Nowry and Hafizov lead US Greco through transition with top-10 finishes at Worlds – WIN Magazine
Photo: Max Nowry used that arm throw to defeat India’s Arjun Halakurki and eventually posted the first of two pins at 55 kilos in Greco-Roman competition at the 2022 World Championships in Serbia. Unfortunately, Nowry lost their last two games and settled for fifth place. (photo by Justin Hoch)
By Mike Finn
Greco-Roman – the first of three tournaments at the 2022 UWW World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia – was played from September 10-13 and is now complete. A Team USA Greco program that is in transition following the recent departure of coach Matt Lindland has been led by two Top-10 finishes from Max Nowry and Ildar Hafizov at the two lightweights.
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Overall, the 10 Americans have won seven of Greco’s 21 matches at Stark Arena, including a pair of wrestlers, representing the US Army’s world-class athlete program – Max Nowry (55k) and Ildar Hafizov (60k ) – who won two fights and came closest to winning a medal in Serbia.
Nowry, 32, from Wheeling, Illinois, pinned two opponents in her third appearance at Worlds and reached the semifinals before settling for fifth place.
Hafizov, the 34-year-old Uzbek immigrant, also won his first two fights while competing for a sixth world championship before losing to an eventual finalist. Once drawn in the repechage, he lost a game and settled for 10esquare.
Alex Sancho (67k) and a pair of collegiate wrestlers: Braxton Amos (97k) and Cohlton Schultz (130k) also recorded victories in Greco.
2022 UWW Greco-Roman World Championships
US results and match notes
55,000/121 lbs – Max Nowry (Colorado Springs, Colo./WCAP Army) – 5th
1st round – pinned Arjun Halakurki (India), 5:02 – Nowry was leading 3-1 when he used an arm throw to put the Indian on his back with 1:10 to go before Nowry finally scored the pinfall 12 seconds later. Nowry had injured his elbow when Halakurki scored a strikeout with 44 seconds left in the first period.
Quarter-final – pinned Fabian Schmitt (Germany), 4:58 – Shortly after Nowry scored a point from passivity – which tied the game 1-1 with two minutes remaining – the American first used a bar arm to spin the German for two points. exposure, readjusted his hold for two more points of exposure, then scored the pinfall with about a minute left in the game.
Semi-final – lost by TF against Eldaniz Azizli (Azerbaijan), 9-0 (1:44) – The eventual champion, who also won gold in 2018 and a pair of bronzes in 2019 and 21, scored all of his points after earning a point pass at 4:38. From there, he used a pair of guts to lead 5-0, then ended the game by lifting Nowry and throwing him off the mat for four more points.
Bronze – lost to Yu Shiotani (Japan), 7-0 — The two-time Asian champion scored all his points in the first half. First, he used an arm throw to take a 4-0 lead over Nowry a minute into the game, before adding a point out and countering a takedown attempt by the American with five seconds left in the first half.
60k/132 lbs – Ildar Hafizov (Colorado Springs, CO/WCAP Army) – 10th
Prelim – Dec. Ditch Toro Castaneda (Colombia), 9-6 – It was a crazy game that saw the Colombian wrestler take a 10-9 lead with 1:33 left in the game before a challenge from Hafizov’s corner stripped Toro Castaneda of seven points due to an illegal throw. Before that, Hafizov countered a lift for one out to lead 4-2 with 38 seconds left in the first, then used a chest lock to lead 9-2 before intermission.
1st round – Dec. Michal Tracz (Poland), 7-1 – Hafizov opened up a close game when he used an upper body lock for a four-point takedown with one minute left. His last two points came when he blocked a takedown attempt by the Pole with seven seconds left.
Quarter-final – lost by fall against Zholaman Sharshenbekov (Kyrgyzstan), 0:45 – The 2021 Worlds silver medalist used a throw 36 seconds into the game before scoring the drop nine seconds later. Hafizov was brought back to the repechage when Sharshenbekov beat Aidos Sultangati of Kazakhstan 7-0 in the semi-final.
Repechage – lost by TF to Krisztian Kecskemeti (Hungary), 9-0 – After the Hungarian got a point from passivity midway through the first half, Kecskemeti used a gut wrench for four points and then added another gut for two. The game ended at the first-half buzzer when the Hungarian blocked a takedown attempt from Hafizov.
