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Day seven of the 2019 world championships have begun in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
Wrestling today at the Barys Arena are four men's freestyle brackets. Competing at the Olympic weights are Jordan Burroughs (74kg) and Nick Gwiazdowski (125k), as well as James Green (70kg) and J'den Cox (92kg) at the non-Olympic weights. Additionally, the repechage will be completed for 57kg and 65kg in men's freestyle, also 62kg and 68kg in women's freestyle.
Our six days worth of live updates for these world championships can be found below.
Willie has been synthesizing the best moments and notable accomplishments at the end of each evening session.
The morning session will end with the quarterfinals. The evening session will be the semifinals from today and medal matches from yesterday. Be sure to read today's bracket analysis.
Rise and shine pic.twitter.com/YSTyTN7RRK— Willie Saylor (@WillieAtFLO) September 20, 2019
To qualify for the Olympics, Gwiz and Burroughs will have to make it to the semifinals. Each wrestler can score up to 20 team points today for America.
Nations Qualifying For Olympics Today
57kg: Iran, Serbia
74kg: France, Italy, Russia, United States
125kg: China, Georgia, Turkey, Ukraine
62kg: Japan, Sweden
68kg: Mongolia, Japan
How about this brutal start on Mat D: Euro Games champ Mahir Amiraslanov (AZE) vs two- time world bronze Erdenebat Bekhbayar (MGL) in the first round of the repechage. The winner will face Reza Atri in the match that qualifies your country for next year's Olympics. On Mat A, 2017 world bronze and 2018 world silver Koumba Larroque (FRA) has to beat Turkey to keep her Olympic qualifying hopes alive.
Amirslanov so difficult to score on. Stalemated 20 seconds in off an Erdenebat shot. Also up on C is Russia's rep at 70kg, past Junior world champ David Baev. Erdenebay somehow did not give up the go behind and scores a stepout, officials are conferencing. They end up going 1 for Azerbaijan. Baev up 2-0 early. Erdenebat holding center and Amiraslanov hit for passive. Baev just grind out points, up 4-0. Amiraslanov on the clock, gets headlocked and fighting off his back, 4-1 at the break. Baev finishes off the tech of Belarus.
Back to action D. Update from A, Larroque trails 2-0 after giving up a shot clock point. Stepout for Amirslanov and he's within two, but needs more than a takedown. Duck attempt, takedown for AZE, looking for the gut. Doesn't get it, 22 to go. Underhook but Amiraslanov can't force the stepout, Erdenebat wins on criteria. Asia will get an Olympic quota at 57kg as Mongolia faces Iran next round. Challenge on A and Larroque gets a Caution+1 to beat Turkey 2-2 on criteria.
Match 1 - James Green vs Vince De Marinis (CAN)
First Period: Quick go behind and James is looking for his lace. Shot to dump and he leads 4-0, plus a gut. Double and splits the leg, trying to finish off the tech. Boom trap arm, 10-0. He will have a tough match against AZE or POL next.
They are in fact letting Haji Aliyev wrestle. He's up 4-0 on Egypt and we've got a cold spray sighting! Aliyev techs the Egyptian that was up 3-0 on Rashidov at the break. And he's hurt, badly.
On B, Magomedmurad Gadzhiev (POL) vs Ganzorig (MGL). Several world medals represented here, and the winner gets James Green. Gadzhiev on the clock. Ganzorig goes up 1-0 and shortly after they hit him for passive. Gadzhiev on the clock in the second, and Ganzorig leads 2-0. Gadzhiev got to a body lock but no score. Drops down on a single late, while Ganzorig is on the clock and he scores three points like that. Up 3-2 but Mongolia is challenging. They rule in favor of Poland, despite him going all the way out of bounds to finish the takedown.
Now on B, world and Olympic medalist Ikhtiyor Navruzov (UZB). On C is Russian heavyweight rep Alan Khugaev against Oleg of house Boltin, Ramsay's little brother. Navruzov wins. Khugaev up 2-1 at the break. Challenge by KAZ off a chest wrap position, I'm thinking 4 for Russia. They do but Boltin answers with a takedown. Khugaev wins 7-4.
