Session II Blog: Dake gets silver, Valencia a bronze, Winchester in finals, Page to go for bronze; Dake goes for gold,

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

74 kg Olympic Playoff – Georgios Kougioumtsidis (Greece) disq.. Turan Bayramov (Azerbaijan), three cautions

57 kg Olympic Playoff -  Zavur Uguev (Individual Neutral Athlete) dec. Meirambek Kartbay (Kazakhstan), 4-0

Kyle Dake World silver medal graphic


MFS74 kg gold medal – Zaurbek Sidakov (Individual Neutral Athlete) dec. Kyle Dake (USA), 10-7

Dake put on the shot clock. Dake lifts Sidakov up and puts him out of bounds for a step out and a 1-0 lead, also killing off the shot clock. We go to the break with Dake leading 1-0. In the second period, Dake was put on the shot clock. Sidakov shot in and finished it off for a takedown and a 2-1 lead. Dake did not score in 30 seconds, giving Sidakov a 3-1 lead. Dake gets a single leg and finishes to tie it at 3-3 and take criteria. They take blood time because of Dake's ear. Sidakov shoots in and gets a takedown and adds a turn. The score reads 8-5 with 28 seconds left. The USA challenges. They rescore it as 8-7 in favor of Sidakov, as there were two 2-and-2s plus one reversal for Sidakov. Sidakov shoots on a leg and Dake does not score as time runs out. This was also challenged by the USA. They gave two points to Sidakov and it ends Sidakov 10-7 over Dake.


74 kg - Bronze -.Daichi Takatani (Japan) pin Georgios Kougioumtsidis (Greece), 3:38

74 kg - Bronze - Hetik Cabolov (Serbia) dec. Turan Bayramov (Azerbaijan), 6-4


For the U.S. college wrestling fans, and for those who followed this young star back in Indiana, we will give a summary of the 57 kg Gold Medal match between Stevan Micic (Serbia) and past World champion Rei Higuchi (Japan). FYI - Micic won a Junior World medal for the USA before changing national affiliation. Micic spins behind to lead 2-0 early in the match. A double leg by Higuchi ties the match at 2-2 at the break. Higuchi gets a single leg and converts to lead 4-2. Micic scores on a shot to tie it at 4-4 and take the criteria. Micic wins a scramble to get a takedown and a 6-4 lead. They go out of bounds with four seconds left, and referees don't give an takedown to Higuchi. Japan challenges and it is denied, giving Micic a 7-4 lead. Serbia has its first Senior World freestyle champion, Stevan Micic!!!!!


57 kg - Gold - Stevan Micic (Serbia) dec. Rei Higuchi (Japan), 7-4

57 kg - Bronze - Zelimkhan Abakarov (Albania) dec. Zavur Uguev (Individual Neutral Athlete), 4-4

57 kg - Bronze - Arsen Harutyunuan (Kazakhstan) tech. fall Meirambek Kartbay (Kazakhstan), 11-0


Mens freestyle 92 kg

Gold - Rizabek Aitmukhan (Kazakhstan) dec. Osman Nurmagomedov (Azerbaijan), 5-2

Bronze - Feyzullah Akturk (Turkey) dec. Miriani Maisuradze (Georgia), 5-3

Bronze - Zahid Valencia (USA) tech. fall Arash Yoshida (Japan), 11-0

Zahid Valencia World bronze medal graphic

MFS 92 kg bronze medal - Zahid Valencia (USA) tech fall Arash Yoshida (Japan) , 11-0 

Zahid gets behind Yoshida in a scramble for the first takedown to lead 2-0. Japan challenged the call, which was denied, giving Valencia another point and a 3-0 lead. A nice double leg takedown and three turns gave Valencia a first-period 11-0 technical fall. Zahid gets the bronze medal!!!!


92 kg - Bronze - Feyzullah Akturk (Turkey) dec. Miriani Maisuradze (Georgia), 5-3


79 kg - Gold - Akhmed Usmanov (Individual Neutral Athlete) dec. Vladimeri Gamkrelidze (Georgia), 4-1

79 kg - Bronze - Vasyl Mykhailov (Ukraine) dec. Bolat Sakayev (Kazakhstan), 3-1

79 kg - Bronze – Mohammed Nokholidarimi (Iran) tech. fall Orkhan Abasov (Azerbaijan), 10-0


Monday Medal Match match order for USA

Mat B

Bout 5 - 92 kg bronze medal - Zahid Valencia (USA) vs. Arash Yoshida (Japan)

