Hafizov named outstanding wrestler at Greco-Roman US Open, as six WCAP wrestlers win titles

Army WCAP’s Ildar Hafizov lands an arm shot on New York AC’s Max Black in the 60kg final. Photo by Robbert Wijtman.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Two two-time Olympians were among the champions of the USMC US Greco-Roman Open that ended Monday, including the event’s top wrestler, U.S. Army’s Ildar Hafizov at 60kg.

Hafizov won his third career US Open title with a 9-0 technical fall over 2022 U20 National Champion Max Black from New York AC. Hafizov hit an arm throw and converted Black to end the game in the final in the first period. He competed in the 2012 Olympics for Uzbekistan and the 2020 Olympics for the United States.

2012 and 2016 US Olympian Ben Provisor of New York Athletic Club won a tough 5-3 battle against US Open 2021 champion Spencer Woods of WCAP Army at 82kg. Provisor scored two gut wrenches in the second period to lead 5-3, and a late withdrawal from Woods wasn’t enough to close the gap. It was Provisor’s fifth career US Open title, and his second in a row.

The US Army’s WCAP program dominated the finals, winning six individual titles this year.

Among the champions of the Army WCAP program was Jesse Thielke, a member of the 2016 Olympic team, who scored an impressive 9-0 technical fall over Aidan Nutter of New York AC. Thielke, who entered the military a few years ago, has been unable to compete recently due to injuries and the pandemic.

Army WCAP’s Lucas Sheridan won his first career US Open title at 97kg with a side throw for a pin. New York AC veteran Khymba Johnson scored a first-period strikeout to lead 2-0. Johnson was hit twice for his passivity, which tied the score at 2-2, but Johnson had the standard advantage. Sheridan launched Johnson and scored the knockdown with just three seconds left in the fight.

Another US Open debut for Army WCAP was Britton Holmes at 77kg, who won a thrilling 9-6 battle against 2021 US Open champion Alec Ortiz of the Minnesota Storm. Holmes took an early five-point lead, but a contested trade by Ortiz turned the game around. Ortiz came from low for a knockdown and scored on a forward headlock throw. The officials had the score 7-5 in favor of Holmes, but after the challenge, Ortiz led 6-5. Holmes responded with a counter throw for four runs for a three run lead and held off a furious attack from Ortiz at the end.

Two WCAP Army wrestlers have won titles without a finals match, Max Nowry at 55kg and 2020 Olympian Alejandro Sancho at 67kg. Nowry was forfeited by Army teammate Dalton Duffield for his fourth career US Open title. Sancho won by default of injury when his opponent Lenny Merkin of New York AC did not compete due to injury. It was the second career US Open title for Sancho.

Sunkist Kids’ Benji Peak at 72kg and New York AC’s Alan Vera at 87kg won the second career US Open titles.

Peak scored a 9-6 win over West Point WC’s Peter Ogansanya, 9-6. Ogansanya had an early 2-1 lead but Peak took a 4-2 lead with one out and one point passing. Peak hit a body lock for four runs to open an 8-2 lead. Ogansanya scored a four-point shot with seconds remaining but couldn’t close the gap. Ogansanya is an NCAA qualifier for Army West Point.

Vera hit some big shots on the way to a 9-0 technical fall over New York AC’s George Sikes in the final. Vera, who emigrated from Cuba, was a member of the 2021 US World Team. Vera won her first US Open title in 2020.

Cohlton Schultz, a member of the 2021 Sunkist Kids World Team, won a third US Open title at 130kg, who did not make a final match when opponent West Cathcart of New York AC went retired due to injury. Schultz, a former world caddy champion and world junior medalist, was an NCAA finalist for Arizona State this year

Win the div. The tag team title was New York AC, with Army WCAP in second place. The div. Champion II was the Sunkist Kids WC, with the Minnesota Storm taking second place.

The top seven winners in each weight class who have not yet qualified will advance to the World Team Trials Challenge tournament in Coralville, Iowa in May.

In Las Vegas, Nevada on May 1, 2022

1st Max Nowry CO (Army WCAP) forfeit Dalton Duffield OK (Army WCAP)
3rd pin by Drew West IL (Illinois) Jacob Cochran FL (New York Athletic Club), 2:34
5th technical fall of Camden Russell NE (MWC Wrestling Academy) Dominic Robertson OR (All Navy), 8-0 0:27
7th Pin Cole Smith CO (Army WCAP) Stephen Emrich MN (Minnesota), 1:36

