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Schultz becomes first American in 20 years to win Cadet world title in Greco-Roman

Colton Schultz became America's first Cadet Greco-Roman world champ since 1997 (Photo/Richard Immel)

ATHENS, Greece -- On Tuesday, Cohlton Schultz accomplished something that had not been done by an American wrestler in 20 years.

He became a Cadet world champion in Greco-Roman, the first since Josh Etu in 1997, and the first Cadet Greco-Roman medalist since 2013. (Note: The Cadet World Championships were not contested from 2000-2009.)

After scoring a pair of falls and a 1-0 victory to reach the finals, Schultz came from behind to edge Hungary's Balint Vatzi 3-1 in the gold-medal match at 100 kilograms.

Trailing 1-1 late in the match, Schultz scored a go-behind takedown with 12 seconds remaining in the match, which gave him the victory.

It was Schultz's second victory this year over Vatzi, a Cadet European champion.

Schultz becomes the first American to earn a medal at the 2017 Cadet World Championships, which kicked off on Monday in Athens, Greece.

Schultz, a Colorado native, is ranked as the nation's No. 1 overall wrestler in the Class of 2019 by InterMat. He was also a member of the Junior World Team in Greco-Roman.

Mason Reiniche (69 kilograms) and Jake Hendricks (76 kilograms) will compete in repechage tomorrow (Wednesday) on the final day of the Greco-Roman competition.

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