Vera is possible for repechage, Jones and Omania eliminated in Greco-Roman at Senior Worlds in Oslo

OSLO, Norway – The three U.S. Greco-Roman entries in Group Three of the Greco-Roman tournament at the Senior World Championships were defeated in their first matches on Saturday morning. All three were competing in the first Senior World Championships of their career.

Alan Vera lost in an 8-0 technical fall to 2021 European Junior champion Turpal-Ali Bisultanov of Denmark at 87 kg. Vera was hit for passivity to put Bisultanov up 1-0. Bisultanov hit a gut wrench to make it 3-0, then followed up with a lift near the edge. Vera seemingly blocked the throw, but officials awarded Bisultanov a point for the lift, then a caution and two points for fleeing the mat, to make it 6-0. Bisultanov finished the match off with one more turn from par terre.

Bisultanov won his next two matches to qualify for the semifinals, where he will face No. 1 seed and 2020 Olympic bronze medalist Zurabi Datunashvili of Serbia. Bisultanov must win his semifinals bout against Datunishvili for Vera to be eligible for repechage. Only those who lost to a finalist are eligible for the repechage.
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Hancock to go for bronze in Greco-Roman at Senior World Championships; Roberts, Schultz not eligible for repechage

OSLO, Norway – 2020 Olympian G’Angelo Hancock will compete for a bronze medal on Saturday night, after losing his 97 kg Greco-Roman semifinal match on Friday evening at Jordal Amfi.

Hancock, who is competing in his fourth Senior World Championships, lost a heartbreaking 4-4 criteria decision to Alex Szoke of Hungary in his semifinals match.

Hancock got out to an early lead after a passivity call against Szoke made it 1-0. Hancock worked a hard-fought gut wrench for two points and a 3-0 lead which he took into the break. A passivity call against Hancock in the second period made it 2-1. Hancock defended off the whistle and created action to get back to their feet. Szoke’s corner challenged, believing there was exposure, but the call was confirmed and Hancock’s lead went up to 4-1. Continue reading at →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →