Hancock qualifies for semifinals at Senior Worlds in Greco-Roman; Roberts, Schultz drop bouts, Provisor loses repechage

OSLO, Norway – 2020 Olympian G’Angelo Hancock got off to a great start at the Senior World Championships in Greco-Roman on Friday, winning his first two matches without allowing a point and qualifying for the semifinals at 97 kg.

Hancock opened with a solid 5-0 victory over two-time U23 European bronze medalist Ibrahim Tigci of Turkey. Tigci was hit for passivity first to make it 1-0, and Hancock turned him with a high gut wrench to lead 3-0 going into the break. In the second period, Hancock locked up a front headlock and powered Tigci to the mat for a takedown and the final 5-0 score

In the quarterfinals, Hancock was in total control in a 6-0 victory over 2018 World silver medalist Kiril Milov of Bulgaria. Milov was hit for passivity, putting Hancock up 1-0. In par terre, Hancock lifted and threw Milov for two points for a 3-0 lead. Milov tried a throw which Hancock countered for a takedown and a 5-0 lead. The Bulgarian corner challenged the call, but it was denied, giving Hancock another point and a 6-0 lead at the break. There was no scoring in the second period, and Milov was not close to getting a successful attack. Continue reading at teamusa.org →

Maroulis wins third World title, Mensah Stock gets bronze, Nelson is fifth and USA takes second in team race

OSLO, Norway – The U.S. women’s wrestling program closed out a memorable Senior World Championships with two more medals, including a spectacular performance by the legendary Helen Maroulis to win her third career World title, and a strong second place finish as a team.

Maroulis, a 2016 Olympic champion and 2020 Olympic bronze medalist, added a 2021 World title to her 1995 and 1995 World titles, with a pin over Anshu of India in the 57 kg finals

Maroulis went into the break trailing a 1-0 match to Anshu on an activity clock point but wasted no time in the second period. After scoring a spin-behind takedown, Maroulis ran an arm bar and put Anshu on her back. Maroulis got Anshu flat with two minutes left on the clock. Continue reading at teamusa.org →

Provisor pulled back into repechage, Nowry is eliminated as Group One Greco-Roman finalists set at Senior Worlds

OSLO, Norway – Two-time Olympian Ben Provisor has been pulled back into Friday’s repechage at 82 kg in Greco-Roman at the Senior World Championships.

Provisor, the No. 2 seed, won his opening bout over Satoki Mukai of Japan, 2-1. His quarterfinal loss came to Burhan Akbudak of Turkey in an 8-0 technical fall.

Akbudak reached tonight’s semifinals, where he defeated Pejman Poshtam of Iran to qualify for the gold-medal finals. Only losers to a finalist are eligible for repechage, and Provisor has been pulled back in. Continue reading at teamusa.org →

Nowry, Provisor beaten in Greco-Roman quarterfinals at Senior Worlds in Norway; Smith, Porter are eliminated

OSLO, Norway – Day one of Greco-Roman at the 2021 Senior World Championships included preliminary action at four weight classes on Thursday morning.

Competing at 82 kg was Ben Provisor, who competed in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games and is also on his second Senior World Championships team.

Provisor, the No. 2 seed, received a bye, then battled 2021 Asian bronze medalist Satoki Mukai of Japan in his first match. Mukai got the first point when Provisor was called for passivity. While defending a gut wrench, officials penalized Provisor for two points and a caution for fleeing. The USA challenged and it was accepted, no points awarded. Provisor scored a nice takedown on the edge in the second period to lead 2-1. Mukai could not get to Provisor the rest of the way, giving Provisor a one-point win. Continue reading at teamusa.org →

Gray wins record sixth World title, Hildebrandt takes silver, Molinari claims bronze at Senior Worlds in Oslo

OSLO, Norway – The United States won three medals during the Group Two medal session at the Senior World Championships on Wednesday. But one of those medals will be remembered for a long, long time.

History was made in the final match of the night when U.S. superstar Adeline Gray won her U.S. record sixth Senior World gold medal. Coming from behind to take over the match and score a last-second pin over two-time World medalist Epp Maee of Estonia, Gary raised the bar for American wrestling one more time.

Gray’s finals match was full of excitement. Maee controlled the match early and took plenty of momentum into the break, where she was winning 4-0 after an activity clock point against Gray, plus a late-period takedown which the USA challenged and lost. Continue reading at teamusa.org →

Maroulis to go for gold, Nelson and Mensah Stock for bronze in women’s freestyle at Senior Worlds in Norway

OSLO, Norway – 2016 Olympic champion and 2020 Olympic bronze medalist Helen Maroulis showed grit and persistence in winning her semifinals match at 57 kg and earning a spot in the gold-medal match at the Senior World Championships on Wednesday.

Maroulis, who came in as the No. 4 seed at 57 kg, faced a talented young star, 2019 U23 World champion and two-time Junior World champion Sae Nanjo of Japan in the semifinals. After falling behind in the first period, Maroulis emerged with a hard-fought 6-4 victory.

Maroulis was leading a 1-0 match after a shot clock point, but Nanjo was able to score a four-point takedown at the edge of the mat with under a minute to go in the first period to make the score 4-1. Maroulis found momentum going into the break however, scoring a counter takedown to get the match to within a point after three minutes. Continue reading at xxx →

Mensah Stock, Maroulis, Nelson qualify for women’s freestyle semifinals at Senior Worlds in Norway

OSLO, Norway – Three U.S. women wrestlers from Group Two have advanced to the semifinals at the Senior World Championships on Wednesday morning, and all will compete against opponents from world powerhouse Japan in their next match.

2020 Olympic champion and 2019 World champion Tamyra Mensah Stock, seeded No. 1, won her only match of the session, an 8-0 victory over Anastasia Lavenchuk of Ukraine. Mensah Stock scored four takedowns in the match and was never in danger of allowing any points.

Mensah Stock will battle Rin Miyaji of Japan.in Wednesday night’s semifinals. Miyaji, who won the 2021 All-Japan Invitational, was second in the 2020 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix. Continue reading at teamusa.org →

Miracle wins silver, Burkert gets bronze as women’s freestyle holds first finals night at Senior Worlds in Norway

OSLO, Norway – The U.S. won its first two medals in the women’s freestyle division at the Senior World Championships on Tuesday, with Kayla Miracle claiming a silver medal at 62 kg and Jenna Burkert adding a bronze medal at 55 kg. It was their first career Senior World medals for both U.S. women. There were only two women’s weight classes contested in Group One.

Miracle was defeated in the finals by 2019 World champion and 2020 Olympic silver medalist Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan, 7-0.

Miracle and Tynybekova wrestled a relatively even and back-and-forth first period, as Tynybekova had a 1-0 lead at the break courtesy of a shot clock point. The most action in the match came in the first minute of the second period, when the two wrestlers entered into a scramble after a shot by Miracle. Tynybekova was able to maneuver in the position and expose Miracle for two points, a call that was challenged but confirmed. That gave Tynybekova a 4-0 lead, one that would prove to be enough. She posted a step out and then a late go-behind takedown to complete the 7-0 win over Miracle. Continue reading at teamusa.org →