Last Weekend, at the Papp Laszlo Sports Arena in Budapest, Hungary, the American Wrestling team came up short of their goals to advance to the medal rounds at the World Wrestling Championships.
According to themat.com, American Greco-Roman Wrestlers Robbie Smith, Andy Bisek and Ellis Coleman were all defeated by Turkish wrestlers on the last day of the tournament. In addition, on the second to last day of the tournament, Caylor Williams, Jesse Thielke and Jordan Holm also left in disappointment as they too failed to advance to the medal rounds.
The Coach of the U.S. team, Steve Fraser, said he was proud of his team even though they didn’t fulfill their goals of obtaining medals. He vowed that the team has to continue to improve if it wants to be successful.
The U.S. is known for having a great wrestling team, so this must have been a rough week for them. They did not win a single medal in the Greco-Roman wrestling tournament. The Russians took the gold with a total of 43 points, Korea was a runner-up with a total of 37 points, and Hungary took third with 31 points. The American team completed the tournament in 10th place with only 13 points.
Greco-Roman wrestling is an international style of wrestling that emphasizes upper body throws. There are two three-minute rounds, and the wrestlers can achieve a victory by points or pinfall. Greco-Roman is very different from freestyle and collegiate wrestling, because the athletes are forbidden to grab below the waist and use trips to score takedowns. When wrestling comes to mind for most mixed martial arts fans, they think of double legs, single legs and trips. All of those techniques are illegal in Greco-Roman, which makes the sport very unique in the sense that it specializes specifically in one facet of grappling.
Some notable professional mixed martial artists with Greco-Roman wrestling backgrounds are former Team Quest teammates and UFC World Champions Randy Couture and Dan Henderson, Matt Lindland, also a Team Quest member, and current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.