Many were excited to see David Taylor face defending World Champion Yazdani (Iran) as one of the highlight bouts of Men’s Freestyle, and it happened in the very first round of the first day. Yazdani made his usual charge and had the lead 6-2 at the break, but similar to their 2017 World Cup match Taylor kept the pace up in the second period scoring nine unanswered to take the win. Taylor added to more wins before the semifinals where he fell behind to Russia, but again his pace and attacks kept coming to win 7-5 earning him a spot in the finals and guaranteeing a medal in his first World Championship appearance.
Jordan Burroughs fell behind in his quarterfinal when he gave up a scramble, but then scored with little time left to go ahead. Sidakov (Russia) got to his outside single and drove Burroughs out right as time expired. It gave the Russian the 5-5 criteria advantage and a point after for the failed challenge. Sidakov also beat Chamizo (Italy) to pull Burroughs into repechage tomorrow morning.
Joe Colon will wrestle for a medal in his first World Championship appearance. Colon tallied two impressive wins before giving up two 4-point moves to the veteran Bonne (Cuba) in the semifinals. Colon will be in the bronze medal match tomorrow afternoon.
Nick Gwiazdowski was in control in his quarterfinal, but up just 2-1 fearing a passivity he took a shot and gave up a chest wrap that was too much to overcome. China did win the semifinal pulling Gwiz back into repechage.
All four Americans are alive tomorrow. The young Russians came through with two in the finals and all four alive. Iran did not get a finalist on day 1 and have three alive yet.
61 kg/134 lbs. – Joe Colon, Fresno, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC/Valley RTC)
WIN Ivan Bileichuk (Ukraine), 9-6
WIN Vladimir Dubov (Bulgaria), tech. fall 10-0
LOSS Yowlys Bonne Rodriguez (Cuba), 9-4
Bronze-medal match – vs. winner of Mohammedbagher Yakhkeshi (Iran) vs. Ivan Guidea (Romania)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Jordan Burroughs, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids/Nebraska WTC)
WIN Venicious Juah (Liberia), forfeit
WIN Mostafa Hosseinkhani (Iran), 4-3
LOSS Zaurbek Sidakov (Russia), 6-5
Repechage – Vs. winner of Franklin Gomez Matos (Puerto Rico) and Miroslav Kirov (Bulgaria)
86 kg/189 lbs. - David Taylor, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC)
WIN Hassan Yazdani Charati (Iran), 11-6
WIN Hajy Rajabau (Belarus), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Yurieski Torreblanca (Cuba), 8-0
WIN Dauren Kurugliev (Russia), 7-5
Gold-Medal Match – Fatih Erdin (Turkey)
125 kg/275 lbs. - Nick Gwiazdowski, Raleigh, N.C. (Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack RTC)
WIN Zolboo Natsatgsuren (Mongolia), 9-4
LOSS Zhiwei Deng (China), 5-4
Repechage vs. Amar Dhesi (Canada)