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Postby JM » Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:58 am

Five Rio 2016 FS Champs Greedy for Gold, But Only Four Can Succeed in Paris
By William May

August 18, 2017

PARIS, August 18 – Five freestyle champions from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games come to Paris hungry for yet another gold medal. But, at most, only four of these wrestlers can leave the City of Light with a little more swagger in their walk and some golden swag in their hand luggage.

Vladimir KHINCHEGASHVILI (GEO), Hassan YAZDANI CHARATI (IRI) and Taka AKGUL (TUR) are favorites to win gold in their respective weight categories. But, the winner of the fourth gold medal could very well be decided in the final bout on the final day of the Senior World Wrestling Championships.

And, a fitting conclusion it would be -- Abdulrashid SADULAEV (RUS) and Kyle SNYDER (USA) squaring off in the 97kg final. The middleweight ruler versus the defending heavyweight champion – for one gold medal and bragging rights until the next “Match of the Century”.

Championship organizers surely must have consulted a psychic on scheduling to put three of the Rio 2016 gold medalists in action on the first day of freestyle wrestling at AccorHotels Arena while saving the Sadulaev-Snyder showdown for the grand finale.

On the first day, Khichegashvili, the gold medalist at 57kg in Rio de Janeiro, is entered at 61kg along with two-time world champ Haji ALIEV (AZE). Yazdani, the victor at 74kg in Rio, will be at 86kg where he will try to claim his first senior world title, while Akgul seeks a third world crown at 130kg to go with his Rio gold.

The fourth event on tap for Friday will be 57kg, which has no clear favorites in the absence of all four medalists from Rio 2016. And, the only medalist returning from the Las Vegas 2015 world championships is bronze medal winner ERDENEBAT Bekhbayar (MGL).

For the final day of competition, 65kg is also near-impossible to handicap with the absence of both gold medal finalists and the migration of Rio bronze medalists Frank CHAMIZO (ITA) and Ikhtiyor NAVRUZOV (UZB) to 70kg. There, the duo is ready to reprise their Las Vegas 2015 lightweight championship final – won by Chamizo, 4-3, in the closing seconds. Entries at 65kg, meanwhile, include Rio Olympian Zurabi IAKOBISHVILI (GEO), who won the Ziolkowski Memorial at 70kg in July, as well as 2010 world silver medalist Alan GOGAEV (RUS) and European runner-up at 70kg Magomedmurad GADZHIEV (POL).

At 74kg, London 2012 gold medalist Jordan BURROUGHS (USA) will be seeking a fourth world title for go with a gold medal from London 2012. But, the bracket is filled with talented opponents, including European under-23 silver medalist Zelimkhan KHADJIEV (FRA) who will have locals in the arena on their feet when he is on the mats.

57kg (31 entries)

Favorite – Giorgi EDISHERASHVILI (AZE). 2017 European champion and 2016 Golden Grand Prix Final winner. Made the move to Azerbaijan in 2016 after being a world team member and 2013 European champ for Georgia.
Challengers – 2016 world runner-up Beka LOMTADZE (GEO), European U23 champion Suleyman ATLI (TUR)
Dark Horses – Dan Kolov tourney titlist ERDENEBAT Bekhbayar (MGL), 2017 Europe runner-up Andrei DUKOV (ROU)

61kg (33 entries)

Favorite – Vladimir KHINCHEGASHVILI (GEO). Rio 2016 gold medalist, 2015 world champion, both at 57kg. Two-time European champion at 61kg. Uncanny balance and flexibility, difficult to score on. Most dangerous when trailing on the scoreboard.
Challengers – 2016 world champion Logan STIEBER (USA), European U23 champion Gadshimurad RASHIDOV (RUS)
Dark Horses – Two-time world champion Haji ALIEV (AZE), 2017 Asia champion Behnam EHSANPOOR (IRI)

65kg (34 entries)

Favorite – Zurabi IAKOBISHVILI (GEO). Won Ziolkowski Memorial at 70kg, 13-7, over Magomedkhabib KADIMAGOMEDOV (RUS). 2017 European bronze medalist. Top six place-winners at Rio 2016 either absent or at 70kg, leaving the door open for an new champion.
Challengers – Ziolkowski Memorial titlist Alan GOGAEV (RUS), 2017 Asia champion Bajrang BAJRANG (IND)
Dark Horses – 2016 European champion at 70kg Magomedmurad GADZHIEV (POL), 2017 Pan American silver medalist Franklin GOMEZ (PUR)

