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Willie Saylor, Editor
A full serving of Turkey.
That's what the three U.S. competitors were treated to on the final day of World Championship action in Budapest, Hungary. Ellis Coleman (66KG), Andy Bisek (74KG), and Robbie Smith (120KG), all fell to Turkish opposition.
For the second straight day, not one U.S. wrestler even made repechage. On the week, only 1 of the 7 on the U.S. Greco team did (Spenser Mango took 5th). As a result, the U.S. medal drought in Greco sits at 4 years. They haven't had a medalist since 2009 when Dremiel Byers took Silver. It's the longest U.S. drought since the four-year Greco medal gap from 1980-1983.
Ellis Coleman lost 2-2 on last point scored. Andy Bisek went 1-1. Robbie Smith looked good early as he cruised through his first two bouts. In the quarters, he lost to the #1 ranked wrestler at the weight, Riza Kayaalp, who was Bronze in London. He was eliminated when Kayaalp lost the very next round to an Iranian opponent.
DAY VII: Greco Roman - 66KG, 74KG, 120KG
Gold Medal Bout: Han-Su Ryu (KOR) dec. Islam Albiev (RUS), 5-3
Bronze Medal Bout: Tulsi Sandeep (IND) dec. A. Maksimovic (SRB), 4-0
Bronze Medal Bout: Frank Staebler (GER) dec. Hasan Aliyev (AZE), 5-2
Gold Medal Bout: Hyeonwoo Kim (KOR) dec. Roman Vlasov (RUS), 2-1
Bronze Medal Bout: Arsen Julfalakyan (ARM) def. Mark Madsen (DEN), 3-0
Bronze Medal Bout: Emrah Kus (TUR) tf. Veli Suominen (FIN), 7-0
Gold Medal Bout: Amir Aliakbar (IRI) dec. Heiki Nabi (EST), 4-0
Bronze Medal Bout: Nurmakhan Tinaliyev def. Deak-Bardos (HUN), 5-0
Bronze Medal Bout: Riza Kayaalp (TUR) Johan Euren (SWE), 3-0
66KG - Mat D - Round 1: Ellis Coleman l. Atakan Yueksel (TUR), 2-2
74KG - Mat B - Round 1: Andy Bisek dec. Balint Korpasi (HUN), 2-1
74KG - Mat D - Round 2: Andy Bisek l. Emrah Kus (TUR), 3-1
120KG - Mat C - Round 1: Robbie Smith dec. Xiaoming Nie (CHN), 3-1
120KG - Mat C - Round 2: Robbie Smith dec. Iosif Chugoshvili (BLR), 5-0
*Chugoshvili was 5th in London
120KG - Mat C - Quarterfinals: Robbie Smith l. #1-Riza Kayaalp (TUR), 7-0
*Kayaalp won University's and Euro's this year and was Bronze in London
DAY VI: Greco Roman 60KG, 84KG, 96KG
It was a humbling day for the U.S. as all three competitors failed to reach even the repechage. Jesse Thielke (60KG), Jordan Holm (84KG), and Caylor Williams, all of whom were making their World Championships debut, combined to go 3-3.
Thielke, a Junior World Bronze medalists last year, got off to a hot start as he posted a tech and a pin in his opening bouts. But he struggled to score in the quarterfinals against Korea. The match was 5-4 at the break, and Thielke didn't score in the second period.
Jordan Holm went 1-1, while Williams was disqualified in his first match with cautions on passive and headbutting.
Three weights remain for this year's World Championships as Ellis Coleman (66KG), Andy Bisek (74KG), and Robbie Smith (120KG) will try to give America it's first medal in Greco since 2009.
