2021 Cadet World silver medalist Cory Land (Photo courtesy of Josh Conklin; JoshConklinPhotos.com)
The Men's Greco-Roman team wrapped up competition on Saturday from the Cadet World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Cory Land, at 55 kg, was the only American to finish with a medal. Two others fell in bronze medal matches today. All five of the team members that started competition on Saturday were eliminated from the competition.
Land's run through the bracket was abruptly halted by Russian Valerii Mangutov in the finals via an 8-0 tech. Late in the first period, the Russian blew the match open by throwing Land for four points as he was defending from a quad-pod position. After the period break, Land came out strong and was pushing the pace. He tried for an arm-spin but was counted by Mangutov, who scored a takedown, then a gut wrench. That put the match into technical superiority territory and the Russian was declared the winner.
After a heartbreaking loss in yesterday's semifinals, Otto Black dropped into a bronze medal contest with Faraim Mustafayev (Azerbaijan) at 48 kg. In the early going, Mustafayev was able to get a pair of takedowns and earned a 4-0 lead. Black quickly responded with a takedown via a duckunder. Unfortunately, that was all the offense he was able to muster and 4-2 is how the match ended, in favor of Mustafayev.
Also wrestling for a medal was Jim Mullen at 110 kg. Mullen already claimed a silver medal in the freestyle portion of the event. Mullen was able to compete for the Greco bronze after coming back to defeat Lyova Sargsyan (Armenia) via fall. Sargsyan was up by six points and ready to earn a tech as he had Mullen in a gut wrench. The American stepped over the attempt and caught Sargsyan on his back where he stayed, resulting in a fall. The tables were turned in the bronze medal bout; however, Mullen had a 5-0 lead on Artur Sarkisjan (Czech Republic) and looked poised to capture a second world medal. Sarkisjan locked in an over/under lock and tossed Mullen to his back. Despite a valiant effort, Sarkisjan was able to gain the fall.
Of the remaining five Americans who started their tournament today, only Kaedyn Williams at 51 kg was able to tally a win. He posted a 6-3 win over Iran's Abolfazl Shahrakiniya in the qualifying round.
45 kg - Bo Bassett (USA)
(L) vs. Ruslan Lukiaev (Russia) 8-0
48 kg - Otto Black (USA)
(L) vs. Faraim Mustafayev (Azerbaijan) 4-2 -- Bronze Medal Match
51 kg - Kaedyn Williams (USA)
(W) vs. Abolfazl Shahrakiniya (Iran) 6-3
(L) vs. Kuvonchbek Yakhshiboev (Uzbekistan) 8-0
55 kg - Cory Land (USA)
(L) vs. Valerii Mangutov (Russia) 8-0 -- Gold Medal Match
60 kg - Brock Bobzien (USA)
(L) vs. Bagdat Sabaz (Kazakhstan) 10-1
71 kg - Braden Stauffenberg (USA)
(L) vs. Ruslan Nurullayev (Azerbaijan) 9-0
92 kg - Nathaniel Wemstrom (USA)
(L) vs. Rasmus Liisma (Estonia) 3-1
110 kg - Jim Mullen (USA)
(W) vs. Lyova Sargsyan (Armenia) Fall 1:06
(L) vs. Artur Sarkisjan (Czech Republic) Fall