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2019 World Championships: 55kg Greco-Roman Preview

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Greco-Roman 55 kg Preview

Days of competition: Preliminaries-Semifinals: Saturday, September 14th; Finals Sunday, September 15th

Seeds: #1: Eldaniz Azizli (Azerbaijan), #2 Ilkhom Bakhromov (Uzbekistan), #3 Nugzari Tsurtsumia (Georgia), #4 Abdelkarim Fergat (Algeria) 

US Entry: Max Nowry

After almost a decade of battling on the Senior circuit, Max Nowry has finally made a Senior World Team. Max did so by making quick work of former training partner Brady Koontz at Final X Rutgers. The veteran from Illinois only needed two matches (3-0 and 11-5) to dispose of the Ohio State Buckeye, Koontz. Nowry earned his bye to Final X after posting a 5-3 victory over U23 World Team Member Dalton Duffield in the US Open finals. Max has had a strong year internationally winning the Pan-American Championships in April and earning a bronze medal at the Pytlasinski Cup in Poland, just over a month ago. This marked the second time that Nowry has come home from the Pan-American Championships with a gold medal. While this is Max’s first Senior World Team, he has competed in a pair of Junior World Championships, during the 2009 and 2010 seasons, taking fifth and sixth, respectively at those events. Max comes into Nur-Sultan with 18 ranking points which are good enough for 13th in UWW’s final rankings.

Favorites:

Azizli – 2019 European bronze medalist, 2018 World Champion, 2018 European Champion, Two-time Junior World Champion, Three-time Cadet World Champion

Bakhromov – 2019 Asian Champion; 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix Champion, 2017 Junior World bronze medalist, 2016 Junior World silver medalist

Tsurtsumia – Two-time European U23 Champion, 2019 European eighth-place, 2018 U23 World Champion, 2018 World bronze medalist, 2018 European bronze medalist, 2016 Junior World bronze medalist, 2015 Junior World silver medalist

#10 Vitalii Kabaloev (Russia) – 2019 German Grand Prix Champion, 2019 European Champion, 2019 Dan Kolov Champion, 2018 U23 World silver medalist

Medal Contenders:

#17 Sargis Khachatryan (Brazil) – 2019 Pan-American silver medalist, 2018 Pan-American Champion

#8 Liguo Cao (China) – 2018 World fifth-place

NR Pouya Naserpour (Iran) – 2018 Junior World Champion, 2018 Asian Junior Champion, 2014 Cadet World bronze medalist

#16 Shota Ogawa (Japan) – 2018 U23 World fifth-place

NR Khorlan Zhakansha (Kazakhstan) – 2019 Asian bronze medalist, 2019 Dan Kolov silver medalist, 2018 Asian bronze medalist

NR Asan Sulaimanov (Kyrgyzstan) 2019 Asian bronze medalist, 2019 Dan Kolov bronze medalist

NR Serif Kilic (Turkey)  2019 European fifth-place, 2013 Junior World Champion

NR Viktor Petryk (Ukraine)  2019 International Ukrainian champion, 2018 European U23 fifth-place

2018 Medalists

Gold: Eldaniz Azizli (Azerbaijan)

Silver: Zholaman Sharsenbekov (Kyrgyzstan)

Bronze: Ekrem Ozturk (Turkey)

Bronze: Nugzari Tsurtsumia (Georgia)

2019 Medal Predictions:

Gold: Vitalii Kabaloev (Russia)

Silver: Eldaniz Azizli (Azerbaijan)

Bronze: Nugzari Tsurtsumia (Georgia)

Bronze: Shota Ogawa (Japan)

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