Photo of Mekhi Lewis by Kadir Caliskan.
KHASAVJURT, Russia – The first 13 Americans will begin competition at the 2019 Continental Cup in Khasavjurt, Russia, on Thursday.
Among those wrestling for the USA tomorrow are 2017 Senior World silver medalist Thomas Gilman, 2018 Junior World champion Mekhi Lewis, 2017 Junior World silver medalist Zahid Valencia and 2017 U23 World bronze medalist Ty Walz.
Below are the first-round draws for the Americans.
USA Wrestling will updates results as they are received. As of now, there is no know stream for the event.
2019 CONTINENTAL CUP
at Khasavjurt, Russia, Oct. 10-14
U.S. men’s freestyle draws
57 kg: Thomas Gilman (Iowa City, Iowa/Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC)
vs. Mukhamad Ikromov (Tajikistan), 19th at 2019 Senior Worlds, bronze at 2019 Grand Prix of Spain
57 kg: Zach Sanders (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Storm)
vs. Khasan Husein Badrudinov (Russia), 2014 Junior World gold, 2016 Junior World silver, 2015 Junior World bronze
65 kg: Dean Heil (Norman, Okla./Titan Mercury WC/Oklahoma RTC)
vs. Haji Ali (Bahrain), 7th at 2019 Senior Worlds, 2019 Yasar Dogu silver
65kg: Evan Henderson (New York, N.Y./Titan Mercury WC)
vs. Gamzat Gamzatov (Russia), 23rd at 2018 Alany Tournament
74 kg: Dan Vallimont (Philadelphia, Pa./Pennsylvania RTC)
vs. Nadir Hajiyev (Azerbaijan), no credentials
74 kg: Nazar Kulchytskyy (Minneapolis, Minn./Titan Mercury WC/Gopher WC)
vs.Amin Tekushev (Russia), 9th at 2018 Ali Aliev Tournament
74 kg: Mekhi Lewis (Bound Brook, N.J./Southeast RTC/Titan Mercury WC)
vs. Davit Gevorgyan (Armenia), 16th at 2019 Junior Worlds, 22nd at 2018 Junior Worlds
86 kg: Kevin Radford (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids)
vs. Adam Gagiev (Russia), 7th at 2018 Alany Tournament, 10th at 2018 Ali Aliev Tournament
86 kg: Zahid Valencia (Bellflower, Calif./Sunkist Kids)
vs. Omar Ziiautdinov (Russia), 5th at 2019 Medved Prizes, 7th at 2018 Ali Aliev Tournament
86 kg: Sammy Brooks (Iowa City, Iowa/New York AC)
vs. Nick Heflin (USA), 5th at 2018 Ivan Yarygin
86 kg: Nick Heflin (Norman, Okla./Titan Mercury WC/Oklahoma RTC)
vs. Sammy Brooks (USA), 2011 Cadet World bronze, 2013 Junior World Team member, 2017 U23 World Team member
97 kg: Ty Walz (Blacksburg, Va./Southeast RTC/Titan Mercury WC)
vs. Tamik Dzhikaev (Russia), 3rd at 2019 Junior Euros, 6th at 2019 Medved Prizes
97 kg: Hayden Zillmer (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Storm)
vs. Magomed Musaev (Kyrgyzstan), 2012 and 2016 Olympian