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McBryde to wrestle in repechage at U23 Worlds, USA posts 3-5 record on Day 1

Muhamed McBryde will wrestle in repechage at 79 kilograms (Photo/Kadir Caliskan, United World Wrestling)

BUDAPEST, Hungary -- The United States U23 freestyle team failed to advance a wrestler past the quarterfinals on the opening day of the U23 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

The first five American freestyle wrestlers to compete compiled a combined record of 3-5 during Monday's opening session.

Muhamed McBryde, a former wrestler at the University at Buffalo, remains alive and will compete in repechage at 79 kilograms on Tuesday.

McBryde started his day with a 5-0 shutout over Junior European bronze medalist Erik Reinbok of Estonia. He then dropped his next match to Junior world bronze medalist Tariel Gaphrindashvili of Georgia, 4-2. Gaphrindashvili went up 4-0 in the first period after a takedown and exposure. McBryde would get on the scoreboard in the second period with a takedown, but ultimately fall short.

McBryde earned his spot in repechage when Gaphrindashvili advanced to the finals by beating 2019 U23 European silver medalist Ramazan Sari of Turkey. His opponent in repechage will be Mostafa Sayed of Egypt.

NCAA All-Americans Jaydin Eierman and Alec Pantaleo both picked up wins on Monday but were eliminated in the opening session.

Jaydin Eierman posted a 1-1 record at the U23 World Championships (Photo/Kadir Caliskan, United World Wrestling)

Eierman, a three-time All-American for Missouri, opened his tournament at 65 kilograms with a fall over Iran's Abolfazl Hajipouramiji. After going up 1-0, Eierman used a spladle to get a fall late in the first period.

He then lost a high-scoring, back-and-forth affair to Ernazar Akmataliev of Kyrgyzstan, 13-13 on criteria. Akmataliev led Eierman 2-0 at the break and extended his lead to 9-2 in the second period. Eierman battled all the way back only to lose on criteria in the final moments of a match that saw 24 points scored in the final period. Akmataliev lost narrowly in the semifinals, ending Eierman's chance at competing in repechage.

Pantaleo, a three-time All-American for Michigan, looked strong in his first match at 70 kilograms, blanking past Cadet world silver medalist Stefan Tonu of Moldova, 8-0. He was then edged in his next match by Daud Ibragimov of Azerbajian, 9-0. Pantaleo was eliminated when Ibragimov lost in the quarterfinals to Cherman Valiev of Russia.

Singletary, an NCAA qualifier for Ohio State last season at heavyweight, lost by technical superiority, 16-6, in his first match at 97 kilograms to Dzianis Khramiankou of Belarus. His tournament came to a close when Khramiankou dropped his semifinal match to 2017 U23 world champion Mojtaba Goleij of Iran.

Gabriel Townsell, a three-time NCAA qualifier for Stanford, was defeated in his first and only match of the day at 57 kilograms by Roberti Dingashvili of Georgia, 7-5. Dingashvili used a five-point throw in the first period, which Townsell was never able to overcome. Dingashvili was defeated in the quarterfinals, which put an end to Townsell's tournament.

The United States will send its final five freestyle wrestlers to the mats on Tuesday: Chas Tucker (61 kilograms), Brady Berge (74 kilograms), Max Dean (86 kilograms), Bo Nickal (92 kilograms) and Greg Kerkvliet (125 kilograms). Tuesday's action will get underway at 10:30 a.m. local time, 4:30 a.m. ET.

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