Carr and Parris get gold, Davison a silver, Tagg and Hidlay add bronze, USA is second at Junior Worlds

BY GARY ABBOTT, USA WRESTLING
David Carr (left) and Mason Parris (right) celebrate after winning their Junior World gold medals for the United States on Wednesday night. Photos by Daniel Mitchell.

TALLINN, Estonia – David Carr (Canton, Ohio/Titan Mercury WC/Cyclone WC) at 74 kg/163 lbs. and Mason Parris (Lawrenceburg, Ind./Cliff Keen WC) at 125 kg/275 lbs. won gold medals at the Junior World Championships on Wednesday.

They were among five U.S. men’s freestyle medalists on Wednesday night. Their combined team effort helped the United States climb from 10th place on Tuesday to second place when the tournament ended on Wednesday, behind only Russia.

Carr defeated 2018 U23 World bronze medalist Jintaro Motoyama of Japan in his gold-medal match, 5-4. The match was not decided until the final seconds of the bout.

In the first period, Carr got a takedown and Motoyama earned a stepout, to make it 2-1 Carr at the break. In the second period, Carr was put on the shot clock, but responded with a takedown out of bounds for a 4-1 lead. After a few minutes of injury time as Motoyama had his foot taped, the Japanese wrestler got a burst of energy, soving a spin behind takedown to close it to 4-3. In the final flurry, Motoyama forces a stepout and tied the match at 4-4, but Carr had the criteria. Japan challenged the call, hoping for a takedown, but it was denied, and David Carr won 5-4.

It was Carr’s second career age-group World medal, after claiming a Cadet bronze medal in 2016. In David’s corner was his father Nate Carr, a Hall of Fame member who was a 1988 Olympic bronze medalist. David Carr is a redshirt freshman at Iowa State, where his dad won three NCAA titles.

Parris scored a stunning pin of Amir Hossein Abbas Zare of Iran in the championship finals, getting Zare to his back and ending the match in 1:19. This was Parris’ first World Championships event at any level, while Zaire came in as a 2018 Cadet World champion and 2018 Youth Olympic Games silver medalist.
After trading stepouts with the match tied at 1-1, Parris was able to toss Zare to his back. Zare battled valiantly trying to get off, but Parris was in great position and was able to settle in and secure the fall to the roar of the crowd.

It was a dominant performance for the Michigan sophomore, who scored three falls on Tuesday to secure the spot in the championship finals, where he got a pin. Parris was an NCAA qualifier as a freshman for the Wolverines this year.

Winning a silver medal was Lucas Davison (Chesterton, Ind./Wildcat WC/Chicago RTC), who was edged in the finals at 92 kg/202 lbs. by 2017 Cadet World champion Alan Bagaev of Russia in the gold-medal finals, 5-4.

Their finals bout was very close the entire way. The first period ended 1-1, as Bagaev got a point when Davison couldn’t score on the shot clock, and Davison forced a stepout. In the second period, Bagaev was on the shot clock and did not score, making it 2-1 for Davison. The lead changed three more times on takedowns, with Bagaev scoring first, then Davison, then Bagaev. The Russian won the bout with a takedown with 23 seconds to go.

Davison, a redshirt freshman at Northwestern, won three matches on Tuesday to reach the finals, including a pin, a technical fall and a 7-1 decision.

Capturing bronze medals were won by Gabriel Tagg (Mayfield Heights, Ohio/EAP) at 61 kg/134 lbs. and Trent Hidlay (Lewistown, Pa./Wolfpack WC) at 86 kg/189 lbs.

Tagg, who is an incoming freshman for North Carolina, fell behind in his bronze-medal bout against Goderdzi Dzebiashvili of Georgia. Tagg then unleased his offense. He strung a number of scoring exchanges, starting with a stepout, then three straight takedowns. When on top, he added three ankle lace turns to make it 13-4. He finished the match off with one more takedown for a 15-4 technical fall.

Hidlay controlled his bronze-medal match the whole way, beating Ivars Samusonoks of Latvia, 9-0. Idlay scored a takedown in the first period to lead 2-0 at the break, but increased the pressure in the second period, adding three takedowns and a stepout.

A redshirt freshman for NC State, Hidlay’s only loss came in the semifinals to Russia’s Alik Sebzukhov. In his four victories, Hidlay outscored those opponents 35-1.

