U.S. Greco-Roman team fails to win a match on opening day of U23 World Championships

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland -- U.S. Greco-Roman wrapped up day one of the U23 World Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, on Tuesday, unable to qualify a wrestler for the medal rounds.

"It was a rough first day," U.S. Greco-Roman National Coach Matt Lindland said. "We've got a lot of young guys here that experienced their first World Championships today. Tomorrow we have a more experienced group wrestling."

2017 U.S. Open runner-up and 2016 UWW University Nationals champion Jesse Porter advanced to the repechage at 75 kg/165 lbs.

Porter (Albany, N.Y./New York AC) battled with 2017 Senior World fifth-place finisher Fatih Cengiz of Turkey in his first match. In a bout full of passivity points, Porter was on the short end, suffering a 2-1 heartbreaker.

Cengiz went on to the 75 kg finals, pulling Porter back into repechage.

There, he took on 2016 Cadet World silver medalist and 2017 Junior World bronze medalist Nasir Hasanov of Azerbaijan.

Hasanov came out swinging with a big four-point throw to open scoring. Shortly after, the Azeri wrapped up the match with a headlock for four points and an 8-0 win, bringing Porter's run to a medal to an end.

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