Provisor, Smith, Manville, Hancock weigh in and receive Greco draws for day one of World Championships

PARIS, France – The first four U.S. Greco-Roman wrestlers have weighed in and received their draws for the first day of competition at the World Wrestling Championships, which begin Monday morning at the AccorsHotel Arena, right next to the Seine River in downtown Paris.

None of the U.S. athletes competing on Monday have been in a previous Senior World Championships. However, two-time Olympian Ben Provisor (Stevens Points, Wis. (New York AC), on his first Senior World Team, has two Olympic Games under his belt.

Provisor opens against 2014 World Military champion Oleksandr Shyshman of Ukraine, who was third in the 2014 European Championships at 85 kg/187 lbs.

“The biggest thing Ben is bringing to the mats this year is that he is scoring. He is putting points on the board. He is very capable of scoring. Ben is working his positions and getting to the body. And when he gets to the body, he is taking his opponent off the mat and executing his techniques,” said National Greco-Roman Coach Matt Lindland. Continue reading at