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USA men’s freestyle receive draws for Yasar Dogu International in Turkey

by Taylor Miller-Gregorio, USA Wrestling

Photo: James Green at the 2021 World Championships. Photo by Tony Rotundo,

ISTANBUL, Turkey – USA’s 15 men’s freestyle wrestlers have received their first-round draws for the Yasar Dogu International in Istanbul, Turkey. This marks the first UWW Ranking Series event of the 2022 season.


Men’s freestyle competition begins Saturday with Kollin Moore (97 kg), Nick Gwiazdowski (125 kg) and Hayden Zillmer (125 kg) and continues Sunday with Nico Megaludis (61 kg), Daniel Deshazer (61 kg), Evan Henderson (65 kg), Joey McKenna (65 kg), Anthony Ashnault (70 kg), James Green (70 kg), Jordan Oliver (70 kg), Joey LaVallee (74 kg) Jordan Burroughs (79 kg), Chance Marsteller (79 kg), David McFadden (79 kg) and Mark Hall (86 kg).

Below are their draws as well as a detailed schedule.

Fans can watch all the action live on FloWrestling and find brackets on United World Wrestling’s website. Qualification rounds begin at 10:30 a.m. local time (2:30 a.m. ET) and medal matches are set for 6 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET).

Follow @USAWrestling on Twitter for live updates throughout the tournament.


Feb. 24-27, 2022 | Istanbul, Turkey

U.S. men’s freestyle draws
61 kg: Nico Megaludis (Titan Mercury WC)
vs. Georgii Okorokov (Austria), 14th at 2020 Russian Championships

61 kg: Daniel Deshazer (Gopher WC RTC)
vs. Ramiz Gamzatov (Russia), bronze at 2021 Ivan Yarygin

65 kg: Evan Henderson (Ohio RTC/Titan Mercury WC)
vs. Joey McKenna (USA), 2017 U23 World bronze medalist
-OR- Bekzat Yermekbay (Kazakhstan), bronze at 2021 Junior World Championships

65 kg: Joey McKenna (Pennsylvania RTC/Titan Mercury WC)
Bekzat Yermekbay (Kazakhstan), bronze at 2021 Junior World Championships

70 kg: Anthony Ashnault (Scarlet Knights WC/New York AC)
vs. Sanzhar Doszhanov (Kazakhstan), 10th at 2019 Junior World Championships
-OR- Ernazar Akmataliev (Kyrgyzstan), silver at Senior World Championships, gold at 2021 U23 World Championships

70 kg: James Green (Southeast RTC/Titan Mercury WC)
vs. Vishal Kaliramana (India), bronze at 2021 Matteo Pellicone
-OR- Khanburged Gankhuyag (Mongolia)

70 kg: Jordan Oliver (Sunkist Kids WC)
vs. Aliakbar Fazlikhalili (Iran), bronze at 2021 U23 World Championships, bronze at 2018 Cadet World Championships

74 kg: Joey Lavallee (Lehigh Valley WC/Titan Mercury WC)
vs. Soslan Tigiyev (Azerbaijan), bronze at 2006 Senior World Championships

79 kg: Jordan Burroughs (Pennsylvania RTC/Sunkist Kids)
vs. Meiir Koshkinbayev (Kazakhstan), 14th at Vladimir Semenov Tournament

79 kg: Chance Marsteller (Titan Mercury WC)
vs. David McFadden (USA), silver at 2021 Matteo Pellicone

79 kg: David McFadden (Pennsylvania RTC/Titan Mercury WC)
vs. Chance Marsteller (USA), ninth at 2019 Alexander Medved Tournament

86 kg: Mark Hall (Pennsylvania RTC/Titan Mercury WC)
vs. Tarzan Maisuradze (Georgia), bronze at 2015 Junior World Championships
-OR- Temuujin Mendbileg (Mongolia), 10th at 2018 Cadet Asian Championships

97 kg: Kollin Moore (Ohio RTC/Titan Mercury WC)
vs. Akezhan Aitbekov (Kazakhstan), no international credentials
-OR- Satywart Kadian (India), bronze at 2021 Senior Asian Championships

125 kg: Nick Gwiazdowski (Spartan Combat RTC/Titan Mercury WC)
vs. Hayden Zillmer (USA), bronze at 2021 Matteo Pellicone

125 kg: Hayden Zillmer (Gopher WC RTC)
vs. Nick Gwiazdowski (USA), bronze at 2017 and 2018 World Championships

Schedule (8 hours ahead of U.S. ET)
Saturday, Feb. 26
10:30 a.m. – Qualification rounds & repechage (WFS 50, 53, 55, 59, 65, 72 kg; MFS 97, 125 kg)
6 p.m. – Medal matches (WFS 50, 53, 55, 59, 65, 72 kg; MFS 97, 125 kg)

Sunday, Feb. 27
10:30 a.m. – Qualification rounds & repechage (MFS 57, 61, 65, 70, 74, 79, 86, 92 kg)
6 p.m. – Medal matches (MFS 57, 61, 65, 70, 74, 79, 86, 92 kg)