Nickal wins gold on last day of Champions Junior International in Turkey

By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling | May 18, 2014, 1:47 p.m. (ET)
Bo Nickal and USA Wrestling Assistant National Coach Bill Zadick after Nickal won the 84 kg gold medal in Turkey on Sunday.

IZMIR, Turkey - Bo Nickal (Allen, Texas/Best Trained Wrestling) won a gold medal at 84 kg/185 lbs. at the International Junior Champions Tournament on Sunday.

Nickal, who was fifth in the 2013 FILA Cadet World Championships, had a great day, winning all four of his matches on the way to the title.

Nickal won a wild finals match against Giorgi Chkhartishvili of Georgia, 10-10 on criteria. Chkhartishvili was a 2012 Cadet World bronze medalist.

He opened with two victories over Turkish opponents. In the semifinals, he defeated 2011 Cadet World bronze medalist and 2012 Asian Junior silver medalist Azamat Dauletbekov of Kazakhstan, 5-4.

Also reaching a medal match on Sunday was Fox Baldwin (Kissimmee, Fla./USOTC), who finished fifth at 74 kg/163 lbs. with a 2-2 record. He fell in his bronze-medal bout to Nabiev of Russia, 0-4.

“On day two, Team USA wrestled hard and did some good things. We were attacking well and we were moving well. Bo Nickal wrestled a great tournament! Bo was scoring many, many points and kept opponents guessing by attacks and it paid off with a gold medal! At the more challenging times we, as a group, were struggling with opponents tying us up. Everyone needs to master the art of attacking opponents who are stifling action, from under hooks, from two-on-ones, from collar ties. When we were able to do this today, we were successful,” said Assistant National Coach Bill Zadick.

Nickal became the second American to win a gold at this tournament, joining 2013 Junior World champion Kyle Snyder (Woodbine, Md./Sunkist Kids/USOTC), who took the title at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. on Saturday.

“This was a very competitive tournament and an excellent experience for Team USA's Juniors. It not only will impact these athletes directly but also their training partners at home. Additionally, it will help others who have goals to be World and Olympic champions who participate in other experiences like this in the future. I'm excited to see Kyle and Bo have success, bringing home golds, and look forward to more success for them and many others,” said Zadick.

At Izmir, Turkey, May 18

U.S. men’s freestyle performance on Sunday

60 kg/132 lbs. – Joey McKenna, Towaco, N.J. (LVAC)
WIN Torebek (Kazakhstan), tech 10-0
LOSS Aleksandrov (Russia), 2-2

74 kg/163 lbs. – Fox Baldwin, Kissimmee, Fla. (USOTC), 5th
WIN Simsek (Turkey), 19-14
WIN Sarikaya (Turkey), 17-6
LOSS Maisuradze(Georgia), tech 2-12
LOSS Nabiev (Russia), 0-4

84 kg/185 lbs. – Brooks Climmons, Hiram, Ga. (USOTC)
LOSS Yazici (Turkey), tech 0-10

84 kg/185 lbs. – Bo Nickal, Allen, Texas (Best Trained Wrestling), champion
WIN Yonel (Turkey), 13-4
WIN Sezgin (Turkey), pin
WIN Azamat Dauletbekov (Kazakhstan), 5-4
WIN Chkhartishvili, (Georgia) 10-10

120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Garrett Ryan, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids/USOTC)
WIN Uman (Turkey), pin
LOSS Acar (Turkey), 0-4
WIN Nagy (Hungary), 4-1
LOSS Khubukov (Russia), 0-10