Adams crowned Greco-Roman U17 world champion after perfect performance in Rome

Joel Adams, U17 world champion. Photo by United World Wrestling/Kadir Caliskan

ROME, Italy — Joel Adams didn’t give up a single point on his road to gold at the U17 World Championships in Rome, outclassing his opponents 36-0 at 65kg in Greco-Roman wrestling.

In the gold medal match against Georgia’s Aleksandre Rusitashvili, Adams picked up three eliminations to win 6-0. He refused to give up a late-game takedown to keep his record intact.

The last Greco-Roman U17 World Champion was Cohlton Schultz in 2017 in Athens, Greece.

According to Adams, he always wins.

“I don’t think I’ll actually realize I’m a world champion until I wake up in the morning,” Adams said.

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Adams rode through his group with dominating wins over Ukraine’s Petro Shafranskyi in the semis, Japan’s Takaku Suzuki, Switzerland’s Saya Brunner and Georgia’s Aleksandre Rusitashvili. See the scores below.

In June, the world champion won the U17 Pan American titles in freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling. Additionally, he won the USMC 16U Freestyle and Greco-Roman National titles in 2021.

On Wednesday, three more Americans have a shot at winning Greco-Roman medals for Team USA. At 92kg, Merrill will challenge for bronze against the winner of Marcell Gyuricza of Hungary and Josip Benko of Croatia. At 60kg, Fuggitt needs to win two matches to have a chance at bronze. His first repechage match is against Yussuff Ashrapov of Kazakhstan.

Khosravy will only need to win one bout against the winner of Mihael Lukac of Croatia and Dominik Czuczor of Hungary to qualify for the 71kg bronze match.

The Greco-Roman draft competition begins at 5:30 a.m. ET Wednesday. Watch all the action live on FloLutte and follow us on USA Wrestling’s Twitter (@USAWrestling) for live updates.

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

American Greco-Roman results:

45kg: Davis Motyka (Kingston, PA/XCalibur Athletics) – eliminated
DEFEAT Ionut Mereuta (Romania), 2-1

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

51kg: Elyle Francisco (Anchorage, AK./Anchorage Youth Wrestling Academy) – eliminated
DEFEAT Peter Totok (Hungary), 12-3

55 kg: Nick Treaster (Newton, Kans./Newton Wrestling Club) – eliminated
DEFEAT Halil Cinar (Turkey), 7-0

60 kg: Zan Fugitt (Nixa, MO) – repechage
DEFEAT Gaspar Terteryan (Armenia), 9-0
against Yussuf Ashrapov (Kazakhstan), third at the 2022 U17 Asian Championships and 2021 U17 World Championships

65kg: Joel Adams (Omaha, Neb./The Best Wrestler) – Gold
VICTORY Takaku Suzuki (Japan), 8-0
VICTORY Saya Brunner (Switzerland), 10-0
VICTORY Aleksandre Rusitashvili (Georgia), 6-0
VICTORY Petro Shafranskyi (Ukraine), 6-0
VICTORY Ahoura Bouveiri (Iran), 6-0

71 kg: Arvin Khosravy (Woodland Hills, Calif.) – repechage
VICTORY Marco Begle (Austria), 9-0
DEFEAT Anri Putkaradze (Georgia), 10-0
against Mihael Lukac (CRO), fifth at the 2022 U17 European Championships
-OR-Dominik Czuczor (HUN), eighth at the 2022 U17 European Championships

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

92 kg: Cody Merrill (Ontario, Calif./Daniel Cormier Wrestling Club) – bronze medal match
VICTORY Arsen Ruslanov (Kyrgyzstan), 9-0
WIN Florin Manolache (Romania), fall
DEFEAT Darius Kiefer (GER), 11-0
against Marcell Gyuricza (HUN), fifth at the 2022 U17 European Championships
-OR- Josip Benko (CRO)

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

Schedule (six hours before US EST)

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)

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