Cox, Gilman, Dake reach World Championships semifinals from second group of U.S. wrestlers

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Oct. 21, 2018, 9:26 a.m. (ET)
J'den Cox of the USA gets advice from Assistant National Freestyle Coach Kevin Jackson at the World Championships in Budapest. Photo by Robbert Wijtman.

BUDAPEST, Hungary – The United States pushed three wrestlers into Sunday night’s semifinals, winning all three quarterfinal bouts they entered on Sunday afternoon.

Advancing to the semifinals were 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and 2017 World bronze medalist J’den Cox, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OTC) at 92 kg/202.5 lbs., 2017 World silver medalist Thomas Gilman, (Iowa City, Iowa/Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC) at 57 kg/125.5 lbs. and Kyle Dake (Ithaca, N.Y./Titan Mercury WC/New York RTC) at 79 kg/174 lbs.

Cox won a pair of matches on Sunday morning. He opened with a 6-2 win over past World medalist Dato Marsagishvili of Georgia, 6-2. Cox avenged a 5-0 loss to Marsagishvili in the World Cup in Iowa City in April. In the quarterfinals, Cox controlled the action with a 6-0 victory over Nicolai Ceban of Moldova.

Cox will battle 2015 World bronze medalist Alireza Karimimachiani of Iran in Sunday night’s semifinals.

Cox was a three-time NCAA champion and four-time All-American for Missouri. This is the third straight year he has reached the semifinals at a World or Olympic Championships. He is a U.S. Olympic Training Center resident athlete.

Gilman, seeded No. 2, won both of his matches by decision, but controlled the action in them. He opened with a 6-3 win over Givi Davidovi of Italy. In the quarterfinals, Gilman dominated the tieups and forced a number of stepouts to shut out Giorgi Edisherashvili of Azerbaijan, 4-0. Gilman avenged a loss from the World Cup to Edisherashvili, who won in Iowa City, 8-7.

Gilman will battle Nurislam Sanayev of Kazakhstan in the semifinals, who has placed fifth in the World Championships two times. Fans may know him as Artas Sanaa, which was his name when he wrestled for Russia. Gilman was the No. 2 seed.

Gilman, a three-time NCAA All-American for Iowa, is wrestling in his second straight Senior Worlds. He was a Junior World bronze medalist earlier in his career.

Dake also had a pair of victories, both technical falls where he dominated the action. He opened with an 11-0 win over Martin Obst of Germany in the quarterfinals, then stopped Davit Khutsishvili of Georgia, 11-0.

Dake will battle 2018 European champion Akhmed Gazhimagomedov of Russia in the semifinals. Gazhimagomedov was the No. 1 seed and Dake was the No. 4 seed at the weight class.

Dake, a four-time NCAA champion for Cornell, is competing in his first Senior World Championships.

“[His international opponents] know Kyle. They know him well, and he’s been scouted. I told him to stay offensive minded because those attacks are going to come back. They’re going to have to come if you stay on your offense,” said his personal coach Cory Cooperman.

“This year has been a really good year for him in terms of change. Jordan Oliver has been a really good partner for him, helping him with his stance, changing his levels more. It’s helping him open up different attacks. Kyle just keeps developing. He hasn’t reached his goal. He made his first World team, but winning World and Olympic titles are his top priorities and his goals, so while he’s done everything else, he hasn’t done what he’s looking to do,” said Cooperman.

2016 World champion Logan Stieber (Columbus, Ohio/Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC) dropped his opening bout to 2016 World bronze medalist Akhmed Chakaev of Russia, 7-5. Trailing 2-0, Stieber hit a four-point takedown and was reversed for two points to make the score 4-4. Chakaev took a 6-4 lead with a takedown right before the break. In the second period, Stieber forced a stepout to make it 6-5, but Chakaev scored on a stepout with nine seconds left to secure the 7-5 win.

In the quarterfinals of the 2016 World Championships, also in Budapest, Stieber had defeated Chakaev 13-11 in a wild match, and Stieber went on to claim the gold medal.

