Max Nowry finishes fifth at 55 kg at Greco-Roman World Championships

By Mike Willis, USA Wrestling | Sept. 15, 2019, 12:55 p.m. (ET)

Photo of Max Nowry by Justin Hoch

After a morning repechage win, Max Nowry (Colorado Springs Co./U.S. Army WCAP) fell in the bronze medal match to 2018 World Champion Eldaniz Azizli of Azerbaijan. Azizli got behind Nowry for a takedown and put together three turns with a tight gut wrench to take the match, 8-0. 

Nowry finishes in fifth place at the World Championship with a 2-2 record. He was the first U.S. wrestler to make a medal match at the 2019 World Championships. Nowry, a 2012 University World Champion, has been competing on the Senior circuit for nearly a decade. He was a two-time Junior World Team member in 2009 and 2010 and punched through to make his first Senior World Team this year. 

In the tournament, Nowry defeated European Championships bronze medalist Fabian Schmitt of Germany, 10-1, and African Champion Abdelkarim Fergat of Algeria, 11-3. Nowry, while disappointed, had no regrets.

"I don't have any regrets about my performance. There were a couple of slipups. I'm a little upset. I came here to do exactly what I trained to do. I wanted to go out there, make it a fight, score points. I wasn't scared. This was my first time at the Senior Worlds, but I have been to Juniors, been to Universities. I came out to do what I wanted to do and stuck to my game plan. It was a battle," said Nowry. 

Also in the first group of wrestlers, Ryan Mango of the USA placed seventh at 63 kg. With Nowry’s fifth place and Mango’s seventh place, the USA earned 18 team points in these weight classes, putting them in 11th place after four weight classes. Russia is in first after the first set of weight classes, followed by Georgia and Kazakhstan.

The semifinals for the second group of wrestlers were held immediately before the finals matches. There were no U.S. athletes still eligible to wrestle after the morning session from this group. Ellis Coleman (67 kg), Joe Rau (87 kg) and G’Angelo Hancock (97 kg) went 1-1 this morning, but were unable to advance to repechage after the opponents who beat them were defeated. 

2019 SENIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
at Nur-Sultan Kazakhstan

US Group 1 Greco-Roman Results

55 kg/121 pounds – Max Nowry (Colorado Springs Co./U.S. Army WCAP), 5th place
WIN Fabian Schmitt (Germany), 10-1 
LOSS Khorlan Zhakansha (Kazakhstan), 3-2 
WIN Abdelkarim Fergat (Algeria), 11-3
LOSS Eldaniz Azizli (Azerbaijan), 8-0 

63 kg /138.75 lbs. - Ryan Mango (Colorado Springs, Colo/U.S. Army WCAP), 7th place
WIN Julinnho Corriea Diu (Portugal), 11-0
LOSS Rahman Bilici (Turkey), 7-4

72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Raymond Bunker, (Camp LeJeune, N.C./U.S. Marine Corps), dnp/12th
WIN Yogesh (India), 6-5
LOSS Aik Mnatsakanian (Bulgaria), 6-2

82 kg/180.5 lbs. - John Stefanowicz, (Camp LeJeune, N.C./U.S. Marine Corps), dnp/23rd
LOSS Lasha Gobadze (Georgia), 7-0
LOSS. Haitao Qian (China), 9-0

Group 1 results 

55 kg
Gold - Nugzari Tsurtsumia (Georgia) 
Silver - Khorlan Zhakansha (Kazakhstan) 
Bronze - Eldaniz Azizli (Azerbaijan) 
Bronze - Shota Ogawa (Japan) 
5th - Max Nowry (USA) Emiliano 
5th - Liguo Cao (China) 
7th - Vitalii Kabaloev (Russia) 
8th - Davaabandi Munkh Erdene (Mongolia)
9th - Ilkhom Bakhromov (Group 1 results 
10th - Pouya Mohammad Naserpour (Iran)
Gold -Tsurtsumia tech. fall Zhakansha, 9-0, 0:58
Bronze - Azizli tech. fall Nowry, 8-0, 0:38
Bronze - Ozawa tech. fall Cao, 11-2, 2:34

63 kg
Gold - Shinobu Ota (Japan)
Silver - Stepan Maryanyan (Russia)
Bronze - Slavik Galstyan (Armenia)
Bronze - Almat Kebispayev (Kazakhstan)
5th - Meysam Dalkhani (Iran)
5th - Tynar Sharshenbekov (Kyrgyzstan)
7th - Ryan Mango (USA) 
8th - Jinwoong Jung (Korea) 
9th - Rahman Bilici (Turkey)
10th - Islomjon Bakhramov (Uzbekistan) 
Gold - Ota dec. Maranyan, 10-4
Bronze - Galstyan dec. Dalkhani, 7-5
Bronze - Kebispayev tech. fall Sharshenbekov, 9-0, 2:32