70kg (31 entries)

Favorite – Frank CHAMIZO (ITA). Rio 2016 bronze medalist, 2015 world champion, both at 65kg. 2017 European champion. Also, 2010 world bronze medalist for Cuba at 55kg. Unorthodox style, adept at turning defensive situations into scoring opportunities for points on the board.
Challengers – Rio 2016 bronze medalist Ikhtiyor NAVRUZROV (UZB), Yasar Dogu titlist Magomedkhabib KADIMAGOMEDOV (RUS)
Dark Horses – 2016 world bronze medalist Moustafa HOSSEINKHANI (IRI), 2015 world bronze medalist James GREEN (USA)

74kg (34 entries)

Favorite – Jordan BURROUGHS (USA). Three-time world champion, London 2012 gold medalist. Stumbled to ninth at Rio 2016. Comes to Paris with more world-level titles than any other wrestler in freestyle (4) this year. Faces a strong field in quest for No.5.
Challengers – Rio 2016 bronze medalist Soner DEMIRTAS (TUR), 2014 world champion at 70kg Khetik TSABOLOV (RUS)
Dark Horses – Two-time Asia champion Bekzod ABDURAKHMANOV (UZB), 2017 Yasar Dogu titlist Muslim EVLAEV (KGZ

86kg (26 entries)

Favorite – Hassan YAZDANI CHARATI (IRI). Rio 2016 gold medalist at 74kg, 2015 world silver medalist at 70kg. Notched a pair of wins for Iran in the World Cup, but lost by fall in the final. Raises the question if the added heft, gained over two years, has affected his style and stamina.
Challengers – Two-time European runner-up Aleksander GOSTIEV (AZE); Rio 2016, Las Vegas 2015 silver medalist Selim YASAR (TUR)
Dark Horses – Rio 2016 bronze medalist J’Den COX (USA), Ziolkowski Memorial titlist Vladislav VALIEV (RUS)

97kg (30 entries)

Co-Favorites – Kyle SNYDER (USA) & Abdulrashid SADULAEV (RUS). Both Rio 2016 gold medalists, 2015 world champions. Sadulaev two-time cadet world champion (2012, 2013); Snyder junior world champion (2013, junior world bronze (2014). Last loss: Sadulaev, November 2013; Snyder, February 2017
Dark Horses – Ali Aliev tourney titlist Arslanbek ALBOROV (AZE), 2016 Golden Grand Prix Final runner-up Reineris SALAS PEREZ (CUB)

125kg (29 entries)

Favorite – Taha AKGUL (TUR). Rio 2016 gold medalist, two-time world champion. Seeking to become the first freestyle wrestler at super heavyweight to win four world-level titles in a row since Soslan ANDIEV (URS) from 1975 to 1978.
Challengers – Rio 2016 bronze medalist Geno PETRIASHVILI (GEO), Ali Aliev tourney titlist Alan ZASIEIEV (UKR)
Dark Horses – 2015 world silver medalist Jamalladin MAGOMEDOV (AZE), 2017 Ziolkowski Memorial titlist Daniel LIGETI (HUN)

Schedule

Freestyle

Thursday, August 24
16:00-17:00 – Medical Examination: 57, 61, 86 & 125kg
17:15-17:45 – Weigh-in: 57, 61, 86 & 125kg

Friday, August 25
10:00-16:00 – Elimination rounds & Repechage: 57, 61, 86 & 125kg
16:00-17:00 – Medical Examination: 65, 70, 74 & 97kg
17:15-17:45 – Weigh-in: 65, 70, 74 & 97kg
19:00-21:30 – Finals & Award Ceremonies: 57, 61, 86 & 125kg

Saturday, August 26
10:00-16:00 – Elimination rounds & Repechage: 65, 70, 74 & 97kg
19:00-21:30 – Finals & Award Ceremonies: 65, 70, 74 & 97kg
21:30-21:40 – Closing Ceremony
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Re: Men FS World Championships

Postby JM » Thu Aug 24, 2017 3:33 pm

Gilman, Stieber, Cox and Gwiazdowski receive men's freestyle draws for World Championships
By Richard Immel, USA Wrestling | Aug. 24, 2017, 12:39 p.m. (ET)

PARIS – The first four U.S. men’s freestyle athletes have weighed in and received their draws for the World Championships being held at AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France. Americans taking the mat on Friday are Olympic bronze medalist J’den Cox (Titan Mercury WC/Missouri WF), World champion Logan Stieber (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC) and first time World Team members Thomas Gilman (Council Bluffs, Iowa/Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC) and Nick Gwiazdowski (Raleigh, N.C./Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack WC).

