Andy Bisek (75kg), Ben Provisor (85kg) and Robby Smith (130kg) had already qualified for the games for the Greco squad.
Now you can add the name Jesse Thielke to the list. The Wisconsin native got it done for Team USA today with a 17-8 technical fall over Islamov of Moldova in the semi's of the final Olympic Games qualifier in Turkey.
At 98kg Joe Rau won his first bout by tech over Rehanyan of Spain. In round two he was teched quickly 8-0 by Castillo of Honduras, eliminating Rau from qualifying for Rio.
Ravaughn Perkins was looking strong at 66kg before falling to Tsarev of Kyrgyzstan. In the 2nd period, Perkins held a 3-3 criteria advantage before giving up a passivity point to fall 4-3 late in the bout. A win in the quarters for Ravaughn would have put Perkins in the match to qualify for Rio.
The story of the day was Jesse Thielke. The "Honey Badger" began with an 8-0 tech over Olympic Bronze medalist Modos of Hungary. Thielke had two comeback wins in the quarters and semi's to secure his spot in the Rio Olympics. Thielke is in the finals where he will take on World and Olympic Champion Soryan of Iran later this morning.
Team USA Results:
Qualification: Jesse David THIELKE (USA) df. Peter MODOS (HUN) by TF, 8-0
1/8: Jesse David THIELKE (USA) df. Revaz LASHKHI (GEO), 13-6
Quarterfinal: Jesse David THIELKE (USA) df. Frunze HARUTYUNYAN (SWE) by FALL, 7-4
Semifinal: Jesse David THIELKE (USA) df. Donior ISLAMOV (MDA) by TF, 17-8
GOLD: Hamid Mohammad SORYAN (IRI) vs. Jesse David THIELKE (USA)
Qualification: Ravaughn Richard Ravelle PERKINS (USA) df. Pan ZHENG (CHN) by TF, 11-2
1/8: Ravaughn Richard Ravelle PERKINS (USA) df. Vladimiros MATIAS (GRE), 9-4
Quarterfinal: Ruslan TSAREV (KGZ) df. Ravaughn Richard Ravelle PERKINS (USA), 4-3
Qualification: Josef Patrick RAU (USA) df. Narek SETAGHYAN REHANYAN (ESP) by TF, 9-0
1/8: Kevin MEJIA CASTILLO (HON) df. Josef Patrick RAU (USA) by TF, 8-0