As you might suspect, winning a Junior World Championship carries some weight.
Fresh off his triumph last weekend in Tampere, Kamal Bey (74 kg, Sunkist) can once again be found in United World Wrestling’s rankings. Bey had been hovering around at 18th throughout most of the spring before being dropped a couple months ago. He’s now back where he was before the summer, at 18th. Dual-World Team member G’Angelo Hancock (98 kg, Sunkist) didn’t have the tournament he was probably expecting at the Junior Worlds, but moves up a spot just the same, going from 17th t0 16th. Hancock, of course, will also be competing at the Senior World Championships in Paris later this month.
However — the number of USA Greco-Roman athletes appearing in the rankings has been cut in half compared to recent months. In July, World Team members Patrick Smith (71 kg, Minnesota Storm) and Ben Provisor (85 kg, Minnesota Storm) both found themselves ranked in their respective weight classes, Smith at #20 and Provisor came in ranked 17th. The newest rankings see them dropped just ahead of the Worlds, likely because the slate of competition in Europe over the last month included the Wladyslaw Pytlasinski Cup and the Spanish Grand Prix, two high profile summer events which featured plenty of newsmaking performances. Geordan Speiller (80 kg, Florida Jets), who had been up in the top 20 since he stormed back into action with his Granma Cup win, has also been dropped from the top 20.
US APPEARANCES IN AUGUST UWW GRECO-ROMAN RANKINGS
Kamal Bey (Sunkist, world no. 18)
G’Angelo Hancock (Sunkist, world no. 16)