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Team USA Puts 3 Into Semifinals On Day 2 At Junior World Championships


Team USA had a good showing putting three wrestlers into the semifinals which will be starting today at 11:45am EST.

Brayden Thompson-

Thompson competed yesterday dropping his first bout but getting pulled back into the repechage. He lost his match to get into the bronze medal bout and has been eliminated from the tournament.

Nic Bouzakis-

Bouzakis started the day off with 2 pins but his quarterfinals opponent from Iran got the best of him scoring a takedown late with exposure being the difference there in a 13-11 match.

Bouzakis should get pulled back into repechage here but he will most likely need to win a bout before getting the shot to wrestle for bronze.

Nick Feldman-

Feldman only wrestled one match due to a smaller bracket and not having a first round opponent. The matchup we talked about with Masoumi will happen in the semis which is the match to watch in session 2 today.

Somewhat of a slow start in my opinion here but the underhooks of the Bulgarian seemed to give him trouble. 5-2 win either way to advance to the semis.

Jaxon Smith-

Not a bad showing from Smith winning up until the semifinals where he got dominated by his Georgian opponent giving up a technical superiority victory. He might get pulled back into the repechage here but who knows until we see the semis.

Alex Facundo-

Facundo lost his first match to Iran 5-4 and Iran lost to India in the next round which means that he will be eliminated from the tournament going 0-1.

Jaglan will most likely make the finals so if he had won the first bout he would have most likely been pulled back into the repechage.

Bennett Berge-

Absolute dominance from Berge so far in the tournament wining his first two bouts by technical superiority. Berge picked up yet another tech in the quarterfinals vs Ukraine and will advance to the semifinals later today.

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Akil Murugan
Akil Murugan
Senior Editor for Heavyweight Nation

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