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GRECO World Championships

Postby JM » Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:46 am

Old Names, New Faces Help Kick Off World C'Ships with Greco-Roman
By William May
August 15, 2017

PARIS, August 15 – Two-time world champions Roman VLASOV (RUS) and Riza KAYAALP (TUR) are the leading favorites seeking their third titles as Greco-Roman kicks off the Wrestling World Championships on Monday at AccorHotels Arena.

Vlasov is coming off a gold medal performance at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games while Kayaalp, who bagged silver in Rio de Janeiro, is looking to get back on track at 130kg in the first world championships of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic cycle. Vlasov and Kayaalp will be in action on Tuesday, the second day of competition, at 80kg and 130kg. Vlasov is wrestling at 80kg for the first time in international competition after winning two Olympic Games gold medals and a pair of world titles at 75kg.

Meanwhile, Rio 2016 bronze medalists Rasul CHUNAYEV (AZE) and KIM Hyeon-Woo (KOR) will seek second world championship titles at 71kg and 75kg, respectively, on the first day of wrestling.

Chunayev, whose wide-open style has made him a fan favorite, could face the challenge of world champions Frank STAEBLER (GER) and Balint KORPASI (HUN), while Kim could meet any or all of three former world champions – Arsen JULFALAKYAN (ARM), Hasan ALIYEV (AZE), and Saeid Mourad ABDVALI (IRI) – on his trip through the bracket.

Julfalakyan and compatriot Artur ALEKSANYAN (98kg) are on the entry list for Armenia, but wrestling fans and potential opponents will have to wait until noon Sunday to know if either of these world champions or their alternates will be stepping on the scale in the evening.

Two-time world champion and Rio gold medalist Aleksanyan has been troubled with knee problems and slumped to a bronze medal at the European championships in May after a quarterfinal loss to eventual champion Felix BALDAUF (NOR). Baldauf will be one of four “favorites” in the classic style seeking a first world championship title in Paris. Baldauf, whose four tourney triumphs in 2017 include the Paris Grand Prix in January, would become the first world champion for Norway since Jon RONNINGEN (52kg) in 1985.

The other favorites seeking first world titles are former world bronze medalists Artem SURKOV (RUS) at 66kg and Viktor LORINCZ (HUN) at 85kg along with Kenichiro FUMITA (JPN), making his debut in the world championships at 59kg.

Cuba’s three wrestlers top-ranked in the most recent United World Wrestling rankings – Rio 2016 gold medal finalists Ismael BORRERO MOLINA (59kg), Yasmany LUGO CABRERA (98kg) and Mijain LOPEZ NUNEZ (130kg) – have not been named in the preliminary entries.

The number of entries for each category is based on the number of national governing bodies that have submitted preliminary entry forms for the championships.

59kg (34 entries)

Favorite – Kenichiro FUMITA (JPN). Fumita and Rio 2016 silver medalist Shinobu OTA (JPN) have been dueling back-and-forth all year. Over the last 15 months, Fumita won five international events, including the Asian championship in May, as well as his first All-Japan title in December.
Challengers – 2013 world champions Ivo ANGELOV (BUL) and YUN Won-Chol (PRK)
Dark Horse(s) – 2015 European Games gold medalist Stepan MARYANYAN (RUS), Rio 2016 bronze medalist Stig-Andre BERGE (NOR)

66kg (37 entries)

Favorite – Artem SURKOV (RUS). Qualified Russia for Rio 2016 but was replaced by Islambek ALBIEV. Defeated Rio gold medalist Davor STEFANEK (SRB) for European title in May. Took Pytlasinski Cup with win over European bronze medal medal winner Soslan DAUROV (BLR).
Challengers – 2015 European Games silver medalist at 59kg Soslan DAUROV (BLR) and 2015 world silver medalist RYU Han-Soo (KOR)
Dark Horses – 2016 European U23 champion Mateusz BERNATEK (POL), 2015 world bronze medalist at 59kg Almat KEBISPAYEV (KAZ)

