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Gilman, Gross, Retherford win gold, Diakomihalis silver, Marsteller bronze at Zouhaier Sghaier

by Ellen Paddock, USA Wrestling

TUNIS, Tunisia – The five men’s freestyle athletes vying for a medal today at the Zouhaier Sghaier ranking event will leave Tunisia with hardware.
Securing gold medals were 2022 World Teamers Thomas Gilman at 57 kg, Seth Gross at 61 kg and Zain Retherford at 70 kg. Yianni Diakomihalis took silver at 65 kg and Chance Marsteller secured bronze at 79 kg.
On his way to gold, Olympic bronze medalist and World champion Gilman bounced back from his first-round loss to Germany’s Justin Lehr. He followed up with two big wins over Nodirjon Safarov of Uzbekistan, 11-1, and Iran’s Alireza Sarlak, 11-7 to land a spot in the finals against Udit of India.
Gilman got his offense rolling against Udit, scoring four takedowns and a pushout in a hard-fought gold-medal match. At the break, Gilman led 7-2 until Udit rallied in the second period to make the final score a close 9-8 decision.
Gross was the second men’s freestyle athlete to secure a gold medal today after receiving a forfeit in the finals from Turkey’s Nebi Uzun. Gross had a dominant tournament, winning all three matches by technical fall. He defeated Assylzhan Yessengeldi of Kazakhstan, 14-3, 2019 World silver medalist Suleyman Atli of Turkey, 16-5 and Cadet World bronze medalist Aman of India, 11-2.
Retherford controlled his gold-medal match against Kazakhstan’s Syrbaz Talgat, a two-time Junior world bronze medalist. Retherford got down to business scoring five methodical takedowns in a row for a 10-0 technical fall. Earlier today, Retherford scored two falls and a technical fall.
Diakomihalis finished the tournament with a 2-1 record. He fell to India’s U23 Asian champion Sujeet and defeated Argentina’s Agustin Destribats, 9-2. For silver, Diakomihalis defeated Kazakhstan’s 2019 U23 World silver medalist Adlan Askarov by technical fall, 15-5.
Final X runner-up Marsteller was 2-2 this morning before meeting Junior World bronze medalist Baliyan Gourav of India in the finals. Marsteller armspun Gourav twice, both good for four points. He rolled through the second armspin to secure a 10-0 technical fall. The same move he used to defeat Jordan Burroughs in round 2 of Final X New York landed him a bronze medal in Tunisia.


Tunis, Tunisia | July 14-17, 2022

U.S. men’s freestyle results
57 kg: Thomas Gilman (Nittany Lion WC/TMWC) – GOLD
LOSS Justin Lehr (Germany), fall 1:27
WIN Nodirjon Safarov (Uzbekistan), 11-1
WIN Alireza Sarlak (Iran), 11-7
WIN Udit Udit (India), 9-8
61 kg: Seth Gross (Wisconsin RTC/Sunkist Kids) – GOLD
WIN Assylzhan Yessengeldi (Kazakhstan), 14-3
WIN Suleyman Atli (Turkey), 16-5
WIN Aman Aman (India), 11-2
WIN Nebi Uzun (Turkey), forfeit
65 kg: Yianni Diakomihalis (Spartan Combat RTC/TMWC) – SILVER
WIN Agustin Destribats (Argentina), 9-2
LOSS Sujeet Sujeet (India), 8-2
WIN Adlan Askarov (Kazakhstan),15-4
70 kg: Zain Retherford (Nittany Lion WC/TMWC) – GOLD
WIN Sanzhar Doszhanov (Kazakhstan), fall 2:04
WIN Haydar Yavuz (Turkey), injury default
WIN Karan Karan (India), fall 0:56
WIN Kossai Ajimi (Tunisia), 11-0
WIN Syrbaz Talgat (Kazakhstan),10-0
79 kg: Chance Marsteller (Annapolis RTC/TMWC) – BRONZE
WIN Georgios Kougioumtsidis (Greece), 11-0
WIN Ali Savadkouhi (Iran), 9-6
LOSS Mohammad Nokhodilarimi (Iran), 10-0
LOSS Bolat Sakayev (Kazakhstan), 6-1
WIN Baliyan Gourav (India),10-0

Men’s freestyle results

57 kg
Gold – Thoman Gilman (USA)
Silver – Udit Udit (India)
Bronze – Alireza Sarlak (Iran)
61 kg
Gold – Seth Gross (USA)
Silver – Suleyman Atli (Turkey)
Bronze – Aman Aman (India)
65 kg
Gold – Sujeet Sujeet (India)
Silver – Yianni Diakomihalis (USA)
Bronze – Adlan Askarov (Kazakhstan)
70 kg
Gold – Zain Retherford (USA)
Silver – Syrbaz Talgat (Kazakhstan)
Bronze – Karan Karan (India)
74 kg
Gold – Yones Emamichoghaei (Iran)
Silver – Sagar Jaglan (India)
Bronze – Cesar Alvan (Brazil)
79 kg
Gold – Mohammad Nokhodilarimi (Iran)
Silver – Bolat Sakayev (Kazakhstan)
Bronze – Chance Marsteller (USA)
86 kg
Gold – Azamat Dauletbekov (Kazakhstan)
Silver – Osman Gocen (Turkey)
Bronze – Sabri Mnasria (Tunisia)
92 kg
Gold – Abdimanap Baigenzheyev (Kazakhstan)
Silver – Viky Viky (India)
Bronze – Imed Kaddidi (Tunisia)