photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com
The sixth day of competition has concluded at the Cadet World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia and the final five members of the Greco-Roman team have seen action. None of the American wrestlers were able to win a match on the day, though two have been pulled into tomorrow’s repechage. Here’s a look at how each of our wrestlers fared on day six.
45 kg – Cale Anderson
Round of 16 vs. Khusankhon Yunuskhonov (Uzbekistan)
Yunuskhonov got on the board quickly with a throw from a headlock and never looked back. Anderson was strong from par terre, and the two were stood back up, with the score 4-0. While on their feet, Yunuskhonov used a body lock to rack up his second takedown of the match then quickly moved into a gut wrench that brought the score to 8-0, ending the match.
Yunuskhonov lost in the quarterfinals ending Anderson’s tournament.
51 kg – Jakason Burks
Round of 32 vs. Merey Maulitkanov (Kazakhstan)
A slow start to this match led to a passivity call against Burks. While he was down in par terre, Maulitkanov turned him twice with a gut. After the second set of exposure points, Burks revered the hold and scored with a gut of his own to bring the score to 5-3. Maulitkanov stopped his momentum with a takedown using an arm spin, which led to a 7-3 score at the break. In the second, Burks gave up another takedown with an arm spin making the score 9-3, No more points were scored by either competitor.
Maulitkanov lost in the quarterfinals which dashed any repechage hopes for Burks.
60 kg – Phillip Moomey
Round of 32 vs. Shahin Badaghi Mofrad (Iran)
Moomey was able to keep his Iranian opponent in check early, and it led to him being called for passivity. In the ensuing par terre exchange, Badaghi Mofrad got a four-point lift Moomey to jump out to a 5-0 lead. That thrown accounted for the only points of the first period. In the second Badghi Mofrad added a point for a step out. Moomey did not concede; he was able to strike with a takedown, though that was the only offense he could generate and he fell 6-2.
Phillip Moomey will take on Vladislav Karasev (Russia) in tomorrow’s repechage, as he attempts to battle back for a bronze medal.
71 kg – James Burks
Round of 32 vs. Zhenish Zhumabekov (Kyrgyzstan)
The first competitor of the day for the United States was the larger of the two Burks brothers. Zhumabekov scored first with a pair of points for a correct throw, but Burks quickly came back and jumped ahead with a takedown then a gut. A step-out then brought Burks to lead 5-2. Zhumabekov then got a takedown and gut of his own to retake the lead 6-5. After the break, Zhumabekov used a body lock to set up a pair of takedowns which gave him a 10-5 lead, which was how the match ended.
Zhumabekov lost in the Round of 16 ending Burks’ tournament.
92 kg – Jake Kaminsky
Round of 16 vs. Aleksei Mileshin (Russia)
The big Russian wasted little time trying to score, as he quickly got a headlock and threw Kaminsky for an early 4-0 lead. Mileshin then scored a takedown off of a body lock, and that led to a gut which ended the match 8-0.
Jake Kaminsky will try to fight through the repechage and earn a bronze medal by taking on Davyd Samsonov (Ukraine) tomorrow.