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U23 World Championships - Nov. 21-26

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U23 World Championships - Nov. 21-26

Postby JM » Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:11 pm

Men's freestyle set for U23 World Championships in Poland, Nov. 21-26

By Taylor Miller, USA Wrestling | Nov. 16, 2017, 5:56 p.m. (ET)

USA Wrestling is sending a skilled group of men’s freestyle wrestlers to compete at the U23 World Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Nov. 21-26. It will be the first UWW U23 World Championships, which features 18-23-year-old athletes in the three Olympic disciplines.

Daton Fix (Sand Springs, Okla./Titan Mercury/Cowboy RTC) leads the American team, entering his second World Championships of the year, fresh off a Junior World title. This summer at the Junior World Championships in Tampere, Finland, Fix was absolutely dominant, outscoring his opponents 53-1. In the finals, he defeated Ismail Gadzhiev of Russia with a fast 12-1 technical fall. Fix has a wealth of international experience, having wrestled in two Junior World Championships and two Cadet World Championships. From that, he has collected a 2017 Junior World gold, 2016 Junior World bronze and a 2015 Cadet World bronze. He also traveled to the 2014 Cadet World Championships in Snina, Slovakia.
Fix, who will take on the world at 57 kg/125 lbs., is a true freshman at Oklahoma State.

In addition to Fix, there are three other wrestlers, who have earned age-group World medals, including Mitchell McKee, Joey McKenna and Sam Brooks.

McKee (Hanover, Minn./Minnesota Storm) was Fix’s teammate in Finland, wrestling at 60 kg/132 lbs. It was his first World tournament since 2012, when he finished eighth at the Cadet World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. This time around, he stormed to the Junior World finals, pulling out some exciting wins. In the final, he fell to 2017 Junior European bronze medalist Abdulla Akhmedov of Russia but walked away with a Junior silver medal. In his third World appearance, McKee will compete at 61 kg/134 lbs. McKee just started his sophomore season at Minnesota. Last year, he qualified for NCAAs for the Gophers.

Seeking his second World medal in three attempts is McKenna (Towaco, N.J./Titan Mercury/Lehigh Valley WC). Like McKee, McKenna owns a Junior World silver medal. He collected his in 2014 at the Junior World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia. McKenna also competed at the 2012 Cadet World Championships with McKee. Since 2014, he has picked up two international medals, including gold at the 2015 Cerro Pelado International in Havana, Cuba, and bronze at the Ziolkowsi International in Spala, Poland. The New Jersey native is set to compete at 65 kg/143 lbs. Recently, McKenna transferred to Ohio State after two years at Stanford, where he was a 2016 All-American, finishing third at NCAAs.

Also making his third age-group World Championship appearance is Brooks (Oak Park, Ill./New York AC/Hawkeye WC).

Brooks boasts a 2011 Cadet World bronze medal and was a member of the 2013 Junior World Team. In 2011, he earned World Team spots on both the Junior freestyle and Greco teams but elected to compete in freestyle. U23 Worlds will be his first international competition since 2013. He will wrestle at 86 kg/189 lbs. Brooks trains out of Iowa City, Iowa, where he recently completed his collegiate career as a two-time NCAA All-American and two-time Big Ten champion for the Hawkeyes.

Two-time NCAA champion Isaiah Martinez, a senior at Illinois, will don the Red, White and Blue at 74 kg/163 lbs. This summer, Martinez won the Last Chance World Team Trials Qualifier and moved onto the U.S. Senior World Team Trials in Lincoln, Neb., where he took fourth. Martinez was a 2016 UWW University national champion. As a Junior-aged athlete, he finished second at the 2014 Junior World Team Trials.

Three-time All-Americans will represent the USA at the heavy weights, with Ty Walz at 97 kg/213 lbs. and Michael Kroells at 125 kg/275 lbs.

Former Virginia Tech wrestler Walz (Cleveland, Ohio/Titan Mercury/Southeast RTC) has become more active on the freestyle circuit recently, finishing third at the 2016 UWW University Nationals and claiming fifth place at the 2017 U.S. Open to qualify for the Senior World Team Trials.

Kroells (Belle Plaine, Minn./Minnesota Storm), a former heavyweight and three-time All-American at Minnesota, took sixth at the 2016 UWW University Nationals. He will be competing in his first international tournament next week.

Two-time NJCAA All-American and Rutgers senior Richie Lewis (Toms River, N.J./Scarlett Knight WC) will head overseas for the first time in career and will compete at 70 kg/154 lbs. He shocked the country, bulldozing through the U23 Trials bracket, taking out some of the nation’s top young talent, including Nebraska junior Tyler Berger in the best-of-three championship series.

