U.S. Greco-Roman team finishes Worlds medal-less

9/22/2013
Craig Sesker, USA Wrestling

BUDAPEST, Hungary -- The United States fell short of the medal round on the final day of the World Wrestling Championships on Sunday at Papp Laszlo Sports Arena.

U.S. Greco-Roman wrestlers Ellis Coleman, Andy Bisek and Robbie Smith each fell short of the medal round on the final day of the seven-day event in Budapest.

U.S. heavyweight Robbie Smith reached the quarterfinals (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Smith, appearing at his first Senior Worlds, dropped a 7-0 quarterfinal match to World champion Riza Kayaalp of Turkey in the quarterfinals. Kayaalp hit two quick arm throws to end the match in the first minute.

Smith opened with a 3-1 win over Xiaoming Nie of China at 120 kilos/264.5 pounds. Smith pushed the pace and wore Nie down, putting it away with a second-period takedown.

Smith was eliminated when Kayaalp was upset by Iran's Amir Aliakbari in the semifinals. Kayaalp needed to reach the finals to pull Smith back in for the repechage.

Smith charged out strong with an early three-point arm throw en route to defeating Iosif Chugoshvili of Belarus 5-0 in the second round. Chugoshvili was fifth in 2012 Olympics.

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