World Cup Session II USA beats Iran 17 11 winning five of eight bouts

By Gary Abbott | Feb. 05, 2000, 12 a.m. (ET)


After losing the first two matches, the United States stormed back to claim five of the last six bouts and defeat Iran, 17-11, at the World Cup of Freestyle Wrestling 2000 in Fairfax, Va., Feb. 5. The United States ended the first day of competition with an undefeated 2-0 record.

Iran scored a pair of shutout victories in the first two matches. Behnam Tayebi stopped Eric Akin (Overland Park, Kan./Dave Schultz WC), 3-0 at 119 pounds to start the dual meet. 1998 World Champion Ali Reza Dabir followed with a 5-0 decision over Eric Guerrero (Stillwater, Okla./Sunkist Kids) at 127.75 pounds.

Two-time World medalist Cary Kolat (Morgantown, W.Va./Dave Schultz WC) ignited the U.S. comeback, with an exciting pin over Mashallah Hosseini in 4:53 at 138.75 pounds. Two-time World medalist Lincoln McIlravy (Iowa City, Iowa/Gateway WC) continued the U.S. charge, with a 4-0 decision over Mehdi Baraati at 152 pounds.

Joe Williams (Iowa City, Iowa/Hawkeye WC) scored a strong 9-1 victory over Ramezanali Oliani Nejad at 167.5 pounds. 1997 World Champion Les Gutches (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) kept up the pressure with a 5-2 win over Mehdi Saredjlov at 187.25 pounds.

Iran won its third bout when 1998 World champion Ali Reza Heidari stopped Dominic Black (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army), 7-3, at 213.75 pounds. Kerry McCoy (State College, Pa./New York AC) closed out the meet with a victory for the USA at 286 pounds, beating Ali Reza Rezaei, 4-0.

The United States had a 2-0 record, and Iran a 1-1 record in the World Cup after the match.


By winning six of the eight matches contested, Russia defeated Ukraine, 22-7, to capture its second straight victory at the World Cup of Freestyle Wrestling 2000 in Fairfax, Va., Feb. 5.

European champion Alexander Zakharuk of Ukraine won the first match of the night, with a 3-1 win over Maxim Molonov. Russia responded quickly, when Zelimkhan Gussienov won a 10-0 technical fall over Vasil Fedoryshyn at 127.75 pounds, and went on to claim six of the next seven victories. Among the Russian winners was 1997 World Champion Kouramagomed Kouramagomedov, who defeated Sergey Pryadun, 4-0 at 213.75 pounds.

Russia climbed to a 2-0 record, and Ukraine a 0-2 record in the World Cup after the match.


Cuba won all five matches contested on the mat, and easily defeated Ukraine, 23-8, for its first win during the World Cup of Freestyle Wrestling 2000 in Fairfax, Va., Feb. 5.

1997 World Champion Wilfredo Garcia got Cuba off to a strong strart, defeating 1999 World bronze medalist Alexander Zakharuk, 6-2 at 119 pounds. Yoendris Albear followed with a 4-1 win over Vasil Fedoryshyn at 127.75 pounds. Other Cuban winners included Yosmany Sanchez at 152 pounds, Daniel Gonzales at 167.5 pounds and Wilfredo Morales at 213.75 pounds. Three bouts were either forfeits or injury defaults.

Cuba now has a 1-2 record in the World Cup, while Ukraine fell to 0-3 for the tournament.

WORLD CUP OF FREESTYLE WRESTLING 2000 at Patriot Center, Fairfax, Va., Feb. 5

SESSION TWO/7:00 p.m.

