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Green, Molinaro win repechage bouts putting seven from USA into Friday’s Dan Kolov medal round

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | March 01, 2019, 6:39 a.m. (ET)

James Green, shown at the 2018 World Cup, has advanced to the medal round in Bulgaria. Tony Rotundo photo.

RUSE, Bulgaria – The USA won two of their three repechage matches on Friday morning, which brings up the total of Americans going for a medal on Friday at the Dan Kolov International to seven.

Claiming wins in repechage at 70 kg were two-time World medalist James Green (Lincoln, Neb./Sunkist Kids/Nebraska WTC) and 2016 Olympian Frank Molinaro (Norman, Okla./TMWC/Oklahoma RTC).

Green scored a 12-2 technical fall over Haithem Dakhlaoui of Tunisia. He will face Andriy Kyvatkovskyy of Ukraine in his bronze bout.

Molinaro stopped Sirojiddin Khasanov of Uzbekistan, 10-2 in repechage. He will battle Viktor Rassadin of Russia in his bronze-medal bout.

The other U.S. athlete in repechage this morning was Riley LeFever (State College, Penn./ Nittany Lion WC) at 92 kg/202.5 lbs., who lost to Suleyman Karadeniz of Turkey.

In yesterday’s action, the U.S. had secured five athletes in medal rounds today, led by Alex Dieringer (Stillwater, Okla./TMWC/Cowboy RTC) at 79 kg/174 lbs., who is seeking gold against Omarakhab Nazhmudinov of Romania.

Others going for bronze will in men’s freestyle will be 2018 World bronze medalist Joe Colon (Fresno, Calif./TMWC/Valley RTC) at 61 kg/134 lbs, and Michael Macchiavello (Raleigh, N.C./Wolfpack RTC) at At 92 kg/202.5 lbs.

In women’s freestyle, 2017 Junior World champion Maya Nelson (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids/OTC) will wrestle 2018 U.S. World Team member Forrest Molinari (Iowa City, Iowa/TMWC/Hawkeye WC) for a bronze at 65 kg.

The medal rounds are set for 6 p.m. local time, which is seven hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time zone. The tournament is broadcast live on FloWrestling.

At Ruse, Bulgaria, March 1

Group 1 U.S. men’s freestyle results

61 kg/134.5 lbs. – Joe Colon (Fresno, Calif./TMWC/Valley RTC)
WIN Saleh Eddine Kateb (Algeria), tech fall 10-0
WIN Recep Topal (Turkey), 8-2
LOSS Nurislam Sanayev (Kazakhstan), tech fall 13-2
Bronze Medal – Vs. Aryian Tiutrin (Russia)

70 kg/154 lbs. – James Green (Lincoln, Neb./Sunkist Kids/Nebraska WTC)
WIN Evghenii Volkov (Romania), tech. fall 10-0
LOSS Anzor Zakuev (Russia), 4-3
WIN Haithem Dakhlaoui (Tunisia), tech. fall 12-2
Bronze medal – Vs. Andriy Kyvatkovskyy (Ukraine)

70 kg/154 lbs. – Frank Molinaro (Norman, Okla./TMWC/Oklahoma RTC)
WIN Mehmet Karaca (Turkey), tech fall 12-2
LOSS Ilias Bekbulatov (Russia), 4-0
WIN Sirojiddin Khasanov (Uzbekistan), 10-2
Bronze medal – Vs. Viktor Rassadin (Russia)

79 kg/174 lbs. – Alex Dieringer (Stillwater, Okla./TMWC/Cowboy RTC)
WIN Muhammet Nuri Kotanoglu (Turkey), tech. fall 11-0
WIN Zaur Efendiev (Serbia), tech fall 10-0
WIN Nika Kentchadze (Georgia), 6-0
Gold Medal Match – Vs. Omarakhab Nazhmudinov (Romania)

92 kg/202.5 lbs. – Riley Lefever (State College, Penn./ Nittany Lion WC)
LOSS Irakli Mtsituri (Georgia), 8-1
LOSS Suleyman Karadeniz (Turkey), 8-4

92 kg/202.5 lbs. – Michael Macchiavello (Raleigh, N.C./Wolfpack RTC)
WIN Istvan Vereb (Hungary), 6-2
LOSS Magomed Kurbanov (Russia), 3-2
Bronze-Medal Match – Vs. Mohammed Fardj (Algeria)

U.S. women’s freestyle results so far

65 kg/143 lbs. – Amanda Hendey (Colorado Springs, Colo./TMWC/OTC)
LOSS Petra Olli (Finland), 8-4

65 kg/143 lbs. – Forrest Molinari (Iowa City, Iowa/TMWC/Hawkeye WC)
LOSS Henna Johansson (Sweden), pin 3:37
Bronze Medal bout: Vs. Maya Nelson (USA)

65 kg/143 lbs. – Maya Nelson (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids/OTC)
WIN Nour Jeljeli (Tunisia), tech fall 10-0
WIN Amel Hammiche (Algeria), 10-0
LOSS Henna Johansson (Sweden), pin 5:14
Bronze-Medal bout: Vs. Forrest Molinari (USA)