63,000/138.5lbs – Sam Jones (Rockford, Mich./New York AC) – dnp
Prelim – lost to Neeraj Neeraj (India), 4-0 – Jones, who replaced Final X winner Jesse Thielke in what would be his second world championships, gave up a passivity point and a two-point gut at 4:42 to the Indian, who added an out with 2:28 to go. the game. Jones was knocked out when Neeraj lost his next match.
67,000/147.5 lbs – Alex Sancho (Colorado Springs, Colo./WCAP Army) – dnp
Prelim – won by TF against Norva Bukasa (Congo), 9-0 – Shortly after earning a passivity point, the American used a pair of guts to post two four-point streaks, the second coming with 1:17 left in the first half.
1st round – lost to Parviz Nasibov (Ukraine), 5-0 – Nasibov, the 2020 Olympic silver medalist, scored all of his points in the first period, including a gutting four-pointer with 26 seconds left before intermission. Sancho was knocked out when Nasibov lost his next game.
72,000/158.5lbs – Benji Peak (Marquette, Mich./MNU-OTS/Sunkist Kids), dnp
Prelim – lost to Robert Fritsch (Hungary), 3-1 – Competing in his first Worlds, Peak took a 1-0 lead on a passivity point before the Hungarian used a throwout and one out in the final two minutes. Peak was eliminated when Fritsch lost his next match.
77k/169.5lbs – Kamal Bey (Colorado Springs, CO/WCAP Army) – dnp
Prelim – lost to Viktor Nemes (Serbia), 4-0 – Nemes, the 2017 world champion, ended the American’s stint in Serbia when he scored a pass, one out and one out with two minutes left… then knocked out Bey when he lost their semi-final match.
82k/180.5lbs – Spencer Woods (Colorado Springs, Colo./WCAP Army) – dnp
Preliminary – lost by fall against Chengwu Wang (China), fall 4:01 – The Alaska native, who replaced Final X champion Ben Provisor at Worlds, was actually one point away from scoring a technical fall when Wang used a side fall to defeat Woods with 2:34 left, then pinned it 30 seconds later. Woods had jumped to a 4-0 left on an arm drag before Wang used an arm spin and two guts to lead 6-4. Woods then countered two takedown attempts from the Chinese wrestler and used a reverse gut and a trick arm gut to lead 13-6 late in the first period.
87k/191.5 lbs – Alan Vera (New York, NY/NYC RTC/New York AC), dnp
Prelim – lost to Haitao Qian (China), 5-3 – Vera, the Cuban immigrant, led 1-0 at the break before Qian used a par-terre advantage on a passivity call to lift and throw Vera off the mat for a 5-1 lead with 2:15 to go. to play. Vera’s last two points came from a strikeout with 49 seconds left.
97,000/213.5 lbs: Braxton Amos (Mineral Wells, WV/Badger RTC/Sunkist Kids) – dnp
Prelim – Dec. Vladlen Kozliuk (Ukraine), 12-6 – Replacing 2021 world bronze medalist G’Angelo Hancock, who retired in the summer after winning the Final X, Amos opened a 6-6 tie on a header with 38 seconds left before closing the score with one arm stuck with 20 seconds left. A counter and headlock gave the college wrestler from Wisconsin a 6-2 lead before the Ukrainian fought off a takedown and a stuck arm with 2:11 left in the fight.
1st round – lost to Beksultan Makhmudov (Kyrgyzstan), 5-2 – Appearing at his fourth world championships, Makhmudov took a 5-0 lead thanks to a passivity point and a pair of wrenches midway through the first period before Amos added a passivity point and exceeding.
130,000/286.5 lbs – Cohlton Schultz (Parker, Colo./Sunkist Kids) – dnp
Prelim – Dec. David Ovasapyan (Armenia), 1-1 –Schultz, the NCAA All-American from Arizona State, won his opener when his run on a passivity call with 2:17 left was the last run scored. Armenia gained a par-terre advantage with 55 seconds left but couldn’t turn the American.
1st round – lost to Oskar Marvik (Norway), 5-0 – The Norwegian, who won world bronze in 2021, had one pass, two outs and one blank throw out Schultz, who was knocked out when Marvik lost his next game.