Burroughs Makes 10th Senior World Team

By Gary Abbott

Jordan BURROUGHS (USA) won five matches over the weekend and punched his ticket to an eighth World Championships. (Photo: Sam Janicki)

LINCOLN, Nebraska (September 13) -- Jordan BURROUGHS of the Sunkist Kids won a new weight class to qualify for his 10th career U.S. World or Olympic Team, with an impressive victory at the World Team Trials in his college hometown of Lincoln, Neb. on Sunday.

Burroughs has made his eighth Senior World teams, along with two U.S. Olympic Team berths. In his previous nine World or Olympic appearances, he has won eight medals, five gold and three bronze.

He defeated talented Alex DIERINGER of the Titan Mercury WC/CKWC in the finals series to the delight of his local fans. He secured a 10-5 victory in the first match, winning the key positions, then got an early lead and scored a 4-3 win over Dieringer in match two. Burroughs was a Hodge Trophy winner for Nebraska, then trained there during his international career until recently moving back to his Jersey roots with the Pennsylvania RTC.

Two-time World champion J’den COX ox of the Titan Mercury WC/NJRTC secured a spot on his fourth Senior World team with two-match sweep over Kollin MOORE of the Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC at 97kg. Cox shut out Moore in both matches, winning 5-0 in the first match and 4-0 in the second bout. Cox boasts two World titles, an Olympic bronze and a World bronze in his four World-level appearances, winning a medal every time.

James GREEN of the Titan Mercury WC/SERTC is making his sixth trip to the Senior World Championships, after claiming the 70kg weight class with a two-match sweep over Ryan Deakin of the Titan Mercury WC/Wildcat WC. Green scored late in the first match to secure a 6-6 criteria decision over Deakin in bout one. He took the lead and kept the edge for a 4-2 win in bout two. Like Burroughs, he was a star for Nebraska and trained here for years, before moving to his new location at Virginia Tech.Green has won a World silver medal in 2017 and a World bronze medal in 2015.

Two-time World bronze medalist Nick GWIAZDOWSKI of the Titan Mercury WC/Spartan Combat RTC qualified for his fourth Senior World Championships, with a two-match sweep over 2019 Junior World champion Mason PARRIS of the Cliff Keen WC at 125kg. Gwiazdowski had an edge on power and technique, winning the first match 6-0, then adding more offense in a 10-3 win in bout two.

Making a second career Senior World Team was Daton FIX of the Titan Mercury WC/CWC, who secured a two-match sweep over Nathan Tomasello of the Titan Mercury WC/OKRTC at 61kg. Fix was aggressive in both of his wins, taking bout one by an 8-3 margin and bout two with a 7-0 shutout. 

The only new Senior World Team member was Yianni DIAKOMIHALIS of the Titan Mercury WC/Spartan Combat WC, who needed three matches to defeat tough Joey MCKENNA of the Titan Mercury WC/PRTC) at 65kg. It was McKenna who had late heroics with a counter exposure for an 8-7 win in bout one. Diakomihalis rallied for a 5-2 victory in match two. In the deciding third bout, Diakomihalis opened up his scoring attack for a 12-2 technical fall and the team berth. 

Four 2020 Olympic medalists chose to compete at the World Championships also, and their weight classes are not being contested this weekend: Olympic champion David Taylor (86kg), Olympic silver medalist Kyle Snyder (97kg), Olympic bronze medalist Thomas Gilman (57kg) and Olympic bronze medalist Kyle Dake (74kg).

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Men’s freestyle Champions Series results

1st - Daton Fix (Titan Mercury WC/CWC) vs. Nathan Tomasello (Titan Mercury WC/OKRTC), two matches to none
Bout One –Fix dec. Tomasello, 8-3
Bout Two – Fix dec. Tomasello, 7-0
3rd – Carter Young (Cowboy WC) dec. Seth Gross (Sunkist Kids), 15-12

1st - Yianni Diakomihalis (Titan Mercury WC/Spartan Combat RTC) dec. Joey McKenna (Titan Mercury WC/PRTC) , two matches to one
Bout One –McKenna dec. Diakomihalis, 8-7
Bout Two – Diakomihalis dec. McKenna, 5-2
Bout Three – Diakomihalis tech. fall McKenna, 12-2
3rd –Evan Henderson (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC) tech. fall Luke Pletcher (Titan Mercury WC/Pitt RTC)

