Nowry places fifth in Greco-Roman wrestling at World Championships in Belgrade

Max Nowry (USA) at the 2022 World Championships. Photo by Tony Rotundo

Belgrade, Serbia – Max Nowry (Colorado Springs, Colo./Army WCAP) competed in the bronze medal match at 55kg at the World Greco-Roman Wrestling Championships on Sunday night, the first U.S. athlete to reach a medal match at the World Championships in This year.

Nowry was beaten by two-time Asian champion Yu Shiotani of Japan, 7-0. Shiotani scored all his points in the first half. Shiotani opened with a four-point arm throw, then forced a step and added an out late in the first period. In the second period, Nowry attempted three headers that ended in missed shots, and Shiotani held her ground well to wrap up the victory.

It was Nowry’s third appearance at the World Championships. He placed fifth at the 2019 World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, and finished ninth at the 2021 World Championships in Oslo, Norway.

Nowry won his first two matches Saturday by hairpin, stopping India’s Arjun Halakurki in 5:02 and Germany’s Fabian Schmitt in 4:58. In the semi-finals, he was beaten by 2018 world champion Eldaniz Azizli, 8-0. Azizli won his second career gold medal later in the session, scoring a technical fall over Georgia’s Nugzari Tsurtsumia, 8-0.

The other three American wrestlers in Group 1 did not make the top 10 in their weight classes, after losing their opener on Saturday and failing to qualify for the repechage. Peak Benji (Marquette, Michigan/MNU-OTS/Sunkist Kids), 22nd at 72 kg, Kamal Bey (Colorado Springs, Colo./Army WCAP) was 31st at 77 kg and Alan Vera (New York, NY/NYC RTC/New York AC) was 18th at 87 kg.

The four American wrestlers in Group 2 were eliminated Sunday morning, so the United States will have no athletes competing in Group 2 sessions on Monday.

The final two American Greco-Roman wrestlers in Group 3 will begin their competition on Monday morning, Ildar Hafizov (Colorado Springs, Colorado/Army WCAP) at 60 kg/132 ​​lbs. and Cohlton Schultz (Parker, Colo./Sunkist Kids) at 130 lbs.

America’s top two freestyle competitors also hit the mats on Monday, 2019 world champion Jacarra Winchesterr (Colorado Springs, Colo./USOPTC/Titan Mercury WC) at 55kg and 2021 World Silver Medalist Kayla Miracle (Tempe, Arizona/Sunkist Kids) at 62 kg. Their first-round draws are listed below.

Monday morning’s session begins at 10:30 a.m. local time with Group 1 women’s freestyle wrestling through to the quarterfinals. The Group 1 women’s freestyle semi-finals will take place at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Group 2 Greco-Roman finals. All the action is live FloLutte.

In Belgrade, Serbia, September 11

Greco-Roman results

55 kilograms
Gold – Eldaniz Azizli (Azerbaijan)
Silver – Nugzari Tsurtsumia (Georgia)
Bronze – Yu Shiotani (Japan)
Bronze-. Jasurbek Ortikboev (Uzbekistan)
5th – Max Nowry (USA)
5th – Amangali Bekbolatov (Kazakhstan)
7th – Rudik Mkrtchyan (Armenia)
8th – Poya Soulat Papa Marz (Iran)
9th – Fabian Schmitt (Germany)
10 – Ekrem Ozturk (Turkey)
Gold – Azizli Technology. Fall Tsurtsumia, 8-0
Bronze – Shiotani Dec. Nowry, 7-0
Bronze – Ortikboev dec. Bekbolatov, 9-5

Gold – Ali Arsalan (Serbia)
Silver – Ule Ganizade (Azerbaijan)
Bronze – Andri Kulyk (Ukraine)
Bronze – Selcuk Can (Turkey)
5th – Ibrahim Ghanem (France)
5th – Ibrahim Magomadov (Kazakhstan)
7th – Samuel Bellscheidt (Germany)
8th – Robert Fritsch (Hungary)
9th – Jose Varela Garcia (Guatemala)
10th – Valentin Petic (Moldova)
Gold – Arsalan Dec. Ganizade, 7-4
Bronze – Kulyk Dec. Ghanam, 4-3
Bronze – May Dec. Magomadov, 3-3

