ISTANBUL, Turkey – The World champion USA men’s freestyle placed three men in the first set of finals at the UWW ranking tournament Yasar Dogu International on Saturday. Team USA came home with two gold medals, a silver medal and a bronze medal to boot.
Winning titles were 2017 World silver medalist Thomas Gilman, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC) at 57 kg/125.5 lbs. and two-time World Cup champion David Taylor (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC) at 86 kg/189 lbs.
Taylor had a dominant performance to remember. Four matches. Four pins. In the toughest pre-World summer event that served as a UWW Ranking Tournament, which sets the seeds at the World Championships.
In the championship finals, Taylor came out and put away 2017 European silver medalist Murad Suleymanov of Azerbaijan in 1:22, the fastest of his four falls.
To reach the finals, he put away Azamat Dauletbekov of Kazakhstan in 4:37, 2017 World silver medalist Boris Makoev of Slovakia in 3:50 and Ahmet Bilici of Turkey in 4:05.
Taylor will be competing in his first Senior World Championships in October. With this victory, he will for sure be in a good position to receive one of those seeds at the Worlds.
Gilman defeated 2018 Takhti Cup bronze medalist Dzmichyk Rynchynau of Belarus, 10-5 in the finals. Gilman jumped to a 3-0 lead on a shot clock violation for Rynchynau and a takedown in the first period. After a two-and-two call on a scramble, Gilman converted a double leg takedown for four points to blow the match open.
Gilman won all four of his bouts by decision, including a clutch 6-6 victory over 2018 European U23 bronze medalist Taras Markoych of Ukraine in the semifinals.
In a highly anticipated finals, 2012 Olympic champion and four-time World champion Jordan Burroughs battled gainst two-time World champion and Olympic bronze medalist Frank Chamizo of Italy. It was a rematch of their “Super Match” feature at the 2018 Beat the Streets Benefit in New York City, won by Burroughs.
In an active match with tons of drama, Chamizo won their Super Match II on a 10-10 criteria decision. It is fair to call the match controversial, because there were some scoring exchanges which were not only difficult to understand but went through the challenge process. The internet is blowing up with opinions, as fans across the world watched the battle live online.
Burroughs led 1-0 but the call was challenged and it was denied, giving Chamizo a point to tie it at 1-1. Burroughs forced a stepout while Chamizo was on the shot clock to lead 2-1 at the break. A Burroughs takedown and Chamizo reversal made it 4-2, but Chamizo challenged for more and was refused, making it 5-2. Another Burroughs forced stepout make it 6-2. Chamizo scored a takedown for 6-4 score with one minute left.
Then came the controversial exchange. With about 35 seconds left, Burroughs scores a takedown and Chamizo reverses him for one. Chamizo challenged and officials gave Chamizo four points on the reversal to tie it 8-8. Another Chamizo takedown made it 10-8. Burroughs came hard, got a caution and one against Chamizo and another stepout to tie it at 10-10. Burroughs almost got a takedown as time ran out. The criteria went to Chamizo.
Burroughs came home with the silver medal, and the Burroughs v. Chamizo series is now tied 1-1. Chamizo, the 70 kg World champion last year, has made the move up to the Olympic weight class which Burroughs has owned for more than two quadrenniums.
Securing a bronze medal at 97 kg/213 lbs. was 2016 Olympic champion and two-time World champion Kyle Snyder (Columbus, Ohio/Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC), who manhandled 2017 European champion Riza Yilidrim of Turkey in an 11-0 technical fall for the bronze. Snyder recovered strong from a 3-3 criteria loss to Aslanbek Alborov of Azerbaijan in the semifinals.
“In the finals, our team showed great effort. We certainly have skills to improve on over the next couple of months, but e have the team that is willing to put in the work and help each other gain ground. This is a special group,” said Assistant National Freestyle Coach Joe Russell.
The fifth U.S. wrestler in the first group, 2016 World champion Logan Stieber, Columbus, Ohio (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC) lost his first bout at 65 kg/143 lbs. and did not qualify for repechage.
We will post all of the medal results from Saturday shortly.
