The first day of men’s freestyle at the senior world championships in Oslo, Norway is over and the team race is starting to take shape. Although it’s early in the tournament, take a look below to see which countries are at the top of the team leaderboard.
Senior World Championships 2021
Fix, Dake and Taylor lead the USA team to first place
After the first day of wrestling, Team USA has 3 world finalists – Daton Fix, Kyle Dake and David Taylor. These three finalists put Team USA at the helm of the team race and 30 points ahead of Russia, Georgia and Iran. Nick Gwiazdowski is now in consolations and if he beat Dzianis Khramiankou (BLR) he would gain 10 team points and the opportunity to fight Taha Akgul for bronze. Take a look below to see the full squad standings after day one of wrestling:
United States – Russia will face off on Matchday 2
Day two of the World Championships will feature Thomas Gilman, Yianni Diakomihalis, Jordan Burroughs and J’den Cox. All but Cox have Russia in their supporting half. Gilman will face Mutaliev in the first round, Burroughs will likely face Valiev in the quarterfinals and Yianni could face Shakhiev if the two both advance to the semi-finals. The outcome of these confrontations could significantly shape the tag team race for or against Team USA.
For full match results and updated brackets, check out FloArena here. There is a long way to go until a Team Champion is crowned, but we’ll continue to update you every step of the way.
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Update Day 1-Session 1:
Team USA takes the lead
Daton Fix, Kyle Dake and David Taylor all sit in the semifinals giving the United States 30 points. With three semi-finalists in total, the United States has the most over Russia, Iran and Georgia all at 2. Although making the semi-finals is worth 10 points, wrestlers earn 10 more for their country with a victory in the semi-finals. This means that another 30 points are at stake for the American team in the next round. Take a look below at the leaderboard updated in the first session:
Rough for Russia
Abasgadzhi Magomedov and Artur Naifonov did what was expected of them, but Russia failed at 74kg and 125kg. Russian heavyweight Zelimkhan Khizriev had a difficult draw against World and Olympic champion Taha Akgul in the quarterfinals – ultimately losing 5-0. At 74 kg, Timur Bizhoev won 2-1 over Tajmuraz Salkazanov before giving up a withdrawal with less than 2 seconds to lose on the criterion – 2-2.
A whole tournament to fight
The USA and Russia should stand out from the rest of the country and there are still more than 2 days left in the men’s freestyle tournament. As mentioned, the United States can earn an additional 30 points, but the Russian 74kg and 125kg athletes could be completely eliminated or sent back to the repechage (the consolation rounds). At 74kg, Russia need Tajmuraz Salkazanov to defeat Avtandil Kentchadze to keep Bizhoev alive for a bronze medal. At 125kg, team points are on the line for the United States and Russia. If Zare beat Akgul, Nick Gwiazdowski would be brought back to the draft and alive for bronze (also knocking out Khizriev). However, if Akgul defeats Zare, Khizriev comes alive for a bronze medal and Gwiz is eliminated. Take a look below at all of Matchday 1’s semi-final matches.
Semi-Final Matches – Starting Saturday, October 2 at 10:30 a.m. EST
Arsen Harutyunyan (ARM) v Daton Fix (USA)
Toshihiro Hasegawa (JPN) vs. Abasgadzhi Magomedov (RUS)
Kyle Dake (United States) v Azamat Nurykau (BLR)
Tajmuraz Salkazanov (SVK) vs. Avtandil Kentchadze (GEO)
David Taylor (United States) v Abubakr Abakarov (AZE)
Artur Naifonov (RUS) v Hassan Yazdani (IRI)
Geno Petriashvili (GEO) vs. Oleg Boltin (KAZ)
Amir Zare (IRI) v Taha Akgul (TUR)