The US Greco team showed signs of improvement in spots during the 2019 World Championships in Kazakhstan, but left a lot of goals still on the board for the struggling program. To put in perspective, outside of Coon’s pin march to the finals last year USA Greco had just two wins out of the remaining nine guys. This year was a much stronger showing despite not hauling home any medals.
Max Nowry, a veteran but making his first World Championship appearance, became just the 2nd American to appear in a medal match in the quad. Unfortunately, he was in the non-Olympic weight class and the yanks will have to send all six reps to Pan Am qualifying in March after not getting the job done this week.
Adam Coon looked to keep the momentum going from his silver medal appearance last year, but was upset in the first period by Lingzhe (China), whom he beat last year. Coon attempted a lift in the first period after a passivity but gave up a reversal and an exposure. No other points or passivity calls were made in the match. A tough draw had Turkey and Chile in that side of the bracket meaning this 3-1 defeat would be Adam’s only match of the tournament.
G’Angelo Hancock looked to build off a solid season that had him seeded, and started with a solid 6-0 win over Ukraine. However, Noumonvi (France), the veteran 2014 World Champion, topped him 6-3 and would not make the finals to pull Hancock into repechage.
On the qualifying front, Cuba did get two into medal matches alleviating the Pan Am competition from that competition. As I write this, the heavyweight from Chile is yet to wrestle in repechage and could add to that number.
Greco medal matches finish tomorrow and four weight classes of Women’s Freestyle start at 1 am ET.
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
67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Ellis Coleman, (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP)
WIN Meirzhan Shermakhanbet (Kazakhstan), 10-2
LOSS Devyid Dimitrov (Bulgaria), 5-0
87 kg/191.5 lbs. – Joe Rau, (Chicago, lll./Titan Mercury WC/Chicago RTC)
WIN Kumar Sunil (India), 6-0
LOSS Nikolai Stadub (Belarus), 9-1
97 kg/213.75 lbs. - G’Angelo Hancock, (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids)
WIN Nikolai Krysov (Ukraine), 6-0
LOSS Melonin Noumonvi (France), 6-2
60 kg/132 lbs. - Ildar Hafizov, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
WIN Etienne Kinsinger (Germany), 6-1
LOSS Lenur Temirov (Ukraine), 8-2
77 kg/169.5 lbs. - Pat Smith, (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Storm)
LOSS Roland Schwarz (Germany) 5-3
130 kg/286 lbs. - Adam Coon, (Fowlerville, Mich./New York AC/Michigan RTC)
LOSS Lingzhe Meng (China), 3-1