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Two U.S. wrestlers captured bronze medals in men's freestyle wrestling at the World University Championships in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, June 19.

Capturing bronze medals were Jake Herbert (Wexford, Pa./Wildcat WC) at 84 kg/185 lbs. and Cole Konrad (Freedom, Wis./Minnesota Storm) at 120 kg/264.5 lbs.

Herbert opened with a three-period win over K. Majied of Iran, 0-6, 2-2, 3-2. In the semifinals, he was defeated by the eventual champion A. Isaev of Russia, 0-3, 0-3. In the bronze-medal match, Herbert needed three periods to defeat Ch. Ganzorig of Mongolia, 3-9, 3-0, 6-0

Herbert was a 2006 University Nationals champion, and was an NCAA runner-up competing for Northwestern.

Konrad won his first match by pin over D. Lkhagvordorj of host Mongolia. In the semifinals, Konrad was defeated by pin in the third period by eventual champion P. Allajanihadi of Iran. In the bronze-medal match, Konrad stopped I. Zykov of Russia, 4-0, 3-0.

Konrad was a 2006 University Nationals champion, and was a NCAA champion for Minnesota this year.

Two U.S. wrestlers were defeated and eliminated from medal contention.

At 55 kg/121 lbs., Luke Smith (Chippewa Falls, Wis.) dropped his opening match to Vladistav Andreev of Belarus by pin in the second period. When Andreev was defeated in the semifinals, Smith was not eligible to advance to the wrestlebacks. He placed eighth in the final standings.

Smith competes for Central Michigan Univ., and was fourth in the recent U.S. World Team Trials on the Senior level.

At 66 kg/145.5 lbs., Andy Simmons (Williamstown, Mich./Michigan WC) dropped two matches. He opened with a loss to M. Hamid of Iran, 4-1, 0-2, 0-1. When Hamid qualified for the gold medal match, Simmons was drawn back into the wrestlebacks. He lost his wrestleback match to U. Polotbai of Uzbekistan, 1-0, 0-7, 0-2. He placed seventh in the final standings.

Simmons was a 2006 University Nationals champion, and was an NCAA All-American for Michigan State.

The final three U.S. competitors in men's freestyle at the have weighed in and received their draws for the first round for Tuesday, June 20.

At 60 kg/132 lbs., Nick Simmons (Williamstown, Mich./Michigan WC) opens against Z. Muhatarbekully of Kazakhstan. If he wins, he will face the winner of the match between T. Tsyrendorjiev of Russia and U. Farkhad of Uzbekistan.

At 74 kg/163 lbs., Trent Paulson (Council Bluffs, Iowa/Cyclone WC) opens against D. Gombodorj of Mongolia. If he wins, Paulson will face the winner of the match between Varga Jazsef of Hungary and Yu Starostin of Russia.

At 96 kg/211.5 lbs., J.D. Bergman (Columbus, Ohio/Ohio International) faces Oyunbileg of China in the first match. If Bergman wins, his opponent is the winner of the bout between T. Mintsalikov of Russia and David Zilberman of Canada.

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At Ulan Bator, Mongolia. June 19

Men's Freestyle Medalists

55 kg/121 lbs.
Gold - A. Zudaev (Russia)
Silver - B. Naranbaatar (Mongolia)
Bronze - Kim Jung Hwang (Korea)
Bronze - D. Taghi (Iran)
5th - Vladislav Andreev (Belarus)
5th - Fatah Hamza (France)
7th - Sh. Fujimoto (Japan) vs
8th - Luke Smith (USA)
9th - A Jaser (United Arab Emirates)
10th - Tsogtu (China)

66 kg/145.5 lbs.
Gold - B. Batzorig (Mongolia)
Silver - M. Hamid (Iran)
Bronze - L Bazan (Ukraine)
Bronze - S. Tsukasa (Japan)
5th - B. Oyunbileg (China)
5th - U. Polozbai (Uzbekistan)
7th - Andy Simmons (United States)
8th - T. Wadsworth (Canada)
9th - Ruslard Lesniedski (Poland)
10th - Lee Ju Nam (Korea)

