Photo of Dylan Ragusin (left) by John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com
The 2017 Cadet World Championships in Athens, Greece, continue on Tuesday, September 5th as the rest of the Greco athletes begin their quest for gold. The five Greco weights that did not compete on day one, 42 kg, 46 kg, 69 kg, 76 kg, and 85 kg, will wrestle their first session, through the quarters, alongside the repechage for the first five on Tuesday beginning at 3:30 am eastern. Their semi-finals will be at 10:30 am that day before they return for the repechage (3:30 am) and finals (11:00 am) on Wednesday.
Last year's team race was a wild one as 2015 champions Russia scored just four fewer points but fell to fourth. Iran (68), Azerbaijan (64), and Turkey (64) all outpointed the Russians with each team placing nine of their 10 athletes in the top 10. Iran only ended up with four medals, less than any other team in the top four, but won on the strength of five fifth place finishes. Team USA was shut out of the medals in 2016, leaving Cade Olivas (42 kg) and Jon Jay Chavez (69 kg) in 2013 as the last Americans to stand on the podium in this style. They both earned bronze medals. Those are the only two medals for Team USA in Greco since the revival of the Cadet World Championships in 2011. 1998 featured the last American finalist when Matt Hasbrook was a silver medalist at 95 kg. The year before, Joshua Etu won the same weight class for the United States' last Greco gold here.
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