Tagg, Carr, Hidlay, Davison, Parris receive draws for day two of freestyle at Junior Worlds

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Aug. 12, 2019, 9:53 a.m. (ET)
David Carr shown at the 2019 UWW Junior Nationals. Carr will compete on Tuesday at the Junior Worlds. Photo by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors.

TALLINN, Estonia – The final five U.S. men’s freestyle wrestlers have received their draws for the UWW Junior World Wrestling Championships, and will begin competition on Tuesday.

2016 Cadet World bronze medalist David Carr (Canton, Ohio/Titan Mercury WC/Cyclone WC) opens at 74 kg/163 lbs. against Devid Betanov of Russia, who was a 2018 Junior World bronze medalist. Carr is a redshirt freshman at Iowa State.

The other four U.S. athletes starting on Tuesday are in their first age-group World Championships event. Like Carr, all are affiliated with NCAA Div. I wrestling programs.

Elite Accelerator Program (EAP) athlete Gabriel Tagg (Mayfield Heights, Ohio/EAP) will face D. Pryhozhy of Belarus to start off at 61 kg/134 lbs Tagg, the Outstanding Wrestler at the 2019 UWW Junior Nationals, is an incoming freshman at North Carolina.

NC State’s Trent Hidlay (Lewistown, Pa./Wolfpack WC) will compete against Teng Zhou of China in the first round at 86 kg/189 lbs. Zhou was fifth in the 2019 Asian Junior Championships

Northwestern wrestler Lucas Davison (Chesterton, Ind./Wildcat WC/Chicago RTC) has a North American opponent in his first bout at 92 kg/202 lbs., as he battles Julien Choquette of Canada, who was fourth in the 2019 Pan American Junior Championships.

Mason Parris (Lawrenceburg, Ind./Cliff Keen WC), who was an NCAA qualifier for Michigan this season as a true freshman, has Vasil Khvistani of Georgia, in his first match, a 2019 European Junior Championships bronze medalist.

These athletes will do battle on Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. in Tallinn, which is seven hours ahead of the U.S. Eastern time zone. There will also be a repechage round for the athletes in the first five weight classes. All of the action is broadcast live in the United States on Trackwrestling.

At Tallinn, Estonia

U.S. men’s freestyle draws for Tuesday

61 kg/134 lbs.: Gabriel Tagg, Mayfield Heights, Ohio (EAP)
Vs. D. Pryhozhy (Belarus), no information available

74 kg/163 lbs.: David Carr, Canton, Ohio (Titan Mercury WC/Cyclone WC)
Devid Betanov (Russia), 3rd in 2018 Junior Worlds, 2016 Cadet European champion

86 kg/189 lbs.: Trent Hidlay, Lewistown, Pa. (Wolfpack WC)
Vs. Teng Zhou (China), 5th in 2019 Asian Juniors, 10th in 2016 Asian Cadets

92 kg/202 lbs.: Lucas Davison, Chesterton, Ind. (Wildcat WC/Chicago RTC)
Vs. Julien Choquette (Canada), 4th in 2019 Pan American Juniors, 9th in 2016 Pan American Cadets

125 kg/275 lbs.: Mason Parris, Lawrenceburg, Ind. (Cliff Keen WC)
Vs. Vasil Khvistani (Georgia), 3rd in 2019 European Juniors