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Kyle Dake wins world championship at 74 kg; two Americans earn silver

Kyle Dake won a world championship Sunday at 74 kilograms or 163 pounds. (Courtesy USA Wrestling)

Courtesy USA Wrestling

OSLO, Norway, Oct. 3, 2021 – The United States came home with three medals on the first night of gold-medal finals at the Senior world championships on Sunday, led by individual world champion Kyle Dake (Ithaca, N.Y.) at 74 kg or 163 pounds.

A 2020 Olympic bronze medalist, Dake became a three-time Senior world champion with a clutch victory in the finals over 2019 world bronze medalist and 2021 European champion Tajmuraz Salkazanov of Slovakia, 7-3. This is Dake’s first world title at 74 kg, after claiming 2018 and 2019 world titles up at 79 kg.

The match was close early on. Dake scored first on a step out but Salkazanov tied it up with a step out at 1-1. When Salkazanov scored another step out, he led 2-1 in the second period. However, Dake nailed a takedown with 1:23 left to take a 3-2 lead. Another takedown and gut wrench extended the lead to 7-2 and gave up a late step out for the final score.

Dake, a four-time NCAA champion for Cornell, has now won a medal in all four Senior world or Olympic events he has entered.

Two U.S. wrestlers came home with silver medals, 2020 Olympic champion and 2018 world champion David Taylor (State College, Pa.) at 86 kg (189 pounds) and Daton Fix (Sand Springs, Okla.) at 61 kg (134 pounds).

Taylor was defeated for the first time in four battles with 2016 Olympic champion Hassan Yazdani Charati of Iran, in a highly-competitive 6-2 match. It was a rematch of the 2020 Olympic finals, which was won by Taylor, 4-3.

Yazdani scored first on a step out, then added another step out for a 2-0 lead at the break. Early in the second period, a Yazdani takedown made it 4-0. Taylor tightened it up with a takedown to make it 4-2 with just under a minute to go. Yazdani held his position and added a takedown in the closing seconds for the 6-2 victory.

Taylor has now won three career world or Olympic medals, with a 2018 world gold, 2020 Olympic gold and a 2021 world silver.

Fix claimed his first career Senior world medal by coming home with a silver medal at 61 kg. He was defeated in the finals by another young talent, Abasgadzhi Magomedov of the Russian Wrestling Federation, 4-1.

Magomedov scored first after Fix could not score on the activity clock. Fix quickly forced a step out to knot it at 1-1. In the second period, Fix was placed on the shot clock again and could not score, giving Magomedov the 2-1 lead. In a scramble with about a minute left, Magomedov added the only takedown of the match to secure his 4-1 victory.

Fix, who competes for Oklahoma State, is a past Junior world champion and has now won world medals at the Cadet, Junior and Senior age divisions.

It has been a breakthrough year for Magomedov, who added a Senior World title after winning the Russian Nationals, the European Championships and the Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix in order.

At 125 kg, two-time world bronze medalist Nick Gwiazdowski (Ithaca, N.Y.) finished fifth, after falling to 2016 Olympic champion and two-time World champion Taha Akgul of Turkey in the bronze-medal bout, 6-4.

Akgul came out strong, scoring two straight takedowns and adding a gut wrench for a 6-0 lead. Gwiazdowski scored his first takedown early in the second period to make it 6-2. Gwiazdowski was not able to score again until the closing seconds with another takedown, giving Akgul the 6-4 decision.

Two Americans in finals on Monday
The United States placed two wrestlers in Monday night’s gold-medal finals in men’s freestyle at the Senior world championships on Sunday night.

Advancing to the championship finals are 2012 Olympic champion and four-time world champion Jordan Burroughs at 79 kg, and 2020 Olympic bronze medalist and 2017 world silver medalist Thomas Gilman at 57 kg. Both will be facing opponents from Iran in the finals.

Burroughs defeated Ryuki Yoshida of Japan, 10-1, to reach the finals his first year competing up at 79 kg. Burroughs fell behind 1-0 after Yoshida secured a step out, but was in command the rest of the way. A step out and a double leg takedown gave Burroughs a 3-1 lead at the break. He blew it open with a step out, followed by takedown and turn to lead, 8-1. A go-behind takedown closed out the victory for Burroughs.

It will be Burroughs’ sixth gold-medal finals of his career, and he won the five previous times, with his 2012 Olympic gold medal and his four World titles.

Burroughs will face Mohammed Ashghar Nokhodilarimi of Iran in the finals, an athlete he has never faced. Nokhodilarimi was a 2019 U23 World silver medalist and a 2017 Cadet World bronze medalist.

Gilman got stronger as his semifinals match went on, ultimately securing a 15-5 technical fall over Horst Lehr of Germany. Lehr scored the first takedown then forced a step out to take a 3-0 lead on Gilman.

In an active scramble, Lehr scored an exposure, but Gilman reversed for two points then added another turn to tie it at 5-5. Gilman added two step outs to lead 7-5 at the break. The second period was all Gilman, as he added three takedowns and a gut wrench turn to secure the 10-point margin of victory.

Gilman will be in his second career world finals, after placing second at the 2017 Senior world championships, which was his first U.S. Senior-level team. Gilman also competed at the 2018 Senior worlds, placing fifth.

Gilman’s finals opponent is Alireza Nosratolah Sarlak of Iran, a 2021 Asian silver medalist and a 2019 U23 World bronze medalist.

2016 Olympic bronze medalist and two-time World champion J’den Cox was edged in the semifinals at 92 kg, losing to Kamran Ghasempour of Iran in a 3-3 criteria decision. Ghasempour was a 2021 Asian champion and 2018 U23 World champion.