“I know all of these guys are capable,” said Bill Zadick, U.S. National Freestyle Coach. “My hope for them is that they are smart and tough. I know they are well prepared, are physically prepared and they are good athletes. They have been winners at all levels. You still have to do it on the day, between the whistles. If we wrestle with great attitude, are exciting, and are smart and tough, we will be in a good spot.”

World No. 5 Cox will begin his first World Championships run against 2012 Junior World silver medalist Ahmed Dudarov of Germany at 86 kg/189 lbs.

Coming in at World No. 3 and the reigning 61 kg/134 lbs. World champion, Stieber will face the winner between 2016 European champion Gadzhimurad Rashidov of Russia and 2017 Grand Prix of Paris bronze medalist Joszef Molnar of Hungary.

2014 Junior World medalist Gilman will be tested by 2016 European silver medalist Andrey Yatsenko of Ukraine in his opener at 57 kg/125.5 lbs. Gilman enters Paris as No. 19 in the UWW World Rankings.

Gwiazdowski is slated to face Moldova’s Andrei Romanov to open his first World Championships at 125 kg/275 lbs. Gwiazdowski boasts a No. 16 World ranking.

The first day of men’s freestyle competition will begin at 10 a.m. local time (4 a.m. ET) on Friday. Medal matches are scheduled for 7 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET).

Complete brackets for the World Championships, as well as a live stream of the event, are available to U.S. residents at Trackwrestling.com.

U.S. men’s freestyle draws for Friday
57 kg/125.5 lbs. - Thomas Gilman, Council Bluffs, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC)
Vs. Andrey Yatsenko (Ukraine), 2016 European silver medalist, two-time Cadet World champion

61 kg/134 lbs. - Logan Stieber, Columbus, Ohio (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)
Vs. Gadzhimurad Rashidov (Russia), 2016 European champion, 2017 U23 European champion or Jozsef Molnar (Hungary), 2017 Grand Prix of Paris bronze medalist

86 kg/189 lbs. - J’den Cox, Columbia, Mo. (Titan Mercury WC/Missouri WF)
Vs. Ahmed Dudarov (Germany), 2012 Junior World silver medalist

125 kg/275 lbs. - Nick Gwiazdowski, Raleigh, N.C. (Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack WC)
Vs. Andrei Romanov (Moldova), 2008 Junior European silver medalist
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Re: Men FS World Championships

Postby JM » Thu Aug 24, 2017 4:25 pm

According to the following article found on FLO, the US men wrestling on Friday all received quite favorable draws (well maybe not Stieber)-

Men's Freestyle Day 5 Bracket Reactions
Aug 24, 2017

Bracket reactions for the first day of men's freestyle at the 2017 World Championships in Paris, France. Below are the complete brackets, as well as draw analysis, for 57kg Thomas Gilman (Titan Mercury/Hawkeye WC), 61kg Logan Stieber (Titan Mercury/Ohio RTC), 86kg J'Den Cox (Titan Mercury/Missouri Wrestling Foundation) and 125kg Nick Gwiazdowski (Titan Mercury/Wolfpack WC)


Thomas Gilman, 57kg

His Draw: Gilman starts off with Andrey Yatsenko (UKR), who just last year lost to Daton Fix at junior worlds. Next up he'll see Reza Atri (IRI), the replacement for injured 2013 world champ Hassan Rahimi.

This year, Yatsenko won the International Ukrainian Tournament and was bronze at the U23 European championships. He does not appear in the latest international FloRankings at 57kg. When Gilman won his junior world bronze in 2014, Yatsenko won a Cadet world title.

