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.

Braxton Amos, one of two college wrestlers representing the American Greco-Roman team at Worlds 2022, shared two fights at 97 kilos. (photo by Justin Hoch)

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.

Robert J. King