Boykin drops out of repechage fight at U23 Worlds, as US Greco-Roman effort winds down in Spain

Photo of Nick Boykin (USA) by Kadir Caliskan, United World Wrestling

PONTEVEDRA, Spain – Nick Boykin was the only American Greco-Roman wrestler to advance to the repechage rounds at the U23 World Championships. Its repechage loss on Wednesday morning was the last fight for the United States in Greco-Roman wrestling.

Boykin found himself behind Serbia’s Luka Katic early in the game and couldn’t come from behind, eventually losing a 7-4 decision.

Katic, who finished fifth in the 2022 U23 World Championships, beat Boykin early and then scored three straight keys for a 7-0 lead. Boykin responded with one out to close it at 7-2 at the break. Boykin scored on a pass against Boykin and added a pitch, but couldn’t get a late score.

Boykin was on the United States Senior National Team and also won the United States Senior National Championships twice during his career. This is his third Age Group World Championships, also competing at the 2021 U23 Worlds and 2019 U20 Worlds. Boykin is competing for Ohio State.

The other four American wrestlers in Group B were eliminated on Tuesday. The Greco-Roman Group 2 Medal Match Finals will begin at 6:00 p.m. local time, just after the Women’s Freestyle Group 1 Finals.

All the action is live FloLutte. Pontevedra is six hours ahead of US Eastern Time

In Pontevedra, Spain, on October 18

American Greco-Roman Group 2 Results

60kg: Phillip Moomey, Kearney, Neb. (Spartan Combat RTC/TMWC), eliminated
VICTORY Georgios Scarpello (Germany), 7-5
LOSS Nurmukhammet Abdullaev (Kyrgyzstan), technician. fall 10-0

67 kg: Peyton Omania, Concord, CA (New York AC), eliminated
WINS Aleksander Mielewczyk (Poland), pin 0:34
VICTORY Abdelrahman Omar (Egypt), 7-0
LOSS of Kyotaro Sogabe (Japan), technical fall 13-4

72 kg: Benjamin Peak, Marquette, Michigan (NMU-OTS/Sunkist Kids), eliminated
LOSS Irfan Mirzoiev (Ukraine), technician. fall 9-0

82kg: Tyler Cunningham, Gretna, Neb. (MWC Wrestling Academy), eliminated
DEFEAT Semion Brekkeli (Moldova), technical fall 9-1

97 kg: Nicholas Boykin, Murfreesboro, Tennessee (Ohio RTC/Sunkist Kids), eliminated
DEFEAT Alex Szoke (Hungary), technical fall 9-0
DEFEAT Luca Katic (Serbia), 7-4

Robert J. King