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Hype Train Has Left The Station!

J'Den Cox claimed gold in Mongolia further showing his freestyle prowess at 86 kg. He cruised through the field continuing an impressive win streak that is very difficult to not get excited about. Every year it seems that there is someone who bursts on the scene. This year, J'Den Cox shocked everyone, after winning the 197 NCAA title, dropping for freestyle and thank goodness he did. Right now his momentum has exponentially made medal expectations at the weight a lot greater. Of course, the most important item of the weekend being that he qualified for the Olympics in Rio. 

Frank Molinaro will head to Turkey in a couple weeks as the only American freestlye World Team member yet to qualify for the Olympics. He went 1-1 on the day falling to the Turkey rep, Gor, who went on to finish 3rd and qualify himself. 

USA Wrestling finishes the weekend with 12 of the possible 18 Olympic spots qualified. One in freestyle (Molinaro), two in Women's, and three in Greco will head to Turkey for their last possible shot. As scary as that sounds, it was a good weekend for USA Wrestling with emerging stars and two falling just short. There should be optimism as we head to Istanbul. 

 

U.S. men’s freestyle results 

65 kg/143 lbs. – Frank Molinaro, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC), dnp
WIN Xuan Dinh Nguyen (Vietnam), tech. fall 10-0
LOSS Yakup Gor (Turkey), 4-6

86 kg/189 lbs. – J’Den Cox, Columbia, Mo. (Missouri Wrestling Foundation), gold medal
WIN Shamir Atyan (Armenia), tech. fall 11-0
WIN Timofei Xenidis (Greece), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Zbigniew Baranowski (Poland), 4-1
WIN Umidjon Ismanov (Uzbekistan), 5-2
WIN Pedro Ceballos Fuentes (Venezuela), 6-0

Gold-Medal Finals
57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Ivan Guidea (Romania) dec. Jirjalal Hasan-Zada (Azerbaijan), 8-3
65 kg/143 lbs. – Adam Batirov (Bahrain) dec. Zurabi Iakobishvili (Georgia), 3-1
74 kg/163 lbs. – Soner Demirtas (Turkey) tech. fall Giorgi Ivanov (Bulgaria), 11-1
86 kg/189 lbs. - J’Den Cox (USA) dec. Pedro Ceballos Fuentes (Venezuela), 6-0
97 kg/213 lbs. – Georgii Ketoev (Armenia) dec. Magomed Ibragimov (Uzbekistan), 4-3
125 kg/275 lbs. – Zhewei Deng (China) inj. dft. over Daniel Ligeti (Hungary)

Olympic Qualification Bouts (for third Olympic berth)
57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Sandeep Tomar (India) tech. fall Andriy Yatsenko (Ukraine), 11-0
65 kg/143 lbs. –Yakup Gor (Turkey) dec. Boris Novachkov (Bulgaria), 4-2
74 kg/163 lbs. – Evgheni Nedealco (Moldova) dec. Oleh Bilotserkivskyi (Ukraine), 6-0
86 kg/189 lbs. – Zbigniew Baranowski (Poland) dec. Feng Zhang (China), 4-3
97 kg/213 lbs. – Nicolai Ceban (Moldova) dec. Khuderbulga Dorjkhan (Mongolia), 9-4
125 kg/275 lbs. – Robert Baran (Poland) dec. Lyuben Iliev (Bulgaria), 5-1