Gold Medal Bout: Ivo Angelov (BUL) vs. Ivan Kuylakov (RUS), 3-2
Bronze Medal Bout: Seung Jae Woo (KOR) tf. E. Barsegjan (POL), 7-0
Bronze Medal Bout: Tasmuradov (UZB) dec. Kebispayev (KAZ), 11-6
Gold Medal Bout: T. Nematpour (IRI) dec. S. Tahmesabi (AZE), 5-3
Bronze Medal Bout: Hamzatau (BLR) dec. D. Janikowski (POL), 2-2
Bronze Medal Bout: V. Lorinz (HUN) dec. Hietanemi (FIN), 2-0
Gold Medal Bout: N. Melnikov (RUS) dec. Artur Aleksanyan (ARM), 2-2
Bronze Medal Bout: Balasz Kiss (HUN) vs. Aliyar (IRI), 5-0
Bronze Medal Bout: S. Gadabadze (AZE) dec. Saikawa (JPN), 2-0
60KG - Mat B - Round 2: Jesse Thielke tf. Christos Theodorakis (GRE), 9-4
60KG - Mat B - Round 3: Jesse Thielke wbf. Ravindar (IND), 4:40
60KG - Mat A - Quarterfinals: Jesse Thielke l. Seung-Jia Woo (KOR), 7-4
84KG - Mat D - Round 2: Jordan Holm dec. Pedro Perez (ESP), 4-1
84KG - Mat D- Round 3: Jordan Holm l. Rami Hietaniemi (FIN), 8-0
96KG - Mat A - Round 2: Caylor Williams l. Cenk Ildem (TUR), DQ
DAY V - Women's FS - 67KG, 72KG, Greco Roman 55KG
The U.S. earned 1 medal from their three competitors on Friday at the World Championships in Budapest as Adeline Gray won her Bronze medal match at 72KG.
Gray was 3-1 on the day, losing only to eventual champion Fengliu Zhang (CHN), in the quarterfinals. It was Gray's first World Championships at 72KG. She had previously won a Gold (2012) and Bronze (2011) at 67KG.
The U.S. medal count now stands at four after 15 of the 21 weights have wrestled. Jordan Burroughs (74KG) won Gold again, while Alyssa Lampe (48KG) and Elena Pirozhkova (63KG) join Gray as Bronze winners.
Spenser Mango (55KG) had his best World Championships of his career, posting a 3-2 mark and finishing 5th. Mango gives the U.S. eight wrestlers that reached a medal bout with the above four medalists and Victoria Anthony (51KG), Angel Escobedo (55KG), and Tervel Dlagnev (120KG).
Veronica Carlson went 1-2 at 67KG.
Gold Medal Bout: Alina Stadnik (UKR) wbf. Stacie Anaka (CAN), 2:17
Bronze Medal Bout: Nassanburmaa Ochirbat (MGL) dec. Zhangting Zhou (CHN), 2-1
Bronze Medal Bout: Sara Dasho (JPN) wbf. Aline Focken (GER), 5:02
Gold Medal Bout: Fengliu Zhang (CHN) wbf. Natali Vorobova (RUS), 4:33
Bronze Medal Bout: Adeline Gray (USA) dec. Yaemin Adar (TUR), 8-2
Bronze Medal Bout: Burmaa Ochirbat (MGL) dec. Svetlana Saenko (MDA), 3-0
Greco Roman 55KG
Gold Medal Bout: Won Chol Yun (PRK) dec. Gyujin Choi (KOR), 4-3
Bronze Medal Bout: Peter Modos (HUN) dec. Ivan Tatarinov (RUS), 7-3
Bronze Medal Bout: Roman Amoyan (ARM) dec. Spenser Mango (USA), 5-4
67KG - Mat B - Round 2: #11-Veronica Carlson won by inj. def.. Nadia Anter (EGY)
67KG - Mat - Quarterfinals: #11-Veronica Carlson l. Zhangting Zhou (CHN), 9-0
72KG - Mat A - Round 2: #7-Adeline Gray wbf. Andrea Guttierez (COL), 1:01
72KG - Mat C- Quarterfinals: #7-Adeline Gray l. Fengliu Zhang (CHN), 9-2
72KG - Mat B - Repechage 2: #7Adeline Gray dec. #11-Gouzel Manyurova (KAZ), 2-1
72KG - Mat B - Bronze Medal Match: #7-Adeline Gray dec. #14-Yaemin Adar (TUR)
55KG - Mat C - Round 2: #15-Spenser Mango dec. Jani Haapmaki (FIN), 4-0
55KG - Mat C - Round 3: #15-Spenser Mango l. Gyujin Choi (KOR), 4-2
55KG - Mat A- Repechage 1: #15-Spencer Mango tf. Fouad Fajari (MAR), 7-0
55KG - Mat B- Repechage 2: #15-Spencer Mango dec. Kanybek Zholchubekov (KGZ), 6-2
55KG - Mat B - Bronze Metal Match: #15-Spencer Mango l. Roman Amoyan (ARM), 5-4
DAY IV - Women's FS - 55KG, 59KG, 63KG
One of each. That's what American Elena Pirozhkova has now.
