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Ankara, Turkey,     August 04-10, 2009

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  • UPDATED: Bradley wins heavyweight gold medal at Junior World Championships in Turkey
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    ANKARA, Turkey - Dominique Bradley (Blue Springs, Mo./Sunkist Kids) won a gold medal at 120 kg/264.5 lbs. on the final day of the six-day the Junior World Championships. The Junior World Championship feature the world's best wrestlers who are 17-20 years old.

    Bradley defeated Giorgi Sakandelidze of Georgia in the championship finals on Sunday night, 2-0, 4-0.

    "The first period of the finals was slow. I won 2-0, on a takedown and a pushout. I didn't feel as confident in that period. In the second period, I scored in 20 seconds, then scored again. I hit a blast double to finish off the match," said Bradley

    He won three preliminary matches to reach the gold-medal finals. opened the tournament with a victory over Bazarboy Utambetov of Uzbekistan, 6-0, 2-0. In the second round, he stopped Mikhail Gazayev of Azerbaijan, 2-0, 5-0. His semifinal victory was over Maradyn Kushkhov of Ukraine, 2-2, 1-0.

    "I wrestled very well. I am excited that I am the best in the world," said Bradley. "The difference is my style of wrestling, which is scoring takedowns, takedowns and takedowns. Just don't let up, just keep scoring."

    "Dom had the performance he trained for. We couldn't be more proud of him,' said U.S. coach Eric Guerrero. "Dom executed today. When it came to crunch time, he executed. When he got the leg, he finished. When they shot on him, he scored."

    The Univ. of Missouri student is having a strong freestyle season this year. Bradley was third at the U.S. Senior World Team Trials, and was fourth in the U.S. Senior Nationals. He also won the FILA Junior World Team Trials and the FILA Junior Nationals.

    "This will make me better than where I was last year. I want to be the guy. These freestyle events have given me an extra season to prepare for next year," said Bradley.

    Two U.S. wrestlers qualified for qualified for bronze-medal matches but were defeated, placing fifth.

    Tony Ramos (Carol Stream, Ill./Izzy Style) fell in a bronze-medal match at 55 kg/121 lbs. to Yashar Aliyev of Azerbaijan, 0-3, 0-1.

    Ramos opened by defeating Ohan Gikinyan of Armenia, 2-2, 3-1. In the second match, he fell to Rahul Balasaheb Aware of India, 1-3, 5-4, 0-6. Aware reached the finals, bringing Ramos back into the repechage.

    Ramos came back with two wins in the repechage to reach the bronze-medal match. He beat Ivan Anakiev of Macedonia by default, then stopped Siarhei Yermakou of Belarus, 2-0, 2-3, 8-2.

    At 84 kg/185 lbs., Chris Perry (Stillwater, Okla./Gator WC) was defeated in the bronze medal round by Dato Marsagishvili of Georgia, 0-2, 0-4.

    Perry lost in his first bout to eventual finalist Koloy Kortoev of Russia, 4-0, 6-0. Perry came back with two wins in the repechage to make the bronze-medal match. He trounced Jiri Pasek of Czech Republic, 10-0, 3-0, then stopped Ville Tapani Heino of Finland, 1-0, 5-2

    Ramos and Perry were high school stars in 2008-09, from Illinois and Oklahoma respectively. Ramos will attend the Univ. of Iowa, and Perry will attend Oklahoma State.

    "Tony Ramos and Chris Perry wrestled with emotion and heart," said Guerrero. "Perry competed well. His only losses were to medalists. Ramos lost to the silver and bronze medalists. There were matches where he was down, came back, fought hard and outwrestled his opponent. Both are just out of high school; they both have a lot of experience to gain."

    At 66 kg/145.5 lbs., Jason Chamberlain (Springville, Utah/Bronco WC) was eliminated in a first-round loss to Tomotugu Ishida of Japan, 1-0, 1-0. Chamberlain attends Boise State.

    The United States placed fourth in the team standings with 42 points. Russia won the title with 67 points, followed by Azerbaijan with 53 points and Iran with 48 points.

    "The guys wrestled well. They were ready to compete and came to wrestle," said U.S. coach Dave Bennett. "This is a different style for them, and for some, it was an eye-opener. They adapted well and competed well. It was an improvement from last year. I would like to think someday soon we can put together a team that can win this tournament."

    During the six-day event, the United States won five medals. In men's freestyle, in addition to Bradley's gold, Jordan Oliver (Easton, Pa./Gator WC) at 60 kg/132 lbs. and Andrew Howe (Cedar Lake, Ind./New York AC) at 74 kg/163 lbs. captured bronze medals. In women's freestyle, Victoria Anthony (Huntington Beach, Calif./New York AC) won a gold medal at 44 kg/97 lbs. and Veronica Carlson (Addison, Ill./New York AC) won a silver medal at 63 kg/138.75 lbs.

