Provisor knocked out of World Championships in Paris
Stevens Point native and two-time U.S. Olympic Greco-Roman Wrestler Ben Provisor was eliminated from the 2017 World Wrestling Championships with a loss in Paris, France, Sunday, Aug. 20.
In his first appearance at the Senior World Championships, Provisor received an opening-round bye at 85 kg/187 pounds, and then faced 2014 World Military Champion Oleksandr Shyshman of Ukraine.
Provisor was tied 2-2 late in the final period, when Shyshman got behind Provisor with 12 seconds left and landed a four-point throw to win 6-2.
Provisor was ahead on the tiebreaker if he had been able to hold off the final attack from Shyshman.
Provisor was not eligible for repechage, or wrestlebacks, after Shyshman fell to Viktor Lorincz of Hungray 4-0.
“I was up 2-2 with 16 seconds left,” said Provisor. “With the head butt that happened, I sort of got upset. It was the same thing that happened at the Olympics. I let my emotions get the best of me.
“I need to practice on that a little bit more,” he said. “I was winning. I should have circled back with my left foot forward. He scored on my good side. My left side is my tricky side. I shouldn’t have given that point up.”
Provisor advanced to the World Championships for the first time after he beat Joe Rau 5-1 in Match 1 and 4-3 in Match 2 at the 2017 US Senior Greco-Roman World Team Trials in Las Vegas April 29.
The former Stevens Point Area Senior High School (SPASH) standout has resided at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., and trained with Mason Manville, who went 1-1 at the World Championships at 75 kg/165 pounds. Manville will be a freshman for the Penn State University wrestling team this fall under head coach and former U.S. Olympic Freestyle Wrestling Gold Medalist Cael Sanderson.
“Live and learn,” said Provisor. “It was my first World Championships and now I will probably move to Penn State with Mason and we’ll see.”