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USA goes 0-3 on day one of Greco-Roman World Cup in Tehran, Iran

By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling | May 15, 2014, 1:58 p.m. (ET)
Photo of RaVaughn Perkins pinning Basar Enes by T.R. Foley. Photo of Perkins lifting Enes by Alireza Akbari.

TEHRAN, Iran – The United States dropped three dual meets in Group A competition on the first day of the Greco-Roman World Cup on Thursday.

The USA opened with a close loss to Turkey, 3-5, then fell to Hungary, 0-8, and lost to Russia, 1-7.

The United States still has one more Group A match on Friday morning, when the team faces Kazakhstan. Later on Friday, the USA will have a medal-round match, which will be determined based upon its final standing within Group B.

In the first dual meet, the USA was tied at 3-3 with Turkey after the first six bouts.

At 66 kg/145.5 lbs., U.S. Open champion RaVaughn Perkins (Omaha, Neb./ReadyRP National) scored a fall over Basar Enes. Two-time World Team member Andrew Bisek (Chaska, Minn./Minnesota Storm) added a 6-0 win over Furkhan Bayrak at 75 kg/ 165 lbs. Winning bout three for the USA was Jordan Holm (Minneapolis, Minn /Minnesota Storm) at 85 kg/187 lbs. with a disqualification over Methan Basar.

Turkey scored a victory at 98 kg to lead 4-3 going into the heavyweight match. In spite of coming on strong later in the match, 2013 World Team member Robby Smith dropped a close 5-6 match to Atilla Guzel, giving Turkey the 5-3 victory.

If Robby Smith wins against Atilla Guzel, the USA wins the dual because of the pin by RaVaughan Perkins. Robby had Atilla gassed but could’t finish him off. Our guys wrestled hard and wrestled fearlessly. It was a great dual meet. Obviously we are disappointed with the loss but we saw some very nice things from our veterans and some good stuff from our youngsters,” said National Greco-Roman Coach Steve Fraser after the dual meet.

“RaVaughn had a great win pinning the Turk and getting us going in the right direction. This kid is going to be a killer if he continues to gain experience and improve his positioning skills. Bisek and Holm both wrestled with great intensity, frustrating their opponents and forcing them to make mistakes,” continued Fraser.

In the second round, Hungary swept the USA, winning all eight bouts. Two of the losses were only by one point, as Laszlo Szabo edged Andrew Bisek, 4-3 at 75 kg and Balint Lam stopped Robby Smith, 5-4 at heavyweight.

"Whether veteran or youngster, the USA Greco-Roman team needs to go back to their training sites and stop doing business as usual! We need to get ourselves in training situations that exhaust our bodies to the max. Day in and day out, we need to push our bodies in such a way that when we leave the wrestling room, and step in the shower, our bodies will sting when the water hits our skin. We need to search out the toughest training partners that we can find and battle with them like there is no tomorrow. If you have a problem with getting turned then do something about it! Take your career in your own hands and find the guys that will get on top of you and will crush you until your ribs and torso become so sore you can scream,” said Fraser after the dual.

“There is no big secret. If we’re not working our bodies to death each and every day then please don't be frustrated when we get shut out by the Hungarian team at a World Cup, or anywhere else for that matter! I hope our U.S. team will remember the pain of our experiences and I hope it will motivate us to do what we need to do in the practice room each and every day,” Fraser continued.

After a bye in round three, the USA drew 2013 World champion Russia in the dual meet, falling by a 1-7 margin. Winning the only U.S. match was Robby Smith, who came from behind to defeat Vitalii Ilnitskii, 5-3.

Russia picked up five technical falls and a pin during the dual meet. The closest loss by an American wrestler came at 75 kg, where Andy Bisek fell to Evgeny Saleev, 0-3.

