BYDGOSZCZ, Poland -- Joey McKenna won four of five bouts to secure a bronze medal at the U23 World Wrestling Championships. It marks his second career World medal following a 2014 Junior World silver-worthy performance.
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McKenna opened competition in the 65-kilgogram men's freestyle 26-man bracket by posting an 11-0 tech fall over Poland's Patryk Krzysztof in his home country. After dropping a contest to the eventual gold medalist, Nachyn Kuular of Russia, he was pulled back into the repechage. McKenna took full advantage of the second chance and accumulated three consecutive victories to bring home the bronze medal.
His run included decisions over Maxim Sacultan (Moldova), Tulga Tumur-ochir (Mongolia) and Heorhi Kaliyeu (Belarus).
Champ. Round 1 - Joey McKenna (United States) won by tech fall over Patryk Olenczyn (Poland), 11-0
Champ. Round 2 - Nachyn Kuular (Russia) won by tech fall over Joey McKenna (United States), 10-0
Cons. Round 1 - Joey McKenna (United States) won by decision over Maxim Sacultan (Moldova), 9-6
Cons. Round 2 -- Joey McKenna (United States) won by decision over Tulga Tumur-ochir (Mongolia), 6-1
3rd Place Match - Joey McKenna (United States) won by decision over Heorhi Kaliyeu (Belarus), 2-0
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