At the 2016 Olympic Trials, J’Den Cox came down from his college weight of 197 to make the 86 kg Olympic weight class. He won the trials over Kyle Dake and David Taylor and now in 2018 all three are 2018 World Champions.
Dake did not give up a single point in the World Championships. The reserved Hasanov (Azerbaijan) was the first to make it the distance against Dake, but fell 2-0 never coming close to scoring.
Cox rose to the occasion once again. Belarus did not come close to attacking so much they put him on the shot clock twice. With twenty seconds left, Cox received a quick caution and penalty point for fleeing. He responded with a low single and finish to ice the World Championship. This makes three medals in three tries for Cox which puts him in elite company when it comes to American history.
Thomas Gilman gave up four points in a flurry and came just shy of completing the comeback in the 57 kg bronze medal match. The lowest weight class is historically difficult for Americans and you have to go back to Stephen Abas in 2003 & 2004 to make 5th or better in consecutive years.
Kyle Snyder, Captain America, stormed to the finals with ease to setup a rematch of last year’s finals against Sadulaev (Russia). James Green would drop an upset to Mongolia and was not pulled back into repechage.
Jacarra Winchester got the American Women Freestyle team off on the right foot with a couple dominant wins. She appeared to score on a double as time expired in the semifinal. They initially awarded the takedown, but somehow saw enough evidence to overturn the call. She will wrestle for bronze tomorrow in her first World Championships.
Jenna Rose Burkert dropped her first match 1-1 decided on criteria and shot clocks. She was not pulled into repechage.
Snyder’s finals appearance means USA will leave Budapest with an impressive seven medals in Men’s Freestyle. It’s another feather in the cap as the team keeps getting stronger.
Group Three U.S. men’s freestyle results
70 kg/154 lbs. - James Green, Lincoln, Neb. (Titan Mercury WC/Nebraska WTC)
LOSS Khadzimurad Gadzhiyev (Azerbaijan), 6-5
LOSS Byambadorj Bat Erdene (Mongolia), 4-2
97 kg/213.75 lbs. - Kyle Snyder, Columbus, Ohio (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)
WIN Baasanjargal Ulziisaikhan (Mongolia), 8-3
WIN Nathaniel Tuifao Tuamoheloa (American Samoa), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Abraham De Jesus Conyedo Ruano (Italy), 11-2
WIN Pavlo Oliinyk (Hungary), 3-0
Gold Medal bout – Vs. Abdulrashid Sadulaev (Russia)
Group One U.S. women’s freestyle performances
55 kg/121 lbs. - Jacarra Winchester, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OTC)
WIN Ramona Galambos (Hungary), 12-1
WIN Tetyana Kit (Ukraine), 4-2
LOSS Zalina Sidakova (Belarus), 2-1
Bronze Medal Bout – to be determined
59 kg/130 lbs. – Jenna Burkert, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
LOSS Shoovdor Baatarjav (Mongolia), 1-1
Day 3 Finals Results
Gold - Zavur Uguev (Russia) dec. Nurislam Sanayev (Kazakhstan), 4-3
Bronze – Yuki Takahashi (Japan) dec. Reineri Andreu Ortega (Cuba), 5-4
Bronze - Suleyman Atli (Turkey) dec. Thomas Gilman (USA), 5-4
Gold - Takuto Otoguro (Japan) dec. Bajrang (India), 16-9
Bronze – Akhmed Chakaev (Russia) dec. George Bucur (Romania), 9-4
Bronze - Alejandro Valdes Tobier (Cuba) tech. fall Seungchul Lee (Korea), 10-0
Gold - Kyle Dake (USA) dec. Jabrayil Hasanov (Azerbaijan), 2-0
Bronze – Akhmed Gazhimagomedov (Russia) tech. fall Davit Khutsishvili (Georgia), 10-0
Bronze - Ali Shabanau (Belarus) dec. Ezzatollah Akbarizarinkolai (Iran), 8-8
Gold - J’den Cox (USA) dec. Ivan Yankouski (Belarus), 4-1
Bronze – Atsushi Matsumoto (Japan) dec. Turtogtokh Luvsandorj (Mongolia), 6-5
Bronze - Alireza Karimimachiani (Iran) tech. fall Dato Marsagishvili (Georgia), 12-1