Lewan wins Cadet world title, Hoffman claims bronze

Will Lewan after winning a world title (Photo/Richard Immel)

ATHENS, Greece -- The U.S. men's freestyle team finished day two of the 2017 Cadet World Championships with a World champion, World bronze medalist and three additional wrestlers earning spots in tomorrow's World finals.

17-year-old Will Lewan won the Cadet freestyle World title at 69 kg/152 lbs. in his World debut, taking out Daud Ibragimov of Azerbaijan in a 3-1 battle. Lewan scored first with a step out to lead at the break, but Ibragimov drew a passivity point within the final minute of the bout. Trailing on criteria with two seconds left, Lewan got to his underhook and worked his way to a takedown on the edge to cement himself as the best in the world.

"I knew I had to score because I had worked so hard for this moment," Lewan said. "In those last seconds, I knew I really had to dig deep and throw everything I had at him to get that takedown, and eventually that step-over worked. I just had to keep going, attacking and grind out a win."
In his championship run, Lewan also recorded wins over 2017 Cadet Asian bronze medalist Vishal Kaliramana of India, Alinur Takirov of Kyrgyzstan, Soslanbek Budaev of Russia and 2017 Cadet European bronze medalist Umur Aybey of Turkey.

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