“Robby Smith made a big step forward tonight coming back from a 3-0 deficit against the Russian, breaking him and beating him 5-3. He showed confidence in his outstanding cardiovascular conditioning, staying to the task of not, only out fighting him, but leading the attack and pace. The Iranian crowd, who were chanting for him, seemed to inspire Robby a great deal,” said Fraser

“Our butt whooping experience here today will do nothing but motivate this team to go back home and 'get better'! The younger guys all showed nice fighting skills on their feet, even though many are on their first-ever major international competition. What a rude awakening to come to the Mecca of wrestling in Iran, to begin their journey. Rude yes, but still a great awakening nevertheless,” continued Fraser.

Russia has clinched the Group A title with a 4-0 record. Hungary stands at 2-1, both Turkey and Kazakhstan are 1-2, and the United States is 3-0 after the first day. Group A competition completes on Friday morning.

In Group B, host Iran has a 3-0 record after day one. Azerbaijan is 2-1, Finland and Armenia are 1-2 and Korea is 1-3. Group B competition also finishes Friday morning.

The USA is competing in the Greco-Roman World Cup for the first time since 2008.

FILA has also announced that the Greco-Roman World Cup will have a live webstream which fans around the world can enjoy.

Click here for Greco-Roman World Cup live stream

Please note that Tehran time is 8 ½ hours ahead of the U.S. Eastern time zone.

GRECO-ROMAN WORLD CUP
At Tehran, Iran, May 15

GROUP A, Round I


Russia (RUS) df. Hungary (HUN), 5-3
59 kg - Mingiyan SEMENOV (RUS) df. Csongor KNIPLI (HUN) by TF, 10-0
66 kg - Adam KURAK (RUS) df. Krisztian JAGER (HUN) by TF, 8-0
71 kg - Balint KORPASI (HUN) df.Abuyazid MANTSIGOV (RUS), 2-1
75 kg - Roman VLASOV (RUS) df. Laszlo SZABO (HUN) by TF, 8-0
80 kg - Imil SHARAFETINOV (RUS) df. Gabor MADARAS (HUN) by TF, 10-1
85 kg - Viktor LORINCZ (HUN) df. Azamat BIKBAEV (RUS), by DQ
98 kg - Balazas KISS (HUN) df. Nikita MELNIKOV (RUS), 4-0
130 kg - Vasily PARSHIN (RUS) df. Balint LAM (HUN), 3-1

Turkey (TUR) df. United States (USA), 5-3
59kg - Serif KILIC (TUR) df. Ryan MANGO (USA), 7-0
66kg - Ravaughn PERKINS (USA) df. Basar ENES (TUR) by FALL
71kg - Yunus OZEL (TUR) df. Patrick SMITH (USA), 8-0
75kg - Andrew BISEK (USA) df. Furkan BAYRAK (TUR), 6-0
80kg - Selcuk CEBI (TUR) df. Geordan SPEILLER (USA), 6-0
85kg - Jordan HOLM (USA) df. Methan BASAR (TUR) by DQ
98kg - Suleyman DEMIRCI (TUR) df. Darren BURNS (USA) by TF, 12-4
130kg - Atilla GUZEL (TUR) df. Robert SMITH (USA), 6-5

Group A, Round II

Russia (RUS) df. Kazakhstan (KAZ), 8-0
59kg - Mingiyan SEMENOV (RUS) df. Daulet ABSALIMOV (KAZ), 4-0
66kg - Artem SURKOV (RUS) df. Askhat ZHABIROV (KAZ), 4-0
71kg - Chingiz LABAZANOV (RUS) df. Demeu ZHADRAYEV (KAZ), 5-0
75kg - Evgeny SALEEV (RUS) df. Askhat Dilmukhamedov (KAZ), 9-8
80kg - Evgeny BOGOMOLOV (RUS) df. Danyal GAJIYEV (KAZ), 3-0
85kg - Davit CHAKVETADZE (RUS) df. Alkhazur OZDIYEV (KAZ), 4-0
98kg - Rustam TOTROV (RUS) df. Ilya NASTOCHENKO (KAZ) by TF, 8-0
130kg - Vitalii ILNITSKII (RUS) df. Yessenkeidi ZHALGASBAYEV (KAZ) by FALL