In 2010 Pirozhkova won a Silver at Worlds in Moscow. Last year, she won a World Gold. On Thursday, Elena (63KG) took Bronze as she defeated Russian Anastasi Bratchakova, 2-0 in the medal bout. Her only loss came to the eventual Runner-Up from Mongolia in the second round.
Helen Maroulis (55KG) went 2-2 to finish 7th. At 59KG, Alli Ragan went 1-1 in her first Senior World Championships.
Gold Medal Bout: Saori Yoshida (JPN) dec. Sofia Mattson (SWE), 5-0
Bronze Medal Bout: Emese Barka (HUN) wbf. Mimi Hristova (BUL), 2:48
Bronze Medal Bout: Valerii Kablova (RUS) tf. Iryna Husyak (UKR), 8-0
Gold Medal Bout: Marianna Sastin (HUN) tf. Taybe Yusein (BUL), 8-2
Bronze Medal Bout: Yuliya Ratkevich (AZE) def. Tetyana Lavrenchuk (UKR), 7-4
Bronze Medal Bout: Munk Tungalag (MGL) wbf. Ayaka Ito (JPN)
Gold Medal Bout: Kaori Icho (JPN) tf. Battsetseg Soronzobold (MGL), 7-0
Bronze Medal Bout: Leketarina Larianova (KAZ) wbf. Jackie Castillo (COL), :17
Bronze Medal Bout: Elena Pirozhkova (USA) def. Anastasia Bratchakova (RUS), 2-0
55KG - Mat B - Round 1: #3-Helen Maroulis dec. Kum Han (PRK), 12-8
55KG - Mat B- Round 2: #3-Helen Maroulis wbf. Thi Pham (VIE), 2:08
55KG - Mat C - Quarterfinals: #3-Helen Maroulis l. #2-Sofia Mattson (SWE), 7-6
55KG - Mat D - Repechage 2: #3-Helen Maroulis lbf. Mimi Hristova (BUL), :31
59KG - Mat B- Round 2: #6-Alli Ragan tf. Svetlana Lipatova (RUS), 8-0
59KG - Mat - Quarterfinals: #6-Alli Ragan l. #15-Ayaka Ito (JPN), 3-2
63KG - Mat D - Round 1: #2-Elena Pirozhkova tf. Hayat Farg (EGY), 9-2
63KG - Mat D - Round 2: #2-Elena Pirozhkova lbf. #3-Battsetsag Soronzonbold (MGL)
63KG - Mat A - Repechage 1: #2-Elena Pirozhova tf. Nathaly Herrera (VEN), 1:11
63KG - Mat C - Repechage 2: #3-Elena Pirozhkova tf. Maria Diana (ITA) 8-0
DAY III - Men's 74KG, Women's 48KG, 51KG
Rival competitors, injuries, cheap shots, wrestlers shutting down on him, time. Nothing could stop the determination and resolve of Jordan Burroughs, the pound-for-pound best wrestler in the world.
Unshakeable and Unblemished.
Burroughs is now 65-0 in international competition after winning his 3rd straight World/Olympic title.
Incredible as that sounds, the back story sounds even more fictitious; on August 22nd, while training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Burroughs broke his ankle in the morning workout. The break required surgery.
Ladies and gentlemen, Jordan Burroughs just outscored his opponents 34-3 with a metal plate and five screws in his ankle 27 days after surgery.
Congrats, Jordan. You deserve it. You're the greatest athlete on Planet Earth.
