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Boykin pulled back into U23 Worlds Greco-Roman repechage, three others from USA are eliminated; Group One finals updated

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Nicholas Boykin (USA) at the 2022 U23 World Championships
Photo of Nick Boykin of the USA at the 2022 U23 World Championships by Kadir Caliskan, United World Wrestling

PONTEVEDRA, Spain – Nick Boykin is the lone U.S. Greco-Roman wrestler to qualify for repechage at the 2022 U23 World Championships.

Boykin will compete against Luca Katic of Serbia in the 97 kg repechage on Wednesday morning. He will need to beat Katic, then beat Nitesh of India in order to reach a bronze-medal match. Should he win his two Wednesday morning repechage matches, he will face Igor Alves de Queiroz of Brazil in a bronze-medal bout on Wednesday night. Repechage begins at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday local time, which is six hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time.

Boykin was defeated in his opening bout this morning by 2021 World silver medalist Alex Szoke of Hungary, 9-0. Szoke powered his way to the 97 kg finals this evening. Only athletes who lose to a gold-medal finalist are eligible for the repechage, which will determine the two bronze-medal winners at the weight class. I

Boykin is a two-time U.S. Senior Nationals champion and is competing in his third age-group World Championships. He attends Ohio State.

Three other U.S. wrestlers were eliminated and not eligible for repechage, after the wrestler who beat them Tuesday morning was beaten in the semifinals: Phillip Moomey at 60 kg, 2021 Senior World Team member Peyton Omania at 67 kg and 2022 Senior World Team member Benji Peak at 72 kg.

Moomey and Omania had reached the quarterfinals earlier in the day. Nurmukhammet Abdullaev of Kyrgyzstan, who beat Moomey, lost a 3-1 decision in his semifinal match. Kyotaro Sogabe of Japan, who beat Omania, fell in the semifinals by technical fall. Peak, who lost his first match to Irfan Mirzoiev of Ukraine, saw Mirzoiev lose a 7-1 semifinal decision.

Tyler Cunningham had been eliminated at 82 kg in the morning session, when his opponent was defeated during that session.

After the semifinals concluded, the Group One finals were held.  Two U.S. wrestlers in Group One placed in the top 10 to score team points for the USA, Cohlton Schultz (7th at 130 kg) and Camden Russell (8th at 55 kg).

At Pontevedra, Spain, October 18

U.S. Greco-Roman Group Two results

60 kg: Phillip Moomey, Kearney, Neb. (Spartan Combat RTC/TMWC), eliminated
WIN Georgios Scarpello (Germany), 7-5
LOSS Nurmukhammet Abdullaev (Kyrgyzstan), tech. fall 10-0

67 kg: Peyton Omania, Concord, Calif. (New York AC), eliminated
WIN Aleksander Mielewczyk (Poland), pin 0:34
WIN Abdelrahman Omar (Egypt), 7-0
LOSS Kyotaro Sogabe (Japan), tech fall 13-4

72 kg: Benjamin Peak, Marquette, Mich. (NMU-OTS/Sunkist Kids), eliminated
LOSS Irfan Mirzoiev (Ukraine), tech. fall 9-0

82 kg: Tyler Cunningham, Gretna, Neb. (MWC Wrestling Academy), eliminated
LOSS Semion Brekkeli (Moldova), tech fall 9-1

97 kg: Nicholas Boykin, Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Ohio RTC/Sunkist Kids), in repechage
LOSS Alex Szoke (Hungary), tech fall 9-0

Greco-Roman Group 2 Semifinals results

60 kg
Kerem Kamal (Turkey) dec. Irakli Dzimistarishvili (Georgia), 4-4
Nihat Mammadli (Azerbaijan) dec. Nurmukhammet Abdullaev (Kyrgyzstan), 3-1

67 kg
Gagik Mishai Snjoyan (France) tech.fall. Kyotaro Sogabe (Japan), 9-1
Sayed Sohrabi (Iran) dec. Diego Chkhikvadze (Georgia), 6-3