    At Ankara, Turkey, August 9

    55 kg/121 lbs.
    Gold - Hassan Rahimi (Iran)
    Silver - Rahul Balasaheb Aware (India)
    Bronze - Mikhail Ivanov (Russia)
    Bronze - Yashar Aliyev (Azerbaijan)
    5th - Vladimer Khinchegashvili (Georgia)
    5th - Tony Ramos (USA)
    7th - Yerking Areshev (Kazakhstan)
    8th - Siarhei Yermakou (Belarus)
    9th - Ibrahim Yourulmaz (Turkey)
    10th - Vasili Esir (Moldova)

    66 kg/145.5 lbs.
    Gold - Jabrayil Hasanov (Azerbaijan)
    Silver - Devid Safaryan (Russia)
    Bronze - Saba Arasch Javad Bogaghi (Germany)
    Bronze - Stanislav Zinchenko (Ukraine)
    5th - Anton Afanasyeu (Belarus)
    5th - Tomotugu Ishida (Japan)
    7th - Robert Olle (Slovakia)
    8th - Ikhtiyor Navruzov (Uzbekistan)
    9th - Goga Khuchua (Georgia)
    10th - Aleksandrs Pomjalovs (Latvia)

    84 kg/185 lbs.
    Gold - Koloy Kortoev (Russia)
    Silver - Aslanbek Alborov (Azerbaijan)
    Bronze - Muharrem Ersahin (Turkey)
    Bronze - Dato Marsagishvili (Georgia)
    5th - Humberto Martinez (Cuba)
    5th - Chris Perry (USA)
    7th - Ville Tapani Heino (Finland)
    8th - Altay Dnggarbaiuly (Kazakhstan)
    9th - Hassan Rahimi (Iran)
    10th - Gabriel Seregelyi (Germany)

    120 kg/264.5 lbs.
    Gold - Dominique Bradley (USA)
    Silver - Giorgi Sakandelidze (Georgia)
    Bronze - Mikhail Gazayev (Azerbaijan)
    Bronze - Hamid Reza Rezaie (Iran)
    5th - Muradyn Kushtov (Ukraine)
    5th - Mohamed Omar Elketamy (Egypt)
    7th - Alan Tsarikaev (Russia)
    8th - Musa Mamedov (Kazakhstan)
    9th - Gurdeep Beesla (Canada)
    10th - Aleksandar Georgiev (FYR Macedonia)

    Team Standings
    1. RUSSIA (RUS) 67
    2. AZERBAIJAN (AZE) 53
    3. IRAN (IRI) 48
    5. TURKEY (TUR) 32
    6. UKRAINE (UKR) 31
    7. GEORGIA (GEO) 26
    8. GERMANY (GER) 19
    9. KAZAKHSTAN (KAZ) 17
    10. INDIA (IND) 15
    10. MOLDOVA (MDA) 15
    12. UZBEKISTAN (UZB) 11
    13. JAPAN (JPN) 10
    14. BELARUS (BLR) 9
    14. EGYPT (EGY) 9
    16. CUBA (CUB) 8
    17. HUNGARY (HUN) 6
    17. KYRGYZSTAN (KGZ) 6
    17. KOREA (KOR) 6
    17. MONGOLIA (MGL) 6
    21. SLOVAKIA (SVK) 5
    21. ARMENIA (ARM) 5
    23. FINLAND (FIN) 4
    24. CANADA (CAN) 2
    25. CHINA (CHN) 1
    25. ITALY (ITA) 1
    25. LATVIA (LAT) 1

    U.S. performances on Sunday

    55 kg/121 lbs. - Tony Ramos, Carol Stream, Ill. (Izzy Style), 5th
    WIN Ohan Gikinyan (Armenia), 2-2, 3-1
    LOSS Rahul Balasaheb Aware (India), 1-3, 5-4, 0-6
    WIN Ivan Anakiev (Macedonia), default
    WIN Siarhei Yermakou (Belarus), 2-0, 2-3, 8-2
    LOSS Yashar Aliyev (Azerbaijan), 0-3, 0-1

    66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Jason Chamberlain, Springville, Utah (Bronco WC), dnp/29th
    LOSS Tomotugu Ishida (Japan), 1-0, 1-0

    84 kg/185 lbs. - Chris Perry, Stillwater, Okla. (Gator WC), 5th
    LOSS Koloy Kortoev (Russia), 0-4, 0-6
    WIN Jiri Pasek (Czech Republic), 10-0, 3-0
    WIN Ville Tapani Heino (Finland), 1-0, 5-2
    LOSS Dato Marsagishvili (Georgia), 0-2, 0-4

    120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Dom Bradley, Blue Springs, Mo. (Sunkist Kids), 1st
    WIN Bazarboy Utambetov (Uzbekistan), 6-0, 2-0
    WIN Mikhail Gazayev (Azerbaijan), 2-0, 5-0
    WIN Maradyn Kushkhov (Ukraine), 2-2, 1-0
    WIN Giorgi Sakandelidze (Georgia), 2-0, 4-0
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