2021 U23 World Championships

Aiello Wins U23 World Bronze Medal, Cassioppi to Wrestle for World Gold Tomorrow

Pictured: U23 World Championships bronze medalist Jay Aiello (97kg) with his coaches after winning 13-2 in the medal round in Belgrade, Serbia. Photo courtesy of USA Wrestling. 

Session 12 is over at the U23 World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. It was a great session for the USA. 

During the round, Jay Aiello won his World bronze-medal match with Vasil Pauliuchenka of Belarus, convincingly, 13-2. Also, heavyweight Tony Cassioppi  recorded a semifinal shutout against Russia’s Saipudin Magomedov, a 2019 Juniors European Championships gold medalist, 5-0. As a result, Tony wrestles for a U23 World gold medal tomorrow. 

Aiello was leading 1-0 with roughly 45 seconds left in the first period. Then, a wild scramble saw each wrestler awarded two points for exposure. But, Aiello finished the scramble by  locking up a very tight lace and adding some turns before the end of the period. The American took a commanding 9-2 lead into period two. Aiello finished it off with a 13-2 tech at the buzzer. 

In Tony’s case, he took a narrow 1-0 into the break via a push-out point. Cassioppi pushed the Russian out again in the second period, was awarded a caution-and-one, and added a final go-behind takedown in the last seconds to secure the victory. The Russian had no answer for Cassioopi’s defense. 


Tomorrow in the finals, the Hawkeye two-time All-American faces Azamat Khosonov (Greece). Khosonov took 17th at the 2021 Senior Worlds.

Elsewhere, Team USA men’s freestyler Chris Cannon (61 kg) was brought back into the tournament via repechage because Artur Chebodaev (Russia) won, 5-3 in the semis to make the finals. Cannon can finish as high as third. He’ll wrestle the winner of Avdyli (ALB) and Leutert (SUI) tomorrow.

Unfortunately, Peyton Robb, Myles Wilson, and Nino Bonaccorsi have all been eliminated.


Session I Recap here

Session 2 Recap here

Session 3 Recap here

Session 4 Recap here

Session 5 Recap here

Session 6 Recap here

Session 7 Recap here

Session 8 Recap here

Session 9 Recap here

Session 10 Recap here

Session 11 Recap here

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