1st technical fall Ildar Hafizov CO (Army WCAP) Max Black CO (New York Athletic Club), 9-0 2:20
3rd technical drop Dylan Koontz WI (Ohio RTC/TMWC) Mitchell Brown AZ (Air Force RTC), 8-0 1:51
5th Phillip Moomey NE (Spartan Combat RTC/TMWC) inj. dft Dalton Roberts MI (WCAP Army)
7th Kegan Calkins IL (Illinois) Dec. Alex Thomsen IA (Nebraska Wrestling Training Center), 12-10

1st Jesse Thielke CO (Army WCAP) technical drop Aidan Nutter WI (New York Athletic Club), 9-0 1:29
3rd technical fall of Corbin Nirschl NE (MWC Wrestling Academy) Ty Lydic PA (Knights WC), 8-0 2:25
5th technical fall Logan Savvy TX (New York Athletic Club) Nicholas Leonetti ID (Suples WC), 9-0 1:32
7th technical fall of Dwayne Guerrero CA (West Coast Greco RTC) Farrokh Safaeinejad FL (New York Athletic Club), 8-0 0:19

1st Alejandro Sancho CO (Army WCAP) inj. dft. Lenny Merkin NY (New York Athletic Club)
3rd technical fall of Alston Nutter WI (Sunkist Kids WC) Peyton Omania MI (New York Athletic Club), 8-0 3:26
5th Pin Nathan Moore WA (Northern Colorado WC) Morgan Flaharty CO (New York Athletic Club), 2:38
7th technical fall by Colton Parduhn AK (Interior Grappling Academy) Jakob Murillo UT (Brunson UVRTC), 8-0 1:35

1st Benjamin Peak WI (Sunkist Kids WC) Dec. Peter Ogunsanya NY (West Point WC), 9-6
3rd Michael Hooker CO (WCAP Army) Dec. Brody Olson MN (NMU-National Training Center), 5-0
5th Eddie Smith IA (Pickaxe WC) package Ryan Wheeler WA (Colorado Mesa WC)
7th Pin Noah Wachsmuth CO (Cobra All-Stars) Bobby Yamashita CO (All Navy), 0:51

1st Britton Holmes CO (WCAP Army) Dec. Alec Ortiz MN (Minnesota Storm), 9-6
3rd Pin Payton Jacobson WI (Sunkist Kids WC) Jack Ervien, Jr. WA (Viking WC (IA)), 1:38
5th Tyler Eischens MN (California RTC (CA RTC)) inj. dft Kamal Bey CO (WCAP Army)
7th Pin Justin Mccunn IA (Viking WC (IA)) Terrance Parks NY (New York Athletic Club), 1:43

1st Ben Provisor PA (New York Athletic Club) Dec. Spencer Woods AK (WCAP Army), 5-3
3rd Ryan Epps MN (Minnesota Storm) Dec. Tommy Brackett TN (Tennessee), 4-3
5th Jacob Fisher AZ (Curby 3 WC Style) no contest Tyler Cunningham NE (MWC Wrestling Academy)
7th technical drop Aaron Dobbs WI (NMU-National Training Center) Khalil Abdushshakur GA (Morris Fitness WC), 12-1 2:33

1st technical drop Alan Vera NJ (New York Athletic Club) George Sikes FL (New York Athletic Club), 9-0 1:28
3rd pin Timothy Young IL (Illinois) Christian Dulaney MN (Minnesota Storm), 4:18
5th Austin Craig WA (All Navy) Dec. Sione Halo WA (Grays Harbor WC), 10-5
7th Carter Marx MN (Mustang WC) package Jovan Mercado MI (Michigan)

1st pin Lucas Sheridan CO (Army WCAP) Khymba Johnson MI (New York Athletic Club), 5:57
3rd Haydn Maley OR (Roseburg Mat Club / Umpqua Valley WA) technical drop Brady Vogel IA (Dubuque WC), 8-0 1:48
5th Chad Porter AZ (Sunkist Kids WC) without contest Guy Patron IA (Dubuque WC)
7th Kash Anderson ID (Colorado Mesa WC) loses Ben Gould CA (CSU Pueblo Wrestling RTC

1st Cohlton Schultz CO (Sunkist Kids WC) inj. dft. West Cathcart IL (New York Athletic Club)
3rd Pin David Tate Orndorff OH (Ohio RTC/TMWC) Courtney Freeman NC (Marines), 2-0 1:31
5th Kaleb Reeves IA (Eastern Iowa WC) Dec. Malcolm Allen MN (Golden Legends), 11-8
7 Jonovan Smith CA (California) Dec. Tom Foote MA (New York Athletic Club), 1-1

Outstanding Wrestler – Ildar Hafizov (WCAP Army), 60 kg

Div. I Team classification

1. New York Athletic Club
2. US Army WCAP

Div. Team II Ranking
1. Sunkist Kids
2. Minnesota Storm

Robert J. King