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It's time for day six here in Kazakhstan. We've been coming to the same arena for a week now, and in no way is that depressing.
Wrestling today at the Barys Arena in Nur-Sultan are 57kg and 65kg for men's freestyle, as well as 62kg and 68kg in women's freestyle. We will also be completing the repechage matches from the four women's weights that went yesterday.
Our five days worth of live updates for these world championships can be found below.
#WrestleNurSultan Today's @TeamUSA matches— USA Wrestling (@USAWrestling) September 19, 2019
We start in 20 minutes
Bt 7 Kayla Miracle v Esenbaeva (UZB)
Bt 11 Tamyra Mensah-Stock v Montague (NZL)
Bt 19 Daton Fix v Egorov (MKD)
Bt 3 Zain Retherford v Valdes Tobier (CUB)
There will be a ton of excellent matchups featuring international wrestlers, as all four weights today are Olympic weights.
Nations Qualified For Olympics Today
57kg: India, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkey
65kg: Hungary, India, Kazakhstan, Russia
57kg: Belarus, Moldova
62kg: Bulgaria, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, North Korea
68kg: Germany, Sweden, Ukraine, United States
76kg: China, Kazakhstan
First up are repechage matches at 65kg and 76kg for the women. Mat A features China vs Mongolia to go to the medal match at 65kg, and if China wins they overtake America, bumping us down to fourth for the time being. Xiaoqian Wang wins 10-6, and China moves into third place.
Now on B is Ethan Aguigui of Guam, who trains at Virginia Tech with the Southeast RTC. He loses 12-2 to Mexico. Former Russian Ismail Musukaev is up on D, he now represents Hungary. Former Michigan 149 Malik Amine is on C. He wins the first match ever for San Marino at worlds 14-11 over Guinea-Bissau.
Match 1 - Zain Retherford vs Alejando Valdes Tobier (CUB)
First Period: Zain in the red against the two-time world medalist. Immediate shot by Zain stuffed by Tobier, another shot and nothing. Retherford looking to score early. Zain did an amazing job scrambling out of Tobier's shot, but then gave up a go behind and now is getting gutted. 6-0 and back on their feet at 4:37. Zain is really trying to club Tobier hard but Cuba doesn't seem to get fazed. Zain in on a shot, head outside, now trying to come out the back. Extended finish but finally gets through. Trap arm attempt but no turn, 6-2 at the break.
Second Period: Cody Sanderson in the main chair and JoeRussell behind him. Low double for Zain and it looked like an exposure for Zain but they rule it two for USA! Zain looks fresh and Tobier looks tired. Zain always using his righty collar tie and reach, but Tobier is just waiting for Zain to shoot. Stalemate after an inside trip attempt by Tobier, just over a minute left. Retherford shoots right leg, but Tobier goes chest wrap. However, they rule 2+2 and it's 8-6. Blood time with 0:43 to go. Long time to get this blood cleaned up gives Cuba a nice breather. Zain has 43 seconds to get a takedown, which would give him the lead on criteria. Both guys are Gable wrapped. Tobier still not bitting on those collar ties, Zain in deep, had him on his butt but Tobier gets out, in a scramble and that's two on the roll through. Final is 10-9, Zain loses.
Massive one on A, rematch of the 2017 world finals. Gadzhimurad Rashidov (RUS) is in the red, Haji Aliyev (AZE) is in the blue. Slow start, passive against Aliyev at 5:03. On the whistle is American official Danny Blackshear. Passive against Rashidov now. Great job squaring up by Rashidov on that shot, his defense is world-class. Aliyev on the clock. Hard snap by Aliyev but no score, 1-0 on the shot clock point. Slow pace, and Rashidov goes on the clock now. In o the shot, single on Haji's right leg but INCREDIBLE defense and Haji gets the takedown to make it 2-1. Aliyev in on the shot but this time it's Rashidov's turn for some leg defense magic, he leads 3-2 late. Some of the best scrambling you will ever see, then Aliyev grabs the ankle, rear standing, to the edge and Aliyev scores. Rashidov tried reaching back but is being challenged. NO WAY! Somehow Rashidov won that challenge. The crowd is going bonkers, boos and cheers. Aliyev is vigorously protesting. Aliyev just threw one card at the chair, then spiked the other, and I believe he has been ejected.
