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Lamont finishes fifth at U23 Worlds, three other U.S. Greco-Roman athletes pulled into repechage

by Joe Wedra, USA Wrestling

Photo of Taylor Lamont by Kadir Caliskan/United World Wrestling

BELGRADE, Serbia – Taylor Lamont officially finished fifth at 55 kg at the 2021 U23 World Championships, as the first group of Greco-Roman medal matches wrapped up Tuesday night. Three other U.S. Greco athletes – Dylan Gregerson (60 kg), Nate Moore (72 kg) and Nicholas Boykin (97 kg) were pulled into Wednesday’s repechage.

In Tuesday’s finals session, Lamont, an eight-time age group World team member, was defeated by Nihad Guluzade of Azerbaijan, 9-0. Guluzade took advantage of a passivity call against Lamont and used a strong gut wrench to turn him twice. Another takedown and turn finished up the win, giving the bronze medal to Guluzade.

In the first set of Greco-Roman finals, Russia led the way with two individual champions. Iran had one individual champion and narrowly leads Russia in the team race.

In the session prior to the finals, three U.S. Greco-Roman athletes were pulled back into the tournament after the Group Two semifinals.

Gregerson (60kg), Moore (72 kg) and Boykin (97 kg) all earned spots into tomorrow morning’s repechage round after opponents who beat them advanced into the Greco-Roman finals. All three will have the chance to wrestle back for a bronze medal.

Gregerson will wrestle Mukhammadkodir Yusupov of Uzbekistan. Moore will face Erik Persson of Sweden while Boykin has Ondrej Dadak of the Czech Republic.

Tomorrow’s Greco-Roman repechage round begins at 10:30 a.m. local time, which is five hours ahead of U.S. eastern time. The women’s freestyle competition also begins at 10:30 a.m. All matches can be watched live on FloWrestling.

Greco-Roman Group One finals results

55 kg

GOLD: Mavlud Rizmanov (Russia) dec. Poya Dad Marz (Iran), 3-1

BRONZE: Nihad Guluzade (Azerbaijan) tech Taylor Lamont (USA), 9-0

BRONZE: Adem Uzun (Turkey) fall Arslan Abdurakhmanov (Kazakhstan), 1:17

63 kg

GOLD: Leri Abuladze (Georgia) dec. Ahmet Uyar (Turkey), 3-1

BRONZE: Ali Reza Nejati (Iran) tech Georgii Tibilov (Russia), 8-0

BRONZE: Hrachya Poghosyan (Armenia) tech Corneliu Resu (Moldova), 9-0

77 kg

GOLD: Tamas Levai (Hungary) dec. Amin Kaviyaninejad (Iran), 5-1

BRONZE: Sergei Stepanov (Russia) tech Nikoloz Tchikaidze (Georgia), 10-0

BRONZE: Per Albin Oloffson (Sweden) dec. Dmytro Vasetskyi (Ukraine), 2-1

87 kg

GOLD: Aleksandr Komarov (Russia) tech David Losonczi (Hungary), 9-0

BRONZE: Naser Alizadeh (Iran) tech Temuri Tchkuaselidze (Georgia), 15-7

BRONZE: Szymon Szymonowicz (Poland) inj. Markus Sihtola (Finland)

130 kg

GOLD: Amin Mirzazadeh (Iran) dec. David Ovaspyan (Armenia), 3-1

BRONZE: Mikhail Laptev (Russia) dec. Fatih Bozkurt (Turkey), 6-0

BRONZE: Dariusz Vitek (Hungary) dec. Delian Hossein Alishahi (Switzerland), 3-1

U.S. Greco-Roman Group One results

55kg: Taylor Lamont (Mapleton, Utah/Sunkist Kids WC), fifth place

WIN Aritom Deleanu (Moldova), 2-1

WIN Giorgi Tokhadze (Georgia), 6-3

LOSS Poya Dad Marz (Iran), 5-1

LOSS Nihad Guluzade (Azerbaijan), 9-0

63kg: David Stepanian (Macomb, Mich./New York AC), eighth place

WIN Zolt Zonai (Serbia), forfeit

LOSS Corneliu Resu (Moldova), 2-0

77kg: Britton Holmes (Peyton, Colo./Army WCAP), dnp/20th

LOSS Dilshod Omongeldiyev (Uzbekistan), 5-1

87kg: Spencer Woods (Shungnak, Alaska/Army WCAP), dnp/19th

LOSS Szymon Szymonowicz (Poland), fall 0:46

130kg: Brandon Metz (West Fargo, N.D./Bison WC), dnp/13th

LOSS Vladyslav Kovalenko (Ukraine), 2-1

U.S. Greco-Roman Group Two results

60kg: Dylan Gregerson (Bluffdale, Utah/Brunson UVRTC)

LOSS Mehdi Mohsen Nejad (Iran), 8-0

Repechage vs. Mukhammadkodir Yusupov (Uzbekistan)

67kg: Alston Nutter (Fennimore, Wisc./Sunkist Kids WC)

LOSS Joni Khetsuriani (Georgia), 9-0

72kg: Nate Moore (Buckley, Wash./Northern Colorado WC)

WIN Sheku Kassegbama (Sierra Leone), forfeit

LOSS Idris Ibaev (Germany), 12-2

Repechage vs. Erik Persson (Sweden)

82kg: Tommy Brackett (Eads, Tenn./Gator Wrestling Club)

LOSS Mukhammadkodir Rasulov (Uzbekistan), 8-3

97kg: Nicholas Boykin (Murrfreesboro, Tenn./Sunkist Kids)

WIN Gerard Kurniczak (Poland), 8-3

LOSS Artur Sargsian (Russia), 11-0

Repechage vs. Ondrej Dadak (Czech Republic)

Wednesday’s Greco-Roman Schedule

Wednesday, Nov. 3

11:00 a.m. – Repechage (GR 60 kg, 67 kg, 72 kg, 82 kg, 97 kg)

6:00 p.m. – Finals (GR 60 kg, 67 kg, 72 kg, 82 kg, 130 kg)

Greco-Roman team standings after five weights

1. Iran, 95

2. Russia, 90

3. Turkey, 61

4. Hungary, 60

5. Georgia, 51

6. Armenia, 41

7. Ukraine, 28

8. Azerbaijan, 27

9. Kazakhstan, 20

10. United States, 16