The men’s freestyle portion of the event is set for Nov. 25-26. Up first for the U.S. in men’s freestyle are Fix (57 kg), McKee (61 kg), Brooks (86 kg) and Kroells (125 kg) on Saturday, Nov. 25, followed by McKenna (65 kg), Lewis (70 kg), Martinez (75 kg) and Walz (97 kg) on Sunday, Nov. 26.

The preliminary rounds begin at 10 a.m. local time (4 a.m. ET), with the medal matches beginning at 6 p.m. (12 p.m. ET) on both days. Bydgoszcz is six hours ahead of the U.S. Eastern time zone.

Fans can find live streams and brackets on Trackwrestling.com.

U23 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
at Bydgoszcz, Poland, Nov. 21-26

Men’s freestyle roster
57 kg/125 lbs. – Daton Fix (Sand Springs, Okla./Titan Mercury/Cowboy RTC)
61 kg/134 lbs. – Mitchell McKee (Hanover, Minn./Minnesota Storm)
65 kg/143 lbs. – Joey McKenna (Towaco, N.J./Titan Mercury/Lehigh Valley WC)
70 kg/154 lbs. – Richie Lewis (Toms River, N.J./Scarlett Knight WC)
74 kg/163 lbs. – Isaiah Martinez (Lemoore, Calif./Titan Mercury)
86 kg/189 lbs. – Sam Brooks (Oak Park, Ill./New York AC/Hawkeye WC)
97 kg/213 lbs. – Ty Walz (Cleveland, Ohio/Titan Mercury/Southeast RTC)
125 kg/275 lbs. – Michael Kroells (Belle Plaine, Minn./Minnesota Storm)

Schedule (Bydgoszcz local time)
Tuesday, Nov. 21
Greco-Roman – 71 kg, 75 kg, 85 kg, 98 kg
10 a.m. – Qualification rounds and repechage
5 p.m. – Opening ceremony
6 p.m. – Medal matches

Wednesday, Nov. 22
Greco-Roman – 59 kg, 66 kg, 80 kg, 130 kg
10 a.m. – Qualification rounds and repechage
6 p.m. – Medal matches

Thursday, Nov. 23
Women’s freestyle – 55 kg, 58 kg, 63 kg, 75 kg
10 a.m. – Qualification rounds and repechage
6 p.m. – Medal matches

Friday, Nov. 24
Women’s freestyle – 48 kg, 53 kg, 60 kg, 69 kg
10 a.m. – Qualification rounds and repechage
6 p.m. – Medal matches

Saturday, Nov. 25
Men’s freestyle – 57 kg, 61kg, 86 kg, 125 kg
10 a.m. – Qualification rounds and repechage
6 p.m. – Medal matches

Sunday, Nov. 26
Men’s freestyle – 65 kg, 70 kg, 74 kg, 97 kg
10 a.m. – Qualification rounds and repechage
6 p.m. – Medal matches
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Re: U23 World Championships - Nov. 21-26

Postby JM » Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:56 pm

Not a good showing by our Greco guys ,,,

U.S. Greco finishes U23 World Championships in Poland
By Taylor Miller, USA Wrestling | Nov. 22, 2017, 8:22 a.m. (ET)

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland – The United States wrapped up its Greco-Roman competition at the U23 World Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, on Wednesday afternoon. USA was unable to qualify any wrestlers to the medal rounds, but the Red, White and Blue did pick up wins from Dalton Roberts and G’Angelo Hancock.

“It’s going to take leadership within the program,” U.S. Greco-Roman National Coach Matt Lindland said. “Talent, alone, won’t get it done. You have to have talent, hard work and all the intangibles that go along with what it takes to be a champion.”

Four-time age-group World Team member Roberts (Fowlerville, Mich./Sunkist Kids) started his tournament with a bang at 59 kg/130 lbs., sticking 2014 Junior World bronze medalist Zoltan Levai of Slovakia in his first match. Halfway through the second period Roberts hit a duck under for a takedown and went right to his gut wrench, putting Levai in danger. At the five-minute mark, Roberts was awarded the fall, giving USA its first win of the U23 World Championships.

The Northern Michigan junior lost his second bout to 2016 Junior Asian champion Aidos Sultangali of Kazakhstan in a 10-4 battle. Trailing 6-0 at the break after fighting off his back, Roberts began a comeback with a four-point throw to cut the lead. However, it wasn’t enough. Sultangali went on to score twice more for a 10-4 win. The Kazakh wrestler worked his way to the semifinals but fell in a last-second stunner to Junior World bronze medalist Masuto Kawana of Japan, 6-5, bringing Roberts’ World Championships to an end.