71kg (38 entries)

Favorite – Rasul CHUNAYEV (AZE). Rio 2016 bronze medal winner at 66kg, Chunayev won world title and European Games gold medal in 2015 at 71kg where he appears more comfortable. Slick, sudden headlock, aggressive, dynamic on the feet. Defense in par terre has been a question mark.
Challengers – 2016 world champion Balint KORPASI (HUN) and 2015 world champion at 66kg Frank STAEBLER (GER).
Dark Horses – Rio bronze medalist Shmagi BOLKVADZE (GEO), 2015 world bronze medalist Adam KURAK (RUS)

75kg (39 entries)

Favorite – KIM Hyeon-Woo (KOR). London 2012 gold (66kg), Rio 2016 bronze (75kg) medalist. 2013 world champion, 2014 Asian Games gold medalist. Kim won the showdown of London gold medalists, 2-1, over Vlasov for 74kg world title in 2013. No frills wrestling, but can launch from the feet or par terre.
Challengers: 2017 European champion Tarek ABDELSLAM (BUL), 2017 Pytlasinski Cup winner Aleksander CHEKHIRKIN (RUS).
Dark Horses: London 2012 silver medalist Tamas LORINCZ (HUN), Rio 2016 bronze medalist Saeid Mourad ABDVALI (IRI)

80kg (29 entries)

Favorite – Roman VLASOV (RUS). London 2012, Rio 2016 gold medalist. World champion 2011, 2015. European champion 2012, 2013. Posted a pair of wins to lead Russia to its seventh World Cup triumph, and won the 80kg crown at the Russian nationals in his only mat appearances this year.
Challengers – 2017 European champion Zurabi DATUNASHVILI (GEO), 2017 Pytlasinski Cup winner Alex KESSIDIS (SWE)
Dark Horse – 2016 world silver medalist Aslan ATEM (TUR), Rio 2016 silver medalist Mark MADSEN (DEN)

85kg (35 entries)

Favorite – Viktor LORINCZ (HUN). Fifth at Rio 2016, two-time world bronze medalist Lorincz has sought a more aggressive style and has been rewarded with four tournament titles in 2017 – including the European crown as well as triumphs at grand prix events in Hungary and Poland.
Challengers – Rio 2016 gold medalist Davit CHAKVETADZE (RUS), 2017 European bronze medalist Nikolay BAYRAKOV (BUL)
Dark Horses – Rio 2016 bronze medalist Denis KUDLA (GER), European U23 champion Zakarias BERG (SWE)

98kg (34 entries)

Favorite – Felix BALDAUF (NOR). Enjoying a banner year, which includes his first European championship crown and a victory at the Paris Grand Prix in January. He returns to Paris after his fourth triumph of the year at the prestigious Pytlasinski Cup in July.
Challengers – Rio 2016 gold medalist, 2014-2015 world champion Artur ALEKSANYAN (ARM); 2016 Golden Grand Prix Final winner Musa EVLOEV (RUS).
Dark Horses – 2017 European bronze medalist Balasz KISS (HUN), 2017 European silver medalist Aleksander HRABOVIK (BLR)

120kg (28 entries)

Favorite – Riza KAYAALP (TUR). Seeking his third world title after winning in 2011 and 2015. Has dominated in Europe with seven titles over the last eight years, but has been thwarted at the world and Olympic Games mainly by Mijain LOPEZ NUNEZ (CUB).
Challengers – Rio 2016 bronze medalist Sergey SEMENOV (RUS), Pytlasinski Cup winner Levan ARABULI (GEO)
Dark Horses – Rio 2016 bronze medalist Sabah SHARIATI (AZE), Pan American champion Oscar PINO HINDS (CUB)

Schedule

Greco-Roman

Sunday, August 20
16:00-17:00 – Medical Examination: 71, 75, 85 & 98kg
17:15-17:45 – Weigh-in: 71, 75, 85 & 98kg

