NewsUSA WrestlingInternationalUSAW

U.S. men smash Georgia 10-0, to win Group A and advance to World Cup finals

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Zahid Valencia (USA) scores a takedown against Georgia at the 2022 World Cup.
Zahid Valencia (USA) scores a takedown against Sandro Aminashvili (Georgia) in the World Cup. Photo by John Sachs,

CORALVILLE, Iowa - Team USA came out strong in its second Group A match, getting on a winning streak which never ended, with a powerful 10-0 victory over Georgia.

With the win, the USA finishes Group A with a 2-0 record, and advances to face the winner of Group B, Iran, which beat the All World Team this evening to get into the finals.

Nick Suriano got the USA to a strong start, with a 6-3 win over 2022 World Team member Beka Bujiashvili. Scoring two takedowns and a turn. 2022 World Team member Seth Gross kept up the pressure with an 11-0 technical fall over 2022 World Team member Teimuraz Vanishvili, scoring takedowns and turns in his wide-open style.

2022 World silver medalist Yianni Diakomihalis followed with an active 11-0 technical fall over 2016 World silver medalist Beka Lomtadze at 65 kg. Alec Pantaleo grinded out a strong 8-0 shutout win over Giorgi Ekbakidze. The fifth straight win was at 74 kg, as Jason Nolf dominated to a 10-0 technical fall over Giorgi Sulava.

One of the most exciting bouts of the night came at 79 kg, when 2012 Olympic champion and six time World champion Jordan Burroughs scored a comeback 5-3 win over U23 World champion Vladimeri Gamkrelidze. Burroughs fell behind 3-0, but powered back with three step outs to tie it at 3-3 but still trailed on criteria. A low single finished off a takedown, giving Burroughs the match.

Zahid Valencia
continued his powerful wrestling with his second technical fall of the day in less than a minute, dispatching Sandro Aminashvili, 11-0 in 50 seconds at 86 kg.

The USA closed it out with victories by Nate Jackson (92 kg), Olympic and three-time World champion Kyle Snyder (97 kg) and 2022 World Team member Hayden Zillmer (125 kg).

Jackson got his offense going strong in the second period and cruised to a 10-4 decision over Miriani Maisuradze. Snyder was in control the entire match for a 6-0 decision over Givi Matcharashvili. Zillmer fell behind early, 5-0 to Solomon Manashvili, but powered back with four straight takedowns and held his edge to the final whistle.

United States 10, Georgia 0
57 kg - Nick Suriano (USA) dec. Beka Bujiashvili (Georgia), 6-3

61 kg - Seth Gross (USA) tech. fall Teimuraz Vanishvili (Georgia), 11-0, 1:30

65 kg - Yianni Diakomihalis (USA) tech. fall Beka Lomtadze (Georgia), 11-0, 1:18

70 kg – Alec Pantaleo (USA) dec. Giorgi Ekbakidze (Georgia), 8-0

74 kg - Jason Nolf (USA) tech fall. Giorgi Sulava (Georgia), 10-0, 4:05

79 kg - Jordan Burroughs (USA) dec. Vladimeri Gamkrelidze (Georgia), 5-3

86 kg - Zahid Valencia (USA) tech. fall Sandro Aminashvili (Georgia), 11-0, 0:50

92 kg - Nathan Jackson (USA) dec.. Miriani Maisuradze (Georgia), 10-4

97 kg - Kyle Snyder (USA) dec. Givi Matcharashvili (Georgia), 6-0

125 kg - Hayden Zillmer (USA) dec. Soloman Manashvili (Georgia), 8-7

Records – USA 2-0, Georgia 1-1