Gold Medal Bout: Jordan Burroughs (USA) def. Essadollah Akbari (IRI), 4-0
Bronze Medal Bout: Ali Shabanau (BLR) def. Narsingh Yadav (IND), 6-1
Bronze Medal Bout: R Kurbanov (UZB) def. Makarashvili (GEO)
Gold Medal Bout: Eri Tosaka (JPN) tf. Caripa Castillo (VEN), 7-0
Bronze Medal Bout: Cheng Xu (CHN) def. Anna Lukasiak (POL)
Bronze Medal Bout: Alyssa Lampe (USA) wbf. M. Lassfre (FRA), :46
Gold Medal Bout: Yanan Sun (CHN) tf. Erdenchimeg (MGL), 7-0
Bronze Medal Bout: So Sim Hyang (PRK) tf. Victoria Anthony (USA), 8-0
Bronze Medal Bout: B. MacDonald (CAN) def. Julia Blahinya (UKR)
U.S. Match Notes:
74KG - Mat A - Round 2 - Jordan Burroughs tf. Gamid Dzhalilov (TJK), 9-2
1st: Burroughs scored just :10 in with good lateral movement out front. He got another pushout to lead 3-0 under :30 in.
Halfway through the period, Dzahilov was warned for for passivity, and he fired right back with a double to cut the lead to 3-2.
Dzahalov took another shot that Burroughs stuffed and countered, 5-2. Moments later, JB snapped and hit a drag.
2nd: Burroughs got in to an upperbody postion about :30 in and went into a tripod. But when Dzahilov went to gut, Burroughs stepped over to complete the tech.
74KG - Mat A- Round 2 - Jordan Burroughs tf. Narsingh Yadav (IND), 7-0
1st: Burroughs was busy. The Indian was not. where passive was, the entire arean wondered. A the two minute mark, Burroughs blasted through a high single to a hand-to-hand lace. He earned a pushout before the 1st period buzzer for a 4-0 lead at the break.
2nd: Yadav took a shot that Burroughs stuffed. JB blasted through a double and seemlessly went to a lace. A thing of beauty.
74KG - Mat C - Quarterfinal: Jordan Burroughs tf. Jabrayil Hassanov (AZE), 7-0
*Hassanov was 5th in Olympics and Runner-Up to Tsargush at Univeristy's.
1st: After a slow minute and a half, JB was put on shot clock, Hassanov tried to use a Russian to push forward and eat up clock, but Burroughs turned the table and got the pushout. Later, Hassanov was in on a nice shot, Burroughs tried to counter. It was ruled two by the mat official but white paddled by the judge and chair. JB tooka 1-0 lead to the break.
2nd: Thirty seconds in, Burroughs picked a beautiful spot for a double. He got a little off balance and changed off to a single that he converted. He polished the tech off with quickness from front head.
74Kg - Mat A - Semifinals: Jordan Burroughs dec. Ali Shabanau (BLR), 7-1
*Shabanau was runner-up at Ali Aliyev and 10th in London.
1st: JB was put on the shot clock at 1:40 and couldn't score, yielding a 0-1 deficit. Burroughs ran threw a double to take the lead. Just before the end of the period,
2nd: Things began getting chippy with Shabanau hitting Burroughs in the face. Burroughs received a fleeing the hold point to make it 3-1 for him. Another penalty point came at the 4:27 mark when Shibanau contined to hit in the face.
Shabanau then took a shot that JB countered, readjusted, fought through position, and eventually scored the 2. He had a 6-1 at the 5:00 minute mark. Shabanau was hit with his third caution for hitting in the face at 5:24 and was disqualified.
74KG - Mat B - Gold Medal Match: Jordan Burroughs dec. Essadollah Akbari (IRI), 4-0
*For the third straight year, Burroughs will face Iran in a World/Olympic final.
1st: The first half of the period stayed scoreless with Burroughs wanting to work from the outside and Akbari trying to use underhooks.
Burroughs was put on the shot clock at approximately 1:50 and Akbari nearly had a score of his own before Burroughs squared up, gained position and forced a pushout that would be the only score ofthe period.
2nd: Akbari continue to try to neutralize Burroughs' explosiveness by digging for underhooks early in the second.
At 4:12, Akbari was warned for passivity. At 4:48 they warned him but inexplicably didn't put him on the clock. Burroughs got position and a push out.
Trailing 2-0, Akbari finally attempted something and Burroughs countered to lead 4-0 that would cap the scoring.
48KG - Mat D - Round 1 - Alyssa Lampe tf. Nermali Devi (IND), 7-0
1st: Lampe attacked with a left side single off the whistle, converted and put Devi on her back. A gut wrench sealed the tech in :36.