1st - James Green (Titan Mercury WC/SERTC) dec. Ryan Deakin (Titan Mercury WC/Wildcat WC), two matches to none
Bout One – Green dec. Deakin, 6-6
Bout Two – Green dec. Deakin 4-2
3rd – Zain Retherford (Titan Mercury WC/NLWC) tech. fall Tyler Berger (Titan Mercury WC/California RTC), 11-0, 2:49

1st - Jordan Burroughs (Sunkist Kids) dec. Alex Dieringer (Titan Mercury WC/CKWC), 4-3
Bout One –Burroughs dec. Dieringer, 10-5
Bout Two – Burroughs dec. Dieringer, 4-3
3rd – Carter Starocci (Titan Mercury WC/NLWC) dec. Jason Nolf (Titan Mercury WC/NLWC), 4-3

1st - J’den Cox (Titan Mercury WC/NJRTC) dec. Kollin Moore (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC), two matches to none
Bout One – Cox dec. Moore, 5-0
Bout Two – Cox dec. Moore, 4-0
3rd – Trent Hidlay (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Drew Foster (Panther WC RTC), 8-1

1st - Nick Gwiazdowski (TMWC/Spartan Combat RTC) dec. Mason Parris (Cliff Keen WC), two matches to none
Bout One – Gwiazdowski dec. Parris, 6-0
Bout Two – Gwiazdowski dec. Parris, 10-3
3rd – Hayden Zillmer (Gopher WC RTC) dec. Dominique Bradley (Sunkist Kids), 4-2

Women’s freestyle championship series results

1st - Amy Fearnside (Titan Mercury WC/USOPTC) dec. Ronna Heaton (Sunkist Kids), two matches to none
Bout One – Fearnside dec. Heaton, 5-3
Bout Two – Fearnside dec. Heaton, 3:29
3rd – Arena Villaescusa (Army WCAP) by forfeit over Alyssa Lampe (Sunkist Kids)

1st - Jenna Burkert (Army WCAP) dec. Jacarra Winchester (Titan Mercury WC/USOPTC), two matches to one
Bout One –Burkert dec. Winchester, 7-6
Bout Two – Winchester dec. Burkert, 9-8
Bout Three – Burkert dec. Winchester, 4-3
3rd – Marissa Gallegos (Colorado Mesa WC) pin Amanda Martinez (Cardinal WC), 4:49

1st - Maya Nelson (Sunkist Kids) dec. Megan Black (Army WCAP), two matches to none
Bout One –Nelson dec. Black, 5-4
Bout Two – Nelson pin Black, 5:13
3rd – Xochilt Mota-Pettis (Rise RTC) tech. fall Michaela Beck (Sunkist Kids), 10-0, 1:59

1st - Kayla Miracle (Sunkist Kids) vs. Mallory Velte (Titan Mercury WC/Beaver Dam RTC) 
Bout One – Miracle dec. Velte, 5-3
Bout Two – Miracle dec. Velte, 10-2
3rd – Jennifer Page (Titan Mercury WC/NLWC) dec. Gracie Figueroa (Titan Mercury WC), 8-6

1st - Forrest Molinari (Sunkist Kids) dec. Emma Bruntil (Titan Mercury WC/Bearcat WC), two matches to none
Bout One – Molinari dec. Bruntil, 4-3
Bout Two – Molinari dec. Bruntil, 9-0
3rd – Alara Boyd (McKendree Bearcat WC) dec. Skylar Grote (NYAC/Beaver Dam RTC), 7-4

1st - Kylie Welker (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Kennedy Blades (Sunkist Kids), 2 matches to 0
Bout One – Welker dec. Blades, 4-4
Bout Two – Welker inj. dft. Blades, 4:02
3rd – Yelena Makoyed (Cardinal WC) dec. Dymond Guilford (Titan Mercury WC/USOPTC), 10-8

Greco-Roman Championship Series results

1st - Max Nowry (Army WCAP) dec. Brady Koontz (TMWC), two matches to none
Bout One – Nowry dec. Koontz, 2-1
Bout Two – Nowry dec. Koontz, 3-1
3rd – Dalton Duffield (Army WCAP) pin Jacob Cochran (Florida), 1:52

