UPDATE: Hochstrasser, Ruschell, Bergman, Rey win gold medals at Brazil Cup

Photo of J.D. Bergman of the USA scoring a pin at the Brazil Cup by Renato Sette, United World Wrestling.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Four U.S. men’s freestyle wrestlers won gold medals, and all 10 Americans entered claimed a medal at the Brazil Cup on Saturday.

The U.S. champions were
• Andrew Hochstrasser (Boise, Idaho/Titan Mercury WC) at 57 kg/125.5 lbs.
• Kyle Ruschell (Madison, Wis./New York AC/Badger WC) at 70 kg/154 lbs.
• J.D. Bergman (Columbus, Ohio/New York AC) at 97 kg/213 lbs.
• Zach Rey (Bethlehem, Pa./Lehigh Valley AC) at 125 kg/275 lbs.

Hochstrasser, the former Boise State star, defeated 2014 Junior World champion Khasankhuseyn Badrudinov of Russia in the championship finals, 13-7. He won four matches on the way to the gold.

Ruschell, who was a star at Wisconsin, stopped 2014 Ivan Yarygin International bronze medalist Mulid Lampezhev of Russia, 13-7. He won four matches, including an opening win over fellow American Logan Massa.

Bergman, an NCAA runner-up for Ohio State and 2010 U.S. World Team member, pinned Rasul Magomedov of Russia in the finals. He also had a pin in the semifinals over Canadian Manjot Sandhu, and an opening win over Russian star Anzor Urishev of Russia, 9-0.

Rey went 4-0 in a five-athlete roundrobin, including a 4-0 win over eventual silver medalist Islam Bakhmudkadiev of Russia.

“We were nine for nine in the medal round. It was a good effort from everybody. J.D. Bergman was dominating as was Zach Rey. Hochstrasser came from behind in two matches and kept scoring points. Kyle Ruschell gets the hear award for coming from behind in all of his matches. The Juniors did very well, and their future looks bright,” said National Freestyle Coach Bruce Burnett.

The other six American wrestlers on the tour dropped one match, but wrestled back to claim bronze medals. They included:
• Matt McDonough (Iowa City, Iowa/Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC) at 57 kg/125.5 lbs.
• Joey McKenna (Towaco, N.J./Lehigh Valley AC) at 61 kg/134 lbs.
• Logan Massa (St. Johns, Mich./Massa’s Maniacs) at 70 kg/154 lbs.
• Anthony Valencia (Pico Rivera, Calif./Sunkist Kids) at 74 kg/163 lbs.
• Clayton Foster (Laramie, Wyo./GRIT Athletics/Cowboy WC) at 86 kg/189 lbs.
• Dustin Kilgore (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) at 97 kg/213 lbs.

Three of the medals were won by top FILA Junior age wrestlers who entered in the Senior division at this event, McKenna, Massa and Valencia. McKenna was a 2014 Junior World silver medalist and Valencia was on the 2014 FILA Junior World team.

“The Brazil Cup has been a very valuable competition for our team. We saw very strong competitors having most of the western hemisphere represented, as well as Russia and Japan, with which our team had several great matches. In the final round our guys went nine for nine in total, all 10 athletes winning medals, and with four gold. We are making progress and are looking ahead. It has been a great start to this new season as well as an opportunity to get a feel for logistics on the ground in Rio de Janeiro,” said Assistant National Freestyle Coach Bill Zadick.

Special thanks to T.R. Foley of UWW for his support and assistance on this report.

At Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 29

Men’s freestyle results

57 kg/125.5 lbs.
Gold – Andrew Hochstrasser (USA)
Silver – Khansankhuseyn Badrudinov (Russia)
Bronze – Matt McDonough (USA)
Bronze – Steven Takahashi (Canada)
5th – Iseei Oshiro (Japan)
5th – Andres Quispe (Chile)
GOLD: Andrew HOCHSTRASSER (USA) df. Khasankhuseyn BADRUDINOV (RUS), 13-7
BRONZE: Steven TAKAHASHI (CAN) df. Andres QUISPE (CHI) by TF, 13-2

61 kg/134 lbs.
Gold – Rustam Ampar (Russia)
Silver – Nakata Yo (Japan)
Bronze – Joseph McKenna (USA)
Bronze – Rodrigo Falabella (Brazil)
5th – Juliano Carvalho (Brazil)
GOLD: Rustam AMPAR (RUS) v. Nakata YO (JPN), 2-1
BRONZE: Joe McKENNA (USA) v. Juliano CARVALHO (BRA), 14-3

65 kg/143 lbs.
Gold – Zaurbek Sidakov (Russia)
Silver – Shiksaid Dzhalilov (Russia)
Bronze – William El Assy (Brazil)
Bronze – Kotaro Tanaka (Japan)
5th – Waldeci Souza (Brazil)
5th – Sixto Pedragas (Peru)
GOLD: Zaurbek SIDAKOV (RUS) df. Shiksaid DZHALILOV (RUS), 2-1
BRONZE: William EL ASSY (BRA) df. Waldeci SOUZA (BRA) by TF, 10-0
BRONZE: Kotaro TANAKA (JPN) df. Sixto PADRAGAS (PER) by TF, 11-0

70 kg/154 lbs.
Gold – Kyle Ruschell (USA)
Silver – Mulid Lampezhev (Russia)
Bronze – Logan Massa (USA)
Bronze – Ken Hosaka (Japan)
5th – Yoan Blanco (Ecuador)
5th – Vinicius Camargo (Brazil)
BRONZE: Logan MASSA (USA) df. Yoan BLANCO (ECU), 2-0
BRONZE: Ken HOSAKA (JPN) df. Vinicius CAMARGO (BRA) by TF, 12-0

