2022 U20 World bronze medalist Aden Attao (photo courtesy of Kostadin Andonov/UWW)
The United States U20 Greco-Roman team wrapped up competition on Sunday as Max Black (60 kg) dropped his repechage bout and was eliminated. The other four wrestlers who started their tournaments on Saturday were already knocked out of medal contention. The high note from the Greco portion was that heavyweight Aden Attao won his bronze medal match on Saturday.
Attao started the tournament in dominant fashion with back-to-back falls, before running into the eventual champion Mykhailo Vyshnyvetskyi of Ukraine in the semifinals. Because he advanced to the semis, Attao dropped down to Saturday's bronze medal match. There he would meet Egypt's Fekry Eissa, after an 8-0 win over South Korea's Junho Park in repechage.
For the bronze medal, Attao started the scoring early in the first period with four points from a headpinch, to which Eissa countered with two points of his own. Still in the opening stanza, Attao added four more with a headlock to Eissa's back. The second period was a bit more methodical as Attao scored with a push-out and after countering a failed headlock attempt from Eissa. The final takedown made the score 11-3 and pushed the bout into match termination status.
While the Greco-Roman side of the American U20 competitions has not matched its freestyle counterparts, Attao's bronze medal gives the United States at least one medal at this competition every year since 2016. Upperweights have primarily been responsible for those medals as Attao is the third heavyweight to medal during that span (Cohlton Schultz - 2nd/2019, 3rd/2018) and five have come at the final two weights (Braxton Amos - 3rd/2021, G'Angelo Hancock - 3rd/2016).
Attao has been busy for the last month-plus. He won both styles in Fargo at the Junior level, after winning a gold medal at the Pan-American Junior Championships in early July.
Greco-Roman 130 kg
Bronze medal match - Aden Attao over Fekry Eissa 11-3
Greco-Roman 60 kg
Qualification - Saeid Esmaeili Leivesi (Iran) over Max Black 9-0
Repechage - Koto Gomi (Japan) over Max Black 9-0
Greco-Roman 67 kg
Qualification - Robert Perez III over Shon Nadorgin (Israel) 8-0
Round of 16 - Robert Perez III over Zsolt Takacs (Hungary) 8-0
Quarterfinals - Din Koshkar (Kazakhstan) over Robert Perez III 3-3
Greco-Roman 72 kg
Qualification - Richard Fedalen over Matthias Hauthaler (Austria) Fall
Round of 16 - Georgios Barbanos (Sweden) over Richard Fedalen 13-4
Greco-Roman 82 kg
Qualification - Adrian Artsisheuskiy over Odysseas Roungeris (Greece) Fall
Round of 16 - Leon Rivalta (Italy) over Adrian Artsisheuskiy Fall
Greco-Roman 97 kg
Round of 16 - Nurmanbet Raimaly Uulu (Kyrgyzstan) over Christian Carroll 9-7