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ANKARA, Turkey – U.S. men’s freestyle wrestlers Jordan Oliver (Easton, Pa./Gator WC) at 60 kg/132 lbs. and Andrew Howe (Cedar Lake, Ind./New York AC) at 74 kg/163 lbs. captured bronze medals at the Junior World Championships on Saturday.
The Junior World Championships feature the world’s best wrestlers who are 17-20 years old.
“Both of these wrestlers decided not to walk away from this tournament without winning a medal,” said U.S. coach Eric Guerrero.
Oliver defeated Batchuluun Batmagnia of Mongolia in the bronze-medal match, 2-1, 5-0.
“It was get a medal or none at all. It was all or nothing. That was my gold-medal match,” said Oliver. “I went out and worked my stuff, what I do best, my motion and getting off my attacks. That is what I lacked in the semifinals.”
Oliver finished 4-1 in the tournament. His only loss was in the semifinals to Aghahuseyn Mustafayev of Azerbaijan, 0-1, 0-1. Mustafayev was second in the 2009 European Junior Championships.
“Jordan wrestled well. He had a tough draw and tough opponents. The only match he lost was in the semifinals, where he left a few things to chance. He came back strong. In the bronze-medal match, he shut out a strong opponent. He didn’t get what he came here for, but coming up with a bronze medal is something to be proud of,” said Guerrero.
He opened by beating Dauren Zhumagazyyev of Kazakhstan, 2-1, 1-0 and Cody Airdrie of Canada, 4-0, 7-0. In the quarterfinals, he beat Garnik Mnatsakanyan of Armenia, 3-0, 8-0.
“Everybody you wrestle here is tough. You have to be prepared to wrestle tough matches, no matter what country they are from and what their style is,” said Oliver. “Going to train at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, and training under Coach Smith at Oklahoma State, I felt prepared. I had to go out and show I was prepared. It didn’t work out how I wanted, but I had to keep coming back and wrestle for the bronze.”
Oliver took a redshirt year as a freshman last season for Oklahoma State.
Howe defeated Igor Jakypbekov of Krygyzstan in the bronze-medal bout, 3-0, 2-0.
Howe also finished 4-1 in the tournament on Saturday, dropping a semifinal match to 2008 Junior World champion Magomed Zubairov of Russia, 0-2, 0-1.
“Andrew is a tough competitor; we all know that,” said Guerrero. “He was extremely aggressive, very smart in his offense. In the match he lost in the semifinals, the opponent got three pushouts. He came back strong and absolutely dismantled the wrestler from Kyrgysztan. He won the first period from the clinch, then scored takedowns in the second period.”
Howe started with a shutout of Romain Jollien of Switzerland, 2-0, 7-0, then stopped Hayk Karapetyan of Armenia, 3-1, 5-0. His quarterfinal victory was over Zhambolat Magzumov of Kazakhstan, 4-0, 4-1.
Howe was a NCAA runner-up as a freshman at the Univ. of Wisconsin.
Tyrell Fortune (Portland, Ore./Peninsula WC) finished seventh at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. with a 2-1 record. Fortune opened with two wins, then fell in his third bout to Fatih Yasarli of Turkey, 0-3, 0-6. When Yasarli was defeated in the semifinals, Fortune was not eligible for the repechage rounds.
Fortune also competed in the Junior World Greco-Roman Championships earlier in the week. He was a Junior College national champion last year for Clackamas JC.
Losing in his first match was Carson Kuhn (Sandy, Utah/Vandit) at 50 kg/ 110 lbs. He fell to Surender Surender of India, and when Surender was beaten in the semifinals, Kuhn was not eligible for the repechage rounds and did not place in the top 10 in his weight.
The U.S. has now won four medals at the Junior World Championships after five days. In the women’s freestyle competition, Victoria Anthony (Huntington Beach, Calif./New York AC) won a gold medal at 44 kg/97 lbs. and Veronica Carlson (Addison, Ill./New York AC) won a silver medal at 63 kg/138.75 lbs.
Four U.S. freestyle wrestlers weigh in on Saturday, and will compete on the final day of the Junior World Championships on Sunday. The group includes college wrestlers Jason Chamberlain of Boise State at 66 kg/145.5 lbs. and Dom Bradley of the Univ. of Missouri at 120 kg/264.5 lbs., as well as recent high school grads Tony Ramos of Illinois at 55 kg/121 lbs. and Chris Perry of Oklahoma at 84 kg/185 lbs. Ramos will attend Iowa and Perry is going to Oklahoma State.
After their weigh-ins and meal, these four wrestlers came to the medal rounds and witnessed Oliver and Howe capture their bronze medals.
“They watched their teammates win medals. It is good for them to go to sleep seeing their teammates compete with pride for their country. We hope it pays off with a strong performance tomorrow,” said Guerrero.
JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Ankara, Turkey, August 8
50 kg/110 lbs.
Gold - Ahmet Peker (Turkey)
Silver - Rustam Ampar (Russia)
Bronze - Nodirjon Safarov (Uzbekistan)
Bronze - Anatolii Buruian (Moldova)
5th - Emanuel Krause (Germany)
5th - Surender Surender (India)
7th - Nursultan Naizabekov (Kazakhstan)
8th - Mustafa Fekry Moursy (Egypt)
9th - Matevos Saroyan (Armenia)
10th - Lomtadze Lasha (Georgia)
60 kg/132 lbs.
Gold - Timur Tsabolov (Russia)
Silver - Aghahuseyn Mustafayev (Azerbaijan)
Bronze - Jordan Oliver (USA)
Bronze - Jalil Lashani (Iran)
5th - Batchuluun Batmagnai (Mongolia)
5th - Arsen Yediharov (Ukraine)
7th - Yashar Jamali Esmaeili (Germany)
8th - Garnik Mnatsakanyan (Armenia)
9th - Kotaro Tanaka (Japan)
10th - Dong Shan (China)
74 kg/163 lbs.
Gold - Saeid Tavakol (Iran)
Silver - Magomed Zubairov (Russia)
Bronze - Andrew Howe (USA)
Bronze - Andriy Nagornyy (Ukraine)
5th - Ilgiz Jakypbekov (Kyrgyzstan)
5th - Yoon-Seok Lee (Korea)
7th - Batuhan Demircin (Turkey)
8th - Zhambolat Magzumov (Kazakhstan)
9th - Sohsuke Takatani (Japan)
10th - Carmelo Lumia (Italy)
96 kg/211.5 lbs.
Gold - Erfan Amiri (Iran)
Silver - Jamaladdin Magomedov (Azerbaijan)
Bronze - Vladislav Baitshev (Russia)
Bronze - Fatih Yaslarli (Turkey)
5th - Alexandr Romanov (Moldova)
5th - Dániel Ligeti (Hungary)
7th - Tyrell Fortune (USA)
8th - Pavlo Oliinyk (Ukraine)
9th - Eduardo Mesa Rabi (Cuba)
10th - Jozef Jaloviar (Slovaki)