The talented Greco-Roman team ready for the U20 World Championships in Bulgaria, August 15-21

Photo by Kodiak Stephens by Osvaldo Aguilar/UWW.

Team USA is sending a young and talented Greco-Roman squad to the U20 World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. The tournament ends with the Greco-Roman competition, from August 19 to 21. Fans can watch all the action live on FloLutte.

Leading the team are former World Team members Robert Perez III and Kodiak Stephens.

Wrestling at 87kg, Stephens enters his second consecutive U20 World Championships. Last summer he finished 20th. He has since won a gold medal at the 2022 U20 Pan American Games and a silver medal at the 2021 Junior Pan American Games. Domestically, he has won the U20 division of the US Open.

Perez, who will compete at 67kg, represented the United States at the 2019 U17 World Championships, finishing 13th. During his young career, Perez collected four international medals, including a double gold medal at the U17 Pan American Championships, in freestyle wrestling and Greco-Roman wrestling. He also picked up silver at the U20 Pan American Games 2022 as well as a bronze medal at this year’s Bill Farrell Memorial.

Two athletes have made a name for themselves nationally at the senior level.

Payton Jacobson, the United States representative at 77kg, earned a spot on this year’s senior national team and finished third at the senior US Open. Additionally, he is a two-time Pan American U20 silver medalist.

At 60 kg, Max Black took second place at the US Open Senior and in the same week won the U20 division. He also finished fourth at the 2022 Senior World Team Trials. Internationally, Black won a bronze medal at the U20 Pan Am Games earlier this year.

Three more Pan Am medalists are expected to compete for the United States.

Richard Fedalen won silver at the 2021 U20 Pan American Games and a year later improved his performance with a gold medal. He will compete at 72 kg in Bulgaria.

Likewise, the Utah Valley wrestler Haiden Drury (63 kg) won silver in 2019 and went on to win gold at this year’s Pan American Championships. Drury is a two-time Fargo champion in Greco-Roman, once at 16U and once in the junior division.

Heavyweight representative Aden Attao has been busy this season. After winning the title at the U20 US Open, Attao won U20 Pan Ams gold and soon after secured the coveted USA Wrestling Triple Crown by winning national titles in folkstyle, freestyle and Greco-Roman.

Completing the list is Jonathan Gurule at 55 kg, Adrian Artsisheuskiy to 82 kg and Christian Carroll at 97 kg. Gurule is a two-time Fargo All-American, who took third place at the US Open in the U20 division. Artsisheuskiy finished second at the US Open U20 and took first place in last chance qualifying for the 2022 Senior World Team Trials. Carroll has a 2021 Junior Fargo title on his resume and finished second at the World Trials by team U20 2021 in both styles.

The team will be led by a group of talented coachesincluding regular trainers Zac Dominguez and Mohamed Abdelfattah as well as several personal trainers.

The tournament opener is Gurule, Drury, Jacobson, Stephens and Attao on August 19 with Black, Fedalen, Perez, Artsisheuskiy and Carroll starting their competition on August 20.

Fans can watch all the action live on FloLutte and follow live updates on Twitter @USAWrestling.

American Greco-Roman List

55kg – Jonathan Gurule (Peralta, NM/NMU-NTC)
60kg – Max Black (Castle Rock, CO/NMU-NTC)
63kg – Haiden Drury (Yakima, Wash./Brunson UVRTC)
67kg – Robert Perez III (Long Beach, CA/Sunkist Kids/USOPTC)
72kg – Richard Fedalen (Laurel, MD/Warhawks WC)
77kg – Payton Jacobson (Elkhorn, Wisc./Sunkist Kids/NMU-NTC)
82kg – Adrian Artsisheuskiy (Brooklyn, NY/Elite Wrestling Academy)
87kg – Kodiak Stephens (Arnold, CA/Beaver Dam RTC)
97kg – Christian Carroll (Elkhart, Ind./Midwest RTC)
130kg – Aden Attao (Boise, Idaho/Suples WC)

Home Coach – Zac Dominguez
Official trainer – Mohamed Abdelfattah

Personal Trainer – Ike Anderson
Personal Trainer – Nathaniel Augustson
Personal Trainer – Brad Harper
Personal Trainer – Bill Kahle
Personal trainer – Erkin Tadzhimetov

Medical – Steve Poon
Medical – Bruce Ferratt

Official – Danny Blackshear
Official – Josh Grube
Official – Na Humma
Official – Leslie Tamayo

Communication – Taylor Gregorio

Schedule (local time 7 hours before US ET)

Monday August 15
11 a.m. – Qualifications (MFS 57, 65, 70, 79, 97 kg)
6 p.m. – Semi-finals (MFS 57, 65, 70, 79, 97 kg)

Tuesday August 16
11 a.m. – Qualifications (MFS 61, 74, 86, 92, 125 kg)
11 a.m. – Repechage (MFS 57, 65, 70, 79, 97 kg)
4 p.m. – Opening ceremony
4:45 p.m. – Semi-finals (MFS 61, 74, 86, 92, 125 kg)
6 p.m. – Medal matches (MFS 57, 65, 70, 79, 97 kg)

Wednesday August 17
11 a.m. – Qualifications (WFS 50, 55, 59, 68, 76 kg)
11 a.m. – Repechage (MFS 61, 74, 86, 92, 125 kg)
4:45 p.m. – Semi-finals (WFS 50, 55, 59, 68, 76 kg)
6 p.m. – Medal matches (MFS 61, 74, 86, 92, 125 kg)

Thursday August 18
11 a.m. – Qualifications (WFS 53, 57, 62, 65, 72 kg)
11 a.m. – Repechage (WFS 50, 55, 59, 68, 76 kg)
4:45 p.m. – Semi-finals (WFS 53, 57, 62, 65, 72 kg)
6:00 p.m. – Medal matches (WFS 50, 55, 59, 68, 76 kg)

Friday August 19
11 a.m. – Qualifications (GR 55, 63, 77, 87, 130 kg)
11 a.m. – Repechage (WFS 53, 57, 62, 65, 72 kg)
4:45 p.m. – Semi-finals (GR 55, 63, 77, 87, 130 kg)
6:00 p.m. – Medal matches (WFS 53, 57, 62, 65, 72 kg)

Saturday August 20
11 a.m. – Qualifications (GR 60, 67, 72, 82, 97 kg)
11am – Repechage (GR 55, 63, 77, 87, 130 kg)
4:45 p.m. – Semi-finals (GR 60, 67, 72, 82, 97 kg)
6 p.m. – Medal matches (GR 55, 63, 77, 87, 130 kg)

Sunday August 21
4 p.m. – Repechage (GR 60, 67, 72, 82, 97 kg)
6:00 p.m. – Medal matches (GR 60, 67, 72, 82, 97 kg)

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