Nick Reenan (84 kg) isn’t much for wasting time. Ahmed Hassan Ahmed (EGY) found that out the hard way.
In his first round bout this morning at the 2016 Junior World Championships in Macon, France, Reenan got going early and didn’t let up. A takedown at the edge gave him two and his pulse wasn’t even elevated yet. Then a headlock followed by a couple of turns opened up the lead even wider to 8-2. Sensing the end, Reenan closed it all out with another takedown, coming away with an impressive first round 10-2 technical superiority victory.
Jamal DeArmond (66 kg) was poised and confident in his battle with Flavio Freuler (SUI), but it was Freuler who capitalized. A headlock by the Swiss wrestler netted him two to start it off, though DeArmond earned a step-out point soon after. The wrestlers fought it out for positioning from there, with DeArmond moving Freuler around stalking for his own opportunities. By the second period, DeArmond was awarded two passivity points for a 3-2 lead. Just when you could imagine him defending his way to a win, Freuler came around towards the edge and caught DeArmond for four points to jump ahead 6-3, which is how the match would end. DeArmond will now wait to see if Freuler can advance to the final and pull him back in.
Michael Rogers (120 kg) is due up shortly and Dalton Roberts (55 kg) takes the mat a little later. Follow along for live updates all morning long on Twitter.