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Khosravy repeats in U17 Greco-Roman World Team Trials, U17 World Team roster set for Istanbul

by Adam Engel, Special to

Lincoln Sledzianowski of Florida works for a pin in the U17 Greco-Roman Nationals finals
Lincoln Sledzianowski of Florida works for a pin in the U17 Greco-Roman Nationals finals. Photo by Sam Janicki.

LAS VEGAS, Nev — Arvin Khosravy of California became the only repeat national champion at the U17 Greco-Roman World Team Trials at the 2023 Pritchard Companies U.S. Open, presented by FloWrestling on Thursday in Las Vegas.

Nine other wrestlers earned the right to represent the USA at the 2023 U17 World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, July 31-August 6 with wins in the best two of three finals on Thursday afternoon.

At 71 kg, No. 5 Khosravy swept Leister Bowling IV of Colorado Top Team, 7-2 and 4-1, to earn a second straight trip overseas. Khosravy finished fifth at last year’s U17 World Championships.

Khosravy trailed 1-1 at the break in the second match before he separated from Bowling with a passivity point and a takedown.

Two other Californians — Henry Aslikyan of Birmingham Community Charter High School Wrestling at 45 kg and Nicholas Sahakian of Sunkist Kids/Monster Garage at 110 kg, also made the World Team.

Aslikyan battled No. 2 Haakon Peterson of Dodgeville High School wrestling in Wisconsin and won both matches 7-4. Aslikyan entered the break of the first bout tied at one before he added a four-point throw and three more. Peterson led 1-0 halfway through the second bout before Aslikyan adjusted and opened up his offense.

No. 3 Sahakian quickly stopped No. 5 Travyn Boger of Sanderson Wrestling Academy in Utah, 8-0 and 9-0. The matches lasted a combined 132 seconds. Sahakian won a 2022 16U Greco-Roman National title last summer.

At 48 kg, No. 2 Lincoln Sledzianowski became the first of two champions from McCort High School in Pennsylvania. He teched No. 4 Ezekiel Witt of Junction City High School wrestling, 4-0 and 8-0. Neither bout reached the second period.

Sledzianowski’s teammate, No. 4 Sam Herring, won at 60 kg. Herring said the two are biology classmates and both look to also win the freestyle title.

Herring defeated No. 3 Matthew Martino of Team Idaho Wrestling Club, 10-0 and 9-0. Herring’s big throws and athleticism were on display as he launched a four-pointer in the first bout. He ended Martino early in the second thanks to passivity point and a sequence of gut wrenches.

No. 1 Hudson Loges became the only top seed to make the World Team. He swept Czar Quintanilla of Inland Northwest Training Center, 9-0 and 9-3, at 51 kg. Loges’ scoring pattern became similar to Herring’s. A four-point throw early in the first match and plenty of gut wrenches.

No. 3 Adam Waters of Steller Trained Wrestling in Pennsylvania beat No. 1 De’Alcapon Veazy of Legends of Gold Wrestling in Indiana at 80 kg in the only final that went three matches. Veazy stopped Waters, 6-0, in the first bout highlighted a four-point throw in the second period. Waters responded with a tight 1-1 decision via criteria before he answered with a 6-0 win over Veazy.

No. 5 Jordyn Raney, a 2022 16U Nationals champion, earned his ticket to Turkey with 6-0 and 9-0 wins at 55 kg over Elijah Cortez of Gilroy High School wrestling in California.

No. 3 Billy Greenwood of GRIT Athletics Wrestling Club in Colorado continued his state’s rich history of Greco-Roman excellence. He outlasted Garrett Reece of Black Fox Wrestling Academy in an all-Colorado battle. Greenwood won the first one, 8-5, and 5-4 in the second.

The U17 World Team Trials continue Saturday with the start of the freestyle competition. View each match live on FloWrestling.

U.S. U17 Greco-Roman World Team Trials
At Las Vegas, Nev., April 27

45 kg

Best-of-three championship series
Henry Aslikyan (California) defeats Haakon Peterson (Wisconsin), two matches to none
Bout 1 – Aslikyan dec. Peterson, 7-4
Bout 2 – Aslikyan dec. Peterson, 7-4
3rd – Cameron Sontz (New Jersey) dec. Caleb Noble (Illinois), 6-1
5th – Liam Collins (Minnesota) tech. fall Jose Cordero (Tennessee), 8-0
7th – Cason Craft (Oklahoma) fall Gavin Pongsai (California), 2:48

48 kg
Best-of-three championship series
Lincoln Sledzianowski (Pennsylvania) defeats Ezekiel Witt (Kansas), two matches to none
Bout 1 – Sledzianowski fall Witt, 1:31
Bout 2 – Sledzianowski tech. fall Witt, 8-0
3rd – Grey Burnett (Ohio) dec. Eric Casula (Oklahoma), 3-0
5th – Isaiah Harrison (Colorado) fall Saxton Scott (Idaho), 1:56
7th – Cole Welte (Nebraska) tech. fall Max Francisco (Alaska), 9-0

