BUCHAREST, Romania -- Two U.S. Greco-Roman wrestlers will compete in the U23 World Championships repechage rounds on Wednesday, including Nolan Baker at 67 kg and Carter Nielsen at 82 kg.
In his international debut, Baker came out with high energy and scored six points on 2012 Cadet World champion Karim Jafarov of Azerbaijan at 67 kg. However, it was not enough as the seasoned Azeri went on to win the match, 14-6.
Jafarov advance to the finals by way of two more technical falls and a decision to pull Baker back into Wednesday's repechage.
Tomorrow, Baker will have to win two matches to advance to the bronze-medal bout. The Northern Illinois wrestler will face Ryo Nakahashi of Japan in the first round of repechage. Should he win that match, Baker will take on 2017 Senior World bronze medalist Meiirzhan Shermakhanbet of Kazakhstan to move on to the medal match.
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