The medal matches at 57 kg, 65 kg, 74 kg, 86 kg, and 97 kg, along with the initial rounds of the remaining weight classes took place Saturday at the Yasar Dogu from Istanbul, Turkey. The USA came away with medals in four of the five weight classes, as Thomas Gilman (57 kg) and David Taylor (86 kg) stuck gold, Jordan Burroughs (74 kg) settled for silver and Kyle Snyder (97 kg) bounced back to take bronze.
The only American wrestler whose tournament started on day two that made tomorrow’s finals was Kyle Dake at 79 kg. Dake had pins in both of his two matches. In Kyle’s first match he turned up the pace in the second period to wear out his opponent, three-time world bronze medalist Jabrayil Hasanov (Azerbaijan), before pinning him in 5:37. Dake has another Azeri wrestler waiting for him in the finals 2011 Junior world bronze medalist Ibrahim Yusubov.
Like Dake, David Taylor pinned his way to the finals at 86 kg and tacked another one on to seal the championship in only 1:22. Taylor totaled four pins in 13:53 mins in what was supposed to be his toughest challenge before the World Championships. His finals opponent Murad Suleymanov (Azerbaijan) entered the tournament ranked number nine in the world at 86 kg.
Thomas Gilman wrapped up his gold medal-winning performance with a 12-5 win over Dzimchyk Rynchynau (Belarus). Gilman took control of the bout with a takedown in the closing seconds of the first period to go into the break leading 3-0. His trademark reshots looked a solid, as they have ever looked and he looks to be in good form for the World Championships.
In the second chapter of the Jordan Burroughs/Frank Chamizo (Italy) rivalry, Chamizo was able to come away with a controversial 10-10 win, on criteria. Burroughs struck earlier with a push out, though the US corner, challenged the call hoping for a takedown instead. While they may have had a case, it appeared unlikely that there was enough evidence to overturn the call. The official upheld the decision, giving Chamizo a point and more importantly wasting Burroughs’ only challenge.
The controversy came with about: 35 seconds left in the bout and Burroughs has just gotten a takedown to extend his lead to 8-4, before getting reversed by Chamizo to make the score 8-5. Chamizo challenged the ruling, and after review he was given four points for the exchange, giving him the lead in an 8-8 match. The lead was extended to 10-8 when Chamizo got another quick takedown. Burroughs continued to push for a score of his own, getting a caution and one, then a step-out, though it wasn’t enough and Chamizo held criteria in the 10-10 match.
The win for Chamizo gives each wrestler a head-to-head win against each other leading into the World Championships. You can expect Jordan to make the necessary adjustments to win a third and deciding match if the two meet in Budapest. Chamizo’s win only builds the drama and excitement for World’s, from a fan standpoint.
Kyle Snyder put the finishing touches on his tournament with an 11-0 win in the bronze medal match over Riza Yilidrim (Turkey) 11-0. There shouldn’t be much concern for Snyder, as he had dropped matches before the World/Olympic’s in the past and came back seemingly stronger.
Saturday’s Results/Sunday’s Matchup’s
Gold Medal Match: Thomas Gilman over Dzimchyk Rynchynau (Belarus) 12-5
Round of 16: Mircalal Hasanzada (Azerbaijan) over Nahshon Garrett 14-7
Round of 16: Sefa Aksoy (Turkey) over James Green 5-4
Gold Medal Match: Frank Chamizo (Italy) over Jordan Burroughs 10-10
Quarterfinals: Kyle Dake over Jabrail Hasanov (Azerbaijan) Fall 5:37
Semifinals: Kyle Dake over Ayhan Sucu (Turkey) Fall :58
Gold Medal Match: Kyle Dake vs. Ibrahim Yusubov (Azerbaijan)
Gold Medal Match: David Taylor over Murad Suleymanov (Azerbaijan) Fall 1:22
Round of 16: Serdar Boke (Turkey) over J’Den Cox 2-2
Bronze Medal Match: Kyle Snyder over Riza Yilidrim (Turkey) 11-0
Round of 16: Nick Gwiazdowski over Sumit Sumit (India) 10-0
Quarterfinals: Nick Gwiazdowski over Duman Bultrikov (Kazakhstan) 10-0
Semifinals: Oleksandr Khotsianivskyi (Ukraine) over Nick Gwiazdowski 4-3
Bronze Medal Match: Nick Gwiazdowski vs Nick Matuhin (Germany)/Satyawart Satyawart (India)