Two In Finals, Two For Bronze In Day 1 Of Men's Freestyle

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Team USA had a strong start to men's freestyle, with 4 out of the possible 5 wrestlers competing for medals.  Kurt McHenry and Vitali Arujau will be wrestling for gold, while David Carr and Jacob Warner will wrestle for bronze. Finals will begin at 9 AM CT!  Watch every match live on FloWrestling

The American squad finds itself in the middle of a tight team race.  USA is currently in 2nd place, just 1 point behind Iran.  

Full brackets, results and team scores can be found on FloArena

At 42kg, Kurt McHenry has possibly been spectacular.  Using incredible technique and skill en route to a finals berth.  He dominated his Russian opponent in the semi's 11-0.  McHenry used shucks, ducks and other attacks to put a huge number of points on the board in his worlds debut. 

Kurt's toughest bout thus far against Iran:


Kurt crushes in quarters:

Semi match, all Kurt:


At 50kg Aaron Cashman earned an impressive round 1 victory before falling in his next bout, then losing in repechage to go 1-2 on the day. 

Cashman's single was working in round 1:

Vitali Arujau punched his way to the finals with 10-0, 9-6 and 10-0  victories.  He will face Iran in the finals. 

Simple 10-0 for Vito early:


Arujau put to the test against Japan:

At 69kg David Carr looked outstanding before dropping a tough 8-8 semifinal.  In the closing moments of the bout, the criteria underline on the scoreboard switched from under Carr's name to under his opponents name.  It's possible this confusion altered Carr's late match tactics.

Carr looks smooth against Belarus:

Jacob Warner had a strong start and rebounded after a quarterfinal loss to India.  In his quarter he had a 3-0 lead after the first, but appeared to fade in the second and ultimately lost 4-4.

Warner handles Uzbekistan:

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