1st - Dalton Roberts (Army WCAP) dec. Ildar Hafizov (Army WCAP), two matches to one
Bout One –Hafizov dec. Roberts, 3-2
Bout Two – Roberts dec. Hafizov, 5-3
Bout Three -Roberts tech. fall Hafizov, 9-0 
3rd – King Sandoval (Bandits WC) tech. fall Dylan Koontz (Titan Mercury WC)

1st - Sam Jones (NYAC) dec. David Stepanian (NYAC), two matches to none
Bout One –Jones tech fall Stepanian, 9-0, 2:01
Bout Two – Jones dec. Stepanian, 10-6
3rd – Dylan Gregerson (Brunson UVRTC) tech. fall We Rachal (Illinois RTC/Illini WC)

1st - Peyton Omania (NYAC) dec. Alejandro Sancho (Army WCAP), two matches to none
Bout One –Omania dec. Sancho, 6-3
Bout Two – Omania dec. Sancho, 3-2
3rd – Hayden Tuma (Suples WC) tech. fall Jesse Thielke (Army WCAP), 8-0, 1:08

1st - Patrick Smith (Minnesota Storm) dec. Benjamin Peak (Sunkist Kids), two matches to none
Bout One – Smith dec. Peak, 3-3
Bout Two – Smith dec. Peak 6-4
3rd –Jamel Johnson (Marines) dec. Michael Hooker (Army WCAP), 7-4

1st - Jesse Porter (NYAC) dec. Fritz Schierl (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC), two matches to none
Bout One – Porter tech. fall. Schierl, 9-0
Bout Two – Porter dec. Schierl, 9-7
3rd – Britton Holmes (Army WCAP) tech. fall Peyton Walsh (Marines), 14-6, 3:57

1st - Ben Provisor (NYAC) dec. Spencer Woods (Army WCAP), two matches to none
Bout One – Provisor dec. Woods, 7-1
Bout Two – Provisor dec. Woods, 4-2
3rd - Richard Carlson (Minnesota Storm) dec. Tommy Brackett (Gator WC), 6-4

1st - Alan Vera (NYAC) dec.. Ryan Epps (Minnesota Storm), two matches to none
Bout One – Vera tech. fall Epps, 9-0
Bout Two – Vera tech. fall Epps, 8-0
3rd – Tanner Hannah (Combat WC School of Wrestling) dec. George Sikes (NYAC), 4-3

1st - G’Angelo Hancock (Sunkist Kids) dec. Nicholas Boykin (Sunkist Kids) , two matches to one
Bout One –Hancock dec. Boykin, 8-2
Bout Two – Hancock dec. Boykin, 5-0
3rd – Khymba Johnson (NYAC) tech. fall James Souza (Army WCAP), 9-0

1st - Cohlton Schultz (Sunkist Kids) dec. Jacob Mitchell (Army WCAP), two matches to one 
Bout One – Mitchell dec. Schultz, 4-2
Bout Two – Schultz tech. fall Mitchell, 8-0 in 1:00
Bout Three – Schultz dec. Mitchell, 6-0
3rd – Tanner Farmer (NYAC) tech. fall Donny Longendyke (Minnesota), 8-0, 2:03


#WrestleOslo Day Seven Preview: GR 60kg, 97kg and 130kg

By Vinay Siwach

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland (September 23) -- Musa EVLOEV (ROC) is still receiving gifts and awards for becoming the Olympic champion in Tokyo. But the felicitations are coming to an abrupt halt as he prepares to lead the Russian Olympic Committee team at the Oslo World Championships as the defending World and Olympic 97kg Greco-Roman champion.

Cars, house, cash awards and national honor was bestowed upon the Russian wrestler and now he can expect more if he manages to win the World Championships in Oslo.

In the last four years, Evloev has established himself as the wrestler-to-beat in the world after he won the World titles in 2018 and 2019, defeating the then world champion Artur ALEKSANYAN (ARM).

Evloev's rivalry against Aleksanyan has clearly tilted in his favor after he scored more wins over him at the Individual World Cup in 2020 and later in Tokyo. The two met in the final in Tokyo where Evloev won 5-1 to improve the head-to-head record against Aleksanyan to 4-1.

If he can continue his dominating run in Oslo, Evloev will definitely become a Greco great in the world. His last loss at an international competition came back at the 2018 senior European Championships in which he finished 18th. Since then, he has been unbeaten winning gold at 13 international tournaments including the Olympics.

