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Coon and Schultz to collide in first-round of Matteo Pellicone, 15 others receive draws in Greco-Roman

by Taylor Miller, USA Wrestling

ROME – 17 Greco-Roman athletes received their draws for this weekend's competition at the Matteo Pellicone International in Rome, Italy, a UWW Ranking Series Event for the 2021 World Championships.

Seven Greco weights (55, 60, 63, 67, 87, 97, 130) will compete on Thursday, while the other three (72, 77, 82) will begin competition on Friday. The tournament will be held in a one-day format. 

Representing the USA is 2018 Senior World silver medalist Adam Coon (130 kg), two-time Olympian Ben Provisor (82 kg), Cadet World champion and two-time Junior World medalist Cohlton Schultz (130 kg), past World Team members Ildar Hafizov (60 kg), Raymond Bunker (72 kg), Pat Smith (77 kg), RaVaughn Perkins (82 kg) John Stefanowicz (87 kg), Josef Rau (87 kg) and Patrick Martinez (87 kg) as well as Dylan Gregerson (60 kg), Sam Jones (63 kg), Jamel Johnson (67 kg), Peyton Walsh (77 kg), Terrence Zaleski (87 kg), Daniel Miller (97 kg) and West Cathcart (130 kg).

There is one USA head-to-head first-round matchup as Coon and Schultz will collide at 130 kg. It’s a rematch of the 2019 Final X best-of-three series, which Coon won.

Below is who each U.S. athlete will face in their first match.

Wrestling begins at 10:30 a.m. local time (4:30 a.m. ET) live on FloWrestling.org. Fans can also follow @USAWrestling on Twitter for live updates.

U.S. Greco-Roman draws
60 kg: Dylan Gregerson (Orem, Utah/Brunson UVRTC)
vs. Emin Sefershaev (Russia), old at 2020 Individual World Cup, silver at 2019 U23 World Championships

60 kg: Ildar Hafizov (Colorado Springs, Colo./US Army WCAP)
vs. Manish Manish (India)

63 kg: Sam Jones (Orem, Utah/ Brunson UVRTC/New York AC)
vs. Giovanni Alessio (Italy), eighth at 2021 Grand Prix of Zagreb

67 kg: Jamel Johnson (Camp LeJeune, N.C./Marines)
vs. Julinho Correia Dju (Portugal), 18th at 2019 Senior World Championships

72 kg: Raymond Bunker (Camp LeJeune, N.C./Marines)
vs. Kaharman Kissymetov (Kazakhstan), bronze at 2018 U23 World Championships, silver at 2016 Junior World Championships

77 kg: Peyton Walsh (Camp LeJeune, N.C./Marines)
vs. Marciano Ali (Puerto Rico), bronze at 2020 Pan American Championships

77 kg: Pat Smith (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Storm)
vs. Zoltan Levai (Hungary), silver at 2020 Individual World Cup, gold at 2019 European Championships

82 kg: Ben Provisor (Lewisburg, Pa./Buffalo Valley RTC/New York AC)
vs. Emrah Kus (Turkey), silver at 2018 Senior World Championships, bronze at 2013 Senior World Championships

82 kg: RaVaughn Perkins (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC)
vs. Singh Gurpreet (India), gold at 2020 Matteo Pellicone, silver at 2019 Asian Championships

82 kg: Terrence Zaleski (Camp LeJeune, N.C./Marines)
vs. Laszlo Szabo (Hungary), bronze at 2016 Senior World Championships, bronze at 2016 European Championships

87 kg: John Stefanowicz (Camp LeJeune, N.C./Marines)
vs. Dogan Goktas (Turkey), bronze at 2021 Grand Prix of Zagreb, 10th at 2020 Individual World Cup

87 kg: Josef Rau (Chicago, Ill./Titan Mercury)
vs. Nursultan Tursynov (Kazakhstan), silver at 2015 Asian Championships, gold at 2014 Asian Championships

87 kg: Patrick Martinez (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC)
vs. David Losonczi (Hungary), silver at 2019 Junior European Championships, gold at 2020 Hungarian Championship

97 kg: Daniel Miller (Camp LeJeune, N.C./Marines)
vs. Deepanshu Deepanshu (India)

130 kg: Adam Coon (Ann Arbor, Michigan/Cliff Keen WC)
vs. Cohlton Schultz (USA), 2017 Cadet World champion, silver at 2019 Junior World Championships

130 kg: Cohlton Schultz (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids)
vs. Adam Coon (USA), silver at 2018 Senior World Championships, bronze at 2014 Junior World Championships in Greco-Roman and freestyle

130 kg: West Cathcart (Champaign, Ill./IRTC/New York AC)
vs. Zurabi Gedekhauri (Russia), silver at 2018 University World Championships, bronze at 2021 Russian Championships

 

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