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Pastoriza powers to semifinals, Khosravy goes for bronze, four women’s freestylers await repechage at U17 Worlds

by Ellen Paddock, USA Wrestling

Erica Pastoriza at the U17 World Championships. Photo by United World Wrestling / Kadir Caliskan 

ROME, Italy – Erica Pastoriza (43kg) advanced to the semifinals of the women’s freestyle U17 World Championships after going 2-0 this morning in Rome. Semifinals begin at 11 a.m. U.S. ET on Wednesday.

Seeking her second-straight U17 World title, Pastoriza defeated Azerbaijan’s 2022 U17 European silver medalist in her opening bout. She slid into the semifinals after teching Poland’s Dominika Konkel. Next up, she will take on Arina Abdullina of Kazakhstan for a shot at gold.

Joining Pastoriza on a medal hunt Wednesday are Greco-Roman athletes Arvin Khosravy (71kg) and Cody Merrill (92kg). The two will battle for bronze during the medal rounds, beginning at noon U.S. ET.

Khosravy was pulled back into the tournament on Tuesday after the opponent who defeated him advanced to the finals. Khosravy topped Mihael Lukac of Croatia 3-1 in repechage with a passivity point and two step outs to advance to the medal rounds. Lukac placed fifth at the 2022 U17 European Championships. For bronze, Khosravy will take on Ibrahim Ozdemir from Turkey. 

At 92 kg, Merrill, who fell in yesterday's Greco-Roman semifinals, is set to face Marcell Gyuricza from Hungary, who took fifth at the 2022 U17 European Championships. 

Audrey Jimenez (49kg), Shelby Moore (57kg), Sydney Perry (65kg) and Kaiulani Garcia (73kg) await repechage in women's freestyle. If their opponents who defeated them earlier today advance to the finals, they will be pulled back into the tournament.

In the qualification round, Moore teched Poland’s Michalina Ignaszak, 11-0. In the round of 16, she recovered from a 5-0 deficit using a leg lace to turn Ukraine’s European Bronze medalist Alina Flipovych four times before escaping a pin in the final seconds to win 11-8. She fell in the quarterfinals 10-9 to Japan’s Sowaka Uchida.

Perry also had a round one win over Hungary’s Szonja Szabo, 5-0, before falling to Anju Sato of Japan, 3-0.

Jimenez lost to Fabiana Rinella 9-2, a 2022 U17 European silver medalist from Italy, and Garcia fell 3-1 to Priya, India’s 2021 U17 World Champion, in their first rounds of action.

Zan Fugitt, who competes in Greco-Roman at 60 kg, was eliminated after falling to Kazakhstan’s 2021 U17 bronze World medalist, Yussuf Ashrapov, 14-5 repechage.

Pastoriza wrestles in the semifinals at 11 a.m. U.S. ET, while Merrill and Khosravy go for bronze at noon U.S. ET on Wednesday.

Fans can watch all the action live on FloWrestling and follow along with live updates @USAWrestling on Twitter.

U17 World Championships

Rome, Italy | July 25-31

Women’s freestyle results

40kg: Megan Valdez (San Jacinto, Calif.)
vs. Yagmur Karabacak (Turkey), silver at 2022 U17 European Championships, gold at 2021 U15 Balkan Championships

43 kg: Erica Pastoriza (Phoenix, Ariz./Wyoming Seminary WC) – semifinals
WIN Elvina Karimzada (Azerbaijan), 7-2
WIN Dominika Konkel (Poland), 10-0
vs. Arina Abdullina (Kazakhstan), no international credentials

46kg: Gabriella Gomez (Carol Stream, Ill.)
vs. Yelyzaveta Kulakivska (Ukraine), eighth at 2021 U17 Worlds, gold at 2021 U15 Europeans, bronze at 2021 U17 Europeans

49kg: Audrey Jimenez (Tucson, Ariz. /Sunkist Kids WC) – awaiting repechage
LOSS Fabiana Rinella (Italy), 9-2

53kg: Elena Ivaldi (Newcastle, Calif./MatTime)
vs. Manar Elmasry (Egypt), gold at 2022 U17 African Championsips

57kg: Shelby Moore (Buckley, Wash./Takedown Express WC) – awaiting repechage
WIN Michalina Ignaszak (Poland), 11-0
WIN Alina Flipovych (Ukraine), 11-8
LOSS Sowaka Uchida (Japan), 10-0

61kg: Valerie Hamilton (Gridley, Ill./SOT-C)
vs. Leonie Steigert (Germany), bronze at 2022 U17 European Championships
-OR- Yen-Yi Li (Taipei), fifth at 2019 U15 World Championships

