Photo of G'Angelo Hancock (right) by Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com
After waiting all week, Greco finally gets their turn on day five, Saturday, August 5th, of the 2017 Junior World Championships in Tampere, Finland. As has been the case during the freestyle competitions, wrestling begins at 3 am eastern with finals set for 11 am. Taking the mat for the first half of the Greco event will be 50 kg, 60 kg, 74 kg, and 96 kg. Georgia is the two-time defending team champion, having topped Russia, 51-40, a year ago. Seven of the top 10 countries from last year were former Soviet states which should give you some idea of where global Greco power is concentrated. Iran (3rd), Turkey (6th), and the United States (9th) were the only non-former Soviet countries to break up the sweep.
That performance by Team USA was a strong one, historically, winning two medals for the first time since 2011. Still, they were both bronze. No American has made the Greco final here since current Briar Cliff head coach Joe Privitere earned a silver medal in 2000. The last American champion was Garrett Lowney in 1999. A year later, Lowney won an Olympic bronze medal in Sydney.
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