On A an awesome one. In the red is Franklin Gomez of Puerto Rico against Bekzod of Uzbekistan. Both now train in State College with the Nittany Lion WC.
Man. Flying from state college to the other side of the world to wrestle first round— Matt McCutcheon (@mm_mccutcheon) September 19, 2019
No points in the first minute. Gomez on the clock and Bekzod goes up 1-0. Now Bekzod hit for passive. Not a lot of action, kind of looks like these guys are practice partners and know all of each other's moves. Bekzod in front head position. They put Gomez on the clock again. Bekzod up 2-0 now and on the offensive. Restart with 26 to go, Bekzod wins 4-0.
Couple interesting heavyweight matches on C and D of guys on Gwiz's side of the bracket. Dorjkhand of Mongolia up 1-0 over Mohebbi (IRI) at the break, and Khotsianivski (UKR) leading on criteria over Beriandize (ARM) at the break. Khotsi wins 3-2. Mohebbi up 6-1 late.
On B, Indian legend Sushil Kumar leads Gadzhiyev (AZE) 4-4 on criteria at the break. Hungary is almost exclusively Russians at this point, Kuramagomedov up 6-2 on Mat A. Sushil was up 9-4 but trials 10-9 now. On D, another Azeri in Jamaladdin Magomedov is up 5-0 on a gargantuan Belorussian. Sushil falls 11-9. On C, Henna Johansson just qualified Sweden for the Olympics at 62kg.
The round of 16 is set at 70kg, and James Green will have 2017 world silver Magomedmurad Gadzhiev (POL) to get to the quarters.
Stevan Micic on D against Givi Davidovi to qualify Serbia for the Olympics. Single on Davidovi's right leg, and he finishes, up 2-0 a minute in. Meanwhile on C, Zelimkhan Khadjiev just TOSSED last year's silver medalist Avtandil Kentchadze. He's up 6-0 now, and also beat Kentchadze at Euros this year, but that was only 3-3 on criteria. Another shot and Micic is up 4-0 at the break. Second period starts and Davidovi is on his heels. He fights off a shot by Micic, takes one of h is own but doesn't finish. Micic again drops in on the right leg and makes it 6-0 with under two minutes to go. Final minute now, and Micic is staying in his stance. Swing single by Davidovi, but Micic hits the counter to make it 8-0. That should ice it.
On A, the other 57kg match to qualify for Tokyo. Reza Atri of Iran against Erdenebat Bekhabayr of Mongolia. Atri getting blood cleaned up. Erdenebat up 1-0 on a shot clock point. Another stepout makes it 2-0. Geandry Garzon of Cuba leading Bekzod 2-0 on Mat C, less than a minute in. Bekzod responds with a takedown and turn, but Cuba reverses to his back and leads 4-4 on criteria at the break. Excellent match so far. Atri takes the lead on a takedown, under two minutes left.
Haji Aliyev vs Takuto Otoguro on B! Frank Chamizo cruised to a 10-0 tech on D. Garzon with the 6-4 lead on C! This was the best collection of talent and names on all four mats combined that we've had so far this week. Otoguro puts Haji in short offense. Throwby and Otoguro gets the takedown. Bekzod now leading 6-0 on criteria. Controversial 2 on the exposure for Otoguro. Bekzod pouring it on now, up 10-6. Trading two quick takedowns on A, Atri now leads on criteria. Bekzodwins 10-6. Atri wins to qualify Iran for Tokyo. Japan runs down the two it's 6-2, plus a trap arm to go up 8-2.
Otoguro up 4-2 at the break. No score in the first minute. Demirtas (TUR) up 2-0 on Azerbaijan early. Haji headlocks for 4, but Otoguro rolls through for 2. Score is 10-6 right now, with 42 seconds left. Caution+1 against Otoguro. Aliyev shot, stepout. 10-8 with 15 to go and a takedown wins it. Another Caution+1. Aliyev falls 10-9. The three-time world champ fails to qualify, along with Olympic champ Vladimer Khinchegasvhili. Both will be at the European qualifier this spring.