65kg: Sydney Perry (Batavia, Ill./Batavia WC) – awaiting repechage
WIN Szonja Szabo (Hungary), 5-0
LOSS Anju Sato (Japan), 3-0

69kg: Jasmine Robinson (Allen, Texas /Best Trained Wrestling)
vs. Veronika Vilk (Croatia), silver at 2019 U15 World Championships, bronze at 2022 U17 European Championships
-OR- Anya Hatch (Tonga), no international credentials

73kg: Kaiulani Garcia (Stockton, Calif./NorCal Queens WC) – awaiting repechage
LOSS Priya Priya (India), 3-1
Greco-Roman results

45kg: Davis Motyka (Kingston, Pa./XCalibur Athletics) – eliminated 
LOSS Ionut Mereuta (Romania), 2-1

48 kg: Christian Castillo (Glendale, Ariz./Thorobred Wrestling Club) – eliminated 
LOSS Said Khalilov (Azerbaijan), 4-2

51kg: Elyle Francisco (Anchorage, AK./Anchorage Youth Wrestling Academy) –eliminated 
LOSS Peter Totok (Hungary), 12-3

55 kg: Nick Treaster (Newton, Kans./Newton Wrestling Club) – eliminated  
LOSS Halil Cinar (Turkey), 7-0

60kg: Zan Fugitt (Nixa, Mo.) – eliminated
LOSS Gaspar Terteryan (Armenia), 9-0
LOSS Yussuf Ashrapov (Kazakhstan), 14-5

65 kg: Joel Adams (Omaha, Neb./The Best Wrestler) –GOLD
WIN Takaku Suzuki (Japan), 8-0
WIN Saya Brunner (Switzerland), 10-0 
WIN Aleksandre Rusitashvili (Georgia), 6-0
WIN Petro Shafranskyi (Ukraine), 6-0
WIN Ahoura Bouveiri (Iran), 6-0

71kg: Arvin Khosravy (Woodland Hills, Calif.) – bronze medal match  
WIN Marco Begle (Austria), 9-0
LOSS Anri Putkaradze (Georgia), 10-0
WIN Mihael Lukac (CRO), 3-1
vs. Ibrahim Ozdemir (TUR), no international credentials

80 kg: Cole Han-Lindemyer (Farmington, Minn./Pinnacle Wrestling Club) – eliminated 
LOSS Taizo Yoshida (Japan), 8-4

92kg: Cody Merrill (Ontario, Calif./Daniel Cormier Wrestling Club) – bronze medal match 
WIN Arsen Ruslanov (Kyrgyzstan), 9-0
WIN Florin Manolache (Romania), fall
LOSS Darius Kiefer (GER), 11-0 
vs. Marcell Gyuricza (HUN), fifth at 2022 U17 European Championships

110 kg: Koy Hopke (Amery, Wis./Pinnacle Wrestling Club) – eliminated 
WIN Maxim Ukraintsev (Kazakhstan), 8-0 
LOSS Dmytro Stryzhekozin (Ukraine), 8-0

Wednesday, July 27
11:30 a.m. – Qualification rounds (WFS 43, 49, 57, 65, 73kg), repechage (GR 45, 51, 60, 71, 92kg)
5 p.m. – Semifinals (WFS 43, 49, 57, 65, 73kg)
6 p.m. – Finals (GR 45, 51, 60, 71, 92kg)

Thursday, July 28
11:30 a.m. – Qualification rounds (WFS 40, 46, 53, 61, 69kg), repechage (WFS 43, 49, 57, 65, 73kg)
5 p.m. – Semifinals (WFS 40, 46, 53, 61, 69kg)
6 p.m. – Finals (WFS 43, 49, 57, 65, 73kg)

Friday, July 29
11:30 a.m. – Qualification rounds (MFS 48, 55, 65, 80, 110kg), repechage (WFS 40, 46, 53, 61, 69kg)
5 p.m. – Semifinals (MFS 48, 55, 65, 80, 110kg)
6 p.m. – Finals (WFS 40, 46, 53, 61, 69kg)

Saturday, July 30
11:30 a.m. – Qualification rounds (MFS 45, 51, 60, 71, 92kg), repechage (MFS 48, 55, 65, 80, 110kg)
5 p.m. – Semifinals (MFS 45, 51, 60, 71, 92kg)
6 p.m. – Finals (MFS 48, 55, 65, 80, 110kg)

Sunday, July 31
4:30 p.m. – Repechage (MFS 45, 51, 60, 71, 92kg)
6 p.m. – Finals (MFS 45, 51, 60, 71, 92kg)