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Author Archives: Alex Steen

Lopez/Kayaalp Showdown Headlines Monday’s Final Session

Kayaalp vs Lopez

The second day of Olympic wrestling was a difficult one for Team USA. Ben Provisor (85 kg) and Robby Smith (130 kg) were each defeated in their opening bouts and neither were pulled into the repechage. Team USA’s Greco contingent wraps up the Rio Games without a medal and a 2-4 overall record. The repechage and medal matches begin at ...

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Borrero, Vlasov Win Gold as Olympic Wrestling Opens

Ismael Borrero - Cuba

The first eight wrestling medals at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games were awarded Sunday afternoon at the Carioca Arena 2. Greco-Roman kicked off the competition with 59 kg and 75 kg being contested.  For the story on how we got to this point, go here. 59 kg The gold medal match pitted the defending world champion from Cuba, Ismael Borrero, ...

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Provisor, Smith Receive Draws for Monday

Robby Smith - Mijain Lopez

The draws for the second day of Greco-Roman wrestling at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro have been released. Ben Provisor (85 kg) and Robby Smith (130 kg) will take the mat for Team USA after a tough first day. 85 kg Ben Provisor has drawn returning world runner-up Rustam Assakalov (UZB) first round on the larger side ...

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Olympic Preview: Day 2 – 85 kg (Provisor), 130 kg (Smith)

Robby Smith - USA Wrestling

Team USA Greco will wrap up their Olympic Games on day two, Monday, August 15th. Ben Provisor, at 85 kg, and Robby Smith, at 130 kg, will be in action. Expect brackets sometime in the afternoon or evening on Sunday, August 14th. 85 kg Zhan Beleniuk (UKR) is poised to dominate this weight class going forward. The 25 year-old was ...

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Gold Medal Matches, Repechage Set for Greco 59 kg, 75 kg

Jesse Thielke USA Wrestling

Olympic wrestling got off to a wild start Sunday morning as two former world champions went down right off the bat, two former Olympic champions put on a show in round one and four athletes booked their places in two gold medal matches, at 59 kg and 75 kg, set for the afternoon session which starts at 3 pm eastern. ...

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Olympic Preview: Day 1 – 59 kg (Thielke), 75 kg (Bisek)

Andy Bisek - USA

The opening day of Olympic wrestling, Sunday, August 14th, features Greco-Roman action in the 59 kg and 75 kg weight classes. Jesse Thielke and Andy Bisek take the mat for Team USA and will face deep, difficult brackets. Expect brackets sometime in the afternoon or evening on Saturday, August 13th. 59 kg This weight class is deep, but at the ...

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Olympic Preview: Day 8 – 65 kg (Molinaro), 97 kg (Snyder)

Kyle Snyder USA Wrestling

The final day of Olympic wrestling in 2016 features 65 kg and 97 kg in men’s freestyle. Frank Molinaro and defending world champion Kyle Snyder will take the mat for Team USA looking to close down the Rio Games in style. Expect brackets sometime in the afternoon or evening on Saturday, August 20th. 65 kg This weight could come down ...

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Thielke (59 kg), Bisek (75 kg) Receive Draws for Olympics

Andy Bisek USA Wrestling

The brackets for the first day of Olympic wrestling have been released. Wrestling gets underway at 9 am eastern time tomorrow (Sunday, August 14th) for 59 kg and 75 kg in Greco-Roman. The repechage, bronze medal matches and finals begin at 3 pm eastern. You can find live streams that cover each mat here. Brackets can be viewed here. The ...

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Olympic Preview: Day 7 – 86 kg (Cox), 125 kg (Dlagnev)

Tervel Dlagnev - USA Wrestling

Men’s freestyle continues on Saturday, August 20th, with the most dominant wrestler in men’s freestyle, Abdulrashid Sadulaev (RUS). J’Den Cox (86 kg) and Tervel Dlagnev (125 kg) will be in action for Team USA and both will be looking to take home some hardware. Expect brackets sometime in the afternoon or evening on Friday, August 19th. 86 kg Abdulrashid Sadulaev ...

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Olympic Preview: Day 5 – 53 kg (Maroulis), 63 kg (Pirozhkova), 75 kg (Gray)

Adeline Gray USA Wrestling

The big day for the American women, Thursday, August 18th, wraps up women’s freestyle with action at 53 kg, 63 kg and 75 kg. Team USA is represented at all three weights and will be looking for hardware. If Haley Augello hasn’t shocked the world and beaten them to the punch, Helen Maroulis (53 kg), Elena Pirozhkova (63 kg) and ...

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