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    Day Two Draws and History for the 2022 U20 World Championships

    2022 U20 World Team Member Alex Facundo (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)

    Here are the draws for day two of the 2022 U20 World Championships. It will feature all ten of the members of the men's freestyle team. Three have locked up places in the finals, while two others are alive for bronze. The final five will start their tournaments Tuesday morning.

    57 kg Gold Medal Match - Jore Volk vs. Merey Bazarbayev (Kazakhstan)

    Bazarbayev: 2022 Asian Junior Champion, 2021 Asian Cadet bronze medalist

    61 kg Qualification - Nic Bouzakis vs. Arslan Rakhimov (Uzbekistan)

    Rakhimov: 2022 Asian Junior bronze medalist, Two-time Asian Cadet finalist (2018 1st)

    65 kg Bronze Medal Match - Vince Cornella vs. TBD

    70 kg Gold Medal Match - Mitch Mesenbrink vs. Kanan Heybatov (Azerbaijan)

    Heybatov: 2021 European Junior Champion, 2x European Cadet bronze medalist

    74 kg Round of 16 - Alex Facundo vs. Erfan Elahi (Iran)

    Elahi: 2022 Asian Junior Champion, 2021 Junior World Champion, 2019 Cadet World silver medalist, 2019 Asian Cadet silver medalist

    79 kg Repechage - Brayden Thompson vs. Bekir Ovec (Turkey)

    Ovec: ???

    86 kg Qualification - Bennett Berge vs. Gurgen Simonyan (Armenia)

    Simonyan: ???

    92 kg Round of 16 - Jaxon Smith vs. Ion Demian (Moldova)

    Demian: 2022 European Junior Champion, 2019 Cadet World fifth place

    97 kg Gold Medal Match - Ben Kueter vs. Rifat Gidak (Turkey)

    Gidak: 2021 Cadet World Champion, 2021 European Cadet bronze medalist

    125 kg Quarterfinal - Nick Feldman vs. Georgi Ivanov (Bulgaria)/Ryusei Fujita (Japan) winner

    Ivanov: 2022 European Junior bronze medalist, 2021 Junior/U23 World participant

    Fujita: ???

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