(L-R) Jordan Burroughs, Kyle Snyder and J'den Cox pose for a photo with their medals at the Yasar Dogu tournament on July 14, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey.
It was a big weekend for the freestyle wrestlers of Team USA, who will come home from the Yasar Dogu tournament in Istanbul, Turkey, with six golds and one silver medal.
That’s especially great news given that this was the final United World Wrestling ranking tournament of the year for both the men and women, and the last chance for wrestlers to earn points toward seeding at the 2019 World Wrestling Championships.
And it’s even better news for Olympic and four-time world champion Jordan Burroughs, who improved his seeding with a win by forfeit over Italy’s Frank Chamizo. Burroughs entered the tournament in third place at 74 kg. but bumped up to second when his rival forfeited, giving Burroughs his second Yasar Dogu title. He previously won in 2016 and placed third in 2014.
Olympic and two-time world gold medalist Kyle Snyder moved up to the No. 1 spot for the world championships at 97 kg. with his gold medal win over Ali Khalil Shabanibengar of Iran in a 2-1 decision. Snyder took bronze at the tournament in 2018.
J’den Cox already had the top spot at 92 kg., but that didn’t stop him from completing the tournament with yet another decisive victory, beating Bendeguz Toth of Hungary, 10-0. The Olympic bronze medalist was dominant throughout the tournament, outscoring opponents 43-0 and finishing with technical falls in all four matches.
Alex Dieringer took gold in the 79 kg. class with his 4-1 win over Akhsarbek Gulaev of Slovakia and, in doing so, took the No. 4 seed. He could potentially move up to the No. 2 seed if he beats Kyle Dake when they wrestle for the world team spot in August and if the current No. 3 seed, Russia’s Akhmed Gadzhimagomedov, does not compete at the world championships due to injury.
Yianni Diakomihalis will also bring home the gold medal at 65 kg. with a win by forfeit in his scheduled match against Haji Ali of Brunei.
Wrapping up the men’s medalists, Nick Gwiazdowski fell in a 5-1 decision to 2016 Olympic champion Taha Akgul of Turkey, taking second but also securing the No. 4 seed at 125 kg. with the silver medal.
The lone competitor on the women’s side, Forrest Molinari won the gold with a 5-2 win over Natalya Fedoseeva, of Russia and bumped herself up into the No. 2 seed at 65 kg. in the process. Molinari came into the tournament ranked No. 4 in the world.
The world championships will be held this September in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan.