Courtesy of American Wrestling
OSLO, Norway, October 9, 2021 – 2020 Olympian G’Angelo Hancock has put on a tournament he is proud of after winning a bronze medal at 97kg in Greco-Roman on Saturday night at the 2021 World Championship in Jordal Amfi.
Hancock, who was competing in his fourth senior world championships, defeated 2012 world junior championship silver medalist Peter Oehler of Germany by injury default at 3:32 in his bronze medal match.
Hancock scored first when Oehler was hit for passivity, taking a 1-0 lead. Hancock failed to put Oehler on top. At the end of the first period, as Oehler tried to push Hancock off the mat, Hancock executed a smooth block and scored an out on the rim for a 3-0 lead before the break. At the start of the second period, Hancock pushed Oehler to the mat for an apparent out, with Oehler attempting to let the referees know he was injured. Hancock also transformed him before the action was stopped. Officials did not allow Hancock any points, but Oehler’s leg injury was too severe for him to continue and Hancock was the winner by injury default.
Hancock found himself in a bronze medal game when he lost a heartbreaking 4-4 decision to Hungarian Alex Szoke in the semi-final on Friday night.
As he led 4-1, Hancock was called up for passivity in the last minute to bring the score to 4-2. Szoke transformed Hancock to tie it at 4-4 and won the criteria on the last point scored. Just over 24 hours later, Hancock returns home with a bronze medal around his neck and a big smile on the podium.
Hancock won his first two fights on Friday, beating his two opponents, Turkish Ibrahim Tigci, 5-0, and Bulgarian Kiril Milov, 6-0.
Hancock becomes the 33rd American Greco-Roman wrestler to win a medal at the senior world championships.
The last American Greco-Roman wrestler to win a medal at the world championships was heavyweight Adam Coon at the 2018 world championships.
The United States had already won 32 medals in senior world championship history, including James Burke’s first in 1962. The United States has five former senior world champions: Mike Houck (1995), Dennis Hall (1995) ), Rulon Gardner (2001), Dremiel Byers (2002) and Joe Warren (2006).
At just 24, Hancock is competing in his fourth senior world championships. Adding up all of her age group and senior world championships, this was her eighth world championship event. His only previous medal was a bronze medal at the world junior championships in 2016.
He is originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he attended Fountain Fort Carson High School. He began training full-time in Greco-Roman at the United States Olympic and Paralympic Training Center shortly after his high school career ended.
Hancock’s Greco-Roman bronze medal crowns a successful world championship for team USA, who will return home with 15 medals from Oslo.
The men’s freestyle team and the women’s freestyle team each won seven medals and both finished second in the team standings. Among those 15 medals for USA Wrestling were five gold medals, Thomas Gilman’s men’s freestyle gold at 57kg, Kyle Dake at 74kg and Jordan Burroughs at 79kg and freestyle gold medals female of Helen Maroulis at 57 kg and Adeline Gray at 76. kg.
Alan Vera of the United States lost an 8-0 technical fall to 2021 European junior champion Turpal-Ali Bisultanov of Denmark at 87 kg on Saturday morning. Bisultanov won his next two games to advance to the semi-finals, keeping Vera’s hopes alive for the possibility of a draft.
However, the No.1 seed and 2020 Olympic bronze medalist Serbian Zurabi Datunashvili beat Bisultanov 5-1 in the semifinals, knocking Vera out of the tournament. Only wrestlers who lose to a finalist are eligible for the repechage.
Vera is a naturalized U.S. citizen who emigrated from Cuba and was part of her first senior U.S. world team.
The other two American wrestlers in Group 3 lost their first fights and did not qualify for the draft either: Sam Jones at 63 kg and Peyton Omania at 67 kg.
SENIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
In Oslo, Norway, October 9
Greco-Roman final results of group 2
Gold – Mohammadhadi Saravi (Iran)
Silver – Alex Szoke (Hungary)
Bronze – G’Angelo Hancock (United States)
Bronze – Artur Sargsian (Russian Wrestling Federation)
Gold – Saravi Dec. Szoke, 3-1
Bronze – Sargsian Dec. Kakhelashvili, 6-1
Bronze – Hancock inj. Oehler, 3-0
Results of the Greco-Roman group of the United States
60 kg – Dalton Roberts (Colorado Springs, Colorado / Army WCAP), dnp / 12th
LOSS Gevorg Gharibyan (Armenia), 8-4
97 kg – seeded # 3 G’Angelo Hancock (Colorado Springs, Colorado / Sunkist Kids), bronze medal
WIN Ibrahim Tigci (Turkey), 5-0
WIN Kiril Milov (Bulgaria), 6-0
LOSS Alex Szoke (Hungary), 4-4 criteria
VICTORY Peter Oehler (Germany), injury by default, 3:32
130 kg – Cohlton Schultz (Parker, Colorado / Sunkist Kids), dnp / 14th
LOSS Iakobi Kajaia (Georgia), 5-3
USA Group 3 Greco-Roman Results
63 kg – Sam Jones (East Lansing, Michigan / New York AC)
LOSS Deniz Menekse (Germany), pin 4:11
67 kg – Peyton Omania (Concord, CA / New York AC)
LOSS Hasrat Jafarov (Azerbaijan), technician. fall 10-0, 1:44
87 kg – Alan Vera (Jersey City, NJ / NYC RTC / New York AC)
LOSS Turpal-Ali Bisultanov (Denmark), technical fall 8-0, 2:12
Results of the Greco-Roman group of the United States
55 kg – Max Nowry (Colorado Springs, Colorado / Army WCAP)
VICTORY Sajjad Abbaspourragani (Iran), technical fall 10-1, 3:00
LOSS Norayr Hakhoyan (Armenia), tech. fall 9-0, 2:04
72 kg – Patrick Smith (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Storm)
LOSS Valentin Petic (Moldova), 6-3
77 kg – Jesse Porter (Clifton Park, NY / NMU-OTS / New York AC)
LOSS Bogdan Kourinnoi (Sweden), 3-1
82 kg – seeded No. 2 Ben Provisor (Des Moines, Iowa / New York AC)
WIN Satoki Mukai (Japan), 2-1
LOSS Burhan Akbudak (Turkey), tech. fall 8-0, 2:21
LOSS Laszlo Szabo (Hungary), 2-1
Team ranking after seven weights
Top 10: 1. Russian Wrestling Federation 130, 2. Iran 96, 3. Azerbaijan 87, 4. Turkey 50, 5. Armenia 45, 6. Georgia 42, 7. Hungary 40, 8. Japan 39, 9. Moldova 33, 10 German 31.
Others: 14. United States 19