Centennial senior-to-be Hayden Tuma won two Greco-Roman matches at 132 pounds Tuesday at the Junior World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Tuma started with wins over wrestlers from Norway (10-3) and Kazakhstan (5-4).
In the quarterfinals, Tuma fell 8-6 to eventual champion Karen Aslanyan of Armenia. Aslanyan managed a two-point takedown with just 3 seconds left to secure the win.
Tuma then lost to 2010 European Cadet champion Artur Suleymanov of Russia 4-0, just missing out on a spot in the bronze-medal match.
“I wrestled tough overall. I went out there and my whole plan was to go out and brawl. I knew the Europeans and Asians get real tired. They weren’t used to being in that kind of match,” said Tuma in a USA Wrestling press release. “This let me establish where I am at. I lost to the guy in the finals and a guy going for bronze. It is a plus that I am in it with people who are medaling. I want to come back next year and go for gold.”
Tuma, a three-time Idaho state champion, is a past U.S. Cadet World Team member and also won the Junior Nationals Greco-Roman title earlier this summer.
“It just came down to nine seconds. You have to wrestle every second of the match. Hayden came out there and was ready. He did what he needed to do, U.S. coach Rodney Smith told USA Wrestling. “The kid from Armenia jumped up and hit him with a snapdown really quickly. Sometimes that happens. In terms of conditioning, he was there. In all of his matches, Hayden finished strong.”