“Dalton Roberts gave everything he had with all he’s got,” Lindland said. “He has a ton of character, discipline, work and grit. When he continues to develop those skills, he’s going to surpass the talent of other athletes. The bright side is we have someone like Dalton in our program.”

2016 Junior World bronze medalist Hancock (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids/New York AC) entered his third World Championships of the year, after competing at Junior Worlds in Tampere, Finland, and Senior Worlds in Paris, France.

Hancock, up at 130 kg/286 lbs., led 2016 Junior Balkans champion Leonard Berei of Romania, 4-4 on criteria, after the first period, thanks to a big four-point throw. He pulled away in the second with a takedown and two gut wrenches for a 10-5 win. In his second match, Hancock fell to the 2017 African Championships gold medalist Abdellatif Mohamed of Egypt. He tournament came to an end when Mohamed lost in the quarterfinals.

Alejandro Sancho (Miami, Fla./New York AC) dropped his first bout at 66 kg/145 lbs., falling to Belarus’ Yuri Kankov, who finished fifth at the Junior European Championships. Four of Kankov’s points were scored from Sancho initiating action, including a takedown early in the second period. Later in the bout, Sancho went for a throw, picking up two points on exposure, while also giving up exposure. At the end of six minutes, it was Kankov who had his hand raised in a 7-2 victory. In the round of 16, Kankov fell to Gaoquan Zhang of China, ending Sancho’s 2017 U23 World Championships.

2017 Junior World champion Kamal Bey (Chicago, Ill./Sunkist Kids) wrestled up a weight class at 80 kg/176 lbs., where he lost his first match against 2013 Junior World silver medalist Andrii Antoniuk of Ukraine in an 8-0 technical fall. Anotniuk fell in the quarterfinals to 2015 Senior World bronze medalist Lasha Gobadze of Gerogia, 4-2, wrapping up Bey’s tournament.

Thanksgiving Thursday begins women’s freestyle action with Dominique Parrish, Megan Black, Maya Nelson and Rachel Watters competing for World titles. The preliminary rounds begin at 10 a.m. local time (4 a.m. ET), with the medal matches beginning at 6 p.m. (12 p.m. ET) each day. Bydgoszcz is six hours ahead of the U.S. Eastern time zone. Fans can find live streams and brackets on Trackwrestling.com.

2017 U23 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
at Bydgoszcz, Poland (Six hours ahead of ET)

U.S. Greco-Roman results
59 kg/130 lbs. – Dalton Roberts (Fowlerville, Mich./Sunkist Kids)
WIN Zoltan Levai (Slovakia), fall
LOSS Aidos Sultangali (Kazakhstan), 10-4

66 kg/145 lbs. - Alejandro Sancho (Miami, Fla./New York AC)
LOSS Yuri Kankov (Belarus), 7-2

80 kg/187 lbs. - Kamal Bey (Chicago, Ill./Sunkist Kids)
LOSS Andrii Antoniuk (Ukraine), 9-0

130 kg/286 lbs. - G’Angelo Hancock (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids/New York AC)
WIN Leonard Berei (Romania), 10-5
LOSS Abdellatif Mohamed (Egypt), 8-0
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Re: U23 World Championships - Nov. 21-26

Postby JM » Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:24 pm

Not a good opening day for our women's team -

USA women's freestyle finishes day one at U23 World Championships in Poland

By Taylor Miller, USA Wrestling | Nov. 23, 2017, 8:08 a.m. (ET)

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland – The U.S. women’s freestyle team wrapped up its first day of competition at the U23 World Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. The USA was unable to qualify any wrestlers for the medal rounds but did pick up a win at 75 kg/165 lbs. and advanced one wrestler to repechage at 55 kg/121 lbs.

The only American win on the day came from four-time age-group World Team member Rachel Watters (Ankeny, Iowa/Aries WC), who defeated Aysegul Ozbege of Turkey with a dominant 10-0 technical fall to open her second World Championships of the year.

In the quarterfinals, she faced 2017 Junior Pan American champion Mabelkis Capote Perez of Cuba. Capote Perez jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead halfway through the first period, thanks to a takedown, crotch lift and two penalty points. In the final seconds of the period, the Cuban was awarded four points on the edge. USA challenged but the call stood, giving Capote Perez one point and an 11-0 tech fall. Watters tournament came to an end when Capote Perez failed to make it to the finals, running into 2016 Cadet World champion and 2017 Junior World silver medalist Yashua Matsuyuki of Japan in the semis.

“It’s been a good year of experiences,” Watters said. “Yeah, I didn’t win a medal this year, which is disappointing, but I’ve been learning every single day and becoming a better wrestler. Hopefully one day I will come away with that World medal.”

