Brayton Lee dropped his first bout of the 2019 UWW Junior World Championships to Ashraf Ashirov (Azerbaijan) by 3-2 decision and was subsequently eliminated when Ashirov dropped his next match.
Lee would have had a chance to advance via the repechage system if Ashirov had beaten Vasile Diacon (Moldova) and continued to win. Instead, Lee’s Estonian tournament experience is cut short after only one bout. Continue reading
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On the final day of competition at the Medved International in Minsk, Belarus, the U.S. netted three more medals. Both Tyler Graff (Titan Mercury WC) and Jordan Wood (Lehigh Valley WC) emerged from their bronze medal matches victorious. Gable Steveson (Minnesota RTC) fell in his finals match to take silver.
At 61 kg, Graff was untouchable in repechage. He bested his opponent from Turkey, 3-0, and followed it up with a 5-0 victory of Egorov of North Macedonia, 5-0 for bronze.
Likewise, Jordan Wood rolled in his bronze medal match at 125 kg, dismantling Belarus’s Lakeyenk, 10-0.
In the 125 kg finals match, Steveson was unable to get much going against Khasanboy Rakhimov of Uzbekistan. A 2018 Junior World bronze medalist and 2019 Senior Asian Championship fifth-place finisher, Rakhimov defeated Steveson, 12-0. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org
Rising Gopher redshirt freshman Brayton Lee received his draw for the UWW Junior World Wrestling Championships which begin Monday in Talinn, Estonia.
When action kicks off at 2:30 am CT Lee will face the winner of Ashraf Ashirov (Azerbaijan) and Raul Zarbaliev (Israel). Ashirov finished 8th at the 2018 Cadet World Championships while Zarbilev finished 9th at the 2019 European Juniors. Continue reading
TALLINN, Estonia – South Dakota State’s Tanner Sloan is ready to take on the world.
The second-year Jackrabbit wrestler is scheduled to compete at the United World Wrestling Junior World Championships, which begin Monday. Sloan is slated to wrestle in the 97-kilogram weight class of the freestyle competition.
Sloan earned a spot on Team USA by winning the UWW Junior Freestyle World Team Trials in Raleigh, North Carolina, in May. In his first international competition a month later, Sloan won the gold medal at the UWW Pan American Championship in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
“I feel we like to hand-fight harder, wrestle harder than some of the foreign countries,” Sloan said. “I felt that when I was in Guatemala, so that was good experience before going over to worlds.” Continue reading
Former University of Minnesota and current Minnesota Storm wrestler Pat Smith (77kg) took home his fourth Pan American Games gold medal on Wednesday in Lima, Peru, when he defeated Wuilexis Rivas of Venezuela in the championship bout.
Smith had previously won Greco-Roman gold medals at the games in 2015, 2016, and 2017 now adding a 2019 gold medal at a higher weight class. Continue reading