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Coon Shines as Greco Team Stumbles in Budapest

Adam Coon won a silver medal for Team USA this past weekend in Budapest.

Adam Coon won a silver medal for Team USA this past weekend in Budapest.

BUDAPEST, Hungary- Adam Coon wrapped up Team USA’s World Championships this past weekend with a silver medal finish at 130kg. Coon made the finals after four straight falls, and met an old nemesis in Sergey Semenov of Russia before falling 9-0 to the 2017 U-23 World Champion. Coon and Semenov had previously met at the 2014 Junior World Championships with Semenov winning 3-1. Semenov would widen the gap this time around with two big throws in the first period.

“Right when I was getting to my lock, he was able to adjust well,” Coon said. “I never could quite get to the lock that I wanted to because he could feel that it was coming. I got close a few times. I knew where his lock was, and if I was going to go for mine, I probably would’ve gone higher than I did.”

Coon ends his first Senior World Championships by bringing home USA Greco Roman’s first medal since 2015 (Andy Bisek: Bronze), and first finalist since 2009 (Dremiel Byers: Silver).

The Greco team would only win 3 other matches all tournament. Two of those finishes came from 7th place finisher and 2017 Junior World Champion Kamal Bey. Bey came out with two high flying wins out the gate over Zhang (China) and Jimenez (Guatemala).

Ellis Coleman would pick up the US’s first win of the tournament with a fall over Edgardas Venckaitis (Lithuania)

The United States finished 17th overall with 28 points. Russia dominated the team race and doubled up on 2nd place Hungary.

U.S. Greco-Roman results

55 kg- Sam Hazewinkel, Guthrie, Okla. (Sunkist Kids)

LOSS Ekrem Ozturk (Turkey), tech. fall 8-0

60 kg - Dalton Roberts, Fowlerville, Mich. (New York AC/USOEC) – 31st/dnp

LOSS Etienne Kinsinger (Germany), 11-0

63 kg- Jesse Thielke, Beresford, S.D. (New York AC/Legends of Gold)

LOSS Donior Islamov (Moldova), 8-7

67 kg- Ellis Coleman, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP) – 11th/dnp

WIN Edgardas Venckaitis (Lithuania), fall

LOSS Artem Surkov (Russia), 3-1

LOSS Mamadassa Sylla (France), 5-3

72 kg– RaVaughn Perkins, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)

LOSS Murat Dag (Turkey), 8-7

77 kg- Kamal Bey, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids/OTC) – 7th

WIN Ridong Zhang (China), 9-0

WIN Reiner Jimenez Terry (Guatemala), 8-1

LOSS Elvin Mursaliyev (Azerbaijan), 6-2

82 kg- Geordan Speiller, Oviedo, Fla. (Florida Jets)

LOSS Luis Avendano Rojas (Venezuela), inj. dft. 4:52

87 kg- Patrick Martinez, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC/OTC) – 25th/dnp

LOSS Viktor Lorincz (Hungary), 5-1

97 kg- G’Angelo Hancock, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids) – 23rd/dnp

LOSS Peter Oehler (Germany), 6-3

130 kg- Adam Coon, Fowlerville, Mich. (New York AC/Michigan RTC) - SILVER

WIN Rafal Krajewski (Poland), fall 1:54

WIN Lingzhe Meng (China), fall 4:13

WIN Eduard Popp (Germany), fall 2:32

WIN Min-Seok Kim (Korea), fall 3:42

LOSS Sergey Semenov (Russia), 9-0

Final team standings (top 10)

1. Russia, 178

2. Hungary, 89

3. Turkey, 75

4. Azerbaijan, 60

5. Serbia, 60

6. Armenia, 56

7. Germany, 49

8. China, 49

9. Kyrgyzstan, 42

10. Ukraine, 39