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Semifinals set at the U.S. Greco-Roman Open, Black advances to final with Roberts' withdrawal

by Koral Sugiyama, Special to

Photo of Cohlton Schultz throwing his opponent in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Greco-Roman Open. Photo by Geoff Riccio

SOUTH POINT ARENA, Nev.–The Senior Greco-Roman tournament started this morning at the U.S. Open, advancing through the quarterfinal round. There were 40 battle-hungry wrestlers fought to earn their spot in tonight's semifinal bouts. 

At 60 kg, Black Fox Wrestling Academy’s Max Black, who won the UWW U20 National tournament on Wednesday evening here in Las Vegas, won his quarterfinal and was scheduled to face two-time World Team member Dalton Roberts. Instead, Black will be heading straight to the finals, after Roberts pulled out with an injury default after his first match. 

Roberts nearly had a technical fall, which turned into a close match in the quarterfinals. With 8-0 on the scoreboard, Robert’s opponent, Phillip Moomey (Spartan Combat RTC / TMWC), threw in the challenge block and won, which reset the score to 6-1. The Junior Pan-American bronze medalist turned up the heat and scored 11 more points on Roberts, including a four-point throw that Roberts rolled through, making the score 12-11. Adding another two points, Roberts held on to win his quarterfinals match, 13-12.

Past Olympians advancing to the semifinals included Ildar Hafizov of the U.S. Army (60 kg), Jesse Thielke of the U.S. Army (63 kg), Alejandro Sancho of the U.S. Army (67 kg) and Ben Provisor of the New York AC (82 kg). Provisor is a two-time Olympian. 


Past World Team members in the semifinals include Hafizov, Thielke, Provisor, plus Max Nowry of the U.S. Army (55 kg), Kamal Bey of the U.S. Army (77 kg), Alan Vera of New York AC (87 kg) and Cohlton Schultz of the Sunkist Kids (130 kg).

Returning U.S. Open champions who qualified for the semifinals include Nowry, Alec Ortiz of the Minnesota Storm (77 kg), and Spencer Woods of the U.S. Army (82 kg). The semifinals also includes another past U.S. Open champion, Benji Peak of the Sunkist Kids (72 kg).

Competing for the first time in eight years was two-time World Team member Joe Betterman of Betterman Elite Wrestling, who was defeated in the 72 kg quarterfinals by Eddie Smith of the Pickaxe WC, 2-1. Another past World Team member Jacob Fisher of Curby 3 Style WC was defeated in the quarterfinals, falling to Ryan Epps of the Minnesota Storm at 82 kg, 11-7.

The top seven placers at each weight qualify themselves for the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament in Coralville, Iowa in May. Qualifying procedures can be found on 

The semifinals’ first whistle will blow at 4 p.m. tonight. Brackets can be followed on FloArena and the matches can be streamed on FloWrestling


At Las Vegas, Nev. April 30, 2022

Semifinal Pairings


Max Nowry (Army WCAP) vs Camden Russell (MWC Wrestling Academy)

Jacob Cochran (NMU-National Training Center)  vs Dalton Duffield (Army WCAP)


Max Black (Black Fox Wrestling Academy) injury default over Dalton Roberts (Army WCAP)

Dylan Koontz (Ohio RTC / TMWC) vs Ildar Hafizov (Army WCAP)


Jesse Thielke (Army WCAP) vs Nicholas Leonetti (Suples WC)

Aidan Nutter (New York Athletic Club) vs Corbin Nirschl (MWC Wrestling Academy) 


Peyton Omania (Michigan)  vs Lenny Merkin (Princeton WC)

Alston Nutter (Sunkist Kids WC) vs Alejandro Sancho (Army WCAP) 


Benjamin Peak (Sunkist Kids WC) vs Eddie Smith (Pickaxe WC)

Peter Ogunsanya (West Point WC) vs Ryan Wheeler (Colorado Mesa WC) 


Kamal Bey (Army WCAP) vs Alec Ortiz (Minnesota Storm)

Payton Jacobson (Sunkist Kids WC) vs Britton Holmes (Army WCAP) 


Spencer Woods (Army WCAP) vs Ryan Epps (Minnesota Storm)

Ben Provisor (New York Athletic Club) vs Tommy Brackett (Tennessee)


Alan Vera (New York Athletic Club) vs Timothy Young (Illinois)

Christian Dulaney (Minnesota Storm) vs George Sikes (New York Athletic Club)


Lucas Sheridan (Army WCAP) vs Guy Patron (Dubuque WC) 

Chad Porter (Sunkist Kids WC) vs Khymba Johnson (New York Athletic Club) 


Cohlton Schultz (Sunkist Kids WC) vs David Tate Orndorff (Ohio RTC / TMWC) 

