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Updated: Stefanowicz not eligible for Greco-Roman repechage after Huklek beaten in 87 kg semifinals

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

John Stefanowicz (USA) locks up a gut wrench on Ivan Huklek (Croatia) at the Olympic Games. Photo by Larry Slater.

MAKUHARI, Chiba, Japan – The fate of the final U.S. Greco-Roman wrestler in the Tokyo Olympics was determined on Tuesday night, as John Stefanowicz (Camp LeJeune, N.C./U.S. Marines) was eliminated at 87 kg.

Stefanowicz, also a member of the 2019 U.S. Senior World Team, was defeated in the first round by 2017 U23 World silver medalist Ivan Huklek of Croatia, by a 5-3 margin. Huklek won his quarterfinal match, keeping Stefanowicz’ hopes alive for repechage.

However, in the semifinals, Huklek was beaten by two-time World champion and 2016 Olympic silver medalist Zhan Beleniuk of Ukraine, 7-1. With this loss, Stefanowicz did not qualify for repechage on Wednesday. All four of the U.S. Greco-Roman entries have finished their competition, without winning a medal.

The medal matches were held in Group 2 of Greco-Roman, which included 77 kg and 97 kg.

The semifinals were held in Group 3 in Greco-Roman, setting Wednesday night’s finals at 67 kg and 87 kg. The finals at 67 kg will feature Mohamedreza Geraei of Iran against Parviz Nasibov of Ukraine, while the 87 kg finalists are Viktor Lorincz of Hungary against Beleniuk.


At Makuhari, Chiba, Japan, August 2

Group 3 U.S. Greco-Roman results

67 kg – Alejandro Sancho (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP)

LOSS Artem Surkov (Russia), 10-4

87 kg – John Stefanowicz (Camp LeJeune, N.C./U.S. Marines)

LOSS Ivan Huklek (Croatia), 5-3

Group 3 Greco-Roman finals pairings

67 kg – Mohamedreza Geraei (Iran) vs. Parviz Nasibov (Ukraine)

87 kg - Viktor Lorincz (Hungary) vs. Zhan Beleniuk (Ukraine)

Group 3 Greco-Roman semifinal results

67 kg

Mohamedreza Geraei (Iran) dec. Ramaz Zoididze (Georgia), 6-1

Parviz Nasibov (Ukraine) dec. Mohamed El Sayed (Egypt), 7-6

87 kg

Viktor Lorincz (Hungary) dec. Mohamed Metwally (Egypt), 9-2

Zhan Beleniuk (Ukraine) dec. Ivan Huklek (Croatia), 7-1

Lorincz (HUN), Evloev (ROC) win Greco-Roman Olympic gold medals on Tuesday night

2019 World champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist Tamas Lorincz of Hungary defeated three-time age-group World medalist Akzhol Makhudov of Kyrgyzstan, 2-1, to claim the Greco-Roman gold medal at 77 kg. Bronze medals went to Shohei Yakibu of Japan and Rafig Huseynov of Azerbaijan.

Two-time World champion Musa Evloev of Russia added Olympic champion to his record, with a 5-1 decision over 2016 Olympic champion and three-time World champion Artur Aleksanyan of Armenia in the finals. Winning bronze medals were Mohammadhadi Saravi of Iran and Tadeusz Michalik of Poland.

Group 2 Greco-Roman final results

77 kg

Gold - Tamas Lorincz (Hungary)

Silver - Akzhol Makhmudov (Kyrgyzstan)

Bronze - Shohei Yakibu (Japan)

Bronze - Rafig Huseynov (Azerbaijan)

5th - Mohammadali Geraei (Iran)

5th - Karapet Chalyan (Armenia)

7th - Aleksandr Chekhirkin (ROC)

8th - Bozo Starcevic (Croatia)

9th - Demeu Zhadrayev (Kazakhstan)

10th - Yosvanys Pena Flores (Cuba)

Gold – Tamas Lorincz (Hungary) dec. Akzhol Makhmudov (Kyrgyzstan), 2-1

Bronze – Shohei Yakibu (Japan) tech. fall Mohammadali Geraei (Iran), 13-3

Bronze - Rafig Huseynov (Azerbaijan) dec. Karapet Chalyan (Armenia), 4-1

97 kg

Gold - Musa Evloev (ROC)

Silver - Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia).

Bronze - Mohammadhadi Saravi (Iran)

Bronze -Tadeusz Michalik (Poland)

5th - Alex Gergo Szoke (Hungary)

5th - Arvi Martin Savolainen (Finland)

7th – G’Angelo Hancock (USA)

8th - Kiril Milenov (Bulgaria)

9th - GEO Giorgi Melia (Georgia)

10th - Uzur Dzhuzupbekov (Kyrgyzstan)

Gold – Musa Evloev (ROC) dec. Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia), 5-1

Bronze – Tadeusz Michalik (Poland) tech. fall Alex Gergo Szoke (Hungary), 10-0

Bronze - Mohammadhadi Saravi (Iran) dec. Arvi Martin Savolainen (Finland), 9-2