The highly anticipated 55kg greco-roman final lived up to its hype for the most part. The championship match plotted 5x World Champion, Hamid Soryan of Iran, v.s. defending World Champion and '08 Olympic Silver Medalist, Rovshan Bayramov of Azerbaijan.
The match opened with solid action. Both wrestlers scrapped hard for position, the hand fighting was greatly physical. However, neither wrestler found a way to score by the 1:30 mark so both went to parterre. With about 10 seconds left in the period, Hamid Souryan ended up gut wrenching Rovshan Bayramov from top to win the period 2-0. Prior to the turn Bayramov displayed some fantastic gut defense from bottom and nearly stopped Soryan's numerous gut attempts.
The 2nd period started much like the first with each wrestler scrapping intensely for position. Midway through the period, Soryan worked hard for a front headlock. Bayramov defended and a flurry of action then ensued with Souryan coming out on top with a one point takedown. Bayramov continued to jockey for position and pushed the pace deep into the match, but it was to no avail as Soryan confidently cruised to his first Olympic title -receiving feeling a bit of redemption after getting upset in the 1/4s of the '08 Olympics.
Hamid Soryan over Rovshan Bayramov: 2-0, 1-0
*The medal ceremony further extends upon the emotional spirit of today's event: Hamid Soryan is seen accepting his award while looking forward with a great sense of accomplishment and fulfillment while Rovshan Bayramov is seen crying -and understandably so- on the podium after his defeat.
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Mango eliminated in 1st round of Repachage Spencer Mango's competition at the 2012 Olympics comes to an end in the first round of the 55 Kilo repachage. Mango wrestled Mingiyan Semensov of Russia and lost in 2 periods. During the 1st period Spenser gave up a tough Gut wrench with 7 seconds left. The 2nd period also cam down to the clinch where Mango was unable to turn Semensov. Mango went 1 and 2 in his Olympic competition.
Defending World Champion, Rovshan Bayramov of Azerbaijan, defeats Shujin Li in the quarterfinals (3-0, 2-0) and then defeats Gyujin Choi (1-0, 2-0) in a controversial semi finals. This moves him on to the Olympic finals and gives life to Spenser Mango in the repechage.
Mango lost in the round of 16 to Bayramov and will now face Semenov of Russia due to Bayramov's advancing. If Mango beats Semenov, then he will have to beat Shujin LI (who lost to Bayramov in the 1/4s) to reach the Olympic bronze medal match at 55kg.
Mango: Round 1 and 2 Recap
In opening round greco-roman action, Spenser Mango hammers Abou Halima of Egypt: 6-1, 1-0. Mango scored with a variety of attacks in the first period; in the 2nd period, he managed to fight off a tough gut wrench to gain a decisive point from parterre and, inevitably, the match.
1st round: WIN 6-1, 1-0
In his round of 16 match, Mango ran into defending world champion, Bayramov, of Azerbaijan. This match was nothing like Mango's first as Bayramov turned Spenser from parterre in the first and then put Spenser to his back midway through the 2nd to win a dominant 4-0, 4-0 decision. Mango needs Bayramov to make the finals to stay in medal contention. If Bayramov continues to wrestle like he did against Mango, that shouldn't be a problem.
Round of 16: LOSS 0-4, 0-4
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR SPENSER
Spenser needs Bayramov from AZE to make the finals so he can compete in the repecharge for a chance at the Bronze.
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Event schedule of Greco 55 kg. Al greco 55 kg rounds take place August 5th 2012. 7:00 AM CST-----Qualification 7:30 AM CST-----Round of 16 8:30 AM CST-----Quarter Finals 9:00 AM CST-----Semi Finals 11:45 AM CST----Bronze Medal 12:15 AM CST----Finals
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