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Burroughs, Cox, Gilman qualify for semifinals, Gwiazdowski to go for bronze at Senior Worlds in Norway

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Jordan Burroughs (USA) nails a blast double on Samuel Barnish of Canada at the 2021 Senior Worlds. Photo by Justin Hoch.

OSLO, Norway – The United States continued its powerful men’s freestyle wrestling on day two of the Senior World Championships on Sunday morning, pushing three more wrestlers into the semifinal round.

Qualifying for the semifinals from Group Two were 2012 Olympic champion and four-time World champion Jordan Burroughs at 79 kg, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and two-time World champion J’den Cox at 92 kg and 2020 Olympic bronze medalist and 2017 World silver medalist Thomas Gilman at 57 kg.

Burroughs opened with an explosive, efficient 10-0 technical fall victory over Samuel Barnish of Canada. He scored a double leg and a turn, then blasted a four-point takedown to lead 8-0. One more double leg takedown ended the match.

In the second round, Burroughs drew Bolat Sakayev of (Kazakhstan. Sakayev missed three calls to the mat and never showed up, giving Burroughs a victory by forfeit.

In the semifinals, Burroughs kept up the pressure and defeated 2019 U23 World bronze medalist Radik Valiev of the Russian Wrestling Federation, 9-4. Valiev scored first on a takedown on the edge which was awarded when the Russian corner issued a challenge. Burroughs forced two step outs and Valiev scored one step out to make it 3-2 at the break. In the second period, Burroughs added two more stepouts forced by powerful shots to take a 4-3 lead. Burroughs blasted it open with a four-point double leg takedown. A Russian challenge was denied and Burroughs had a 9-3 lead. Valiev was only able to add a late step out before time ran out.

Burroughs will battle 2020 Japan national champion Ryuki Yoshida of Japan in the semifinals.

Cox won all three of his bouts by technical fall. He was sharp with his technique in his opening 13-2 technical fall over Orgilokh Dagvadorj of Mongolia. Cox scored the first three points, then Dagvadorj got a takedown to make it 3-2. From then on, it was all Cox. A Cox takedown made it 5-2 at the break. In the second period, Cox scored a takedown and two turns to make it 11-2, then closed it out with a takedown.

In his second bout, Cox dominated Simon Iannattoni of Italy in a 10-0 technical fall. After a pair of stepouts, Cox got his first takedown to lead 4-0. After another takedown, Cox tilted Iannattoni twice to finish the bout.

In the quarterfinals, Cox shut down No. 3 seed Jeremy Poirier of Canada, 10-0. In the match, Cox scored four different takedowns and added a gut wrench to close down the bout.

Cox will face No. 2 seed Khamran Ghasempour of Iran in the semifinals. Ghasempour was a 2019 U23 World Champion and also won a 2021 Asian Championships title.

Gilman, the No. 1 seed, was powerful in his first-round pin over Abubakr Mutaliev of the Russian Wrestling Federation, who was third in the 2021 Russian Nationals. Gilman got the early takedown and then powered Mutaliev over with a half nelson, securing a fall in 1:16.

In the quarterfinals, Gilman was again in total control in his 11-1 technical fall over Vladimir Egorov of North Macedonia. Gilman reeled off seven points in the first period, with two takedowns and three step outs. In the second period, Egorov scored on a step out, but Gilman ended it with a takedown and turn.

Gilman has drawn 2020 European bronze medalist Horst Lehr of Germany in the semifinals.

Competing in his first Senior Worlds, Yianni Diakomihalis had a 1-1 record at 65 kg this morning and was eliminated from the competition.

In a battle of New York natives in the opening round, Diakomihalis opened it up with a 10-0 technical fall over Colin Realbuto of Italy. Diakomihalis took Realbuto down multiple times for the win. Diakomihalis wrestles for Cornell, where he is a two-time NCAA champion, while Realbuto competes for Northern Iowa.

In his second bout, Diakomihalis was defeated by Vazgen Tevanyan of Armenia, 5-1. Tevanyan forced a step out in the first period to lead 1-0 at the break. In the second period, Tevanyan got a two-point exposure, then added a single leg takedown to finish the scoring.

When Tevanyan was defeated in the quarterfinals by No. 2 seed Tulga Tumur Ochir of Mongolia, Diakomihalis was not eligible for Monday’s repechage.

