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World Championships Notebook: Mens Freestyle 57 kg, 61 kg, 86 kg and 125 kg

By Richard Immel, USA Wrestling | Aug. 25, 2017, 10:22 a.m. (ET)

Photo: J’den Cox (United States) goes for 86 kg bronze tonight at the 2017 World Championships in Paris, France. Photo by Robbert Wijtman.

Day five notebook for the morning session of men’s freestyle wrestling at the 2017 World Championships. The notebook features notable results and moments across all weight categories. 

57 kg/125.5 lbs.
Medal Matches
Gold – World No. 19 Thomas Gilman (United States) vs. World No. 8 Yuki Takahashi (Japan)
Bronze – World No. 18 Hak-Jin Jong (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) vs. World No. 10 Andrey Yatsenko (Ukraine)
Bronze – World No. 19 (At 61kg) Vladimer Dubov (Bulgaria) vs. World No. 9 Bekhbayar Erdenebat (Mongolia)

Semifinals
- Thomas Gilman (United States) becomes first U.S. finalist with a thrilling 5-4 win over Hak-Jin Jong (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea).
- 2017 Asian champion Yuki Takahashi (Japan) dec. two-time World medalist Vladimer Dubov (Bulgaria).

Quarterfinals
- Thomas Gilman (United States) controls every aspect against Nodiryon Safarov (Uzbekistan) to book a spot in the semifinals. Gilman picked up four takedowns and a turn in the 12-1 win.
- 2017 Asian champion Yuki Takahashi (Japan) dec. 2015 World bronze medalist Bekhbayar Erdenebat (Mongolia), 4-4.

Round of 16
- Thomas Gilman (United States) advances with a gutsy 3-0 performance over Asian bronze medalist Reza Atrinagharchi (Iran). Gilman scored off a shot clock and step out. He was in on single leg attempts for a large portion of the match. Atrinagharchi was close to a takedown as time expired, but it was white paddled by official review.
- 2015 World bronze medalist Bekhbayar Erdenebat (Mongolia) dec. European bronze medalist Suleyman Atli (Turkey), 7-0.

Round of 32
- 2009 Junior World bronze medalist Nodiryon Safarov (Uzbekistan) dec. 2015 Junior World champion Makhir Amiraslanov (Azerbaijan), 7-6.
- Thomas Gilman (United States) picks up a solid 5-2 win over 2016 European runner-up Andrey Yatsenko (Ukraine). Gilman gave up the first takedown, but reeled off five straight points, with two takedowns and one step out, to get the win.
- 2016 Asian champion Sandeep Tomar (India) dec. 2017 European bronze medalist Zaur Uguev (Russia), 8-2.
- 2017 European bronze medalist Suleyman Atli (Turkey) dec. 2016 World silver medalist Beka Lomtadze (Georgia), 8-8, with buzzer beating four-point takedown.

61 kg/134 lbs.
Medal Matches
Gold – World No. 6 Haji Aliyev (Azerbaijan) vs. World No. 5 Gadshimurad Rashidov (Russia)
Bronze – UR Cengizhan Erdogan (Turkey) vs. World No. 1 Vladimer Khinchegashvili (Georgia)
Bronze – World No. 11 Yowlys Bonne Rodriguez (Cuba) vs. UR Rinya Nakamura (Japan)

Semifinals
- Two-time World champion and Olympic bronze medalist Haji Aliyev (Azerbaijan) tech. fall 2014 World bronze medalist Yowlys Bonne Rodriguez (Cuba), 10-0.
- 2016 European champion Gadshimurad Rashidov (Russia) dec. three-time European champion Cengizhan Erdogan (Turkey), 8-2.

Quarterfinals
- 2016 European champion Gadshimurad Rashidov (Russia) dec. Olympic and World champion Vladimer Khinchegashvili (Georgia), 6-3.
- 2014 World bronze medalist Yowlys Bonne Rodriguez (Cuba) dec. 2011 World bronze medalist Daulet Niyazbekov (Kazakhstan), 10-8.

Round of 16
- 2016 European champion Gadshimurad Rashidov (Russia) defeats 2016 World champion Logan Stieber (United States) in dominant fashion, 11-0. Rashidov scored three takedowns, three turns and a step out.
- 2014 World bronze medalist Yowlys Bonne Rodriguez (Cuba) dec. 2017 Asian champion Behnam Ehsanpoor (Iran), 7-2.

Round of 32
- 2011 Cadet World bronze medalist Riyna Nakamura (Japan) dec. three-time European bronze medalist and No. 3 seed Andrei Perpelita (Moldova), 7-3.
- 2017 Asian champion Behnam Ehsanpoor (Iran) dec. 2017 Asian silver medalist Han-Song Kim (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), 5-3.
- 2011 World bronze medalist Daulet Niyazbekov (Kazakhstan) dec. 2017 European bronze medalist Voldoya Frangulyan (Armenia), 9-5.