Hungary (HUN) df. United States (USA), 8-0
59kg- Csongor KNIPLI (HUN) df. Ryan MANGO (USA), 4-2
66kg- Krisztian JAGER (HUN) df. Ravaughn v. PERKINS (USA), 6-3
71kg- Balint KORPASI (HUN) df. Patrik SMITH (USA), 12-4
75kg- Laszlo SSZABO (HUN) df. Andrew BISEK (USA), 4-3
80kg- Gabor MADARAS (HUN) df. Geordan SPEILLER (USA) by TF, 9-0
85kg- Viktor LORINCZ (HUN) df. Jordan HOLM (USA), 3-1
98kg- Balazs KISS (HUN) df. Daren BURNS (USA) by DQ
130kg- Balint LAM df. Robert SMITH (USA), 5-4

Group A, Round III

Russia (RUS) df. Turkey (TUR), 7-1
59kg - Mingyan SEMENOV (RUS) df.Serif KILIC (TUR) by TF, 9-0
66kg - Adam KURAK (RUS) df. Basar ENES (TUR) by TF, 9-0
71kg - Chingiz LABAZANOV (RUS) df. Yunus OZEL (TUR), 7-2
75kg - Roman VLASOV (RUS) df. Furkan BAYRAK (TUR), 10-0
80kg - Selcuk CEBI (TUR) df. Imil SHARAFETDINOV (RUS) via criteria, 1-1
85kg – Azamat BIKBAEV (RUS) df. Ildem KANSU (TUR), 6-1
98kg - Nikita MELNIKOV (RUS) df. Suleyman DEMIRCI (TUR) via five-point throw
130kg - Vasily PARSHIN (RUS) df. Atilla GUZEL (TUR), 1-0

Hungary (HUN) df. Kazakhstan (KAZ), 4-4 (16-12)
59kg- Daulet ABSALIMOV (KAZ) df. Csongor KNIPLI (HUN), 6-1
66kg- Askhat ZHABIROV (KAZ) df. Krisztian JAGER (HUN), 2-0
71kg- Balint KORPASI (HUN) df. Demeu ZHADRAYEV (KAZ), 3-0
75kg- Askhat DILMUKHAMEDOV (KAZ) df. Laszlo SZABO (HUN), 4-0
80kg- Danyal GAJIYV (KAZ) df. Gabor MADARAS (HUN), 6-0
85kg- Viktor LORINCZ (HUN) df. Alkhazur OZDIYEV (KAZ) by TF, 9-0
98kg- Balazs KISS (HUN) df. Ilya NASTOCJENKO (KAZ), 4-2
130kg- Balint LAM (HUN) df. Yessenkeidi ZHALGASBAYEV (KAZ), 3-0

Group A, Round IV

Russia (RUS) df. United States (USA), 7-1
59kg- Mingiyan SEMENOV (RUS) df. Ryan MANGO (USA) by TF, 8-0
66kg- Artem SURKOV (RUS) df. Ravaughn PERKINS (USA) by TF, 8-0
71kg- Abuyazid MANTSIGOV (RUS) df. Patrik Smith (USA) by TF, 8-0
75kg- Evgeny SALEEV(RUS) df. Andrew BISEK (USA), 3-0
80kg- Evgeny BOGOMOLOV (RUS) df. Geordan SPEILLER (USA) by TF, 8-0
85kg- Davit CHAKVETADZE (RUS) df. Jordan HOLM (USA) by FALL
98kg- Rustam TOTROV (RUS) df. Daren BURNS (USA) by TF, 10-1
130kg- Robert SMITH (USA) df. Vitalii ILNITSKII (RUS), 5-3