Iran had a strong effort in Group Two, by placing four wrestlers into the semifinals. The USA had three in the semifinals, with Russia with two. Other nations with an athlete in the semifinals are Germany, Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Japan, Georgia and Azerbaijan.

From Group One, two-time World bronze medalist Nick Gwiazdowski won his repechage match at 125 kg over four-time age group World medalist Dzianis Khramiankou of Belarus, 6-1. Gwiazdowski scored three takedowns in the match, with Khramiankou only getting a step out late in the bout.

Gwiazdowski will compete in a bronze-medal bout on Sunday night against 2016 Olympic champion and two-time World champion Taha Akgul of Turkey. He will be joined by three U.S. teammates who are in the gold-medal round, Daton Fix (61 kg), Kyle Dake (74 kg) and David Taylor (86 kg).

The United States is looking strong in the team race, which is expected to come down to a battle with the Russian Wrestling Federation and Iran.

The Group Two semifinals will be held at 4:45 p.m. local time, followed by the Group One medal matches at 6:00 p.m. Oslo is six hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time zone.


At Oslo, Norway

Group Two men’s freestyle semifinal pairings

57 kg

Thomas Gilman (USA) vs. Horst Lehr (Germany)

Alireza Nosratolah Sarlak (Iran) vs. Sulyeman Atli (Turkey)

65 kg

Amirmohammad Yazdani Cherati (Iran) vs. Alibek Osmonov (Kyrgyzstan)

Zagir Shakiev (Russian Wrestling Federation) vs. Tulga Tumur Ochir (Mongolia)

79 kg

Jordan Burroughs (USA) vs. Ryuki Yoshida (Japan)

Nika Ketchadze (Georgia) vs. Mohammed Ashghar Nokhodilarimi (Iran)

92 kg

Magomed Kurbanov (Russian Wrestling Federation) vs. Osman Nurmagomedov (Azerbaijan)

J’den Cox (USA) vs. Kamran Ghasempour (Iran)

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

Semifinals – vs. Horst Lehr (Germany)

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

Semifinals - Ryuki Yoshida (Japan)

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

Semifinals – vs. Kamran Ghasempour (Iran)

Men’s freestyle Group One results

61 kg – Daton Fix (Sand Springs, Okla./Cowboy RTC/Titan Mercury WC)

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

Gold Medal Finals – vs. Abasgadzhi Magomedov (Russian Wrestling Federation)

74 kg – No. 1 seed Kyle Dake (Ithaca, N.Y./Spartan Combat WC/Titan Mercury WC)

WIN Vasile Diacon (Moldova), tech. fall, 11-0, 1:11

WIN Fazli Eryilmaz (Turkey), 5-0

WIN Azamat Nurykau (Belarus), 9-1

Gold-Medal Finals – vs. Tajmuraz Salkazanov (Slovakia)

86 kg – No. 1 seed David Taylor (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC/Titan Mercury WC)

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

Gold Medal Finals – vs. Hassan Yazdani Charati (Iran)

125 kg – Nick Gwiazdowski (Ithaca, N.Y./Spartan Combat RTC/Titan Mercury WC)

WIN Amarveer Dhesi (Canada), 8-3

LOSS Amir Hossein Abbas Zare (Iran), 10-0, 1:49

WIN Dzianis Khramiankou (Belarus), 6-1

Bronze Medal Bout – Vs. Taha Akgul (Turkey)

U.S. college wrestlers competing for other nations today

57 kg – Guesseppe Rea Villarroel (Ecuador), Wilkes

WIN Gamal Mohammed Yahya Alsabri (Yemen), tech fall, 10-0

LOSS Alireza Sarlak (Iran), tech. fall, 11-0

65 kg – Colin Realbuto (Italy), Northern Iowa, Brown

LOSS Yianni Diakomihalis (USA), tech. fall 10-0

65 kg – Sebastian Rivera (Puerto Rico), Rutgers, Northwestern

WIN Maxim Sacultan (Moldova), 14-9

LOSS Amirmohammad Yazdanicherati (Iran), tech. fall, 13-3

86 kg - Ethan Ramos (Puerto Rico), North Carolina

WIN Dzhemal Rushen Ali (Bulgaria), tech. fall, 14-2

WIN Gwanuk Kim (Korea) tech. fall 13-2

LOSS Hassan Yazdani Charati (Iran), tech. fall 10-0

LOSS Azamat Dauletbekov (Kazakhstan), tech. fall 10-0