86 kg/189 lbs.
Medal Matches
Gold – World No. 1 Hassan Yazdanicharati (Iran) vs. UR Boris Makoev (Slovakia)
Bronze – World No. 11 Vladislav Valiev (Russia) vs. World No. 3 Aleksander Gostiev (Azerbaijan)
Bronze – World No. 5 J’den Cox (United States) vs. World No. 17 (At 97 kg) Mihail Ganev (Bulgaria)

Semifinals
- 2016 Olympic champion Hassan Yazdanicharati (Iran) dec. 2013 Junior World champion Vladislav Valiev (Russia), 4-0.
- Boris Makoev (Slovakia) defeats 2016 Olympic bronze medalist J’den Cox (United States), 6-3.

Quarterfinals
- Olympic bronze medalist J’den Cox (United States) wins a tight one against No. 2 seed Zbigniew Baranowski (Poland), 3-2. Cox scored two step outs and a shot clock point. Baranowski notched a takedown early in the second period. Cox becomes third semifinalist for U.S.
- 2013 Junior World champion Vladislav Valiev (Russia) dec. Olympic and World silver medalist Selim Yasar (Turkey), 3-1.
- 2016 Olympic champion Hassan Yazdanicharati (Iran) tech. fall Three-time European medalist Aleksander Gostiev (Azerbaijan), 10-0.

Round of 16
- J’den Cox (United States) survives a scare from Ville Heino (Finland), 9-6. Heino opened the match with a quick six points off a takedown and two turns. Cox fought his way back into the bout with a four-point toss from rear standing, followed by two takedowns and a step out.
- 2013 Junior World champion Vladislav Valiev (Russia) wins a highly controversial contest over 2014 Asian Games bronze medalist Gwan-Uk Kim (Korea), 11-8.
- Three-time European medalist Aleksander Gostiev (Azerbaijan) dec. 2011 World bronze medalist David Khutishvili (Georgia), 4-0.
- No. 2 seed Zbigniew Baranowski (Poland) dec. 2017 European bronze medalist Istvan Vereb (Hungary), 9-5.

Round of 32
- 2016 Olympic bronze medalist J’den Cox (United States) wins 6-1 over Ahmed Dudarov (Germany). Cox gave up a shot clock point in the first period to trail by one at the break. He came back with three second-period takedowns to get the win.
- 2016 Olympic champion Hassan Yazdanicharati (Iran) tech. fall 2017 Asian silver medalist Azamat Dauletbekov (Kazakhstan), 12-2.

125 kg/275 lbs.
Medal Matches
Gold – World No. 1 Taha Akgul (Turkey) vs. World No. 2 Geno Petriashvili (Georgia)
Bronze – World No. 17 Nick Gwiazdowski (United States) vs. World No. 19 Zolboo Natsagsuren (Mongolia)
Bronze – World No. 6 Levan Berianidze (Armenia) vs. UR Anzor Khizriev (Russia)

Semifinals
- 2016 Olympic champion and two-time World champion Taha Akgul (Turkey) tech. fall Nick Gwiazdowski (United States), 10-0.
- Three-time Olympic and World bronze medalist Geno Petriashvili (Georgia) tech fall 2010 World bronze medalist Levan Berianidze (Armenia), 12-2.

Quarterfinals
- Nick Gwiazdowski (United States) outlasts 2017 Asian champion Asian champion Yadollah Mohebbi (Iran), 5-4. Gwiazdowski picked up a takedown in each period, plus a shot clock point in the first. Mohebbi scored two go-behind takedowns off Gwiazdowski shot attempts late in the second period to close the gap. Gwiazdowski becomes second U.S. semifinalist of the day.

Round of 16
- Nick Gwiazdowski (United States) continues to roll with a 10-1 victory over three-time European medalist Daniel Ligeti (Hungary). Gwiazdowski was all over the ankles, picking up five takedowns in the match.
- 2017 Asian champion Asian champion Yadollah Mohebbi (Iran) dec. 2013 World silver medalist Alen Zasieiev (Ukraine), 6-2.
- Three-time Olympic and World bronze medalist Geno Petriashvili (Georgia) tech. fall Anzor Khizriev (Russia), 13-2.

Round of 32
- Nick Gwiazdowski (United States) was dominant in a 10-0 win over Andrei Romanov (Moldova). Gwiazdowski ended things in the first period with three takedowns and two turns.
- 2017 Asian champion Yadollah Mohebbi (Iran) dec. Olympic and World medalist David Modzmanashvili (Uzbekistan), 3-2.