The first day of competition at the Yasar Dogu has concluded, and three of the five American wrestlers that were in action have made it to Saturday’s final. Wrestling for the gold medal will be Thomas Gilman (57 kg), Jordan Burroughs (74 kg), and David Taylor (86 kg). Logan Stieber (65 kg) fell in the Round of 16 to Daulet Niyazbekov (Kazakhstan) 6-4. Niyazbekov was a world bronze medalist in 2011, while down at 55 kg. The Kazakhstani wrestler lost in the semifinals 5-3 to Mehran Nasiriafrachali (Iran), eliminating any bronze medal hopes through the repechage for Stieber. The other American wrestler that was knocked off before the finals was 2016 Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder at 97 kg. Snyder lost 3-3 on criteria to 2017 world bronze medalist Aslanbek Alborov (Azerbaijan). The pair met in the semifinals of the 2017 World Championships with Snyder picking up the win 9-2. Earlier this year. Alborov defeated J’Den Cox while down at 92 kg for the World Cup. Kyle will have the opportunity to wrestle for bronze tomorrow.
The second installment for Jordan Burroughs/Frank Chamizo (Italy) has been set for Saturday’s final at 74 kg. Both wrestlers won all three of their bouts Friday, and neither was seriously tested. The notoriously stingy Chamizo advanced without surrendering a point in three matches. The first meeting between Burroughs and Chamizo took place three months ago at the Beat the Streets “Rumble on the River” event. Though both competitors were slowed by a slippery mat, Jordan managed to rally and defeat the two-time world champion Chamizo in dramatic fashion.
Speaking of rallies, a comeback was needed by Thomas Gilman to nail down his place in the Yasar Dogu final tomorrow. Gilman was down 5-2, yet managed to rebound and advance to the finals with a 6-6 win on criteria. In the quarterfinals, Gilman faced perhaps his stiffest challenge with 2013 Junior world champion Suleyman Atli (Turkey). Undeterred, the three-time All-American from Iowa emerged over Atli 7-5.
No comebacks were needed by David Taylor as he dominated his half of the bracket on the way to the finals at 86 kg. Taylor had three falls in each of his three matches, highlighted by his quarterfinal victory over Boris Makoev (Slovakia), a 2017 world silver medalist. In that bout, Taylor had locked up the win 11-0, before securing the fall.
Wrestling will resume tomorrow at 4pm Eastern and 11am local time when the remainder of the Men’s Freestyle team starts their tournament. At 10:30 am Eastern and 5:30 pm local time the medal matches will begin for Gilman, Burroughs, Taylor, and Snyder.
Friday’s Results/Saturday’s Matchup’s
Round of 16 : Thomas Gilman (USA) over Berdakh Primbayev (Kazakhstan) 11-3
Quarterfinals: Thomas Gilman (USA) over Suleyman Atli (Turkey) 7-5
Semifinals: Thomas Gilman (USA) over Taras Markovych (Ukraine) 6-6
Finals: Thomas Gilman (USA) vs. Dzmichyk Rynchynau (Belarus)
Round of 16: Nahshon Garrett (USA) vs. Hasanzada Mircalal (Azerbaijan)
Round of 16: Daulet Niyazbekov (Kazakhstan) over Logan Stieber (USA) 6-4
Round of 16: James Green (USA) vs. (Turkey?)
Round of 16: Jordan Burroughs (USA) over Zeravan Saeed (Iraq) 10-0
Quarterfinals: Jordan Burroughs (USA) over Azamat Nurykan (Belarus) Disq
Semifinals: Jordan Burroughs (USA) over Bolat Sakayev (Kazakhstan) 94
Finals: Jordan Burroughs (USA) vs. Frank Chamizo (Italy)
Quarterfinals: Kyle Dake (USA) vs. Jabrayil Hasanov (Azerbaijan)
Round of 16: David Taylor (USA) over Azamat Dauletbekov (Kazakhstan) Fall 4:36
Quarterfinals: David Taylor (USA) over Boris Makoev (Slovakia) Fall 3:50
Semifinals: David Taylor (USA) over Ahmet Bilici (Turkey) Fall 4:05
Finals: David Taylor (USA) vs. Murad Suleymanov (Azerbaijan)
Round of 16: J’Den Cox (USA) vs. Serdar Boke (Turkey)
Quarterfinals: Kyle Snyder (USA) over Alireza Goodarzi (Iran) 10-0
Semifinals: Aslanbek Alborov (Azerbaijan) over Kyle Snyder (USA) 3-3
Bronze Medal Match: Kyle Snyder (USA) vs. Sharif Sharifov (Azerbaijan)/Riza Yildirim (Turkey)
Round of 16: Nick Gwaizdowski (USA) vs. Sumit Sumit (India)