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Brackets and prospectus for us today at Greco pan am Olympic qualifier

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Some thoughts about our draws for greco today:

 

59: Hafizov seems to be the clear favorite in my mind to advance and to win the weight.  Soto in the first round could be interesting, as could the Ecuadorian in the semi's, who had a nice win over Ukraine at worlds last year and won Pan Am's last year.

 

66: World-ranked Rivas of Venezuela and Martinez of Cuba are the favorites here.  Perkins avoids Rivas but would have Martinez (champ of the last 3 Pan Am's and generally a beast that's given top guys in the world fits)  in the quarters if he wins in the first round.  It will be an uphill grind getting 3 wins--one of those over Martinez--to qualify.

 

85: Holm gets a nice draw here, needing only 2 wins and avoiding the other 2 top contenders besides himself (Vera of Cuba and Leyva of Mexico).  But he will have a tough match with Cova of Venezuela in the semi's.

 

98: Rau and Cuba's Lugo are the favorites here, ranked #19 and #20 in the world.  They'll most likely face off in the semi's of a 4-man half-bracket.  Lugo ran through everybody else in this bracket last week (minus Rau), but Rau has had a strong season.

 

In summary: It would be disappointing not to get Hafizov and Holm through, Rau's a coin flip proposition in the semi's, and Perkins would be a nice surprise.  We're still probably right at that 2.5 over/under I suggested for this style when I posted about it a couple days ago.

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Looks like Hafizov is fitting right into American wrestling. Just kidding.

 

Seriously though, felt that coming, up by 3 in short time, get thrown for 4 and lose at the buzzer. Very frustrating weekend for USA wrestling, on home turf again no less.

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