TRNAVA, Slovakia – 2017 Cadet World Champion Cohlton Schultz added another World medal to his growing collection, earning bronze at 130 kg at the 2018 Junior World Championships in Trnava, Slovakia, on Tuesday night.
“I have the best coaches in the world, and I believe that,” Schultz said. “I think winning that (Cadet) World title last year was big in giving me that confidence that I’m here to win and I’m here to beat everybody. I’m still bummed. I wanted a gold medal, but getting bronze is huge. I’m happy, but I’m hungry still. I want that gold medal at the next level.”
After falling in a close semifinals match last night to David Ovasapyan of Armenia, Schultz bounced back in his bronze-medal match to secure Junior-level hardware with a win over Ante Milkovic of Croatia.
Milkovic scored first on a step out, but shortly after, he was hit with passivity, giving Schultz a point and the opportunity on top in par terre. There, the Colorado native scored on a gut wrench before both wrestlers were brought back up to their feet. Schultz carried a 3-1 lead into the break.
In the second period, the American scored on a takedown and in the final seconds, he was awarded a caution and two to end the bout with a 7-1 decision and his first Junior-level medal.
This is Schultz’s second-consecutive trip to the Junior World Championships. Last year, he went 0-1 in Finland.
In November, Schultz will return to the World stage to represent the United States at the U23 World Championships in Bucharest, Romania.
Also competing for bronze was 77 kg wrestler Kamal Bey, who faced off against Akzhol Makhmudov of Kyrgyzstan in a rematch of last year’s Junior World finals. This time, the result was reversed as Makhmudov won tonight’s matchup.
Bey was on the board first, drawing passivity from his opponent. Down in par terre, Bey went for a big lift but Makhmudov got on top for two points and tried for a reverse lift. Bey was then hit with a caution and two for a leg foul to trail early, 4-1.
Moments later, the Kyrgyzstan wrestler picked up another four points on a throw and carried an 8-1 lead into the break.
Despite some aggressive wrestling from both competitors, no points were scored in the final period, and Makhmudov walked away with a World bronze medal.
USA’s two Junior Greco-Roman semifinalists, Kamal Bey and Cohlton Schultz, fell short of making the gold-medal bouts on Monday evening.
Reigning Junior World champion Bey was upended in the 77 kg semifinals, falling to 2015 Cadet European champion Islam Opiev of Russia, 7-1.
Bey was on the board first, drawing a passivity point against Opiev and carried a 1-0 lead into the break. In the second period, Bey was put down in par terre for passivity and Opiev scored two on a gut wrench. Later in the period, Bey stumbled, going for a takedown, and Opiev capitalized with a takedown and another gut for an eventual 7-1 victory.
Bey was aiming to become the first U.S. Junior Greco-Roman wrestler since 2011 to win back-to-back World medals. The last to do it was Ellis Coleman, who won bronze medals in 2010 and 2011.
2017 Cadet World champion Schultz kept his match close with Junior European bronze medalist David Ovasapyan of Armenia, dropping a 2-1 battle in the 130 kg semifinals.
Ovasapyan scored first on passivity to take a 1-0 lead into the break. The Armenian extended his lead to 2-0 with a step out. Schultz later scored on passivity to make it 2-1, but it was not enough for the semifinal win.
Set to wrap up USA’s Greco tournament at the Junior World Championships is 82 kg finalist Andrew Berreyesa, who will wrestle three-time age-group World champion Aleksander Kamorov of Russia for gold.
