photo courtesy of Geoff Riccio
All four wrestlers that started their World Championship tournament yesterday went undefeated today and took home medals. The highlight was a dominating gold medal match by David Taylor at the 86 kg weight class. There was no drama in the final bout, as Taylor racked up a victory by technical superiority over Fatih Erdin (Turkey) 12-2. The first day of the tournament saw David upend the defending World Champion Hassan Yazdani (Iran) in the first round 11-6. In the semi’s, Taylor would rebound from getting knocked out with a kick to the face and make up a four-point second-period deficit. This was Taylor’s first world team appearance after years of near-misses at 74 and 86 kg’s.
The most unlikely medal winner of the day was the bronze medalist at 61 kg, Joe Colon. Just 17 days ago he found out that he would be replacing an injured Nahshon Garrett in Hungary. Yesterday, Joe fell in the semis to the eventual world champion Yowlys Bonne Rodriguez (Cuba). In the bronze medal bout against Mohammadba Yahkhkeshi (Iran) Colon surprised his opponent getting takedowns with a pair of legs attacks, after not doing so during day one. After the second takedown Colon was able to lock up a gutwrench and turn Yahkheshi three times to seal the win 13-2.
It was one of the matchups we were anticipating all week, the third and deciding bout of the year between a pair of world champions Jordan Burroughs and Frank Chamizo (Italy). Nobody would have imagined that this match would end up taking place for the bronze medal rather than the championship round. This meeting saw Chamizo let active than in previous matches, which worked towards Burroughs benefit. Late in the second period, with Jordan down by a point, he turned up the heat and got to Chamizo’s leg near the edge of the mat. Although Burroughs was not able to complete the takedown, he did get a step out and which gave him the lead based on criteria. Jordan was able to evade a final charge from Chamizo during the last 26 seconds of the match, which clinched the win and a seventh world medal for the veteran. The bronze medal was obviously not the goal for Jordan, but you would have never guessed that based on his reaction after the match. He was more excited and emotional than in some of his gold medal wins.
A workmanlike 7-2 victory over Sumit (India) gave Nick Gwiazdowski a second consecutive world bronze medal. In order to compete for a medal, Gwiazdowski also needed to get by two-time Oregon State All-American Amar Dhesi (Canada) 7-0 during the repechage phase of the morning.
Out of the four wrestlers that began their tournament this morning, two of the earned berths in tomorrow world finals, Kyle Dake at 79 kg and J’Den Cox at 92 kg. Like Taylor, Dake is on his first world team and taking full advantage of the opportunity. In three matches Kyle outscored his competition 35-0. His opponent in the semifinals Akhmed Gadzhimagomedov (Russia) was the only wrestler in the world to defeat Dake in 2018, which he did in the finals of the Ivan Yarygin. This time Dake opened up the scoring with a big four-point throw on the edge of the mat. After continuing to attack, Kyle amassed an 8-0 lead. He would seal the win with a five-point throw to win 13-0. Cox also avenged a defeat from earlier this year in the opening round against Dato Marsagishvili (Georgia). While he was not as dominant as fellow finalists Dake and Taylor, Cox won the battle for positions and was never in danger of losing any of his three matches.
2017 world silver medalist Thomas Gilman will not make a second consecutive finals appearance after losing to Nurislam Sanaa (Kazakhstan) 11-0 in the semis. He will drop into a bronze medal match tomorrow. Gilman was also able to reverse a decision from the World Cup earlier this year when he fell to Giorgi Edisherashvili (Georgia). Today Gilman did not give Edisherashvili room to breathe and pushed him out four times for a 4-0 win.
Logan Stieber had an unfortunate draw at 65 kg, as he was beaten in the first round by Akhmed Chakaev (Russia). Two matches later after beating 2016 Olympic Champion Vladimir Khinchegashvili (Georgia), Chakaev was on the wrong side of a 15-10 shootout with Takuto Otoguro (Japan). Chakaev’s loss eliminated Stieber from the tournament.
Full American Results from Sunday
57 kg – Thomas Gilman (W) vs Givi Davidovi (Italy) 6-3
(W) vs Giorgi Edisherashvili (Azerbaijan) 4-0
(L) vs Nurislam Sanaa (Kazakhstan) 11-0
61 kg – Joe Colon (W) vs Mohammadba Yakhkeshi (Iran) 13-2 – Bronze Medal Match
65 kg – Logan Stieber (L) vs Akhmed Chakaev (Russia) 7-5
74 kg – Jordan Burroughs (W) vs Miroslav Kirov (Bulgaria) 9-0
(W) vs Frank Chamizo (Italy) 4-4 – Bronze Medal Match
79 kg – Kyle Dake (W) vs Martin Obst (Germany) 11-0
(W) vs Davit Khutsishvili (Georgia) 11-0
(W) vs Akhmed Gadzhimagomedov (Russia) 13-0
86 kg – David Taylor (W) vs Fatih Erdin (Turkey) 12-2
92 kg – J’Den Cox (W) vs Dato Marsagishvili (Georgia) 6-2
(W) vs Nicolai Ceban (Moldova) 6-0
(W) vs Alireza Karimimachiani (Iran) 5-2
125 kg – Nick Gwiazdowski (W) vs Amar Dhesi (Canada) 7-0
Sumit (India) 7-2