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2019 World Championships: 67kg Greco-Roman Preview

Coleman, Ellis

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Greco-Roman 67 kg Preview

Days of competition: Preliminaries-Semifinals: Sunday, September 15th; Finals: Monday, September 16th

Seeds: #1 Artem Surkov (Russia), #2 Hansu Ryu (South Korea), #3 Gevorg Sahakyan (Poland), #4 Meiirzhan Shermakhanbet (Kazakhstan)

US Entry: #17 Ellis Coleman

The most experienced member of the 2019 United States Greco-Roman squad, at least from an international standpoint, is the entry at 67 kg, Ellis Coleman. Ellis will be making his fourth appearance at the Senior World Championships, along with a berth at the Olympic Games in 2012, as well. Coleman is the only American to make the Greco world team in each of the last three years. Ellis is the final one of the four American lower-weights who are members of the Army WCAP. Coleman was in a position to make his latest world team after teching his way through the 2019 US Open which earned him a spot in Final X Rutgers. It was more of the same at Final X as Ellis put together a pair of dominating victories over Jamel Johnson to claim his place on the 2019 team, 9-1 and 6-0. Now Coleman will have his fifth crack at claiming a Senior-level world medal. He has tasted success internationally before winning Junior World bronze medals in both 2010 and 2011. Last year, Coleman was brought back into the repechage after losing in the second round at the World Championships. This time around will be just as challenging with a handful of past champions in this field. So far in 2019, Coleman has competed at both the Pan-American Championships and the Pan-American Games. In both events, he fell to one of those former world champions, Ismael Borrero Molina (Cuba), taking silver and bronze respectively.


Surkov – 2019 European bronze medalist, 2019 Dan Kolov silver medalist, 2018 World Champion, Two-time European Champion, 2017 World bronze medalist, 2015 World bronze medalist

Ryu – 2019 Asian champion, 2019 City of Sassari bronze medalist, 2018 Asian Games Champion, 2017 World Champion, 2016 Olympic fifth-place, 2015 World silver medalist, 2013 World Champion, Two-time Junior World bronze medalist

Sahakyan – 2019 European silver medalist, 2019 Dan Kolov Champion, 2018 World bronze medalist

Shermakhanbet – 2019 Asian silver medalist, 2019 Dan Kolov silver medalist, 2018 World bronze medalist

#10 (72kg) Rasul Chunayev (Azerbaijan) – 2018 World bronze medalist, 2018 European silver medalist, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, 2015 World Champion, 2014 World bronze medalist, 2011 Junior World bronze medalist, 2010 Junior World Champion

#1 (72kg) Frank Staebler (Germany) – Three-time World Champion

Medal Contenders:

#18 Karen Aslanyan (Armenia) – Two-time European bronze medalist, 2017 World fifth-place, 2014 Junior World silver medalist, 2013 Junior World Champion, 2011 Cadet World bronze medalist

#15 Ismael Borrero Molina (Cuba) – 2019 Pan-American Games Champion, Five-time Pan-American Champion, 2016 Olympic Champion, 2015 World Champion

#16 Fredrik Bjerrehuus (Demark) – 2019 Thor Masters Champion

#6 Mohamed Elsayed (Egypt) – 2018 U23 World Champion, 2016 Junior World bronze medalist

NR Shmagi Bolkvadze (Georgia) – 2019 European Games silver medalist, 2018 European silver medalist, 2017 U23 World Champion, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, 2014 Junior World Champion, 2013 Junior World silver medalist

#11 Shogo Takahashi (Japan) – 2019 Asian bronze medalist

#13 Mihai Mihut (Romania) – 2018 U23 World bronze medalist, 2018 European U23 Champion, 2018 European Champion, 2015 Junior World bronze medalist

#8 Mate Nemes (Serbia) – 2019 European Games bronze medalist

#12 Mirzobek Rakhmatov (Uzbekistan) – 2019 Asian fifth-place, 2018 Asian bronze medalist, 2012 Cadet World bronze medalist

2018 Medalists

Gold: Artem Surkov (Russia)

Silver: Davor Stefanek (Serbia)

Bronze: Gevorg Sahakyan (Poland)

Bronze: Meiirzhan Shermakhanbet (Kazakhstan)

2019 Medal Predictions

Gold: Frank Staebler (Germany)

Silver: Artem Surkov (Russia)

Bronze: Hansu Ryu (South Korea)

Bronze: Rasul Chunayev (Azerbaijan)

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