Meanwhile, over on C, Demirtas hasn't scored in four minutes and trails Gadzhyev 3-2. Another takedown and it's 5-2 Gadzhyev with 30 seconds to go. Demirtas falls! Gadzhyev will face Bekzod next round. Two-time world champ and 2012 Olympic bronze Battsetseg Soronzonbold (MGL) beats Larroque 10-2 to qualify for Tokyo. Navruzov survives a scare 7-6. Sidakov teched Mexico.
Match 2 - Jordan Burroughs vs Azamat Nurykau (BLR)
First Period: Familiar face for Burroughs. JB your 2 seed, in the blue. Little shot, Nurykau fights it off. Swing single for Burroughs, chest wrap and let's see how they score it. They go 2+2, then he holds it on the edge, that's a 4. Nurykau leads 6-2 with 4:47 left. Shot, stepout and it's 6-3. Nurykau already looking winded. Head outside and Burroughs finishes out of bounds, 6-5. Another shot and it's 6-6. JB trailing on criteria but Nurykau is fading fast. Nurykau catches Burroughs in the eye, but Caution+1 waved off. Another low single, on Nurykau's left leg, 7-6. The ref has to continually force Nurykau back to the center. JB got poked in the eye again and there's a stoppage. Burroughs already bleeding in his first match, right on his nose. Still 7-6 at the break.
Second Period: Mark Manning in Burrough's corner, Joe Russell behind him. Second shot for Burroughs, stalemated. Nurykau swats at JB's eye and gets an admonishment from the chairman. Belarus stopped JB on the single with the chest wrap, he recognized it from the first period and just laid flat. Another Caution+1 white paddled, snap down go behind and Nurykau leads 8-7. Gut wrench makes it 10-7. I can't remember JB getting turned internationally since the Tsargush match in 2014. Single on Nurykau's left leg, stopped. Single, to double, and back in the chestwrap position. Blown dead with 56 seconds left. Nurykau says he's hurt. That has to be a point for Burroughs. He fights through a shot and trails 10-9 with 41 seconds left. Needs another takedown. Caution+1 finally called, JB trails on criteria. Snap in on the leg. Wrestling on the edge and Nurykau rolls through! That's two and Belarus is challenging. They're taking forever to review this, and Nurykau is exhausted, laying on the mat. They go stepout but JB wins 11-10. What a war. Ice in his veins.
Match 3 - James Green vs Magomedmurad Gadzhiev (POL)
First Period: Nothing going early on. Gadzhiev on the clock. Green leads 1-0, under a minute left. Green shot, stopped. Greezy finishes, but damn they say slip. 1-0 at the break.
Second Period: Still a slow pace but Gadhiev is struggling with Green's handfight. Beautifully sets up a double and finishes all the way across the mat. 1:34 to go. Green puts on the clock at 1:08. Final 23, Green leading 3-1. Single by Gadzhiev, on the edge, tries to limp arm, and they go out. Green kicked his leg out, lands on his butt. They go 2, Bryan Snyder challenges. Ruled a takedown, Green loses 4-3. No idea how they came to that conclusion.
Match 4 - J'den Cox vs Mohammed Fardj (ALG)
First Period: Stepout Cox, 1:15 in. Takedown and a series of guts finishes it off. He's incredible. One of the most dominant wrestlers in the world.
Great one on D. World champ in 2017 and bronze last year, Zurbai Iakobishvili (GEO) vs Russian youngster David Baev. No points in the first period. Caution+1 into the takedown and Baev leads 3-0 with 4:23 left, they're on the mat. Baev has an underrated gut wrench, he's up 5-0. That's how it stands at the break. Iakobishvili on the clock. Baev snakes the leg and goes up 7-0, amazing transition. Final minute now. Over on A, Batirov beats Mustafayev. We will be rooting for him to lose to Poland next round. Baev wins 7-0.
Sara Dosho beats Nigeria by criteria to qualify for the Olympics.