Dominique Parrish (Scotts Valley, Calif./Sunkist Kids), a 2017 Senior National Team member and 20th annual Dave Schultz Memorial International bronze medalist, competed hard against 2017 Senior World champion Haruna Okuno of Japan in her first-round bout at 55 kg/121 lbs. Parrish fought out several attacks from the reigning World champ, but it was not enough as the American fell, 10-0. Okuno went on to advance to the 55 kg finals, pulling Parrish back into the repechage, where she took on 2017 Junior European champion and Alexander Medved Prize silver medalist Alina Akobiia of Ukraine. Parrish ran out to a 4-1 lead early in the first period with a pair of takedowns, but Akobiia took over the lead with a 5-4 advantage at the break. In the second period, Akobiia won a scramble, putting Parrish to her and picking up the fall at 4:09.

2017 Junior World champion Maya Nelson (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) faced a tough newcomer in her first bout at 63 kg/139 lbs., Tatyana Smoliak of Russia. Nelson was first on the board with a passivity point, but Smoliak tallied takedowns in the closing seconds of each period to knock off the World champ, 4-1.

“It was definitely a hard match and a tough tournament,” Nelson said. “The preparation was hard, and it just didn’t go in my favor today. It’s extremely humbling. Wrestling is a humbling sport.”

The Russian made her way to the semifinals, where she lost a 4-3 heart breaker to 2016 Junior World champion Ayana Gempei of Japan, which ended Nelson’s run at another World medal. “To say that I’m not disappointed would be a lie. I just have to get back to work and get even more focused,” Nelson said.

In her World-level debut, University Nationals champion and McKendree wrestler Megan Black (Batavia, Iowa/Bearcat WC) lost her opening match at 58 kg/128 lbs. to 2016 Junior World silver medalist Nadezhda Dragunova of Belarus. The two went back and forth in the first period, but it was a four-point roll through from Dragunova that gave her a lead that Black could not overcome. Dragunova walked away with a 16-7 win. The Belarusian lost her quarterfinal match to Xiaosian Wang of China, knocking Black out of the tournament.

Four more American women will wrestle tomorrow, including Cody Pfau (48 kg), Amy Fearnside (53 kg), Kayla Miracle (60 kg) and Forrest Molinari (69 kg). The preliminary rounds begin at 10 a.m. local time (4 a.m. ET), with the medal matches beginning at 6 p.m. (12 p.m. ET) each day. Bydgoszcz is six hours ahead of the U.S. Eastern time zone.

Fans can find live streams and brackets on Trackwrestling.com.

2017 U23 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
at Bydgoszcz, Poland (Six hours ahead of ET)

U.S. women’s freestyle results
55 kg/121 lbs. – Dominique Parrish (Scotts Valley, Calif./Sunkist Kids)
LOSS Haruna Okuno (Japan), 10-0
LOSS Alina Akobiia (UKR), fall

58 kg/128 lbs. – Megan Black (Batavia, Iowa/Bearcat WC)
LOSS Nadezhda Dragunova (Belarus), 16-7

63 kg/139 lbs. – Maya Nelson (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids)
LOSS Tatyana Smoliak (Russia), 4-1

75 kg/165 lbs. – Rachel Watters (Ankeny, Iowa/Aries WC)
WIN Aysegul Ozbege (Turkey), 10-0
LOSS Mabelkis Capote Perez (Cuba), 11-0
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Re: U23 World Championships - Nov. 21-26

Postby JM » Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:40 am

Japan wins all four golds in day one of women’s freestyle competition at U23 Worlds
By Taylor Miller, USA Wrestling | Nov. 23, 2017, 3:50 p.m. (ET)

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland – Team Japan swept the gold medal bouts on night one of women’s freestyle competition at the U23 World Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, on Thursday night. Winning for Japan was Haruna Okuno at 55 kg/121 lbs., Yuzuru Kumano at 58 kg/128 lbs., Ayana Gempei at 63 kg/139 lbs. and Yashua Matsuyuki at 75 kg/165 lbs.

2017 U23 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
at Bydgoszcz, Poland (Six hours ahead of ET)

55 kg/121 lbs.
Gold - Haruna OKUNO (JPN) dec. Iryna KURACHKINA (BLR), 6-2
Bronze - Alina AKOBIIA (UKR) win by fall Bediha GUN (TUR)
Bronze - Nina MENKENOVA (RUS) dec. Simona PRICOB (ROU), 5-0

58 kg/128 lbs.
Gold - Yuzuru KUMANO (JPN) dec. Battsetseg ALTANTSETSEG (MGL), 6-1
Bronze - Elin Johanna NILSSON (SWE) win by fall Xiaosen WANG (CHN)
Bronze - Tetyana KIT (UKR) dec. Alyona KOLESNIK (AZE), 3-1