Time to get back to it.
Match 2 - Kayla Miracle vs Nabira Esenbaeva (UZB)
First Period: Miracle shoots, UZB tries a chest wrap, no points, back on their feet. Another Kayla shot blown dead. Kayla picks up a stepout and a shot clock point to close out the period.
Second Period: Kayla is starting to wear on Esenbaeva, nearly pinning her. It's 7-0 now and she keeps shooting. Way to get it started, 11-0 win for Miracle.
Tamrya will be next up. All the pigtails are done at 65kg.
Match 3 - Tamyra Mensah-Stock vs Michelle Yvonne MONTAGUE (NZL)
First Period: This should be fast. Single for Tamyra, but she can't get the lace. Finally able to and it's6-0 now, trying to put her on her back. Montague rolls through to make it 8-0. Takedown and that's a tech.
Up on Mat C is 65kg top seed and world silver Bajrang Punia (IND). Bienkowski loses a challenge, and gets hit for a caution, trailing 5-0 at the break. Bajrang struggling a bit here, giving up a two and Poland is within three. Another takedown and Bajrang wins 7-2 to move to the Round of 16.
The crowd, which is very good today, just went crazy for Niyazbekov on Mat B, who gets a quick lace and wins 10-0.
Valdes Tobier up on B against Iran. He is facing U23 Asian silver Amir Yazdanicherati, and drives him out early for a 1-0 lead. Quick takedown right into a gut and Iran leads 4-1. What a throw from Tobier to take back the lead, 5-4 at the break. Takedown Tobier, reversal by Iran and it's 7-5. Up to 11-5 now with 30 seconds left. Tobier holds on to win 13-9.
Dave Habat on C. Musukaev vs Khincegashvili on A. Missed how he got it, but takedown 1:15 in for Musuakev. Habat leads 1-0 at the break. Beautiful hi c by Musukaev off a 360, Khinche "rolls" out of it, but Musukaev forces a stepout. Back to action in the second. Habat with a takedown into a gut and it's 5-1 late. Musuakev on the clock, 3-1 now with 90 seconds left. Front head by Musukaev and stalemated. 52 seconds to go. Musukaev closes it out with another takedown to win 5-1. Habat won 9-1.
World champ Takuto Otoguro (JPN) on B, and his pace still hasn't stopped. He's up 4-0 about two minutes in, and 6-0 at the break. That ends up being the final score.
Nurislam Sanayev on B, Suleyman Atli on A. Moldova on the clock against Sanayev, and Atli gives up the first takedown. He responds though to take the lead on criteria. Sanayev laces him up and the drums are LOUD. Looked away for Sanayev and Atli is up 6-2 now in the second period.
What in the world is happening, Guinea-Bissau is up 3-0 on Yuki Takaashi. Both have cautions, but Takahashi gets the takedown and turn, another gut but GBS reverses him! 7-5 now. Takahashi doing Takahashi things and it's 10-5 with under two minutes to go.
On D, Malik Amine has a criteria lead over Mexico. He wins 13-6. Rashidov vs Egpyt on D, and we're getting close to Daton's first match. Egypt is up 3-0!
Atri vs Andreev on C. Big one on A! Uguev vs Amiraslanov. The Azeri gave the defending world champ a loss at Euro Games. Amiraslanov with the stepout, and Rashidov is now up 3-3 on criteria, and now 5-3 after the gut. He seems much improved from years past. It's 1-0 at the break in favor of Amiraslanov, and 1-0 at the break in favor in Andreev (BLR). Amiraslanov is moving Uguev around the mat like it's nothing, and it's 2-0 after the Caution+1 on the stepout.
