| U.S. Cadet World Team member Jack Davis to wrestle for 58 kg
bronze tonight in Georgia. Photo: Sam Janicki.
TBILISI, Georgia – The U.S. Greco-Roman team pushed one wrestler into a medal match during the first session of action at the 2016 Cadet World Championships held at New Sports Palace on Tuesday.
American Jack Davis qualified for the 58 kg/127.75 lbs. bronze medal match after posting a 2-1 record on the morning.
Davis opened with a 7-7 criteria decision over 2016 Nordic champion Anton Rosen of Sweden, followed by a first period fall over Poland’s Aleksander Mielewczyk to advance to the semifinals. He was downed by 2016 Cadet Asian champion Mohammad Mokhtari of Iran, 10-2, to fall into the bronze medal match.
“He needs to score on his feet. He needs to stay off the mat in the par terre position,” U.S. coach Shawn Sheldon said of Davis heading into tonight’s session. “We’re going to talk to him a little bit about motion on the bottom and how to stop getting lifted, but he’s just got to wrestle. Great kid. He’s the future.”
Davis, a USAW Cadet Nationals All-American in Greco-Roman, is set to face 2016 Cadet Asian bronze medalist Erbol Bakirov of Kyrgyzstan for the bronze medal tonight.
It was a difficult morning for the remaining U.S. Greco-Roman athletes that competed on day one in Georgia. All four U.S. participants dropped early round matches and were not pulled into the repechage rounds.
Wrestling at 63 kg/138.75 lbs., promising talent Peyton Omania looked strong in a 2-1 round one victory over 2016 Cadet Asian bronze medalist Saurabh Saurabh of India. Omania was stopped in his next bout by Japan’s Ryoma Anraku, 9-4.
“You’ve got to score to win your matches. Once you’re down it’s like, oh man, you’ve got short time, so you better get after it. I was only down 5-4, got extended, and like Cohlton, I got arm thrown. I mean, come back next year for a Junior World title. Just work twice as hard,” said Omania.
Americans Malik Johnson, Real Woods and Cohlton Schultz all fell in the first round of their respective brackets.
“It’s a tough tournament. This is the first World Championships for most of them, and it’s another level. Everybody fought hard. Nobody gave up,” added Sheldon.
The Greco-Roman medal matches at 50 kg, 54 kg, 58 kg, 63 kg and 100 kg will be wrestled at 11:30 a.m. (ET) today.
Flowrestling will provide a live stream and archived matches of the 2016 Cadet World Championships to U.S. spectators at Flowrestling.org. A Flo Pro membership is required to view the competition.
Complete brackets and match-by-match results can be viewed at unitedworldwrestling.org.
2016 CADET WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sept. 13-18 at Tbilisi, Georgia
50 kg/110 lbs.
Gold – Giorgi Shotadze (Georgia) vs. Anzor Karagulov (Russia)
Bronze – Abdullah Toprak (Turkey) vs. Kaito Inaba (Japan)
Bronze – Poya Dad Marz (Iran) vs. Zaur Nuriyev (Azerbaijan)
54 kg/119 lbs.
Gold – Kerem Kamal (Turkey) vs. Leri Abuladze (Georgia)
Bronze – Zholaman Sharshenbekov (Kyrgyzstan) vs. Elnur Musayev (Azerbaijan)
Bronze – Sachin Rana (India) vs. Anar Mansurov (Russia)
58 kg/127.75 lbs.
Gold – Mohammad Mokhtari (Iran) vs Valentin Petic (Moldova)
Bronze – Abdulvakhab Asainov (Russia) vs. Hassan Mohamed (Egypt)
Bronze – Jack Davis (United States) vs. Erbol Bakirov (Kyrgyzstan)
63 kg/138.75 lbs.
Gold – Sergei Stepanov (Russia) vs. Yousef Hosseinvand Fathi (Iran)
Bronze – Ryoma Anraku (Japan) vs. Hrachya Poghosyan (Armenia)
Bronze – Anatolie Popov (Moldova) vs. Ismail Gun (Turkey)
100 kg/220 lbs.
Gold – Vahid Dadkhah Ghasem Abadi (Iran) vs. Gerard Kurniczak (Poland)
Bronze – Deepanshu (India) vs. Sharap Alikhanov (Russia)
Bronze – Yuri Nakazato (Japan) vs. Davut Olcan (Turkey)
U.S. Greco-Roman Results
50 kg/110 lbs. - Malik Johnson, Florissant, Mo.
LOSS Abdullah Toprak (Turkey), 6-1
54 kg/119 lbs. - Real Woods, Wheaton, Ill.
LOSS Zholaman Sharshenbekov (Kyrgyzstan), 6-0
58 kg/127.75 lbs. - Jack Davis, Hanover Township, Pa.
WIN Anton Rosen (Sweden), 7-7
WIN Aleksander Mielewczyk (Poland), Fall 1:27
LOSS Mohammad Mokhtari (Iran), 10-2
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Peyton Omania, Concord, Calif.
WIN Saurabh Saurabh (India), 2-1
LOSS Ryoma Anraku (Japan), 9-4
100 kg/220 lbs. - Cohlton Schultz, Colorado Springs, Colo.
LOSS Yuri Nakazato (Japan), 4-2