Monday, August 21
10:00-17:00 – Elimination rounds & Repechage: 71, 75, 85 & 98kg
16:00-17:00 – Medical Examination: 59, 66, 80, 130kg
17:15-17:45 – Weigh-in: 59, 66, 80, 130kg
18:15-18:45 – Opening Ceremony
19:00-21:30 – Finals & Award Ceremonies: 71, 75, 85 & 98kg

Tuesday, August 22
10:00-17:00 – Elimination rounds & Repechage: 59, 66, 80, 130kg
16:00-17:00 – Medical Examination: WW 55, 58, 63 & 75kg
17:15-17:45 – Weigh-in: WW 55, 58, 63 & 75kg
19:00-21:30 – Finals & Award Ceremonies: 59, 66, 80, 130kg
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Re: GRECO World Championships

Postby JM » Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:12 pm

Provisor, Smith, Manville, Hancock weigh in and receive Greco draws for day one of World Championships

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Aug. 20, 2017, 12:41 p.m. (ET)

PARIS, France – The first four U.S. Greco-Roman wrestlers have weighed in and received their draws for the first day of competition at the World Wrestling Championships, which begin Monday morning at the AccorsHotel Arena, right next to the Seine River in downtown Paris.
None of the U.S. athletes competing on Monday have been in a previous Senior World Championships. However, two-time Olympian Ben Provisor (Stevens Points, Wis. (New York AC), on his first Senior World Team, has two Olympic Games under his belt.

Provisor opens against 2014 World Military champion Oleksandr Shyshman of Ukraine, who was third in the 2014 European Championships at 85 kg/187 lbs. “The biggest thing Ben is bringing to the mats this year is that he is scoring. He is putting points on the board. He is very capable of scoring. Ben is working his positions and getting to the body. And when he gets to the body, he is taking his opponent off the mat and executing his techniques,” said National Greco-Roman Coach Matt Lindland.

Pat Smith, a 2014 University World silver medalist, will open at 71 kg/156 lbs. against Matous Morbitzer of Czech Republic, who has won very few Senior medals, most recently a bronze at the 2014 Zagreb Open in Croatia.

“Pat is a very capable athlete. He is competing in his first World Championships, but comes with vast experience. He spent a semester in Sweden this year. It changed the way he approached the sport. He has a bigger perspective of the world level. He has been overseas quite a bit. He is going to grind his opponents down and wear on them. He will get them tired, and has to score his points. He will win all of the scrambles,” said Lindland.

At 98 kg/215 lbs., 2016 Junior World bronze medalist G’Angelo Hancock (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids/New York AC/OTC) enters his first Senior World Championships as a 20 year old. Hancock will battle 2016 World University champion Fatih Baskoy of Turkey in his opening match. "We have seen him all year have really good success against some of the best Seniors in the world. He has gone up against two Olympic medalists since Rio. He beat one of them and was very close to the other. He had a disappointing Junior Worlds, where he had a bad call. He will come here a little more humble and with a little more fire, feeling like he needs to prove something,” said Lindland.

Should Hancock win his first match, he could draw 2016 Olympic champion and two-time World champion Artur Aleksanyan of Armenia.

Mason Manville (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP), also at age 20, opens with a pigtail match against 2017 Nordic Championships bronze medalist Manfred Edsberg of Sweden. Manville was a past Cadet World freestyle champion and a Youth Olympic Games silver medalist in Greco-Roman.“Mason is an incredible competitor. He has a world title at the age-group level. Mason finds a way to win. He has a strong mind. He is able to break down his opponents, put a game plan together and mentally, he is able to execute that game plan,” said Lindland.

Lindland feels good about the team going in, but knows it’s the toughest tournament in the world and his athletes will need to perform at their highest level to come home with some hardware. “I am an optimist and it spreads to the athletes. Everyone feels confident about their chances. It is the toughest event in the world. We are prepared. I am confident in their abilities. If they wrestle up to their abilities, we can do well,” said Lindland.

