Cook drops second pool match and finishes fifth at 70kg at Beach World Series in Sanxenxo, Spain

Mitchell Cook on Silgar Beach in Sanxenxo, Spain, site of this weekend’s Beach World Series event. Photo courtesy of Mitchell Cook.

SANXENXO, Spain — Mitchell Cook of Orland Park, Ill., the only American entry to the Beach World Series on Silgar Beach in Sanxenxo, Spain, dropped out of his second Group A bout at 70kg on Sunday and did not qualify for the knockout round.

On Sunday, he lost a 3-0 match to France’s Marwane Ahmed Yezza and finished Group A with a 0-2 record. Yezza is also a current international freestyle wrestler, having represented France at the Senior World Championships and Junior World Championships.

Cook was competing in a three-way round robin in Group A. On Saturday, he was beaten by Levan Kelekhsashvili of Georgia, 3-0. Kelekhsashvili finished second at the 2022 Beach World Series event in Sarigerme, Turkey in May. Kelekhsashvili is also a current international freestyle wrestler for Georgia, with a career-best performance with a fifth-place finish at the 2013 Senior World Championships.

Kelekhsashvili placed first in Group A and Yezza placed second, and they advanced to the semi-finals, where they faced the top two winners from Group B. Cook secured fifth place in the final standings , worth 5,000 points in the 2022 Beach World Series standings.

Cook placed second at the 2022 U.S. Beach National Championships at 70kg. He is due to take part in the next two Beach World Series events, in Saint Laurent du Var, France, on July 1 and 2, and in Katerini-Pierria, Greece, on July 9 and 10.

Georgia won three of the four men’s freestyle weight classes, while Ukraine won three of the four women’s weight classes.

At Silgar beach, Sanxenxo, Spain

Male Champions
70 kg – Levan Kelekhsashvili (Georgia)
80 kg – Omid Abdolali Kamaliaghdam (Azerbaijan)
90 kg – Davit Khutsishvili (Georgia)
Over 90 kg – Mamuka Kordzaia (Georgia)

Women’s Champions
50 kg – Stefania Claudia Priceputu (Romania)
60kg – Iryna Khariv Chykhradze (Ukraine)
70 kg – Yulia Kremenza Malyk (Ukraine)
Over 70 kg – Liudmyla Pavlovets Tychyna (Ukraine)

American performances
70kg – Mitchell Cook, Orland Park, Illinois (Natural Athletes Championship), 5th place
DEFEAT Levan Kelekhsashvili (Georgia), 3-0, 1:20
DEFEAT Marwane Ahmed Yezza (France), 3-0, 0:55

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