Kazakhstan (KAZ) df. Turkey (TUR), 5-2
59kg- Daulet ABSALIMOV (KAZ) df. Serif KILIC (TUR) by TF, 9-1
66kg- Askhat ZHABIROV (KAZ) df. Basar ENES (TUR), 3-1
71kg- Demeu ZHADRAYEV (KAZ) df. Yunus OZEL (TUR), 6-2
75kg- Furkan BAYRAK (TUR) df. Askhat DILMUKHAMEDOV (KAZ) via criteria, 3-3
80kg- Selcu CEBI (TUR) df. Danyal GAJIYV (KAZ), 2-0
85kg- Alkhazur OZDIYEV (KAZ) df. Methan BASAR (TUR) by TF, 9-1
98kg- Ilya NASTOCHENKO (KAZ) df. Suleyman DEMIRCI (TUR), 6-2
130kg- Atila GUZEL (TUR) df. Yessenkeidi ZHALGASBAYEV (KAZ) by TF, 8-0

GROUP B, Round I

Armenia (ARM) df. Korea (KOR), 5-3
59kg - CHOI Gi-uk (KOR) df. Narek KHACHATRYAN (ARM) by TF, 9-0
66kg - RYU Han-Su (KOR) df. Gevorg SAHAKYAN (ARM) by TF, 10-0
71kg - Rafayel ALEKSANYAN (ARM) df. JUNG Ji-Hyun (KOR) by TF, 12-3
75kg - KIM Hyeon-Woo (KOR) v. Karapet CHALYAN (ARM) by TF, 8-0
80kg - Rafik MANUKYAN (ARM) df KIM June- Hyoung (KOR), 2-1
85kg - Hrach HOVANNISYAN (ARM) via forfeit
98kg - Movses ADAMYAN (ARM) df. GU Hak-Bon (KOR), 6-4
130kg - Vachik YEGHIAZARYA (ARM) df. KIM Yong-Min (KOR) by TF, 8-0

Iran (IRI) df. Azerbaijan (AZE), 8-0
59kg - Hamid SORYAN (IRI) df. Taleh Mammadov (AZE) by criteria, 1-1
66kg - Omid Noroozi (IRI) df. Azad Aliyev (AZE), 7-6
71kg - Saeed ABDEVALI (IRI) df. Rustam ALIYEV (AZE) by TF, 9-0
75kg - Farshad ALIZADEH (IRI) df. Elvin MURSALIYEV (AZE), 7-1
80kg - Habibollah AKHLAGHI (IRI) df. Emin AHMADOV (AZE), 5-0
85kg - Taleb NEMATPOUR (IRI) df. Shahriyar MAMMADOV (AZE), 3-1
98kg - Mehdi ALIYARI (IRI) df. Araz HASANOV (AZE), 2-0
130kg - Bashir BABAJANZADEH (IRI) df. Valera RODRIGUEZ (AZE), 2-0

Group B, Session II


Korea (KOR) df. Finland (FIN), 4-4 (Classification Points, 19-16)
59kg - CHOI Gi-uk (KOR) df. Jani HAAPAMAKI (FIN), 3-0
66kg - RYU Han-su (KOR) df. Tero VALIMAKI (FIN) by DQ
71kg - Henri PALOMAKI (FIN) df. JUNG Ji-Hyun (KOR) by FALL
75kg - KIM Hyeon-Woo (KOR) via forfeit
80kg - Aleksandr KAZAKEVIC (LTU) df. KIM June-Hyoung (KOR), 5-3
85kg - Rami HIETANIEMI (FIN) via forfeit
98kg - GU Hak-Bon (KOR) df.Timo KALLIO (FIN) by FALL
130kg - Mindaugas MIZGAITIS (LTU) df. KIM Yong-Min (KOR), 6-0

Azerbaijan (AZE) df. Armenia (ARM), 8-0
59kg- Orkhan AHMADOV (AZE) df. Narek KHACHATRYAN (ARM) by TF, 8-0
66kg- Hasan ALIYEV (AZE) df. Gevorg SAHAKYAN (ARM) by TF, 8-0
71kg- Rasul CHUNAYEV (AZE) df. Rafayel ALEKSANYAN (ARM) by TF, 8-0
75kg- Elvin MURSALIYEV (AZE) df. Karapet CHALYAN (ARM) via criteria, 1-1
80kg- Emin AHMADOV (AZE) df. Rafik MANUKYAN (ARM), 8-2
85kg- SHAHRIYAR MAMMADOV (AZE) df. Hrach HOVHANNISYAN (ARM) by DQ
98kg- Saman TAHMASEBI (AZE) df. Movses ADAMYAN (ARM), 6-3
130kg- Sabah SHARIATI (AZE) df. Vachik YEGHIAZARYAN (ARM), 4-1