48KG - Mat D - Round 2 - Alyssa Lampe l. Eri Tosaka (JPN), 8-0
*Tosaka is ranked #2 in the World. Lampe is #1.
1st: Tosaka scored early and often with a double leg and was up 5-0 just :45 into the bout. A scramble at 2:00 resulted in a pushout for Tosaka and at 2:47, she completed the tech on a lefty sweep single.
48KG - Mat A- Repechage 2 - Alyssa Lampe tf. Madelina Linguraru (ROU), 7-0
1st: Lampe held a 1-0 lead when at the :50 mark she tossed her oppenent to her back for 3 and 1 for the hold. At the two minute mark she scored on a counter from front head to complete the tech.
48KG - Mat D - Repeachage 3 - Alyssa Lampe tf. Tatyana Amanzhol (KAZ), 8-1
1st: The match remained scoreless until Lampe hit a nice lefty Hi-C about halfway through the period. A knee-pull made it 4-0. Amanzhol scored on a pushout. Lampe then went upper body for her third takedown to close the period 6-1.
2nd: A lot of handfighting in the first minute. Lampe drove through a shot to seal the deal at 4:19.
48KG - Mat - Bronze Medal Match - Alyssa Lampe wbf. M. Lassfre (FRA), :46
1st: Lampe made short work of her opponent with a suple for 3 and then running a bar over top to get the fall.
51KG - Mat A - Round 2 - Victoria Anthony wbf. Valya Trandeva (BUL)
1st: Anthony opened the scoring about a half nimute in with a quick double. An arm-spin attempt by Trandeva was ruled a slip at the 2:30 mark and that's how things ended in the first, 2-0 good guys.
2nd: One minute in to the period, Anthony went to a cut double and scored 2. But Trandeva fired right back with two takedowns, the second on a nice arm drag, to knot things up at 4.
Trandeva was feeling it and she tried to use a Russian to a firemans but Anthony felt it coming and stepped over and got the fall.
51KG - Mat - Quarterfinals: Victoria Anthony tf. Zasina (POL), 7-0
1st: Not much risk-taking early. Anthony scored 1 when Zasina failed to score while on the shot clock at the 2:30 mark.
2nd: Anthony blasted through a shot right to a lace. A 3 and a 2.
51KG - Mat - Semifinals: Victoria Anthony lbf. Erdenchimeg (MGL), 2:22
1st: A beautiful level change to a double earned Anthony 2 just :30 in. She followed that up immediately with a sweep single and another takedown. She scored her third takedown in under half a period on a shuck from front head.
With 2:22, Anthony stepped in to a headlock and was pinned.
51KG - Mat - Bronze Medal Match: Victoria Anthony l. So Sim Hyang (PRK), 8-0
1st: Anthony gave up a go-behind early. And Hyang fired off a lightening quick leg attack to stretch that lead to 4-0. Two guts would close the scoring in 2:07.
DAY II - 60KG, 84KG, 120KG
The U.S. will head into Wednesday with just one Men's Freestyle weight remaining, with no medals. On the first two days of action, six weights were wrestled and the U.S. Team had a frustrating perfomance.
Tough draws, blown leads, bronze match shortcomings, they were all part of the malady.
Both Angel Escobedo (55KG) and Tervel Dlagnev (120KG) reached a medal bout but came up short. Reece Humphrey seemed poised for a medal run with a 6-0 lead in the semi's before exhausting it in the second period. JD Bergman (96KG) had a 3-0 lead before making the error of going upperbody. Keith Gavin went 1-1 in a sort of expected ledger. And Brent Metclaf (66KG) had the misfortune of drawing a two-time World Champion in his first bout.
All-in-all, the team hasn't wrestled bad. It seems to be the finer points. There's optimism here, and a bright side to be found in our performance. But we miss those medals.
Here's hoping we get one of those Golden ones tomorrow.
