Stratford’s Nico Provo finishes third at 57kg at U-23 Nationals – Connecticut Wrestling Online

Niko Provo of Stratford was third at the U-23 Nationals in Nebraska on Saturday.

Nico Provo of Stratford won seven straight games in the consolation round to finish third at 57 kilograms (125) in the freestyle competition at the United World Wrestling U-23 National Championship this weekend in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Provo dropped his first fight against Justin Cardani of Illinois, relinquishing a strikeout in the dying seconds of an 11-10 loss. But then Provo, who will compete at Cornell this fall, won seven straight games in the consolation round, including a 12-2 win over New York City RTC’s Joseph Manchio in 3:49 to finish third.

Six of Provo’s victories were due to a technical fall – leading by more than 10 points. The only game that went the distance was an 8-4 victory over Austin Macias of Southern Illinois RTC in his third consolation bout. Cardani, who went 4-3 in the tournament, was eighth.

New Canaan’s Tyler Sung, who just finished his freshman year at Lehigh, went 2-2 in the tournament at 74 kilograms (163 pounds). Sun won his first two fights, including an 8-7 victory over Miles Hoey of Michigan Wrestling Club.

Sung abandoned a 10-0 1:25 decision over Danny Brauaget of Illinois RTC who was eliminated in a 12-1 4:24 loss to Drawley Lamer of Central Coast RTC.

Nick Arborio from Berlin, who wrestles at Western New England University, went 1-2 to 57 kilograms.

The winners in each weight category have secured a spot on teams from the United States that will travel to the UWW U23 World Championship competition in Belgrade, Serbia from November 1-7. The competition took place in free and Greco-Roman style.

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