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Boykin drops repechage bout at U23 Worlds, as U.S. Greco-Roman effort ends in Spain

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

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Photo of Nick Boykin (USA) by Kadir Caliskan, United World Wrestling


PONTEVEDRA, Spain – Nick Boykin was the only U.S. Greco-Roman wrestler to qualify for the repechage rounds at the U23 World Championships. His loss in repechage on Wednesday morning was the final bout for the United States in Greco-Roman.


Boykin got behind Luka Katic of Serbia early in the match, and was unable to come from behind, ultimately dropping a 7-4 decision.


Katic, who was fifth in the 2022 U23 World Championships, took down Boykin early, then scored three straight gut wrenches for a 7-0 lead. Boykin responded with a takedown to close it to 7-2 at the break. Boykin scored on a passivity against Boykin and added a step out, but could not get a late score.


Boykin has been on the U.S. Senior National Team and has also won the U.S. Senior Nationals two times in his career. This is his third age-group World Championships, also competing in the 2021 U23 Worlds and the 2019 U20 Worlds. Boykin competes for Ohio State.


The four other U.S. wrestlers in Group B were eliminated on Tuesday. The medal match finals for Group Two of the Greco-Roman event will begin at 6:00 p.m. local time, right after the women’s freestyle Group One finals.


All of the action is live on FloWrestling. Pontevedra is six hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Time

U23 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

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), eliminated

LOSS Alex Szoke (Hungary), tech fall 9-0

LOSS Luca Katic (Serbia), 7-4