2021 Cadet World Championships

Bassett Completes Freestyle Blitz Through Budapest

Bassett Completes Freestyle Blitz Through Budapest

Four opponents tried to survive an onslaught of attacks, but none made it the distance against the baddest 45-kilogram dude on the planet.

Jul 21, 2021 by Andy Hamilton
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The extra workouts day after day are all part of the process that enables Bo Bassett to wrestle with relentless pressure and a breakneck pace.

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The extra workouts day after day are all part of the process that enables Bo Bassett to wrestle with relentless pressure and a breakneck pace. 

“A lot of training, a lot of workouts during the day,” the 14-year-old Pennsylvania native said. “But I love being there, I love doing it and it’s just in the mindset, too. I know I’ll outwork anyone and I know no one can go with me for four minutes.” 

Bassett backed up that statement this week in Budapest, where four opponents tried to survive an onslaught of attacks, but none made it the distance against the baddest 45-kilogram dude on the planet. 

Bassett completed his blitz through the bracket Wednesday by decking Russia’s Alikhan Ashinov in the Cadet World finals. 

The 87-second fall in the finals topped off a title run that included three pins and a technical superiority victory. Bassett trailed at one point in each of his four matches in Budapest, but the deficits were like the opposition’s oxygen supply when the American cranked up the heat — short lived. 

“I know I can go four minutes at a super-high pace and I know I can go to deep waters,” said Bassett, who will try to capture another gold later in the week in Greco-Roman. “These guys haven’t really been to deep waters like I have and I know I have a better gas tank than anyone in the world.” 

Bassett followed up Maryland’s Meyer Shapiro, who won the 65-kilogram title on Tuesday, and captured the 20th Cadet World gold for the American men’s freestyle program since United World Wrestling reinstituted the tournament in 2011. 

The United States finished the men’s freestyle tournament with two golds, three silvers and a bronze, which belonged to Iowa’s Nate Jesuroga, who beat Armenia’s Tigran Buniatyan 6-2 on Wednesday to medal at 51 kilograms.  

It wasn’t quite enough, though, for the Americans to seize the team title. India scored team points at all 10 weights and took home the championship with 147 points. The United States finished second with 143, three more than third-place Russia. 

The Americans had one more medal shot Wednesday, but Kazakhstan’s Kamil Kurugliyev downed Gavin Nelson 6-0 at 92 kilograms. 

While the men’s freestyle portion of the tournament wrapped up Wednesday, the women’s freestyle competition began. The United States women’s squad went 6-5 on the day, highlighted by a three-match stretch when Angela Dill and Lillian Freitas scored falls in 49 and 33 seconds, respectively, and Audrey Jiminez scored a 34-second tech. 

Jimenez and Freitas will wrestle for bronze on Thursday, while Dill and Savannah Cosme will compete in the repechage. 


Wednesday’s Men’s Freestyle Results 

45 kg gold: Bo Bassett pinned Alikhan Ashinov (RUS), 1:27

51 kg bronze: Nate Jesuroga def. Tigran Buniatyan (ARM), 6-2 

92 kg bronze: Kamil Kurugliyev (KAZ) def. Gavin Nelson, 6-0 



Wednesday’s Women’s Freestyle Results 

43 kg: Angie Dill

Round of 16: Dill def. Julia Karina Dolna (POL), FALL :49

Quarterfinals: Tannu Tannu (IND) def. Dill, 13-0  

Dill will wrestle in Thursday’s repechage. 


49 kg: Audrey Jimenez

Round of 32: Jimenez def Neha Kiran Chougale (IND), 10-0

Round of 16: Jimenez def Laura Ganikyzy (KAZ), 10-0

Quarterfinals: Jimenez def Sarah Carina Lins (AUT), 10-0

Semifinals: Svenja Jungo (SUI) def Jimenez, 8-6

Jimenez will wrestle Thursday for bronze. 


57 kg: Savannah Cosme

Round of 16: Selvi Ilyasoglu (TUR) def Cosme, 6-0

Cosme will wrestle in Thursday’s repechage. 


65 kg: Grace Stem

Round of 16: Duygu Gen (TUR) def Stem, 6-6

Stem has been eliminated from the tournament 


73 kg: Lillian Freitas

Round of 16: Freitas def Patrycja Dorota Cuber (POL), FALL :33

Quarterfinals: Freitas def Valentina Toreniyazova (UZB), 10-0

Semifinals: Kseniya Patapovich (BLR) def. Freitas, 3-1 

Freitas will wrestle Thursday for bronze