The three United States Greco representatives that had yet to, failed to qualify in Mongolia on Friday (their thirteen hours ahead so yes it sounds weird). The three will head to Turkey for the second of the "Last Chance" qualifiers.
RaVaughn Perkins had a really good tournament for a young first-time World Team member. This round of greco qualifying was not going to be full of easy brackets with the European Qualifiers leaving plenty of talent still needing tickets to Rio. Perkins fell just one win short with a 5-0 loss to a former World Bronze medalist from Lithuania. Perkins essentially finished 4th in this tournament while only three got tickets for Rio.
Jesse Thielke was up 5-0 going in to the last minute of his match before his opponent from India rattled off six points to steal the win. Joe Rau never got anything going against Sweden. The Swede lost in the semis and eventually took 3rd to qualify for Rio. With neither opponent of the Americans reaching the finals it was just the one match for both.
Saturday's action features four American Women looking to qualify for the 2016 Olympics. The action begins at 9am local time on Saturday which actually is 8pm Eastern on Friday night in the States here. Check out the live streams on United World Wrestling's website.
U.S. Greco-Roman performances
59 kg/130 lbs. – Jesse Thielke, Germantown, Wis. (New York AC/OTC),dnp
LOSS Gaurav Sharma (India), 5-6
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – RaVaughn Perkins, Omaha, Neb. (New York AC/OTC), bronze medal, lost qualification bout
WIN Benedikt Sebastian Puffer (Austria), tech. fall 8-0
WIN Mirabek Ainagulov (Kazakhstan), tech. fall 8-0
LOSS Tero Vaelimaeki (Finland), 2-3
WIN Hugo da Silva Passos (Portugal), 6-0
Bronze Medal Bout - WIN Pavel Liakh (Belarus), 7-0
Olympic Qualification Bout – LOSS Edgaras Venckaitis (Lithuania), 0-5
98 kg/215 lbs. – Joe Rau, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm), dnp
LOSS Carl Fredrik Schoen (Sweden), 1-4
Gold Medal Finals
59 kg/130 lbs. – Kim Seunghak (Korea) tech. fall Stig-Andre Berge (Norway), 8-0
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Ion Panait (Romania) dec. Tero Vaelimaeki (Finland), 3-0
74 kg/163 lbs. – Peter Bacsi (Hungary) inj. dft. over Bin Yang (China)
85 kg/187 lbs. – Javid Hamzatau (Belarus) dec. Maksim Manukyan (Armenia), 5-4
98 kg/215 lbs. – Aliaksandr Hrabovik (Belarus) tech. fall Revazi Nadareishvili (Georgia), 8-0
130 kg/286 lbs. – Amir Ghasemimonjazi (Iran) inj. dft. over Qiang Meng China)
Olympic Qualification Bouts (for third Olympic berth)
59 kg/130 lbs. – Elmurat Tasmuradov (Uzbekistan) dec. Revaz Lashkhi (Georgia), 4-0
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Edgaras Venckaitis (Lithuania) dec. RaVaughn Perkins (USA), 5-0
74 kg/163 lbs. – Arsen Jufalakyan (Armenia) dec. Pascal Eisele (Germany), 6-2
85 kg/187 lbs. – Kristoffer Berg (Sweden) dec. Amer Hrustanovic (Austria), 6-2
98 kg/215 lbs. – Carl Fredrik Schoen (Sweden) dec. Daigoro Timoncini (Italy), 2-1
130 kg/286 lbs. – Muminjon Abdullaev (Uzbekistan) dec. Miloslav Metodiev (Bulgaria), 4-0