Ranked 13th, Greco-Roman wrestler G’Angelo Hancock impresses and wins Hungarian Grand Prix

G’Angelo Hancock faces Turkish Fatih Baskoy in the 97 kg. Hungarian Grand Prix final on February 23, 2019 in Gyor, Hungary.

G’Angelo Hancock climbs up the Greco-Roman wrestling rankings after his victory at 97 kg. at the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend.

The 21-year-old from Colorado Springs, Colo. Fought hard in the second United World Wrestling ranking tournament of the season, eventually coming back from behind to beat Turkey’s Fatih Baskoy 3-3 by criteria decision in the final on Saturday.

He also beat South Korean Seyeol Lee 8-0 by technical fall, China’s Abudourexiti Alimujiang 4-0 and Iranian Hassan Ali Aryanezhad 3-2.

Hancock, passing through Tracy, entered the day in 13th place and got 18 more points for his performance.

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“Outside of the world championships, these ranking events are the toughest in the world, with eight returning medalists,” USA Wrestling coach Matt Lindland said. “I was very happy with Tracy’s performance today. I love the result, the way he competed and the way he performed throughout the event. Tracy has represented himself, the US Greco program and his country with class.

Travis Rice finished fifth with 63 kg. Saturday. Seven other wrestlers competed for the United States on Sunday and three advanced to the quarterfinals, but none reached the medal round.

Karen Price is a Pittsburgh reporter who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is an independent contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.


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