The second group of U.S. wrestlers complete their competition on Sunday. Kyle Dake (Ithaca, N.Y./Titan Mercury WC) will go for the gold at 79 kg/174 lbs., while 2017 World bronze medalist Nick Gwiazdowski (Raleigh, N.C./Titan Mercury WC) battles for bronze at 125 kg/275 lbs.
The entire Yasar Dogu International is scheduled to be streamed live FREE on Trackwrestling.com,
YASAR DOGU INTERNATIONAL
At Istanbul, Turkey, July 28
Men's freestyle medalists
57 kg/125.5 lbs.
Gold - Thomas Gilman (USA)
Silver - Dzmichyk Rynchynau (Belarus)
Bronze – Vicky Vicky (India)
Bronze – Suleyman Atli (Turkey)
Gold match – Gilman dec. Rynchynau, 12-5
Bronze Match – Atli dec. Markoyvch, 10-6
Bronze match – Vicky dec. Arakelian, 9-7
65 kg/143 lbs.
Gold - Mehran Nasiriafrachali (Iran)
Silver- Ali Rahimzada (Azerbaijan)
Bronze - Madiyar Burkhan (Kazakshtan)
Bronze - Daulet Niyazbekov (Kazakhstan)
Gold bout - Nasiriafrachali dec. Rahimzada , 2-0
Bronze bout - Burkhan dec. Moradgholiei, 14-9
Bornze bout - Niyazbekov tech. fall Svyryd, 10-0
74 kg/163 lbs.
Gold - Frank Chamizo (Italy)
Silver - Jordan Burroughs (USA)
Bronze - Bolat Sakayev (Kazakshtan)
Bronze - Nurlan Bekzhanov (Kazakhstan)
Gold bout – Chamizo dec. Burroughs, 10-10
Bronze bout - Sakayev dec. Azamat, 3-2
Bronze bout - Bekzhanov dec. Dadashpourkerikalaei, 4-4
86 kg/189 lbs.
Gold - David Taylor (USA)
Silver- Murad Suleymanov (Azerbaijan)
Bronze - Boris Makoev (Slovakia)
Bronze - Fatih Erdin (Turkey)
Gold bout – Taylor pin Suleymanov, 1:22
Bronze bout - Makoev dec. Bilici, 10-9
Bronze bout - Erdin tech. fall Ziantdinov, 12-2
97 kg/213 lbs.
Gold - Aslanbek Alborov (Azerbaijan)
Silver - Mojtaba Goleij (Iran)
Bronze - Kyle Snyder (USA)
Bronze - Faith Yasarli (Turkey)
Gold bout - Alborov inj. dft. Goleij
Bronze bout - Snyder tech. fall Yildirim, 11-0
Bronze bout – Yasarli dec. Antriitsev, 1-1
U.S. men’s freestyle performances (Group 1)
57 kg/125.5 lbs. - Thomas Gilman, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC), gold medal
WIN Berdakh Primbayev (Kazakhstan), 11-3
WIN Suleyman Atli (Turkey), 7-5
WIN Taras Markovych (Ukraine), 6-6
WIN Dzimchyk Rynchynau (Belarus), 10-5
65 kg/143 lbs. - Logan Stieber, Columbus, Ohio (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC), dnp/11th
LOSS Daulet Niyazbekov (Kazakhstan), 6-4
74 kg/163 lbs. - Jordan Burroughs, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids/Nebraska WTC), silver medal
WIN Saeed Zervanatareq (Iraq), 10-0
WIN Nurykan Azamat (Belarus), win by cautions
WIN Bolat Sakayev (Kazakhstan), 9-5
LOSS Frank Chamizo (Italy), 10-10
86 kg/189 lbs. - David Taylor, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC), gold medal
WIN Azamat Dauletbekov (Kazakhstan), pin 4:37
WIN Boris Makoev (Slovakia), pin 3:50
WIN Ahmet Bilici (Turkey), pin 4:05
WIN Murad Suleymanov (Azerbaijan), pin 1:22
97 kg/213.75 lbs. - Kyle Snyder, Columbus, Ohio (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)
WIN Alireza Goodarzi (Iran), 10-0
LOSS Aslanbek Alborov (Azerbaijan), 3-3
WIN Riza Yilidrim (Turkey), tech. fall 11-0