Uguev throwing his right underhook but nothing doing, under 90 to go. Atri now leading on B. Micic up on Mat D against Morocco. Amiraslanov again moving Uguev all around, gets the stepout to lead 3-0. Uguev comes right back with double overs, but AZE bails and it's 3-2. Restart at 0:43 to go. Andreev leading 2-1 late, but Atri gets the teakedown at the buzzer to win 3-2. Uguev back to his body lock, extended finish after a whizzer but now it's 4-3 and Amiraslanov runs out of time. He lays on the mat for a good 20 seconds after the match, knowing he blew a major opportunity. Micic finishes off the tech at the start of the second.
The Armenian who won Euros up at 61kg is on D. Arsen Harutyunyan leads Otari Gogava of Georgia at the break 5-0. Harutyunyan wins 9-4 right after Daton's match ended.
Match 4 - Daton Fix vs Vladimir Egorov (MKD)
First Period: Roll jump and it's on. His father Derek in the corner, Kevin Jackson behind him. Daton in blue. Daton chases down a single and Egorov is in trouble. He's got the trap arm, slips down to a regular gut but no turn. Swing single to Egorov's left, misses that but comes back right and gets the takedown. Back to his trap arm and they end up in front headlock, Egorov gets the stepout. Blood time for Egorov. Another takedown for Daton and it's 6-1 at the break.
Second Period: Nearly got his inside trip right off the bat. First, second, third motion and he gets another takedown to make it 8-1. Elbow off to a low ankle and it's 10-1. Double finishes it, 12-1. He has 2017 world champ and 2018 world bronze Yuki Takahashi next.
On D now, Erdenebat Bekhbayar of Mongolia, and on C, Andriy Yatsenko (UKR) is facing Kumsong Kang of North Korea. Takedown for Yatsenko, reversal by Kang into a lace and it's 3-2. Yatsenko responds with another takedown to make it 4-3, but another reversal makes it 4-4. Erdenebat up 4-0 on Uzbekistan right now. Kang opens the second with a takedown. Ankle pick attempt by Erdenebat and he forces the stepout. Kang taking control of the match, up 7-4 with under 90 to go. Erdenebat wins 6-0 and he'll have Zaur Uguev next.
Match 5 - Kayla Miracle vs Lais Nunes de Oliveira (BRA)
First Period: Shot by Brazil and quick takedown. Shot by Kayla, chest wrap for Oliveira and Mark Brazil is challenging it. They lose, so Kayla gets a point. Blown dead at 4:44, and this match is slowing down. Brazil leads 2-1 at the break and is having trouble getting to her shots.
Second Period: Mark Perry in the corner, Clarissa Chun behind him. Shot from Brazil, limp arm and it's 4-1. Easy go behind for Kayla and she's back to within one at 4-3. Beautiful tricep carry for 4. She's up 7-4 with under 90 to go, now packing up a lace! She finishes it off! Big win over the two seed and into the Round of 16.
The top half of 68kg is just plain nasty.
Match 6 - Tamyra Mensah-Stock vs Blessing Oborududu (NGR)
First Period: Tamyra shoots right after the minute mark and finishes the knee pull, looking for a lace. Another takedown and it's 4-0. Mensah is operating on another plane right now, up 6-0 at the break.
Second Period: They keep having to stop and Mensah keeps grabbing something, hope it's nothing. Weird Caution+1 against Mensah, she's still up five with a minute to go. Final 30 seconds here. She wins 6-1.
Habat vs Bajrang on B, and Punia gets an immediate takedown. Ankle pick for Habat, still in here, but stalemated at 4:53. Sign broken over on C. Habat on the clock now. Bajrang wins 3-0.
Otoguro vs Rashidov on B. Otoguro on the clock and Rashidov leads 1-0 two minutes in. That's how it stands at the break. Rashidov runs his feet and puts Otoguro on his butt. Call on the mat is one, but chairman wants a conference. He leads 3-0 with 2:30 to go. Now its Otoguro running his feet and forcing a stepout. This match is strange, Otoguro is way less active than last year. Duck attempt from Otoguro, no go. Rashidov in on a shot, and forces the stepout. Rashidov damn near just put Otoguro in the hospital. He tried to go short offense, but that just put Russia in his best position and he picks Japan up and slams him for 4.
Atli up 5-0 on Davidovi and Sanayev is up 3-0 on Germany at the break. Both win.
