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Four Olympians, nine 2021 World Team members reach Greco-Roman semifinals at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament

by Isaac Goffin, Special to TheMat.com

Sammy Jones tosses Ty Lydic in the 63 kg quarterfinals at the 2022 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament. Photo by Justin Hoch.


CORALVILLE, Iowa — The first session of the 2022 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament showcased on Saturday featured Greco-Roman wrestlers who are attempting to qualify for Final X New York or Final X Stillwater.


Past Olympians Ildar Hafizov (55 kg), Jesse Thielke (63 kg), Alejandro Sancho (67 kg), Ben Provisor (82 kg) advanced to the semifinals.


Hafizov pinned Phillip Moomey in 51 seconds in his quarterfinals match. Thielke also had a quarterfinal pin over Logan Savvy in 1:28. Sancho won by a 9-0 technical fall over We Rachel. Provisor had a bye this session.


Members of the 2021 World Team qualified for the semifinals also, including Max Nowry (55 kg), Dalton Roberts (60 kg), Sammy Jones (63 kg), Peyton Omania (67 kg), Patrick Smith (72 kg), Jesse Porter (77 kg), Provisor, Alan Vera (87 kg), and Cohlton Schultz (130 kg).


Other notable advancers were Dalton Duffield (55 kg), a 2018 U23 World Team member, plus Pan-American champions Jamel Johnson (72 kg) and RaVaughn Perkins (77 kg).


In a rematch of the 2022 U.S. Open 77 kg final, No. 4 Britton Holmes defeated No. 5 Alec Ortiz in the quarterfinals for the second time in a row.


The quarterfinals featured just two upsets, with No. 6 Aidan Nutter earning a decision against No. 3 Mason Carzino-Hartshorn (63 kg) and No. 5 Christian Dulaney winning in a decision over No. 4 Tyler Hannah (87 kg).


Nine of the 10 Greco-Roman semifinals will be held on Sunday morning. These are in weight classes where no athlete has already qualified for Final X. The winners of Sunday morning’s semifinals both advance to Final X.


The 97 kg semifinals will be held during the Saturday evening session at 4:30 p.m. CT. 2021 World bronze medalist G’Angelo Hancock has already advanced to Final X and did not have to compete here. The two semifinal winners will compete on Sunday night in a best-of-three series, with the winner advancing to Final X New York against Hancock.


All semifinal bouts, as well as the rest of the competition, will be streamed on FloWrestling.

USA WRESTLING GRECO-ROMAN WORLD TEAM TRIALS

At Coralville, Iowa


Semifinals pairings


55 kg

Drew West (Illinois) vs. Max Nowry (Army (WCAP))

Dalton Duffield (Army (WCAP) vs. Brady Koontz (ORTC/TMWC)


60 kg

Randon Miranda (Rise RTC) vs. Dalton Roberts Army (WCAP)

Dylan Koontz (ORTC/TMWC) vs. Ildar Hafizov (Army (WCAP))


63 kg

Sammy Jones (New York Athletic Club) vs. David Stepanian (New York Athletic Club)

Aidan Nutter (New York Athletic Club) vs. Jesse Thielke (Army (WCAP))


67 kg

Alejandro Sancho (Army (WCAP)) vs. Peyton Omania (New York Athletic Club)

Lenny Merkin (New York Athletic Club) vs. Alston Nutter (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club)


72 kg

Patrick Smith (Minnesota Storm) vs. Jamel Johnson (Marines)

Michael Hooker (Army (WCAP)) vs. Benjamin Peak (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club)


77 kg

Ravaughn Perkins (New York Athletic Club) vs. Britton Holmes (Army (WCAP))

Kamal Bey (Army (WCAP)) vs. Jesse Porter (New York Athletic Club)


82 kg

Ben Provisor (New York Athletic Club) vs. Ryan Epps (Minnesota Storm)

Spencer Woods (Army (WCAP)) vs. Tyler Cunningham (MWC Wrestling Academy)


87 kg

Alan Vera (New York Athletic Club) vs. Christian Dulaney (Minnesota Storm)

Timothy Young (Illinois) vs. George Sikes (New York Athletic Club)


97 kg

Nicholas Boykin (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club) vs. Haydn Maley (Beaver Dam Wrestling Regional Training Center)

Lucas Sheridan (Army (WCAP)) vs. Braxton Amos (Wisconsin Regional Training Center)


130 kg

Cohlton Schultz CO (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club) vs. David Tate Orndorff (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC))

West Cathcart (New York Athletic Club) vs. Tanner Farmer (New York Athletic Club)

