2019 Men’s Freestyle World Championship Wrap up & Results

 

Team USA went into the World Championships with a strong team and high expectations. Four wrestlers scored zero team points. You can’t win a world championship starting off like that. Pat Downey had a better tournament than most expected. Guessing that he’s not homeless. I know that there were some very tough brackets, but Team USA needs a Burroughs or Snyder like finish in a tough bracket, not one or two matches and out. Russia came into Worlds with even higher expectations and exceeded them. Did they dope their way to the title? Running away from the rest of the countries with 5 Champions, one 2nd and three 3rd place finishes. That’s right they placed 9 out of 10 weight classes. Talk about peaking. Or doping? I always think people cheat, it human nature.

So team USA took 3rd which would have been well received prior to 2017 but it’s not enough now for the freestyle fan.  They are a victim of their own success the last couple of years. Team USA had a high bonus rate, not as high as the Russians, but of our 70 plus wins there were plenty of bonus points.

I’m not close enough to the team to know if there were training issues beyond the short turn-around for Retherford. Most of these guys are training at their home RTC with occasional trips to Colorado Springs for team camps.

What is clear to me is that United World Wrestling needs to change the rules and their bracketing system. In many cases the 4 seed has an easier medal path than 2/3. Even-out the number of wrestlers on both sides of the bracket. Track is inferior to the product that Flo puts out there: log in, announcers on the mats etc. Not sure NBC cares what kind of product they put out there. Now for the rules. I’m a longtime fan of Freestyle and the rules have been getting better since the old reach in the bag days (I’m sure no one ever got fired for that stupid rule). That said, Freestyle rules are entering a grey zone. When points are so debatable, especially when the highest-level wrestlers face each other, controversial points detract from the sport. Yanni vs. Zain is the tip of the iceberg. There were many questionable calls with coaches on opposite sides. If RTC coaches don’t see the points the same way how are refs going to get it right? Replay helps and is great but even with it there are different opinions.  Lastly, get brackets out sooner. Is two weeks too much to ask? Seriously. I know that they were trying to follow the NCAA’s final adjustments to feature a Snyder vs Sadulaev marquee finale. It didn’t materialize. A step in the right direction. No one would have taken Kazakhstan to finish 2nd – they aren’t that good. Is this home team corruption? I have no definitive proof other than UWW’s very poor track record. UWW has never really addressed any of its corruption and despite promises from UWW, PR man TR Foley has never responded to Olympic ref-ing corruption in Rio. The average fan just wants UWW to make good enough changes to keep wrestling in the Olympics.

 

This is gonna get worse unless UWW makes some adjustments. Right now points are much clearer and less corruptible than Freestyle. You might point out that the Fix vs. Suriano match pokes a hole in my point but what do the naysayers have after that example.

The real intrigue starts this year. Can any college wrestlers make the team with the turnaround time so tight with the NCAA Championships? Jordan Burroughs vs Kyle Dake vs Dieringer. Is David Taylor the same guy as before his injury. How do he, Cox, Snyder and Gwiz sort out the upper part of the line up? I can’t wait for it all to unfold.

 

Mens Freestyle Results

57 kg

Daton Fix’s DNPed

  • Champ. Round 2 – Daton Fix (United States) won by tech fall over Vladimir Egorov (Macedonia) (TF 12-1)
  • Champ. Round 3 – Yuki Takahashi (Japan) won by decision over Daton Fix (United States) (Dec 4-2)

61 kg

Tyler Graff’s 5th place Scored10 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Tyler Graff (United States) won by tech fall over Jincheol Kim (Korea) (TF 10-0)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Tyler Graff (United States) won by decision over Minghu Liu (China) (Dec 7-0)
  • Quarterfinal – Beka Lomtadze (Georgia) won by decision over Tyler Graff (United States) (Dec 3-1)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Tyler Graff (United States) won by tech fall over Mihai Esanu (Moldova) (TF 13-2)
  • 3rd Place Match – Rahul Balasaheb Aware (India) won by decision over Tyler Graff (United States) (Dec 11-4)

65 kg

Zain Retherford DNPed

  • Champ. Round 1 – Alejandro Enrique Valdes Tobier (Cuba) won by decision over Zain Retherford (United States) (Dec 10-9)

70 kg

James Green’s DNPed

  • Champ. Round 1 – James Green (United States) won by tech fall over Vincent De Marinis (Canada) (TF 10-0)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Magomedmurad Gadzhiev (Poland) won by decision over James Green (United States) (Dec 4-3)

FS 74 kg

Jordan Burroughs’s 3rd place and scored 15 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Jordan Burroughs (United States) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Jordan Burroughs (United States) won by decision over Azamat Nurykau (Belarus) (Dec 11-10)
  • Champ. Round 3 – Jordan Burroughs (United States) won by decision over Murad Kuramagomedov (Hungary) (Dec 6-4)
  • Quarterfinal – Jordan Burroughs (United States) won by decision over Khadzhimurad Gadzhiyev (Azerbaijan) (Dec 8-1)
  • Semifinal – Zaurbek Sidakov (Russia) won by decision over Jordan Burroughs (United States) (Dec 4-3)
  • 3rd Place Match – Jordan Burroughs (United States) won by tech fall over Mao Okui (Japan) (TF 10-0)