2017 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Paris, France, August 20, 2017

U.S. Greco-Roman first round draws

71 kg/156 lbs. - Pat Smith, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
Vs. Matous Morbitzer (Czech Republic), 3rd in 2014 Zagreb Open (Croatia), 3rd in 2013 Austrian Junior Open

75 kg/165 lbs. - Mason Manville, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
Vs. Manfred Edsberg (Sweden), 3rd in 2017 Nordic Championships, 3rd in 2017 Petrov International (Bulgaria), 2nd in 2014

85 kg/187 lbs. - Ben Provisor, Stevens Points, Wis. (New York AC)
Vs. Oleksander Shyshman (Ukraine), 2014 World Military champion, 3rd in 2014 European Championships, 2nd in 2014 World Military Championships,

98 kg/215.5 lbs. - G’Angelo Hancock, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids/New York AC/OTC)
Vs. Fatih Baskoy (Turkey), 2016 World University champion, 3rd in 2013 Junior World Championships, 3rd in 2017 European U23 Championships, 2015 European U23 champion
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Re: GRECO World Championships

Postby JM » Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:20 am

U.S. wins three bouts, but its four Greco-Roman athletes miss medal rounds at Paris World Championships
By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Aug. 21, 2017, 11:01 a.m. (ET)

PARIS, France – U.S. Greco-Roman wrestlers competing on the first day of the 2017 World Championships combined for three wins, but none of the four entries qualified for the medal rounds in the evening at the AccorsHotel Arena on Monday. All four were competing in their first Senior Worlds.

At 98 kg/215 lbs., 2016 Junior World bronze medalist G’Angelo Hancock (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids/New York AC/OTC) reached the repechage rounds at 98 kg/215 lbs., where the 20-year-old was unable to advance.

Hancock opened with a strong 3-0 decision over 2016 World University champion Fatih Baskoy of Turkey in his opening match. Hancock scored by forcing a step out then receiving a pair of passivity calls against Baskoy.

Next, Hancock fell to 2016 Olympic champion and two-time World champion Artur Aleksanyan of Armenia in his second match, by a 10-1 technical fall. Hancock trailed 3-0 at the break, and closed it to 3-1 early in the second period after a passivity penalty against Aleksanyan. However, Aleksanyan scored a key four-point move, plus a failed challenge, to make it 8-1 then closed out the bout with a takedown.

When Aleksanyan reached the finals, Hancock was drawn into repechage, where he was defeated by 2017 Asian champion Seyedmosta Salehizadeh of Iran, 3-1. Hancock led 1-0 after a passivity call against Salehizadeh, but the Iranian came back with two points on passivity and a forced stepout to secure the final three points of the bout.

“It was a rough day. It has been a rough month. I am grateful to wrestle an Olympic champion and multiple World champion. I am grateful for that experience. I give my life to this and I trained my whole year for this. Wrestling is like that. Every day, something crazy can happen,” said Hancock.

The other three U.S. wrestlers entered on Monday also lost matches, and were not able to come back into repechage after their opponents fell short of the finals.

Another 20 –year old, Mason Manville (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP), went 1-1 in his first Senior World Championships experience at 75 kg/165 lbs.

He opened with a 4-2 win over 2017 Nordic Championships bronze medalist Manfred Edsberg of Sweden. Manville went up 2-0 on two passivity calls against Edsberg. On the key exchange of the match, Manville was turned by Edsberg, but then caught Edsberg on his back, for a two-and-two ruling by the officials, for the final points in the bout.

In his second bout, Manville fell to 2009 European Junior champion Mindia Tsulukidze of Georgia, 4-2. It was a match in which Manville scored the only technical points with a bodylock takedown early in the second period. However, officials nailed Manville with three passivity penalties giving Tsulukidze three points. In the closing seconds, Manville got behind Tsulukidze but could not get the Georgian’s knee to hit the mat. The USA challenged the call, which was denied, giving Tsulukidze his final point. Manville was eliminated after Tsulukidze lost in his quarterfinal bout, and did not advance to repechage.

