World Cup Session three wrap USA crushes Ukraine Russia defeats Germany

By Gary Abbott | April 06, 2003, 12 a.m. (ET)
USA BEATS UKRAINE, 23-2, TO EXTEND WORLD CUP RECORD TO 3-0 The United States won every match in a dominant 23-2 victory over Ukraine at the World Cup Wrestling Championships at Bank of America Centre in Boise, Idaho. Stephen Abas (Fresno, Calif./Sunkist Kids) started the U.S. run with a 6-0 shutout win over Gevork Markarian at 121 pounds. It was his third straight Cup victory without giving up a point, as his previous wins were by technical fall. The next bout went to American Eric Guerrero (Stillwater, Okla./Gator WC), who controlled the takedown positions on the way to a 5-1 win over Victor Bilokopitiy. The only point Guerrero allowed was on a questionable fleeing the mat call early in the bout. Chris Bono (Gilbert, Iowa/Sunkist Kids) clinched an individual gold medal, after defeating Sergiy Latyshev, 9-0. Bono has won all three of his bouts, and since Team USA's final opponent Russia does not have an athlete at this weight class, Bono secured his first career World Cup title. Bono outscored his three opponents, 22-0. In a battle of World stars, 2001 World bronze medalist Joe Williams (Iowa City, Iowa/Sunkist Kids) scored an impressive 5-3 win over 1996 Olympic bronze medalist Zaza Zazirov. With the match tied at 2-2, Williams scored a three point takedown on the edge with 25 seconds left, after Zazirov created a scramble off a Williams shot. The dominance continued at 211.25 pounds, where Tim Hartung (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Storm) stopped Vasyl Tismenetskiy, 5-0. After a scoreless first period, the wrestlers went to a clinch. Hartung, locking second, launched Tismentskiy with a three point body-lock throw from the clinch, followed by a two-point gutwrench for the only points of the match. Kerry McCoy (Bethlehem, Pa./New York AC) closed out the meet with a pin over Serhii Priadun, off of a very impressive fireman's carry takedown, in 3:39. It was the second fireman's that McCoy hit in the match, which he dominated throughout. The U.S. record improved to 3-0, and the team can claim the team title with a win in the evening session over Russia. Ukraine's record dropped to 1-2-1. U.S. quotes 66 kg - Chris Bono (on shutting out his opponents to win the gold) "That is the goal. If you don't give up any points, you won't lose. I tried to wrestle hard and use this tournament to prepare for the nationals." (on his strong season this year) "It is the new weight class. The change has made me train harder. My desire is at an all-time high. I really want this. I'm not getting younger. I am taking advantage of everything. The weight class has helped me. I wrestle better when I am lighter." 74 kg - Joe Williams (about his tie-breaking throw) "I was looking to score. That point was huge in the match. I tried to stay focused and stay in positions that I am good at." "I don't think I am wrestling as well as I should, especially in par terre. I really have to turn it up on the top and bottom. Anytime you wrestle somebody at this level, it shows where you are and what you need to work on." 120 kg - Kerry McCoy (about his fireman carry) "It was there so I took it. I was working to wrestle hard, create opportunities and create openings." (about his strong performance today) "The most important thing is to get better every day. I didn't have a terrible performance yesterday. I had bad tactics. I know if I do the right things, I win that match. If I do the right things, get better every day, wrestle my style, then things will fall into place. Head Coach Dan Gable "That was our best performance, and our toughest match so far. We have a tougher match to come with Russia. This time, we got into some tough situations and we won those situations. Hartung, in a clinch, got a three-point throw. Joe Williams, in a 2-2 match, got a leg attack throw. McCoy faced a good heavyweight. He had much more spunk and explosion in the match than before. This time he put more movement and explosion into his wrestling. That's why he got the two fireman's carries, including the one for the pin. You don't see many fireman's carries at heavyweight. The toughest match was Joe Williams' bout. We wrestled him better. The guys was very tactical; that was his strength. We created motion and that's how Joe beat him." RUSSIA STOPS GERMANY, 15-12, FOR ITS FIRST WORLD CUP WIN Rebounding from a tough first day of competition, Russia looked sharp in winning its first World Cup dual meet with a 15-12 victory over Germany. The dual meet opened with a pair of unexpected disqualifications. At 121 pounds, Vassili Zeiher of Germany won by disqualification over Alexander Kontoev in 5:42. Kontoev scored six points early in the match for a lead, but was hit three times for a caution and a point for fleeing the hold, which results in a disqualification. At 132 pounds, Russia's Zelimkhan Gousseinov locked up Daniel Wilde in a spladle, a very uncomfortable lock where his legs are split and Wilde was placed in an exposure situation. Wilde attempted to tap out of the hold, but action continued. When Wilde bit Gousseinov in attempting to stop the hold, officials disqualified him from the bout. After a forfeit win by Germany at 145.5 pounds, Russia got on a roll. Inal Dzagourov scored an impressive 9-0 win over Dominik Zeh at 163 pounds. Khadimurad Gatsalov followed with a dominant 10-0 technical fall over Andre Backhaus at 185 pounds. Germany turned a big upset at 211.25 pounds, when Cengiz Cakici scored a two-point takedown then exposure to break a 3-3 tie and defeat Zainudin Ibragimov, 5-3. The win tightened the dual meet lead for Russia to a one-point margin, 12-11. The match went down to the final bout, between 1997 World Champion Kouramagomed Kouramagomedov of Russia and 1995 World silver medalist Sven Thiele of Germany. The first period was scoreless, so the second period started from a clinch. Thiele scored a takedown going out of bounds from the lock, and led 1-0. Kouramagomedov tied it at 1-1 with a spin behind from a front headlock, then added a two-point gutwrench for a 3-1 lead Russia moved to 1-2 in the meet, while Germany fell to 0-2-1.