Best of Day 3 Greco

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Ismael Borrero Molina (CUB/67kg) completed his monster run through what's being called here "The Bracket of Death." Yesterday Borrero beat three-time World champ Frank Staebler (GER) and 2017 World champ Han-soo Ryu (KOR).

To cap it off, today he beat reigning World champ Artem Surkov (RUS). 

Host country Kazakhstan also kept on rolling. In fact, what started out as a good tournament for them has gotten to historic levels. They placed four in the medal bouts which has propelled them to second in the team standings behind only Russia.

Scroll down for results and notes from Day 3 at Worlds.

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Dat 3 Match Notes


Monday Medal Results

67 KG Gold - Ismael Borrero Molina (CUB) def. Artem Surkov (RUS), 3-0

Borrero completed his fantastic run with a win over yet another World champ, getting out to a 3-0 lead at the break.

67 KG Bronze - Mates Nemes (SRB) tf. F. Bjerrhhuus (DEN), 10-0

67 KG Bronze - Frank Staebler (GER) def. Mohammed Elsayed (EGY), 6-5

87 KG Gold - Zhan Beleniuk (UKR) def. Victor Lorincz (HUN), 2-1

All points came on passivities.

87 KG Bronze - Denis Kudla (GER) def. M. Stadub (BLR), 2-1

87 KG Bronze - Rustam Assakalov (UZB) def. A. Asibekov (KGZ), 6-2

97 KG Gold - Musa Evloev (RUS) by forfeit. Artur Aleksanyan (ARM) 

In the most anticipated final of the day, six-time World/OLY Champ Aleksanyan forfeited to reigning champ Evloev.

97 KG Bronze - M. Kajaia (SRB) tf. T. Michalik (POL), 9-1

97 KG Bronze - Cengiz Idlem (TUR) def. G. Melia (GEO), 4-0


Monday Team USA Results

60KG - Ildar Hafizov

def. E. Kinsinger (GER), 6-1

loss to Temirov (UKR), 4-2

77 kg: Pat Smith

loss to R. Schwarz (GER), 5-3

130 kg: Adam Coon

loss to L. Meng (CHN), 3-1


Tuesday's Finals Set

60 KG Gold - Sergei Emelin (RUS) vs. Kenchiro Fumita (JPN)

77 KG - Kes Bjerrberrg (SWE) vs. Tamas Lorincz (HUN)

130 KG - Riza Kayaalp (TUR) vs. Pino Hinds (CUB)


The Day 3 Juice

There was a very strong crowd from Kyrgyzstan getting into it early. One of the first big upsets of the day came when their Zholchubekov knocked off three-time Junior World champ Kamal (TUR) in a high-scoring affair. In the mat going on right next to him to determine his next round opponent, Olympic bronze medalist Stig-Andre Berge (NOR) fell to China's Walihan.

Out for last year's Worlds with an elbow injury, Rio champ Roman Vlasov (RUS) got off to a great start with a tech over China in 1:20.

How about this for an opening draw: Eduard Popp (GER) beat Min-seok Kim (KOR). Kim beat Popp in the bronze belt in '18. 

Returning silver medalist Adam Coon fell to L. Meng (CHN), whom he beat last year.

Geraei (IRI) just SMOKED Hyeon-woo Kim (KOR). 8-0 in less than two minutes. Hyeon-woo has been one of the most consistent Greco athletes of this era — never finishing out of the top 10 and winning a medal most years, including the 2016 OLY title.

WOW! Returning World champ Sergei Semenov (RUS) was cruising over Iran's Ghasemi 4-1 and then was totally spent. Ghasemi won 6-4.

Another huge upset, and again to a Russian! Roman Vlasov fell at the hands of Askhat Dilmukhamedov (UZB) who had the crowd roaring. Dilmukhamedov had the only takedown and Vlasov never got close to scoring. Dilmukhamedov has never medaled at a SR Worlds, though he placed fifth three times. 

Dilmukhamedov continued to be the talk of the quarterfinal round. He beat second-seeded Viktor Nemes (SRB) who won bonze and gold the last two years. Simply an amazing performance in an absolutely loaded quad.


Monday Team USA Notes

60KG - Ildar Hafizov

Round 1 - Good opening round bout for Ildar as he controlled the entire match with a returning eighth-placer Kinsinger (GER).

Round of 16 - 1-1 on the break with a passive on Hafizov and a lost challenged on Temirov. Temirov got put down in the second and got a reversal and gut to go up 4-2.

77 kg: Pat Smith

Round 1 - Smith led at the break on a passive and a pushout, but Schwarz scored a 4 on a lift from par terre.

130 kg: Adam Coon

Round 1 - Coon is the first American to go for the day and he has Meng (CHN) whom he beat last year. Meng gets put down first and scores a reversal as Adam slipped a gut attempt. Meng gets a turn and it's 3-1 at the break. No scoring in the second and no passive calls. 

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