Match 5 - Nick Gwiazdowski vs Yadollah Mohebbi (IRI)
First Period: Nick beat Mohebbi 5-4 at worlds in 2017. Another sign breaks after Gwiz runs Mohebbi out on a snatch single. Shot by Gwiz good defense by Mohebbi to break the lock and no point, two minutes in. Iranian underhook and Gwiz gets run out, Caution+1. Another shot stuffed by Iran.
Second Period: Another single for Gwiz and this time he doesn't get stuck under, runs him out for 1. Final two minutes here. Gwiz gets stuck under again, but this time gives up the stepout. The difference in this match is how quickly Nick can get the foot up off the mat. Last-minute here, Gwiz needs a stepout. Gwiz dances on the edge, doesn't give it up. In on the low single and Gwiz gets crotch locked. He loses 5-2.
Petriashvili with a tech in his first match. Otoguro shuts down in the second but beats Bahrain 6-1 to qualify for the Olympics. Yukako Kawai (JPN) up 1-0 on the break against four-time world medalist Yulia Tkach (UKR) in the match to qualify for the Olympics. Taha Akgul wins 8-0 on B. Kawai wins 3-0 and qualifies at 62kg. Japan secures Olympic quotas at five of the six weights in women's freestyle.
Match 6 - Jordan Burroughs vs Murad Kuramagomedov (HUN)
First Period: Hungary takes Burroughs down 30 seconds in. Kuramagomedov chased him around the mat but no stepout. Short misdirection timed well, in on JB's right leg, drives him out and they award two. Burroughs trails 4-0 at the break, needs to find some offense in the second.
Second Period: Back to it. Jordan pulls him into a front headlock. They stop it for JB to toss his nose plug, 30 seconds in. The Hungarian is keeping distance and gets hit for passive at 2:10. Classic Burroughs. Plays the edge, baits him, attacks left leg off the elbow, switches to a double and the former Russian lands on his butt. Chairman goes 4, Hungary challenges. One point lead for Burroughs after the lost challenge. Kuramagomedov chases him, but grounded. He's furious. Burroughs holding center. Final minute now. Attention against Burroughs, 54 left. Single and JB knee pounds him out. Stepout and the Hungarian looks broken. Last 30 seconds. Stopped multiple times, I think Kuramagomedov wanted a Caution+1. Stops in the last five seconds and doesn't even try to take him down. Burroughs wins 6-4, into the quarters.
Last year's Junior world champ Khadzhimurad Gadzhiyev (AZE) upsets Bekzod 12-9. He will face Burroughs in the quarters. James Green beat Gadzhiyev 6-5 in the first round last year. The first-year senior has now beaten Sushil Kumar, Soner Demirtas, and Bekzod. Stay woke people. Mao Okui, who surprisingly took Yuhi Fujinami to make the team, hits a late headlock to make the quarters. Quarterfinals will begin shortly.
Up on D, Baev against Navruzov. On A, we're rooting for Poland to beat Batirov. Kazakhstan's draw at 70kg was impossibly advantageous, beats Great Britain 10-0. It took 90 seconds, but Baev finally runs down a takedown on Navruzov. Gadzhiev on the clock and Poland trails 1-0 vs Batirov. Those scores hold at the break. Iran techs Japan 11-0 on B.
Baev has attacked nonstop and takes Navruzov down again to lead 4-0. Batirov finishes one one Gadzhiev and is up 3-0 with 2:25 left. Navruzov showing signs of life, gets a stepout off an underhook. Wow, he pulls Baev into front head, looking head pinch, circles him towards edge then kicks him over the top for 4. Leads 5-4 with 1:54 left, refs are having a conference. Batirov gives up a Caution+1. Gadzhiev with the takedown, leading on criteria. Baev in on the right leg, looking to finish, lifts and dumps on the edge for 4. Uzbekistan challenges. Gadzhiev hold on to win on criteria. Challenge lost, Baev up 9-5 with 1:12 to go. Low single, Navruzov kicks out of it. Back to the head pinch, this time he can't kick over and they got 2 for Baev. The Russian holds on to win 11-5.