63 kg/139 lbs.
Gold - Ayana GEMPEI (JPN) dec. Braxton Rei STONE (CAN), 10-8
Bronze - Adela HANZLICKOVA (CZE) win by fall Tatiana SMOLIAK (RUS)
Bronze - Moa Lena Maria NYGREN (SWE) win by fall Luzie MANZKE (GER)

75 kg/165 lbs.
Gold - Yasuha MATSUYUKI (JPN) tech. fall Gracelynn DOOGAN (CAN), 12-2
Bronze - Francy RAEDELT (GER) tech. fall Mabelkis CAPOTE PEREZ (CUB), 14-4
Bronze - Anastasiia SHUSTOVA (UKR) win by fall Pooja POOJA (IND)
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Re: U23 World Championships - Nov. 21-26

Postby JM » Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:21 am

No medals yet for the USA after Day 4 of these Championships

Miracle and Fearnside finish fifth at U23 World Championships

By Taylor Miller, USA Wrestling | Nov. 24, 2017, 4:35 p.m. (ET)

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland – Americans Kayla Miracle and Amy Fearnside wrapped up their 2017 U23 World Championships on Friday night in Bydgoszcz, Poland, each taking fifth place. Both wrestlers dropped heartbreakers in their bronze-medal matches, losing by a combined three points.

Two-time Junior World bronze medalist and 2017 U.S. National Team member Miracle (Campbellsville, Ky./Sunkist Kids) fell to Tetiana Olmechenko of Azerebaijan, who won the 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games earlier this year, in the 60 kg/132 lbs. bronze match.

Miracle led 4-0 at the break, thanks to a double she shot, lifting her opponent in the air and putting her to her back for four. In the second period, she began to separate herself, going up 10-2 at one point. Olmechenko closed in on Miracle’s lead with a takedown and two sets of exposure. With 14 seconds left, Olmechenko was awarded four points and Miracle worked her way to a reversal for a point, but it was not enough as the clock ran out. USA challenged the four-pointer but lost the challenge, resulting in an additional point for Olmechenko, who took the bronze medal with a 13-11 decision.

“It kind of seemed like I went into this autopilot mode,” Miracle said. “I didn’t know exactly what to do. Her stance was weird and her attacks were weird. I just didn’t know how to react. I just didn’t wrestle my match in the second period. It’s all a process. You can do everything right, but you’re not promised anything. My day will come. I just have to keep grinding it out, and one day it will happen.”

Miracle had a solid first session, claiming wins over Therese Persson of Sweden, who won a Junior World bronze in 2015 and Cadet World silver in 2012, as well as Francesca Indelicato of Italy, who won bronze at the 2015 Senior Mediterranean Championships.

Amy Fearnside (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury) chased her second World medal on Friday night, but fell in a battle to 2017 World Military champion Otgonjargal Ganbaatar of Mongolia at 53 kg/117 lbs. A 2014 University World silver medalist, Fearnside gave up the first point on passivity, trailing 1-0 at the break. The American was on the board, scoring a takedown off a double shot by Ganbaatar. Later in the period, the two exchanged takedowns, but it was a feet-to-back takedown from Ganbaatar that ultimately put the match out of reach for Fearnside, despite a last-second takedown for the USA.

The Mongolian won, 7-6.

“It was definitely a really tough match,” Fearnside said. “There are no slouches out here. We’re all good. We’re all here for a reason. There were a couple of things that could have gone differently. It was a one-point match. Definitely really close. It was heartbreaking to not get bronze, but it’s something that I can you for motivation moving forward.”

Fearnside boosted her international resume, adding wins over 2016 Grand Prix of Paris bronze and 2017 Senior World Team member Paula Kozlow of Poland and 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games bronze medalist Aigul Nuralim of Kazakhstan.

Winning gold in tonight’s finals were Evin Demirhan of Turkey at 48 kg, Miho Igarashi of Japan at 53 kg, Yui Sakano of Japan at 60 kg and Koumba Larroque of France at 69 kg.

Tomorrow is the start of the men’s freestyle competition. Representing the USA is Daton Fix (57 kg), Mitchell McKee (61 kg), Sam Brooks (86 kg) and Michael Kroells (125 kg).

The preliminary rounds begin at 10 a.m. local time (4 a.m. ET), with the medal matches beginning at 6 p.m. (12 p.m. ET) each day. Bydgoszcz is six hours ahead of the U.S. Eastern time zone. Fans can find live streams and brackets on Trackwrestling.com.

