FLASH: Caldwell, Kilgore in finals, McDonough going for bronze at University WorldsPECS, Hungary – Three U.S. freestyle wrestlers remain in contention for medals on the first day of competition at the World University Championships on Tuesday.
Earning spots in the gold-medal finals are Tyler Caldwell (Stillwater, Okla./Sunkist Kids) at 74 kg/163 lbs. and Dustin Kilgore (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) at 97 kg/213 lbs.
Caldwell, a four-time All-American from Oklahoma State and Oklahoma, won two matches to qualify for the finals. He will face Shamil-Imam Osmanov of Russia in the gold-medal match. Osmanov was fifth in the 2014 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix in Russia.
Kilgore, an NCAA champion for Kent State, also won two matches to advance to the gold-medal round. He will battle two-time Junior World bronze medalist Fatih Yasarli of Turkey for the title.
Matt McDonough (Iowa City, Iowa/Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC) will be in a bronze-medal bout at 57 kg/125.5 lbs. McDonough, who was a two-time NCAA champion at Iowa, opened with a victory, then lost a wild 7-10 bout to Fumitaka Morishita of Japan in the semifinals. His bronze-medal match opponent is 2014 European Junior bronze medalist Petro Bileichuk of Ukraine.
Rutgers wrestler Anthony Ashnault (South Plainsboro, N.J./Scarlet Knight WC) dropped his first match at 65 kg/143 lbs. and was eliminated from repechage when his opponent did not reach the finals.
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UNIVERSITY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Pecs, Hungary, July 8
U.S. men’s freestyle performance so far
57 kg/125.5 lbs. - Matt McDonough, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC)
WIN Ziya Daylak (Turkey), tech. fall, 16-6
LOSS Fumitaka Morishita (Japan), 7-10
Bronze-medal bout - Vs. Petro Bileichuk (Ukraine)
65 kg/143 lbs. - Anthony Ashnault, South Plainsboro, N.J. (Scarlet Knight WC)
LOSS Mihail Sava (Moldova), 2-7
Eliminated from repechage when Sava did not reach finals
74 kg/163 lbs. - Tyler Caldwell, Stillwater, Okla. (Sunkist Kids)
WIN Robert Olle (Slovakia), 10-2
WIN Shawn Daye-Finley (Canada), 7-0
Gold-medal bout – Vs. Shamil-Imam Osmanov (Russia)
97 kg/213 lbs. - Dustin Kilgore, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
WIN Mihaly Szabo (Hungary), tech. fall, 10-0
WIN Badavi Magomedov (Russia), score not posted
Gold-medal bout – Vs. Fatih Yasarli (Turkey)