Peyton Omania wins bronze medal in Greco-Roman on last day of Junior Worlds

Peyton Omania of the USA drives Xin Huang of China to his back for a clutch four-point throw in the 67 kg finals of the Junior Worlds in Tallinn, Estonia. Photo by Gerhard Remus.

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Aug. 18, 2019, 1:55 p.m. (ET)

TALLINN, Estonia – Showing a lot of heart and talent, Peyton Omania (Concord, Calif./Michigan State/CYC) won a bronze medal at 67 kg/147 lbs. in Greco-Roman at Junior World Wrestling Championships on Sunday night, closing out a strong effort by the USA team.

Omania had two nice throws and outlasted Xin Huang of China, 6-5 in the finals. Coming in, Huang was fifth in 2018 and 2019 Asian Junior Championships

Omania struck first, attempting a throw and then powering Huang to his back for a four-point move. Omania went for a headlock in the second period and got another two points to lead 6-0, but Huang quickly reversed him for a point. While on top, Huang lifted and threw Omania for four points, making it 6-5. Omania battled hard for the final minute, keeping aggressive and not letting Huang score to secure the victory.

Omania had an impressive Saturday morning session. Drawn into a pigtail match, Omania won four matches convincingly to reach the semifinals. His first three wins were by technical fall, over Jaewon Lee of Korea, Ignazio Sanfilippo of Italy and Saurabh Saurabh of India. In the quarterfinals, he frustrated 2016 Cadet World silver medalist Mohammed Reza Mokhtari of Iran with an impressive 7-3 win.

In the evening on Saturday, Omania was defeated by 2016 Cadet World champion and 2019 European Junior champion Giorgi Shotadze of Georgia, 7-0. Shotadze went on to claim the gold medal tonight.

Two wrestlers in the second group of Greco-Roman athletes, who had 1-1 records on Saturday, ended up 10th and scored some team points for the USA: Tyler Eischens (Anoka, Minn./Stanford/California RTC) at 72 kg/158 lbs.: and Zachary Braunagel (O’Fallon, Ill./Illinois RTC) at 82 kg/180.5 lbs.

The USA finished the tournament with three medals, for the first time in the history of the 17-20 year old age-group, which is now Junior and was previously called Espoir. The USA has won two World medals six different times (1991, 1993, 2011, 2016, 2017, 2018).

On Saturday, Cohlton Schultz (Parker, Colo./Sunkist Kids/EAP) captured a silver medal at 130 kg/286 lbs. and Alston Nutter (Fennimore, Wis./Sunkist Kids/NMU-OTS) claimed a bronze medal at 63 kg/139 lbs.

The United States finished seventh in the team race with 60 points. Russia won the team title with 157 points, with Iran in second with 121 points and Turkey in third with 117 pounds. Placing ahead of the USA were also Georgia in fourth, Hungary in fifth and Armenia in sixth.

This is the first time that the USA has had a finalist in three straight years in Greco-Roman at the Junior Worlds. In addition to Schultz’ silver medal this year, Team USA had a silver medal in 2018 with Andrew Berreyesa and two finalists in 2017, with Kamal Bey winning gold and Cevion Severado taking a silver medal.

At Tallinn, Estonia

Greco-Roman medalists

60 kg/132 lbs.
Gold – Kerem Kamal (Turkey)
Silver – Sahak Hovhannisyan (Armenia)
Bronze – Asgar Alizada (Azerbaijan)
Bronze – Georgii Tibilov (Russia)

67 kg/147 lbs.
Gold – Giorgi Shotadze (Georgia)
Silver – Shant Khachatryan (Armenia)
Bronze – Valentin Petic (Moldova)
Bronze – Peyton Omania (USA)

72 kg/158 lbs.
Gold – Sergei Stepanov (Russia)
Silver – Ulvu Ganizade (Azerbaijan)
Bronze – Mohammadreza Mahmoud Rostami (Iran)
Bronze – Ihor Bychkov (Ukraine)

82 kg/180.5 lbs.
Gold – Istvan Takacs (Hungary)
Silver – Aues Gonibov (Russia)
Bronze – Dogan Kaya (Turkey)
Bronze –  Maksim Bandarenka (Belarus)

97 kg/213 lbs.
Gold – Gabriel Rosillo Kindelan (Cuba)
Silver – Patrick Neumaier (Germany)
Bronze – Beytullah Kayisdag (Turkey)
Bronze – Uladzislau Pustashylau (Belarus)

Team Standings
1. Russia, 157 points
2. Iran, 121
3. Turkey 117
4. Georgia, 91
5. Hungary, 62
6. Armenia, 62
7. United States, 60
8. Ukraine, 56
9. Azerbaijan, 55
10. Belarus, 45

67 kg/147 lbs.: Peyton Omania, Concord, CA (Michigan St./CYC), bronze medal
WIN Jaewon Lee (Korea), tech. fall 13-5
WIN Ignazio Sanfilippo (Italy), tech fall 13-3
WIN Saurabh Saurabh (India), tech. fall 10-1
WIN Mohammed Reza Mokhtari (Iran), 7-3
LOSS Giorgi Shotadze (Georgia), 9-0
WIN Xin Huang (China), 6-5