Greco-Roman updates from the USA team at the 2022 World Championships

The Greco-Roman tournament concluded in Belgrade, Serbia at the 2022 Senior World Championships. Check out a recap below with full results and video from Team USA’s Greco.

September 10-18 Resumes Saturday at 4:00 p.m. UTC

2022 Senior World Championships


Up And Down Tournament for Hafizov and Schultz

Ildar Hafizov and Cohlton Schultz started their morning well in Belgrade. Schultz won a tight 1-1 match against Armenian David Ovasapyan and Hafizov secured back-to-back wins over Dicther Toro (COL) and Michal Tracz (POL). However, Schultz met 2021 world bronze medalist Oskar Marvik in the round of 16 and trailed 5-0. Marvik then lost the next round knocking Schultz out of the medal chase.

Hafizov met 2021 world silver medalist Zholaman Sharshenbekov in the quarters and was pinned early in the first period. In the semifinals, Sharshenbekov beat Aidos Sultangali of Kazakhstan. Due to this win, Hafizov was drawn into the repechage against Hungarian Krisztian Kecskemeti to make the bronze medal match against the aforementioned Sultangali. In this match, Kecskemeti had his chance on the floor and took an early 7-0 lead. Then in the second, Kecskemeti was able to earn a strikeout and knock Hafizov out of the tournament with a 9-0 technical superiority victory.

Victory of Hafizov over Tracz in the round of 16:

Check out the full results from Team USA Greco, with links to the videos below:

55kg: Max Nowry – 5th

60kg: Ildar Hafizov – Eliminated

63kg: Sammy Jones – Eliminated

67kg: Alejandro Sancho – Eliminated

72kg: Benji Peak – Eliminated

77kg: Kamal Bey – Eliminated

82kg: Spencer Woods – Eliminated

87kg: Alan Vera – Eliminated

97kg: Braxton Amos – Eliminated

130kg: Cohlton Schultz – Eliminated

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Greco Update Day 2

Nowry falls short for 5th place

On Sunday night, Max Nowry faced Japan’s Yu Shiotani in the bronze medal match at 55kg. Nowry fell behind early when Shiotani hit a big arm throw for 4 points a minute into the game. Shiotani added one out and one out to take a 7-0 lead into the break. Despite multiple attacking attacks in the second half, Nowry failed to penetrate Shiotani’s defence, eventually losing 7-0. Max Nowry’s fifth place marks the second time he has finished 1 win short of a bronze medal – he also placed 5th at the 2019 World Championships.

Nowry bronze medal match against Yu Shiotani:

Difficult morning for the United States team

Sammy Jones, Alejandro Sancho, Spencer Woods and Braxton Amos are eliminated from the tournament after Sunday’s first session. As Jones and Woods went 0-1, Amos and Sancho won their opener before losing in the round of 16. The four contestants who beat the Team USA wrestlers lost before the semi-finals, eliminating them from the medal. restraint.

Victory for Braxton Amos in the first round:

Dominant victory of Sancho against Norva Bukasa:

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Greco Day 1 Update

Nowry will fight for bronze

Max Nowry opened his world championships against Indian Arjun Halakuri, Asian bronze medalist this year. Nowry fell behind early in the first, giving up one out and one out to trail 3-0 at the break. However, in the second period, Nowry responded with a step and a big arm throw to win on the pinfall and move to the quarters. There Nowry fought Germany’s Fabian Schmitt and like in his first match, Nowry fell behind but managed to get the upper hand and secure the fall in the second. In the semifinals, Nowry faced 2018 world champion Azerbaijan and this year’s European champion Eldaniz Azizli. Nowry was brought down early in the first half and Azizli managed to score big to register a 9-0 technical superiority. Nowry will now challenge for bronze on Sunday – medal rounds begin at noon EST.

Check out the highlights of Nowry’s quarter-final victory:

Peak, Bey and Vera eliminated

Benji Peak, Kamal Bey and Alan Vera all went 0-1 that day, losing close matches against their opponents. All three are eliminated from the medal chase after their opponents fail to advance to the final. All three had world-class opponents with impressive credentials – Peak lost to this year’s European champion, Bey lost to a former world champion and Vera lost to a 2019 world bronze medalist.

Robert J. King