Russia 22, Ukraine 7

54 kg/119 lbs. - Alexander Zakharuk, Ukraine, dec. Maxim Molonov, Russia, 3-1

58 kg/127.75 lbs. - Zelimkhan Gussienov, Russia, won by tech. fall over Vasil Fedoryshyn, Ukraine, 10-0

63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Zelimkhan Akhmedov, Russia, won by forfeit

69 kg/153 lbs. - Orest Skobelsky, Ukraine, dec. Zaur Kazbekov, Russia, 7-1

76 kg/167.5 lbs. - Chamil Aliev, Russia, won by ref. dec. over Alik Muzaev, Ukraine, 2-1, ot, 9:00

85 kg/187.25 lbs. - Sajid Sajidov, Russia, dec. Taras Danko, Ukraine, 9-0

97 kg/213.75 lbs. - Kouramagomed Kouramagomedov, Russia, dec. Sergey Pryadun, Ukraine, 4-0

130 kg/286 lbs. - Oleg Khorpiakov, Russia. dec. Merabi Valiev, Ukraine, 4-0

United States 17, Iran 11

54 kg/119 lbs. - Behnam Tayebi, Iran, dec. Eric Akin, Overland Park, Kan., 3-0

58 kg/127.75 lbs. - Ali Reza Dabir, Iran, dec. Eric Guerrero, Stillwater, Okla., 5-0

63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Cary Kolat, Morgantown, W.Va., pin Mashallah Hosseini, Iran, 4:53

69 kg/153 lbs. - Lincoln McIlravy, Iowa City, Iowa, dec. Mehdi Baraati, Iran, 4-0

76 kg/167.5 lbs. - Joe Williams, Iowa City, Iowa dec. Ramezanali Oliani Nejad, Iran, 9-1

85 kg/187.25 lbs. - Les Gutches, Colorado Springs, Colo. dec. Mehdi Saredjlov, Iran, 5-2

97 kg/213.75 lbs. - Ali Reza Heidari, Iran, dec. Dominic Black, Colorado Springs, Colo., 7-3

130 kg/286 lbs. - Kerry McCoy, State College, Pa. dec. Ali Reza Rezaei, Iran, 4-0

Cuba 23, Ukraine 8

54 kg/119 lbs. - Wilfredo Garcia, Cuba dec. Alexander Zakharuk, Ukraine, 6-2

58 kg/127.75 lbs. - Yoendris Albear, Cuba, dec. Vasil Fedoryshyn, Ukraine, 4-1

63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Yandro Quintana, Cuba, won by forfeit

69 kg/153 lbs. - Yosmany Sanchez, Cuba, dec. Orest Skobelsky, Ukraine, 4-3, ot

76 kg/167.5 lbs. - Daniel Gonzales, Cuba, dec. Alik Muzaev, Ukraine, 3-0

85 kg/187.25 lbs. - Yoel Romero, Cuba, won by inj. dft. over Taras Danko, Ukraine

97 kg/213.75 lbs. - Wilfredo Morales, Cuba, dec. Sergey Pryadun, Ukraine, 4-3

130 kg/286 lbs. - Merabi Valiev, Ukraine, won by inj. dft. over Alexis Rodriguez, Cuba

U.S. quotes from the session

63 kg - Cary Kolat, Morgantown, W.Va. - "It was my first match, so I got a little sluggish in the second period and gave up a point. I can tell he got tired near the end and he got slack and allowed me to step over and pin him."

69 kg - Lincoln McIlravy, Iowa City, Iowa - " I felt pretty good physically. I didn't get things going offensively as I would like. I was trying to make things easy. I'm not quite peaking yet. I get a little better each week. I would be concerned if I was peaking. I need to peak for Sydney."

76 kg - Joe Williams, Iowa City, Iowa - "I didn't do anything different this match. Being the second round, you need to come out that much harder. I felt pretty good. I felt in control most of the match, except for one takedown I gave him when I rushed an attempt to sping behind one of his shots. I should have controlled the position better and been more patient."

85 kg - Les Gutches, Colorado Springs, Colo. - "I felt OK. It was my first competition back after being out for awhile, so I felt a little more nervous than normal. I'm just trying to find my rhythem, trying to find a good one."

130 kg - Kerry McCoy, State College, Pa. - "I felt great. I was doing the things I need to do and working on things I need to work on. When you do that, things seem to happen when they should."

National Freestyle Coach Bruce Burnett - "Our guys came out ready to wrestle. When you go against the top few teams in the world, you don't need to do much to motivate them. You don't need to say much at all. Even the matches we lost, our guys were battling and fighting with heart."