Quarterfinals


55 kg

Drew West (Illinois) pin Jacob Cochran (NMU-National Training Center), 2:06

Dalton Duffield (Army (WCAP)) tech. fall Camden Russell (MWC Wrestling Academy), 1:08

Max Nowry (Army (WCAP)) pin Cole Smith (Army (WCAP)), 0:58

Brady Koontz (ORTC/TMWC) pin Jakason Burks (MWC Wrestling Academy), 2:30


60 kg

Randon Miranda (Rise RTC) dec. Max Black (Colorado), 5-2

Dylan Koontz (ORTC/TMWC) dec. Mitchell Brown (Air Force Regional Training Center), 4-2

Ildar Hafizov (Army (WCAP)) pin Phillip Moomey (SPAR/TMWC), 0:51


63 kg

Sammy Jones (New York Athletic Club) pin Ty Lydic PA (Knights Wrestling Club), 0:44

David Stepanian (New York Athletic Club) dec. Corbin Nirschl (MWC Wrestling Academy), 4-0

Aidan Nutter (New York Athletic Club) dec. Mason Carzino-Hartshorn (West Coast Greco RTC), 5-1

Jesse Thielke (Army (WCAP)) pin Logan Savvy (New York Athletic Club), 1:28


67 kg

Alejandro Sancho (Army (WCAP)) pin We Rachal (Illinois Regional Training Center/Illini WC), 9-0 1:31

Peyton Omania (New York Athletic Club) pin Nathan Moore (Northern Colorado Wrestling Club), 0:48

Lenny Merkin (New York Athletic Club) dec. Morgan Flaharty (New York Athletic Club), 8-6

Alston Nutter (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club) tech fall Jessy Williams NY (SPAR/TMWC), 10-0 0:45


72 kg

Patrick Smith (Minnesota Storm) pin Noah Wachsmuth (COBRA ALL-STARS / Cobra Wrestling Systems LLC), 5:21

Jamel Johnson (Marines) dec. Brody Olson (Minnesota Storm), 4-4

Michael Hooker (Army (WCAP)) dec. Eddie Smith (Pickaxe Wrestling Club), 6-1

Benjamin Peak (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club) pin Ryan Wheeler (Colorado Mesa Wrestling Club), 0:48


77 kg

Ravaughn Perkins (New York Athletic Club) dec. Fritz Schierl (ORTC/TMWC), 9-1

Britton Holmes (Army (WCAP)) dec. Alec Ortiz (Minnesota Storm), 8-0

Kamal Bey (Army (WCAP)) dec. Payton Jacobson (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club), 7-2

Jesse Porter (New York Athletic Club) dec. Chad Walsh (New Jersey RTC), 10-4


82 kg

Ryan Epps (Minnesota Storm) dec. Tommy Brackett (Tennessee), 5-1

Tyler Cunningham (MWC Wrestling Academy) pin Ben Lee (Viking Wrestling Club (IA)), 0:24


87 kg

Christian Dulaney (Minnesota Storm) dec. Tyler Hannah WI (Combat W.C. School of Wrestling), 3-1

George Sikes (New York Athletic Club) dec. Austin Craig (All Navy Wrestling), 4-0


97 kg

Nicholas Boykin (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club) pin Timothy Eubanks (Nevada), 8-0 1:03

Haydn Maley (Beaver Dam Wrestling Regional Training Center) pin Guy Patron (Dubuque Wrestling Club), 1:36

Lucas Sheridan (Army (WCAP)) pin Brady Vogel (Dubuque Wrestling Club), 9-0 1:28

Braxton Amos (Wisconsin Regional Training Center) pin Chad Porter (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club), 1:34


130 kg

Cohlton Schultz CO (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club) tech fall Malcolm Allen (Legends of Gold), 8-0, 1:52

David Tate Orndorff (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)) pin Courtney Freeman NC (Marines), 5:45

West Cathcart (New York Athletic Club) pin Ronald Dombkowski (Bad Karma Wrestling Club), 1:33

Tanner Farmer (New York Athletic Club) pin Tom Foote (New York Athletic Club), 2:01

Round of 16


55 kg

Cole Smith (Army (WCAP)) dec. Jonathan Gurule (NMU-National Training Center), 5-1

Jakason Burks (MWC Wrestling Academy) pin Dominic Robertson (All Navy Wrestling), 1:21


63 kg

Ty Lydic (Knights Wrestling Club) pin Diego Romero (Florida), 0:37


77 kg

Fritz Schierl (ORTC/TMWC) tech. fall Jack Ervien, jr. (Viking Wrestling Club (IA)), 15-4 2:55

Chad Walsh (New Jersey RTC) dec. Tyler Eischens (California Regional Training Center (CA RTC)), 12-7