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Ranked 13th, Greco-Roman Wrestler G’Angelo Hancock Impresses And Wins Hungarian Grand Prix

By Karen Price | Feb. 24, 2019, 11:26 a.m. (ET)

G'Angelo Hancock competes against Fatih Baskoy of Turkey in the 97 kg. final at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Feb. 23, 2019 in Gyor, Hungary.


G’Angelo Hancock is moving up the Greco-Roman wrestling rankings after his win at 97 kg. at the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend.

The 21-year-old from Colorado Springs, Colorado, battled hard at the second United World Wrestling ranking tournament of the season, ultimately coming from behind to beat Turkey’s Fatih Baskoy 3-3 by criteria decision in the final on Saturday.

He also defeated South Korea’s Seyeol Lee 8-0 by technical fall, China’s Abudourexiti Alimujiang 4-0 and Iran’s Hassan Ali Aryanezhad 3-2.

Hancock, who goes by Tracy, entered the day ranked No. 13 and earned another 18 points for his performance.

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“Outside of the world championships, these ranking events are the toughest in the world, with eight returning medalists competing,” coach Matt Lindland told USA Wrestling. “I was very pleased with the way Tracy performed today. I love the outcome, the way he competed and the way he carried himself throughout the event. Tracy represented himself, the U.S. Greco program and his country with class.”

Travis Rice finished fifth at 63 kg. on Saturday. Seven additional wrestlers competed for the U.S. on Sunday and three advanced to the quarterfinals but none made it to the medal rounds.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.