84 kg/185 lbs.
Gold - A. Isaev (Russia)
Silver - Y. Baniduashov (Kazakhstan)
Bronze - Jake Herbert (USA
Bronze - B. Muhka (Ukraine)
5th - H. Ganzorig (Mongolia)
5th - R. Banihashimi (Canada
7th - Y. Yamagaza (Japan)
8th - Bahatniz Karazoy (Turkey)
9th - Berzrand Loic (France)
10th - K. Majied (Iran)

120 kg/264.5 lbs.
Gold - P. Alijanihadi (Iran)
Silver - A. Svatkovskiy (Kazakhstan)
Bronze - A. Bhullar (Canada)
Bronze - Cole Konrad (USA)
5th - P. Raychev (Ukraine)
5th - I. Zykov (Russia)
7th - Kordis Arkadusz (Poland)
8th - K. Kisamuza (Japan)
9th - Shan Run An (China)
10th - D. Lkhagvordorj (Mongolia)

U.S. performances

55 kg/121 lbs. - Luke Smith, Chippewa Falls, Wis., 8th
LOSS Vladistav Andreev (Belarus), 1-0, fall 2nd period

66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Andy Simmons, Williamstown, Mich. (Michigan WC), 7th
LOSS M. Hamid (Iran), 4-1, 0-2, 0-1
LOSS U. Polotbai (Uzbekistan), 1-0, 0-7, 0-2

84 kg/185 lbs. - Jake Herbert, Wexford, Pa. (Wildcat WC), 3rd
WIN K. Majied (Iran), 0-6, 2-2, 3-2
LOSS A. Isaev (Russia), 0-3, 0-3
WIN Ch. Ganzorig (Mongolia), 3-9, 3-0, 6-0

120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Cole Konrad, Freedom, Wis. (Minnesota Storm), 3rd
WIN D. Lkhagvordorj (Mongolia), pin 1st period
LOSS P. Allajanihadi (Iran), 3-2, 0-1, pin 3rd period
WIN I. Zykov (Russia), 4-0, 3-0

U.S. draws for Tuesday's action

60 kg/132 lbs. - Nick Simmons, Williamstown, Mich. (Michigan WC)
vs. Z. Muhatarbekully (Kazakhstan)

74 kg/163 lbs. - Trent Paulson, Council Bluffs, Iowa (Cyclone WC)
vs. D. Gombodorj (Mongolia)

96 kg/211.5 lbs. - J.D. Bergman, Columbus, Ohio (Ohio International)
vs. Oyunbileg (China)

First round pairings for Tuesday's freestyle competition

60 kg/132 lbs.
D. Lkhagvadorj (Mongolia) vs. Vitali Koriakin (Kazakhstan)
Jen He (China) vs. J. Pineda (Canada)
A. Mostata (Iran) vs. N. Takatsuka (Japan)
Ersin Qetin (Turkey) vs. O. Melnik (Ukraine)
Lee Jae Ho (Korea) vs. Chang Hsui Wei (Taipei)
Z. Muhatarbekully (Kazakhstan) vs. Nick Simmons (USA)
T. Tsyrendorjiev (Russia) vs. U. Farkhad (Uzbekistan)

74 kg/163 lbs.
Matt Gentry (Canada) vs. D. Komisar (Ukraine)
Luca Lamus (France) vs. Sergelen (China)
Mukhamed Salman (Pakistan) vs. Fahrettin Orato (Turkey)
Plat Kouskiu Szymon (Poland) vs. H. Habibi (Iran)
S. Koji (Japan) vs. Le Duy Hoi (Vietnam)
Trent Paulson (USA) vs. D. Gombodorj (Mongolia)
Varga Jazsef (Hungary) vs. Yu Starostin (Russia)

96 kg/211.5 lbs.
G. Shashab (Iran) vs. Hussai Ali Khawaja (Pakistan)
Sin Won Bum (Korea) vs. Y. Yoshitsugu (Japan)
G. Vugar (Azerbaijan) vs. B. Sainbayar (Mongolia)
Oyunbileg (China) vs. J.D. Bergman (USA)
T. Mintsalikov (Russia) vs. D. Zilberman (Canada)
V. Tykhenko (Ukraine) vs. Z. Mamutov (Kazakhstan)
Gergely Sandor Kiss (Hungary) vs. Kakan Koq (Turkey)
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