Group B, Session III

Iran (IRI) df. Korea (KOR), 7-1
59kg - Mohammad NOURBAKHSH (IRI) df. CHOI Gi-uk (KOR) by TF, 10-1
66kg - Afshin BYABANGARD (IRI) df. RYU Han-Su (KOR), 5-1
71kg - Saeed ABDEVALI (IRI) df. JUNG Ji-Hyun (KOR), 4-0
75kg - KIM Hyeon-Woo (KOR) df. Hadi ALIZADEH POURNIA (IRI), 9-1
80kg - Habibollah AKHLAGHI (IRI) df. KIM June- Hyoung (KOR), 4-0
85kg - Taleb NEMATPOUR (IRI) via forfeit
98kg - Davoud ABEDINZADEH (IRI) df. GU Hak-Bon (KOR) by TF, 9-0
130kg - Bashir BABAJANZADEH (IRI) df. KIM Yong-Min (KOR), 8-2

Finland (FIN) df. Armenia (ARM), 5-3
59kg- Jussi- Pekka NIEMISTO (FIN) df. Narek KHACHATRYAN (ARM), 3-0
66kg- Gevorg SAHAKYAN (ARM) df Tero VALIMAKI (FIN), 4-0
71kg- Rafayel ALEKSANYAN (ARM) df. Henri PALOMAKI (FIN), 9-4
75kg- Karapet CHALYAN (ARM) via forfeit
80kg- Aleksandr KAZAKEVIC (LTU) df. Rafik MANUKYAN (ARM), 4-0
85kg- Rami HIETANIEMI (FIN) df. Hrach HOVHANNISYAN (ARM), 8-6
98kg- Timo KALLIO (FIN) df. Movses ADAMYAN (ARM) via criteria, 1-1
130kg- Mindaugas MIZGAITIS (LTU) df. Vachik YYEGHIAZARYAN (ARM), 3-1

Group B, Session IV

Azerbaijan (AZE) df. Korea (KOR), 5-3
59kg – Taleh MAMMADOV (AZE) df. CHOI Gi-uk (KOR), 5-0
66kg – Hasan ALIYEV (AZE) df. RYU Han-Su (KOR), 2-0
71kg – Rasul CHUNAYEV (AZE) df. JUNG Ji-Hyun (KOR) by FALL
75kg – KIM Hyeon-Woo (KOR) df. Elvin MURSALIYEV (AZE), 10-3
80kg – KIM June- Hyoung (KOR) df. Emin AHMADOV (AZE), 2-0
85kg – Shahriyar MAMMADOV (AZE) via forfeit
98kg – GU Hak-Bon (KOR) df. Saman TAHMASEBI (AZE) via criteria, 2-2
130kg – Sabah SHARIATI (AZE) df. KIM Yong-Min (KOR), 4-0

Iran (IRI) df. Finland (FIN), 8-0
59kg- Hamid SORYAN (IRI) df. Jussi- Pekka NIEMISTO (FIN) by TF, 8-0
66kg- Omid NOROOZI (IRI) df. Tero VALIMAKI (FIN) by TF, 8-0
71kg- Broomand ASLAN (IRI) df. Henri PALOMAKI (FIN), 6-2
75kg- Farshad ALIZADEH (IRI) via forfeit
80kg- Habibollah AKHLAGHI (IRI) df. Aleksandr KAZAKEVIC (LTU), 6-0
85kg- Davood AKHBARI (IRI) df. Antti HAKALA (FIN), 7-0
98kg- Mehdi ALIYARI (IRI) df. Timo KALLIO (FIN), 3-1
130kg- Behnam MEHDIZADEH (IRI) df. Mindaugas MIZGAITIS (LTU), 6-0
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