Manville was a past Cadet World freestyle champion and a Youth Olympic Games silver medalist in Greco-Roman. He is a student at Penn State.

“I felt pretty good. I felt I was moving well and was pushing the pace, trying to do my offensive ties. There was some controversy with the ref, but you can’t control that. I thought I took him down twice, but the ref didn’t. It doesn’t matter. I am just trying to get better,” said Manville.

Pat Smith, a 2014 University World silver medalist, also finished with a 1-1 record in his first Senior World Championships, and did not reach the repechage rounds.

Smith opened with a solid 5-0 shutout over Matous Morbitzer of Czech Republic. Smith scored a takedown, forced a stepout and received two points on passivity against Morbitzer.

Smith fell to 2017 Asian bronze medalist Nurgazy Asangulov of Kyrgyzstan in the second round, 8-2. Smith opened with a 2-0 lead on a passivity point and a stepout. Asangulov opened it up with a four-point headlock, then nailed another four-pointer to put away the match.

When Asangulov lost his quarterfinal bout to Demeu Zhadrayev of Kazakhstan, Smith was eliminated from the competition. Smith competed for the University of Minnesota in college.

“My body felt good. I felt prepared. I was ready to go. Reflecting back, the first thing that comes to mind is the second match, it was definitely winnable. That is the frustrating thing, small lapses in discipline and position can change the whole course of the match. I know what I am capable of, and it didn’t quite come out after that second match,” said Smith.

Two-time Olympian Ben Provisor (Stevens Points, Wis. (New York AC) was defeated in his only match, and was not eligible for repechage. It was his first Senior World Championships appearance.

Provisor dropped his opener against 2014 World Military champion Oleksandr Shyshman of Ukraine, 6-2. It was a close match until the end, when Shyshman broke a 2-2 tie with 12 seconds left by getting behind Provisor and hitting a four-point throw. Provisor was ahead on the tiebreaker if he had been able to hold off that final Shyshman attack.

“I was up 2-2 with 16 seconds left. With the head butt that happened, I sort of got upset. It was the same thing that happened at the Olympics. I let my emotions get the best of me. I need to practice on that a little bit more. I was winning. I should have circled back with my left foot forward. He scored on my good side. My left side is my tricky side. I shouldn’t have given that point up. Live and learn. It was my first World Championships and now I will probably move to Penn State with Mason and we’ll see,” said Provisor.

The finals in the four weight classes are set for 7:00 p.m. Paris time. The final four U.S. Greco-Roman wrestlers weigh-in on Monday night. Their draws will be posted when available.

2017 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Paris, France, August 20, 2017

U.S. Greco-Roman results

71 kg/156 lbs. - Pat Smith, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
WIN Matous Morbitzer (Czech Republic), 5-0
LOSS Nurgazy Asangulov (Kyrgyzstan), 8-2

75 kg/165 lbs. - Mason Manville, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
WIN Manfred Edsberg (Sweden), 4-2
LOSS Mindia Tsulukidze (Georgia), 4-2

85 kg/187 lbs. - Ben Provisor, Stevens Points, Wis. (New York AC)
LOSS Oleksander Shyshman (Ukraine), 6-2

98 kg/215.5 lbs. - G’Angelo Hancock, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids/New York AC/OTC)
WIN Fatih Baskoy (Turkey), 3-0
LOSS Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia), 10-1 tech. fall
LOSS Seyedmosta Salehizadeh (Iran), 3-1

Finalist pairings
71 kg/156 lbs. - Demeu Zhadrayev (Kazakhstan) vs. Frank Staebler (Germany)
75 kg/165 lbs. - Aleksandr Chekhirkin (Russia) vs. Viktor Nemes (Serbia)
85 kg/187.5 lbs. - Denis Kudla (Germany) vs. Metehan Basar (Turkey)
98 kg/215 lbs. - Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia) vs. Musa Evloev (Russia)