2017 U23 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
at Bydgoszcz, Poland (Six hours ahead of ET)

Finals matchups
48 kg
Gold - Evin DEMIRHAN (TUR) dec. Ritu RITU (IND), 4-4
Bronze - Turkan NASIROVA (AZE) dec. Rina OKUNO (JPN), 4-4
Bronze - Jiang ZHU (CHN) tech. fall Miglena Georgieva SELISHKA (BUL), 10-0

53 kg
Gold - Miho IGARASHI (JPN) tech. fall Qi ZHANG (CHN), 12-2
Bronze - Ekaterina POLESHCHUK (RUS) dec. Khrystyna BEREZA (UKR), 2-1
Bronze - Otgonjargal GANBAATAR (MGL) dec. Amy Ann FEARNSIDE (USA), 7-6

60 kg
Gold - Yui SAKANO (JPN) dec. Ilona PROKOPEVNIUK (UKR), 7-3
Bronze - Gantuya ENKHBAT (MGL) dec. Yuliya PISARENKA (BLR), 8-3
Bronze - Tetiana OMELCHENKO (AZE) dec. Kayla Colleen Kiyoko MIRACLE (USA), 13-11

69 kg
Gold - Koumba Selene Fanta LARROQUE (FRA) dec. Naruha MATSUYUKI (JPN), 4-0
Bronze - Yudari SANCHEZ RODRIGUEZ (CUB) fall Khanum VELIEVA (RUS), 4:40
Bronze - Danute DOMIKAITYTE (LTU) dec. Divya KAKRAN (IND), 4-2

U.S. women’s freestyle results
48 kg/106 lbs. – Cody Pfau (Brush, Colo./Titan Mercury)
LOSS Jiang Zhu (China), 11-0

53 kg/117 lbs. – Amy Fearnside (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury), 5th place
WIN Paula Kozlow (Poland), injury default
WIN Aigul Nuralim (Kazakhstan), 6-0
LOSS Qi Zhang (China), 11-6
LOSS Otgonjargal Ganbaatar (Mongolia), 7-6

55 kg/121 lbs. – Dominique Parrish (Scotts Valley, Calif./Sunkist Kids)
LOSS Haruna Okuno (Japan), 10-0
LOSS Alina Akobiia (UKR), fall

58 kg/128 lbs. – Megan Black (Batavia, Iowa/Bearcat WC)
LOSS Nadezhda Dragunova (Belarus), 16-7

60 kg/130 lbs. – Kayla Miracle (Campbellsville, Ky./Sunkist Kids), 5th place
WIN Therese Persson (Sweden), 4-1
WIN Francesca Indelicato (Italy), 10-0
LOSS Yui Sakano (Japan), 3-0
LOSS Tetiana Omelchenko (Azerbaijan), 13-11

63 kg/139 lbs. – Maya Nelson (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids)
LOSS Tatyana Smoliak (Russia), 4-1

69 kg/152 lbs. – Forrest Molinari (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury)
LOSS Martina Kuenz (Austria), 4-1

75 kg/165 lbs. – Rachel Watters (Ankeny, Iowa/Aries WC)
WIN Aysegul Ozbege (Turkey), 10-0
LOSS Mabelkis Capote Perez (Cuba), 11-0
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Re: U23 World Championships - Nov. 21-26

Postby JM » Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:35 am

WOW - Pretty much as disaster for the Under-23 USA wrestlers in Poland

USA wraps up first day of men's freestyle at U23 Worlds in Polan
By Taylor Miller, USA Wrestling | Nov. 25, 2017, 9:05 a.m. (ET)

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland – The U.S. U23 Men’s Freestyle World Team wrapped up its first day of competition at the U23 World Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, on Sunday. Team USA was unable to qualify a wrestler for the medal matches, going 0-4 on the day.

“Overall, I think Daton (Fix) and Mitch (McKee) wrestled good but not great,” Manager of U.S. Freestyle Programs Joe Russell said. “At the World Championships, you have to wrestle great. Head position and putting up a couple of shots were the problems for us today. We can’t rely on guys to pull us back in. I don’t think Sammy (Brooks) and Michael (Kroells) gave themselves a chance today. You have to be stingy with these international guys.”

2017 Junior World champion Daton Fix (Sand Springs, Okla./Titan Mercury/Cowboy RTC) dropped his tournament opener to Ali Aliev bronze medalist Parviz Ibrahimov of Azerbaijan at 57 kg/125 lbs. Fix led, 2-2, on criteria at the break, scoring a takedown in the waning seconds of the first period. Halfway through the second period, Fix was penalized with a caution-and-two for fleeing the mat, a turning point in the bout. Ibrahimov scored the final point with a step out with just over a minute left to knock of the USA star, 5-2.

