Americans Bisek and Thielke fall in quarterfinals on first day of Olympic wrestling in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO – Americans Jesse Thielke and Andy Bisek took the mat for day one of Greco-Roman competition at the 2016 Olympic Games, and both men suffered similar fates, falling in the quarterfinal round and not qualifying for the repechage.

Both U.S. Olympians won their first round bouts on Sunday morning inside Carioca Arena 2 to qualify for the quarterfinals. Thielke picked up four quick turns to take out El Mahadi Messaoudi of Morocco by technical fall, 8-0, while Bisek held on for a tight 1-0 decision over Yurisandy Hernandez Rios of Cuba with the only point being scored off a caution.

In the 59 kg quarterfinals Thielke fell to four-time World medalist and two-time Olympic silver medalist Rovshan Bayramov of Azerbaijan, 9-0. After a scoreless first minute on the feet, Bayramov was awarded top position and converted on multiple turns to end the bout. Continue reading at