The United States finished the three-day men’s freestyle event with six medalists. In addition to Wednesday’s medalists, Vitali Arujau (Syosset, N.Y./Finger Lakes WC) won a silver medal at 57 kg/125.5 lbs. on Tuesday.

The USA came in second in the team race, after sitting in 10th after the first five weight classes. Russia placed first with 168 points, the United States was second with 120 points and Iran was third with 119 points.

Parris’ win in the final match of the tournament gave the USA second place instead of third place. In addition, the USA won four of the five medal matches on Wednesday night, and just barely missed winning them all. It was a great team effort and some clutch wrestling under pressure.

JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Tallinn, Estonia, August 12-14

Men’s freestyle medalists

61 kg/134 lbs.
Gold - Kaiki Yamaguchi (Japan)
Silver - Andrii Dzhelep (Ukraine)
Bronze - Alik Khadartsev (Russia)
Bronze - Gabriel Tagg (USA)

74 kg/163 lbs.
Gold - David Carr (USA)
Silver - Jintaro Motoyama (Japan)
Bronze - Khadzhimurad Gadzhiyev (Azerbaijan)
Bronze - Abdulvasi Balta (Turkey)

86 kg/189 lbs.
Gold - Deepak Punia (India)
Silver - Alik Shebzukhov (Russia)
Bronze - Hunter Lee (Canada)
Bronze - Trent Hidlay (USA)

92 kg/202 lbs.
Gold - Alan Bagaev (Russia)
Silver - Lucas Davison (USA)
Bronze - Viky (India)
Bronze - Ertugrul Agca (Germany)

125 kg/275 lbs.
Gold - Mason Parris (USA)
Silver - Amir Hossein Abbas Zare (Iran)
Bronze - Pasa Ekrem Karabulut (Turkey)
Bronze - Alen Khubulov (Russia)

U.S. men’s freestyle performances for group 2

61 kg/134 lbs.: Gabriel Tagg, Mayfield Heights, Ohio (EAP). Bronze medal
WIN Dzmitry Pryhozhy (Belarus), tech. fall 14-3
WIN Tynchtyk Abasbekov (Kyrgyzstan), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Mahdi Shirazi (Iran), 2-1
LOSS Kaiki Yamaguchi (Japan), tech. fall 12-2
WIN Goderdzi Dzebiashvili (Georgia), tech. fall 15-4

74 kg/163 lbs.: David Carr, Canton, Ohio (Titan Mercury WC/Cyclone WC), gold medal
WIN Devid Betanov (Russia), 4-0
WIN Mohammad Nokhodilarimi (Iran), 16-7
WIN Khadzhimurad Gadzhiyev (Azerbaijan), tech. fall, 10-0
WIN Jintaro Motoyama (Japan), 5-4

86 kg/189 lbs.: Trent Hidlay, Lewistown, Pa. (Wolfpack WC), bronze medal
WIN Teng Zhou (China), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Demid Karachenko (Ukraine), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Sajjad Habibiehsani (Iran), 6-1
LOSS Alik Sebzukhov (Russia), 4-3
WIN Ivars Samusonoks (Latvia), 9-0

92 kg/202 lbs.: Lucas Davison, Chesterton, Ind. (Wildcat WC/Chicago RTC), silver medal
WIN Julien Choquette (Canada), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Viky (India), 7-1
WIN Batmagnai Enkhtusvshin (Mongolia), pin 1:13
LOSS Alan Bagaev (Russia), 5-4

125 kg/275 lbs.: Mason Parris, Lawrenceburg, Ind. (Cliff Keen WC), gold medal
WIN Vasil Khvistani (Georgia), tech fall 10-0
WIN Gan Erdene Sodbileg (Mongolia), tech fall 10-0
WIN Pasa Ekrem Karabulut (Turkey), tech. fall, 13-2
WIN Amir Hossein Abbas Zare (Iran), pin 1:19

Team Standings
1. Russia 168 points
2. United States 120 points
3. Iran 119 points.
4. Japan, 84 points
5. India, 80 points
6. Turkey, 77 points
7. Azerbaijan, 75 points
8. Ukraine, 53 points
9. Georgia, 50 points
10. Armenia, 48 points