Pat Smith defeated Mason Manville in a battle of 2017 World Team members (Photo/Sandy Slater)
LAS VEGAS -- Pat Smith defeated Mason Manville 5-2 in a battle of 2017 Greco-Roman World Team members to earn a spot in the U.S. Open Greco-Roman finals at 77 kilograms.
Smith now faces 2017 Junior world champion Kamal Bey in the finals. Bey, a U.S. Open champion in each of the past two years, cruised to the finals with a 10-1 technical fall over Peyton Walsh.
One of the premier matchups of the Greco-Roman semifinals came at 87 kilograms where 2014 World Team member Joe Rau edged two-time Olympian Ben Provisor 1-1. Both points scored in the match came off passivity. Rau will now face three-time World Team member Patrick Martinez in the championship match.
At 82 kilograms, Spencer Woods stunned two-time World Team member Chaney Haight 4-3 to reach the finals. Woods' finals opponent is Kendrick Sanders, who advanced with a 7-3 win over John Stefanowicz.
Leslie Fuenffinger advanced to the finals at 60 kilograms with a technical fall over returning World Team member Dalton Roberts. Fuenffinger will meet Army teammate Ildar Hafizov in the finals.
The Greco-Roman finals are set for 7 p.m. PT on Friday.
Max Nowry tech. fall Jabari Moody, 11-0 2:41
Dalton Duffield tech. fall Jemone Carter, 11-0 1:29
Leslie Fuenffinger tech. fall Dalton Roberts, 8-0
Ildar Hafizov tech. fall Randon Miranda, 9-1
Ryan Mango dec. Travis Rice, 3-3
Sam Jones by injury default over Xavier Johnson
Ellis Coleman tech. fall Austin Morrow, 8-0 1:48
Hayden Tuma tech. fall Jamel Johnson, 8-0 1:23
Ravaughn Perkins pinned Colin Schubert, 0:37
Raymond Bunker dec. Michael Hooker, 4-2
Kamal Bey tech. fall Peyton Walsh, 10-1 4:22
Pat Smith dec. Mason Manville, 5-2
Spencer Woods dec. Cheney Haight, 4-3
Kendrick Sanders dec. John Stefanowicz, 7-3
Patrick Martinez dec. James Souza, 2-1
Josef Rau dec. Ben Provisor, 1-1
Tracy Hancock tech. fall Eric Twohey, 0:39
Lucas Sheridan tech. fall Daniel Miller, 9-1 3:44
Tate Orndorff pinned West Cathcart, 3:30
Jacob Mitchell tech. fall Toby Erickson, 10-1 3:52