| Nick Reenan (USA) picks up a technical fall win over Ahmed (EGY)
at the Junior World Championships. Photo: Justin Hoch, JHoch.com.
MACON, France – The U.S. Greco-Roman team endured a tough day at the Junior World Championships with all four wrestlers having their medal hopes dashed in the early going.
2015 Junior Pan American champion Nick Reenan (Dallas, Texas/Dallas Dynamite WC) gave the U.S. its lone win of the day when he ousted Ahmed Hassan Ahmed of Egypt, 10-2, in the first round at 84 kg/185 lbs.
Reenan was upended in his next bout by Anton Sakhno of Belarus, 9-0. Sakhno was unable to make the finals, thereby ending Reenan’s run in France. Reenan, who also competed at the Cadet World Championships in 2014, will now turn his attention to the college season at North Carolina State.
“I’m not really too proud of the way I wrestled today, but it is what it is. We learn from it,” Reenan noted following his performance. “I kind of got a little rushed because I was nervous about wrestling here, then I got down by six points pretty quickly. I thought I had to go for a throw. I’ll go back, watch the videos, work on what I need to work on and get ready for the season.”
Fellow NC State commit Michael Rogers (Round Rock, Texas/Bison Legend WC) was defeated in the first round at 120 kg/264.5 lbs. by 2016 Junior European silver medalist Nikolai Izmailov of Russia, 9-0. Competing in his first age-group World Championships was a valuable learning experience for the up and coming Rogers.
“I think I just need to work on getting better, improve my technique and just work harder. It was a great experience. I learned a lot…it definitely opened my eyes, work a little bit harder, you know, train for the next level,” said Rogers.
In addition to the pair of future Wolfpack wrestlers, two Northern Michigan teammates took the mat on Wednesday with high aspirations.
Three-time Junior World Team member Dalton Roberts (Fowlerville, Mich./NMU-OTS) fell victim to the second period blues in his only match at 55 kg/121 lbs. Roberts led Italy’s Jacopo Sandron 4-2 at the break, but surrendered a takedown and step out in the final minutes to lose, 5-4.
It was a tough outing for Roberts who had otherwise been on a solid streak this year with gold medal wins at the Austria Junior Open and University Nationals, in addition snagging bronze at the Eduardo Campbell Cup.
At 66 kg/145.5 lbs. Jamal DeArmond (Marquette, Mich./NMU-OTS) dropped his opening match to three-time Junior World Team member for Switzerland Flavio Freuler, 6-3. DeArmond led 3-2 late in the match, but was done in by a four-point throw in the final minute.
“A loss like this I’m going to learn from,” DeArmond said. “I’ve never felt like this after losing to somebody who’s not that good on the international level. I’m going to take this, take it back to Northern Michigan, train on what I need to do and reflect.”
The U.S. finished with two bronze medals in Greco-Roman competition at the Junior Worlds this week. Taylor LaMont broke through for bronze at 60 kg and G’Angelo Hancock grabbed bronze at 96 kg.
“I think we see the guys that are wrestling Greco on a consistent basis are winning matches,” said U.S. Greco-Roman coach Matt Lindland. “It’s one step at a time for some of these younger athletes, but they are moving in the right direction too, along with our program moving in the right direction.”
Georgia won three gold medals on the day from Dato Chkhartishvili at 55 kg, Ramaz Zoidze at 66 kg and Zviadi Pataridze at 120 kg. Islam Abbasov of Azerbaijan picked up the title at 84 kg.
The American women take center stage tomorrow in France with Marina Doi, Brenda Reyna, Kayla Miracle and Alexis Porter all set to compete on the first day of women’s freestyle competition.
The women’s freestyle competition will begin tomorrow in France at 4 a.m. (ET) with the qualification rounds and repechage followed by the medal matches at 12 p.m. (ET).
Flowrestling is providing a live stream of the Junior World Championships at flowrestling.org. Viewers must purchase a FloPro membership to watch the competition live.
For complete brackets and match-by-match results visit unitedworldwrestling.org.
2016 JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Aug. 30 – Sept. 4 in Macon, France
55 kg/121 lbs.