Courtney Freeman (Marines) vs West Cathcart (New York Athletic Club) 

Quarterfinal results


Max Nowry (Army WCAP) tech Stephen Emrich (Minnesota), 8-0 1:29

Camden Russell (MWC Wrestling Academy) tech Dominic Robertson (All Navy), 8-0 0:17

Jacob Cochran (NMU-National Training Center) tech Cole Smith (Army WCAP), 11-2 2:16

Dalton Duffield (Army WCAP) tech Drew West (Illinois), 8-0 0:50


Dalton Roberts (Army WCAP) dec Phillip Moomey (Spartan Combat RTC / TMWC), 13-12

Max Black (Black Fox Wrestling Academy) dec Alex Thomsen (Nebraska Wrestling Training Center), 3-1

Dylan Koontz (Ohio RTC / TMWC) tech Kevon Powell (Scorpion WC), 9-0 2:26

Ildar Hafizov (Army WCAP) tech Kegan Calkins (Illinois), 8-0 0:34


Jesse Thielke (Army WCAP) tech Dwayne Guerrero (West Coast Greco RTC), 8-0 2:40

Nicholas Leonetti (Suples WC) dec Logan Savvy (New York Athletic Club), 7-0

Aidan Nutter (New York Athletic Club) tech Diego Romero (Florida), 7-1

Corbin Nirschl (MWC Wrestling Academy) tech Ty Lydic (Knights WC), 8-0 2:18


Peyton Omania (Michigan) tech Jeremy Bockert (Interior Grappling Academy), 8-0 0:29

Lenny Merkin (Princeton WC) tech Jessy Williams (Spartan Combat RTC / TMWC), 9-0 0:55

Alston Nutter (Sunkist Kids WC) tech Morgan Flaharty (New York Athletic Club), 10-2 4:11

Alejandro Sancho (Army WCAP) tech Colton Parduhn (Interior Grappling Academy), 9-1 2:54


Benjamin Peak (Sunkist Kids WC) tech Jamel Johnson (Marines), 9-0 0:36

Eddie Smith (Pickaxe WC) dec Joe Betterman (Betterman Elite Wrestling), 2-1

Peter Ogunsanya (West Point WC) tech Brody Olson (NMU-National Training Center), 9-0 3:40

Ryan Wheeler (Colorado Mesa WC) tech Bobby Yamashita (All Navy), 10-0 0:52


Kamal Bey (Army WCAP) tech Terrance Parks (New York), 11-0 1:28

Alec Ortiz (Minnesota Storm) dec Fritz Schierl (Ohio RTC / TMWC), 6-2

Payton Jacobson (Sunkist Kids WC) tech Riley Briggs (West Coast Greco RTC), 11-3 4:22

Britton Holmes (Army WCAP) tech Julian Beltran (California), 8-0 0:22


Spencer Woods (Army WCAP) tech Aaron Dobbs (NMU-National Training Center), 9-0 2:28

Ryan Epps (Minnesota Storm) dec Jacob Fisher (Curby 3 Style WC), 11-7

Ben Provisor (New York Athletic Club) dec Tyler Cunningham (MWC Wrestling Academy), 2-1

Tommy Brackett (Tennessee) tech Khalil Abdushshakur (Morris Fitness WC), 8-0 2:17


Alan Vera (New York Athletic Club) tech Kevin Bostwick (Mustang WC), 8-0 0:17

Timothy Young (Illinois) tech Sione Halo (Tri Cities WC), 11-0 2:35

Christian Dulaney (Minnesota Storm) tech Austin Craig (All Navy), 8-0 0:44

George Sikes (New York Athletic Club) tech Carter Marx (Mustang WC), 8-0 0:34


Lucas Sheridan (Army WCAP) fall Ben Gould (CSU Pueblo Wrestling RTC), 4-0 0:38

Guy Patron (Dubuque WC) fall Christian Rouleau (Minnesota Storm), 6-3 1:34

Chad Porter (Sunkist Kids WC) tech Hunter Hart (Montana), 8-0 3:51

Khymba Johnson (New York Athletic Club) tech Haydn Maley (Roseburg Mat Club /Umpqua Valley Wrestling Associaction), 8-0 2:50


Cohlton Schultz (Sunkist Kids WC) tech Tom Foote (New York Athletic Club), 9-0 1:10

David Tate Orndorff (Ohio RTC / TMWC) fall Kaleb Reeves (Eastern Iowa WC), 6-0 0:42

Courtney Freeman (Marines) tech Daimon Altamirano (505 WC), 11-0 1:46

West Cathcart (New York Athletic Club) tech Malcolm Allen (Legends of Gold), 9-0 2:0

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