UPDATE: Sancho, Provisor wins silver medals in Greco-Roman at Tbilisi Grand Prix in Georgia

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | June 11, 2017, 1:31 p.m. (ET)
Award stand photos courtesy of Matt Lindland.

TBILISI, Georgia – The United States finished strong on the final day of the Tbilisi Grand Prix on Sunday, capturing a pair of silver medals from Alejandro Sancho (Miami, Fla./New York AC/NMU-OTS) at 66 kg/145.5 lbs. and two-time Olympian Ben Provisor (Stevens Point, Wis./New York AC) at 85 kg/187.5 lbs.

Sancho was defeated in the gold-medal match by Dinar Kalenov of Kazakhstan, 2-0. Neither wrestler scored a technical point in the match. Kalenov received a point in the first period on a passivity penalty against Sancho, then received another passivity penalty point against Sancho in the second period.

Provisor battled Roberti Kobliashvili of Georgia in the finals and the result was very similar to the other U.S. finals match, losing 2-0. Kobliashvili received both of his points on passivity calls, with the first penalty point against Provisor in the first period, and the second penalty point against Provisor in the second period.

Sancho and Provisor were the only American medalists in the two-day event, which was highly competitive. Seven members of the U.S. Senior World Team competed this week, as part of preparations for the World Championships which will be held in France in August.

U.S. wrestlers who competed on Sunday included 2012 Olympian and 2017 World Team member Ellis Coleman at 66 kg/145.5 lbs., 2017 World Team member Mason Manville at 75 kg/165 lbs. and 2016 Olympian and four-time World Team member Robby Smith at 130 kg/286 lbs.

“The U.S. Greco team fought very hard at the toughest tournament we could find in Europe. We had some really good matches. We lost our gold-medal matches without giving up a single offensive point. It seemed as though we were not getting the passivity calls and the officials are not forcing the action,” said National Greco-Roman Coach Matt Lindland.

The U.S. World Greco-Roman team will next travel to Hungary for an international training camp, before returning to the United States for its final pre-World training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in July.

“We still have to make some adjustments and find ways to score. We are not going to get help from the officials and we need to take it out of their hands. The team is in good spirits and there were lots of positives this weekend. We are looking forward to a great training camp with the Hungarian team,” said Lindland.

Complete updated results will be posted when received. Below are results we have at this time.

At Tbilisi, Georgia


59 kg/130 lbs.
Gold - Meirambek Ainagulov (Kazakhstan)
Silver - Stig Andre Berge (Norway)
Bronze - Akbar Mosayevi (Iran)
Bronze - Ahmet Uchari (Turkey)

66 kg/145.5 lbs.
Gold – Dinar Kalenov (Kazakhstan)
Silver – Alejandro Sancho (USA)
Bronze – Krsznal Mate (Hungary)
Bronze – Ednar Shavadze (Georgia)

71 kg/154 lbs.
Gold - S. Bolkvadze (Georgia)
Silver - R. Zoidze (Georgia)
Bronze - Yuri Lomadze (Georgia)
Bronze - Arslan Chengiz (Turkey)

75 kg/165 lbs.
Gold – Karapet Chalyan (Armenia)
Silver – Maksat Erejabov (Kazakhstan)
Bronze – Tamas Lorincz (Hungary)
Bronze – Mindia Tsulukidze (Georgia)

80 kg/176 lbs.
Gold - Nicholas Kelasovi (Georgia)
Silver - Maxim Manukyan (Armenia)
Bronze - Daniel Hajiyev (Kazakhstan)
Bronze - Lasha Gobadze (Georgia)

85 kg/187.5 lbs.
Gold – Roberti Kobliashvili (Georgia)
Silver – Ben Provisor (USA)
Bronze Viktor Lorincz (Hungary)
Bronze - Saman Aziz (Iran)

98 kg/215 lbs.
Gold - Revaz Nadareishvili (Georgia)
Silver – Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia)
Bronze - Amir Hosein (Iran)
Bronze - Serhei Staradub (Belarus)

130 kg/286 lbs.
Gold – Jakob Kajaia (Georgia)
Silver – Kiryl Hryshchanka (Belarus)
Bronze – Nurmankhan Tinaliev (Kazakhstan)
Bronze – Vasil Imerlishvili (Georgia)

U.S. performances on Saturday

59 kg/130 lbs. - Ildar Hafizov, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
WON Khvicha Tchitava (GEO) 6-3
LOSS Stig Andre Berge (NOR)
LOSS Lasha Mariamidze (GEO) 10-1, TF

71 kg/156 lbs. - Patrick Smith, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
WON Tigran Torosyan (ARM) 2-0
LOSS Balint Korpasi (HUN) 2-0

80 kg/176 lbs. - Cheney Haight, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
LOSS Varlam Kvaratshkehli (GEO) 2-1

80 kg/176 lbs. - John Jay Chavez, Ithaca, N.Y. (New York AC)
WON Ebrahimi Mahdi (IRI) 11-2, TF
LOSS Nikolizi Kelasov (GEO) 2-1

U.S. performances on Sunday, to be posted when received
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Ellis Coleman, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP), 9th
WIN Ensar Karabacak (ARM) 4-0
LOSS Daniar Kalenov (KAZ) 1-0
LOSS Ednar Shavadze (GEO) 6-4

66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Alejandro Sancho, Miami, Fla. (New York AC/NMU-OTS), silver medal
WIN Gor Sirekanyan (ARM) 10-0, TF
WIN Matthew Krasznai (HUN) 8-0, TF
WIN Goga Gogiberashvili (GEO) 5-2
LOSS Daniar Kalenov (KAZ) 2-0

75 kg/165 lbs. - Mason Manville, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
LOSS Karapet Chalyan (ARM) 8-0, TF
LOSS Giorgi Datunashvili (GEO) 8-0, TF

75 kg/165 lbs. - Nick Tarpley, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
LOSS Tamas Lorincz (HUN) 8-0, TF

85 kg/187.5 lbs. - Ben Provisor, Stevens Point, Wis. (New York AC), silver medal
WIN Argishti Abgaryan (ARM) 1-0
WIN Aziz Saman (IRI) 7-4
WIN Salva Khachidze (GEO) 3-1
LOSS Robert Kobliashvili (GEO) 2-0

130 kg/286 lbs. - Robbie Smith, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
LOSS Iosif Chugoshvili (BLR) 5-3