Gold Medal Bout: Bekhan Goigereev (RUS) wbf. Vladimir Dubov (BUL), 4:20
Bronze Medal Bout: Barjang Barjang (IND) dec. Niam Enkhsaikhan (MGL), 6-2
Bronze Medal Bout: Masoud Esmail (IRI) tf. Artur Arakeylan (ARM), 7-0
Gold Medal Bout: Ibragim Altadov (UKR) tf. Reineris Salas (CUB), 8-1
Bronze Medal Bout: Istvan Vereb (HUN) dec. Murad Gaidarov (BLR), 2-1
Bronze Medal Bout: Ehsan Lashgari (IRI) dec. Taimuraz Friev (ESP) 8-6
Gold Medal Bout: Alan Zaseiev (UKR) vs. Khad Gatcalov (RUS)
Bronze Medal Bout: Geno Petriashvili (GEO) dec. Deng Zhiwei (CHN), 8-3
Bronze Medal Bout: Taha Akgul (TUR) dec. Tervel Dlagnev (USA), 3-0
U.S. Match Notes
60KG - Mat C - Round 1: Franklin Gomez vs. Bazar Bazargurev (KGZ)
1st: Franklin scored midway with a low attack and transitioned right into a gut for a 4-0 lead.
2nd: Franklin got a standing single and when Bazargurez tried to defend, Gomez slapped on a cradle for the fall.
60KG - Mat D - Round 2: Franklin Gomez dec. Ryon Gyok Hwang (PRK), 8-6
1st: Hwang had a 3 white paddled by the two other referees early. He was active and busy. At the 2:30 mark, Hwang scored on a leg trip for a 2-0 lead to end the period.
2nd: Gomez nearly scored a takedown but it turned in to a flurry and was awarded 2 and 2 with Gomez coming out on top. He hit a gut to tie it up at 4. Then scored on a double to take the lead.
Hwang took a leg attack then readjust and scored a go behind. But when he tried a gut, gomez stepped over for exposure points.
60KG - Mat D- Round 3: Franklin Gomez l. Bekhan Goigeerev (RUS), 13-5
1st: These guys were wrestling! Goigeerev scored on a throw-by and then went in to a crotch lift that staked him to a 4-0 lead about one minute in. Gomez scored with an outside shot and controlling the far arm, but Goigeerv reversed making it 5-2.
Gomez dumped Goigeerev for 3 but again, the Russian countered for exposure. It was 7-5 Goigeerev at the break.
2nd: A shrug by Goigeerev early made it 9-5 and the Russian scored another on a leg attack shortly after for a 6pt lead. Gomez fired off a shot, but Goigeerev countered for exposure and the tech.
60KG - Mat D - Repechage 2: Franklin Gomez dec. Perpelita (MDA), 5-1
1st: Gomez got busy early with a takedown in the opening seconds. In the second minute, he scored a pushout during a flurry.
2nd: A hi crotch made it 5-0 one minute in to the new period. Perpelita countered a low shot by Gomez to earn a push-out which closed the scoring.
60KG - Mat - Repechage 3: Franklin Gomez l. Artur Arakelyan (ARM), 6-4
1st: Gomez nearly scored on a drag early before the pace slowed down. At 2:00, Gomez scored a roll from front head position.
2nd: Gomez was put on the shot clock at 4:30 and gave up a point when he didn't score. It made it a 1pt match with a minute to go.
A Gomez counter was ruled 2. It was challenged by Armenia and ruled a 2 for Gomez, 1 for Armenia. 4-2.
Arakelyan was attacking hard and a caution point was given to him. With :04 left, he got rear standing on Gomez and got Gomez' knee down at the buzzer. Gomez' corner challenged and lost.
60KG - Mat C - Round 2: Reece Humphrey wbf. Mykola Aivazian (UKR)
1st: Humphrey nearly scored on a low single early but lost it. Aivazian then went upper body and and inside trip for a big 3. Just after returning to their feet, Reece hit nearly the same move and stuck him for the fall.
60KG - Mat C - Round 3: Reece Humphrey tf. Ehran Bakir (TUR), 7-0
1st: Reece came out looking for low stuff early and and forced a passive warning at :57. At 1:40 he converted a beautiful low attack. Just before the buzzer, Reece ducked one side then the other for a takedown and a 4-0 lead.
2nd: About a minute in, both guys shot at the same time and Reece blew threw it to extend his lead. Bakir took a shot and Reece countered with a heavy whizzer for the pushout and tech.
