Fausz, Hemida power through to U23 World finals with gritty semifinals wins

BUCHAREST, Romania -- The USA has guaranteed itself two more World medals as Sean Fausz and Youssif Hemida grinded out tough semifinal wins to earn bid to the U23 World Championships finals in Bucharest, Romania.

Fausz, who took fourth at the U23 World Team Trials and is serving as an alternate, battled his way to the 61 kg finals.

To guarantee himself a U23 World medal, Fausz took out two-time Junior World champion Iman Sadeghikouka of Iran in a tight 2-0 match.

Fausz scored both points in the first period, coming from a passivity point and a failed challenge from Iran. Several scrambles ensued throughout the match, but Fausz showed his smarts and poise to hold on for the win.

"Well, I got fourth at the U23 Trials, so I shouldn't even be here, but I got the call to represent the U.S., and I couldn't pass up that opportunity," Fausz said. "I had limited training for this, but I came out with the mindset of giving it my all and having some fun. So far, it's paid off."

Tomorrow night, Fausz will wrestle for gold and will take on 2018 U23 European champion Magomedrasul Idirsov of Russia.

Hemida beat a past age-group World medalist for the second time today, defeating 2011 Cadet World bronze medalist Rolandi Andriadze of Georgia.

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