Privitere qualifies for semifinals at FILA Junior World Greco-Roman Championships in Nantes, France,

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PRIVITERE QUALIFIES FOR SEMIFINALS AT FILA JUNIOR WORLD GRECO-ROMAN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN NANTES, FRANCE, JULY 4    Joe Privitere (Binghampton, N.Y.) has qualified for the semifinals at 152 pounds, the top U.S. performance at the FILA Junior World Greco-Roman Wrestling Championships in Nantes, France, July 4.    The Junior World Championships feature the best wrestlers in the world ages 17 to 20 years old  (born between 1980-1983).     Privitere won three matches to qualify for the semifinals. In his pool competition, he beat Ivan Kron of Switzerland, 3-0 and Yoki Snao of Japan, 6-2. In the quarterfinals, he registered an impressive 8-4 victory over Selahattin Gungor of Turkey. Privitere is the only U.S. wrestler to win his pool competition and qualify for a chance at winning a medal.    Andy Bowlby (Corvallis, Ore./Orange Crush) won two of his three pool matches at 286 pounds. He opened with a loss to Alexander Tchernitchen of Russia, 3-1, but closed with a 5-0 win over Alexandr Geogun of Latvia and a 4-0 victory over Mikalai Haiduk of Belarus.    U.S. wrestlers that claimed one victory during the tournament were  Clint Wolfley (Blackfoot, Idaho/Treehouse AC) at 119 pounds, Carl Fronhofer (Salem, N.Y./Pittsburgh WC) at 167.5 pounds and Jake Clark (Quantico, Va./U.S. Marines) at 187.25 pounds.    The Greco-Roman coaches are Dan Russell of Gresham, Ore.,  a coach for Team Excel and Ike Anderson of Colorado Springs, the National Greco-Roman Developmental Coach.    The women's freestyle competition begins Wednesday, July 5, and the men's freestyle competition begins Thursday, July 6.    A web page has been developed by the tournament organizers at    FILA JUNIOR WORLD GRECO-ROMAN CHAMPIONSHIPS at Nantes, France, July 4    U.S. performances    50 kg/110 lbs. - Travis Harrison, Eugene, Ore. (Club Oregon) - lost pin to Yevgen Kyants (Ukraine), 4:45; lost by tech. fall to Dmitri Jourkine (Russia), 12-0; lost by tech. fall to Zahidou Jeyhun (Azerbaijan), 10-0    54 kg/119 lbs. - Clint Wolfley, Blackfoot, Idaho (Treehouse AC) - lost by tech. fall to Vardar Mulahit (Turkey), 12-0; won by tech. fall over Mohamed Zoghbi (Algeria), 10-0    56 kg/127.75 lbs. - Tommy Owen, Spokane, Wash. (Treehouse WC) - lost by tech. fall to Ion Gaimer (Moldova), 12-0; lost by tech. fall to Eusebio Diaconu (Romania), 10-0    63 kg/138.7 lbs. -  Josh Lamano, Layton, Utah (Treehouse AC) - lost dec. to Takashi Murasaki (Japan), 3-0; lost dec. to Luis Liendo (Venezuela), 5-4    69 kg/152 lbs. - Joe Privitere, Binghamton, N.Y. (Univ. of Binghamton) - dec. Ivan Kron (Switzerland), 3-0; dec. Yoki Snao (Japan), 6-2; dec. Selahattin Gungor (Turkey), 8-4    76 kg/167.5 lbs. -  Carl Fronhofer, Salem, N.Y. (Univ. of Pittsburgh/Pittsburgh WC) - dec. Johan Isolento (Sweden), 3-0; lost dec. to Zafer Baser (Turkey), 3-1    85 kg/187.25 lbs. - Jake Clark, Quantico, Va. (U.S. Marines) - dec. Nico Jacobs (Namibia), 4-0; lost dec. to Artur Mikolascsyk (Poland), 3-0    97 kg/213.75 lbs. - Brian Kraemer, Cold Spring, Minn. (Minn. Storm) - lost dec. to Dan Amarendei (Romania), 4-3; lost dec. to Daniel Hofler (Germany), 6-0    130 kg/286.5 lbs - Andy Bowlby, Corvallis, Ore. (Oregon State/Orange Crush) - lost dec. to Alexander Tchernitchen (Russia), 3-1; dec. Alexandr Geogun (Latvia), 5-0; dec. Mikalai Haiduk (Belarus), 4-0