Musukaev vs Amine on C. Uguev vs Erdenebat on A. Musukaev leads 3-0 at the break, Uguev up 1-0 at the break. Musukaev wins and Uguev wins.
Match 7 - Daton Fix vs Yuki Takahashi (JPN)
First Period: Daton in the blue against the three seed. Daton hit for passive at 5:18. Neither guy wanting to shoot. Daton on the clock at 4:30. Point for Takahashi, Daton had an overhook but cleared out. Passive against Takahashi.
Second Period: Daton went back to the center with 15 seconds left on the clock. Single, Daton limp arms on the edge and got the takedown. Takahashi attacked, whizzer seatbelt position and no points out of bounds as they call grounded. Takahashi moving Daton around a lot now, and took a counter shot but still no points. Daton is getting moved in the zone a bit but goes back to the center every time. Daton on the clock now. Daton leading on criteria with a minute to go. On the edge like against Gilman, drops to whizzer, hops over and nearly scores. Moved to the edge again, doesn't give up the point, inside trip position. Back to the edge and they go out, but Daton looked grounded. They're taking a long look at this as Daton's foot appears to be on the very very edge of the line. Challenge lost, Daton needs a takedown and falls 4-2. He will need Takahashi to make the finals now.
Match 8 - Kayla Miracle vs Jong Sim Rim (PRK)
First Period: Miracle on the offensive, but shot stalemated at 5:23. Kayla attempts the tricep carry but stopped. North Korea on the clock. Kayla finishes the carry this time, up 3-0. Rim in on the shot late, holding a whizzer, and they go two. 3-2 at the break.
Second Period: Great job fighting off that shot and it's 5-2 now. North Korea is challenging the crotch lock position. Miracle trails 4-4 now, they say two on exposure and one for reversal. Shot stopped, 1:41 now. Head outside single and Kayla's in trouble. She trails 6-4 now. Big double and it's 6-6, Kayla trails on criteria. Late sprint from Miracle but she's unable to finish and loses on criteria.
Tynybekova pins Yukako Kawai. Tobier loses and Zain is out. Micic up 6-1 on Canada. He wins 10-2 an is into the quarters, which are starting soon.
Ravi Kumar up 2-0 on Takahashi. Micic with the stepout to make it 1-0. Sanayev is dominating on C. Micic up 2-0 after another stepout. Ravi with another takedown to make it 4-1. He lost to Takahashi in the Asian quarters. Raviis putting it on Takahsahi. Micic in on a shot, trailing on criteria. Micic now trials by 2. The sickle falls 5-3.
Up to 65 now. Jong Chol Son (PRK) in on the shot against Bajrang and forces the stepout. Takedown for Musukaev against Turkey. Bajrang takes the lead back on a takedown. Another takedown for Musukaev. Rashidov leading 1-0 on the shot clock point. Bajrang picking up the pace, up 4-1. I turn away for a second and Rashidov is up 9-0. Musukaev looks hurt. Niyazbekov up 4-1, looking for a cradle and this crowd is going ballistic. Bajrang wins 8-1 and qualifies India. Niyazbekov falls in on a shot and closes it out 6-2. Musukaev up 11-2 now. He finishes it off with a big 4, does a backflip, and has qualified Hungary. Very cool to see the guy who got screwed at Russia's Olympic Trials in 2016 move to another country and qualify them.
Rooting for North Korea here against Mongolia. Rim goes up 1-0 after the shot clock point. In on a shot early in the second period and she leads 2-0. Mongolia responds and leads on criteria a little after the two-minute mark. Gantuya Eenkhbat with the takedown, gets reversed to her back, then back again and leads Norh Korea 5-4. Goofy flurry but PRK gets two and leads 6-5! Kayla Miracle remains alive for repechage.
