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Snyder, Golston qualify for gold-medal bouts, Anthony and Hildebrandt to go for bronze at Dan Kolov International

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | March 02, 2019, 11:47 a.m. (ET)

RUSE, Bulgaria – Two U.S. wrestlers won semifinal bouts to qualify for the gold-medal matches on Sunday at the Dan Kolov International, a UWW Ranking Tournament.

Advancing to Sunday’s finals are 2016 Olympic champion and two-time World champion Kyle Snyder (Columbus, Ohio/TMWC/Ohio RTC) at 97 kg/213.5 lbs. in men’s freestyle and Erin Golston (Colorado Springs, Colo./NYAC/OTC) at 50 kg/110 lbs. in women’s freestyle

Snyder will battle 2012 Olympic silver medalist Valerii Andriitsev of Ukraine in the finals. Andriitsev was beaten in the finals of the 2012 London Games by U.S. star Jake Varner.

Snyder controlled all three of his wins. He opened with a 12-2 technical fall over 2017 U23 World medalist Ty Walz of the USA, then stopped Murazi Mchedlidze of Ukraine, 8-5. In the semifinals, he dominated Baki Sahin of Turkey in an 11-0 technical fall.

Golston edged U.S. rival Victoria Anthony (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids), 2-1 in her semifinal victory. Golston broke a 1-1 tie with a second-period step out to secure the close victory. She will battle past World medalist Iwona Matkowska of Poland in the gold-medal bout.

Golston had four wins on Saturday. She beat four-time World Team member Whitney Conder of the USA, 3-1, to start, then scored technical falls over Emilia Ciricu-Budeanu of Moldova and Nada Mohamed of Egypt.

Anthony advances to a bronze-medal match, against an opponent to be determined.

2018 World silver medalist Sarah Hildebrandt (Colorado Springs, Colo./NYAC/OTC) was defeated in the semifinals at 53 kg/117 lbs., getting caught and pinned by Vinesh of India in the first period. Hildebrandt’s bronze-medal opponent is yet to be determined.

In the third group, six U.S. wrestlers will be in repechage with a chance to fight back to a medal match: Conder, Walz, plus Nick Heflin (Norman, Okla./Titan Mercury WC/Oklahoma RTC) at 86 kg/189 lbs., Nick Gwiazdowski (Raleigh, N.C./TMWC/Wolfpack WC) at 125 kg/275.5 lbs., Michael Kosoy (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids WC) at 125 kg/275.5 lbs. and Amy Fearnside (Colorado Springs, Colo./TMWC/OTC) at 53 kg/117 lbs.

The repechage for the second group of wrestlers was completed, and the USA advanced one more wrestler into the medal round. Bernard Futrell (Philadelphia, Pa./TMWC/Pennsylvania RTC) won two repechage bouts at 65 kg/143 lbs. to reach a bronze-medal match against Selahattin Kilicsallayan of Turkey.

Futrell started the day with an 8-0 win over Agustin Destribats of Argentina, then secured a 10-0 technical fall over
Evan Henderson of the USA.

The USA will have three athletes going for gold this evening: Jordan Oliver (Ithaca, N.Y./Sunkist Kids/Finger Lakes RTC) at 65 kg/143 lbs., Jordan Burroughs (Lincoln, Neb./Nebraska WTC) at 74 kg/163 lbs. and Tamyra Mensah-Stock (Colorado Springs, Colo./TMWC/OTC) at 68 kg/149.5 lbs.

At Ruse, Bulgaria

Group 3 U.S. Men’s Freestyle results

86 kg/189 lbs – Nick Heflin, Norman, Okla. (Titan Mercury WC/Oklahoma RTC)
WIN Abdurasul Vakhobov (Uzbekistan), 7-6
WIN Radoslaw Marcinkiewicz (Poland), pin
LOSS Ali Shabanau (Belarus), tech. fall 10-0
Repechage – Vs winner of Ville Heino (Finland) and Aibuev (France)

97 kg/213.5 lbs. – Kyle Snyder (Columbus, Ohio/TMWC/Ohio RTC)
WIN Ty Walz (USA), tech. fall 12-1
WIN Murazi Mchedlidze (Ukraine), 8-5
WIN Baki Sahin (Turkey), 11-0
Gold-Medal Finals - Valeri Andriitsev (Ukraine)

97kg/213.5 lbs. – Ty Walz (Blacksburg, Va./TMWC/SERTC)
LOSS Kyle Snyder (USA), tech fall 12-1
Repechage – Vs. Murazi Mchedlidze (Ukraine)

