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Dominant Start

It was largely expected that Team USA (who still needs a good nickname) would win their first two duals setting up a match with Iran to determine who would wrestle for gold. However, USA despite the less than full strength lineup won 15 of the 16 matches they wrestled on Saturday for an impressive start. 

In the lone loss against India, it appeared Alex Dieringer had scored a takedown to win his match when his opponent's knee hit the mat before the tri-pod position was held for the last seconds ticked off. The review was unsuccessful.

India's contingent was not at full strength as their controversy over the Olympic qualification there bled in to who wanted to represent them in this event. Azerbaijan was coming off a decent showing losing a tight heavyweight match to fall 5-3. Instead, the Americans blanked them winning the dual 8-0. 

James Green back at 70 kg, the non-Olympic weight in which he won bronze at the 2015 World Championships, was expected to be better suited for the more natural weight. He looked incredible with two 10-0 tech wins to show the world he is a force to come. We need to remember that Green was a surprise winner of the World Team spot last year (even with some controversy) and is rather new to the Senior level freestyle scene. 

Jake Varner was USA's heavyweight on Day 1. We only saw him one wrestle one match with India forfeiting at heavyweight. Varner destroyed the guy who gave Ghasemi (Iran) all he wanted in the match before. Varner has always been a tall and strong guy. At first blush, Varner is just here to fill in for the injured Dlagnev. However, is there something working behind the scenes where we could end up with a wrestle-off between Varner and Rey if Dlagnev cannot compete in Rio? Rey is someone who is tough to wrestle as a big physical guy who tops the heavyweight limit, but fails to rack up point totals that you need to win in cumulative scoring international matches. Varner could be someone that can do that. It's interesting to keep an eye on. Of course, would Varner have to beat Gwiazdowski too? It's not like Snyder easily defeated the 2-time NCAA champ in the Garden when he bumped up. 

USA has not won a World Cup since 2003. Iran has won the last four. 

USA will wrestle Iran approximately 3pm Eastern on Sunday.  

At The Forum, Inglewood, Calif., June 11-12

U.S. Results
United States 8 – Azerbaijan 0
57 kg/ 125.5 lbs. – Daniel Dennis (United States) tech. fall Makhmud Magomedov (Azerbaijan), 10-0
61 kg/134 lbs. – Tony Ramos (United States) dec. Akhmednabi Gvarzatilov (Azerbaijan), 10-4
65 kg/143 lbs. – Frank Molinaro (United States) dec. Magomed Muslimov (Azerbaijan), 4-1
70 kg/154 lbs. – James Green (United States) tech. fall Gadzhimurad Omarov (Azerbaijan), 10-0
74 kg/163 lbs. – Alex Dieringer (United States) dec. Ashraf Aliyev (Azerbaijan), 8-0
86 kg/189 lbs. – J’den Cox (United States) dec. Alexander Gostiev (Azerbaijan), 3-2
97 kg/213 lbs. – Kyle Snyder (United States) dec. Aslanbek Alborov (Azerbaijan), 2-1
125 kg/275 lbs. – Jake Varner (United States) tech. fall Said Gamidov (Azerbaijan), 10-0

United States 7 – India 1
57 kg/ 125.5 lbs. – Daniel Dennis (United States) forfeit (India)
61 kg/134 lbs. – Tony Ramos (United States) dec. Bajrang (India), 3-3
65 kg/143 lbs. – Frank Molinaro (United States) dec. Rajneesh (India), 5-0
70 kg/154 lbs. – James Green (United States) tech. fall Vinod Kumar (India), 10-0
74 kg/163 lbs. – Parveen Rana (India) dec. Alex Dieringer (United States), 4-4
86 kg/189 lbs. – J’den Cox (United States) tech. fall Pawan Kumar (India), 13-2
97 kg/213 lbs. – Kyle Snyder (United States) tech. fall Kadian Satywart (India), 10-0
125 kg/275 lbs. – Jake Varner (United States) forfeit (India)

Group A Results
Mongolia 6 – Turkey 2
57kg: Suleyman Atli (Turkey) tech. fall Bekhbayar Erdenebat (Mongolia), 10-0
61kg: Tuvshintulga Tumenbileg (Mongolia) dec. Soyler Mehmet (Turkey), 10-1
65kg: Mandakhnaran Ganzorig (Mongolia) tech. fall Dogan Burak (Turkey), 10-0
70kg:  Altangerel Dorjtsegmed (Mongolia) dec. Selahattin Kilicsallayan (Turkey), 10-8
74kg: Unurbat Purevjav (Mongolia) forfeit (Turkey)
86kg: Selim Yasar (Turkey) dec. Uitumen Orgodol (Mongolia), 10-3
97kg: Khuderbulga Dorjkhand (Mongolia) dec. Mutlu Muren (Turkey), 8-2
125kg: Chuluunbat Jargalsaikan (Mongolia) forfeit (Turkey)

