RIO DE JANEIRO – Americans Jesse Thielke and Andy Bisek took the mat for day one of Greco-Roman competition at the 2016 Olympic Games, and both men suffered similar fates, falling in the quarterfinal round and not qualifying for the repechage.

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Both U.S. Olympians won their first round bouts on Sunday morning inside Carioca Arena 2 to qualify for the quarterfinals. Thielke picked up four quick turns to take out El Mahadi Messaoudi of Morocco by technical fall, 8-0, while Bisek held on for a tight 1-0 decision over Yurisandy Hernandez Rios of Cuba with the only point being scored off a caution.

In the 59 kg quarterfinals Thielke fell to four-time World medalist and two-time Olympic silver medalist Rovshan Bayramov of Azerbaijan, 9-0. After a scoreless first minute on the feet, Bayramov was awarded top position and converted on multiple turns to end the bout. Continue reading at

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