Team USA dropped both duals on Sunday to finish 4th place at the 2016 World Cup, losing both matches 4-4 with criteria being the difference.
Both matches came down to heavyweight with the United States carrying the lead, but Varner was not able to get anything going against the Iranian. The size difference and the lack of passivity calls against Iran being the difference. Against Georgia, USA surprisingly sent out Zach Rey for his first appearance of the weekend. He was clearly out-classed and fell 6-2.
There were plenty of positives to take away from the weekend though. Frank Molinaro, James Green, and Kyle Snyder receive gold medals for going 4-0.
Molinaro's success is a large point of optimism taking out three UWW ranked guys. His lengthy qualification process of tough opponents both foreign and domestic have appeared to give him seasoning to win the close matches while using the rules to his advantage.
James Green was back at his more natural weight and appeared absolutely unstoppable. Green is just in his second year of international competition. With the non-Olympic World Championships this winter and the next three in the cycle it appears many more medals could be coming back to the USA via James Green's unstoppable attacks.
Defending World Champion Kyle Snyder also looked sharp but was tested by the very physical Georgian opponent. Yet once again, Snyder's conditioning and ability to still hit sharp attacks late in matches cause him to prevail.
J'Den Cox continued to shine, but did finally run in to a seasoned veteran who was able to keep him at bay until late in the match. The Georgian is an Olympic bronze, and European Gold (bronze this year) so the loss shouldn't be too shocking. Also, it's something to learn from as he continues to prepare for Rio. The hype train should live on though.
Now Team USA gets to recover and make their push for Rio in just near two months. Heavyweight concerns loom, but Molinaro's performance this weekend will help aid with those concerns as the Americans Freestyle team looks for a large medal haul.
2016 MEN’S FREESTYLE WORLD CUP
At The Forum, Inglewood, Calif., June 11-12
4th: United States
1st Place Match
Iran 5 – Russia 3
57 kg: Hassan Rahimi (Iran) dec. Gadzhimurad Rashidov (Russia), 3-3
61 kg: Masoud Esmaeilpourjouybari (Iran) dec. Viktor Rassadin (Russia), 12-6
65 kg: Magomed Kurbanaliev (Russia) dec. Nasiri Meisam (Iran), 4-1
70 kg: Moustafa Hosseinkhani (Iran) dec. Khalil Aminov (Russia), 10-1
74 kg: Hassan Yazdanicharati (Iran) tech. fall Khetik Tsabolov (Russia), 14-4
86 kg: Shamil Kudiiamagomedov (Russia) dec. Alireza Karimimachiani (Iran), 6-3
97 kg: Abdusalam Gadisov (Russia) dec. Amir Mohammadi (Iran), 10-3
125 kg: Komeil Ghasemi (Iran) dec. Muradin Kushkov (Russia), 3-2
3rd Place Match
United States 4 (16) – Georgia 4 (17)
57 kg: Vladimer Khinchegashvili (Georgia) fall Daniel Dennis (United States), 2:32
61 kg: Beka Lomtadze (Georgia) dec. Tony Ramos (United States), 8-5
65 kg: Frank Molinaro (United States) dec. Zurab Iakobishvili (Georgia), 4-4
70 kg: James Green (United States) tech. fall David Tlashadze (Georgia), 10-0
74 kg: Alex Dieringer (United States) dec. Yakob Makarashvili (Georgia), 10-1
86 kg: Dato Marsigashvili (Georgia) dec. J’den Cox (United States), 7-4
97 kg: Kyle Snyder (United States) dec. Elizbar Odikadze (Georgia), 3-3
125 kg: Geno Petriashvili (Georgia) dec. Zach Rey (United States), 6-2
5th Place Match
Azerbaijan 5 – Mongolia 3
57 kg: Makhmud Magomedov (Azerbaijan) tech. fall Batbold Sodnomdash (Mongolia), 11-0
61 kg: Akhmednabi Gvarzatilov (Azerbaijan) tech. fall Tuvshintulga Tumenbileg (Mongolia), 10-0
65 kg: Mandakhnaran Ganzorig (Mongolia) dec. Magomed Muslimov (Azerbaijan), 7-3
70 kg: Gadzhimurad Omarov (Azerbaijan) dec. Altangerel Dorjtsegmed (Mongolia), 6-5
74 kg: Unurbat Purevjav (Mongolia) dec. Ashraf Aliyev (Azerbaijan), 7-0
86 kg: Uitumen Orgodol (Mongolia) fall Magomedgadzhi Khatiyev (Azerbaijan), 2:37
97 kg: Aslanbek Alborov (Azerbaijan) dec. Khuderbulga Dorjkhand (Mongolia), 6-1
125 kg: Said Gamidov (Azerbaijan) dec. Chuluunbat Jargalsaikan (Mongolia), 6-2
7th Place Match
India 4 – Turkey 3
57 kg: Suleyman Atli (Turkey) forfeit (India)
61 kg: Bajrang (India) tech. fall Soyler Mehmet (Turkey), 11-0
65 kg: Rajneesh (India) dec. Dogan Burak (Turkey), 4-3
70 kg: Vinod Kumar (India) dec. Selahattin Kilicsallayan (Turkey), 10-9
74 kg: Parveen Rana (India) forfeit (Turkey)
86 kg: Selim Yasar (Turkey) tech. fall Pawan Kumar (India), 10-0
97 kg: Mutlu Muren (Turkey) forfeit (India)
125 kg: Double forfeit
United States 4 (15) – Iran 4 (17)
57 kg: Hassan Rahimi (Iran) dec. Daniel Dennis (United States), 7-2
61 kg: Masoud Esmaeilpourjouybari (Iran) dec. Tony Ramos (United States), 8-2
65 kg: Frank Molinaro (United States) dec. Sayed Mohammadi (Iran), 4-3
70 kg: James Green (United States) dec. Moustafa Hosseinkhani (Iran), 5-2
74 kg: Hassan Yazdanicharati (Iran) tech. fall Alex Dieringer (United States), 10-0
86 kg: J’den Cox (United States) dec. Alireza Karimimachiani (Iran), 6-2
97 kg: Kyle Snyder (United States) dec. Abbas Tahan (Iran), 8-1
125 kg: Parviz Hadi (Iran) dec. Jake Varner (United States), 3-1