Greco-Roman athletes Hafizov, Coleman, Haight and Smith receive draws for World Championships

BY RICHARD IMMEL, USA WRESTLING

Photo: Ildar Hafizov (USA) makes his first World Championships appearance for the U.S. tomorrow in Paris, France. 

Video: U.S. coach Matt Lindland looks ahead to day two of Greco-Roman at the Worlds

PARIS – Four U.S. athletes have weighed in and received their draws for the second day of Greco-Roman action at the 2017 World Championships being held at AccorHotels Arena.

A veteran group comprised of past Olympians Ildar Hafizov (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP), Ellis Coleman (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP) and Robby Smith (Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC/OTC), plus multiple-time World Team member Cheney Haight (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC/OTC), take the mat for America tomorrow in Paris.

“We’ve got four talented, capable athletes. I’m looking forward to seeing them go out there and compete up to their potential. If we do that we can win a few medals tomorrow,” U.S. National Greco-Roman Coach Matt Lindland said.

Making his first World Championships appearance for the U.S., Hafizov is set to face Armenia’s Vazgen Khachatryan in the first round at 59 kg/130 lbs. Hafizov was an Olympian and three-time World Team member for Uzbekistan prior to moving to the U.S.

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