2018 JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
at Trnava, Slovakia
Team standings after day two (top-10)
1. Iran - 75
2. Russia - 72
3. Kyrgyzstan – 50
4. Armenia – 50
5. India – 47
6. Georgia – 26
7. USA – 25
T8. Germany – 23
T8. Hungary – 23
10. Azerbaijan - 21
GOLD - Pouya Mohammad Naserpour (Iran)
SILVER - Tigran Minasyan (Armenia)
BRONZE - Vijay Vijay (India)
BRONZE – Emin Narimanovitch Sefershaev (Russia)
1st - Pouya Mohammad Naserpour (Iran) dec. Tigran Minasyan (Armenia), 9-4
3rd - Vijay Vijay (India) TF Cihat Ahmet Liman (Turkey), 16-8
3rd - Emin Narimanovitch Sefershaev (Russia) dec. Nurtazin Kerimberdi Uulu (Kyrgyzstan), 6-1
GOLD - Erbol Bakirov (Kyrgyzstan)
SILVER - Hassan Ahmed Mohamed (Egypt)
BRONZE - Krisztian Istvan Vancza (Hungary)
BRONZE - Azamat Martinovitch Kairov (Russia)
1st - Erbol Bakirov (Kyrgyzstan) win by fall Hassan Ahmed Mohamed (Egypt), 2:45
3rd - Krisztian Istvan Vancza (Hungary) TF Sagar Sagar (India), 8-0
3rd - Azamat Martinovitch Kairov (Russia) dec. Hrachya Poghosyan (Armenia), 3-1
GOLD - Islam Opiev (Russia)
SILVER - Sajan Sajan (India)
BRONZE - Per Anders Kure (Norway)
BRONZE - Akzhol Makhmudov (Kyrgyzstan)
1st - Islam Opiev (Russia) TF Sajan Sajan (India), 8-0
3rd - Per Anders Kure (Norway) dec. Dmytro Gardubei (Ukraine), 4-1
3rd - Akzhol Makhmudov (Kyrgyzstan) dec. Kamal Ameer Bey (USA), 8-1
GOLD - Mohammadhadi Abdolla Saravi (Iran)
SILVER - Ramon Rainer Betschart (Switzerland)
BRONZE - Nazarshah Fatullayev (Azerbaijan)
BRONZE - Ilia Ermolenko (Russia)
1st - Mohammadhadi Abdolla Saravi (Iran) dec. Ramon Rainer Betschart (Switzerland), 5-0
3rd - Nazarshah Fatullayev (Azerbaijan) dec. Maimaiti Kaisaier (China), 5-1
3rd - Ilia Ermolenko (Russia) dec. Temuri Tchkuaselidze (Georgia), 6-1
GOLD - Amin Mohammadzaman Mirzazadeh (Iran)
SILVER - David Ovasapyan (Armenia)
BRONZE - Cohlton Michael Schultz (USA)
BRONZE - Franz Richter (Germany)
1st - Amin Mohammadzaman Mirzazadeh (Iran) dec. David Ovasapyan (Armenia), 5-0
3rd - Cohlton Michael Schultz (USA) dec. Ante Milkovic (Croatia), 7-1
3rd - Franz Richter (Germany) TF Beka Makaridze (Georgia), 9-0
U.S. Greco-Roman results
55 kg: Brady Koontz (Plover, Wisc./Ohio RTC) – dnp/13th
LOSS Florin Tita (Romania), 7-6
63 kg: Alston Nutter (Fennimore, Wisc./NMU-OTS/Combat WC) – dnp/27th
LOSS Erbol Bakirov (Kyrgyzstan), 10-0
LOSS Hrachya Poghosyan (Armenia), 8-0
77 kg: Kamal Bey (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) - FIFTH
WIN Beka Guruli (Georgia), 9-1
WIN Konstantino Vachlas (Greece), fall 0:15
WIN Zahari Zashev (Bulgaria), fall 2:47
LOSS Islam Opeiv (Russia), 7-1
LOSS Akzhol Makhmudov (Kyrgyzstan), 8-1
87 kg: Barret Hughes (Coweta, Okla./Titan Mercury WC/Cowboy RTC) – dnp/22nd
LOSS Kumar Sunil (India), 11-0
130 kg: Cohlton Schultz (Parker, Colo./New York AC) - BRONZE
WIN Lingzhe Meng (China), fall 4:50
WIN Oleg Agakhanov (Russia), fall 1:19
LOSS David Ovasapyan (Armenia), 2-1
WIN Ante Milkovic (Croatia), 7-1