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Greco-Roman wrestling finishes up at the U23 World Championships with group two finals

by Joe Wedra, USA Wrestling

Photo of Tommy Brackett by Kadir Caliskan/United World Wrestling


BELGRADE, Serbia – Greco-Roman wrestling at the 2021 U23 World Championships completed on Wednesday night as Group Two of Greco wrestling wrapped up its finals. Russia captured the team title with 190 total points.


Iran finished second in the team race with 155 points, with Georgia rounding out the top three with 105 total team points.


The United States finished tied with Moldova for 16th with 18 team points. No U.S. athletes were in the medal round on Wednesday night. Nate Moore, a wrestler at Northern Colorado, officially finished 10th for the U.S. at 72 kg. Nicholas Boykin of Ohio State, who won his opening-round match against Gerard Kurniczak of Poland, finished 12th at 97 kg.


Russia had two individual champions in the final Greco-Roman session – Anvar Allakhiarov at 60 kg and Artur Sargsian at 97 kg.


Taylor Lamont was Team USA’s highest finisher – 5th at 55 kg – after making the semifinals. This week, Lamont was competing on his eighth career age-group World team.


Wrestling for Team USA continues tomorrow with more women’s freestyle action. Men’s freestyle competition in Serbia begins on Friday.


All matches can be watched live on FloWrestling.


Greco-Roman Group Two finals results


60 kg

GOLD: Anvar Allakhiarov (RUS) dec. Mehdi Mohsen Nejad (IRI), 7-1

BRONZE: Kerem Kamal (TUR) dec. Ihor Kurochkin (UKR), 6-5

BRONZE: Pridon Abuladze (GEO) dec. Mukhammadkodir Yusupov (UZB), 3-3


67 kg

GOLD: Hasrat Jafarov (AZE) dec. Mohammad Rezaei (IRI), 3-2

BRONZE: Kadir Kamal (TUR) dec. Sultan Assetuly (KAZ), 5-1

BRONZE: Miakhdi Iakhiaev (RUS) dec. Joni Khetsuriani (GEO), 5-1


72 kg

GOLD: Idris Ibaev (GER) dec. Sergei Kutuzov (RUS), 3-1

BRONZE: Shant Khachatryan (ARM) fall Erik Persson (SWE), 4:01

BRONZE: Ulvi Ganizade (AZE) dec. Amir Ali Abdi (IRI) 12-7


82 kg

GOLD: Aivengo Rikadze (GEO) dec. Ramon Betschart (SUI), 5-1

BRONZE: Branko Kovacevic (SRB) tech Moric Kismoni (HUN), 9-1

BRONZE: Shamil Ozhaev (RUS) tech Mohammad Nahhousi (IRI), 8-0


97 kg

GOLD: Artur Sargsian (RUS) tech Pavel Hlinchuk (BLR), 9-0

BRONZE: Arvi Savolainen (FIN) dec. Robert Ersek (HUN), 5-1

BRONZE: Markus Ragginger (AUT) dec. Ondrej Dadak (CZE), 5-0

U.S. Greco-Roman Group Two results


60kg: Dylan Gregerson (Bluffdale, Utah/Brunson UVRTC), dnp/17th

LOSS Mehdi Mohsen Nejad (Iran), 8-0

LOSS Mukhammadkodir Yusupov (Uzbekistan), fall


67kg: Alston Nutter (Fennimore, Wisc./Sunkist Kids WC), dnp/26th

LOSS Joni Khetsuriani (Georgia), 9-0


72kg: Nate Moore (Buckley, Wash./Northern Colorado WC), 10th place

WIN Sheku Kassegbama (Sierra Leone), forfeit

LOSS Idris Ibaev (Germany), 12-2

LOSS Erik Persson (Sweden), 11-1


82kg: Tommy Brackett (Eads, Tenn./Gator Wrestling Club), dnp/15th

LOSS Mukhammadkodir Rasulov (Uzbekistan), 8-3


97kg: Nicholas Boykin (Murrfreesboro, Tenn./Sunkist Kids), dnp/12th

WIN Gerard Kurniczak (Poland), 8-3

LOSS Artur Sargsian (Russia), 11-0

LOSS Ondrej Dadak (Czech Republic), 4-3

Greco-Roman final team standings


1. Russia, 190

2. Iran, 155

3. Georgia, 105

4. Turkey, 91

5. Hungary, 86

6. Azerbaijan, 67

7. Armenia, 64

8. Ukraine, 60

9. Germany, 35

10. Sweden, 31

11. (tie) Kazakhstan and Switzerland, 30

13. Finland, 25

14. Belarus, 20

15. Serbia, 19

16. (tie) Moldova and United States, 18

18. Uzbekistan, 16

19. (tie) Austria and Poland, 15

21. Kyrgystan, 12

22. (tie) Czechia and Bulgaria, 10

24. (tie) Greece and India, 8
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