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The first five U.S. Junior freestylers took the mat this morning in Tallin, Estonia at the World Championships.
It wasn't pretty. With several tough draws and close calls, four of the five went a combined 1-4. Vito Arujau at 57kg was the bright spot, winning three straight to make the finals. In the semi's, he beat the returning World Champ, Irdrisov (RUS), 8-1.
On Tuesday, David Carr takes the mat with teammates Gabe Tagg, Trent Hidlay, Lucas Davison, and Mason Parris.
It's Carr's first World Team appearance since taking Bronze at Cadets in 2016. He's the lone U.S. wrestler on the Day 2 flight with World Team experience.
Below is the schedule followed by the paths in their half of the brackets.
2019 Estonia World Championship Freestyle Schedule
|Sunday||10:00 AM||Draws||Arujau, Yahya, Brayton, Brooks, Sloan|
|Monday||3:30 AM||Qual. Rounds||Arujau, Yahya, Brayton, Brooks, Sloan|
|Monday||7:15 AM||Draws||Tagg, Carr, Hidlay, Davison, Parris|
|Monday||1:00 PM||Semifinals||Arujau, Yahya, Brayton, Brooks, Sloan|
|Tuesday||3:30 AM||Qual. Rounds||Tagg, Carr, Hidlay, Davison, Parris|
|Tuesday||3:30 AM||Repechage||57, 65, 70, 79, 97|
|Tuesday||12:30 PM||Semifinals||Tagg, Carr, Hidlay, Davison, Parris|
|Tuesday||1:00 PM||Finals||Arujau, Yahya, Brayton, Brooks, Sloan|
|Wednesday||3:30 AM||Repechage||61, 74, 86, 92, 125|
|Wednesday||1:00 PM||Finals||Tagg, Carr, Hidlay, Davison, Parris|
Tuesday Mat Assignment
|Vito||B||1PM Finals||Toshiya Abe (JPN)|
61 KG - Gabe Tagg, OH
Opening Bout - Pryhozhy (BLR)
There are no notable results for Pryhozhy. Tagg will likely have Abasbekov ((KGZ) in round 2, who wrestled in the same weight class at Worlds last year where he placed 15th.
Also in Gabe's Half - The quarterfinals are likely to present Tagg with Iran's Mahdi Sharazi who won Asians this year.
Kaiki Yamaguchi (JPN) was Bronze in Cadets in 2016. Hrachya Margaryan (ARM), the Euro Champ and Yamaguchi are the likely quarterfinalists out of that quad.
74KG - David Carr, OH
Opening Bout - Betanov (RUS)
Betanov is a returning Bronze medalist at the same weight.
Also in Carr's Half - David has his work cut out for him. Despite being in the smaller half, USA, RUS, AZE and IRI are all up top.
After Betanov, Iran's Nokhodilarim would likely be there. He was Bronze in the 2017 Cadet bracket won by Will Lewan.
The semi's would be Khadzimurad Gadzhiev, a four-time age level World Medalist and the JR World Champ last year. He was also Bronze at this year's SR Euros.
86KG - Trent Hidlay, PA
Opening Bout - Teng Zhao (CHN)
Zhao was a modest 5th at Asians.
Also in Hoagie's Half - Trent is in the lowest quad. Round 2 would be Karachenko (UKR) who was Bronze in Euro's or the 5th place finisher from Euro's, Ivan Nedealco (MDA) who was also Bronze at Worlds last year.
Iran and Azerbajian meet in the first round with the winner getting Yamada, who was 5th and 7th in the last two World Championships. Hidlay would get the winner of that group in the quarters.
The quad that filters in to Hidlay's semi is full of talent. Russia's Alik Shebzukhov owns a Cadet Bronze. Geoergia's Mariani Maisuradze is a 2016 Cadet World Champ that just won Euro's. Bayrum (TUR) was Bronze at Cadets last year.
92KG - Lucas Davison, IN
Opening Bout - Julien Choquette (CAN)
Also in Davisons' Half - Lucas is in the top half with a relatively nice draw. He should beat the Canadian before moving on to the quarters. There he's going to see Viky (IND), a very experienced wrestler who, in addition to winning Bronze at Cadets has been competing at the SR level where he was Runner-Up to Karimi (IRI) at Asians, and took 5th in the Dogu bracket won by J'den this year.
The other quarter has Bulgaria's Euro Bronze Todorov.
125KG - Mason Parris, IN
Opening Bout - Vasil Khvistani (GEO)
Mason opens with Euro Bronze.
Also in Mason's Half - He also has a solid draw. Get by Khvistani and round 2 looks favorable with probably Sodbileg (MGL / Asian 5th) or Serna (CAN), who was Pan Am 2nd to Seth Nevills.
The semi would present Karabulut (TUR) who was 5th at Euro's behind Khvistani or the Asian Silver, Buheerdun (CHN).