Match 7 - Jordan Burroughs vs Khadzhimurad Gadzhiyev (AZE)
First Period: On A, JB in blue. Whistle 22 seconds in. Gadzhiyev is a lefty lead. Passive confirmed against Burroughs at 5:08. Jordan responds with a gorgeous double to go up 2-0. Two minutes in and there have been quite a few whistles already. Snatch single into a double, and that's a takedown into a gut to lead 6-0, at the break.
Second Period: Gadzhiyev after it right away, and gets the stepout, but he is very tired. JB jab stepping, but not much chasing, two minutes left. They put Jordan on the clock at 1:43, short break to clean up some blood. He shoots right away, nearly pushes him out, AZE circles back in, Jordan re-adjusts and finishes the takedown on the edge this time. He wins 8-1. The rematch with Sidakov is on.
Match 8 - J'den Cox vs Nurgali Nurgaipuly (KAZ)
First Period: Passive against KAZ at 5:08. No one in the world moves quite like J'den. Nurgaipuly on the clock. J'den hasn't fired off a ton of shots this period. Seems like he doesn't like the look KAZ is giving him.
Second Period: J'den clearly looking to score, Nurgaipuly frustrating him a little. He's not bad at circling though. KAZ on the clock again after Cox moved him into the zone about six times in a minute. Caution+1 against KAZ. J'den finally gets in on the left leg, taking his time, has it under his armpit. Nearly gives up position but readjusts and it's 4-0, make that 6-0 after a gut. J'den nearly steps out, slips under him, big lift, KAZ bellies out but it's 8-0 with 20 seconds left.
Last set of quarterfinals. Syria opens with a takedown against two-time defending champ Petriashvili. Not a lot happening. Battle of world silvers on A, Deng (CHN) leading 1-0 over Magomedov (AZE) at the break. Akgul (TUR) up 3-0 over Rakhinov (UZB) at the break. Ukraine beating Mohebbi, not looking good for Gwiz. Geno answered with a takedown and lace to make it 6-2 over Syria. Deng up 2-0 now, Ukraine just pushed out Mohebbi to go up 2-1. Syria scores again and it's 8-4, but Geno in on a shot, and gut, 12-4.
Deng makes the semis. Ukraine makes the semis and Gwiz is out. Akgul won 3-0. Geno techs Syria 14-4.
The semifinals and medal matches are about to begin.
Yones Emami of Iran vs Nurkozha Kaipanov of the host nation on B. A rematch of this year's Asian semis, won by Kaipanov 12-2 in China. Were rooting for Magomedmurad Gadzhiev (POL) to upset David Baev (RUS) on mat C. Overhook attempt by Kaipanov, then maybe a cutback attempt, backfires and takedown for Emami. Passive against Gadzhiev, Baev looking to clear elbows. Kaipanov clears an underhook, drops to a leg and gets the stepout. Gadzhiev on the clock at 4:31. Challenge won for KAZ, Kaipanov leading on criteria now. Kaipanov figthing off the lefty underhook, brings it to the mat, limps and circles out. Baev up 1-0at the break. Crowd erupts as Kaipanov closes out the period with a takedown.
Whistle at 2:45 in the POL/RUS match. Shot clock goes against Baev but a second effort and he finishes the takedown, however waved off. Emami staging a comeback here, within 6-5. Gadzhiev on the clock at 1:14. Looking for a snap, Baev squares up. The Russian knee pounds through to the right leg and finishes low, 3-1 now. Kaipanov still keeping Emami at bay. Another takedown for Baev and it's 5-1. Baev walks out, Caution+1, but he wins 5-2 and Green is eliminated. Kaipanov feeding Emami hips, but he gets to rear standing, now a quad pod. Challenge by Iran as it looked like he finished to the mat but only given a stepout. They didn't even review the full sequence and Kaipanov wins 7-6.
