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Tervel Dlagnev earns bronze medal to cap Day 1 at World Championships

By Craig Sesker USA Wrestling | Sept. 08, 2014, 1:36 p.m. (ET)

Tervel Dlagnev earned his second career World bronze medal on Monday night. Larry Slater photo.

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan – American Tervel Dlagnev was tired of taking fifth.

Fifth at the 2011 and 2013 World Championships, and fifth in the 2012 Olympics, Dlagnev came through to capture a bronze medal at the 2014 World Championships on Monday night at the Gymnastics Palace.

Dlagnev scored a first-period takedown en route to edging 2011 World champion Alexei Shemarov of Belarus 2-1 in the freestyle wrestling bronze bout at 125 kg/275 lbs.

Dlagnev won his second World bronze medal after placing third at the 2009 Worlds.

“I knew I had to get out quickly, get my points and stay in the fight,” Dlagnev said. “I was real fired up to have another shot at a medal. I obviously wanted to win a gold medal and that’s what I trained for, but I’m so pumped to win a bronze medal.”

Dlagnev shot in on a single leg late in the first period and finished for a takedown against Shemarov in what turned out to be the difference in the match.

Dlagnev lost to Shemarov in the 2011 World semifinals before beating him in the 2012 Olympic quarterfinals.

“Tervel trained hard and worked hard,” U.S. coach Bruce Burnett said. “He’s a leader in the room and the type of guy you want on your team. I’m really, really happy for him. He earned it.”

Dlagnev opened with a quick 11-1 technical fall over Aleksandr Romanov of Moldova at 125 kg/275 lbs. Dlagnev blanked Slovakia’s Soslan Gagloev 5-0 in the second round.

Dlagnev then dropped a 4-2 decision to 2014 World bronze medalist and World No. 1 Taha Akgul of Turkey in the quarterfinals. He came right back to down Aslan Dzebisov of Azerbaijan 3-1 in the repechage to land a spot in the bronze-medal match.

Three other U.S. wrestlers – Tony Ramos, Nick Marable and Ed Ruth – fell short of winning medals in their first trips to the Worlds.

Marable opened with a 2-1 win over 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Akzurek Tantarov of Kazakhstan at 70 kg/154 lbs.

Marable followed by defeating Armenia’s Grigor Grigoryan in the second round.

Marable then dropped a 5-2 decision to 2013 World bronze medalist Ali Shabanov of Belarus in the quarterfinals.

Marable was eliminated when Shabonov fell short of the finals after losing in the semifinals.

“This was my first time at the World Championships and it was a great experience,” Marable said. “I can only learn from this and keep getting better. I feel each time I’ve wrestled at this new weight class that I’ve performed better. I need to keep working and come back strong next year.”

Ruth opened by earning a 12-2 technical fall over Yusup Melejaev of Turkmenistan at 86 kg/189 lbs. Ruth then dropped a 7-4 decision to Iran’s Askari Mohammadian in the second round.

Ruth was eliminated from his first World Championships when the Iranian failed to reach the finals.

“I could’ve done a lot of things differently and done a lot of things better,” Ruth said. “I need to find a way to turn this loss around and learn from it. I need to come back harder and come back better next year.”

Ramos suffered a 7-4 loss to Mongolia’s Bekhbayar Erdenebat in the first round at 57 kg/125.5 lbs. Ramos was eliminated when the Mongolian wrestler fell short of the finals.

“It wasn’t much of a day – I only had one match,” Ramos said. “It’s not what I came here for and it’s not what I’ve been training for. I didn’t make all these sacrifices and train this hard to only wrestle one match.

“You can’t put your head down. You’ve got to keep moving forward. I only came here for one thing and that was to win it all. That’s still the main goal.”

Champions crowned on Monday included Kyong-Il Yang of North Korea at 57 kg/125.5 lbs., Khetik Tsabolov of Russia at 70 kg/154 lbs., Abdul Rashid Sadulaev of Russia at 86 kg/189 lbs. and Taha Akgul of Turkey at 125 kg/275 lbs.

Yang won his second World title after also striking gold in 2009. Sadulaev, a 2012 and 2013 Cadet World champion, is just 18 years old.

Uzbekistan’s Bekzod Abdurakhmonov earned a bronze medal at 70 kg/154 lbs. He was an NCAA All-American for Clarion. He wrestles for the New York Athletic Club.

2014 World Championships
Sept. 8-14
Gymnastics Palace, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

57 kg/125.5 lbs.
Gold – Kyong-Il Yang (North Korea)
Silver – Vladimir Khinchegashvili (Georgia)
Bronze – Hassan Rahimi (Iran)
Bronze – Vladislav Andreev (Belarus)

70 kg/154 lbs.
Gold – Khetik Tsabolov (Russia)
Silver – Yakup Gor (Turkey)
Bronze – Bekzod Abdurakhmonov (Uzbekistan)
Bronze – Ali Shabanov (Belarus)

86 kg/189 lbs.
Gold – Abdul Rashid Sadulaev (Russia)
Silver – Reineris Salas (Cuba)
Bronze – Selim Yasar (Turkey)
Bronze – Askari Mohammadian (Iran)

125 kg/275 lbs.
Gold – Taha Akgul (Turkey)
Silver – Komeil Ghasemi (Iran)
Bronze – Khadshimourad Gatsalov (Russia
Bronze – Tervel Dlagnev (USA)

Finals results

57 kg/125.5 lbs.
Kyong-Il Yang (North Korea) dec. Vladimir Khinchegashvili (Georgia), 5-3

70 kg/154 lbs.
Khetik Tsabolov (Russia) won by tech. fall over Yakup Gor (Turkey), 10-0

86 kg/189 lbs.
Abdul Rashid Sadulaev (Russia) won by tech. fall over Reineris Salas (Cuba), 10-0

125 kg/275 lbs.
Taha Akgul (Turkey) dec. Komeil Ghasemi (Iran), 4-3

U.S. freestyle results

57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Tony Ramos, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC)
LOSS Bekhbayar Erdenebat (Mongolia), 4-7

70 kg/154 lbs. – Nick Marable, Morgantown, W.Va. (Sunkist Kids)
WIN Akzurek Tantarov (Kazakhstan), 2-1
WIN Grigor Grigoryan (Armenia), 4-2
LOSS Ali Shabanov (Belarus), 5-2

86 kg/189 lbs. – Ed Ruth, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC)
WIN Yusup Melejaev (Turkmenistan), 12-2
LOSS Askari Mohammadian (Iran), 4-7

125 kg/275 lbs. – Tervel Dlagnev, Columbus, Ohio (Sunkist Kids/Ohio RTC) – Bronze Medal
WIN Aleksandr Romanov (Moldova), 11-1
WIN Soslan Gagloev (Slovakia), 5-0
LOSS Taha Akgul (Turkey), 2-4
WIN Aslan Dzebisov (Azerbaijan), 3-1
WIN Alexei Shemarov (Belarus), 2-1