Ghasempour scored first on a takedown to lead 2-0, but Cox got a point when Ghasempour was placed on the activity clock and did not score, making it 2-1. Cox was penalized with one point and a caution for fleeing, giving Ghasempour a 3-1. When Cox scored a takedown as time ran out to tie it at 3-3, Ghasempour won on criteria.

Cox will compete on Monday in a bronze-medal match, against an opponent to be determined in Monday morning’s repechage rounds.

At Oslo, Norway, October 3

Group One Men’s freestyle final results

61 kg
Gold – Abasgadzhi Magomedov (Russia)
Silver – Daton Fix (USA)
Bronze – Arsen Harutyunyan (Armenia)
Bronze – Toshihiro Hasegawa (Japan)
Gold – Magomedov dec. Fix, 4-1
Bronze – Hartunyan tech. fall Ravinder, 10-0
Bronze – Hasegawa tech. fall Temenbileg, 12-1

74 kg
Gold – Kyle Dake (USA)
Silver – Tajmuraz Salkazanov (Slovakia)
Bronze – Fazli Eryilmaz (Turkey)
Bronze – Timur Bizhoev (Russian Wrestling Federation)
Gold – Dake dec. Salkazanov, 7-3
Bronze – Eriyilmaz dec. Nuyrkau, 2-1
Bronze – Bizhoev dec. Kentchadze, 8-6

86 kg
Gold – Hassan Yazdani Charati (Iran)
Silver – David Taylor (USA)
Bronze – Artur Naifonov (Russian Wrestling Federation)
Bronze – Abubakr Abakarov (Azerbaijan)
Gold – Yazdani dec. Taylor, 6-2
Bronze – Abakarov dec. Makoev, 9-5
Bronze – Naifanov dec. Dauletbekov, 3-0

125 kg
Gold – Amir Hossein Abbas Zare (Iran)
Silver – Geno Petriashvili (Georgia)
Bronze – Taha Akgul (Turkey)
Bronze – Lkhagvagerel Munkhtur (Mongolia)
Gold – Zare dec. Petriashvili, 9-2
Bronze – Akgul dec. Gwiazdowski, 6-4
Bronze – Munkhtur dec. Boltin, 3-1

Men’s freestyle Group One final results

61 kg – Daton Fix (Sand Springs, Okla./Cowboy RTC/Titan Mercury WC), silver medal
WIN Giorgi Vangelov (Bulgaria), tech. fall 11-0, 6:00
WIN Arman Norik Eloyan (France), tech. fall 10-0, 0:54
WIN Ravinder (India), tech. fall 10-0, 1:54
WIN Arsen Harutyunyan (Armenia), 10-0, 0:34
LOSS Abasgadzhi Magomedov (Russian Wrestling Federation), 4-1

74 kg –Kyle Dake (Ithaca, N.Y./Spartan Combat WC/Titan Mercury WC), gold medal
WIN Vasile Diacon (Moldova), tech. fall, 11-0, 1:11
WIN Fazli Eryilmaz (Turkey), 5-0
WIN Azamat Nurykau (Belarus), 9-1
WIN Tajmuraz Salkazanov (Slovakia), 7-3

86 kg –David Taylor (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC/Titan Mercury WC), silver medal
WIN Boris Makoev (Slovakia), tech. fall 11-0, 4:21
WIN Akhmed Aibuev (France), tech. fall 10-0, 0:28
WIN Abubakr Abakarov (Azerbaijan), pin 1:35
LOSS Hassan Yazdani Charati (Iran), 6-2

125 kg – Nick Gwiazdowski (Ithaca, N.Y./Spartan Combat RTC/Titan Mercury WC), 5th place
WIN Amarveer Dhesi (Canada), 8-3
LOSS Amir Hossein Abbas Zare (Iran), 10-0, 1:49
WIN Dzianis Khramiankou (Belarus), 6-1
LOSS Taha Akgul (Turkey), 6-4

U.S. men’s freestyle Group Two results
57 kg – No. 1 seed Thomas Gilman (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC/Titan Mercury WC)
WIN Abubakr Mutaliev (Russian Wrestling Federation), pin 1:16
WIN Vladimir Egorov (North Macedonia), tech. fall, 11-1
WIN Horst Lehr (Germany), tech. fall, 15-5
Gold Medal Finals – Alireza Nosratolah Sarlak (Iran)

65 kg – Yianni Diakomihalis (Rochester, N.Y./Spartan Combat WC/Titan Mercury WC)
WIN Colin Realbuto (Italy), tech. fall 10-0
LOSS Vazgen Tevanyan (Armenia), 5-1

79 kg – Jordan Burroughs (Philadelphia, Pa./Pennsylvania RTC/Sunkist Kids)
WIN Samuel Barmish (Canada), tech. fall, 10-0
WIN Bolat Sakayev (Kazakhstan), forfeit, 0:00
WIN Radik Valiev (Russian Wrestling Federation), 9-4
WIN Ryuki Yoshida (Japan), 10-1
Gold Medal Finals – vs. Mohammed Ashghar Nokhodilarimi of Iran

92 kg – J’den Cox (Colorado Springs, Colo./USOPTC/New Jersey RTC/Titan Mercury WC)
WIN Orgilokh Dagvadorj (Mongolia), tech. fall, 13-2
WIN Simone Iannattoni (Italy), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Jeremy Poirier (Canada), tech. fall 10-0
LOSS Kamran Ghasempour (Iran), 3-3
Bronze Medal Match – opponent to be determined

Team Standings after first four weight classes
1. USA, 75
2. Russian Wrestling Federation, 63
3. Iran, 56
4. Turkey, 34
5. (tie) Georgia and Slovakia, 30
7. Mongolia, 25
8. Kazakhstan, 20
9. Azerbaijan, 17
10. (tie) Armenia and Japan, 15

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