Semifinal results

71 kg/156 lbs.
Demeu Zhadrayev (Kazakhstan) dec. Balint Korpasi (Hungary), 1-1
Frank Staebler (Germany) dec. Daniel Cataraga (Moldova), 4-2

75 kg/165 lbs.
Aleksandr Chekhirkin (Russia) pin Tamas Lorincz (Hungary), 4:43
Viktor Nemes (Serbia) dec. Kazbek Kilou (Belarus), 7-0

85 kg/187.5 lbs.
Denis Kudla (Germany) pin Hossein Ahmad Nouri (Iran), 5:59
Metehan Basar (Turkey) dec. Davit Chakvetadze (Russia), 4-2

98 kg/215 lbs.
Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia) tech. fall Rustam Assakalov (Uzbekistan), 8-0
Musa Evloev (Russia) dec. Dimitriy Timchenko (Ukraine), 8-1
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Re: GRECO World Championships

Postby JM » Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:16 pm

Greco-Roman athletes Hafizov, Coleman, Haight and Smith receive draws for World Championship
By Richard Immel, USA Wrestling | Aug. 21, 2017, 1 p.m. (ET)

PARIS – Four U.S. athletes have weighed in and received their draws for the second day of Greco-Roman action at the 2017 World Championships being held at AccorHotels Arena.

A veteran group comprised of past Olympians Ildar Hafizov (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP), Ellis Coleman (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP) and Robby Smith (Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC/OTC), plus multiple-time World Team member Cheney Haight (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC/OTC), take the mat for America tomorrow in Paris.

“We’ve got four talented, capable athletes. I’m looking forward to seeing them go out there and compete up to their potential. If we do that we can win a few medals tomorrow,” U.S. National Greco-Roman Coach Matt Lindland said.

Making his first World Championships appearance for the U.S., Hafizov is set to face Armenia’s Vazgen Khachatryan in the first round at 59 kg/130 lbs. Hafizov was an Olympian and three-time World Team member for Uzbekistan prior to moving to the U.S.

Coleman, a 2012 Olympian and two-time U.S. World Team member, will be challenged by three-time Brazil Cup champion and 2014 South American Games bronze medalist Diego Ribeiro Romanelli of Brazil in his first go at 66 kg/145 lbs.

Representing the U.S. at the World Championships or Olympic Games for the fifth-consecutive year at 130 kg/286 lbs., Smith will go up against Slovakia’s Tamas Soos to start his day. Soos finished in fifth place at this year’s U23 European Championships.

Receiving the toughest opening test is Haight, who will battle returning World bronze medalist and 2014 University World champion Laszlo Szabo of Hungary in his first bout at 80 kg/176 lbs. Haight is a two-time World Team member and finished with gold at the Pan American Championships earlier this year.

The second day of Greco-Roman competition will begin at 10 a.m. local time (4 a.m. ET) on Tuesday. Medal matches are scheduled for 7 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET).

Complete brackets for the World Championships, as well as a live stream of the event, are available to U.S. residents at Trackwrestling.com.

U.S. Greco-Roman draws for Tuesday
59 kg/130 lbs. - Ildar Hafizov, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
Vs. Vazgen Khachatryan (Armenia)

66 kg/145 lbs. - Ellis Coleman, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
Vs. Diego Ribeiro Romanelli (Brazil), Three-time Brazil Cup champion, 2014 South American Games bronze medalist

80 kg/176 lbs. - Cheney Haight, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC/OTC)
Vs. Laszlo Szabo (Hungary), 2016 World bronze medalist, 2014 University World champion

130 kg/286 lbs. - Robby Smith, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC/OTC)
Vs. Tamas Soos (Slovakia), Fifth in 2017 U23 European Championships
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Re: GRECO World Championships

Postby JM » Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:41 am

Coleman, Smith, Haight, Hafizov beaten in Tuesday morning Greco-Roman session at World Championships
By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Aug. 22, 2017, 9:51 a.m. (ET)

PARIS, France – The final four members of the U.S. Greco-Roman team were defeated during the morning session at the World Wrestling Championships on Tuesday. None of the U.S. wrestlers were eligible for the repechage rounds when their opponents failed to reach the finals.

