Lewan wins gold, Hoffman wins bronze and USA sends three more to Cadet World finals

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ATHENS, Greece – The U.S. men’s freestyle team finished day two of the 2017 Cadet World Championships with a World champion, World bronze medalist and three additional wrestlers earning spots in tomorrow’s World finals.

17-year-old Will Lewan won the Cadet freestyle World title at 69 kg/152 lbs. in his World debut, taking out Daud Ibragimov of Azerbaijan in a 3-1 battle. Lewan scored first with a step out to lead at the break, but Ibragimov drew a passivity point within the final minute of the bout. Trailing on criteria with two seconds left, Lewan got to his underhook and worked his way to a takedown on the edge to cement himself as the best in the world.

“I knew I had to score because I had worked so hard for this moment,” Lewan said. “In those last seconds, I knew I really had to dig deep and throw everything I had at him to get that takedown, and eventually that step-over worked. I just had to keep going, attacking and grind out a win.” Continue reading at www.teamusa.org