Chakaev has reached the semifinals, and must win that match for Stieber to be pulled back into repechage.

The semifinals will begin at 5:45 p.m., right after the Opening Ceremonies. After that, the medal matches from the first set of weight classes (which started on Saturday) will be held at 7:00 p.m. The USA has four athletes competing for medals tonight. Budapest is six hours ahead of the U.S. Eastern time zone. All of the matches will be broadcast by TrackWrestling.

WORLD WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Budapest, Hungary

U.S. men’s freestyle results so far


57 kg/125.5 lbs. - Thomas Gilman, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC)
WIN Givi Davidovi (Italy), 6-3
WIN Giorgi Edisherashvili (Azerbaijan), 4-0
Semifinals - Nurislam Sanayev (Kazakhstan)

65 kg/143 lbs. - Logan Stieber, Columbus, Ohio (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)
LOSS Akhmed Chakaev (Russia), 7-5

79 kg/174 lbs. - Kyle Dake, Ithaca, N.Y. (Titan Mercury WC/New York RTC)
WIN Martin Obst (Germany), tech. fall 11-0
WIN Davit Khutsishvili (Georgia), tech. fall 11-0
Semifinals - Akhmed Gazhimagomedov (Russia)

92 kg/202.5 lbs. - J’den Cox, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OTC)
WIN Dato Marsagishvili (Georgia), 6-2
WIN Nicolai Ceban (Moldova), 6-0
Semifinals - Alireza Karimimachiani (Iran)

Semifinal pairings

57 kg
Zavur Uguev (Russia) vs. Yuki Takahashi (Japan)
Nurislam Sanayev (Kazakhstan) vs. Thomas Gilman (USA)

65 kg
Akhmed Chakaev (Russia) vs. Takuto Otoguro (Japan)
Alejandro Valdes Tobier (Cuba) vs. Bajrang (India)

79 kg
Akhmed Gazhimagomedov (Russia) vs. Kyle Dake (USA)
Ezzatollah Akbarinkolai (Iran) vs. Jabrayil Hasanov (Azerbaijan)

92 kg
Atsushi Matsumoto (Japan) vs. Ivan Yankouski (Belarus)
J’den Cox (USA) vs. Alireza Karimimachiani (Iran)

Quarterfinal results

57 kg
Zavur Uguev (Russia) dec. Renieri Andreu Ortega (Cuba), 6-0
Yuki Takahashi (Japan) dec. Uladzislau Andreyeu (Belarus), 4-1
Nurislam Sanayev (Kazakhstan) dec. Suleyman Atli (Turkey), 11-6
Thomas Gilman (USA) dec. Giorgi Edisherashvili (Azerbaijan), 4-0

65 kg
Akhmed Chakaev (Russia) tech. fall Vladimer Khinchegashvili (Georgia), 10-0
Takuto Otoguro (Japan) tech. fall Andrei Perpelita (Moldova), 12-2
Alejandro Valdes Tobier (Cuba) tech. fall Niurhun Krabin (Belarus), 11-0
Bajrang (India) dec. Tulga Tamur Ochir (Mongolia), 5-3

79 kg
Akhmed Gazhimagomedov (Russia) dec. Urunbat Purevjav (Mongolia), 6-0
Kyle Dake (USA) tech. fall Davit Khutsishvili (Georgia), 11-0
Ezzatollah Akbarinkolai (Iran) dec. Grigor Grigoriyan (Armenia), 7-4
Jabrayil Hasanov (Azerbaijan) dec. Ali Shabanau (Belarus), 6-2

92 kg
Atsushi Matsumoto (Japan) dec. Liubomyr Sagaliuk (Ukraine), 3-2
Ivan Yankouski (Belarus) tech. fall Turtogtokh Luvsandorj (Mongolia), 10-0
J’den Cox (USA) dec. Nicolai Ceban (Moldova), 6-0
Alireza Karimimachiani (Iran) tech. fall Batyrbek Tcakulov (Russia), 12-1