Atri won a bronze medal at this year's Asian championships, but his only previous world championship experience was at the 2015 Military Games (bronze) and 2014 Juniors, where he lost to Gilman 4-4 on criteria in the quarterfinals. He also does not appear in our rankings.

That wold put Gilman in the quarterfinals. The smart money would seem to favor No. 8 Makhir Amiraslanov (AZE), who finished above his first round opponent Nodir Safarov (UZB) at the Islamic Solidarity Games, and has better results than Asadulla Lacinau (BLR). Safarov lost to Tyler Graff in the Dave Schultz finals.

Prediction: Silver. There's no one on the top half of the bracket that Gilman can't beat, and the scariest potential guy is Hakjin Jong of North Korea, who there is more tape on than many of the other guys in this bracket.


Logan Stieber, 61kg

His Draw: Well, nothing comes easy in this weight. The top seed draws No. 4 Gadzhimurad Rashidov (RUS) first round. Rashidov is finally on a senior world team after winning three age level world medals. The U23 European champ has grown into the weight and should be as big if not bigger than Logan.

Once the reigning world champ gets through that match, he'll have Olympic gold medalist and top-ranked Vladimer Khinchegashvili (GEO). Rashidov is No. 4 and Khinchegashvili No. 1 in our international FloRankings. Time and time again, we have seen Khinchegashvili get put in a hole early only to mount an incredible comeback. He is one of the most unflappable wrestlers in the world, but so is Stieber. Anyone who watched his world title run in December knows that.

Stieber has never wrestled Rashidov or Khinchegashvili.

Prediction: Bronze. Stieber re-lives Beat the Streets and defeats Cengizhan Erdogan (TUR), formerly Opan Sat of Russia.


J'Den Cox, 86kg

His Draw: Just about every other good guy is on the top half and the three-time NCAA champ is on the bottom half. Although the Olympic bronze medalist did not get seeded, we have every reason to believe that, barring an injury, Cox should cruise to the finals. The biggest hurdle could be No. 19 Yurieski Torreblanca in the semis.

The other side starts with Olympic gold medalist Hassan Yazdanicharati (IRI), moving up in weight from last year. He is an absolute Tasmanian devil on the mat who tore through the Islamic Solidarity Games, including techs over Selim Yasar (TUR) and Sharif Sharfov (AZE). It is likely for that reason Azerbaijan sent Aleksandr Gostiyev. David Khutsishvili also beat Sharifov, so Euro runner-up Gostiyev may present an unfamiliar challenge. Khutsishvili was 2011 Euro bronze down at 74kg.

Yasar always does better during the year, and his first tough test will be Vladislav Valiev (RUS). Valiev was somewhat of a surprise winner at Russian Nationals.

Prediction: Gold. Many in American thought Cox could win gold last year, but not never got a shot at Sadulaev. The top half is an absolute war zone and the semi winner may have nothing left to give.

Nick Gwiazdowski, 125kg

His Draw: Great way to start the tournament with Andrei Romanov (MDA), whose only notable accomplishment is a Junior Euro silver ten years ago. He'll then hit four seed Daniel Ligeti (HUN), who won the Waclaw Ziolkowski Memorial but then did not place at the Spanish Grand Prix. Ligeti lost to Canada's backup in Spain, so Gwiz should be looking strong heading into the quarters.

There are a few options of who Gwiz could see in those quarterfinals, but it seems like Alan Zasieiev (UKR) is the most likely candidate. Though Zasieiev's best days may be behind him, he was the silver medalist as recently as 2013. He enters ranked 4th in the FloRankings, but looked vulnerable after a 5th place finish in Romania last month for his tune-up tournament. The hope is that Zasieiev gets tired out by human mountain Davit Modzmanasvhili, formerly of Georgia but now with Uzbekistan, though he may of course lose.

The 31-year-old Modzmanashvili was the Olympic silver medalist in London in 2012, and beat Zasieiev two years ago in the Medved finals. He has multiple wins over fellow Georgian Geno Petriashvili, but has not competed in two years and could be a bit long in the tooth by now. With Tervel Dlagnev here, who has wrestled Modzmanashvili multiple times, the coaching staff will have a top notch game plan in order.

Should Gwiz navigate all that, he'll get the world's No. 3 pound-for-pound wrestler in Taha Akgul (TUR), the three-time defending world and Olympic champion.