Match 9 - Tamyra Mensah-Stock vs Sara Dosho (JPN)
First Period: Dosho was world champ in 2017 and Olympic gold in Rio. Before that, she went bronze, silver, bronze the previous three years. Tamyra trying to qualify America for Tokyo and protect USA's third-place spot. Too easy on the low single, 2-0 Mensah-Stock just 28 seconds in. Another shot attempt, Dosho backs out of it. Handfighting, couple shots stopped by Dosho. They were about to hit Dosho for passive but she tried a knee tap and almost scored. Hard blast double by Dosho, Tamyra whizzers and stops as they're circling back to their feet, she shoots and has to chase it down, leading 4-0 now. Last year's bronze takes that lead into the break. Meanwhile, last year's 65kg silver from Canada is beating the defending champ from Ukraine on A.
Second Period: Took a little longer as they had to wipe the mat down. Mensah hanging in the collar tie, half shot, Dosho circles her out, 4-1 now. Slower pace this period, Tamyra wanting Japan to come to her. Dosho took one shot and was attempting arm drags. Under a minute and Mensah-Stock ices it. Mensah with the lace to make it 8-1. Tamyra piles it on, 10-1 and she's in the semis.
Was shooting a bracket reaction for tomorrow so unfortunately you guys only get the results for now.
57kg: Suleyman Atli (TUR) 5-3 over Nurislam Sanayev (KAZ)
57kg: Zaur Uguev (RUS) 6-4 over Ravi Dahiya (IND)
65kg: Daulet Niyazbekov (KAZ) *9-9 over Bajrang Punia (IND)
65kg: Gadzhimurad Rashidov (RUS) 3-2 over Ismail Musukaev (HUN)
62kg: Taybe Yusein (BUL) 10-0 over Marianna Sastin (HUN)
62kg: Aisuluu Tynybekova (KGZ) 7-0 over Jong Sim Rim (PRK)
Match 10 - Tamyra Mensah-Stock vs Anna Schell (GER)
First Period: Tamyra in blue on Mat B. So far she's outscored opponents 26-2 and looking to win her second career world medal. This could be quick. Immediately take Schell to her back, up 4-0 just 30 seconds in. Schell bellies out, back on their feet. Swing single on Schell's left leg, also catching her wrist but this time Mensah-Stock can't finish. Right back to putting her on her back, has the Turk in and up 6-0. Can't get the fall but 8-0 now. Total domination! A 10-0 tech and Mensah-Stock is in her first world finals. She will face Jenny Fransson (SWE) in tomorrow's gold medal match.
Iryna Kurachkina (BLR) vs Jowita Wrzesien (POL). Passive against Kurachkina at 5:03. She chases the takedown and now leads 2-0. Blown dead at 4:09. Passivity against Poand at 3:26. Late shot but no points. Front head position but stalemated. Slow-paced match here and a whistle at 1:19. Kurachkina wants Poland coming to her. Head outside single for Belarus, and she finishes. Doesn't shoot much but is efficient when she does. Solid resume for Kurachkina this quad: 2017 U23 Euro champ, 2017 world bronze, 2017 U23 world silver, 2018 European champ, 2019 Euro Games champ, 2019 world bronze. She will be one to watch next year in Tokyo.
Anastasia Nichita (MDA) Odunayo Adekuoroye. The Junior world champ against the 2x world medalist. Low double into a gut and it's 4-0 Adekuoroye just 23 seconds in. Snatch single shut down by Moldova. Tries it again, goes headwheel. Nichita whizzering and blown dead. other shot for Adekuoroye into a lace and the Nigerian has won her third world medal.
Helluva match coming up here folks. Two defending world champs meeting at the Olympic weight. Risako Kawai is the best women's wrestler in the world right now, having won three straight golds and made five straight finals. Kawai knocked off the GOAT Kaori Icho to make the team and is now guaranteed her spot in Tokyo as she tries to become a two-time Olympic champ. Rong on the clock. My goodness that double from Kawai right after the shot clock, into a turn to make it 5-0. Another double to start the second and it's 7-0. Rong takes a little too long to finish and Kawai makes her pay, 9-0 now. Rong showing signs of life with a 4 off a head pinch and gets the turn! 9-6 with 1:03 to go. Arm throw attempt, nothing coming of it. Kawai wins her fourth straight gold.
