It was another disappointing day to be a USA wrestling fan.
Six out of seven men's freestyle weights have wrestled, and not a single American has won a medal.
Today saw competition at 60kg, 84kg and 120kg. The American representative at 60kg, Reece Humphrey, looked good early, winning two matches and advancing to the semi finals to face Iran's Masoud Esmailpour. Humphrey lead the match against Esmailpour by as many as five points until surrendering the go-ahead take down in the final seconds. The Iranian would lose in the next round to the Russian, thereby eliminating Humphrey.
Team USA 84kg entrant Keith Gavin won his first match, but then faced Georgia's returning Olympic bronze medalist Dato Marsagishvili. This resulted in 8-0 blanking of Gavin. Masagishvili would fall in the next round, eliminating Gavin.
Tervel Dlagnev looked great at first. The Texan won his first three matches, including a 7-0 tech over long time nemesis Khomeil Ghasemi of Iran. Tervel would turn around after little rest and lose to Ukraine's Alen Zeseev in the semis, and drop to a bronze medal match. In the bronze medal match Tervel would fall to Turkey's Taha Akgul.
60 kg medalists
Gold – Bekhan Goigereev (Russia)
Silver – Vladimir Dubov (Bulgaria)
Bronze – Barjang Barjang (India)
Bronze – Masoud Esmailpourjouybari (Iran)
In the gold medal match, Russia's Goigereev would give up the first takedown to his Bulgarian opponent, he would then rally, overwhelm Dubov, and eventually pin him in a fun action-packed match (below)
Gold – Ibragim Aldatov (Ukraine)
Silver – Reineris Salas (Cuba)
Bronze – Istvan Vereb (Hungary)
Bronze – Ehsan Lashgari (Iran)
The gold medal finals featured Reine Salas back from a ban for match selling facing grizzled Ukrainian world champ Ibragim Aldatov. Aldatov beat dispatched the younger Cuban with the poise of a true master, also a fun match.
Gold – Khadshimourad Gatsalov (Russia)
Silver – Alen Zaseev (Ukraine)
Bronze – Taha Akgul (Turkey)
Bronze – Geno Petriashvili (Georgia)
Here one of the all time greats, Gatsalov, won his gold medal with two quick three-point moves over fellow Ossetian Alen Zeseev. This is the Russian's fifth world championship, which he adds to his Olympic championship in 2004 (where he beat Daniel Cormier in the semis). Just to note, Tervel Dlagnev beat Gatsalov a few weeks ago.