U.S. Greco Team wraps up 2017 Cadet World Championships in Greece

BY TAYLOR MILLER, USA WRESTLING

ATHENS, Greece – The USA wrapped up its Greco-Roman competition of the 2017 Cadet World Championships in Athens, Greece, on Wednesday morning.

U.S. Greco showed its improvement as a program in its 2017 Cadet Worlds showing, picking up its first gold medal since 1997 and its first medal since 2013 as Cohlton Schultz won the World title at 100 kg/220 lbs. on Tuesday night.

In addition to a gold medal, the Cadet World Team more than doubled its 2016 win total of five, picking up 11 victories this year.

USA Greco had a good summer in age-group competitions, also crowning a Junior World champion in Kamal Bey and earning a Junior World silver from Cevion Severado in early-August in Tampere, Finland.

The summer of 2017 marks the first time since 1983 that the Red, White and Blue has produced a Cadet and Junior World champion in the same year.

“I’m excited for the direction of the program,” U.S. Greco-Roman National Coach Matt Lindland said. “We had a Junior World champion and now a Cadet World champion this year. It’s a good start to what we’re building. These young men are laying down that foundation and showing the rest of the athletes in the United States what we are capable of doing.”

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