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Jon Jay Chavez pummels with Mehrac Karimov of Azerbaijan at 69 kg at the Cadet Worlds in Serbia. T.R. Foley photo

ZRENJANIN, Serbia – Two U.S. wrestlers have earned spots in the bronze-medal round at the Cadet World Championships in Greco-Roman on Wednesday, Cade Olivas of California at 42 kg/92.5 lbs. and Jon Jay Chavez of Idaho at 69 kg/152 lbs.

Cade Olivas of California lost a close match against Nurbek Maksatbekov of Kyrgyzstan, 2-4 in his first match at 42 kg/92.5 lbs. Maksatbekov had a nice run to qualify for the finals, pulling Olivas back into the repechage.

Olivas trailed 0-3 at half of his repechage match against Semur Huseynov of Azerbaijan. In the second period, Olivas scored on a step-out, then hit a nice three-point throw for a 4-3 lead. He added to his lead with a duckunder for a two-point takedown. Huseynov got a late two-point front headlock roll, but Olivas had the edge when time ran out, 6-5.

Olivas will face Zelimkhan Usmanov of Kazakhstan in a bronze-medal bout.

Chavez had a nice first round win over Antonio Kamenjasevic of Croatia, 5-1, with a big three-point throw in the first period.

In the second bout, Chavez was down 1-0 against Mehrac Karimov of Azerbaijan on a passivity penalty in the first period. However, Chavez came back with two big three-point throws, the first an arm throw and the second a body lock to score a technical fall, 7-1.

In the quarterfinals, Chavez drew tough Serkhan Akkoyun of Turkey and gave him a good fight. Akkoyun led 1-0 at the break on a passivity point against Chavez. In the second period, as the wrestlers battled for locks and tried to set up throws, Akkoyun was able to block a Chavez attempt for a throw with exposure and a 5-0 lead. Chavez was unable to secure any points in the closing minute of the battle.

When Akkoyun reached the finals, it pulled Chavez back into the repechage, where he faced Kryzysztof Niklas of Poland. The first period ended tied at 2-2, then Chavez got his offense going. In a short time frame, Chavez hit a three-point arm throw, then launched Niklas with a three-point body lock on the edge. The two three-point throws ended the bout as a technical fall, with an 8-2 score.

Chavez will battle Zelimkhan Usmanov of Kazakhstan in the bronze-medal bout.

Tanner Cox of Utah has some challenges against 2013 European Cadet bronze medalist Temur Shavadze of Georgia, losing a second period technical fall, 0-8 at 46 kg/104.4 lbs.

At 76 kg/167.5 lbs., Kimball Bastian of Utah was unable to get an offense going, and was defeated by
Martin Opperman of South Africa, 0-6. Opperman failed to reach the finals, knocking Bastian out of the repechage.

Angus Arthur of Michigan also fell in his opener at 85 kg/187.4 lbs., losing to Oskar Czyzewski of Poland, 2-5. Cyzewski did not advance to the finals, knocking Arthur out of a repechage opportunity.

The finals start at 7:00 p.m. local time, which is 1:00 p.m. in the U.S. East Coast. Yhis is corrected

At Zrenjanin, Serbia, August 21

U.S. Greco-Roman performances so far

42 kg/92.5 lbs. – Cade Olivas, Fontana, Calif.
LOSS Nurbek Maksatbekov (Kyrgyzstan), 2-4
WIN Semur Huseynov (Azerbaijan), 6-5
Bronze match – Vs. Zelimkhan Usmanov (Kazakhstan)

46 kg/104.4 lbs. – Tanner Cox, Mapleton, Utah
LOSS Temur Shavadze (Georgia), tech. fall, 0-8 (2:19)

69 kg/152 lbs. – Jon Jay Chavez, Boise, Idaho
WIN Antonio Kamenjasevic (Croatia), 5-1
WIN Mehrac Karimov (Azerbaijan), tech. fall 7-1 (2 three-point throws)
LOSS Serkhan Akkoyun (Turkey), 0-5
WIN Kryzysztof Niklas (Poland), tech. fall 8-2 (2 three-point throws)
Bronze match – Vs. Hrant Kalchyan (Armenia)

76 kg/167.5 lbs. – Kimball Bastian, Mapleton, Utah
LOSS Martin Opperman (South Africa), 0-6

85 kg/187.4 lbs. – Angus Arthur, Laingsburg, Mich.
LOSS Oskar Czyzewski (Poland), 2-5
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