined the first session of the Greco-Roman U17 World Championships with eye-catching shots and three dominating wins to earn his ticket to the semi-finals this afternoon.

He will face Ukraine’s Petro Shafranskyi who placed tenth at the 2022 U17 Greco-Roman European Championships for a shot in the 65kg gold medal match tomorrow night.

Adams beat Japan’s Takaku Suzuki 8-0 with a massive five-point throw in his first fight. In Game 2, Adams had two four-point shots en route to a 10-0 win over Saya Brunner of Switzerland. To earn his spot in the semifinals, Adams used one trick, one passivity point, two outs and a challenge loss for a 6-0 win over Georgia’s Aleksandre Rusitashvili.

The Nebraska native won the 2021 USMC 16U National Freestyle and Greco-Roman titles and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.

Koy Hopke won his opening match against Maxim Ukraintsev of Kazakhstan with an 8-0 first-half technical drop at 110kg. He lost by technical pinfall in his second fight against Dmytro Stryzhekozin of Ukraine who placed second at the 2022 European U17 Championships. If Stryzhekozin wins in the semi-finals, Hopke will be brought back into the tournament.

Christian Castillo at 48kg, Nick Treaster at 55kg and Cole Han Lindmyer at 80kg fell in the early rounds.

Castillo lost 4-2 to Azerbaijan’s 2021 European U17 champion Said Khalilov. Treaster lost 7-0 to Turkey’s Halil Cinar who took third place at the 2022 European U17 Championships and Cole Han Lindmyer lost 4-0 to Japan’s Taizo Yoshida.

Castillo and Treaster have a chance to return to the tournament if their opponents make it to the final. Han Lindemyer was eliminated after his first-round opponent, Taizo Yoshida of Japan, did not qualify.

The semi-finals are at noon US EST. Watch live on FloLutte and follow USA Wrestling’s Twitter for live updates.

The other five members of the Greco-Roman World Team will wrestle tomorrow at 5:30 a.m. Eastern Time.

2022 U17 World Championships
in Rome, Italy | July 25-31

American Greco-Roman results:

48kg: Christian Castillo (Glendale, AZ/Thorobred Wrestling Club)
DEFEAT Said Khalilov (Azerbaijan), 4-2

55kg: Nick Treaster (Newton, Kansas/Newton Wrestling Club)
DEFEAT Halil Cinar (Turkey), 7-0

65kg: Joel Adams (Omaha, Neb./Top Wrestler)
VICTORY Takaku Suzuki (Japan), 8-0
VICTORY Saya Brunner (Switzerland), 10-0
VICTORY Aleksandre Rusitashvili (Georgia), 6-0

80kg: Cole Han-Lindemyer (Farmington, MN/Pinnacle Wrestling Club)
DEFEAT Taizo Yoshida (Japan), 8-4

110kg: Koy Hopke (Amery, Wis./Pinnacle Wrestling Club)
VICTORY Maxim Ukraintsev (Kazakhstan), 8-0
DEFEAT Dmytro Stryzhekozin (Ukraine), 8-0

Remaining American Greco-Roman prints:

45kg: Davis Motyka (Kingston, PA/XCalibur Athletics)

against Ionut Mereuta (Romania), fifth at the 2022 European U17 Championships

51kg: Elyle Francisco (Anchorage, AK./Anchorage Youth Wrestling Academy)

against Peter Totok (Hungary), seventh at the 2021 U17 World Championships

60kg: Zan Fugitt (Nixa, Missouri)

against Gaspar Terteryan (Armenia), third at the 2022 European U17 Championships

71kg: Arvin Khosravy (Woodland Hills, CA)

against Marco Begle (Austria), 22nd at the 2022 European U17 Championships

92 kg: Cody Merrill (Ontario, CA/Daniel Cormier Wrestling Club)

against Arsen Ruslanov (Kyrgyzstan), no international qualification


Schedule (six hours before US EST)

Monday July 25
6 p.m. – Semi-finals (GR 48, 55, 65, 80, 110 kg)

tuesday july 26
11:30 am – Qualifications (GR 45, 51, 60, 71, 92 kg), repechages (GR 48, 55, 65, 80, 110 kg)
4:15 a.m. – Opening Ceremony
5 p.m. – Semi-finals (GR 45, 51, 60, 71, 92 kg)
6 p.m. – Finals (GR 48, 55, 65, 80, 110 kg)

Wednesday July 27
11:30 am – Qualifications (WFS 43, 49, 57, 65, 73 kg), repechages (GR 45, 51, 60, 71, 92 kg)
5 p.m. – Semi-finals (WFS 43, 49, 57, 65, 73 kg)
6 p.m. – Finals (GR 45, 51, 60, 71, 92 kg)

Thursday July 28
11:30 am – Qualifications (WFS 40, 46, 53, 61, 69 kg), repechages (WFS 43, 49, 57, 65, 73 kg)
5:00 p.m. – Semi-finals (WFS 40, 46, 53, 61, 69 kg)
6 p.m. – Finals (WFS 43, 49, 57, 65, 73 kg)

friday july 29
11:30 am – Qualifications (FS 48, 55, 65, 80, 110 kg), repechages (WFS 40, 46, 53, 61, 69 kg)
5 p.m. – Semi-finals (FS 48, 55, 65, 80, 110 kg)
6 p.m. – Finals (WFS 40, 46, 53, 61, 69 kg)

Saturday July 30
11:30 am – Qualifications (FS 45, 51, 60, 71, 92 kg), repechages (GR 48, 55, 65, 80, 110 kg)
5 p.m. – Semi-finals (FS 45, 51, 60, 71, 92 kg)
6 p.m. – Finals (FS 48, 55, 65, 80, 110 kg)

Sunday July 31
4:30 p.m. – Repechage (FS 45, 51, 60, 71, 92 kg)
6:00 p.m. Finals (FS 45, 51, 60, 71, 92 kg)

Robert J. King