FS 79 kg

Kyle Dake 1st place and  scored 25 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Kyle Dake (United States) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Kyle Dake (United States) won by tech fall over Oibek Nasirov (Kyrgyzstan) (TF 12-2)
  • Quarterfinal – Kyle Dake (United States) won by decision over Gadzhi Nabiev (Russia) (Dec 5-1)
  • Semifinal – Kyle Dake (United States) won by decision over Rashid Kurbanov (Uzbekistan) (Dec 6-1)
  • 1st Place Match – Kyle Dake (United States) won by decision over Jabrayil Hasanov (Azerbaijan) (Dec 4-2)

FS 86 kg

Pat Downey 9th place and scored 4 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Pat Downey (United States) won by tech fall over Hovhannes Mkhitaryan (Armenia) (TF 11-1)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Pat Downey (United States) won by decision over Zbigniew Mateusz Baranowski (Poland) (Dec 8-2)
  • Champ. Round 3 – Ahmed Ruslanovic Dudarov (Germany) won by tech fall over Pat Downey (United States) (TF 11-0)

FS 92 kg

J`Den Cox’s 1st place and scored 25 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – J`Den Cox (United States) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – J`Den Cox (United States) won by tech fall over Mohammed Fardj (Algeria) (TF 11-0)
  • Quarterfinal – J`Den Cox (United States) won by decision over Nurgali Nurgaipuly (Kazakhstan) (Dec 8-0)
  • Semifinal – J`Den Cox (United States) won by decision over Irakli Mtsituri (Georgia) (Dec 3-0)
  • 1st Place Match – J`Den Cox (United States) won by decision over Alireza Mohammad Karimimachiani (Iran) (Dec 4-0)

FS 97 kg

Kyle Snyder’s place is 3rd and has scored 15.0 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Kyle Snyder (United States) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Kyle Snyder (United States) won by tech fall over Mausam Khatri (India) (TF 10-0)
  • Quarterfinal – Kyle Snyder (United States) won by tech fall over Magomed Idrisovitch Ibragimov (Uzbekistan) (TF 13-3)
  • Semifinal – Sharif Sharifov (Azerbaijan) won by decision over Kyle Snyder (United States) (Dec 5-2)
  • 3rd Place Match – Kyle Snyder (United States) won by decision over Elizbar Odikadze (Georgia) (Dec 5-0)

FS 125 kg

Nicholas Gwiazdowski DNPed

  • Champ. Round 1 – Nicholas Gwiazdowski (United States) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Yadollah Mohammadkaz Mohebi (Iran) won by decision over Nicholas Gwiazdowski (United States) (Dec 5-2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Team Abbr Score
1 Russia RUS 432.0
2 Japan JPN 236.0
3 Kazakhstan KAZ 228.0
4 United States USA 217.0
5 Iran IRI 168.0
6 Georgia GEO 164.0
7 Ukraine UKR 156.0
8 Azerbaijan AZE 141.0
9 China CHN 139.0
10 Uzbekistan UZB 129.0
11 Turkey TUR 128.0
12 India IND 108.0
13 Germany GER 106.0
14 Hungary HUN 93.0
15 Mongolia MGL 79.0
16 Poland POL 73.0
17 Armenia ARM 63.0
18 Cuba CUB 63.0
19 Kyrgyzstan KGZ 63.0
20 Bulgaria BUL 61.0
21 Sweden SWE 61.0
22 DPR KOREA PRK 43.0
23 Serbia SRB 42.0
24 Romania ROU 34.0
25 Canada CAN 33.0
26 Moldova MDA 32.0
27 Belarus BLR 31.0
28 Estonia EST 30.0
29 Italy ITA 26.0
30 Korea KOR 24.0
31 Nigeria NGR 23.0
32 France FRA 19.0
33 Egypt EGY 16.0
34 Macedonia MKD 15.0
35 Switzerland SUI 15.0
36 Slovakia SVK 15.0
37 Colombia COL 14.0
38 Croatia CRO 12.0
39 Denmark DEN 10.0
40 Great Britain GBR 10.0
41 Greece GRE 10.0
42 Lithuania LTU 10.0
43 SAN MARINO SMR 10.0
44 SYRIA SYR 10.0
45 Bahrain BRN 8.0
46 Ecuador ECU 8.0
47 TAIPEI CHINESE TPE 8.0
48 KOSOVO KOS 8.0
49 Brazil BRA 6.0
50 Spain ESP 6.0
51 TURKMENISTAN TKM 6.0
52 CZECHIA CZE 6.0
53 Norway NOR 2.0

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