Bout 12 - 74 kg gold medal – Kyle Dake (USA) vs. Zaurbek Sidakov (Individual Neutral Athlete)


Women's Freestyle Group One semifinal results

59 kg

Qi Zhang (China) dec. Jennifer Page (United States), 5-1

Yuliia Tkach (Ukraine) pin Elena Brugger (Germany), 1:14


WFS 59 kg semifinal - Qi Zhang (China) dec. Jennifer Page (USA),

 Page placed on the shot clock and can not score in 30 seconds, so Qi goes up 1-0. We go to the break with Qi leading 1-0. Qi gets a takedown early in the second period for a 3-0 lead. Qi takes a re-shot and takes down Page for a 5-0 lead. Page gets a step out point in last 10 seconds, 5-1. Time runs out. Qi beats Page, 5-1. Jen Page will go for a bronze medal.


Women's Freestyle Group One semifinal results

55 kg

Haruna Okuno (Japan) dec. Mariana Dragutan (Moldova), 6-0

Jacarra Winchester (United States) tech. fall Anastasia Blayvas (Germany) , 10-0


WFS 55 kg semifinal - Jacarra Winchester (USA) tech fall Anastasia Blayvas (Germany), 10-0

Winchester opens with a takedown, then another takedown to take a 4-0 lead. She gets a takedown and turn to make it 8-0 at the break. Add a second period spin behind and Jacarra Winchester is back in the World Championships finals with a 10-0 technical fall


97 kg

Akhmed Tazhudinov (Bahrain) dec. Abdulrashid Sadulaev (Individual Neutral Athlete), 9-2

Magomedkhan Magomedov (Azerbaijan) dec. Givi Matcharishvili (Georgia), 6-1

Can't believe what I just saw. Akhmed Tazhudinov (Bahrain) dominated two-time Olympic champion Abdulrashid Sadulaev (Individual Neutral Athlete), 7-2 in the 97 kg semifinals. Was never a match. This pulls Kyle Snyder back into the repechage, with a chance to win a medal and qualify the weight. Crazy crazy stuff.


65 kg men’s freestyle semifinals

Ismail Musukaev (Hungary) dec. Rahman Amouzadkhalili (Iran), 6-5

Sebastian Rivera (Puerto Rico) dec. Vazgen Tevanyan (Armenia), 10-9


Ismail Musukaev (Hungary) scored a last second takedown to win his semifinals over Rahman Amouzadkhalili (Iran), 6-5, which knocks Nick Lee out of the tournament. No repechage for Lee.


Wow. Sebastian Rivera of Puerto Rico scored a two-point ankle lace as time ran out to win his 65 kg semifinal over Vazgen Tevanyan (Armenia), 10-9. Seabass is in the World finals!!!! How about that Jersey?


We start right now with the men's Group One semifinals. As a USA fan, we need Rahman Amouzadkhalili (Iran) to win his semifinals, to pull back Nick Lee into repechage. We also need Akhmed Tazhudinov (Bahrain) to beat superstar Abdulrashid Sadulaev (Individual Neutral Athlete) in the 97 kg semifinals, to pull Kyle Snyder back into repechage. Oh, and college wrestling fans will be interested in how Sebastian Rivera (a Jersey native who wrestled for Northwestern and Rutgers) does in his 65 kg semifinals.


There will be four U.S. wrestlers in action during the Monday night session (Day 3) at the Senior World Championships in Belgrade. The session begins with the semifinals for Group Three of men’s freestyle and Group One of women’s freestyle. Team USA has a pair of women in the semifinals, 2019 World champion Jacarra Winchester (55 kg) and Jennifer Page (59 kg). There are two men’s freestyle weights, 65 kg and 97 kg, but no USA athletes in the semifinals. Nick Lee (65 kg) and Kyle Snyder (97 kg) lost in the quarterfinals, and need the athletes who beat them to win their semifinal match, so they can qualify for Tuesday’s repechage.

Then comes the medal matches for men’s freestyle for Group Two. Kyle Dake, a four-time World champion, goes for No. 5 against Olympic and World champion Zaurbek Sidakov (AIN) at 74 kg. Zahid Valencia, who won a repechage bout on Monday morning, wrestles for a bronze at 97 kg. The men’s freestyle team race is tightening up, so all of the results tonight will be important to Team USA and the other nations in the hunt.

Jacarra Winchester (USA) scores a takedown in the 2023 World Championship quarterfinals (Photo by Justin Hoch)