TALLINN, Estonia – Three U.S. wrestlers won semifinal matches on Tuesday night, to qualify for the men’s freestyle gold-medal finals on Wednesday at the Junior World Championships.
Advancing to the finals will be David Carr (Canton, Ohio/Titan Mercury WC/Cyclone WC) at 74 kg/163 lbs., Lucas Davison (Chesterton, Ind./Wildcat WC/Chicago RTC) at 92 kg/202 lbs., and Mason Parris (Lawrenceburg, Ind./Cliff Keen WC) at 125 kg/275 lbs.
Carr, a 2016 Cadet World bronze medalist, made it a quick evening, shocking 2018 Junior World champion Khadzhimurad Gadzhiyev of Azerbaijan with a first-period 10-0 technical fall. Carr scored a low single takedown, secured an ankle lace, then turned Gadzhiyev four straight times to finish off the bout in just 42 seconds.
Carr has drawn 2018 U23 World bronze medalist Jintaro Motoyama of Japan in his gold-medal match on Wednesday. Motoyama is also a two-time Cadet World medalist.
Davison also finished his finals match quickly, but in an unexpected way. He opened his bout against Batmagnai Enkhtusvshin of Mongolia with dominance, getting a takedown and three gut wrenches for an 8-0 lead. However, Enkhtusvshin took down Davison and turned him, but in the scramble that ensued, Davison came out on top in an awkward position and pinned Enkhtusvshin just 1: 13 into the match.
Davison will battle 2017 Cadet World champion Alan Bagaev of Russia in the gold-medal finals.
Parris also got off to a great start, scoring four takedowns and an ankle lace for an apparent 10-0 technical fall over Pasa Ekrem Karabulut of Turkey. The Turkish coaches challenged, and the review resulted in a re-scoring of the match at 11-2. Back on their feet, Parris quickly got another takedown to secure the 13-2 technical fall. It was his third straight technical fall of the tournament.
Parris will battle Amir Hossein Abbas Zare of Iran in the championship finals, who is a 2018 Cadet World champion and 2018 Youth Olympic Games silver medalist.
Two U.S. wrestlers were defeated in the semifinals, and will battle for bronze medals on Wednesday.
At 61 kg/134 lbs., Gabriel Tagg (Mayfield Heights, Ohio/EAP) was defeated in the semifinals by Kaiki Yamaguchi of Japan in a 12-2 technical fall. Tagg traded takedowns with Yamaguchi early in the bout for a 2-2 tie, then Yamaguchi forced a stepout to make it 3-1 at the break. In the second period, Yamaguchi opened up his offense, scoring a number of takedowns and turns to end the match.
At 86 kg/189 lbs., in a fierce battle, Trent Hidlay (Lewistown, Pa./Wolfpack WC) was edged in the semifinals by Alik Sebzukhov of Russia, 4-3. Hidlay got a 1-0 lead when Sebzhukov was put on the shot clock in the first period. In the second period, Sebzukhov scored on a takedown to lead 2-1. During a scramble, officials said Hidlay stepped out and gave up a point. The U.S. corner challenged, but it was denied, giving Sebzukhov a 4-1 lead. A Hidlay takedown with 24 seconds left closed it to 4-3, but then time ran out.
Opponents for Tagg and Hidlay will be determined during the Wednesday morning repechage round.
This group of five U.S. athletes had a perfect 12-0 record during the morning session today, pushing the entire group into the semifinals together, which guaranteed a medal-match for every one of these athletes. The medal match finals are at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday night, which is seven hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time zone.
JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Tallinn, Estonia, August 13
U.S. men’s freestyle performances on Tuesday for Group 2
61 kg/134 lbs.: Gabriel Tagg, Mayfield Heights, Ohio (EAP)
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
Bronze medal match – Vs. opponent TBA
74 kg/163 lbs.: David Carr, Canton, Ohio (Titan Mercury WC/Cyclone WC)
WIN Devid Betanov (Russia), 4-0
WIN Mohammad Nokhodilarimi (Iran), 16-7
WIN Khadzhimurad Gadzhiyev (Azerbaijan), tech. fall, 10-0
Gold-medal match: Vs. Jintaro Motoyama (Japan)
86 kg/189 lbs.: Trent Hidlay, Lewistown, Pa. (Wolfpack WC)
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
Bronze medal match – vs. opponent TBA
92 kg/202 lbs.: Lucas Davison, Chesterton, Ind. (Wildcat WC/Chicago RTC)
WIN Julien Choquette (Canada), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Viky (India), 7-1
WIN Batmagnai Enkhtusvshin (Mongolia), pin 1:13
Gold medal match - vs. Alan Bagaev (Russia)
125 kg/275 lbs.: Mason Parris, Lawrenceburg, Ind. (Cliff Keen WC)
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
Gold-Medal match - vs. Amir Hossein Abbas Zare (Iran)