Russia beats USA 5 2 in freestyle dual in Troy N Y
TROY, N.Y. - Russia opened with five straight wins and went on to win 5-2 in a men's freestyle dual meet in Troy, N.Y., on Saturday.
The U.S. won the final two bouts, with victories by 2009 U.S. World Team member Jake Varner (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC) at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. and 2007 U.S. World Team member Tommy Rowlands (Columbus, Ohio/Sunkist Kids) at 120 kg/264.5 lbs.
Varner stopped Marat Ibragimov of Russia, 4-1, 2-1 for the victory. Varner scored a takedown with 10 seconds left in the second period to secure the victory. Varner was ninth in the 2009 World Championships and is currently ranked No. 2 on Freestyle Team USA.
Rowlands wrestled with control in a two-period win over Kirill Gotovtsev, 2-0, 3-2. Rowlands was fifth in the 2007 World Championships.
"Jake looked solid. It is going to take a very very good wrestler to beat Jake Varner" said Freestyle National Coach Zeke Jones. "Tommy had a nice headlock. He got a little tired at the end of his bout, but he is improving. Day in and day out, he is getting better."
Both U.S. winners are past two-time NCAA champions, with Varner at Iowa State and Rowlands at Ohio State.
Russia's victories came from Rasul Mashezov at 55 kg/121 lbs., Rasul Murtazaliev at 60 kg/132 lbs., Magomedmurad Gadziev at 66 kg/145.5 lbs. and Koloy Kortoev at 84 kg/185 lbs.
Filling in at 74 kg/163 lbs. on the Russian team was Muzaffar Abdurakhmanov of Uzbekistan, the former NCAA All-American for American Univ., who defeated Nick Marable (Columbia, Mo./Missouri), 2-1, 3-0.
"The effort was good" said Jones. "The American team was out there working hard. We were flat today. That is a good Russian team."
There were two Greco-Roman matches between the USA and Italy, both won by the Italian guests.
At 84 kg/185 lbs., 2008 Olympic champion Andrea Minguzzi of Italy defeated 2010 U.S. Open champion Cheney Haight (Boise, Idaho/New York AC. At 96 kg/211.5 lbs., University World silver medalist Diagoro Timoncini of Italy defeated John Lorenz (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC).
The stands were full with over 2,500 fans for the international event.The dual was held during halftime of the Journeymen/ASICS Northeast Duals, a major college wrestling competition.
The USA defeated Russia 6-1 in a dual meet in Hempstead, N.Y. on Nov. 19. The Russian freestyle wrestlers also participated in the New York AC International Open in New York City on Nov. 21.RUSSIA 5, USA 2
In Troy, N.Y., Nov. 27
55 kg/121 lbs. - Rasul Mashezov inj dft. over Dan Dennis (USA), 0-1, 1:55
60 kg/132 lbs. -Rasul Murtazaliev (Russia) dec. Matt Valenti (USA), 2-0, 5-2
66 kg/145.5 lbs. -Magomedmurad Gadzhiev (Russia) dec. Joe Johnston (USA), 2-1, 2-1
74 kg/163 lbs. -Muzaffar Abdurakhmanov (Uzbekistan) dec. Nick Marable (USA), 2-1, 3-0
84 kg/185 lbs. -Koloy Kortoev (Russia) dec. Keith Gavin (USA), 1-0, 1-0
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Jake Varner (USA) dec. Marat Ibragimov (Russia), 4-1, 2-1
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Tommy Rowlands (USA) vs. Kirill Gotovtsev (Russia), 2-0, 3-2USA and Italy Greco-Roman bouts
84 kg/185 lbs. - Andrea Minguzzi (Italy) dec. Cheney Haight (USA)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Diagoro Timoncini (Italy) dec.John Lorenz (USA)