72 kg
Gruban Gurbanov (Azerbaijan) dec Irfan Mirzoiev (Ukraine), 7-1
Pavel Puklavec (Croatia) tech. fall Vikas (India), 9-0

82 kg
Karlo Kodric (Croatia) dec. Beka Guruli (Georgia), 6-5
Exause Mukubu (Norway) tech. fall Mats Ahlgren (Sweden), 11-0

97 kg
Alex Szoke (Hungary) dec. Igor Alves de Queuroz (Brazil), 3-0
Markus Ragginger (Austria) dec. Giorgi Katsanashvili (Georgia), 4-1

Group Two finals pairings
60 kg - Kerem Kamal (Turkey) vs. Nihat Mammadli (Azerbaijan)
67 kg - Gagik Mishai Snjoyan (France) vs. Sayed Sohrabi (Iran)
72 kg - Gruban Gurbanov (Azerbaijan) vs. Pavel Puklavec (Croatia)
82 kg - Karlo Kodric (Croatia) vs. Exause Mukubu (Norway)
97 kg - Alex Szoke (Hungary) vs. Markus Ragginger (Austria)

Group One Final results

55 kg
Gold - Poya Soulat Dad Marz (Iran)
Silver - Nihad Guluzade (Azerbaijan)
Bronze – Ahmet Taskinoglu (Turkey)
Bronze – Giorgi Tokhadze (Georgia)
5th - Denis Florin Mihai (Romania)
5th - Ken Matsui (Japan)

63 kg
Gold - Imam Hossein Koon Mohammadi (Iran)
Silver Giorgi Shotadze (Georgia)
Bronze – Ryoto Ikeda (Japan)
Bronze – Hrachya Poghosyan (Armenia)
5th - Ziya Babashov (Azerbaijan)
5th - Maksym Liu (Ukraine)

77 kg
Gold - Malkhas Amoyan (Armenia)
Silver - Alexandrin Gutu (Moldova)
Bronze – Sajan (India)
Bronze - Nao Kusaka (Japan)
5th - Dmytro Vasetskyi (Ukraine)
5th – Mohammad Mokhtari (Iran)

87 kg
Gold - Istvan Takacs (Hungary)
Silver - Gevorg Tadevosyan (Armenia)
Bronze - Szymon Szymonowicz (Poland)
Bronze – Marcel Sterkenburg (Netherlands)
5th - Maksat Sailau (Kazakhstan)
5th – Beka Melalashvili (Georgia)

130 kg
Gold - Fatih Bozkurt (Turkey)
Silver - Mykhailo Vyshnyvetskyi (Ukraine)
Bronze - Dariusz Vitek (Hungary)
Bronze – Aliakbar Yousofiahmadchali (Iran)
5th – Nikolaos Ntounias (Greece)
5th - Sarkhan Mammadov (Azerbaijan)

U.S. Greco-Roman Group One results

55 kg: Camden Russell, Omaha, Neb. (MWC Wrestling Academy), 8th place
WIN Abduvali Rahimbayev (Turkmenistan). 11-5
LOSS Ken Matsui (Japan), 8-2

63 kg: Mason Carzino-Hartshorn, Antioch, Calif. (West Coast Greco RTC), dnp/15th
LOSS Ahmed Fouad Bagdouda (Egypt), 6-0

77 kg: Britton Holmes, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP), dnp/16th
LOSS Lamjed Maafi (Tunisia), tech. fall 11-1

87 kg: Michial Foy, Crete, Ill. (Gopher WC RTC), dnp/18th
LOSS Filip Smetko (Croatia), 4-0

130 kg: Cohlton Schultz, Parker, Colo. (Sunkist Kids), 7th place
WIN Jonavan Smith (Puerto Rico), tech fall 9-0
LOSS Sarkhan Mammadov (Azerbaijan), 5-1

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