Jacori Teemer earned a bronze medal at 63 kg at the Cadet World Championships in Greece on Sunday with an impressive performance.
The Long Beach standout was in control from the start against Francois Rossouw of South Africa in the bronze match, taking the 2-0 lead less than a minute in on a throw by for a takedown.
Rossouw took a shot shortly afterwards, but Teemer defended and then locked up a cradle, scoring three sets of exposure points before recording the fall at the 1:36 mark of the first period.
It was Teemer's second pin of the event, in which he went 4-1.
Teemer wrestled for bronze after a thrilling semifinals match against Kenshin Ito of Japan that came down to a review to decide the winner.
After a passivity point in the first, Teemer led 1-0 heading into the break. Ito went ahead 1-1 on criteria on a stepout midway through the second and then scored two on a crotch lift after a long scramble to take a 3-1 lead with less than 30 seconds remaining.
Teemer fought back, picking up two stepout points in the last 10 seconds. He trailed 3-3 on criteria going into the final restart with 2 seconds remaining.
Teemer attacked and hit a throw for four points, which were confirmed and put on the scoreboard to give Teemer the 7-3 victory. However, the Japanese coaches asked for a review and it was ruled that Teemer's move didn't complete before time expired, sending Ito into the finals.
In his opening bout, Teemer faced Giorgi Elbakidze of Georgia, a returning Cadet World medalist. In his first ever match on the global stage, Teemer hit an inside trip and earned the second period fall.
In his next contest, the Long Beach star met Ahmet Sali Yigit of Turkey. Yigit nabbed the initial lead, 2-0, before Teemer took control, building a seven point lead. However, Yigit responded and got within one point, but it wasn't enough as Teemer got his hand raised.
The four-time NYS champion then took on Cadet Asian champion Ikhtiyor Normurodov of Uzbekistan. Teemer trailed 2-1 at the break, but earned exposure and a takedown and won 5-3 to grab a spot in the semis.
Kurt McHenry, Will Lewan, Daniel Kerkvliet and Aaron Brooks captured gold for Team USA, while Gavin Hoffman grabbed bronze.
New York has now had a Cadet World medalist three years in a row after Teemer's showing this weekend. Yianni Diakomihalis won a pair of golds, while Vito Arujau notched silver.
Congratulations to Jacori Teemer!
At the Senior World Championships a few weeks ago, New York native Nick Gwiazdowski earned bronze.
On Saturday, another New Yorker will look to make his mark against the best from around the globe as Long Beach's Jacori Teemer takes the mat at 63 kg/139 pounds at the Cadet Freestyle World Championships in Greece.
Teemer, a four-time NYS champion committed to Arizona State, will meet Georgia’s Giorgi Elbakidze in his debut match. Elbakidze took fifth at the Cadet Worlds in 2016 and also captured Cadet European bronze last year.
Action begins at 3:30 a.m. Eastern time, with the live stream available on trackwrestling.com.
Other members of Team USA set to begin on Saturday are returning Cadet World champion Kurt McHenry (Virginia), Robert Howard (New Jersey), Aaron Brooks (Maryland) and Daniel Kerkvliet (Minnesota).