72 kg
Gold - Abuiazid Mantsigov (Russia) 
Silver - Aram Vardanyan (Uzbekistan) 
Bronze - Aik Mnatsakanian (Bulgaria) 
Bronze - Balint Korpasi (Hungary)
5th - Michael Felix Widmayer (Germany) 
5th - Jiyeon Lee (Korea) 
7th - Malkhas Amoyan (Armenia) 
8th - Sanan Suleymanov (Azerbaijan) 
9th - Iuri Lomadze (Georgia) 
10th - Demeu Zhadrayev (Kazakhstan) 
Gold - Mantsigov pin Vardanyan, 0:54
Bronze - Mnatsakanian dec. Widmayer 3-3
Bronze - Korpasi tech. fall Lee, 9-0, 4:43

82 kg 
Gold - Lasha Gobadze (Georgia) 
Silver - Rafig Huseynov (Azerbaijan)
Bronze - Saeid Morad Abdvali (Iran) 
Bronze - Haitao Qian (China) 
5th - Nurbek KHashimbekov (Uzbekistan) 
5th - Iurii Shkriuba (Ukraine)
7th - Adlan Akiev (Russia) 
8th - Maxat Yerezhepov (Kazakhstan) 
9th - Zotlan Levai (Hungary) 
10th - Maksim Manukyan (Armenia) 
Gold - Gobadze dec. Huseynov, 5-3
Bronze - Qian pin Khashimbekov, 0:51
Bronze - Abdvali dec. Shkriuba, 7-0
10th - Pouya Mohammad Naserpour (Iran)
Gold -Tsurtsumia tech. fall Zhakansha, 9-0, 0:58
Bronze - Azizli tech. fall Nowry, 8-0, 0:38
Bronze - Ozawa tech. fall Cao, 11-2, 2:34

63 kg
Gold - Shinobu Ota (Japan)
Silver - Stepan Maryanyan (Russia)
Bronze - Slavik Galstyan (Armenia)
Bronze - Almat Kebispayev (Kazakhstan)
5th - Meysam Dalkhani (Iran)
5th - Tynar Sharshenbekov (Kyrgyzstan)
7th - Ryan Mango (USA) 
8th - Jinwoong Jung (Korea) 
9th - Rahman Bilici (Turkey)
10th - Islomjon Bakhramov (Uzbekistan) 
Gold - Ota dec. Maranyan, 10-4
Bronze - Galstyan dec. Dalkhani, 7-5
Bronze - Kebispayev tech. fall Sharshenbekov, 9-0, 2:32

72 kg
Gold - Abuiazid Mantsigov (Russia) 
Silver - Aram Vardanyan (Uzbekistan) 
Bronze - Aik Mnatsakanian (Bulgaria) 
Bronze - Balint Korpasi (Hungary)
5th - Michael Felix Widmayer (Germany) 
5th - Jiyeon Lee (Korea) 
7th - Malkhas Amoyan (Armenia) 
8th - Sanan Suleymanov (Azerbaijan) 
9th - Iuri Lomadze (Georgia) 
10th - Demeu Zhadrayev (Kazakhstan) 
Gold - Mantsigov pin Vardanyan, 0:54
Bronze - Mnatsakanian dec. Widmayer 3-3
Bronze - Korpasi tech. fall Lee, 9-0, 4:43

82 kg 
Gold - Lasha Gobadze (Georgia) 
Silver - Rafig Huseynov (Azerbaijan)
Bronze - Saeid Morad Abdvali (Iran) 
Bronze - Haitao Qian (China) 
5th - Nurbek KHashimbekov (Uzbekistan) 
5th - Iurii Shkriuba (Ukraine)
7th - Adlan Akiev (Russia) 
8th - Maxat Yerezhepov (Kazakhstan) 
9th - Zotlan Levai (Hungary) 
10th - Maksim Manukyan (Armenia) 
Gold - Gobadze dec. Huseynov, 5-3
Bronze - Qian pin Khashimbekov, 0:51
Bronze - Abdvali dec. Shkriuba, 7-0

Group 2 Finals Pairings

67 kg - Artem Surkov (Russia) vs. Ismael Borrero Molina (Cuba)
87 kg - Zhan Beleniuk (Ukraine) vs. Viktor Lorincz (Hungary)
97 kg - Musa Evloev (Russia) vs. Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia)

Group 2 Semifinal Results 

67 kg 
Artem Surkov (Russia) pin Fredrik Bjerrehuus (Denmark), 2:24 
Ismael Borrero Molina (Cuba) dec. Mohamed Ibrahim Elsayed (Egypt), 6-2 

87 kg 
Zhan Beleniuk (Ukraine) dec. Denis Kudla (Germany), 2-1 
Viktor Lorincz (Hungary) dec. Rustam Assakalov (Uzbekistan), 1-1 

97 kg 
Musa Evloev (Russia) tech. fall Mihail Kajaia(Serbia), 9-0 
Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia) dec. Giorgi Melia (Georgia), 3-1