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UPDATED: U.S. Greco-Roman team advances to finals of World Cup



ANTALYA, Turkey - There was no shortage of confusion when FILA officials tried to determine the winner of the three-team World Cup Greco-Roman wrestling pool involving the United States, Russia and Iran.

But in the end, FILA officials made the right call.

And that call put the United States into the finals and gives the Americans a chance to win their first World Cup dual-meet title in Greco-Roman wrestling. The seven-member U.S. squad will meet Ukraine in the finals on Sunday.

The confusion started when the U.S. beat Russia, Iran beat the U.S. and Russia beat Iran in pool matches on Saturday. FILA originally declared Iran the winner of the tiebreaker since it had scored the most classification points of the three teams in the pool.

But U.S. coach Jay Antonelli pointed out to FILA officials that the first criteria for the tiebreaker is total matches won. So 30 minutes after it was announced Iran was going to the finals, a second announcement came that the U.S. now was headed to the finals by virtue of most matches won.

The U.S. won 5 of 7 matches to beat Russia for what is believed to be the first time ever in a Greco-Roman World Cup. The Americans went 3-4 in the dual that followed against Iran. Russia beat Iran 5-2. That gave the U.S. eight wins, Russia seven and Iran six.

"We're very excited to have an opportunity to win this event," USA Wrestling National Greco-Roman coach Steve Fraser said. "It's been a pretty fierce competition so far. We came out and wrestled like gangbusters against a really tough Russian team in our first dual. It was a big victory for us.

"We were a little flat against Iran and didn't wrestle as well as we obviously should have. All the matches were real tough, and we lost a couple coin tosses. Jake Clark came up with a big win for us in that dual - we needed that one."

Clark, a 2006 U.S. World Team member, won both his matches at 84 kg/185 lbs. World champions Joe Warren (60 kg/132 lbs.) and Dremiel Byers (120 kg/264.5 lbs.) also went 2-0 on Saturday.

"Jake Clark stuck the Russian with a front headlock and came back tough against Iran. I was very proud of Jake - he did a great job," Fraser said. "Joe Warren's wrestling like a warrior and has been a great leader for us. He's just relentless out there. And Byers is looking real tough for us."

World bronze medalist Lindsey Durlacher set the tone for the U.S. by hitting a five-point throw en route to a win against Russia's Sergey Petrov at 55 kg/121 lbs. Warren, World bronze medalist Harry Lester (66 kg/145.5 lbs.), Clark and Byers followed with victories. Durlacher and Warren wrestle for the New York Athletic Club, Lester is with the Gator Wrestling Club, Clark with the U.S. Marines and Byers with the U.S. Army.

The American team will face a difficult challenge in Sunday's finals. Ukraine knocked off 2006 World Championships team champion and host Turkey by a 4-3 score on Saturday.

"We need to wrestle better than we did against Iran because Ukraine is wrestling really well," Fraser said. "We need to step up and wrestle better."

Russia will wrestle for third place today with Iran going for fifth.

2007 GRECO-ROMAN WORLD CUP

SATURDAY'S RESULTS, ANTALYA, TURKEY

United States 5, Russia 2
55 kg/121 lbs. - Lindsey Durlacher (USA) dec. Sergey Petrov
60 kg/132 lbs. - Joe Warren (USA) dec. Beka Albiev Islam
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Harry Lester (USA) dec. Ambako Vachadze
74 kg/163 lbs. - Evgeny Popov (Russia) dec. Keith Sieracki
84 kg/185 lbs. - Jacob Clark (USA) pinned Dmitry Oralov
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Roman Marchenko (Russia) dec. Justin Ruiz
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Dremiel Byers (USA) dec. Alexander Anuchin

Iran 4, United States 3
55 kg/121 lbs. - Yasien Bahramipour (Iran) dec. Lindsey Durlacher
60 kg/132 lbs. - Joe Warren (USA) dec. Saber Mirzadeh
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Ali Mohammadi (Iran) dec. Harry Lester
74 kg/163 lbs. - Mehdi Mohammadi (Iran) won by disqualification over Keith Sieracki
84 kg/185 lbs. - Jacob Clark (USA) dec. Davaud Abedienzadeh
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Ghasem Rezaei (Iran) dec. Justin Ruiz
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Dremiel Byers (USA) dec. Bashir Babajanzadeh

Russia 5, Iran 2
55 kg/121 lbs. - Yasien Bahramipour (Iran) pinned Zahu Kuramagomedov
60 kg/132 lbs. - Beka Albiev Islam (Russia) dec. Saber Mirzadeh
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Ali Mohammadi (Iran) won by disqualification over Ambako Vachadze
74 kg/163 lbs. - Mikhail Ivanchenko (Russia) dec. Mehdi Mohammadi
84 kg/185 lbs. - Dmitry Oralov (Russia) dec. Davaud Hadavand
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Vasil Teploukhov (Russia) dec. Ghasem Rezaei
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Alexander Anuchin (Russia) dec. Bashir Babajanzadeh

Ukraine 4, Turkey 3
55 kg/121 lbs. - Vyugar Ragymov (Ukraine) dec. Huseyin Aygun
60 kg/132 lbs. - Bunyamin Emik (Turkey) dec. Danylo Krymov
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Seref Eroglu (Turkey) dec. Armen Vardanyan
74 kg/163 lbs. - Dmytro Pyshkov (Ukraine) dec. Ramazan Sahin
84 kg/185 lbs. - Vitaliy Lishcynskyy (Ukraine) dec. Serkan Ozden
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Hamza Yerlikaya (Turkey) dec. Dmitry Timchenko
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Oleksan Chernetskyy (Ukraine) pinned Ismail Guzel

Ukraine 5, Georgia 2
55 kg/121 lbs. - Vyugar Ragymov (Ukraine) dec. Irakli Chochva
60 kg/132 lbs. - David Bedinadze (Georgia) dec. Danylo Krymov
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Armen Vardanyan (Ukraine) dec. Mukhram Matchutadze
74 kg/163 lbs. - Dmytro Pyshkov (Ukraine) dec. Manughar Krirkvelia
84 kg/185 lbs. - Vitaliy Lishcynskyy (Ukraine) dec. Akaki Jokhadze
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Remaz Nozadze (Georgia) dec. Dimitry Timchenko
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Oleksan Chernetskyy (Ukraine) pinned Revaz Chelidze

Turkey 6, Georgia 1
55 kg/121 lbs. - Harun Bozoglu (Turkey) won by disqualification over Irakli Chochva
60 kg/132 lbs. - David Bedinadze (Georgia) dec. Bunyamin Emik
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Seref Eroglu (Turkey) dec. Mukhram Matchutadze
74 kg/163 lbs. - Seref Tufenk (Turkey) dec. Gendai Gogishvili
84 kg/185 lbs. - Nazmi Avluca (Turkey) dec. Akaki Jokhadze
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Hamza Yerlikaya (Turkey) won by forfeit
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Ismail Guzel (Turkey) won by injury default over Revaz Chelidze
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