U.S. wrestlers fall short of medal rounds on day one of Greco-Roman Cadet Worlds

By Richard Immel USA Wrestling | July 15, 2014, 12:41 p.m. (ET)
SNINA, Slovakia – Day one of the 2014 FILA Cadet World Championships produced a tough start for the U.S. Greco-Roman squad, as none of the five competing athletes reached a medal match.

Columbus, Ohio’s Domonick Demas was the star of the day for the U.S. winning his first two bouts impressively at 63 kg/138.75 lbs., 8-0 over Bulgar Madalin of Romania and 4-4 over Ramon Betschart of Switzerland. Demas’s run ended in the quarterfinals when he fell 5-16 to 2014 Cadet European Champion Nikoloz Tchikaidze of Georgia.

Demas was the lone U.S. athlete to win a match on the day.

After an eleventh place finish at this tournament one year ago, Taylor LaMont (Mapleton, Utah) had high hopes of winning a world medal at 58 kg/127.75 lbs. LaMont drew last year’s fifth place finisher at Cadet Worlds, Mikko Peltokangas of Georgia, in the opening round. LaMont fell to Peltokangas by technical fall, 2-10.

The tandem of Iowa State Champions, Drew West (Riverside, Iowa) and Ethan Andersen (Des Moines, Iowa), both had tough international debuts. West dropped his first round match at 50 kg/110 lbs. to Aleh Zhuikou of Belarus 0-8. Anderson would also lose in the opening round of the 100 kg/220 lbs. bracket to Povilas Danilevicius of Lithuania 2-11.

Jacob Spiess (Delta, Ohio) fell in a close 0-4 contest to Georgian Davit Makoidze in his only match of the tournament.

This Cadet team is coached by two-time Olympian in Greco-Roman, Shawn Sheldon.

“The boys wrestled hard but lacked international experience. We got beat in the same area that we get beat at on all levels of Greco Roman, par terre position. Looking forward to a better day tomorrow,” Sheldon said.

Four U.S. athletes have weighed in and received their draws for Wednesday’s Greco-Roman competition.

Dack Punke (Eureka, Ill.) was slated to compete at 46 kg/104.4 lbs. tomorrow for the U.S. but did not make weight.

The official website for the 2014 FILA Cadet World Championships is http://www.cadetworldchampionship2014.eu/. A live stream of this event is available on fila-official.com.

2014 FILA Cadet World Championships
At Snina, Slovakia, July 15

Greco-Roman results

50 kg/110 lbs.
Gold – Joni Khetsuriani (Georgia)
Silver – Aghaniachar Mohammadreza (Iran)
Bronze – Havard Jorgensen (Norway)
Bronze – Oleksandr Grushin (Ukraine)
5th – Vijay (India)
5th – Tulegenov Alisher (Kazakhstan)
7th - Vahe Sargsyan (Armenia)
8th - Ugur Beytekan (Turkey)
9th - Jakub Scieglinski (Poland)
10th - Aleh Zhuikou (Belarus)

54 kg/119 lbs.
Gold – Fidakhmetov Yernur (Kazakhstan)
Silver – Edgar Tamazyan (Armenia)
Bronze – Kaakbaev Kerim (Kyrgyzstan)
Bronze –Ekrem Ozturk (Turkey)
5th – Sebastian Nac (Serbia)
5th – Hasan Sevgin (Bulgaria)
7th - Saygid Butaev (Russia)
8th - Sergii Grushin (Ukraine)
9th - Ihar Drozd (Belarus)
10th - Mihael Besenic (Croatia)

58 kg/127.75 lbs.
Gold – Arslan Zubairov (Russia)
Silver – Parviz Nasibov (Ukraine)
Bronze – Irihec Botez Mihai (Romania)
Bronze – Abdevali Keramat (Iran)
5th – Denis Bolunov (Estonia)
5th – Malkhas Amoyan (Armenia)
7th - Franko Gruber (Croatia)
8th - Firat Murat (Turkey)
9th - Emil Gwiazda (Poland)
10th - Salokhiddin Kholmatov (Uzbekistan)

63 kg/138.75 lbs.
Gold – Matias Lipasti (Finland)
Silver – Orlov Luka (Kyrgyzstan)
Bronze – Arman Bagdasaryan (Armenia)
Bronze – Nikoloz Tchikaidze (Georgia)
5th – Titas Kersevicius (Lithuania)
5th – Lom-Ali Addiev (Russia)
7th - Ulvi Organizade (Azerbaijan)
8th - Domonick Demas (United States)
9th - Morten Thoresen (Norway)
10th - Boris Maksim (Belarus)

100 kg/220 lbs.
Gold – Pataridze Zviad (Georgia)
Silver – Cavid Feyziyev (Azerbaijan)
Bronze – Kim Roman (Kyrgyzstan)
Bronze – Arsen Sychov-Bopambe (Belarus)
5th – Georgiev Radoslav (Bulgaria)
5th – Oleg Agakhanov (Russia)
7th - Jan Zirn (Germany)
8th - Istva Berei Lenards (Romania)
9th - Barel Natanel (Israel)
10th - Andrii Degtyariov (Ukraine)

U.S. Greco-Roman performances

50 kg/110 lbs. – Drew West, Riverside, Iowa, 21st
LOSS Aleh Zhuikou (Belarus), 0-8

54 kg/119 lbs. – Jacob Spiess, Delta, Ohio, 22nd
LOSS Davit Makoidze (Georgia), 0-4

58 kg/127.75 lbs. – Taylor LaMont, Mapleton, Utah, 18th
LOSS Mikko Peltokangas (Finland), 2-10

63 kg/138.75 lbs. – Domonick Demas, Columbus, Ohio, 8th
WIN Nicolae Bulgar Madalin (Romania), 8-0
WIN Ramon Betschart (Switzerland), 4-4
LOSS Nikoloz Tchikaidze (Georgia), 5-16

100 kg/220 lbs. – Ethan Andersen, Des Moines, Iowa, 15th
LOSS Povilas Danilevicius (Lithuania), 2-11

U.S. Greco-Roman draws for Wednesday

42 kg/92.5 lbs. – Jason Holmes, Mesa, Ariz.
Vs. Anil (India), 11th at 2013 Cadet World Championships

69 kg/152 lbs. – Mason Manville, Blairstown, N.J.
Vs. Elmar Nuraliiev (Ukraine), 3rd at 2013 European Championships

76 kg/167.5 lbs. – Nick Reenan, Dallas, Texas
Vs. Aydin Sallih (Turkey), 19th place at 2014 Cadet European Championships

85 kg/187.4 lbs. – Timothy Young, Aurora, Ill.
Vs. Soslan Fanziev (Azerbaijan), 2013 Cadet World Champion