The dearth of competition throughout the calendar year has meant a lower number of opportunities for athletes to travel abroad. Less travel = less chances to earn medals. For example, the 5PM International Medal Count update for United States Greco-Roman as listed on November 4 of 2019 was derived from 22 events across the five qualified age groups (U15, Cadet, Junior, U23, & Senior). Over 23 months later, this current update pulls from only eight tournaments.
But even in the absence of a regular competitive schedule, the Americans have gotten their money’s worth.
For the first time since ’18, the US has World medalists in three age divisions. Cory Land (55 kg) unrolled the string by earning silver at the Cadet Worlds in July; West Virginia’s finest Braxton Amos (97 kg, Sunkist/Wisconsin RTC, 5PM #2) kept it going when he placed third at Junior; and most recently, G’Angelo Hancock (97 kg, Sunkist, world #5, 5PM #1) delivered big time in Oslo when he defeated Peter Oehler (GER) for bronze. Back in ’18, Jacob Kaminski scored bronze at the Cadet tournament; Andrew Berreyesa (87 kg, NYAC/Spartan) finished with silver and Cohlton Schultz (130 kg, Sunkist, 5PM #1) earned bronze, both at Junior; and Adam Coon put on a memorable run to the Senior World final before falling to Sergey Semenov (130 kg, RUS, world #12).
Along with the three World medalists, hardware has been achieved by others elsewhere. On the Senior level, three additional tournaments have blipped the radar — the Pan-American Championships, the Eduardo Campbell Cup (Panama) and Thor Masters (Denmark). The Pan Ams, contested back in May, saw the US exit Guatemala City with five golds, four silvers (55 kilograms was not contested), and the team title. It was also presumably the last international tournament for Xavier Johnson (67 kg, world #14, 5PM #6), Jamel Johnson (72 kg, world #14, 5PM #3), and Peyton Walsh (77 kg, world #15, 5PM #2) as members of the All-Marine Wrestling Team.
Fall 2021 USA Greco Int’l Medal Count
- SR: seven golds, six silvers, and two bronze.
- JR: three golds, four silvers, and one bronze.
- CADET: eight golds and three silvers.
- 34 total medals as of 10/18/21.
Pan-American Championships — 5/27/21 — Guatemala City, GUA (SR)
GOLD: Xavier Johnson (67 kg, Marines), Jamel Johnson (72 kg, Marines), Peyton Walsh (77 kg, Marines), Ben Provisor (82 kg, NYAC), John Stefanowicz (87 kg, Marines)
SILVER: Ildar Hafizov (60 kg, Army/WCAP), Randon Miranda (63 kg, Rise), Braxton Amos (97 kg, Sunkist/Wisconsin RTC), Donny Longendyke (130 kg, Minnesota Storm)
Pan-American Championships — 6/9/21 — Oaxtepec, MEX (CADET)
GOLD: 45 kg: Bo Bassett (45 kg), Luke Lilledahl (48 kg), Alan Koehler (51 kg), Kael Lauridsen (55 kg), Brock Bobzien (60 kg), Pierson Manville (65 kg), Thor Michaelson (71 kg), Ryder Rogotze (80 kg)
SILVER: Peter Casale (92 kg), Jim Mullen (110 kg)
Pan-American Championships — 6/9/21 — Oaxtepec, MEX (JR)
GOLD: Noah Wachsmuth (72 kg), James Burks (82 kg), Tyler Hannah (87 kg)
SILVER: Anthony Yacapin (55 kg), Richard Fedalen (63 kg), Payton Jacobson (67 kg), Peter Christensen (130 kg)
World Championships — 7/19/21 — Budapest, HUN (CADET)
SILVER: Cory Land (55 kg)
World Championships — 8/20/21 — Ufa, RUS (JR)
BRONZE: Braxton Amos (97 kg, Sunkist/Wisconsin RTC)
Eduardo Campbell Cup — 9/4/21 — Santiago, PAN (SR)
GOLD: Jovan Mercado (87 kg, NMU/NTS), Maxwell Diaz (130 kg, NMU/NTS)
BRONZE: Diego Romero (60 kg, NMU/NTS)
Thor Masters — 9/17/21 — Nykobing Falster, DEN (SR)
SILVER: Billy Sullivan (55 kg, LOG-LV), Randon Miranda (60 kg, Rise)
World Championships — 10/7/21 — Oslo, NOR (SR)
BRONZE: G’Angelo Hancock (97 kg, Sunkist)
U23 Is Next
The US is riding a high thanks to Hancock’s effort in Oslo and the program will look to carry that momentum into Belgrade for the U23 World Championships beginning on November 1. Training camp was held at Northern Michigan University and overlapped the Senior Worlds. The gathering wrapped just over a week ago. NMU head coach Andrew Bisek and assistant Parker Betts were naturally on-hand throughout the week-long camp, as was ’02 World champ/multi-time medalist/Army assistant coach Dremiel Byers.
2021 USA U23 World Team
55 kg: Taylor LaMont (Sunkist/UVRTC, 5PM #2)
60 kg: Dylan Gregerson (UVRTC, 5PM #4 at 63 kg)
63 kg: David Stepanyan (NYAC/NTS, 5PM #2)
67 kg: Alston Nutter (Sunkist/NTS, 5PM #5)
72 kg: Nate Moore (UNCO)
77 kg: Britton Holmes (Army/WCAP, 5PM #8)
82 kg: Tommy Brackett (Gator, 5PM #5)
87 kg: Spencer Woods (Army/WCAP, 5PM #2 at 82 kg)
97 kg: Nick Boykin (Sunkist, 5PM #3)
130 kg: Brandon Metz (Bison, 5PM #6)
U23 Greco World Championships Schedule
(All times +6 hours ET)
Monday, November 1
10:30am-3:00pm — Qualification rounds (55, 63, 77, 87, & 130 kg)
6:00pm-7:30pm — Semifinals
Tuesday, November 2
10:30am-3:30pm — Qualification rounds (60, 67, 72, 82, & 97 kg)
10:30am-3:30pm — Repechage (55, 63, 77, 87, & 130 kg)
4:45pm-5:45pm — Semifinals (60, 67, 72, 82, & 97 kg)
6:00pm-8:30pm — Finals & bronze matches (55, 63, 77, 87, & 130 kg)
Wednesday, November 3
10:30am-2:00pm — Repechage (60, 67, 72, 82, & 97 kg)
6:00pm-8:30pm — Finals & bronze matches
Reminder: More, Still
With the Oslo Worlds now x’ed off the list, four Senior tournaments still remain on the schedule before the New Year.
Oleg Karavaev Memorial — 18-20 – Minsk, BLR
Ibrahim Moustafa — 26-27 – Ismalia, EGY
Haparanda Cup — 27 – Haparanda, SWE
Haavisto Cup — 4 – Ilmajoki, FIN
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