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Old 08-14-2019
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Team USA goes 4-1 on last day of freestyle and edges Iran for 2nd in team race.

Mason Parris pins the 2018 Cadet World Champion from Iran in final match of day. The hwt Gold Medal match was a winner take all with team score on line.

2 USA 120
3 Iran 119

Great effort by Team USA!!


TALLINN, Estonia Ė David Carr (Canton, Ohio/Titan Mercury WC/Cyclone WC) at 74 kg/163 lbs. and Mason Parris (Lawrenceburg, Ind./Cliff Keen WC) at 125 kg/275 lbs. won gold medals at the Junior World Championships on Wednesday.

They were among five U.S. menís freestyle medalists on Wednesday night. Their combined team effort helped the United States climb from 10th place on Tuesday to second place when the tournament ended on Wednesday, behind only Russia.

Carr defeated 2018 U23 World bronze medalist Jintaro Motoyama of Japan in his gold-medal match, 5-4. The match was not decided until the final seconds of the bout.

In the first period, Carr got a takedown and Motoyama earned a stepout, to make it 2-1 Carr at the break. In the second period, Carr was put on the shot clock, but responded with a takedown out of bounds for a 4-1 lead. After a few minutes of injury time as Motoyama had his foot taped, the Japanese wrestler got a burst of energy, soving a spin behind takedown to close it to 4-3. In the final flurry, Motoyama forces a stepout and tied the match at 4-4, but Carr had the criteria. Japan challenged the call, hoping for a takedown, but it was denied, and David Carr won 5-4.

It was Carrís second career age-group World medal, after claiming a Cadet bronze medal in 2016. In Davidís corner was his father Nate Carr, a Hall of Fame member who was a 1988 Olympic bronze medalist. David Carr is a redshirt freshman at Iowa State, where his dad won three NCAA titles.

Parris scored a stunning pin of Amir Hossein Abbas Zare of Iran in the championship finals, getting Zare to his back and ending the match in 1:19. This was Parrisí first World Championships event at any level, while Zaire came in as a 2018 Cadet World champion and 2018 Youth Olympic Games silver medalist.
After trading stepouts with the match tied at 1-1, Parris was able to toss Zare to his back. Zare battled valiantly trying to get off, but Parris was in great position and was able to settle in and secure the fall to the roar of the crowd.

It was a dominant performance for the Michigan sophomore, who scored three falls on Tuesday to secure the spot in the championship finals, where he got a pin. Parris was an NCAA qualifier as a freshman for the Wolverines this year.

Winning a silver medal was Lucas Davison (Chesterton, Ind./Wildcat WC/Chicago RTC), who was edged in the finals at 92 kg/202 lbs. by 2017 Cadet World champion Alan Bagaev of Russia in the gold-medal finals, 5-4.

Their finals bout was very close the entire way. The first period ended 1-1, as Bagaev got a point when Davison couldnít score on the shot clock, and Davison forced a stepout. In the second period, Bagaev was on the shot clock and did not score, making it 2-1 for Davison. The lead changed three more times on takedowns, with Bagaev scoring first, then Davison, then Bagaev. The Russian won the bout with a takedown with 23 seconds to go.

Davison, a redshirt freshman at Northwestern, won three matches on Tuesday to reach the finals, including a pin, a technical fall and a 7-1 decision.

Capturing bronze medals were won by Gabriel Tagg (Mayfield Heights, Ohio/EAP) at 61 kg/134 lbs. and Trent Hidlay (Lewistown, Pa./Wolfpack WC) at 86 kg/189 lbs.

Tagg, who is an incoming freshman for North Carolina, fell behind in his bronze-medal bout against Goderdzi Dzebiashvili of Georgia. Tagg then unleased his offense. He strung a number of scoring exchanges, starting with a stepout, then three straight takedowns. When on top, he added three ankle lace turns to make it 13-4. He finished the match off with one more takedown for a 15-4 technical fall.

Hidlay controlled his bronze-medal match the whole way, beating Ivars Samusonoks of Latvia, 9-0. Idlay scored a takedown in the first period to lead 2-0 at the break, but increased the pressure in the second period, adding three takedowns and a stepout.

A redshirt freshman for NC State, Hidlayís only loss came in the semifinals to Russiaís Alik Sebzukhov. In his four victories, Hidlay outscored those opponents 35-1.

The United States finished the three-day menís freestyle event with six medalists. In addition to Wednesdayís medalists, Vitali Arujau (Syosset, N.Y./Finger Lakes WC) won a silver medal at 57 kg/125.5 lbs. on Tuesday.

The USA came in second in the team race, after sitting in 10th after the first five weight classes. Russia placed first with 168 points, the United States was second with 120 points and Iran was third with 119 points.

Parrisí win in the final match of the tournament gave the USA second place instead of third place. In addition, the USA won four of the five medal matches on Wednesday night, and just barely missed winning them all. It was a great team effort and some clutch wrestling under pressure.

At Tallinn, Estonia, August 12-14

Menís freestyle medalists

61 kg/134 lbs.
Gold - Kaiki Yamaguchi (Japan)
Silver - Andrii Dzhelep (Ukraine)
Bronze - Alik Khadartsev (Russia)
Bronze - Gabriel Tagg (USA)

74 kg/163 lbs.
Gold - David Carr (USA)
Silver - Jintaro Motoyama (Japan)
Bronze - Khadzhimurad Gadzhiyev (Azerbaijan)
Bronze - Abdulvasi Balta (Turkey)

86 kg/189 lbs.
Gold - Deepak Punia (India)
Silver - Alik Shebzukhov (Russia)
Bronze - Hunter Lee (Canada)
Bronze - Trent Hidlay (USA)

92 kg/202 lbs.
Gold - Alan Bagaev (Russia)
Silver - Lucas Davison (USA)
Bronze - Viky (India)
Bronze - Ertugrul Agca (Germany)

125 kg/275 lbs.
Gold - Mason Parris (USA)
Silver - Amir Hossein Abbas Zare (Iran)
Bronze - Pasa Ekrem Karabulut (Turkey)
Bronze - Alen Khubulov (Russia)

U.S. menís freestyle performances for group 2

61 kg/134 lbs.: Gabriel Tagg, Mayfield Heights, Ohio (EAP). Bronze medal
WIN Dzmitry Pryhozhy (Belarus), tech. fall 14-3
WIN Tynchtyk Abasbekov (Kyrgyzstan), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Mahdi Shirazi (Iran), 2-1
LOSS Kaiki Yamaguchi (Japan), tech. fall 12-2
WIN Goderdzi Dzebiashvili (Georgia), tech. fall 15-4

74 kg/163 lbs.: David Carr, Canton, Ohio (Titan Mercury WC/Cyclone WC), gold medal
WIN Devid Betanov (Russia), 4-0
WIN Mohammad Nokhodilarimi (Iran), 16-7
WIN Khadzhimurad Gadzhiyev (Azerbaijan), tech. fall, 10-0
WIN Jintaro Motoyama (Japan), 5-4

86 kg/189 lbs.: Trent Hidlay, Lewistown, Pa. (Wolfpack WC), bronze medal
WIN Teng Zhou (China), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Demid Karachenko (Ukraine), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Sajjad Habibiehsani (Iran), 6-1
LOSS Alik Sebzukhov (Russia), 4-3
WIN Ivars Samusonoks (Latvia), 9-0

92 kg/202 lbs.: Lucas Davison, Chesterton, Ind. (Wildcat WC/Chicago RTC), silver medal
WIN Julien Choquette (Canada), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Viky (India), 7-1
WIN Batmagnai Enkhtusvshin (Mongolia), pin 1:13
LOSS Alan Bagaev (Russia), 5-4

125 kg/275 lbs.: Mason Parris, Lawrenceburg, Ind. (Cliff Keen WC), gold medal
WIN Vasil Khvistani (Georgia), tech fall 10-0
WIN Gan Erdene Sodbileg (Mongolia), tech fall 10-0
WIN Pasa Ekrem Karabulut (Turkey), tech. fall, 13-2
WIN Amir Hossein Abbas Zare (Iran), pin 1:19

Team Standings
1. Russia 168 points
2. United States 120 points
3. Iran 119 points.
4. Japan, 84 points
5. India, 80 points
6. Turkey, 77 points
7. Azerbaijan, 75 points
8. Ukraine, 53 points
9. Georgia, 50 points
10. Armenia, 48 points
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Old 08-14-2019
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Excerpt from Gary Abbotts blog:

August 13 Ė Day two of menís freestyle allowed U.S. wrestling fans to enjoy something that is pretty rare. Those who watched the morning session on Tuesday saw the U.S. team get on a run, and reel off 12 straight wins without a loss. It was a perfect session.

When Team USA gets on a roll, like it did this morning at the Junior Worlds, it is a sight to see. You can just feel the momentum building and the athletes feeding off each other. And when this is going on, you can be sure that the rest of the world is paying attention.

There were some really cool things about todayís menís freestyle winning streak, in which all five athletes on the team won all their matches and qualified for the evening semifinals.

1. This was not a group of veterans at the World level who were just doing their thing. Only David Carr, a past Cadet World bronze medalist, had ever been at a previous World Championships. This group of five came in confident, and wrestled like they belonged here right off the bat. First-time World Team members Gabriel Tagg, Trent Hidlay, Lucas Davison and Mason Parris were wrestling like international veterans.

2. At one time, three U.S. athletes were wrestling Iranian opponents side-by-side-by-side on the mats. All three of these wrestlers (Tagg, Carr and Hidlay) beat their Iranian opponents. I canít remember ever seeing that happen before, even during the glory days of our program when we would occasionally get on a similar run like this. It is a heck of a feat to beat the Iranians three times simultaneously. I asked Kevin Jackson, who was a member of some of those powerful teams and has coached with USA Wrestling a long time, if he had ever seen that. He canít remember this happening either.

3. The USA dominated these matches, winning seven by technical fall. In almost all of the bouts, there was no doubt that the USA would win. Only two of the matches were close, and those are the ones you need to keep this kind of winning streak going. In his first match, Carr scored the only two takedowns to beat a past World medalist Devid Betanov of Russia, 4-0. In the quarters, Tagg scored late to edge Mahdi Shirazi of Iran, 2-1. A team on a roll has to win the tight ones against strong nations to keep the momentum. This team did just that.

One of the things that made this unbeaten session so good was that the first day for the U.S. menís freestylers was a rough one. Vitali Arujau had a great day, but the other four guys in group one were not able to advance to day two. Coach Jackson talks about how a World Championships can be like a roller coaster ride. Day one was a downer. The first session of day two was about as high as you can get with a wrestling team.

I can remember seeing these kind of runs before, but canít remember exactly what team did this in which tournament in what year. I do remember one run that stands out. At the 2003 World Championships in New York City, which was held on a three-day format, the U.S. Womenís World Team went unbeaten for the first two days of the event. It wasnít just one session. It was two full days. That one was memorable.

The team got back on the rollercoaster a little bit in the second session, when the USA won three of their five semifinal matches, and then Vitali Arujau lost a close battle in the closing seconds to a tough Japanese athlete and ended up with a silver medal. Great runs always come to an end eventually. But it was sure fun to see one again, and one which I would not have predicted coming in today.
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