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Wrestling: Team USA’s Thielke, Bisek win openers, drop second matches

Wrestling - Olympics: Day 9

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 14: Andrew Thomas Bisek of the United States (red) competes against Yurisandy Hernandez Rios of Cuba during the Men’s 75 kg Greco-Roman Wrestling 1/8 Final on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Carioca Arena 2 on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

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Both of Team USA’s representatives competing Sunday in Greco Roman weight classes won opening bouts before being eliminated from medal contention.


The 24-year-old Wisconsin man dominated Messaoudi in the 59kg weight class, winning with 8 class points and 4 technical points.

But Azerbaijan’s Rovshan Bayramov flipped that on its ear in Thielke’s follow-up, topping the American 9-0 to move onto the semifinal.


Later, Minnesota 29-year-old Andy Bisek advanced in a tighter match versus Cuba’s Yurisandy Hernandez. His second period point was enough to win 1-0 in the 75kg class.

But Bisek ran into a tough fight with Croatia’s Božo Starčević, losing 2-0 in the next round.

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