Xingru Pei (CHN) vs Pooja Dhanda (IND). Pei looking for her second straight bronze. Dhanda on the clock 90 seconds in. China leads 1-0 at the break. Pei trying to fight through for a takedown, but Dhanda hanging on the arm and blown dead. China on the clock now at 2:04. Low shot on Dhanda's right ankle but stalemated, India takes the lead on criteria. This time Pei finishes the shot and leads 3-1 with a minute left. Pei ices it, 5-1 after that last takedown. She becomes a two-time world bronze.
Anhelina Lysak (UKR) vs Shoovdor Baatarjav (MGL). Can't help but feel for Alli Ragan watching this match, as she lost to Lysak first round. The three-time age-level world medalist is facing a returning world bronze from Mongolia who has now wrestled for a medal three years in a row. Baatarjav fights off Lysak's double overs for the first takedown. Head outside single and Lysak attempts a neck whip but no go, a leg lace makes it 6-0. Right back to double overs but Baatarjav drops in a shot and pins her.
Internet cutting out prior to the finals is not ideal. Linda Morais of Canada is your world champ, ending Lyubov Ovcharova's (RUS) reign of terror with a pin in the finals.
65kg Bronze - Forrest Molinari vs Xiaoqian Wang (CHN)
First Period: Medal ceremony at 57kg first. Both are looking for their first career senior-level medal, with Forrest losing in last year's bronze match and Wang taking bronze at U23s up at 72kg last year. Quick whistle as China clubs hard after Forrest bullrushes into her. We'll see if Molinari's lefty lead creates any issues. Counter by Wang, whizzer fought through and it's 2-0, now 4-0 after the gut. That gut wrench is tight, up to 6-0, she finishes it off with a 10--0 tech.
Yuliana Yaneva (BUL) vs Elis Manolova (AZE). Slow start to the match and Yaneva goes on the clock. Manolova leading 1-0 in the second off the shot clock point and neither looks terribly interested in shooting. Manolova finally taking control of this match with a takedown. Stalemate with 1:08 to, actually they say Caution+1 and Yaneva needs a takedown to win. Euro champ Manolova gets her first world medal on the senior level.
Iryna Koliadenko (UKR) vs Inna Trazhukova (RUS). The Russian moving Koliadenko around a lot, trying to shoot but stalemated. Later shoots her out and it's 1-0 90 seconds in. Trazhukova is overwhelming and gets a takedown two minutes in. Forcing the stepout and they go Caution+1 so Trazhukova leads 4-0 and it's not getting any prettier. Challenge in the second and they give Russia four, plus the one for lost challenge. Trazhukova closes it out with a 4 and she is your world champ.
Qian Zhou (CHN) vs Epp Mae (EST). The first point comes off the shot clock, and then Mae gets a second not long after when she runs Zhou out of bounds from behind off a single. Zhou with the treetop finish into a lace for the 4-2 lead. Another low single, chasing the other ankle. Still hanging on the left ankle is Mae and blown dead. Clutch burger, Mae goes takedown right into the turn to win 6-4.
Elmira Syzdykova (KAZ) vs Aline Rotter Focken (GER). And the big drum is back. Bloodtime for Germany. Syzdykova goes on the clock, Focken up 1-0 now. Focken with the Gable wrap and a stalemate at 2:24. Official's conference and Focken leads 2-0 after the stepout. 3-0 Germany after the challenge but the crowd is trying to rally Syzdykova. Restart at 33 seconds, and then stalemated at 23. Rotter Focken wins bronze.
76kg Gold - Adeline Gray vs Hiroe Minagwa (JPN)
First Period: Minagawa is a surprise finalist and Gray is the reigning world champ. Passive against Adelien at 5:06. Gray on the clock now at 4:36. Minagawa takes the lead and still not a whole lot in the way of committed attacks. Passive against Minagawa at the 3:45 mark. Headwheel single into a tilt and Adeline steals the period, 4-1 at the break.
Second Period: Little more action to start the period as these two are handfighting. Final two minutes now. Little flurry but Minagawa couldn't generate anything. Restart at 0:41 seconds. Some guy just said U-S-A, but the chant did not follow. Restart at 0:27. Minagawa runs her out. Adeline Gray wins 4-2 and becomes a five-time world champ!