2012 Olympian and two-time Ellis Coleman (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP) finished with a 1-1 record at 66 kg/145 lbs.

Coleman was dominant in his opener, scoring an 8-0 first-period technical fall over three-time Brazil Cup champion Diego Ribeiro Romanelli of Brazil. Coleman controlled all positions, earning two takedowns and four step out points to finish off the match quickly.

Coleman was defeated in his second match by 2016 European U23 silver medalist Mate Nemes of Slovakia, 3-1. The bout started with controversy, as officials penalized Coleman with a caution and two points to Nemes, when Coleman used a stiff-arm to Nemes’ neck during an active pummel. From that point on, neither wrestler could score, with each being penalized once for passivity. When Nemes was defeated in the quarterfinals, Coleman was not eligible for repechage.

“I started off kind of slow. I was able to push the pace in my first match and get the ball rolling. Second match, same thing, not much different. I was trying to push the pace a little bit. A style clash. He just stood there and stayed in the zone a little bit. I couldn’t figure out to get him moving to open up my offense,” said Coleman.

Competing in his fifth straight U.S. World or Olympic Team, Robby Smith (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) also had a 1-1 record at 130 kg/286 lbs.

Smith opened the tournament in a big way, throwing and pinning Slovakia’s Tamas Soos in 1:54. Leading 2-0 after a passivity call against Soos and a stepout, Smith secured a bodylock and tossed Soos for four points, finishing off the throw with the fall. Soos finished in fifth place at this year’s U23 European Championships.

In the second round, he faced Yasmani Acosta Fernandez of Chile, who is a former wrestler for Cuba. Acosta led 2-0 at the break, on a passivity call and a step out. In the second period, Acosta forced Smith out of bounds to make it 3-0. Acosta was penalized for passivity, making it 3-1, but Smith was unable to score late in the match. Acosta was the 2011 Pan American champion for Cuba, beating Smith in the finals at that event.

Acosta won his quarterfinals, but was beaten in the semifinals by two-time World champion Heiki Nabi of Estonia, 2-1, which knocked Smith out of the repechage rounds.

“I felt great leading up to this whole tournament. I am tired of doing this. I’d rather be talking to you after I win a medal. It is not fun doing this right now. I have to change some stuff. I have to get stronger. The guy is from Cuba who beat me. It says Chile but he is from Cuba. He was the No. 2. It is what it is. I lost. He played the game right and he got the calls. It is hard. It’s rough. Greco had a tough tournament. It didn’t seem anything would go our way. Everybody wrestled hard. We have to keep our heads up. It is a hard blow right now. We have get back to the drawing board and figure it out, change it up,” said Smith.

Cheney Haight (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) lost by pin to 2017 World bronze medalist Laszlo Szabo of Hungary in his first bout at 80 kg/176 lbs. Haight hit a two-point throw early in the match, and led 2-1 at the break. However, Szabo was able to score a takedown and turn for four points two different times, and led 9-2 when he was able to pin Haight when he tried to press the action.

Haight was competing in his second World Championships, with his previous World appearance in 2011. A two-time Pan American champion, at 32, Haight is the oldest member of the Greco-Roman team this year.

“It didn’t really go according to plan, but that’s life. I feel I prepared as hard as I could for it. I had a great camp. I was giving up some underhooks in that match. It has been a problem with me. I have worked on it a lot. I knew how he wrestled. I wanted to get my points out there early. I knew, if he scored first, it would be hard to break through on him because he is a grinder and strong. I wanted to get him while he was coming at me. Once he got ahead of me, it was hard coming back,

Ildar Hafizov (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP) lost his first match competing for the USA at the World Championships, and was not eligible for repechage. Hafizov was an Olympian and three-time World Team member for Uzbekistan prior to moving to the U.S.

