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Mensah Stock, Hancock receive draws for day two of Olympic Games wrestling

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Images of Tamyra Mensah Stock and G'Angelo Hancock by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors

The draw for two more U.S. Olympic wrestlers, 2019 World champion Tamyra Mensah Stock (Colorado Springs, Colo./USOPTC/Titan Mercury WC) at 68 kg in women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman star G’Angelo Hancock (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) at 97 kg have been conducted on Sunday afternoon.

Mensah Stock and Hancock will be competing in their first Olympic Games, with their competition beginning on Monday, August 2.

Mensah Stock, who has won two Senior World medals, will open against 2016 Olympic champion and 2017 World champion Sara Dosho of Japan. Dosho, who was unseeded, was fifth at the 2019 Senior Worlds, where Mensah-Stock defeated her 10-1 in the quarterfinals.

UWW bio on Dosho

Mensah Stock has received the No. 1 seed. If she beats Dosho, she will face the winner of the match between two-time World medalist Feng Zhou of China and Yudari Sanchez Rodriguez of Cuba. Other athletes in her half bracket include No. 4 seed Anna Schell of Germany, plus 2018 World champion Alla Cherkasova of Ukraine, 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Agnieszka Wieszczek-Kordus of Poland, plus Enas Ahmed of Egypt.

The other seeds (in the other half-bracket) include No. 2 seed Blessing Oborududu of Nigeria and No. 3 seed and multiple age-group World champion Kounba Larroque of France. Two-time World champion in Battsetseg Soronzonbold of Mongolia is also in the other half-bracket

Mensah Stock was a 2019 World champion in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, and also won a World bronze medal in 2018. She was also a member of the 2017 Senior World Team. Mensah Stock won the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, but did not compete in Rio de Janeiro because the U.S. did not qualify her weight class for the Games. She was a two-time WCWA national champion for Wayland Baptist University, and is originally from Katy, Texas.

USA Wrestling preview for 68 kg women’s freestyle

Hancock, who has competed on the last three U.S. Senior World Teams, will compete against 2018 World bronze medalist Mihail Kajaia of Serbia.

UWW bio on Kajaia

Hancock did not receive a seed. Athletes in his half-bracket include No. 1 seed and World champion Musa Evloev of Russia and No. 4 seed Tadeusz Michalik of Poland. If Hancock wins his first match, he will face the winner of the bout between Michalik and Haikel Achouri of Tunisia. Others in Hancock’s half-bracket are Giorgi Melia of Georgia, Alex Szoke of Hungary and Artur Omarov of Czechia.

Seeded athletes in the other half bracket include No. 2 seed Olympic and World champion Artur Aleksanyan of Armenia and No. 3 seed Mohammadhadi Saravi of Iran.

Hancock competed on the 2017, 2018 and 2019 U.S. Senior World Team. Three different seasons, he was on more than one U.S. World Team. In 2017, he was on the Senior, U23 and Junior World Teams. In 2018 and 2019, he was on both the Senior and U23 World Teams. Hancock was a 2016 Junior World bronze medalist. He is a native of Colorado Springs, Colo., where he still lives and trains.

USA Wrestling preview for 97 kg in Greco-Roman

There is a third weight class which begins on August 2, 77 kg in Greco-Roman, but the U.S. did not qualify an entry at this weight class. Competition in these weight classes will advance through the semifinal round, which means only finalists and those eligible for repechage will compete on Monday.

U.S. women’s freestyle first round draw

68 kg – Tamyra Mensah Stock (Colorado Springs, Colo./USOPTC/Titan Mercury WC)

Vs. Sara Dosho (Japan)

U.S. Greco-Roman first round draw

97 kg – G’Angelo Hancock (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids)

Vs. Mihail Kajaia (Serbia)

Competition schedule Monday, Aug. 2 (local time in Tokyo)

11 a.m. – Qualification rounds (GR 77, 97; WFS 68 kg)

11 a.m. – Repechage (GR 60, 130; WFS 76 kg)

6:15 p.m. – Semifinals (GR 77, 97; WFS 68 kg)

7:30 p.m.- Finals (GR 60, 130; WFS 76 kg)

Competition schedule – U.S. Eastern time zone

August 1, 10 p.m. ET – Qualification rounds (GR 77, 97; WFS 68 kg)

August 1, 10 p.m. ET – Repechage (GR 60, 130; WFS 76 kg)

August 2, 5:15 a.m. ET – Semifinals (GR 77, 97; WFS 68 kg)

August 2, 6:30 a.m. ET - Finals (GR 60, 130; WFS 76 kg)