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2017 Military Worlds: Entries For Last Four Weight Classes

Courtney Myers -- Photo: Tony Rotundo

Day 2 of the 2017 Military World Championships in Klaipeda, Lithuania are tomorrow and for the hardcore Greco-Roman fan, there is a lot to like. A cavalcade of Olympians and World medalists are sprinkled throughout the remaining four brackets, including familiar names such as Nikita Melnikov (RUS, world no. 6), Evgeni Saleev (RUS, world no. 16), Zhan Belenyuk (UKR, world no. 10), and Heiki Nabi (EST, world no. 13). Team USA is countering with four wrestlers, who compared to many of the top stars at the event, as a whole are short on experience but not tenacity.

Courtney Myers (80 kg, Army), John Stefanowicz (85 kg, Marines), Daniel Miller (98 kg, Marines), and Eric Fader (130 kg, Marines) are the service member athletes representing the United States and each brings his own strengths to the table. Myers has been one of the toughest “Greco guys” throughout his career as he has managed to make multiple National Teams between competing for the Marines and the Army’s World Class Athletes Program. Stefanowicz started his rise on the domestic scene several years ago, but in 2017 he really made waves with a strong performance at the Hungarian Grand Prix followed by a runner-up showing at the US World Team Trials. Heavyweight Fader is still young, but has already acquired relevant international matches under his belt with appearances at both the World Wrestling Clubs Cup and the Paris International.

Of the bunch, Miller has demonstrated the most prowess against overseas foes. A close loss last year to eventual Olympic bronze medalist Cenk Ildem (TUR, world no. 10) was the first sign. The Marine then went on to score bronze medals at the Paris International and Hungarian Grand Prix, respectively, making him one of five US Seniors to place across the Atlantic more than once in 2017.


80 kg


Rafik Manukyan — ARM (2011 Junior World Champion, 2016 Takhti Cup gold medalist)

Eltun Vasirzade — AZE

Latkutko Dstradub — BLR

Ninghu Su — CHN

Hardo Toots — EST (2014 Nordic Championships silver medalist, 2015 Nordic Championships bronze medalist)

Nikolaos Varkas — GRE (2015 Olympia Tournament gold medalist)

Ali Sharifi — IRI

Yu Yein-Tak — KOR

Aivis Vangovskis — LAT

Valdemaras Venckaitis — LTU

Munkhtogtokh Choijilsuren — MGL

Azamat Khalulov — RUS (2017 Russian National bronze medalist)

Damian Dietsche — SUI

Adreii Antoniuk — UKR (2013 Junior World silver medalist)

85 kg


Adam Boudjemline — ALG

Islam Abbasov — AZE world no. 3 (2014 Junior World Champion, 2015 Junior World silver medalist, 2013 Cadet World Champion, 2016 World Military Championships silver medalist, 2016 Junior European Championships gold medalist)

Argisti Abgaryan — ARM

Xiaobin Yao — CHN

Martin Plaser — EST

Illias Boukis — GRE

Toni Metsomaki — FIN

Mahdi Fallah Hamidbadi — IRI

Lim Sung-Hoon — KOR

Julius Matuzevicius — LTU (2016 Haavisto Cup gold medalist)

Amarsanaa Sanjaasuren — MGL

Evgeni Saleev, world no. 16 — RUS (2014 World silver medalist, 2016 World Military Championships gold medalist, 2015 World Military Games silver medalist)

Zhan Belenyukm world no. 10 — UKR (2015 World Champion, 2016 Olympic silver medalist, 2014 World bronze medalist, 2015 World Military Games gold medalist, 2011 Junior World silver medalist)

98 kg

DANIEL MILLER — USA (2017 Paris International bronze medalist, 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix bronze medalist)

Halovi Hamza — ALG

Vagharskih Minasyan — ARM

Orkhan Nuriev — AZE, world no. 8 (2014 Junior World Champion, 2013 Junior World bronze medalist, 2017 U23 European Championships gold medalist, 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games gold medalist)

Stradub Siarhei — BLR

Alimulati Dalawibai — CHN

Spyridon Kountouratzis — GRE

Elias Kousmanen — FIN

Samad Kazemi Hassangavar — IRI

Gu Hak-Bon — KOR

Begzsuren Turmunkh — MGL

Vilius Laurinitis — LTU

Marcin Olejnicak — POL

Nikita Melnikov — RUS, world no. 6 (2013 World Champion, two-time University World Champion, 2015 World Military Games gold medalist, 2016 European Championships gold medalist)

Yevheni Saveta — UKR

130 kg

ERIC FADER — USA (2016 Bill Farrell Memorial/NYAC Open silver medalist)

Edgar Khatchattyan — ARM

Cavid Feyzyev — AZE

Sienge Garibu — CHN

Heiki Nabi — EST, world no. 13 (2013 World Champion, 2012 Olympic silver medalist, 2016 World Military Championships gold medalist, 2014 World bronze medalist, 2015 European Games bronze medalist, three-time Nordic Championships gold medalist)

Konsta Maenpaa — FIN

Giorgadze Mirian — GEO

Ionnis Kargiotakis — GRE

Armen Nasari — IRI

Mantas Knystautas — LTU (2014 Junior World silver medalist, 2017 Nordic Championships gold medalist)

Battsengel Chimedvandan — MGL

Lukasz Banak — POL (2010 World Military Championships gold medalist, 2006 World Military Championships silver medalist, two-time World Military Games bronze medalist)

Lenard Istvan Berei — ROU

Vasily Parshin — RUS (2014 European Championships bronze medalist, 2017 Grand Prix of Zagreb silver medalist, 2011 Junior European Championships gold medalist)

Oleksander Chernetskyy — UKR (2015 World bronze medalist, 2008 World Military Championships gold medalist, two-time World Military Championships bronze medalist)

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