Hafizov opened with an 8-3 loss to Vazgen Khachatryan of Armenia. Khachatryan opened with a four-point move, but Hafizov responded by putting the Armenian to his back for two, closing it to 4-2. A key officials call came late in the first period, when Hafizov was penalized with a caution and two points for choking with a front headlock. Hafizov pressed the action and got a passivity point in the second period, making it 6-3, but a Khachatryan takedown late in the match sealed the victory.

When Khachatryan lost his next match by technical fall against Kenjiro Fumito of Japan, Hafizov was eliminated.

“I did not perform well today. I want to apologize to the American coaches, because I did not meet their expectation today. I came up short. I don’t know what was wrong. I went to camp and competition. It was the worst competition this year. I didn’t wrestle well. The other competitions, I had success, but this one, I don’t know,” said Hafizov.

Greco-Roman Team USA finished with a 5-9 record at the World Championships this year, with only G’Angelo Hancock at 98 kg/215 lbs. able to compete in the repechage rounds. There were three first-time World or Olympic team members on the squad, Hancock, Pat Smith at 71 kg and Mason Manville at 75 kg.

“I have to go day by day. The first day, we had young guys who just need a little more experience and fought really hard. They battled, they gave it everything they had. Today, I didn’t see the fight. I know we have really talented athletes, tough, tough guys. Where is the fight? This is a sport. They are supposed to be enjoying it and having fun. These guys were so tense and nervous out there. They didn’t relax and compete to their abilities. They let those matches slip away. These were all winnable matches. I can’t break it down to two days. Our young guys fought hard. Our older guys need to find that fight,” said National Greco-Roman coach Matt Lindland.

The finals have been set in the four weight classes contested on Tuesday, with the medal round set for 7:00 p.m. The first four U.S. women freestyle wrestlers weigh in on Tuesday and receive their draws.

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WORLD WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Paris, France, August 22

U.S. Greco-Roman performances

59 kg/130 lbs. - Ildar Hafizov, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
LOSS Vazgen Khachatryan (Armenia), 8-3

66 kg/145 lbs. - Ellis Coleman, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
WIN Diego Ribeiro Romanelli (Brazil), tech. fall 8-0
LOSS Mate Nemes (Serbia), 3-1

80 kg/176 lbs. - Cheney Haight, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC/OTC)
LOSS Laszlo Szabo (Hungary), pin 5:37

130 kg/286 lbs. - Robby Smith, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC/OTC)
WIN Tamas Soos (Slovakia), 1:54
LOSS Yasmani Acosta Fernandez (Chile), 3-1

Finals pairings
59 kg/130 lbs. - Kenichiro Fumita (Japan) vs. Mirambek Ainagulov (Kazakhstan)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Hansu Ryu (Korea) vs. Mateusz Lucjan Bernatek (Poland)
80 kg/176 lbs. - Maksim Manukyan (Armenia) vs. Radzik Kuliyeu (Belarus)
130 kg/286 lbs. - Riza Kayaalp (Turkey) vs. Heiki Nabi (Estonia)

Semifinal results

59 kg/130 lbs.
Kenichiro Fumita (Japan) dec. Kanybek Zholchubekov (Kyrgyzstan), 2-1
Mirambek Ainagulov (Kazakhstan) dec. Seunghak Kim (Korea), 4-2

66 kg/145.5 lbs.
Hansu Ryu (Korea) dec. Artem Surkov (Russia), 2-1
Mateusz Lucjan Bernatek (Poland) dec. Mohammad H Elyasi (Iran), 4-1

80 kg/176 lbs.
Maksim Manukyan (Armenia) pin Zurabi Datunashvili (Georgia), 0:55
Radzik Kuliyeu (Belarus) dec. Elvin Mursaliyev (Azerbaijan), 3-3

130 kg/286 lbs.
Riza Kayaalp (Turkey) dec. Oscar Pino Hinds (Cuba), 2-1
Heiki Nabi (Estonia) dec. Yasmani Acosta Fernandez (Chile), 2-1
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