Provisor and Smith suffer first round defeats, out of medal running at Olympic Games

RIO DE JANEIRO – The struggles continued for the U.S. Greco-Roman men at the Olympic Games with Ben Provisor and Robby Smith both dropping their first match to non-finalists, eliminating them from medal contention.

Provisor was first on the mat for the U.S. team, and competed admirably against 2015 World silver medalist Rustam Assakalov of Uzbekistan. Unfortunately, the two-time U.S. Olympian was unable to overcome a late four-point throw in the second period and was defeated, 6-3.

In the quarterfinals, World No. 4 Assakalov was ousted from the tournament by two-time World bronze medalist and current World No. 2 Viktor Lorincz of Hungary, 2-1, dashing Provisor’s hopes to enter the repechage rounds. Continue reading at