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The Olympics - Greco Roman competition

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The Olympics - Greco Roman competition

Postby JM » Tue Aug 09, 2016 9:33 am

The opening day of Olympic wrestling, Sunday, August 14th, features Greco-Roman action in the 59 kg and 75 kg weight classes. Jesse Thielke and Andy Bisek take the mat for Team USA and will face deep, difficult brackets. Expect brackets sometime in the afternoon or evening on Saturday, August 13th.

Here are links to some background information regarding the Greco-Roman competition -

https://unitedworldwrestling.org/articl ... no-cache=1
https://unitedworldwrestling.org/articl ... -wrestling
https://unitedworldwrestling.org/articl ... g-and-75kg
http://news.theopenmat.com/internationa ... ians/58728
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Re: The Olympics - Greco Roman competition

Postby JM » Thu Aug 11, 2016 1:24 pm

Some insights about the Greco competition on day 2 (Monday) at 85 and 130kg -

http://news.theopenmat.com/internationa ... mith/58808
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Re: The Olympics - Greco Roman competition

Postby JM » Sat Aug 13, 2016 3:50 pm

The Greco brackets are out.

At 59kg, Jesse Thielke has a tough draw. He gets a bye in the preliminary round then has a winnable match against Messaoudi (MAR) in the 1/8 round. If he wins that match, he likely gets Bayramov (AZE) in the 1/4 round - a 2x world silver medalist and the favorite. There are 3 former world medalists in Thielke's half of the bracket, so he probably has to beat two of them to medal.
Andy Bisek at 75kg has a difficult draw. After a 1st round bye, he meets Rios from Cuba whom he beat 3-1 earlier this year at BTS. Then he probably has to wrestle Cebi (TUR) who is a 3x world champion. Also on Bisek's side of the bracket is Vlasov from Russia who is the reigning World and Olympic champ. Andy has to beat at least one of them to medal.
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Re: The Olympics - Greco Roman competition

Postby JM » Sun Aug 14, 2016 12:56 pm

The two USA wrestlers in today's competition did not advance to the medal rounds. Each won their first match, but lost in the 1/4 finals - unfortunately the guys they lost to did not advance to the finals, so both Thielke and Bisek did not get a chance to wrestle back.

Hoping for better results tomorrow from Provisior and Smith.
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Re: The Olympics - Greco Roman competition

Postby JM » Sun Aug 14, 2016 1:38 pm

Day 2 - Draws

Provisor, Smith Receive Draws for Monday

Written by: Alex Steen in International Wrestling, Wrestling News Wire 08/14/2016 

The draws for the second day of Greco-Roman wrestling at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro have been released. Ben Provisor (85 kg) and Robby Smith (130 kg) will take the mat for Team USA after a tough first day.

85 kg

Ben Provisor has drawn returning world runner-up Rustam Assakalov (UZB) first round on the larger side of the bracket. This is not as bad a draw as it seems as Assakalov’s performance last year was an outlier compared to the rest of his career and he is in his 30s so it is unlikely he was making the leap to being elite. Of the top guys that Provisor could have run into, this might be the best case scenario. Unfortunately, two-time world medalist Viktor Lorincz (HUN) lurks as a possible second-round match-up. This is a tough road.

The bottom quarter, as it so often is in these brackets, is loaded as well. Five-time world medalist Saman Tahmasebi (AZE) and 2015 world bronze medalist Habibollah Akhlaghi (IRI) are down there as is Davit Chakvetadze (RUS). Whoever survives will face the winner of Provisor’s quarter in the semi-final.

Up top defending world champion Zhan Beleniuk (UKR) looks to have a relatively easy path to the gold medal match. Finland’s Rami Antero Hietaniemi was fifth at the 2015 worlds and has a world bronze on his resume. He might be the favorite to see Beleniuk in the semi-finals.

Provisor’s road is going to be a difficult one. He needs to beat Assakalov as the Uzbek is unlikely to make the final. Lorincz could, though, so Ben needs to make it at least that far to have a reasonable medal chance. There is no easy path here, though.

130 kg

Robby Smith, who finished fifth at the world championships a year ago, will face the other fifth place finisher from that tournament, Sabah Shariati (AZE), in the first round with the winner likely to face defending world champion Riza Kayaalp (TUR). This makes the opener a huge match because Kayaalp is unlikely to lose before the finals. If Smith can get the win, he has an excellent chance to be pulled into the repechage, assuming he can’t pull the big upset against Kayaalp.

