Mekhi Lewis – Bound Brook High School, 2x NJ State Champion, CJA Alumni Wins Junior Worlds at 74kg!

by | Sep 23, 2018 | CJA Club News, USA Wrestling, World Wrestling | 0 comments

CONGRATULATIONS TO MEKHI LEWIS ON HIS GOLD MEDAL AT JUNIOR WORLDS IN SLOVAKIA!

TRNAVA, Slovakia – Mekhi Lewis is a world champ in just his third freestyle tournament. Lewis is three-for-three in winning freestyle tournaments as he claimed Junior World gold on Sunday night at the 2018 Junior World Championships in Trnava, Slovakia.

Just picking up freestyle this summer, Lewis, a wrestler at Virginia Tech, has eased into the style, cruising to the World finals and picking up a decisive 5-1 victory for gold at 74 kg.

“I feel great. I thought I could do it, but being in the moment and accomplishing that goal feels amazing,” Lewis said. “After all the hard work I put in this summer to learn freestyle and now to be a World champion is the best feeling in the world.”

In the championship bout, Lewis went head-to-head with 2016 Cadet World champion Abubakr Abakarov of Azerbaijan.

The Azeri was on the board first with a point on passivity. However, shortly after the shot clock ran out, Lewis scored a takedown and took a 2-1 lead into the break.

Mekhi Lewis Wins Junior World Gold at 74kg

Mekhi Lewis is a world champ in just his third freestyle tournament ever.

The second period saw Lewis pick up two points on step outs for a 4-1 advantage. One of those step outs came when Abakarov was in deep on a shot and Lewis shook him off and threw him out of bounds. That’s when Lewis said he knew he had it won.

“I was like, ‘whoa, I guess I won,’ because if he wasn’t able to take me down and he was that deep, then he isn’t going to take me down in these last few seconds,” Lewis said.

Sources
https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2018/September/23/Lewis-wins-gold-USA-finishes-second-in-team-race
https://www.flowrestling.org/articles/6251096-mekhi-lewis-wins-junior-gold-team-usa-finishes-second


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