74 kg/163 lbs.
Gold – Khetik Tsabalov (Russia)
Silver – Mao Okui (Japan)
Bronze – Akhmed Varaev (Russia)
Bronze – Anthony Valencia (USA)
5th – Givaldo Silva (Brazil)
5th – Pedro Rocha (Brazil)
GOLD: Khetik TSABLOV (RUS) df. Mao OKUI (JPN) by TF, 12-2
BRONZE: Akhmed VARAEV (RUS) v. Givaldo SILVA (BRA), 10-0
BRONZE: Anthony VALENCIA (USA) df. Pedro ROCHA (BRA) by TF, 14-2

86 kg/189 lbs.
Gold – Gadzhi Radzhabov (Russia)
Silver – Jordan Steen (Canada)
Bronze – Clayton Foster (USA)
Bronze – Pool Greyfo (Peru)
5th – Masao Matsusaka (Japan)
5th – Igor Gracie (Brazil)
GOLD: Gadzhi RADZHABOV (RUS) df. Jordan Steen (CAN), 7-1
BRONZE: Clayton FOSTER (USA) df. Masao MATSUSAKA (JPN), 8-0
BRONZE: Pool Greyfo (PER) df. Igor GRACIE (BRA) by TF, 10-0

97 kg/213 lbs.
Gold – J.D. Bergman (USA)
Silver – Rasul Magomedov (Russia)
Bronze – Anzor Urishev (Russia)
Bronze – Manjot Sandhu (Canada)
5th – Dustin Kilgore (USA)

125 kg/275 lbs.
Gold: Zach Rey (USA)
Silver: Islam Bakhmudkaev (Russia)
Bronze: Kazbek Khublov (Russia)
4th – Rolles Gracie (Brazil)
5th – Luciano Del Rio (Argentina)
Roundrobin bouts
Zach REY (USA) df. Islam BAKHMUDKADIEV (RUS), 4-0
Zach REY (USA) df. Rolles GRACIE (BRA) by FALL
Islam BAKHMUDKADIEV (RUS) df. Luciano DEL RIO (ARG) by Inj. Def.
Kazbek KHUBLOV (RUS) df. Rolles GRACIE (BRA), 10-8
Zach REY (USA) df. Luciano DEL RIO (ARG) by Inj. Def.
Kazbek KHUBLOV (RUS) df. Luciano DEL RIO (ARG) by Inj. Def.
Zach REY (USA) df. Kazbek KHUBLOV (RUS), 9-0
Rolles GRACIE (BRA) v. Luciano DEL RIO (ARG) by Inj. Def.

U.S. men’s freestyle performances

57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Matt McDonough, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC), 3rd
WIN Ronny Cedeao (Ecuador), pin
LOSS Khasankhuseyn Badrudinov (Russia), 4-4
WIN Junior Uziel (Brazil), pin
WIN Issei Oshiro (Japan), tech. fall 11-0

57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Andrew Hochstrasser, Boise, Idaho (Titan Mercury WC), 1st
WIN Carlos Murta (Brazil), 10-0
WIN Steven Takahashi (Canada), 8-0
WIN Andres Quispe (Chile), 4-1
WIN Khasankhuseyn Badrudinov (Russia), 13-7

61 kg/134 lbs. – Joe McKenna, Towaco, N.J. (Lehigh Valley AC), 3rd
WIN Nchyn Kuular (Russia), 11-6
LOSS Nakata Yo (Japan), 2-3
WIN Juliano Carvalho (Brazil), tech. fall, 14-3

70 kg/154 lbs. – Kyle Ruschell, Madison, Wis. (New York AC/Badger WC), 1st
WIN Logan Massa (USA), tech. fall 11-0
WIN Emi Umarpashaev (Russia), pin
WIN Yoan Blanco (Ecuador), 8-6
WIN Mulid Lampezhev (Russia), 13-7

70 kg/154 lbs – Logan Massa, St. Johns, Mich. (Massa’s Maniacs), 3rd
LOSS Kyle Ruschell (USA), tech. fall 0-11
WIN Emi Umarpashaev (Russia), 15-6
WIN Yoan Blanco (Ecuador), 2-0

74 kg/163 lbs. – Anthony Valencia, Pico Rivera, Calif. (Sunkist Kids), 3rd
WIN Allan Matos (Brazil), 12-0
LOSS Khetik Tsabalov (Russia), tech. fall 0-10
WIN Pedro Rocha (Brazil), tech. fall 14-2

86 kg/189 lbs. – Clayton Foster, Laramie, Wyo. (GRIT Athletics/Cowboy WC), 3rd
WIN Paulo Souza (Brazil), tech. fall 12-2
LOSS Gadzhi Radshabov (Russia), 3-6
WIN Soslan Kceov (Russia), forfeit
WIN Masao Matsusaka (Japan), 8-0

97 kg/213 lbs. – Dustin Kilgore, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids), 3rd
WIN Opponent not available
LOSS Rasul Magomedov (Russia), tech. fall 2-13

97 kg/213 lbs. – J.D. Bergman, Columbus, Ohio (New York AC), 1st
WIN Anzor Urishev (Russia), 9-0
WIN Manjot Sandhu (Canada), pin
WIN Rasul Magomedov (Russia), pin

125 kg/275 lbs. – Zach Rey, Bethlehem, Pa. (Lehigh Valley AC), 1st
WIN Islam Bakhmudkadiev (Russia), 4-0
WIN Rolles Gracie (Brazil), pin
WIN Luciano Del Rio (Argentina), inj. dft.
WIN Kazbek Khublov (Russia), 9-0

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