Jake Deitchler (Ramsey, Minn./Minnesota Storm) was defeated in his first repechage match at 66 kg/145.5 lbs. and was eliminated from medal contention at the Olympic Greco-Roman competitition at the China Agricultural University Gymnasium on Wednesday afternoon.
Deitchler was defeated by 2003 World silver medalist Armen Vardanyan of Ukraine in a close, three-period battle. Vardanyan edged Deitchler, 1-1, 1-3, 1-1.
There were no takedowns in any of the periods. In all three periods, when the referee pulled the ball out of the bag to determine who would be on top, the ball came up blue, giving the advantage to Vardanyan each time.
In the first period, Vardanyan won 1-1 by scoring the final point by defending on the bottom last. In the second period, Deitchler blocked a throw attempt by Vardanyan and scored a two-point reversal with exposure, going on to win that period, 3-1. The deciding period finished the same as the first, with Vardanyan defending in the final 30-second par terre period for a 1-1 tie, and winning by scoring last.
In the final standings, Deitchler placed 12th, missing out on placing in the top 10 in the division.
Deitchler lost his first round match in the morning session to 2006 World silver medalist Kanatbek Begaliev of Kyrgyzstan, but was drawn back into the repechage when Begaliev earned a spot in the gold-medal finals.
Deitcher is the 18-year-old phenom who surprised the world by making the U.S. Olympic Team. He is the first wrestler in 32 years to make an Olympic team coming out of high school.
Earlier in the morning session, T.C. Dantzler (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) was defeated in his opening match at 74 kg/163 lbs. and was eliminated when his opponent, Peter Basci of Hungary, did not reach the finals.
Wednesday, August 13
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Jake Deitchler (Ramsey, Minn./Minnesota Storm)
Kanatbek Begaliev of Kyrgyzstan dec Jake Deitchler (USA), 6-0, 3-3
Armen Vardanyan of Ukraine dec. Jake Deitchler (USA), 1-1, 1-3, 1-1
74 kg/163 lbs. – T.C. Dantzler (Colorado Springs, Colo./Gator WC)
Peter Basci (Hungary) dec. T.C. Dantzler (USA), 5-1, 2-2, 3-0