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2019 World Championships: 97kg Greco-Roman Preview

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Greco-Roman 97 kg Preview

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

Seeds: #1 Musa Evloev (Russia), #2 Kiril Milov (Bulgaria), #3 G’Angelo Hancock (USA), #4 Mihail Kajala (Serbia)

US Entry: G’Angelo Hancock

One of the bright young stars for USA Wrestling, regardless of style, is the 97 kg representative G’Angelo Hancock. Only 22 years old and a member of his third Senior world team, Hancock is coming into Kazakhstan after a strong 2019 where he has won the Grand Prix of Hungary and made the finals of both the Pan Am Games and Championships, along with the City of Sassari Tournament. He has also taken third at Thor Masters and the Grand Prix of Zagreb. Staying busy is nothing new for Hancock who has traveled to age group World Championship events six different times between 2016-18. On top of that, G’Angelo also has made the U23 World Championships again (for the third time) later this year. What he will be seeking is his first world medal at the Senior level. Hancock captured a Junior World bronze medal back in 2016, but has not been able to medal at any world event since. Now, looking at G’Angelo’s results from back home, he has simply dominated the competition domestically. At the US Open, Hancock, teched his way through the tournament outscoring his opponents by the score of 34-0. None of his four matches made it past the first period. At Final X Lincoln, G’Angelo squared off with Lucas Sheridan, the same challenger that he dropped in the Open finals. The first match showed more of the same with an 8-0 tech, but in the second Sheridan was able to put a couple of points on the board before falling, 5-2. Talent-wise, Hancock is very capable of leaving Nur-Sultan with a world medal, he has defeated some of the very best wrestlers in the weight class. He just needs to put everything together at the right time. 

Favorites: 

Evloev – 2019 German Grand Prix Champion, 2019 European Champion 2019 Dan Kolov Champion, Two-time World Champion, 2017 World silver medalist

Milov – 2019 European silver medalist, 2018 World silver medalist, 2014 Youth Olympic silver medalist

Hancock – 2019 Pan-American Games silver medalist, 2019 City of Sassari silver medalist, 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix Champion, 2016 Junior World bronze medalist

Kajala – 2019 City of Sassari bronze medalist, 2018 World bronze medalist, 2018 European silver medalist

Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia) – 2019 European Games Champion, 2018 World fifth-place, Three-time World Champion, 2016 Olympic Champion, Four-time European Champion, 2013 World silver medalist, 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, 2010 Junior World Champion, 2009 Junior World bronze medalist

Gabriel Rosillo Kindelan (Cuba) – 2019 Junior World Champion, 2019 Pan-American Games Champion, 2019 Pan-American Champion

Medal Contenders:

Orkhan Nuriyev (Azerbaijan) – 2019 European fifth-place, 2018 U23 World fifth-place, 2017 European U23 Champion, 2013 Junior World bronze medalist

Di Xiao (China) – Two-time Asian bronze medalist, 2018 Asian Games silver medalist, 2016 Olympian, Two-time Asian silver medalist, 2011 World bronze medalist

Matti Kuosmanen (Sweden) – 2019 European bronze medalist, 2019 Thor Masters Champion, 2018 European bronze medalist, 2017 U23 World silver medalist, 2017 European U23 silver medalist, 2012 Cadet World bronze medalist, 2011 Cadet World Champion

Balazs Kiss (Hungary) – 2019 City of Sassari bronze medalist, 2018 World fifth-place, Three-time European bronze medalist, Two-time World bronze medalist, 2009 World Champion, 2003 Junior World silver medalist, 1998 Cadet World Champion

Mohammadhadi Saravi (Iran) – 2019 Asian U23 Champion, 2018 Junior World Champion

Yerulan Iskakov (Kazakhstan) – Two-time Asian Games bronze medalist, Two-time Asian silver medalist, 2017 Asian bronze medalist, 2014 Asian Champion

Uzur Dzhuzupbekov (Kyrgyzstan) – 2019 Asian Champion, 2019 Dan Kolov bronze medalist, 2018 Asian Games bronze medalist, Two-time Asian bronze medalist

Cenk Ildem (Turkey) – 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, Three-time European bronze medalist, 2014 World bronze medalist, 2012 Olympian, 2011 World bronze medalist, 2016 Junior World Champion

2018 Medalists:

Gold: Musa Evloev (Russia)

Silver: Kiril Milov (Bulgaria)

Bronze: Mihail Kajaia (Serbia)

Bronze: Mahdi Aliyari Feyzabadi (Iran)

2019 Medal Predictions:

Gold: Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia)

Silver: Musa Evloev (Russia)

Bronze: G’Angelo Hancock (USA)

Bronze: Gabriel Rosillo Kindelan (Cuba)

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