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U.S. falls short of medals on first day of FILA Junior Greco-Roman Worlds in Turkey

U.S. falls short of medals on first day of FILA Junior Greco-Roman Worlds in Turkey
Elizabeth Wiley USA Wrestling

The U.S. Greco-Roman team failed to place in the four weights that competed Tuesday, July 29 at the FILA Junior Worlds.

Tyler Cox (Gillette, Wyo./Camel Kids), the only returning FILA Junior competitor from 2007, placed ninth at 50 kg/110 lbs. He was the highest placer in competition Tuesday. Cox defeated Bhavale Shivshankar of India, 0-6, 2-0, 6-1, in the first round, but lost to Sang-Hun Oh of Korea, 0-6, 4-7, in the second round.

Kyle Dake (Ithaca, N.Y./Shamrock WC) and Ben Provisor (Stevens Point, Wis./Dennis Hall World Gold WC) also posted 1-1 records. Dake finished 14th at 60 kg/132 lbs. after beating his opponent from Turkey but losing to the Greco-Roman wrestler from Egypt. Provisor came in 19th at the 74 kg/163 lbs. weight class, beating a Polish wrestler and losing to his Turkish opponent.

Michael Rossetti was the other U.S. wrestler competing in the first day of competition. He placed 19th at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. after failing to defeat his first round opponent Taisto Lalli of Finland.

None of the U.S. wrestlers had the opportunity to wrestleback after their loss, because the wrestlers they lost to did not reach the finals.

The final four wrestlers for the U.S. Greco-Roman squad have weighed in and received their draws for competition Wednesday, July 30.

To follow the FILA Junior World Championships as they happen, visit www.fila-wrestling.com/istanbul08/. Coverage includes wrestling shoes, up-to-date results, live matches, and team scores.

Junior World Championships
At Istanbul, Turkey, July 29

U.S. performances on Tuesday

50 kg/110 lbs. - Tyler Cox, Gillette, Wyo. (Camel Kids), 9th
WIN Bhavale Shivshankar (India), 0-6, 2-0, 6-1
LOSS Sang-Hun Oh (Korea), 0-6, 4-7

60 kg/132 lbs. - Kyle Dake, Ithaca, N.Y. (Shamrock WC), 14th
WIN Przemyslaw Kraczkowski (Poland), 3-6, 2-2, 6-0
LOSS Saida Mouneim Said (Egypt), 0-4,0-3

74 kg/163 lbs. - Ben Proviser, Stevens Point, Wis. (Dennis Hall World Gold WC), 19th
WIN Mariusz Szostek (Poland), 1-1, 3-1
LOSS Selim Demir (Turkey), 0-2, 1-2

96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Michael Rossetti, Pittsburgh, Penn. (USOEC), 19th
LOSS Taisto Lalli (Finland), 1-1, 0-6

U.S. Greco-Roman men’s draws for Wednesday’s session

55 kg/121 lbs. – Jimmy Chase, Carol Strem, Ill. (Pinnacle WC)
vs. Artem Roitman (Israel)

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Bo Beckman, Orem, Utah (USOEC)
vs. Havder Kareem Hasan (Iraq)

84 kg/185 lbs. – Zach Nielsen, Zimmerman, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
vs. Robert Papp (Romania)

120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Peter Kowalczuk, Oak Park, Ill. (Sunkist Kids/USOEC)
vs. Riza Kayaalp (Turkey)