Savannah Asmann, USA Wrestling

Xochitl Mota-Pettis in her first match at the 2023 U23 World Championships.


#WrestleTirana Friday Session I Live Blog: Mota-Pettis in repechage, Greco-Roman group one

by Savannah Asmann, USA Wrestling

That does it for the qualification rounds. Xochitl Mota-Pettis and Macey Kilty will wrestle for World bronze, Amit Elor wrestles for gold and we find out our repechage fates for group one of Greco-Roman in the semifinals.


97 kg - Hayk Khloyan (Armenia) tech. fall Cade Lautt (United States), 8-0

A bounty of step out point were what Khloyan used to control the match. Lautt awaits the semifinals for his repechag


82 kg - Emad Abouelatta (Egypt) tech. fall Tyler Eischens (United States), 11-0

Eischens falls in the quarterfinals, he awaits the results of the semifinal.


60 kg - Aibek Sabyrbekov (Kazakhstan) tech. fall Phillip Moomey (United States), 9-0

Moomey dropped a hard fought match to Sabyrbekov and awaits the semifinal result.


97 kg - Cade Lautt (United States) pin Juan Diaz Blanco (Venezuela), 1:21

Lautt puts Diaz Blanco to his back for four an holds on for the win by fall, he heads to the quarterfinals.


67 kg - Mustafa Yildirim (Turkey) dec. Robert Perez III (United States), 2-0

Perez fought hard on defense to keep the score low, but two passivity calls are enough for Yildirim to get the 2-0 win.


82 kg - Tyler Eischens (United States) dec. Branko Kovacevic (Serbia), 9-3

Big move from Eischens at the start and he's in control throughout, he picks up the 9-3 decision and is on to the quarterfinals.


82 kg - Tyler Eischens (United States) pin Kelsi Nelaj (Albania), 1:38

Eischens scores first on the edge, then Nelaj gets one right back. The Albanian led 3-2 but Eischens took control and got the pin at 1:38.


72 kg - Junior Benitez (Spain) dec. Justus Scott (United States), 6-0

Scott gets called for passivity then Benitez fires off a turn for two points. Down 3-0, Scott is called for passivity again, then Benitez scores two on a big move to end the match.


57 kg - Xochitl Mota-Pettis (United States) pin Alina Filipovich (Ukraine), 1:38

Mota-Pettis trailed 4-2, then pinned Filipovich to advance to the bronze medal match!


Greco-Roman action begins right after repechage with group one. Follow along to our live blog and social media for updates on the action in Tirana.


Fifteen minutes to the start of action in Tirana, Albania, this morning. Xochitl Mota-Pettis (57 kg) is in repechage and will wrestle the first match of the day on Mat B. Her opponent is Ukraine's Alina Filipovich. If she wins, she will face Elvira Kamaloglu of Turkey for a bronze medal.

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