Haley Augello falls in 48 kg repechage ending Olympic bronze medal bid

RIO DE JANEIRO – The Olympic dream came to a disappointing end for budding U.S. star Haley Augello in the repechage round against two-time World medalist Zhuidyz Eshimova of Kazakhstan.

In typical Augello fashion, she pressed the pace from start to finish against Eshimova, controlling the majority of the bout. Ultimately, an errant shot attempt leading to Eshimova points would be her downfall in the 3-2 decision.

“It’s a heartbreak, especially when you are training hard for something,” Augello said moments after her loss. “In the sport of wrestling, I like to look at it as a game of cat and mouse. If you want to be the mouse, that’s fine. If you want to run, that’s fine. I am young. I am not as experienced. Just the second time wrestling international at 48 kg. So you can be the mouse if you want. I am going to hunt you down. I’ll get you next time.” Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

World champs Maroulis, Pirozhkova, Gray get draws for Olympic women’s freestyle on Thursday

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – The United States enters three past World champions for the women’s freestyle wrestling competition on Thursday.

Helen Maroulis (Huntington Beach, Calif./Sunkist Kids) at 53 kg/116.5 lbs., Elena Pirozhkova (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC) at 63 kg/138.75 lbs. and Adeline Gray (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) at 75 kg/165 lbs. have all weighed in and received their first round draws for the Olympic Games, which continue on Thursday in Carioca 2 Arena.

Maroulis in the bottom half of the bracket, in the fourth quarter-bracket. She has a pigtail match, and opens against Yulia Khavaldzhy of Ukraine. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

Augello receives draw for first day of Olympic women’s freestyle on Wednesday

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – The first U.S. women’s freestyle wrestler, Haley Augello (Lockport, Ill./New York AC) weighed in and received her first-round draw for the Olympic Games, which continue on Monday in Carioca 2 Arena.

Augello is in the top half of the bracket, in the first quarter-bracket. She opens against 2015 World bronze medalist Jessica Blaszka of the Netherlands.

“I have been really impressed with Haley and her focus and just staying on track and doing what she can to get ready for this. She doesn’t seem like she is wide-eyed. It is just another competition for her, although we all realize it has great meaning, but at the same time it is just another wrestling tournament. She has done a great job doing what she does, staying in her routines, staying with her processes and readying herself for competition,” said National Women’s Coach Terry Steiner. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

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 www.teamusa.org

Medal Eludes Bisek in Rio

By Craig Sesker, For The Guillotine

RIO DE JANEIRO – Andy Bisek arrived in Brazil confident he could reach the top of the Olympic medal podium.

But the native of Chaska, Minn., will leave South America empty-handed.

Bisek dropped a tough quarterfinal match and failed to medal as the Olympic Games wrestling competition kicked off Sunday before 9,000 fans at Carioca Arena 2.

Bisek, 29, a two-time world bronze medalist, dropped a 2-0 quarterfinal match to Croatia’s Bozo Starcevic in Greco-Roman wrestling at 165 pounds. Continue reading

Provisor, Smith receive draws for second day of Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling on Monday

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – The final two U.S. Greco-Roman wrestlers, Ben Provisor (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) at 85 kg/187.75 lbs. and Robby Smith (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) at 130 kg/286 lbs. have weighed in and received their first-round draw for the Olympic Games, which continue on Monday in Carioca 2 Arena.

Provisor, a two-time Olympian, is in the bottom half of the bracket, in the third quarter-bracket. He opens against 2015 World silver medalist Rustam Assakalov of Uzbekistan. Assakalov, as the reigning World silver medalist, received the No. 2 seed, and was placed in the top spot of the bottom half-bracket. Assakalov has won two Asian Championships gold medals.

If Provisor wins his first bout, he would face the winner of the match between Ravinder Khatri of India and Maksim Manukyan of Armenia, a 2013 University World Games runner-up. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org