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Nowry, Provisor beaten in Greco-Roman quarterfinals at Senior Worlds in Norway; Smith, Porter are eliminated

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Ben Provisor photo by Justin Hoch.

OSLO, Norway – Day one of Greco-Roman at the 2021 Senior World Championships included preliminary action at four weight classes on Thursday morning.

Competing at 82 kg was Ben Provisor, who competed in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games and is also on his second Senior World Championships team.

Provisor, the No. 2 seed, received a bye, then battled 2021 Asian bronze medalist Satoki Mukai of Japan in his first match. Mukai got the first point when Provisor was called for passivity. While defending a gut wrench, officials penalized Provisor for two points and a caution for fleeing. The USA challenged and it was accepted, no points awarded. Provisor scored a nice takedown on the edge in the second period to lead 2-1. Mukai could not get to Provisor the rest of the way, giving Provisor a one-point win.

In the quarterfinals, Provisor was beaten in an 8-0 technical fall by 2017 U23 World champion Burhan Akbudak of Turkey. Provisor was hit with passivity to get behind, 1-0. While on top, Akbudak could not turn Provisor, who was penalize for two points and a caution for a foul. Akdbudak then lifted and threw Provisor for five points, finishing off the technical fall.

Akbudak must beat 2021 Asian champion Pejman Poshtam of Iran to pull Provisor back into the repechage on Friday morning.

Max Nowry opened his tournament at 55 kg with a 9-1 technical fall win over 2018 Cadet World silver medalist Sajjad Abbaspourragani of Iran. Abbaspourragani was hit for passivity, giving Nowry a 1-0 lead. While on top in par terre, Nowry ran off three straight gut wrenches for a 7-0 lead, but Abbaspourragani scored a reversal to make it 7-1. Nowry finished off the match with another takedown.

In the quarterfinals, Nowry was defeated by 2018 U23 European bronze medalist Norayr Hakhoyan of Armenia by a 9-1 technical fall. Nowry attempted an arm throw, which was called a takedown for Hakhoyan. The USA challenged the call, asking for a slip throw, which was denied, putting Nowry behind 3-0. After the challenge, Hakoyan was on top in par terre and turned Nowry to make it 5-0. Hakhoyan got another turn, which officials called a four-point move. The USA had already lost a challenge, so they could not get the decision reviewed.

Hakhoyan will need to defeat No. 1 seed and 2021 European champion Emin Sefershaev of the Russian Wrestling Federation in the semifinals to pull Nowry back into the repechage

U.S. wrestlers Patrick Smith at 72 kg and Jesse Porter at 77 kg dropped their first match and were eliminated when their opponents lost in the next round.

A three-time Senior World Team member, Smith dropped a tough battle at 72 kg to 2016 Cadet World cthampion and 2019 U23 World bronze medalist Valentin Petic of Moldova. 6-3. Smith was hit for passivity first, putting Petic up 1-0. Smith struck next with a spin-behind takedown to lead 2-1. A Petic bodylock takedown with a few seconds left in the first period made it Petic 3-2. In the second period, Petic was hit for passivity, making the score 3-3 with Smith up on criteria. Attempting a gut wrench, Smith was reversed by Petic, who then scored a gut wrench to run the score to 6-3. Smith could not score in the final minute on the feet.

When Petic lost his next match, Smith was knocked out of the tournament. Only those who lose to a finalist are pulled back into repechage.

2020 Olympic Trials champion Porter dropped a close opener at 77 kg to 2020 European bronze medalist Bogdan Kourinnoi of Sweden, 3-1. Porter was hit for passivity first, making it 1-0 for Kourinnoi. In the par terre, Kourinnoi was on top an extended time, ultimately getting a two-point lift to make it 3-0. In the second period, Kourinnoi was hit for passivity, making it 3-1. In par terre, Porter got Kourinnoi lifted, but was unable to get a scoring move. Porter could not score the rest of the match.

When Kourinnoi was defeated his next match, Porter was eliminated. This was Porter’s first appearance at a Senior World Championships.

The semifinal round begins at 4:45 p.m. local time


At Oslo, Norway, October 7, 2021

Greco-Roman Group One semifinal pairings

55 kg

Norayr Hakhoyan (Armenia) vs. Emin Sefershaev (Russian Wrestling Federation)

Eldaniz Azizli (Azerbaijan) vs. Ken Matsui (Japan)

72 kg

Cengiz Arslan (Turkey) vs. Sergei Kutuzov (Russian Wrestling Federation)

Malkhas Amoyan (Armenia) vs. Mohammad Reza Hokhtari (Iran)

77 kg

Tsimur Berdyieu (Belarus) vs. Sanan Suleymanov (Azerbaijan)

Tamas Levai (Hungary) vs. Roman Vlasov (Russian Wrestling Federation)

82 kg

Adlan Akiev (Russian Wrestling Federation) vs. Rafig Huseynov (Azerbaijan)

Pejman Poshtam (Iran) vs. Burhan Akbudak (Turkey)

U.S. Greco-Roman Group One results

55 kg – Max Nowry (Colorado Springs, Colo./Army WCAP)

WIN Sajjad Abbaspourragani (Iran), tech fall 10-1, 3:00

LOSS Norayr Hakhoyan (Armenia), tech. fall 9-0, 2:04

72 kg – Patrick Smith (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Storm)

LOSS Valentin Petic (Moldova), 6-3

77 kg – Jesse Porter (Clifton Park, N.Y./NMU-OTS/New York AC)

LOSS Bogdan Kourinnoi (Sweden), 3-1

82 kg – No. 2 seed Ben Provisor (Des Moines, Iowa/New York AC)

WIN Satoki Mukai (Japan), 2-1

LOSS Burhan Akbudak (Turkey), tech. fall 8-0, 2:21