Match 9 - Jordan Burroughs vs Zaurbek Sidakov (RUS)
First Period: Rematch time and this place is packed. Russia in red, Burroughs in blue, same as last year. Sidakov beat Burroughs 6-5 in the quarters in Budapest. Sidakov has cruised here with a much easier draw than JB. Collar tie early on. Brief break, back to the collar tie. Whistle at 5:21, Jordan is bleeding above his eye. Swing single from Jordan, too far out. Passive against JB at 5:06. Double by Burroughs, whizzer but Sidakov driven out, JB draws first blood. Sidakov tying up the left wrist and elbow, looking for his slideby. Always trying to keep a hold of a wrist. So fast on the outside step, JB's in trouble, but refusing to give up the takedown. Somehow Burroughs forces a stalemate and never breaks his lock, period ends 1-0 Burroughs.
Second Period: JB keeping his distance now, Sidakov looking for a snap. Now Sidakov going for an underhook. The Ossetian is really wanting to wrestle this in a phone booth and tie up wrists. Passive against JB, on the clock at 2:11. Righty underhook, popped it up, snagged the ankle. Sidakov finishes on the edge, 2-1 with under two minutes remaining. Final 75 seconds and Sidakov is holding center well. BEAUTIFUL counter. Up 3-2 after timing the swim, changing directions and finishing the go behind. Short time, Sidakov driving though, JB whizzers, reviewing it, his head hit first. Sidakov leads 4-3. The entire crowd is chanting RU-SS-IA. He becomes the first mean to beat Jordan Burroughs twice.
Match 10 - J'den Cox vs Irakli Mtsituri (GEO)
First Period: Mtsituri in blue was Euro bronze this year, he is the four seed. The Georgian does not look terribly interested in engaging with J'den. Fall and takedown. Georgia wants to review saying it was a slip. Cox leads 3-0 after the lost challenge. Two minutes in and Cox is staying patient. Slow played first for J'den
Second Period: Low single attempt, timed well by Mtsituri. He gets to both ankles, had a lace situation, then went to rear standing and somehow J'den never gave up the takedown. Shot attempt by Georgia, Cox looking for the go behind but couldn't finish it. Final minute. J'den playing defense now and he wins 3-0. That's four medals in four tries, and he'll look to defeat Alireza Karimi of Iran tomorrow for his second straight world title.
Geno takes down Ukraine, up 2-0. No score in Deng/Akgul and China goes on the clock. Shot clock up, takedown into a gut for Taha to make it 5-0. Stepout for Geno makes it 3-0. Those scores hold at the break. Shot attempt for Petriashvili, timed well by Khotsianivskyi and stalemated off the sprawl. Snatch single by Geno, nearly walks him out, catches the ankle to the mat and he's up 5-0. Akgul is just collar tying with Deng, not too concerned with China's offense. Khotsi picks up 2 on a crotch lock but reversed, 6-2 now. Akgul wins 5-0 and is looking for his fourth gold medal. He will face Petriashvili, searching for his third straight gold.
Medal matches will begin shortly. Tamyra Mensah-Stock is the only American going this round as she attempts to become a world champion.
Henna Johansson (SWE) vs Marianna Sastin (HUN). And Sastin is on the clock, starting us off like yesterday's medal matches did - slow and low scoring. That 1-0 lead is how we'll head to the break. Johansson runs her out, 2-0 lead and Sastin looks hurt. Whistle at 2:12, Sastin needs a takedown to lead on criteria. Final minute, Johansson snapped her into a shot and leads 4-0. Restart with 17 to go, Sastin needs a 4 pointer. Late Caution+1 but no sweat, Sweden win bronze.
Yukako Kawai (JPN) vs Jong Sim Rim (PRK). Kawai was world silver at this weight last year. Kawai gives up the shot clock point but immediately responds with a head outside single, into a lace and now it's 6-1. The Asian silver holds that lead at the break. Takedown right out the gate in the second, Kawai up 8-1 now. Kawai made her pay for the bad shot, up 10-1 and the lace finishes it off. Kawai wins bronze and locks up her spot on the team in Tokyo.