60KG - Mat - Quarterfinal: Reece Humphrey l. Masoud Esmailpoor (IRI), 9-8
1st: A low ankle attack scored for Reece at the 1 minute mark. Thirty seconds later, he scored on a shrug and got a 1pt exposure.
With :30 left in the period, Esmail hit a dump to make it 5-2.
2nd: The pace was fast to begin the second and Reece had a body lock which he used for a pushout. At the 3:40 mark Esmail got position and scored a pushout of his own.
Reece gave up a rather easy takedown from front head, but then reversed for two. Esmail then scored a pushout making it 8-6 with 1:30 to go.
Esmail was on the attack and he scored a pushout with :32 left. He was in on another single, with Reece using a heavy whizzer, when he scored the deciding takedown with just four seconds remaining.
*Humphrey was eliminated when Esmail lost his next bout to Goigereev of Russia.
84KG - Mat B - Round 1: Keith Gavin tf. Michael Tsotselashvili (ISR), 9-2
1st: Gavin opened up the scoring with a beautiful lefty Hi-C. While working par terre, Tsotelashvili reversed and exposed for two. When they when back neutral, Gavin immediately got a takedown and expose to stake him to a 6-2 lead with about a minute remaining in the period. Thirty seconds later, Gavin blasted through a shot for 3 and the 9-2 tech.
84KG - Mat D - Round 2: Keith Gavin l. Dato Marsagishvili (GEO)*, 8-0
*2012 London Bronze, 2011 World Bronze
1st: Marsagishvili got position with an underhook and earned a pushout :15 in. Marsagishvilli then got a takedown on a nice inside single and went to two turns for the tech.
*Gavin was eliminated as Marsagishvili lost his next bout to Lashari of Iran
120KG - Mat D - Round 1: Tervel Dlagnev tf. Antoine Jaoude (BRA), 9-0
1st: Low single scored off the whistle for Tervel and he turned it into a lace for 4 and another gut. Quick work in :33.
120KG - Mat D - Round 2: Tervel Dlagnev tf. Arikida Anobuyoshi (JPN), 7-0
1st: Tervel opened scoring midway through the period on an outside attack. A low shot converted put him up 4-0 moments later and a gut and hold completed the tech at 2:13.
120KG - Mat C - Quarterfinal: Tervel Dlagnev tf. Komeil Ghasemi (IRI), 7-0
1st: Both wrestlers appeared a little tentative to start the bout. Tervel got put on the shot clock just before the 2:00 mark. He got right in on a low single and scored exposure for a 2-0 lead. Iran challenged the call, and it was upheld, making it 3-0 for Dlagnev.
2nd: Fading in stamina and needing to score, Ghasemi took a shot that Tervel countered for score. Tervel pushed the pace. He scored a pushout making it 6-0. Visibly gassed, Ghasemi was in the zone, and Tervel got the pushout to complete the tech!
120KG - Mat C - Semifinal: Tervel Dlagnev l. Alan Zaseiev (UKR), 6-2
1st: Zaseiev is a giant. Not much action from either guy early. The only point of the period came when Tervel couldn't score while on the shot clock.
2nd: Halfway through the period, Zaseiev took a shot that had Tervel on a hip. The Ukrainian scored the takedown and a set of exposure and one for the hold to blow the match open 6-0.
Dlagnev score a late takedown to close the scoring. He'll now wrestle for Bronze.
120KG - Mat B - Bronze Medal Bout: Tervel Dlagnev vs. Taha Akgul (TUR)
1st: Tervel was in on a low shot early but Akgul was able to get out of trouble. At the 1:36 mark, Dlagnev was put on the shot clock. He didn't score and Akgul led 1-0.
2nd: Akgul took a couple shots. On his second one, he was able to suck Tervel's leg up and finish, taking a 3-0 lead that would stand.
DAY I - 55KG, 66KG, 96KG
The U.S. came up empty on the opening day of the World Championships as JD Bergman (96kg) and Brent Metcalf (66kg) lost their first bouts. Angel Escobedo (55kg) went 3-2 and finished 5th.
Iran took 2 of the 3 World titles decided on the day with Hassan Rahimi (55kg) and Reza Yazdani (96kg) reaching immortality. Armenian David Safaryan was king at 66.
