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Schultz takes fifth at Matteo Pellicone, Nowry brings home Team USA’s only medal from day one

By Ellen Paddock, USA Wrestling | June 22, 2022, 3:13 p.m. (ET)

Max Nowry finishes with a bronze medal at Matteo Pellicone. Photo by Tony Rotundo. 

Day one of the Matteo Pellicone ranking event in Italy concluded with medalists and place-finishers being named in seven Greco-Roman weight classes. The Matteo Pellicone is the third ranking series event of the season and will help determine the seeds for the 2022 Senior World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, Sept. 10-18.

Cohlton Schultz of Sunkist Kids had a successful morning defeating Attila Vitek of Hungary 4-2 in repechage. This win allowed him to contend for the bronze medal at 130 kg this afternoon against Beka Kandelaki of Azerbaijan. Schultz scored a takedown to lead 2-0 at the break. In the second period, Kandelaki took Schultz down and turned him for the 4-2 win.

Max Nowry of Army WCAP was the only Team USA wrestler to bring home a medal today, taking bronze at 55 kg. Nowry finished third in the round-robin bracket that was finished in the morning session based on tie-breaking criteria. He defeated Mohammed Hosseinvand of Iran, a 2016 and 2017 Cadet Asian Champion in match one. In match two, he fell to Tita Florin of Romania.

Ildar Hafizov placed sixth at 60 kg after falling to the three opponents in his round-robin bracket. His competition included Murad Mammadov of Azerbaijan who placed bronze at the 2021 World Championships, bronze at 2021 European Championships and silver at 2018 U23 World Championships; Nihat Mammadli of Azerbaijan, bronze at 2021 Junior World Championships, gold at the 2019 Cadet Worlds and Ekrem Ozturk, bronze at the 2018 World Championships.

At 63 kg, Jesse Thielke finished sixth after falling to four-time Azerbaijan World Team member Taleh Mammadov and 2020 Olympian Victor Ciobanu of Moldova in a round-robin bracket.

Tigran Galustyan of France eliminated Alejandro Sancho in the first round at 67 kg with an 8-0 technical fall. Sancho was unable to get any sort of offense going against Galustyan, who had two takedowns and two turns for the win. Sancho finished 11th in the final standings.

Alan Vera was also eliminated in the first round by Istvan Takacs of Hungary, finishing 12th in the final standings. Takacs was the 2022 European Champion 2019 Junior World champion, took bronze at the 2018 Junior World Championships and silver at the 2017 Cadet World Championships.

Wrestling will continue tomorrow with the remaining Greco-Roman weight classes (72 kg, 77 kg, 82 kg) and women’s freestyle (57 kg, 62 kg, 68 kg, 76 kg) . USA Wrestling will live tweet each match starting at 4:30 a.m. EST.

The action can be streamed live on FloWrestling. Rome is six hours ahead of the U.S. Eastern time zone.

MATTEO PELLICONE RANKING SERIES EVENT
At Rome Italy, June 22, 2022

Final results


55 kg
Gold – Mohammed Hosseinvand (Iran)
Silver – Tita Florin (Romania)
Bronze – Max Nowry (USA)

60 kg
Gold – Murad Mommadov (Azerbaijan)
Silver – Eldaniz Azizli (Azerbaijan)
Bronze – Nihat Mammadli (Azerbaijan)

63 kg

Gold – Taleh Mammadov (Azerbaijan)
Silver – Victor Ciobanu (Moldova)
Bronze – Razvan Arnaut (Romania)

67 kg
Gold – Hasrat Jafarov (Azerbaijan)
Silver – Furkan Yildiz (Turkey)
Bronze – Mohammed Rezaei (Iran)
Bronze – Tigran Galustyan (France)

87 kg
Gold – Islam Abbasov (Azerbaijan)
Silver – Erik Szilvassy (Hungary
Bronze – Istvan Takacs (Hungary)
Bronze – Tamas Levai (Hungary)

97 kg
Gold – David Losonczi (Hungary)
Silver – Nikoloz Kakhelashvili (Italy)
Bronze – Arvi Savolainen (Finland)
Bronze – Alex Szoke (Sweden)

130 kg
Gold – Riza Kayaalp (Turkey)
Silver – Sabah Shariati (Azerbaijan)
Bronze – Beka Kandelaki (Azerbaijan)
Bronze – Mantas Knystautas (Lithuania)

Remaining Schedule

Thursday, June 23
8 a.m. – Qualification rounds and repechage (GR 72, 77, 82 & WFS 57, 62, 68, 76)
6 p.m. – Medal matches (GR 72, 77, 82 & WFS 57, 62, 68, 76)

Friday, June 24

8 a.m. – Qualification rounds and repechage (WFS 50, 53, 55, 59, 65, 72 & FS 97,125)
6 p.m. – Medal matches (WFS 50, 53, 55, 59, 65, 72 & FS 97, 125)

Saturday, June 25
8 a.m. – Qualification rounds and repechage (FS 57, 61, 65, 70, 74, 79, 86, 92)
7 p.m. – Medal matches (FS 57, 61, 65, 70, 74, 79, 86, 92)