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Old 07-22-2019
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Yianni vs Zain Decided By Arbitrator

An arbitration date of July 29 has been set for the dispute stemming from the controversial ending to the second match between Zain Retherford and Yianni Diakomihalis at Final X.

An arbitrator agreed upon by both parties will be used. That arbitrator will make a ruling and USA Wrestling will honor it. This information was provided to FloWrestling by sources close to the situation.

At issue is how the final scoring sequence was handled in the last minute of their second match at Final X: Rutgers. Cornell and the Finger Lakes/NYRTC camp indicated immediately after the match they would be protesting the match.
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Old 07-24-2019
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To me this is the dumbest thing ever and makes a farce of the process. Just want this whole protest crap to go away. You lost man. Let it go.
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To me this is the dumbest thing ever and makes a farce of the process. Just want this whole protest crap to go away. You lost man. Let it go.
Worked before. Why not now?
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Old 08-15-2019
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Result of Arbitration

On Thursday afternoon Professor Matthew Mitten, an arbitrator assigned by the American Arbitration Association, ruled that officials improperly allowed a challenge at the conclusion of the second bout of the Final X 65 kg match between Yianni Diakomihalis and Zain Retherford.

As a consequence, Professor Mitten ruled that the result of the second match was nullified, and that USA Wrestling will schedule a completion of the 65 kg match at a time to be determined soon.

Mr. Retherford will go into that match with a 1-0 lead in a best-of-three series.
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Result of Arbitration

On Thursday afternoon Professor Matthew Mitten, an arbitrator assigned by the American Arbitration Association, ruled that officials improperly allowed a challenge at the conclusion of the second bout of the Final X 65 kg match between Yianni Diakomihalis and Zain Retherford.

As a consequence, Professor Mitten ruled that the result of the second match was nullified, and that USA Wrestling will schedule a completion of the 65 kg match at a time to be determined soon.

Mr. Retherford will go into that match with a 1-0 lead in a best-of-three series.
That was pretty clear right from the beginning of this process. The challenge was too late and I'm surprised that the officials entertained it. Yianni should have won that match in regulation, as he probably will again once it is completed.
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Old 08-19-2019
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That was pretty clear right from the beginning of this process. The challenge was too late and I'm surprised that the officials entertained it. Yianni should have won that match in regulation, as he probably will again once it is completed.
Agreed. As a ref, I would have scored the second WTT match in Yawny's favor. As an arbitrator, I would have ruled in Yawny's favor, making the match count even at one win apiece. (There could be a rule in place that requires an arbitrator to nullify a complete match if a call is deemed wrong, and that erroneous call affected the outcome of the match in either case. In other words, arbitration-driven "bad time.").

I also think you go to arbitration or to court if you think you're right. Let's get the correct result even if it takes 5 minutes for a video review or 5 weeks for an arbitration. We think wrestling and wrestlers and wrestling matches are interesting and important enough to talk about. These mechanisms give the wrestlers credit for the hard work they've put into winning.

P.S. I hate Yawny and Rutherford equally.
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Monday September 2nd

The completion of the Final X 65 kg competition in menís freestyle between Yianni Diakomihalis and Zain Retherford has been scheduled for Monday, Sept. 2 at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., to determine the 2019 World Team spot.

Last week, an arbitrator, Professor Matthew Mitten, ruled that the second match between Diakomihalis and Retherford was nullified, due to officials improperly allowing a challenge at the conclusion of the second bout at Final X: Rutgers on June 8, 2019.

As a result, match two will be re-wrestled, and if necessary, a third match will be contested.

Bout 2 will begin at 3 p.m. ET on Sept. 2. Fans can watch live on FloWrestling.org.

Retherford enters the best-of-three series with a 1-0 lead after winning the first Final X bout against Diakomihalis, 10-4. Retherford needs to win only one more match to make the World Team, while Diakomihalis will need to win two matches
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The venue seats approximately 2000. All tickets were sold out in a single day
The Marts Center at Wilkes University in Wilkes-barre, Pennsylvania.


Last week, an arbitrator, Professor Matthew Mitten, ruled that the second match between Diakomihalis and Retherford was nullified, due to officials improperly allowing a challenge at the conclusion of the second bout at Final X: Rutgers on June 8, 2019.

As a result, match two will be re-wrestled, and if necessary, a third match will be contested.

Bout 2 will begin at 3 p.m. ET on Sept. 2.

With the event sold out, fans can still watch the action live on FloWrestling.org.

Retherford enters the best-of-three series with a 1-0 lead after winning the first Final X bout against Diakomihalis, 10-4. Retherford needs to win only one more match to make the World Team, while Diakomihalis will need to win two matches.
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Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The wrestling world has been holding itsí breath since Cornell Universityís Head Coach Rob Koll announced that his wrestler, Yianni Diakomihalis (Rochester, N.Y./Titan Mercury WC/Finger Lakes RTC) would be appealing the decision made in match two of a best-of-three series at Final X: Rutgers against Zain Retherford (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC).

The ruling on the mat resulted in a 6-6 victory for Retherford and the 65 kg Senior World Team spot. However, independent arbitrator Matthew Mitten nullified match two due to the allowance of an improper challenge by Retherfordís corner. Now, nearly three months later, the menís freestyle World Team will be solidified, and the United Statesí 65 kg representative will be determined.

Both wrestlers competing are prodigious talents with laundry lists of accomplishments.

Retherford is one of the most dominant wrestlers in NCAA history. A three-time National champion and two-time Dan Hodge Trophy winner at Penn State, Retherford was known in college for his brutal top game. However, the Pennsylvania hammer also has heavy hands and a blistering pace on his feet, which allowed him to secure the 2017 World Team spot with a season of college eligibility still remaining. His freestyle success is no surprise given that Retherford is a 2012 Cadet World champion.

With a 1-0 lead in the series, Retherford only needs one win to lock up the spot.

Defeating Retherford in two-straight matches will require a near herculean effort. However, there is no doubt Diakomihalis will be game. Known as one of the most cerebral wrestlers on the planet, Diakomihalisís scrambling and flexibility has awed many a gymnasium.

Maybe an even more important attribute is Diakomihalisís supreme confidence in his ability to score when needed. Going into his Junior season, he is two-for-two in NCAA title attempts. This includes a tournament where he knocked off the two-time defending National Champion with a torn ACL as a true freshman. On the international level, Diakomihalis is a 2015 and 2016 Cadet World champion. He also owns a 2019 Beat the Streets victory over the current No. 1 wrestler in the world Bajrang Punia of India, 10-8.

Adding to the drama is this duoís history. Currently, Diakomihalis owns a 2-1 lead in their total series. He defeated Retherford, 6-4, in the finals of the U.S. Open and in the first round of the Yasar Dogu International in Istanbul, Turkey, 9-5. However, Retherford proved he has the ability to deliver when the stakes are the highest, taking the first match at Final X: Rutgers, 10-4.

The exciting conclusion to this saga will take place on Labor Day, September 2, at 3 p.m. ET. The wrestle-off will be held in The Marts Center at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The 2000 seat venue will be packed as tickets sold out within hours.

The wrestle-off can be streamed live on Flowrestling
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Zain Retherford wins match 2-1 thus capturing best-of-three series and the final spot on the USA World Team (again?)
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