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Cox, Snyder and Burroughs make Yasar Dogu finals, Downey will battle for bronze

By Mike Willis, USA Wrestling | July 13, 2019, 9:17 a.m. (ET)

ISTANBUL Turkey- Jordan Burroughs, J’den Cox and Kyle Snyder all earned finals berths at the Yasar Dogu ranking tournament this Saturday morning. Pat Downey lost his opening match but will wrestle for bronze.

Cox and Snyder cruised in their early-round bouts. At 92 kg, Cox dominated his opening match with an 11-0 technical fall over 2012 Junior Asian champion Abubakar Turgayev of Kazakhstan. He followed it up with an 11-0 victory over Mohamed Fardj of Algeria, scoring five takedowns and a step out. In the semifinals, he defeated 2019 U23 gold medalist Shamil Zubairov of Azerbaijan, 11-0. Cox will wrestle Bendeguez Toth of Hungary in the finals tomorrow. Toth is a 2018 World University silver medalist in freestyle and Greco-Roman.

Snyder only had two matchs this morning.  He started off with a 13-2 technical fall over 2019 Ivan Yarygin bronze medalist Bakin Sahin of Turkey. The victory was highlighted by a five-point feet-to-back suplex. He then dominated two-time World bronze medalist Hungary’s Pavlo Oliinyk (formerly of Ukraine), 10-0. He will have 2018 U23 bronze medalist Ali Khalil Shabanibengar of Iran in tomorrow’s final.

Burroughs went 3-0 at 74 kg, opening the day with a quick 10-0 technical fall over Csaba Vida of Hungary. In the quarterfinals, he was pushed by 2018 U23 70 kg World champion Taimuraz Salkazanov of Slovakia. Burroughs earned a 6-4 decision and never trailed in the bout. However, in the closing seconds, Salkazanov nearly stole the match with a takedown on the edge of the mat. Fortunately, time was already expired.

In the semifinals, Burroughs looked phenomenal, picking apart two-time world medalist Yakup Gor of Turkey. Burroughs iced the match with a counter takedown where he managed to tie Gor’s ankles up while doing a full split to earn the 12-2 victory. Burroughs will face two-time World champion and Olympic bronze medalist Frank Chamizo of Italy in the finals. The pair have wrestled four times, with Burroughs holding a 3-1 record.

The final competitor for Team USA was Downey at 86 kg. Downey dropped his opening match to Deepak Punia of India 11-5. The score was 2-2 when Punia hit a single leg that Downey attempted to roll through. It was scored four points for Punia and was confirmed after an American challenge attempt. Punia is a 2018 Junior World silver medalist and a 2019 Asian Championship bronze medalist. Downey was pulled into the bronze medal match when Punia won in the semifinals, 7-3, over Turkey’s Osman Gocen. Downey will face Gocen for bronze tomorrow.

The finals will take place at 12:30 p.m. local time (5:30 a.m ET) Sunday, July 14, live on Flowrestling. Repechage will begin at 11:00 a.m. (4 a.m. ET)

Later today at 5 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET), Yianni Diakomihalis (65 kg), Alex Dieringer (79 kg) and Nick Gwaizdowski (125 kg) will compete in the men’s freestyle finals. They won their preliminary bouts yesterday.

at Istanbul, Turkey, July 11-14

U.S. Men’s freestyle draws

74 kg: Jordan Burroughs (Lincoln, Neb./Sunkist Kids/Nebraska WTC)

WIN Csaba Vida (Hungary), 10-0

WIN Taimuraz Salkazanov (Slovakia), 6-4

WIN Yakup Gor (Turkey), 12-2

vs. Frank Chamizo (Italy)


86 kg: Pat Downey (Princeton, N.J./Titan Mercury/NJRTC)

LOSS Deepak Punia (India), 11-5

vs. Osman Gocen (Turkey)


92 kg: J’den Cox (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury/USOPTC)

WIN Abubakar Turgayev (Kazakhstan), 11-0

WIN Mohamed Fardj (Algeria), 11-0

WIN Shamil Zubairov (Azerbaijan), 11-0

vs. Bendeguez Toth (Hungary)


97 kg: Kyle Snyder (Columbus, Ohio/Titan Mercury/Ohio RTC)

WIN Bakin Sahin (Turkey), 12-2

WIN Pavlo Oliinyk (Hungary) 10-0

vs. Ali Khalil Shabanibengar (Iran)