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2019 World Championships: 63kg Greco-Roman Preview

Mango, Ryan

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Greco-Roman 63 kg Preview

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

Seeds: #1 Stepan Maryanyan (Russia), #2 Erbatu Tuo (China), #3 Shinobu Ota (Japan), #4 Slavik Galstyan (Armenia)

US Entry: #20 Ryan Mango

It’s been a long road, but Ryan Mango will finally wrestle in his first Senior World Championship event in Nur-Sultan. Since finishing his collegiate career at Stanford, where he was a two-time All-American, in 2014, Ryan has been in the mix for a spot on the team, but could never quite get there. Ryan’s family has been well-represented at the world level, as his brother, Spenser, was a six-time World Team Member and two-time Olympian. Spenser wrestled for a medal twice at the World Championships during his lengthy career, so Ryan will be attempting to win the family’s first world medal. The younger Mango earned his place in Final X Lincoln by winning the US Open final, 9-1, over Sam Jones. At Final X, Ryan dispatched Xavier Johnson 13-2 and 6-5 to claim his inaugural world team berth. Earlier this year, Mango had competed at the Pan-American Championships and came away with a silver medal. In his most recent competition, Mango took bronze at the Pytlasinski Cup in Poland. Since 63kg is not an Olympic weight, the bracket will not be quite as large and imposing as others in the tournament. Of course, that bodes well for Ryan as he tried to navigate his way to the podium.

Favorites:

Maryanyan – 2019 European Champion, Two-time European Games Champion, 2019 Dan Kolov Champion, 2018 World Champion, Two-time Junior World Champion, 2015 Cadet World Champion

Tuo – 2019 Asian Champion, 2019 Dan Kolov Bronze Medalist, 2018 World fifth-place

Ota – 2019 Dan Kolov silver medalist, 2018 Asian Games Champion, 2018 Asian Champion, 2016 Olympic silver medalist, 2012 Junior World bronze medalist

Medal Contenders:

Galstyan – 2019 European fifth-place, 2019 European U23 silver medalist, 2018 European U23 bronze medalist, 2014 Junior World bronze medalist, 2013 Cadet World bronze medalist

NR Elman Mukhtarov (Azerbaijan) – 2019 International Ukrainian bronze medalist, 2018 Dan Kolov bronze medalist, 2014 Junior World Champion, 2013 Junior World bronze medalist, 2011 Cadet World Champion, 2010 Youth Olympic Champion

NR Levani Kavjaradze (Georgia) – 2019 European bronze medalist, 2019 European U23 bronze medalist, 2013 Cadet World bronze medalist

NR Meysam Dalkhani (Iran) – 2019 Asian U23 Champion, 2018 U23 World fifth-place, 2016 Junior World bronze medalist

NR Almat Kebispayev (Kazakhstan) – 2018 Asian Games silver medalist, 2018 Asian Champion, 2015 World bronze medalist, 2011 World silver medalist, 2012 World bronze medalist

#10 Rahman Bilici (Turkey) – 2019 Dan Kolov bronze medalist, 2018 World bronze medalist, 2012 Olympian, Two-time Junior World Champion, 2009 Junior World silver medalist

NR Oleksandr Hrushyn (Ukraine) – 2019 International Ukrainian, 2019 European U23 fifth-place, 2018 U23 World bronze medalist, 17–Junior World bronze medalist, 15–Cadet World Champion

#7 Islomjon Bakhramov (Uzbekistan) – 2019 Asian Champion, 2018 U23 World fifth-place, 2018 Asian bronze medalist, 2015 Junior World bronze medalist

2018 Medalists

Gold:  Stepan Maryanyan (Russia)

Silver: Elmurat Tasmuradov (Uzbekistan)

Bronze: Rahman Bilici (Turkey)

Bronze: Lenur Temirov (Ukraine)

2019 Medal Predictions:

Gold: Stepan Maryanyan (Russia)

Silver: Shinobu Ota (Japan)

Bronze: Rahman Bilici (Turkey)

Bronze: Erbatu Tuo (China)

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