Taybe Yusein (BUL) vs Aisuluu Tynybekova (KGZ). Yusein your defending champ, Tynybekova trying to become the first gold medalist in her nation's history. Tynybekova hit for passive, the 2017 world bronze likely to go on the clock first. KGAZ on the clock at 4:35. She gives up the passive point but answers with a double and now leads 2-1 late in the first. Slip call, back to their feet, Tynybekova leading 2-1 still, 2:16 left. Fantastic leg defense by Tynybekova, almost getting pushed out but breaking the lock and getting her leg down off the snatch single. Then she shoots and forces Yusein out. The very pro-KGZ crowd is ecstatic. Couldn't get her leg out this time, tries getting into a crackdown, but gives up the exposure, and Yusein leads on criteria at three apiece. Tynybekova shoots! She's got her leg up, Yusein goes chest wrap, but they go 2 KGZ. Seals it right before the buzzer and the nearly full crowd is going berserk. First gold in KGZ history. Both Tynybekova and her coach take the lap around the mat. The Asian champ knocks off the Euro champ 5-3.
Battsetseg Soronzonbold (MGL) vs Alla Cherkasova (UKR). A couple world champs going at it here. Takedown Cherkasova. Another shot, gets extended, Soronzonbold gets it stalemated. The period ends 2-0 in favor of Ukraine. Both tried chasing down scores, but no points. Battsetseg in a merkle position, has to get her leg out. They go to the mat, blown dead. Soronzonbold feeds her hip and finishes the go behind with 40 ticks remaining. Bronze medal for Mongolia as she ties her up for the final 10 seconds.
Sara Dosho (JPN) vs Anna Schell (GER). This is the side that lost to Tamyra. Dosho is a world and Olympic champ. Dosho on the clock at 4:05. Gives up that point but then forces a stepout to lead on criteria at the break. Head outside single, Dosho drives but somehow Schell scrambles out of it and leads 3-1. Schell forces a stepout on the Dosho shot, conference of the officials. They actually go Caution+1 as Dosho backed out, putting Schell on top in par terre with 1:21 left. Final minute. Double caught by Schell. Dosho having trouble figuring out what to attack here. Looking for an arm throw, slip called. Dosho single, Schell sprawl, looking go behind, in a far ankle scramble, no points.
Match 11 - Tamyra Mensah-Stock vs Jenny Fransson (SWE)
First Period: Mensah in the blue. Fransson is 32, and an Olympic bronze in 2016. Tamyra is too good. That single was an instant finish, up 2-0 in the first minute. She just pushed her over, Fransson might be hurt? Weird exchange there. Tamyra's conversion time has to be absurd. Up 4-0 now with 3:48 left in the match. Goodness, another immediate finish on the sweep, she's up 6-0 at the break.
Second Period: Fransson goes for broke, double unders, has her on her butt, now attempting a headlock. She gets the exposure but America immediately drops out of it. Tamyra stretching now, this is concerning. Took her a bit, but she looks ready to go. Shot, first time she hasn't finished. Even when she screws up, Tamyra still doesn't let Fransson score on her. Sweden is challenging. That was a frustration brick, she never had control. 8-2 after the lost challenge, final minute. Slip after the throw attempt, 17 to go. TAMYRA MENSAH-STOCK WINS HER FIRST WORLD TITLE!! One and a half laps, tears in her eyes, big hug from Terry Steiener. This is beautiful to watch. What a beast. One of the most incredible wrestlers in the world.
Tulga Tumur Ochir (MGL) vs Bajrang Punia (IND). Tumur Ochir gets behind early, up 2-0. Almost had another go behind there. Throw and 4, can Tumur Ochir get the pin. Bajrang rolls him through, 6-2 now. Bajrang roars back with a takedown and two turns in the second. A late stepout but Bajrang is now a three-time world medalist after that 8-7 comeback win.
Takuto Otoguro (JPN) vs Ismail Musukaev (HUN). Otoguro looking to become a two-time world medalist and secure his spot on the Olympic team next year for Japan. Musuakev backpedaling off the whistle. Restart at 5:18. Now spelled Muszukajev, he was a JR world silver for Russia back in 2013. He's on the clock, in his first senior medal match in his first crack at senior worlds. Otoguro wanted to score off that snap, no go. Caution+1 offered, officials conference. Nothing, but shot clock point is given up. They will go into the break with it 1-1. Back to the center. Musukaev on the clock, chases down a single and up 2-1 with 1:54 left. Otoguro can't get his hands on Musukaev. Caution+1 and Otoguro needs more than a takedown now. Japan gets to rear standing, then quad pod. Takes him down with 24 to go, Musuakev holding criteria. Snap go behind, lift and dump, and he wins 5-3. After never making the team in Russia, Musuakev wins bronze in his first try at senior worlds. The Dagestanis are showering him with applause. Otoguro's points per match dropped by 8 year over year, and he'll now have to fight it out with Rei Higuchi (and others) to make the Olympic team for Tokyo.
