The 2019 CISM World Military Games are underway and the US already has one medalist in Max Nowry (Army/WCAP, world no. 5), who earned a leg-grabbing bronze yesterday at 57 kilograms. As mentioned previously, each of the American military representatives in Wuhan City, China this week are Greco athletes. Thus far, Jamel Johnson (Marines), Lucas Sheridan (Army/WCAP), and Jacob Mitchell (Army/WCAP) have all competed in freestyle, though Nowry is the only wrestler of the group who advanced in the tournament.
Greco-Roman begins tomorrow morning at 10:00am local time (10:00pm ET tonight) with Ildar Hafizov (60 kg, Army/WCAP) and Ellis Coleman (67 kg, Army/WCAP, world no. 14). Hafizov and Coleman, Senior World Teammates in 2017 and again this year, were also on the ’17 squad that went to the CISM World Military Championships. In the interest of providing a brief refresher, Hafizov went 2-2 in that event, scoring wins over Vazgen Khatchatryan (ARM) and Rakhmatsirhudo Khaibarau (BLR), ultimately finishing fifth.
For Coleman, that appearance at the Military Worlds was memorable not for what happened on the mat, but what was happening to his body. It had been an issue throughout that summer’s slate of training. Coleman experienced digestive issues, abdominal pain, and extreme fatigue while preparing for the Paris Worlds, but still suited up a month later for the CISM tournament in Lithuania. And it was there in the very first round opposite Dawid Karecinski when Coleman’s body all but shut down, forcing himself to exit via injury default.
Coleman, of course, bounced back impressively. After his illness was diagnosed and treated, he went on to win both the Open and Trials in ’18, and did the same again this past season.
Both US representatives going tomorrow are surrounded by high-caliber competitors. In Coleman’s case, there are a few athletes he has competed against, and several others who are notable for more reasons than one.
As of press time, the brackets/draws for tomorrow’s weight categories have not been made available. But the entry lists, while subject to change, are right here. Streaming information at this time is also not confirmed, with CISM declaring that the only way to watch is on China Central Television. We will have results and scores (along with any other insights) following the conclusion of each day’s action.
2019 CISM World Military Games
Abdennour Laouni (ALG)
Tigran Minasyan (ARM) 2018 Junior World silver, ’15 Cadet World bronze
Murat Bazarov (AZE) 2011 Cadet World bronze
Diego Romanelli (BRA)
Sailike Walihan (CHN) 2018 World bronze
Haithem Fahmy (EGY)
Helary Maegisalu (EST)
Gyanender Gyanender (IND) 2019 Asian Championships bronze
Jacopo Sandron (ITA)
Aidos Sultangali (KAZ) 2018 World bronze, ’17 U23 World bronze
Jung Youngrok (KOR)
Justas Petravicius (LTU) 2017 Military World bronze
Michal Tracz (POL) 2017 Military World silver, ’13 Military World bronze, ’12 University World silver
Ri Se-Ung (PRK) Two-time Asian Championships silver
Sergey Emelin (RUS) 2018 World Champion, ’19 World silver, ’17 U23 World silver
Shant Khachatryan (ARM) 2019 Junior World silver
Mikhail Rahmanov (AZE) 2013 Cadet World Champion
Joilson de brito Ramos (BRA) 2018 Pan Am Championships silver, ’19 Pan Am Championships bronze
Mohamed Ibrahim Elsayed (EGY) 2018 U23 World Champion, ’16 Junior World bronze
Elmer Mattila (FIN)
Mamadassa Sylla (FRA) 2018 Military World bronze
Martin Toth (HUN) 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix bronze
Manish Manish (IND)
Daniyar Kalenov (KAZ) 2017 Asian Indoor Games gold
Lee Ji-Yeon (KOR)
Maris Stals (LAT)
Dawid Karecinski (POL) 2016 Military World bronze, ’11 Junior World silver
Pang Jin-Chol (PRK)
Artem Surkov (RUS) 2018 World Champion, ’19 World silver, two-time World bronze
Mate Nemes (SRB) 2019 World bronze
Andreas Vetsch (SUI)
Abdulkarim Alhasan (SYR)
Aron Kaira (TAN)
Enes Basar (TUR) 2016 University World Champion, ’13 Junior World silver, ’12 Junior World bronze
Aleksey Kalinichenko (UKR) 2019 Thor Masters bronze