51 kg
Best-of-three championship series
Hudson Loges (Nebraska) defeats Czar Quintanilla (Washington), two matches to none
Bout 1 – Loges tech. fall Quintanilla, 9-0
Bout 2 – Loges dec. Quintanilla, 9-3
3rd – Kody Tanimoto (Texas) tech. fall Boden Banta (Idaho), 11-3
5th – Jeremiah Wachsmuth (Oregon) dec. Brodie Christmas (Alabama), 4-2
7th – Titan Friederichs (Minnesota) tech. fall Revin Dickman (Indiana), 10-2

55 kg
Best-of-three championship series
Jordyn Raney (Kentucky) defeats Elijah Cortez (California), two matches to none
Bout 1 – Raney dec. Cortez, 6-0
Bout 2 – Raney tech. fall Cortez, 9-0
3rd – Isaiah Cortez (California) dec. Jackson Heslin (Connecticut), 5-0
5th – Isaac Hampton (Oregon) forfeit Jayden Raney (Kentucky)
7th – Edwin Sierra (California) dec. Timothy Koester (Iowa), 7-0

60 kg
Best-of-three championship series
Sam Herring (Pennsylvania) defeats Matthew Martino (Idaho), two matches to none
Bout 1 – Herring tech. fall Martino, 10-0
Bout 2 – Herring tech. fall Martino, 9-0
3rd – Thomas Verrette (Colorado) dec. Manuel Saldate (Nevada), 4-3
5th – Derek Barrows (Colorado) tech. fall Wyatt Medlin (Illinois), 9-0
7th – Kenton Cooke (Alaska) dec. Hoyt Hvass (Idaho), 7-6

65 kg
Best-of-three championship series
Billy Greenwood (Colorado) defeats Garrett Reece (Colorado), two matches to none
Bout 1 – Greenwood dec. Reece, 8-5
Bout 2 – Greenwood dec. Reece, 5-4
3rd – Gabriel Bouyssou (Rhode Island) tech. fall Colton Weiler (Wisconsin), 12-4
5th – Nathaniel Askew (Georgia) dec. Emil Necula (Georgia), 7-3
7th – Israel Acosta (Washington) tech. fall Gabriel Delgado (Nevada), 9-0

71 kg
Best-of-three championship series
Arvin Khosravy (California) defeats Leister Bowling IV (Colorado), two matches to none
Bout 1 – Khosravy dec. Bowling IV, 7-2
Bout 2 – Khosravy dec. Bowling IV, 4-1
3rd – Vince Bouzakis (Pennsylvania) dec. Aliaksandr Kikiniou (California), 4-2
5th – Hunter Sturgill (Tennessee) dec. Benjamin Smith (Maryland), 5-1
7th – Christopher Creason (Virginia) fall Bronson Baxter (Texas), 3:53

80 kg
Best-of-three championship series
Adam Waters (Pennsylvania) defeats De'alcapon Veazy (Indiana), two matches to one
Bout 1 – Veazy dec. Waters, 6-0
Bout 2 – Waters dec. Veazy, 1-1
Bout 3 – Waters dec. Veazy, 6-0
3rd – Aidan Squier (Connecticut) dec. Hudson Rogers (Idaho), 5-0
5th – Brent Slade (Iowa) dec. Bryce Burkett (Minnesota), 4-0
7th – Gavin Blondeaux (Nevada) tech. fall Damarion Ross (Iowa), 11-0

92 kg
Best-of-three championship series
Dreshaun Ross (Iowa) defeats Aiden Cooley (Texas), two matches to none
Bout 1 –Ross tech. fall Cooley, 9-0
Bout 2 – Ross tech. fall Cooley, 9-0
3rd – Brennan Carey (Missouri) fall Cittadino Tuttle (Minnesota), 9-1
5th – James Humphrey (Missouri) dec. Mason Ellis (Alabama), 6-2
7th – Jayden Tadeo-Gosal (California) tech. fall Jason Singer (Pennsylvania), 13-4

110 kg
Best-of-three championship series
Nicholas Sahakian (California) defeats Trayvn Boger (Utah), two matches to none
Bout 1 – Sahakian tech. fall Boger, 8-0
Bout 2 – Sahakian tech. fall Boger, 9-0
3rd – Sampson Stillwell (Missouri) dec. Kai Calcutt (Illinois), 19-14
5th – Ryan Miret (Florida) fall Chase Baker (Washington), 3:12
7th – Marko Ivanisevic (Illinois) dec. Cj Orchard (Oregon), 4-3
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