Russia 4 – Georgia 4
57kg: Vladimir Khinchegashvili (Georgia) dec. Gadzhimurad Rashidov (Russia), 3-2
61kg: Beka Lomtadze (Georgia) dec. Imam Adzhiev (Russia), 4-1
65kg: Magomed Kurbanaliev (Russia) dec. Zurab Iakobishvili (Georgia), 10-0
70kg: David Tlashadze (Georgia) dec. Radik Valiev (Russia), 13-4
74kg: Khetik Tsabolov (Russia) tech. fall Yakob Makarashvili (Georgia), 10-0
86kg: Shamil Kudiiamagomedov (Russia) dec. Dato Marsigashvili (Georgia), 9-3
97kg: Abdusalam Gadisov (Russia) dec. Elizbar Odikadze (Georgia), 10-9
125kg: Geno Petriashvili (Georgia) dec. Muradin Kushkhov (Russia), 4-0

Georgia 7 – Turkey 1
57kg: Vladimir Khinchegashvili (Georgia) dec. Suleyman Atli (Turkey), 11-2
61kg: Beka Lomtadze (Georgia) dec. Soyler Mehmet (Turkey), 12-4
65kg: Konstantine Khabalashvili (Georgia) tech. fall Dogan Burak (Turkey),10-0
70kg: David Tlashadze (Georgia) dec. Selahattin Kilicsallayan (Turkey), 7-6
74kg: Yakob Makarashvili (Georgia) forfeit (Turkey)
86kg: Selim Yasar (Turkey) dec. Dato Marsigashvili (Georgia), 6-0
97kg: Elizbar Odikadze (Georgia) fall Mutlu Muren (Turkey)
125kg: Geno Petriashvili (Georgia) forfeit (Turkey)

Russia 6 – Mongolia 2
57kg: Bekhbayar Erdenebat (Mongolia) dec. Azamat Tuskaev (Russia), 5-3
61kg: Viktor Rassadin (Russia) dec. Tuvshintulga Tumenbileg (Mongolia), 11-3
65kg: Ilyas Bekbulatov (Russia) dec. Mandakhnaran Ganzorig (Mongolia), 6-5
70kg: Khalil Aminov (Russia) tech. fall Altangerel Dorjtsegmed (Mongolia), 11-0
74kg: Unurbat Purevjav (Mongolia) dec. Khetik Tsabolov (Russia), 10-3
86kg: Shamil Kudiiamagomedov (Russia) dec. Uitumen Orgodol (Mongolia), 7-0
97kg: Abdusalam Gadisov (Russia) tech. fall Khuderbulga Dorjkhand (Mongolia), 11-1
125kg: Muradin Kushkhov (Russia) dec. Chuluunbat Jargalsaikan (Mongolia), 5-1

Group B Results
Iran 5 – Azerbaijan 3
57kg: Hassan Rahimi (Iran) tech. fall Makhmud Magomedov (Azerbaijan), 11-1
61kg: Behnam Ehsanpoor (Iran) dec. Akhmednabi Gvarzatilov (Azerbaijan), 2-2
65kg: Nasiri Meisam (Iran) dec. Magomed Muslimov (Azerbaijan), 7-5
70kg: Gadzhimurad Omarov (Azerbaijan) dec. Moustafa Hosseinkhani (Iran), 6-3
74kg: Hassan Yazdanicharati (Iran) dec. Ashraf Aliyev (Azerbaijan), 9-5
86kg: Alexandr Gostiev (Azerbaijan) dec. Alireza Karimi (Iran), 5-2
97kg: Aslanbek Alborov (Azerbaijan) dec. Abbas Tahan (Iran), 2-1
125kg: Komeil Ghasemi (Iran) dec. Said Gamidov (Azerbaijan), 6-4

Iran 8 – India 0
57kg: Hassan Rahimi (Iran) forfeit (India)
61kg: Masoud Esmaeilpour (Iran) dec. Bajrang (India), 4-2
65kg: Sayed Mohammadi (Iran) tech. fall Rajneesh (India), 10-0
70kg: Moustafa Hosseinkhani (Iran) dec. Vinod Kumar (India), 2-0
74kg: Hassan Yazdanicharati (Iran) tech. fall Parveen Rana (India), 12-2
86kg: Alireza Karimi (Iran) tech. fall Pawan Kumar (India), 10-0
97kg: Amir Mohammadi (Iran) tech. fall Satywart Kadian (India), 12-1
125kg: Parvi Hadi (Iran) forfeit (India)