BELGRADE, Serbia – University of Iowa junior Tony Cassioppi pinned Azamat Khosonov of Greece on Sunday to win the 125 kg gold medal at the 2021 UWW U23 World Championships.
Cassioppi built a 13-0 lead before securing the fall with 16 seconds left in the first period. He is the United States’ second U23 World champion this year. Emily Shilson took home gold for the United States at 50 kg in women’s freestyle
Cassioppi, a two-time freestyle Pan-American champion and two-time Hawkeye All-American, won three matches on Saturday to advance to the finals. In his four tournament wins, he won two matches by fall and outscored his four opponents, 38-8.
USA WRESTLING RECAP/RESULTS
125 kg: Anthony Cassioppi (Roscoe, Ill./Hawkeye WC)
WIN Martin Simonyan (Armenia), fall 5:55
WIN Paris Karepri (Albania), 7-0
WIN Saipudin Magomedov (Russia), 5-0
GOLD MEDAL MATCH: WIN Azamat Khosonov (Greece), 2:44