Prediction: Bronze. The key match is 653, the quarterfinal with one of Uzbekistan/Georgia/Iran. If Gwiz wins those, he's in fantastic position to medal.
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Re: Men FS World Championships

Postby JM » Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:11 am

Gilman, Cox and Geiz in the quarters. Stieber loses 11-0 to Rashidov of Russia but gets back into the repechage.
All 3 Americans advance to semis.
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Re: Men FS World Championships

Postby JM » Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:51 am

Gilman faces North Korea's Jong in semis. He is up 2-0 after period 1 on two push outs. Jong goes up 3-2 with a td and a push out. Gilman now ahead 4-3 with nice td. Gilman gets a po as does Jong. 5-4 Gilman wins !!! Very exciting bout to watch. He is in the finals.
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Re: Men FS World Championships

Postby JM » Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:57 am

Gwiz vs Turkey's Akgul in semis. Akgul is ranked #1 in world and takes Gwiz down twice in first 50 seconds. Three more takedowns for Akgul and he wins 10-0 in a little over 2 minutes. Man vs boy.
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Re: Men FS World Championships

Postby JM » Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:09 am

J'Den Cox vs Makeov of SVK in semis at 86kg. Cox thrown on his back, down 4-0; now 6-0 with leg lace by Makeov at end of period 1. Cox gets three push outs - 30 sec to go. Cox loses, 6-3.
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Re: Men FS World Championships

Postby JM » Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:17 am

Stieber techs Hungary's Milner 10-0 in his first repechage match. He faces Olympic champ Khinchegashvili of Russia next. Winner there will compete later for bronze medal.
Stieber is defeated by Khinchegashvili, 10-0.

Thomas Gilman will face Japan's Yuki Takahashi, the Asian champion, in the gold medal bout at the 57kg weight class.
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Re: Men FS World Championships

Postby JM » Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:34 pm

Gilman gets called for 'fleeing the hold' and gives up 2 early points. Takahashi gets a td. 4-0 at end of 1 period.
Gilman shoots in deep but cannot finish. One minute to go. Great shot by Gilman but Takahashi has too good a counter and gets the td. Takahashi wins 6-0. Gilman gets the silver medal. Good job by the Iowan.
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Re: Men FS World Championships

Postby JM » Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:31 pm

J'Den Cox vs Ganev of Bulgaria for the bronze. Geneva on the clock. Cox gets 1 passivity
point. 1-0 at end of first period. Beautiful td by Cox. Another td for Cox. Step out plus another td for Cox.
Cox wins the bronze, 8-0. Nice !!
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Re: Men FS World Championships

Postby JM » Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:57 pm

Gwiz vs Natsagsuren of Mongolia for the bronze.
Gwiz earns a passitivity point. Gwiz gets a low leg td at end of 1st period. 3-0.
Gwiz gives up a passitivity point, but then he gets a nice single leg td. Gwiz wins 5-1 to gain the third USA medal of the day !!
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Re: Men FS World Championships

Postby D3 for LU » Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:30 pm

JM wrote:Gwiz vs Natsagsuren of Mongolia for the bronze.
Gwiz earns a passitivity point. Gwiz gets a low leg td at end of 1st period. 3-0.
Gwiz gives up a passitivity point, but then he gets a nice single leg td. Gwiz wins 5-1 to gain the third USA medal of the day !!


... AND, giving the USA the early team lead after the 1st day of FS, leading Russia 25 to 23 in the team standings.
Watched the medal rnd on NBCSports channel... Gillman lost 6-0, but not going quietly as he got in on Takaishi's legs several times, but got out-quicked & out maneuvered by the gold medalist. (It wasn't for the lack of trying by the Hawkeye, THAT'S for sure.) Missed Cox's bronze medal match (long work day, snoozed thru it! :oops: ) Gwiazdowski's match was amazing, given the huge bulk of the Mongolian wrestler that he had to maneuver around (Huge :shock: )
Stieber's 1-2 ledger, imho, shown how tough 61kg wt cl was in the first place... losing by TF to the bronze medalist /Vladimer Khinchegashvili (GEO)/ & the silver medalist /Gadzhimurad Rashidov (RUS) /.
Hopefully, the best is yet to come for the US. 8)
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