Cade Olivas (USA) in the finals of the Youth Olympic
Games. T.R. Foley, Fila-Official.com Photo.
Both Olivas and Fix posted 3-1 records on the final day of competition in Nanjing, dominating their respective pools before dropping close decisions in their gold medal matches.
“The boys all wrestled really well,” said U.S. Youth Olympic Games coach Sara Bahoura. “Their energy was great and their pace was high. They made adjustments from first to second period to create more openings and scoring opportunities.”
Olivas opened the day with a convincing 11-0 technical fall over Cabbar Duyum of Turkey. Duyum was the 11th place finisher at the FILA Cadet World Championships in Snina, Slovakia in July. Olivas would continue to impress in pool play, earning technical falls over Miguel Angel Gurdian Lopez of Nicaragua, 12-1, and Mohamed Hegab of Egypt, 10-0.
These three victories for Olivas would set up a classic U.S. versus Russia battle for the gold medal at 46 kg. Olivas lost a tight 1-3 decision to Russian Ismail Gadzhiev to secure one of three silver medals for the U.S. in Nanjing.
Fix impressed as well throughout the Youth Olympic Games competition as he cruised to pool round victories over Elmedin Sejfulau of Macedonia, 10-0, Reynhardt Louw of South Africa, 6-1 and Ebrahim Abdullah Ali Al-Shebami of Yemen 14-4.
In the gold medal bout Fix would face a dangerous opponent from Kazakhstan, Mukhambet Kuatbek. It was a back and forth affair, but Fix would come up one point shy to Kuatbek, dropping the match 6-7.
Olivas and Fix join teammate Mason Manville as silver medalists for the U.S. in Nanjing. Manville won silver at 69 kg in the Greco-Roman competition earlier in the week.
“I am proud of how all three prepared for this competition and wrestled straight for the medal stand,” Bahoura said.
Complete Youth Olympic Games information can be found at nanjing2014.org.
2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games
At Nanjing, China August 27
Men’s freestyle results
46 kg/101.4 lbs.
Gold – Ismail Gadzhiev (Russia)
Silver – Cade Olivas (United States)
Bronze – Cabbar Duyum (Turkey)
4th – Oscar Tigeros Urbano (Colombia)
5th – Prakash Vasant Kolekar (India)
6th – Moghary Mohamed Hegab (Egypt)
7th – Miguel Angel Gurdian Lopez (Nicaragua)
8th – Faifua Ipolito (American Samoa)
54 kg/119 lbs.
Gold – Mukhambet Kuatbek (Kazakhstan)
Silver – Daton Fix (United States)
Bronze – Vaghinak Matevosyan (Armenia)
4th – Ebrahim Al-Shebami (Yemen)
5th – Amirkhan Guvazhokov (Russia)
6th – Reynardt Louw (South Africa)
7th – Elmedin Sejfulau (Macedonia)
8th – Eliezer Aular (Venezuela)
63 kg/138.8 lbs.
Gold – Teymur Mammadov (Azerbaijan)
Silver – Anthony Montero (Venezuela)
Bronze – Iveriko Julakidze (Georgia)
4th – Amit Kumar (India)
5th – Elbert Steyn (South Africa)
6th – Alexander Moore (Canada)
7th – Douglas Lloyd (New Zealand)
8th – James Dydasco (Palau)
76 kg/167.5 lbs.
Gold – Yajyuro Yamasaki (Japan)
Silver – Meki Simonia (Georgia)
Bronze – Sargis Hovsepyan (Armenia)
4th – Carlos Izquiero Mendez (Colombia)
5th – Ayoub Barraj (Tunisia)
6th – Arshdeep Gurm (Canada)
7th – Carlos Rivera Rosales (Honduras)
8th – Iafeta Vou (South Africa)
100 kg/220.5 lbs.
Gold – Igbal Hajizada (Azerbaijan)
Silver – Dmitri Ceacusta (Moldova)
Bronze – Hatem Abdalla (Egypt)
4th – Firuz Yakubov (Tajikistan)
5th – Muhammet Rozykulyyev (Turkmenistan)
6th – Rafael Filho (Brazil)
7th – Maximiliano Garcia (Mexico)
8th – Ben Pratt (Austria)
U.S. men’s freestyle results
46 kg/101.4 lbs. – Cade Olivas, Fontana, Calif., silver
WIN Cabbar Duyum (Turkey), 11-0
WIN Miguel Angel Gurdian Lopez (Nicaragua), 12-1
WIN Mohamed Hegab (Egypt), 10-0
LOSS Ismail Gadzhiev (Russia), 1-3
54 kg/119 lbs. – Daton Fix, Sand Springs, Okla., silver
WIN Elmedin Sejfulau (Macedonia), 10-0
WIN Reynhardt Louw (South Africa), 6-1
WIN Ebrahim Abdullah Ali Al-Shebami (Yemen) 14-4
LOSS Mukhambet Kuatbek (Kazakhstan), 6-7