But unexpected challenge can come from Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist Mohammadhai SARAVI (IRI). The two were on the opposite side of the bracket in Tokyo and Saravi lost to Aleksanyan in the semifinal 4-1 after a leg foul and then challenging the referee's call. He is making his senior World Championships debut in Oslo and the former junior world champion can challenge Evloev in his quest for his third world gold.

Saravi's non-stop wrestling will test Evloev's stamina on the mat while the Iranian will have to up his defence if he wants to upset the Olympic champion.

But at 97kg, the two will have to first navigate through Kiril MILOV (BUL) who was also at the Tokyo Olympics but lost to Saravi in the quarterfinals. Artur OMAROV (CZE) and Alex SZOKE (HUN) were also in Tokyo and the latter defeated Omarov in the opening round before losing to Evloev. The Hungarian did reach the bronze medal bout but lost 0-10.

Two other Olympians that can shock the field are Mihail KAJAIA (SRB) and G'Angelo HANCOCK (USA). Kajaia is a bronze medalist from the 2019 World Championships but could not repeat his performance in Tokyo while Hancock lost in the quarterfinal at the Olympics.

But both Kajaia and Hancock can win against the best in Oslo and capture a medal for their respective countries.

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Sergey EMELIN (ROC), in red, won a bronze medal in Tokyo. (Photo: UWW / Kadir Caliskan)

Another Olympic weight class that will be in action on October 7 in Oslo is 60kg and Tokyo bronze medalist Sergey EMELIN (ROC) will lead a field that is filled with young superstars. Emelin was primed to win the gold in Tokyo but lost to Luis ORTA (CUB) who won the gold medal instead. He wrestled back for a bronze medal.

Emelin is a 2018 world champion and took silver in 2019 after losing to Kenchiro FUMITA (JPN) in 2019. But he will look to reclaim his title in the absence of the Japanese star and Olympic champion Orta.

Emelin looked a little out-of-sorts in Tokyo and could not match the strength of Orta in their quarterfinal match-up. It was later in the tournament that Emelin looked his old self. In Oslo, he would like his best to show up of he wants to reclaim that title he lost to Fumita.

For that, he will have to overcome a couple of junior world champions and medalist at age-group Worlds. First would be Zholaman SHARSHENBEKOV (KGZ), a wrestler who won a silver medal at the 2018 Worlds at 55kg. But three years later, Sharshenbekov gained experience and was also in Tokyo before losing in the quarterfinals. Sharshenbekov has won the U23 World Championships and is a silver from Junior Worlds.

Murad MAMMADOV (AZE), a former junior world champion and silver medalist at the U23 Worlds, will be one of his biggest challenges including Edmond NAZARYAN (BUL), a senior European champion from 2020. He lost in the quarterfinals at the junior World Championships this year but can upset the stars on his day.

Another Tokyo Olympian who would like to grab a medal in Oslo is Victor CIOBANU (MDA) who lost in the semifinal against Orta in Tokyo. In the bronze medal bout, Emelin humbled him with a 12-1 win. Ciobanu has a win over Emelin from the European Championships in 2019. A repeat of that performance can well guarantee him a medal.

Iakobi KAJAIAIakobi KAJAIA (GEO) defeated Sergei SEMENOV (ROC) in the 130kg quarterfinal in Tokyo. (Photo: UWW / Kadir Caliskan)

An Olympic silver and bronze medalist will be going head-to-head at 130kg as both Iakobi KAJAIA (GEO) and Sergei SEMENOV (ROC) are entered for the Oslo Worlds. Kajaia lost a lopsided final at 130kg against Mijain LOPEZ (CUB) in Tokyo. But with Lopez and Riza KAYAALP (TUR) missing from Oslo, it's an opportunity for others to stand on the top of the podium.

Kajaia is the favorite to do so as he has a win over Semenov from the Olympics. The two met in the quarterfinals and the former came on top with a 3-1 win. Semenov won the world title in 2018 and he would like to claim it once again but for that he has to beat Kajaia.

Though still very young, Cohlton SCHULTZ (USA) can be a super element in the 130kg field in Oslo. The USA star who has a cadet world title and a silver and bronze from junior World Championships can pull off a few upsets on his way to the podium to claim a medal for the USA. His lack of senior level experience can be a roadblock for him but in a depleted field, Schultz can be the dark-horse.