The 2022 Matteo Pellicone is underway in Rome, Italy and will feature 9 Greco-Roman wrestlers and 5 female freestyle wrestlers from Team USA. Take a look below for a full recap of how Team USA Greco performed on Day 1 of the tournament.
June 22-25, resumes tomorrow at 8:30 UTC
2022 Ranking Series #3 Matteo Pellicone
Max Nowry, the only medalist of day 1
Max Nowry put in the best performance of any member of the Greco-Roman team on Matchday 1 of Matteo Pellicone. Although there are only 3 wrestlers in the 55kg category, Nowry won his first of two matches against Iranian Mohammad Hosseinvand in a close 5-4 fight. In this match, Nowry was first called for passivity and was forced to go underhand in the pit. Hosseinvand managed to turn Nowry once but Nowry pulled off a knockdown and took the lead with two rounds to move up 5-3. He held that lead until late in the second period when he fell to the floor again, but was able to defend and hold on for the 5-4 win. Check out the highlights from that match below:
Nowry’s final match of the tournament was against Romanian Florin Tita, the 2019 European silver medalist. This match was a low-scoring battle with Tita leading, 2-0. Although Tita defeated Nowry, he had already lost to Hosseinvand (11-7), so the final standings came down to a tiebreaker. Nowry scored the lowest number of ranking points and finished with a bronze medal while the wrestler he defeated, Hosseinvand, won gold.
Schultz Falls just before 5th place
Cohlton Schultz had a full board and drew with 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Sabah Shariati in the first round. It turned out to be a tough game for Schultz with Shariati leading 10-0. Shariati, however, continued to advance to the final, bringing Schultz back into the tournament for a chance at a bronze medal. In his repechage match, Schultz faced Dariusz Vitek of Hungary, the 2022 European bronze medalist and 2021 U23 World bronze medalist. Schultz had a phenomenal game and was able to earn an early point for passivity before tacking and to retire to build a 4-0 lead. Vitek came back with his own takedown with just over a minute left in the game, but was unable to generate another attack – leaving Schultz up with the 4-2 victory and a chance for a win. bronze medal.
Highlight of Schultz’s win over Vitek:
In the bronze medal match, Schultz wrestled against Beka Kandelaki – the representative of Azerbaijan’s world team at 130 kg for the past 2 years (2019 and 2021) and won the bronze medal at the 2020 Individual World Cup. Their match played out similarly to Schultz’s draft fight with Cohlton taking the lead with one out in the first. Kandelaki responded with a crucial second-period takedown and was able to switch immediately to a wrench to take a 4-2 lead with two minutes left in the fight. Schultz failed to score the rest of the game and Kandelaki held on for the 4-2 win.
Complete results for the Greco team
Ildar Hafizov (60 kg), Jesse Thielke (63 kg), Alejandro Sancho (67 kg) and Alan Vera (87 kg) were all in action on the first day of Matteo Pellicone but did not claim any victory in their matches without To place oneself. See full match results along with links to every Team USA wrestler’s matches at Matteo Pellicone.
55kg: Max Nowry
60kg: Ildar Hafizov
63kg: Jesse Thielke
67kg: Alejandro Sancho
87kg: Alan Vera
130 kg: Cohlton Schultz
To follow for the United States team
The first seven Greco-Roman weights were contested on Day 1 of the Matteo Pellicone, leaving the remaining three weights to go on Day 2 – 72kg, 77kg and 82kg. Pat Smith (72 kg), Kamal Bey (77 kg) and Spencer Woods (82 kg) will complete Team USA’s Team Greco on Thursday. In addition to these 3, Team USA has five freestyle wrestlers in Rome – Amanda Martinez (57kg), Abby Nette (59kg), Emma Bruntil (65kg), Skylar Grote (72kg) and Yelena Makoyed ( 76kg). Only Amanda Martinez will wrestle tomorrow (Thursday), with the remaining 4 women competing on Friday. Qualifying rounds through to the semi-finals take place daily from 4:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. (EST) and the medal games start at noon (EST).
View the full program here.
You can find links to brackets here.