Gold – Dato Chkhartishvili (Georgia)
Silver – Yo Namba (Japan)
Bronze – Meysam Dalkhani (Iran)
Bronze – Nuzupbek Topchubaev (Kyrgyzstan)
5th – Zhora Abovian (Ukraine)
5th – Jacopo Sandron (Italy)
7th – Yernur Fidakhmetov (Kazakhstan)
8th – Kumar Raj (India)
9th – Artur Petrosian (Russia)
10th – Javokhir Mirakhmedov (Uzbekistan)
Gold – Dato Chkhartishvili (Georgia) dec. Yo Namba (Japan), 3-2
Bronze – Meysam Dalkhani (Iran) fall Zhora Abovian (Ukraine)
Bronze – Nuzupbek Topchubaev (Kyrgyzstan) dec. Jacopo Sandron (Italy), 7-3
66 kg/145.5 lbs.
Gold – Ramaz Zoidze (Georgia)
Silver – Kaharman Kissymetov (Kazakhstan)
Bronze – Mohamed Elsayed (Egypt)
Bronze – Islambek Dadov (Azerbaijan)
5th – Mohammad Morad Elyasi (Iran)
5th – Malkhas Amoyan (Armenia)
7th – Bek Konurbaev (Kyrgyzstan)
8th – Yishua Hou (China)
9th – Deyvid Dimitrov (Bulgaria)
10th – Kristupas Sleiva (Lithuania)
Gold – Ramaz Zoidze (Georgia) dec. Kaharman Kissymetov (Kazakhstan), 5-1
Bronze – Mohamed Elsayed (Egypt) dec. Mohammad Morad Elyasi (Iran), 9-4
Bronze – Islambek Dadov (Azerbaijan) dec. Malkhas Amoyan (Armenia), 3-2
84 kg/185 lbs.
Gold – Islam Abbasov (Azerbaijan)
Silver – Ali Cengiz (Turkey)
Bronze – Bachir Sid Azara (Algeria)
Bronze – Arman Alizadeh Abdevali (Iran)
5th – Kiril Milov (Bulgaria)
5th – Vlas Dubrovin (Russia)
7th – Anton Sakhno (Belarus)
8th – Toni Metsomaeki (Finland)
9th – Semen Novikov (Ukriane)
10th – Gurami Khetsuriani (Georgia)
Gold – Islam Abbasov (Azerbaijan) dec. Ali Cengiz (Turkey), 3-2
Bronze – Bachir Sid Azara (Algeria) dec. Kiril Milov (Bulgaria), 1-0
Bronze – Arman Alizadeh Abdevali (Iran) tech. fall Vlas Dubrovin (Russia), 11-2
120 kg/264.5 lbs.
Gold – Zviadi Pataridze (Georgia)
Silver – Osman Yildirim (Turkey)
Bronze – Edgar Khachatryan (Armenia)
Bronze – Ferenc Almasi (Hungary)
5th – Nikolai Izmailov (Russia)
5th – Amin Mirzazadeh (Iran)
7th – Daniyar Marven (Kazakhstan)
8th – Daler Rakhmatov (Uzbekistan)
9th – Sachin (India)
10th – Lenard Berei (Romania)
Gold – Zviadi Pataridze (Georgia) tech. fall Osman Yildirim (Turkey), 10-0
Bronze – Edgar Khachatryan (Armenia) fall Nikolai Izmailov (Russia)
Bronze – Ferenc Almasi (Hungary) dec. Amin Mirzazadeh (Iran), 8-4
U.S. Greco-Roman results
55 kg/121 lbs. – Dalton Roberts, Fowlerville, Mich. (NMU-OTS), 14th
LOSS Jacopo Sandron (Italy), 5-4
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Jamal DeArmond, Marquette, Mich. (NMU-OTS), 18th
LOSS Flavio Freuler (Switzerland), 6-3
84 kg/185 lbs. – Nick Reenan, Dallas, Texas (Dallas Dynamite WC), 11th
WIN Ahmed Hassan Ahmed (Egypt), 10-2
LOSS Anton Sakhno (Belarus), 9-0
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Michael Rogers, Round Rock, Texas (Bison Legend WC), 21st
LOSS Nikolai Izmailov (Russia), 9-0