The other three best wrestlers, two-time defending Olympic champ and seven-time world-level champ Mijain Lopez (CUB), 2015 world bronze medalist Oleksandr Cherenetskyi (UKR) and Sergey Semenov (RUS) are all on the bottom with Lopez well positioned to cruise to another world final.

Smith has a great chance to medal if he wins that first match. With Kayaalp and Lopez in the bracket, and on opposite sides, it was always going to take upsetting one of them to make the finals, but as far as bronze medal chances go, this is a decent draw which is all you can really ask for at the Olympic Games.
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Re: The Olympics - Greco Roman competition

Postby D3 for LU » Sun Aug 14, 2016 4:21 pm

A little bit of controversy between 2 gold medalist, Russian Vlasov & So.Korea's Kim.
Vlasov was leading by 3 towards the end when he was put down in par terre.
Kim managed what he, his coaches, and a lot of the crowd thought was a 5pt throw.
Final score was 7-6 Vlasov.
I believe he went on to win the gold medal(?)
AND that was a rnd of 16 match!!!
(Check it out in the NBCOlympics /wrestling... unbelievable!)
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Re: The Olympics - Greco Roman competition

Postby JM » Sun Aug 14, 2016 9:18 pm

D3, I was watching that match on my computer and thought it was at least a 4 point move for Kim. Not a level playing field out there.
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Re: The Olympics - Greco Roman competition

Postby JM » Sun Aug 14, 2016 9:33 pm

Final Results - Day 1
[b]Borrero Molina Wins 1st OG Gold, Vlasov his 2nd[/b]
By William May

RIO DE JANEIRO (August 14) – World champion Ismael BORRERO MOLINA (CUB) won his first Olympic Games gold medal and Roman VLASOV (RUS) his second Sunday to launch the Rio 2016 Greco-Roman events.Borrero added Olympic champion to his wrestling CV with an 8-0 technical fall over Japanese upstart Shinobu OTA (JPN) in the 59kg gold medal final at Carioca Arena 2.Borrero converted a par terre chance in the first period with a lift and throw combination to a gut wrench for a 6-0 lead over Ota and added a drag to takedown in the second for an 8-0 technical fall at 4:53.

In the 75kg final, London 2012 gold medalist Vlasov, meanwhile, launched Mark MADSEN (DEN) for four points early in their 75kg final and forged a 5-1 victory for his second Olympic Games gold medal to go with world titles in 2011 and 2015.

Madsen collected his first medal in three trips to the Olympic Games and a fifth silver medal to go with his four at the world championships. Still, the hard-nosed grappler was Denmark’s first gold medal finalist since Los Angeles 1932.

In the bronze medal matches at 59kg, Elmurat TASMURADOV (UZB) launched a four-point throw in the last 90 seconds of the bout and cruised to a 13-8 win over Arsen ERALIEV (KGZ).

The medal was only the second Olympic Games medal in Greco-Roman for Uzbekistan after Alexander DOKTURISHVILI (UZB) won gold at 74kg at Athens 2004.

Stig-Andre BERGE (NOR) earned the final chance in par terre for a 1-1 victory win on last-point criteria over two-time Olympic Games silver medalist Rovshan BAYRAMOV (AZE).

The medal was Norway’s first wrestling medal at the Olympic Games in 24 years. Jon ROENINNGEN (NOR) won the gold medal at 52kg at Barcelona 1992.

At 75kg, 2013 world champion KIM Hyeon-Woo (KOR) slipped behind for two points in the second period and lifted for two more to come from behind and defeat wild card entry Bozo STARCEVIC (CRO) in the first bronze medal final.

Saeid Mourad ABDVALI (IRI) earned a pair of passivity points in the second period to cap a 5-2 win over 2014 world champ Peter BACSI (HUN) in the second.

Earlier in the day, Vlasov won the battle of London 2012 gold medalists with the aid of another four-point life to edge Kim, the London 2012 gold medalist at 66kg, 7-6, in their opening bout.

At 59kg, Ota rallied for five points in the second period of his opening bout with London 2012 champion Hamid SORYAN (IRI) to kick off his charge to the gold medal final with a 5-4 win over the six-time world champion.