77 kilograms
Gold – Azhol Magomedov (Kyrgyzstan)
Silver – Zoltan Levai (Hungary)
Bronze – Malkas Amoyan (Armenia)
Bronze – Yunus Basar (Turkey)
5th – Viktor Nemes (Serbia)
5th – Hyeonwoo Kim (Korea),
7th – Aram Vardanyan (Uzbekistan)
8th – Tamerlan Shadukayev (Kazakhstan)
9th – Rui Liu (China)
10th – Yasaf Zeinalov (Ukraine)
Gold – Magomedov Technology. Fall Levai, 8-0
Bronze – Amoyan dec. Nemes, 7-1
Bronze – Basar Dec. Kim, 4-1

87 kilograms
Gold – Zurabi Datunashvili (Serbia)
Silver – Turpal Bisultanov (Denmark)
Bronze – David Losonczi (Hungary)
Bronze – Ali Cengiz (Turkey)
5th Alex Kessidis (Sweden)
5th – Naser Ghasem Alizadeh (Iran)
7 SUI Damian Von Euw (Switzerland)
8 KAZ Nursultan Tursynov (Kazakhstan)
9 KGZ A. Aziisbekov (Kyrgyzstan)
10 COD Barthelemy Tshosha (Dem. Rep. of Congo)
Gold – Datunashvili Dec. Bisultanov, 6-2
Bronze – Losonczi dec. Kesdis, 6-2
Bronze – Ali Cengiz Dec. Alizadeh, 7-1

American Greco-Roman Group 1 Performances

55 kg – Max Nowry (Colorado Springs, CO/WCAP Army), 5th place
WINS Arjun Halakurki (India), pin 5:02
VICTORY Fabian Schmitt (Germany), 4:58
LOSS Eldaniz Azizli (Azerbaijan), technician. fall 9-0, 1:44
DEFEAT Yu Shiotani (Japan), 7-0

72 kg – Benji Peak (Marquette, Mich./MNU-OTS/Sunkist Kids), 22nd place
DEFEAT Robert Fritsch (Hungary), 3-1

77 kg – Kamal Bey (Colorado Springs, Colorado/WCAP Army), 31st place
DEFEAT Viktor Nemes (Serbia), 4-0

87kg – Alan Vera (New York, NY/NYC RTC/New York AC), 18th place
LOSS. Haitao Qian (China), 5-3

American Greco-Roman Group 3 draw on Monday

60kg: Ildar Hafizov (Colorado Springs, CO/WCAP Army)
against Ditcher Toro Castaneda (Colombia), gold medal at the 2021 Pan American Championships

130kg: Cohlton Schultz (Parker, CO/Sunkist Kids)
v David Ovasapyan (Armenia), silver at the 2021 U23 World Championships, bronze at the 2019 U23 World Championships, silver at the 2018 U20 World Championships

USA Freestyle Wrestling Group 1 Draw Monday

55kg: Jacarra Winchester (Colorado Springs, CO/USOPTC/Titan Mercury WC)
Versus. Otgonjargal Ganbaatar (Mongolia) – 2022 Asian Championships runner-up, 2017 U23 World Bronze Medalist,

62kg: Kayla Miracle (Tempe, AZ/Sunkist Kids)
Versus. winner of Tserenchimed Sukhee (Mongolia) and Xiaojuan Luo (China)
Sukhee – 2014 World Champion, 2015 World Silver Medalist, 2018 U23 World Bronze Medalist, 2013 World Junior Champion,
Luo – 2015 and 2019 Asian Champion, Second at the 2018 Asian Championships,

Robert J. King