“It was just small things,” Fix said. “I need to create more angles. I didn’t do enough to win. I didn’t score enough. That’s just what it comes down to. I need to get to the legs more than I did in that match. I got to the legs one time, and I scored one time.” Ibrahimov made it to the semifinals against 2017 Senior Pan American bronze medalist Reineri Ortega of Cuba. The Azeri lost the bout in the final five seconds of the match, when Ortega scored a takedown for a 6-5 win. Ibrahimov’s loss closed out Fix’s U23 World tournament.

Mitch McKee, 2017 Junior World silver medalist, made a late push in his match against 2017 U23 European Championships silver medalist Sedat Ozdemir of Turkey at 61 kg/134 lbs. McKee trailed 4-1 at the break, and Ozdemir extended his lead to 6-1 with a second-period takedown. In the final minute, McKee came out on top in a scramble for a takedown, but Ozdemir scored two for exposure. The American kept pressing, picking up a reversal and later a step out but fell short in his comeback bid, 8-5. McKee’s tournament came to an end when Ozdemir, who battled his way into the semis, was upended in the final seconds by 2017 Medved bronze medalist Kuat Amirtayev of Kazakhstan.

“I’m disappointed that I came out here just to wrestle one match,” McKee said. “He was a tough competitor and he went far. As you move up in levels, everyone is tough and is going to give you a good match. I learned from that match that there some little things that I need to go back and work on.”

In his first bout at 86 kg/189 lbs., 2011 Cadet World bronze medalist Sam Brooks suffered a loss in form of a first-period pin to 2017 Maccabiah Games bronze medalist in Greco Uri Kalashnikov of Israel, who scored quickly on an arm throw, putting Brooks to his back. He was awarded the pin at the 54-second mark. Kalashnikov lost his next match to Alikhan Zhabrailov of Russia, 10-0, ending Brooks’ U23 World Championships.

Three-time All-American for Minnesota Michael Kroells fell in his first match at 125 kg/275 lbs. to Kazakhstan’s Yusup Batirmurzaev, who won bronze at the 2015 International D. A. Kunaev Tournament. Batirmurzaev’s offense was too much for Kroells as scored 11 quick points for a first-period technical fall.

The Kazakh wrestler suffered an 11-0 loss in the quarterfinals to 2016 University World bronze medalist Danylo Kartavyi of Ukraine to wrap up the American heavyweight’s U23 Worlds.

NCAA wrestler for Campbell University Jere Heino, who represented Finland at the event, fell in the quarterfinals to two-time Junior World champion and 2017 World Military bronze medalist Amin Taheri of Iran. Heino fell short in a chance for a medal, when Taheri lost in the semifinals to two-time Junior European champion Magomedamin Dibirov of Russia, 12-1.

Four more Americans will take to the mat tomorrow in the final day of the event, including Joey McKenna (65 kg, Richie Lewis (70 kg), Isaiah Martinez (74 kg) and Ty Walz (97 kg).

The preliminary rounds begin at 10 a.m. local time (4 a.m. ET), with the medal matches beginning at 6 p.m. (12 p.m. ET) on Sunday. Bydgoszcz is six hours ahead of the U.S. Eastern time zone. Fans can find live streams and brackets on Trackwrestling.com.

2017 U23 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
at Bydgoszcz, Poland (Six hours ahead of ET)

U.S. men’s freestyle draws
57 kg/125 lbs. – Daton Fix (Sand Springs, Okla./Titan Mercury/Cowboy RTC)
LOSS Parviz Ibrahimov (Azerbaijan), 5-2

61 kg/134 lbs. – Mitchell McKee (Hanover, Minn./Minnesota Storm)
LOSS Sedat Ozdemir (Turkey), 8-5

86 kg/189 lbs. – Sam Brooks (Oak Park, Ill./New York AC/Hawkeye WC)
LOSS Uri Kalashnikov (Israel), fall

125 kg/275 lbs. – Michael Kroells (Belle Plaine, Minn./Minnesota Storm)
LOSS Yusup Batirmurzaev (Kazakhstan), 11-0
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Re: U23 World Championships - Nov. 21-26

Postby CJC » Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:08 am

Richie Lewis will wrestle for U23 gold today!
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Re: U23 World Championships - Nov. 21-26

Postby JM » Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:04 pm

Some excellent reporting by FLO on the matches of the last day of the U23 Championship's - finally, the USA wrestlers showed their best form with 3 medal winners including one Gold.

Check out the medal match results for Joey McKenna (65kg), Richie Lewis (70kg), Isaiah Martinez (74kg) and Ty Walz (97kg).

65kg Bronze: Joey McKenna (USA) vs Heorhi Kaliyeu (BLR)

1st period - Kaliyeu has won three tournaments internationally, the Medved and Henri Deglane last year, as well as the 2013 junior European championship. Last year, he wrestled at both University worlds and the non-Olympic weight world championships. He was the Belorussian rep in Paris at 70kg.

