J'Den Cox won bronze on what was a crazy day in wrestling and life here. My apologies for not having a full write-up but life sometimes gets in the way. The greater Grand Rapids area was hit with a series of tornadoes which does not happen often. It's like a hurricane hitting Maine basically. It can happen, but certainly rare. We really haven't had a significant one since 1965. Also to add to the craziness, one of the closest people to me has been in the hospital with a very concerning diagnosis. The wrestling has been a welcome distraction though, but this recap will be extra thin. Forgive me.
J'Den looked great and lost a match where criteria reared its ugly head in the semis. He battled back to win a tough fought match over the Cuban veteran, Salas. J'Den looked really good all day. His mat sense to go along with his quick feet and power at this weight makes him a serious threat for medals all next cycle. Of course, there will be some domestic competition for the spot.
Tervel gave us a couple awesome wins in exciting heavyweight matches. Then in the semifinal his back finally gave out. Dlagnev ends his career with 6 World/Olympic teams and wrestled for a match in every appearance including two bronze's.
Kyle Snyder & Frank Molinaro look to add to our medal total on Sunday to wrap wrestling in Rio. It starts earlier at 7:30am EDT.
U.S. men’s freestyle results
86 kg/189 lbs. – J’den Cox, Columbia. Mo. (Titan Mercury WC/Missouri WF), Bronze
WIN Amarhajy Mahamedau (Belarus), 7-1
WIN Alireza Mohammed Karimimachiani (Iran), 5-1
LOSS Selim Yasar (Turkey), 2-1
WIN Reineris Salas Perez (Cuba), DQ 5:54
125 kg/275 lbs. – Tervel Dlagnev, Columbus, Ohio (Sunkist Kids/Ohio RTC), 5th
WIN Jamaladdin Magomedov (Azerbaijan), 6-5
WIN Robert Baran (Poland), 3-2
LOSS Komeil Ghasemi (Iran), 10-0
LOSS Geno Petriashvili (Georgia), 10-0