Photo of Robert Perez by Taylor Gregorio/United World Wrestling.
SOFIA, Bulgaria – Three Americans are still alive in Greco-Roman competition with hopes of getting pulled into repechage at the U20 World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Team USA got off to a great start, winning its first four matches of the morning.
2019 U17 Pan American champion Robert Perez III advanced to the quarterfinals at 67 kg following 8-0 shutouts over Shon Nadorgin of Israel and Zsolt Takacs of Hungary. In the quarterfinals, Perez fell in a close 3-3 battle to 2018 U17 World bronze medalist Din Koshkar from Kazakhstan. Koshkar must win his semifinal tonight to pull Perez into Saturday’s repechage.
At 60 kg, Senior U.S. Open runner-up Max Black drew 2019 U17 World champion and 2021 U20 World silver medalist Saeid Esmaeili Leivesi from Iran. Esmaeili defeated Black, 9-0, and went on to advance to the semis. A win from the Iranian tonight would pull Black into repechage.
Representing at 97 kg, Christian Carroll lost his first match to 2022 U20 Asian Championships runner-up Nurmanbet Raimaly Uulu of Kyrgyzstan, who made it to the semifinals, keeping Carroll’s repechage hopes alive.
Two U.S. Greco-Roman athletes were eliminated in their first session of action, including Richard Fedalen (72 kg) and Adrian Artsisheuskiy (82 kg). Both wrestlers won their opening bouts but came up short in the round of 16. They were eliminated after their victors failed to advance to the finals.
One American competed in repechage this morning, Payton Jacobson at 77 kg. In his first match, Jacobson cruised past U20 Pan Am bronze medalist Diego Macias Torres of Mexico, 8-0. Later in the session, Jacobson dropped a competitive 3-1 bout to U23 European champion Khasay Hasanli of Azerbaijan, which ultimately eliminated the American from the tournament.
U.S. heavyweight Aden Attao, who advanced to yesterday’s semifinals at 130 kg, is set to face two-time age-group African champion Fekry Eissa of Egypt in the bronze medal match on Saturday evening.
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U20 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Aug. 15-21, 2022 | Sofia, Bulgaria
U.S. Greco-Roman results
60 kg – Max Black (Castle Rock, Colo./NMU-NTC) – awaiting repechage
LOSS Saeid Esmaeili Leivesi (Iran), 9-0
67 kg – Robert Perez (Long Beach, Calif./Sunkist Kids/USOPTC) – awaiting repechage
WIN Shon Nadorgin (Israel), 8-0
WIN Zsolt Takacs (Hungary), 8-0
LOSS Din Koshkar (Kazakhstan), 3-3
72 kg – Richard Fedalen (Laurel, Md./Warhawks WC) – eliminated
WIN Matthias Hauthaler (Austria), fall
LOSS Georgios Barbanos (Sweden), 13-4
77 kg – Payton Jacobson (Elkhorn, Wisc./Sunkist Kids/NMU-NTC) – eliminated
LOSS Yuksel Saricicek (Turkey), 9-1
WIN Diego Macias Torres (Mexico), 8-0
LOSS Khasay Hasanli (Azerbaijan), 3-1
82 kg - Adrian Artsisheuskiy (Brooklyn, N.Y./Elite Wrestling Academy) – eliminated
WIN Odysseas Roungeris (Greece), fall 3:36
LOSS Leon Rivalta (Italy), fall
97 kg – Christian Carroll (Elkhart, Ind./Midwest RTC) – awaiting repechage
LOSS Nurmanbet Raimaly Uulu (Kyrgyzstan), 9-7
55 kg – Jonathan Gurule (Peralta, N.M./NMU-NTC) – eliminated
LOSS Nuristan Suiorkulov (Kyrgyzstan), 7-2
63 kg – Haiden Drury (Yakima, Wash./Brunson UVRTC) – eliminated
WIN Ziya Babashov (Azerbaijan), 8-0
87 kg – Kodiak Stephens (Arnold, Calif./Beaver Dam RTC) – eliminated
WIN Surjeet Singh (India), 8-0
LOSS Robin Uspenski (Estonia), 2-1
130 kg – Aden Attao (Boise, Idaho/Suples WC) – BRONZE MATCH
WIN Parvesh Parvesh (India), 12-4
WIN Adolf Bazso (Hungary), fall 3:00
LOSS Mykhailo Vyshnyvetskyi (Ukraine), 10-0
vs. Fekry Eissa (Egypt)