To make it here, Kaliyeu had a first round bye, beat Cuba 14-4, and then France 4-3 before losing to Russia in the semis.
McKenna out first, in the red singlet, white knee pad on his right knee. Kaliyeu coming out underhooking, but McKenna shoots through about 30 seconds in. First passive called and it goes against Belarus. Kaliyeu on the clock at 1:47. McKenna takes a 1-0 lead after the shot clock runs out. No real shots by other guy so far.

2nd period - Kaliyeu tries to go two-on-one but McKenna battles out of it, and you can tell Joey wants to start shooting. In a front headlock now, but blown dead at 4:03. McKenna has been very effective with his headpinch today. Over/under position as we enter the last 45 seconds of the match. Re-shot by Kaliyeu and McKenna kicks out of it! The Buckeye goes on the clock, has to score now, as he will be trailing on criteria. Restart with 33 seconds left. Low shot by McKenna,and forces Kakiyeu out right before the shot clock expires for a 2-0 lead. McKenna fends off some late attacks for his second career world medal, the first was a silver at junior worlds in 2014.

McKenna's results today; his only loss was to the eventual champ.



70kg Gold: Richie Lewis (USA) vs Vinod Kumar (IND)

1st period - Kumar won three matches to make the finals: 3-0 over Georgia, 5-2 over Ukraine and 2-1 over Japan. He was India's rep at the Asian championships this year after winning silver there last year. Like Lewis though, this is his first appearance on the world stage.

Lewis comes out in a blue singlet with a leg sleeve over his left knee. Easy to tell Lewis wants to keep space and shoot while Vinod wants to tie up with underhooks and slow it down. Ref gives Lewis a stern finger wagging, but nothing more after some contact. Kumar looks very strong and tough to break through his arms for first line of defense. Lewis on the clock at 1:37. Kumar takes the 1-0 lead, though Lewis did shoot, just fought off well. Still looking for angles and once again Kumar clears a Lewis shot. The period ends that way, with Kumar executing the same gameplan he used to get here.

2nd period - Vinod keeping Lewis' butt facing the out of bounds and once again ref calling for action blue. Restart at 3:34 and Lewis is on the clock again after clearing a Kumar underhook. Chasing tail and there it is! Lewis finishes the single and is working a tight gut, but can't score. 2-1 at the 4:02 mark. Getting to the final minute as Lewis tries to work a front head and dig underhooks of his own. At the 5:12, Lewis takes a 3-1 lead after giving Kumar his leg, then re-countering and running him out of bounds. Lewis fights out of the zone, fights off an arm throw and that'll do it! Richie Lewis is the U23 WORLD CHAMPION at 70kg, bringing the gold medal home to New Jersey and Rutgers.


74kg Bronze: Isaiah Martinez (USA) vs Avtandil Kentchadze (GEO)

1st period - IMar gets driven out of bounds twice in the first 37 seconds. The first was just a stepout, but the second he landed on his back and gave up four. Wow, very quick low double to take a 7-0 lead. Smoothly transitions into a lace and that'll do it. Martinez takes fifth.

That was a very good opponent that just teched Isaiah in the first period. He won U23 Euros, beating Khadjiev of France in the finals. Also won the Sargysan in Armenia last month, was second at Golden Grand Prix last year, and as junior Euro bronze and junior world fifth in 2015.



97kg Bronze: Ty Walz (USA) vs Chaoqiang Yang (CHN)

1st period - Last match of the tournament for Team USA. Walz will be in the red singlet. He plans on staying down at 97kg once two day wieigh-ins begin. Good snaps from Walz early. Passive against China, 43 seconds in. He goes on the clock, still waiting on a shot from Walz. Looks like he wants Yang way off balance first. Walz takes the 1-0 lead and this is where I think he starts shooting.

2nd period - Walz taking a few steps back but is picking up the pace on his fakes. In on a single, continuation and Yang kicks out. After Yanag goes on the clock again, Walz finishes a low to high single to make it 3-0, 1:55 left to go. Patient match from Walz. Keeping on the offensive without shooting, lots of fakes and head snaps. Occasionally putting Yang in a front headlock.

That'll do it, three medals on the day. Walz and McKenna win bronze, Lewis wins gold.
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Re: U23 World Championships - Nov. 21-26

Postby JM » Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:27 pm

Some people are implying on massage boards that Richie Lewis was aided in his championship run by competing in a weak weihght class.

Not true !!

In his bracket were the Russian who beat Alex Dieringer last year; the wrestler from Japan won bronze at Senior Worlds in 2017 and was 5th in the Rio Olympics; and the Azerbaijani is their #1 guy at the Senior level. Lewis earned his gold medal the hard way.
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