Nowry wins freestyle bronze medal at CISM Military World Games in China

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Oct. 21, 2019, 10:31 a.m. (ET)
Competition portrait of Max Nowry by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors.

WUHAN, China - SSG Max Nowry (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP) won a bronze medal at 57 kg/125.5 lbs. in men’s freestyle on the first day of the wrestling action at the 7th CISM Military World Games on Monday.

Nowry opened his tournament with an 11-0 technical fall over 2019 African freestyle champion Abdelhak Kherbache of Algeria in the quarterfinals. In his semifinal, he was defeated by 2017 European freestyle silver medalist Andrei Dukov of Romania, in a 10-0 technical fall. Nowry won his bronze medal match over Subiri Mwazembe of Tanzania by forfeit.

Nowry was fifth in the 2019 Senior World Championships in Greco-Roman at 55 kg/121 lbs. Nowry qualified to compete at the CISM Military World Games by winning the 2019 Armed Forces Championships in freestyle in February. He was a 2012 University World champion in Greco-Roman.

The CISM Military World Games is a multi-sport event featuring military athletes from across the globe. The wrestling competition at this event is traditionally very strong, with many past World and Olympic medalists.

The other U.S. athlete competing on Monday was 1st Lt. Jamel Johnson (Camp Lejeune, N.C./U.S. Marine Corps), who went 0-1 in men’s freestyle at 65 kg/143 lbs. Johnson lost his opening match to Krzysztof Bienkowski of Poland, 6-2. Bienkowski is a five-time German freestyle World Team member. When Bienkowski did not reach the finals, Johnson was not eligible for repechage. Johnson finished 13th in the final standings.

There were four men’s freestyle weight classes contested on Monday, but the USA had entries in two of the weight classes. Russia dominated by winning three of the four gold medals. Among their champions were 2019 Senior World champion Gadzhimurad Rashidov at 65 kg, 2014 Senior World champion Khetik Tsabolov at 74 kg and 2019 Senior World bronze medalist Artur Naifonov at 86 kg. The other individual champion was Pak Un Gwang of North Korea at 57 kg.

Two more U.S. men’s freestyle entries will compete on Tuesday, SGT Lucas Sheridan (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP) and SPC Jacob Mitchell (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP). The women’s freestyle competition also starts on Tuesday, and the U.S. has two entries, SSG Whitney Conder (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP) at 50 kg and PFC Areana Villaescusa (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP) at 53 kg. Conder is a five-time Senior World Team member for the USA and a 2007 Junior World champion.

All of the Tuesday first-round draws for the four U.S. wrestlers competing on Tuesday are below.

Information and results can be found at the official website at:

At Wuhan, China, October 21

Men's freestyle medalists

57 kg/125.5 lbs.
Gold – Pak Un Gwang (North Korea)
Silver – Andrei Dukov (Romania)
Bronze – Max Nowry (United States)
Bronze – Horst Lehr, Jr. (Germany)

65 kg/143 lbs.
Gold – Gadzhimurad Rashidov (Russia)
Silver – Vasyl Shuptar (Ukraine)
Bronze – Tian Zhenguang (China)
Bronze – Selahattin Kilicsallayan (Turkey)

74 kg/ 163 lbs.
Gold – Khetik Tsabolov (Russia)
Silver – Nurkozha Kaipanov (Kazakhstan)
Bronze – Lee Seung-Bong (Korea)
Bronze – Soner Demirtas (Turkey)

86 kg/189 lbs.
Gold – Artur Naifonov (Russia)
Silver – Ahmed Dudarov (Germany)
Bronze – Mher Markosyan (Armenia)
Bronze – Ahmad Bazri (Iran)

U.S. men’s freestyle performances

57 kg – SSG Max Nowry (U.S. Army WCAP), bronze medal
WIN Abdelhak Kherbache (Algeria), tech fall 11-0
LOSS Andrei Dukov (Romania), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Subiri Mwazembe (Tanzania), forfeit

65 kg – 1st Lt. Jamel Johnson (U.S. Marine Corps), dnp/13th
LOSS Krzysztof Bienkowski (Poland), 6-2

U.S. Men’s freestyle draws for Tuesday

97 kg – SGT Lucas Sheridan (U.S. Army WCAP)
Vs. Mohammed Fardj (Algeria), 3rd in 2019 All-Africa Games, 3rd in 2019 African Championships, 5th in 2018 CISM Military Worlds

125 kg – SPC Jacob Mitchell (U.S. Army WCAP)
Vs. Deng Zhiwei (China), 2018 World silver medalist, 5th in 2019 World Championships, 2nd in 2019 Asian Championships, 2nd in 2017 CISM Military Worlds

U.S. Women’s freestyle draws for Tuesday

50 kg – SSG Whitney Conder (U.S. Army WCAP)
Vs. Kseniya Stankevich (Belarus), 3rd in 2019 European Championships, 7th in 2018 World Championships, 3rd in 2015 Junior Worlds

53 kg – PFC Areana Villaescusa (U.S. Army WCAP)
Vs. Milana Dadasheva (Russia), 2nd in 2018 U23 World Championships, 3rd in 2018 CISM Military Worlds, 2016 University World champion, 2016 Olympian, 2014 and 2015 Junior World bronze medalist

Remaining Event Schedule

Tuesday, October 22
Men’s Freestyle (97 kg, 125 kg, Women’s Freestyle (50 kg, 53 kg, 57 kg)

Wednesday, October 23
Women’s Freestyle (62 kg, 68 kg, 76 kg), Greco-Roman (60 kg, 67 kg)

Thursday, October 24
Greco-Roman (77 kg, 87 kg, 97 kg, 130 kg)