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Attao to wrestle for bronze, Jacobson pulled into repechage at U20 Worlds

by Taylor Gregorio, USA Wrestling

Aden Attao (USA) competes in U20 Greco-Roman World semifinals
Photo of Aden Attao by Taylor Gregorio, USA Wrestling.

SOFIA, Bulgaria – Aden Attao will wrestle for bronze at the U20 World Championships after falling short in the 130 kg semifinals on Friday in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Medal matches are set for Saturday at 6 p.m. local time (11 a.m. U.S. ET) live on FloWrestling.


Reigning U20 European champion Mykhailo Vyshnyvetskyi of Ukraine used a series of throws to defeat Attao, 10-0. Tomorrow, Attao will face the winner of Junho Park of Korea, who was fourth at the 2022 U20 Asian Championships, and Fekry Eissa of Egypt, a two-time age-group African champion.

Payton Jacobson was pulled into repechage at 77 kg. Jacobson will need to win two matches to advance to the bronze match. First, Jacobson will face U20 Pan Am bronze medalist Diego Macias Torres of Mexico. Should he win that bout, he will take on U23 European champion Khasay Hasanli of Azerbaijan. Waiting in the bronze bout will be Alexandrin Gutu of Moldova, who won bronze at the 2021 U20 Worlds.

The other three Greco-Roman athletes that represented the USA today were eliminated, including Jonathan Gurule (55 kg), Haiden Drury (63kg) and Kodiak Stephens (87 kg).

The tournament continues Saturday with Greco-Roman action at 11 a.m. local time (4 a.m. ET). Semifinals are set for 4:45 pm (9:45 a.m. ET), followed by medal matches at 6 p.m. (11 a.m. ET). Fans can watch all the action live on FloWrestling and get live updates on Twitter @USAWrestling.


Aug. 15-21, 2022 | Sofia, Bulgaria

U.S. Greco-Roman results

55 kg – Jonathan Gurule (Peralta, N.M./NMU-NTC) – eliminated

LOSS Nuristan Suiorkulov (Kyrgyzstan), 7-2

63 kg – Haiden Drury (Yakima, Wash./Brunson UVRTC) – eliminated

WIN Ziya Babashov (Azerbaijan), 8-0

77 kg – Payton Jacobson (Elkhorn, Wisc./Sunkist Kids/NMU-NTC) – REPECHAGE

LOSS Yuksel Saricicek (Turkey), 9-1

Vs. Diego Yael Macias Torres (Mexico)

87 kg – Kodiak Stephens (Arnold, Calif./Beaver Dam RTC) – eliminated

WIN Surjeet Singh (India), 8-0

LOSS Robin Uspenski (Estonia), 2-1

130 kg – Aden Attao (Boise, Idaho/Suples WC) – BRONZE MATCH

WIN Parvesh Parvesh (India), 12-4

WIN Adolf Bazso (Hungary), fall 3:00

LOSS Mykhailo Vyshnyvetskyi (Ukraine), 10-0

Schedule (local time 7 hours ahead of U.S. ET)

Saturday, Aug. 20

11 a.m. – Qualification rounds (GR 60, 67, 72, 82, 97 kg)

11 a.m. – Repechage (GR 55, 63, 77, 87, 130 kg)

4:45 p.m. – Semifinals (GR 60, 67, 72, 82, 97 kg)

6 p.m. – Medal matches (GR 55, 63, 77, 87, 130 kg)

Sunday, Aug. 21

4 p.m. – Repechage (GR 60, 67, 72, 82, 97 kg)

6 p.m. – Medal matches (GR 60, 67, 72, 82, 97 kg)