USA falls short of medal matches on final day of Junior World Championships

Cohlton Schultz dropped his opening match at the Junior World Championships (Photo/Richard Immel)

TAMPERE, Finland -- After winning medals in each of the first five days of the Junior World Championships, the U.S. has fallen short of a medal on the final day of competition.

It was a tough day for the Americans as the final four Greco-Roman wrestlers competing went a combined 0-4 on Sunday. None of the four were pulled back into repechage, putting an end to Team USA's week-long competition in Tampere, Finland.

Randon Miranda, who finished seventh at last year's Junior World Championships, was edged 6-5 by Cadet world champion Turabek Tirkash of Uzbekistan in the round of 16 at 55 kilograms. Miranda found himself in an early hole after giving up a two-point exposure and four-point arm throw. Miaranda would rally late, scoring a four-point move to cut the deficit to one late, but Tirkash held on for the win. Miranda was knocked out of the competition when Tirkash fell to Kerem Kamal of Turkey in the semifinals.

Domonick Demas, competing at 66 kilograms, lost by technical fall, 12-2, in his first match against Joilson De Brito Ramos of Brazil. The Brazilian held a 3-0 lead midway through the period before pulling away late.

Wyatt Koelling dropped his first match to Sweden's Aleksandar Stjepanetic 3-1 at 84 kilograms. Stjepanetic used an arm throw to score the match's first two points before Koelling earned a reversal to make the score 2-1. Stjepanetic would add another point late in the first period off a passivity to go up 3-1 and held on for the victory.

At 120 kilograms, Cohlton Schultz, the nation's top-ranked wrestler in the Class of 2019 by InterMat, lost narrowly, 4-3, to Estonia's Artur Vititin. Schultz led early before giving up a four-point throw, which proved to be the difference in the match.

USA concludes the Junior World Championships with 11 medals won across the three styles and a team title in freestyle. Three American freestyle wrestlers won gold medals: Daton Fix, Mark Hall and Gable Steveson. Maya Nelson captured a gold in women's wrestling, while Kamal Bey became American's first Junior world champion in Greco-Roman since 1999.


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