Winning two matches and advancing
to the quarterfinals in their weight divisions were Joe Williams
Williams, a 2001 World bronze
medalist, opened the tournament with a 2-0, 4-0 win over Kunihiko Obata of
In the second round, he stopped
Ahmet Gulhan of
Williams will face Soslan Tigiev of
Williams was fifth in the 2004 Olympic Games. He also placed fourth at the 1999 World Championships, and competed in the 2003 World Championships but did not place.
Lawal, who is wrestling in his
first World Championships, opened with a pin in 22 seconds over Ibrahim Al
In the second period, Lawal stopped
Ruslan Sumenkov of
Lawal will face 2003 World Champion
and 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Sazhid Sazhidov of
2004 Olympian Daniel Cormier
He opened with a strong 4-0, 3-0
win over Peter Pecha of
In the next round, he lost to
Aleksei Krupnykov of
Cormier was fifth in the 2003 World Championships. Krupnykov competed in the 2004 Olympic Games but did not place, and is wrestling in his first World Championships.
Krupnykov must advance to the gold-medal finals in order for Cormier to be pulled back into the wrestle-back rounds. Only the athletes who lose to a finalist are eligible to wrestle back for the bronze medal.
All three weight divisions will be completed, with medals awarded, during the evening session of the World Championships later on Tuesday.
"Overall, it was a good round. We won five of six matches," said U.S. World Team coach Mike Duroe. "The match that we lost, we were in positions we didn't want to be in. You don't stay in dangerous positions. That is what Daniel did. Overall with things I am happy. They all came out this morning and were focused."
Weighins for the final men's freestyle weight class, 120 kg, will be held on Tuesday afternoon, along with the first two women's weight classes, 48 kg and 51 kg.
U.S. World Team Coach Joe Seay
"Joe is on a mission this time. He is looking at the Russian down the line, later in the tournament. He has to focus on the guy in front of him. And he is doing that. He wrestled two good matches. Everything we do with him has to do with the next round and we move him up the line. Joe is wrestling well, and was ready to go."
U.S. World Team Coach Mike Duroe
" Overall, it was a good round. We won five of six matches. The match that we lost, we were in positions we didn't want to be in. We worked on that in training camp. You don't stay in dangerous positions. That is what Daniel did."
"Overall with things I am happy. Obviously we need to win the next two rounds. We have two chances for medals, and it will depend what happens if Daniel gets a chance. They all came out this morning and were focused."