Bouzakis wins repechage, advances to bronze medal match at U20 Worlds
by Richard Immel, USA Wrestling
AMMAN, JORDAN – American Nic Bouzakis gets his shot at that elusive U20 World medal after he earned a decisive repechage win during the Wednesday morning repechage round at Princess Sumaya Lounge.
Bouzakis made quick work of Moldova’s Dmitri Carastoianov, working through a single leg takedown right into four-straight leg laces to take the match 10-0 in 50 seconds. He advanced to the 61 kg bronze medal match against two-time U17 European medalist Besir Alili of North Macedonia.
It was a different story for heavyweight Christian Carroll, who was unable to muster any offense in his repechage match against Turkey’s Hakan Buyukcingil. Carroll gave up a fall at the 4:44 mark while trailing 13-0 on the scoreboard to end his run in Jordan.
The U.S. men’s freestyle team placed three competitors in tonight’s medal round. Mitchell Mesenbrink will make his second-straight U20 World finals appearance, this time at 74 kg. Bennett Berge is looking to come back from a tough semifinal loss to claim bronze at 86 kg.
The men’s freestyle division at the U20 World Championships will conclude at 6 p.m. local time with the group two medal matches. Amman, Jordan, is in the GMT +3 time zone, which is seven hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Time.
2023 U20 World Championships
At Amman, Jordan, August 14-20
U.S. Men’s Freestyle Group Two (61-75-86-92-125 kg) Results
61 kg – Nic Bouzakis (Dallas, Pennsylvania/X-Calibur Athletics WC/Ohio RTC)
WIN Shehabeldin Mohamed (Egypt), 4-2
WIN Yahor Rudauski (Individual Neutral Athlete), 9-6
LOSS Kumar Mohit (India), 12-11
WIN Dmitri Carastoianov (Moldova), tech. fall, 10-0
BRONZE Besir Alili (North Macedonia)
74 kg – Mitchell Mesenbrink (Hartland, Wisconsin/Askren Wrestling Academy)
WIN Ion Marcu (Moldova), tech. fall, 10-0
WIN Elkhan Garayev (Azerbaijan), tech. fall, 12-1
WIN Jaideep Jaideep (India), tech. fall, 11-0
WIN Zhakshylyk Baitashov (Kyrgyzstan), tech. fall, 10-0
GOLD Hossein Mohammad Aghaei (Iran)
86 kg – Bennett Berge (Mantorville, Minnesota/Jackrabbit WC)
WIN Ivan Chornohuz (Ukraine), 9-5
WIN Slavi Stamenov (Bulgaria), tech. fall, 11-0
LOSS Rakhim Magamadov (France), 9-2
BRONZE Shakjir Bislimi (North Macedonia)
92 kg – Jack Darrah (Washington, Missouri/California RTC)
LOSS Giorgi Romelashvili (Georgia), 4-3
125 kg – Christian Carroll (Stillwater, Oklahoma/Cowboy RTC)
WIN Ksawery Kaminski (Poland), tech. fall, 14-2
LOSS Amirreza Masoumi Valadi (Iran), tech. fall, 10-0
LOSS Hakan Buyukcingil (Turkey), fall, 4:44