Ota also defeated world bronze medalist Almat KEBISPAYEV (KAZ), 6-0, before pinning two-time Olympic Games silver medalist Rovshan BAYRAMOV (AZE) in the first period of the semifinals before falling to Borrero in the final.

Greco-Roman 59kg (19 entries)

Gold Medal Final
Ismael BORRERO MOLINA df. Shinobu OTA (JPN) by TF, 8-0, 4:53

Bronze Medal Finals
Elmurat TASMURADOV (UZB) df. Arsen ERALIEV (KGZ), 13-8
Stig-Andre BERGE (NOR) df. Rovshan BAYRAMOV (AZE), 1-1

Repechage
Almat KEBISPAYEV (KAZ) df. Hamid SORYAN (IRI) by Fall, 4:17 (6-7)
Arsen ERALIEV (KGZ) df. WANG Lumin (CHN), 4-2
Stig-Andre BERGE (NOR) df. Almat KEBISPAYEV (KAZ), 2-0

Semifinals
Ismael BORRERO MOLINA (CUB) df. Elmurat TASMURADOV (UZB), 4-1
Shinobu OTA (JPN) df. Rovshan BAYRAMOV (AZE) by Fall, 2:31 (4-2)

Greco-Roman 75kg (20 entries)

Gold Medal Final
Roman VLASOV (RUS) df. Mark MADSEN (DEN), 5-0

Bronze Medal Finals
KIM Hyeon-Woo (KOR) df. Bozo STARCEVIC (CRO), 6-4
Saeid Mourad ABDVALI (IRI) df. Peter BACSI (HUN), 5-2

Repechage
KIM Hyeon-Woo (KOR) df. YANG Bin (CHN), 3-1
Saeid Mourad ABDVALI (IRI) df. Viktor NEMES (SRB), 2-2

Semifinals
Roman VLASOV (RUS) df. Bozo STARCEVIC (CRO), 6-3
Mark MADSEN (DEN) df. Peter BASCI (HUN), 1-0
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Re: The Olympics - Greco Roman competition

Postby JM » Mon Aug 15, 2016 10:42 am

Ben Provisor and Robby Smith both lose their opening match on Day 2 of Greco. Their two opponents both lose their next match, so there is no wrestle-back opportunity for the two Americans.

There is another day of Greco competition tomorrow (Tuesday) but the USA did not qualify anyone in those weight classes.

A poor showing for the USA to start the Olympic competition. Hopefully our women and men freestylers perform far better.
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Re: The Olympics - Greco Roman competition

Postby CJC » Mon Aug 15, 2016 3:13 pm

JM wrote:Ben Provisor and Robby Smith both lose their opening match on Day 2 of Greco. Their two opponents both lose their next match, so there is no wrestle-back opportunity for the two Americans.

There is another day of Greco competition tomorrow (Tuesday) but the USA did not qualify anyone in those weight classes.

A poor showing for the USA to start the Olympic competition. Hopefully our women and men freestylers perform far better.



..I'd love to watch the Olympics online, but NBC has blocked all non cable subscribers.

..no pay per view.

..such a disappointment for 2016, I can't even watch the bouts online.

..but synchro swimming, diving, swimming all get TV time. No wrestling though!
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Re: The Olympics - Greco Roman competition

Postby D3 for LU » Mon Aug 15, 2016 5:58 pm

:? So, I take it that you don't have cable, CJ... 'cause they did show it on USA network channel.
(True, no matches were shown on NBC network channels so far... though I would suspect they would when JB is in the finals, of course.)
Truly it certainly sucks, in your situation, indeed.
Sorry to hear that. :|
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Re: The Olympics - Greco Roman competition

Postby CJC » Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:10 pm

D3 for LU wrote::? So, I take it that you don't have cable, CJ... 'cause they did show it on USA network channel.
(True, no matches were shown on NBC network channels so far... though I would suspect they would when JB is in the finals, of course.)
Truly it certainly sucks, in your situation, indeed.
Sorry to hear that. :|
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I can watch the matches at several places, it just irks me that in the year 2016 we can't get live streamed events.

Hell, I'd even pay for the coverage.

It's unbelievable.
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Re: The Olympics - Greco Roman competition

Postby LU in the Hub » Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:42 am

CJC, it's a little involved, but you can watch as if you were in a different country by using a VPN.

https://www.bestvpn.com/blog/40574/5-be ... orts-2016/
http://lifehacker.com/5935863/five-best ... -providers
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