2022 Senior World Championships

Team USA Greco-Roman Updates At The 2022 World Championships

Team USA Greco-Roman Updates At The 2022 World Championships

Updates on Team USA's Greco-Roman squad at the 2022 Senior World Championships

Sep 12, 2022 by Jon Kozak
Team USA Greco-Roman Updates At The 2022 World Championships

The Greco-Roman tournament has wrapped up in Belgrade, Serbia at the 2022 Senior World Championships. Check out a recap below with full results and video for USA’s Greco squad.

Up And Down Tournament For Hafizov And Schultz

Ildar Hafizov and Cohlton Schultz had great starts to their morning in Belgrade. Schultz won a tight, 1-1 match over Armenia’s David Ovasapyan and Hafizov won two straight against Dicther Toro (COL) and Michal Tracz (POL). However, Schultz ran into 2021 world bronze medalist Oskar Marvik in the round of 16 and came up short, 5-0. Marvik then lost the next round eliminating Schultz from medal contention.

Hafizov ran into 2021 world silver medalist Zholaman Sharshenbekov in the quarters and was pinned early in the first period. In the semi-finals, Sharshenbekov defeated Kazakhstan’s Aidos Sultangali. Because of that win, Hafizov was pulled into repechage against Hungary's Krisztian Kecskemeti in order to make the bronze medal match against the aforementioned Sultangali. In that match, Kecskemeti got his chance on top in par-terre and took an early, 7-0 lead. Then in the second, Kecskemeti was able to earn a takedown and elimate Hafizov from the tournament with an 9-0 technical superiority win.

Hafizov's win over Tracz in the round of 16:

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Check out the full Team USA Greco results, with links to videos below:

55kg: Max Nowry - 5th

60kg: Ildar Hafizov - Eliminated

63kg: Sammy Jones - Eliminated

67kg: Alejandro Sancho - Eliminated

72kg: Benji Peak - Eliminated

77kg: Kamal Bey - Eliminated

82kg: Spencer Woods - Eliminated 

87kg: Alan Vera - Eliminated

97kg: Braxton Amos - Eliminated

130kg: Cohlton Schultz - Eliminated


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Day 2 Greco Update

Nowry Falls Short For 5th

On Sunday night Max Nowry took wrestled Japan's Yu Shiotani in the bronze medal match at 55kg. Nowry fell behind early when Shiotani hit a big arm throw for 4 points one minute into the match. Shiotani added a step-out and takedown to take a 7-0 lead into the break. Despite multiple offensive attacks in the second period, Nowry was unable to penetrate Shiotani's defense ultimately losing 7-0. Max Nowry's fifth-place finish marks the second time he's finished 1 win shy of a bronze medal - he also placed 5th at the 2019 world championships. 

Nowry's bronze medal match against Yu Shiotani:

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Tough Morning For Team USA

Sammy Jones, Alejandro Sancho, Spencer Woods, and Braxton Amos are eliminated from the tournament after the first session on Sunday. While Jones and Woods went 0-1, Amos and Sancho won their opening round match before losing in the round of 16. All four of the competitors who defeated Team USA wrestlers went on to lose prior to the semi-finals, eliminating them from medal contention. 

Braxton Amos' opening round win:

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Sancho's dominant win against Norva Bukasa:

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Day 1 Greco Update

Nowry To Wrestle For Bronze

Max Nowry opened up his world championships against India’s Arjun Halakuri - this year’s Asian bronze medalist. Nowry fell behind early in the first, giving up a step-out and takedown to trail 3-0 at the break. However, in the second period, Nowry responded with a step out and big arm throw to win by fall and move to the quarters. There, Nowry wrestled Germany’s Fabian Schmitt and, similar to his first match, Nowry fell behind but was able to get on top and secure the fall in the second. In the semis Nowry took on Azerbaijan's 2018 world champion and this year's European Champion Eldaniz Azizli. Nowry was put down early in the first period and Azizli was able to score big points on top to record a 9-0 technical superiority. Nowry will now wrestle for bronze on Sunday - medal rounds start at noon (EST).

Check out highlights of Nowry's quarterfinal win:

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Peak, Bey, and Vera Eliminated 

Benji Peak, Kamal Bey, and Alan Vera all went 0-1 on the day losing close matches to their opponents. All three are eliminated from medal contention after their opponents failed to make the finals. All three had world-class opponents with impressive credentials - Peak lost to this year's Euro champ, Bey lost to a former world champion, and Vera lost to a 2019 world bronze medalist.