Monday, September 17th marks the start of the Junior World Championships from Trnava, Slovakia. The Greco-Roman portion of the tournament will kick off the competition as 55 kg, 63 kg, 77 kg, 87 kg, 130 kg, will be contested up until the finals on Monday. On Tuesday the remaining five Greco weight classes will commence with the repechage and medal round matches for these weight classes taking place as well. Last year the United States brought home their first individual gold medal since 1999 when Kamal Bey won the 74 kg weight class. The US will be looking to build off of that performance as Bey returns and anchors a young, hungry squad.
Below are the notable wrestlers to watch and predictions for the five weights that will start on Monday. Tomorrow a preview of the final five Greco weights will be published. The actual draw for each weight class will take place the day before, so we are unsure of the exact bracketing at this time.
The only returning Junior world medalist at this weight class is Emin Sefershaev (Russia) who was a bronze medalist at 55 kg in 2017. Sefershaev was a two-time Cadet world finalist, winning in 2013 and finishing as the runner-up in 2015. A returning Cadet world champion that will enter here is Vladyslav Kuzko (Ukraine) who won the 46 kg weight class, a year ago. Kuzko fell in the world finals the previous year. In his first year at the Junior level, Kuzko was fifth at the European Junior Championships. The wrestler that defeated Kuzko at the European’s is Giovanni Freni (Italy) who ended up second at that event. Also this year Freni was sixth at the International Ukrainian Senior level event. He has been Italy’s rep at Junior worlds in each of the last two years.