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Hancock rolls the Venezuelan after struggling with him a bit last week. He'll have an easy final pool match and enter the semi's as a significant favorite over probably the solid, but currently hobbled Mejia of Honduras.

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7 minutes ago, spladle08 said:

Sure don't like the lack of success from the great AJ Coon, from World Silver to can't score against anyone

This has been broken down in great detail on some other threads. He had an all-time, one in a million draw that day, facing none of the top 9 or 10 guys in the world until the final. He wrestled well the day he medaled, but it's clearly established that he doesn't beat guys of Acosta Fernandez' caliber, sadly.

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4 minutes ago, maligned said:

This has been broken down in great detail on some other threads. He had an all-time, one in a million draw that day, facing none of the top 9 or 10 guys in the world until the final. He wrestled well, but he doesn't beat guys of Acosta Fernandez' caliber.

Yeah I knew he had some easy wins, but I guess the idea was: coming straight from college to the podium, might be only the beginning, with years to "refine" his technique without the distraction of Folk, you'd think he'd be continuously competitive, but it seems like he takes 3 steps back yearly.

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Wow..Rau with a hard-fought comeback win, 4-4. 

Hancock wins easily in his last pool match to seal his spot as the 1 seed coming from his pool into the semi's. The semi's for our five guys line up like this:

60kg: Hafizov vs. Gurria Vigueras of Mexico (2nd in Pan Am's last year facing a fairly weak half draw)

67kg: Sanchez vs. Lopez Salcedo of Mexico 

77kg: Smith vs. Pena Flores of Cuba

87kg: Rau vs. Cousin Otomuro of Jamaica

97kg: Hancock vs. Mejia of Honduras

 

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