Nowry, Mango, Bunker, Stefanowicz receive draw for day one of Greco-Roman at World Championships

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Sept. 13, 2019, 7:28 a.m. (ET)

Max Nowry nails a throw during Final X. Nowry competes at Worlds on Saturday in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – The first U.S. Greco-Roman wrestlers have received their draws for the World Wrestling Championships, and will begin competition on Saturday.

The first four weight classes are the four World Championship weight classes that are not contested at the Olympic Games.

All four U.S. athletes who compete on Saturday will be in their first Senior World Championships appearance. All four are currently enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces, two with the U.S. Army and two with the U.S. Marine Corps.

2012 University World champion Max Nowry (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP) opens his first Senior World Championships at 55 kg/121 lbs. against 2019 European bronze medalist Fabian Schmitt of Germany.

The other U.S. Army athlete making his Senior Worlds debut, Ryan Mango (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP), will start his competition at 63 kg/138.75 lbs. against Julinho Correia Dju of Portugal, who was fourth in the 2019 Mediterranean Championships.

Representing the USA at their first World Championships are U.S. Marine Corps stars Raymond Bunker (Camp LeJeune, N.C./U.S. Marine Corps) at 72 kg/158.5 lbs. and John Stefanowicz (Camp LeJeune, N.C./U.S. Marine Corps) at 82 kg/180.5 lbs.

Bunker will open with Yogesh of India, who was fifth at the 2019 Asian Championships.

Stefanowicz has drawn 2015 World bronze medalist Lasha Gobadze of Georgia in his opening bout.

The first session starts at 11:00 a.m., which competition through the quarterfinals. The semifinals begin at 6:00 p.m. local time. Nur-Sultan is 10 hours ahead of the U.S. Eastern Time Zone.

U.S. fans can watch the live broadcast on Trackwrestling.

U.S. Greco-Roman draw for Saturday


55 kg/121 lbs. - Max Nowry, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
Vs. Fabian Schmitt (Germany), 3rd in 2019 European Championships, 2019 Thor Masters champion,

63 kg /138.75 lbs. - Ryan Mango, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
Vs. Julinho Correia Dju (Portugal), 4th in 2019 Mediterranean Championships

72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Raymond Bunker, Camp LeJeune, N.C. (U.S. Marine Corps)
Vs. Yogesh (India); 5th in 2019 Asian Championships, 5th in 2011 Cadet Worlds

82 kg/180.5 lbs. - John Stefanowicz, Camp LeJeune, N.C. (U.S. Marine Corps)
Vs. Lasha Gobadze (Georgia), 3rd in 2015 World Championships, 2nd in 2019 European Championships, 2nd in 2017 U23 Worlds; 3rd in 2014 Junior Worlds; 3rd in 2011 Cadet Worlds