Gold Medal Bout: Hassan Rahimi (IRI) dec. Amit Kumar (IND), 2-1
Bronze Medal Bout: Sezar Akgul (TUR) dec. Angel Escobedo (USA), 2-1
Bronze Medal Bout: Nariman Israpilov (RUS) wbf. A. Alymbaev (KAZ), 2:34
Gold Medal Bout: David Safaryan (ARM) dec. Livan Lopez (CUB), 2-2
Bronze Medal Bout: Mogamed Kurbanaliev (RUS) dec. Khabalashvili (GEO), 7-5
Bronze Medal Bout: M. Ganzorig (MGL) dec. Jin Hyok Kang (PRK), 3-1
Gold Medal Bout: Reza Yazdani (IRI) dec. Khetag Gazyumov (AZE), 6-2
Bronze Medal Bout: Anzor Boltukaev (RUS) dec. Alexey Krupnyakov (KGZ), 8-5
Bronze Medal Bout: Pavlo Olyniik (UKR) tf. Dato Kareshvili (GEO), 10-2
U.S. Match Notes
55KG - Mat A - Round 2: Angel Escobedo dec. Andrei Dukov, Romania, 6-0
1st: Counter offense by Angel got him to rear standing and he opened the scoring with a takedown around the 2:00 mark. A the end of the first, he got a counter exposure for a 4-0 lead at the break.
2nd: It was counter offense again for Angel as he defended a shot and drove threw a double that could have been exposure as well. He settled for a 6-0 lead he would hold.
55KG - Mat A - Round 3: Angel Escobedo tf. Robert Kardos, Hungary, 8-0
1st: About :45 in, Esco worked from front head and threw an arm by. He transitioned right in to a trapped-arm gut wrench for three turns and a quick tech.
55KG - Mat C - Quarterfinal: Angel Escobedo l. Amit Kumar, India, 6-0
1st: Esco was put on the shot clock in the second minute and didn't score. The passivity point was the only point of the period as Kumar led 1-0 at the break.
2nd: Kumar had a standing single :30 into the second and used it for a pushout. A Kumar ankle pick made it 4-0 at the 4:30 mark. Kumar tacked on a takedown in the closing seconds to post a 6-0 win.
55KG - Mat B - Repechage II: Angel Escobedo dec. El Ouarraqe, France, 8-2
1st: Lots of action early. Escobedo scored on a go-behind in the opening :30. El Ourraque then drove Escobedo out of bounds for what looked like a pushout, but it was awarded '2'. Angel then came right back with a knee tap from front head for a 4-2 lead that he took in to the break.
2nd: The only points came when Escobedo snatched a single with under a minute remaining. He tacked on a gut for a final 8-2 score.
55KG - Mat - Bronze Medal Bout: Angel Escobedo vs Sezar Akgul, Turkey
1st: Escobedo was more active and forced Akgul on the shot clock. Akgul wasn't able to get anything going and Esco got the 1. He had an angle a little later, but couldn't convert, and that ended the first, 1-0.
2nd: Akgul started pushing forward and scored on a leg attack about halfway through the period to go up 2-1. Escobedo threw the kitchen sink at him but couldn't find a score.
66KG - Mat B - Round 2: Brent Metcalf l. Mehdi Taghavi, Iran, 5-2
1st: Taghavi had beatuiful position on Metcalf and drove through a shot for a 3-point score. Brent started working his elbow-off offense, but that would be it with Taghavi leading 3-0, but tired at the break.
2nd: Metcalf pushed pace early in the period. He fired off a nice shot and drove for the pushout. Thirty seconds later, Taghavi shot a clean double to make it 5-1.
Metcalf forced a passivity point, but 5-2 would be the final.
*Metcalf was eliminated when Taghavi lost his next match, 3-1, to Kontoyev (BLR)
96KG - Mat B - Round 2: JD Bergman lbf. Alexey Krupnyakov, Kyrgyzstan, 3:48
1st: JD scored takedown on the edge for a 2-0 lead to end the 1st period.
2nd: A pushout early in the period made it 3-0 for Bergman. Krupnyakov went
upperbody for a throw and the fall at 3:48.
*Bergman was eliminated when Krupnykov lost to Gazyumov (AZE) in the quartfinals.
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