Daulet Niyazbeov (KAZ) vs Gadzhimurad Rashidov (RUS). Whistle at 5:44, ref saying stay out of the eyes. Quick shot by Rashidov, finishes the low single, and right into a gut wrench. Rashidov oles him into a stepout, but stopped for his right eye to get cleaned up. 5:14 remaining and they're wiping sweat off the mat. Dresser dump for 2, and there's another gut wrench. They're Gable wrapping Rashidov. Into front head and finishes the go behind. Slow walk around the mat and the Dagestani is soaking it in. He is the favorite heading into Tokyo.
Stevan Micic (SRB) vs Nurislam Sanayev (KAZ). The Michigan star makes a medal match in his first try at Senior worlds. The Serbian Sickle is taking on last year's silver and a massive hometown favorite. Quick two on the dump for Sanayev. Last time these two wrestled Micic teched him in Poland last year. They go 2+2, Sanayev on the leg, takedown for Sanayev, working his lace. Formerly known as Artas Sanaa in Russia, the 28-year-old leads 4-2. Micic wrestled in Cadet worlds for USA in 2013, won JR Bronze for USA in 2015, and now was Euro Games silver for Serbia this year. A tennis ball was just thrown on the mat as the clock did not start. Down to 4:34 now. Sanayev was fifth in both 2014 and 2015, as well as wrestling in the 2016 Olympics for Kazakhstan. Not sure what's taking so long here. Make that 3:14. Sean Bormet and Sergei Beloglazov in Micic's corner. Shot attempt stopped by Micic, outside single and in a scramble. Micic has him in trouble. Sanayev holding on to that far ankle and stalemated. Final 90 seconds. Micic chasing after him but can't muster anything. Restart at 10, Caution+1 and Sanayev wins his second medal. The crowd went nuts.
Ravi Dahiya (IND) vs Reza Atri (IRI). Matchup of Asian countries here, both in their first medal match, though Ravi was JR world silver in 2015 and U23 world silver last year. Atri was world Military Games bronze in 2015. Atri on the clock, tries to score but Ravi comes over the top and makes it 2-0. Atri's head getting cleaned up right now. Incredible movement from both of these guys to end the period but no takedown. Points flying here as it's now 4-3 Ravi with 90 seconds to go. Nice duck swim from Atri, even better leg defense from Ravi to clear out and not give it up. Takedown should ice it, up 6-3 with 12 seconds remaining. Ravi Dahiya wins bronze and was one of the great stories of the week.
Last match of the night. One seed Suleyman Atli (TUR) vs two seed Zaur Uguev (RUS). Atli won Euros this year and was bronze last year, Uguev is defending champ. Somehow these two have never wrestled. Atli loves clearing elbows to the right, or going righty arm drag. Uguev has an excellent gut wrench. Should be a good one. Atli was JR world champ in 2013, and U23 bronze in 2017. Uguev was the first one to win two Cadet world titles when that tournament was reinstated. Passive on Atli at 5:12. Both guys attack but neither creates penetration. Atli on the clock at 4:34. No point on the shot despite Uguev almost getting behind, white paddled, but he's up 1-0 at the break on the shot clock point. Atli on the double, lift over the top and Uguev exposes. Still on the leg and Uguev hits a headlock, has Atli on his back. Atli reverses, so now 3-3 with Atli leading. Clean finish on the single, 5-3 and there's his turn to make it 7-3. Going the other way on the trap arm to go up 9-3. One more and it's 11-3. Uguev goes back-to-back after he finishes off the tech. Two straight golds heading into Tokyo, after bouncing back from injuries all year.