97 kg/213.5 lbs. – Kevin Beazley (Ann Arbor. Mich./CKRTC)
LOSS Zviad Metreveli (Georgia), 6-0

125 kg/275.5 lbs. – Nick Gwiazdowski (Raleigh, N.C./TMWC/Wolfpack WC)
WIN Robert Baran (Poland), 4-1
WIN Fatih Cakiroglu (Turkey), 6-0
LOSS Parviz HadiBashmanj (Iran), 5-2
Repechage – Vs winner of Z Deng (China) vs. Michael Kosoy (USA)

125 kg/275.5 lbs. – Michael Kosoy (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids WC)
LOSS Parviz HadiBashmanj (Iran), tech fall 10-0
Repechage – Vs. Z Deng (China)

Group 3 U.S. Women’s Freestyle results

50 kg/110 lbs. – Victoria Anthony (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids)
WIN Elitsa Yankova (Bulgaria), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Fredrika Petterson (Sweden), 5-1
WIN Miyu Nakamura (Japan), 6-4
LOSS Erin Golston (USA), 2-1
Bronze bout – To be determined

50 kg/110 lbs. – Whitney Conder (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP)
LOSS Erin Golston (USA)
Repechage – Vs. Emilia Ciricu-Budeanu (Moldova)

50 kg/110 lbs. – Erin Golston (Colorado Springs, Colo./NYAC/OTC)
WIN Whitney Conder (USA), 3-1
WIN Emilia Ciricu-Budeanu (Moldova), tech fall 10-0
WIN Nada Medani Ashour Abdalla Mohamed (Egypt), tech. fall 12-1
WIN Victoria Anthony (USA), 2-1
Gold Medal Match – Iwona Matkowska (Poland)

53 kg/117 lbs. – Amy Fearnside (Colorado Springs, Colo./TMWC/OTC)
WIN Shinhye Lee (Korea), 4-1
LOSS Vinesh (India), 9-4
Repechage – Aktenge Keunimjaeva (Uzbekistan)

53 kg/117 lbs. – Sarah Hildebrandt (Colorado Springs, Colo./NYAC/OTC)
WIN Silje Kippernes (Norway), pin 1:38
WIN Iulia Leorda (Moldova), 10-4
LOSS Vinesh (India), pin
Bronze medal bout – Vs. winner of Amy Fearnside (USA) vs. Aktenge Keunimjaeva (Uzbekistan)

57 kg/125 lbs. – Kelsey Campbell (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids)
LOSS Sara Lindborg (Sweden), tech. fall 11-0

Group 2 U.S. Men’s Freestyle results

57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Thomas Gilman (Iowa City, Iowa/TMWC/Hawkeye WC)
LOSS Georgi Vangelov (Bulgaria), 6-5

57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Josh Rodriguez (State College, Penn./Nittany Lion WC)
LOSS Ahmet Duman (Turkey), 5-3

65 kg/143 lbs. – Jordan Oliver (Ithaca, N.Y./Sunkist Kids/Finger Lakes RTC)
WIN Agustin Destribats (Argentina), 3-3
WIN Bernard Futrell (USA), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Evan Henderson (USA), tech. fall 12-1
WIN Selahattin Kilicsallayan (Turkey), 9-1
Gold Medal Finals – Bajrang (India)

65 kg/143 lbs. – Bernard Futrell (Philadelphia, Pa./TMWC/Pennsylvania RTC)
WIN Vasyl Shuptar (Ukraine), 10-6
LOSS Jordan Oliver, tech fall, 10-0
WIN Agustin Destribats (Argentina), 8-0
WIN Evan Henderson (USA), tech. fall 10-0
Bronze-medal bout –Vs. Selahattin Kilicsallayan (Turkey)

65 kg/143 lbs. – Evan Henderson (New York City, N.Y./TMWC/NYRTC)
WIN Junsik Yun (Korea), 10-3
WIN Andrei Perpelita (Moldova), 3-2
LOSS Jordan Oliver (USA), tech. fall 12-1
LOSS Bernard Futrell (USA), tech. fall 10-0

74 kg/163 lbs. – Jordan Burroughs (Lincoln, Neb./Nebraska WTC)
WIN Jitender (India), 9-0
WIN Frank Chamizo (Italy), 9-1
WIN Abylaikhan Nursultanov (Kazakhstan), injury default
WIN Ali Umarpashaev (Bulgaria), 7-2
Gold-Medal finals – Vs. Bekzod Abdurakhmanov (Uzbekistan)

Group 2 U.S. women’s freestyle first round draws

62 kg/136 lbs. – Kayla Miracle (Campbellsville, Ky./Sunkist Kids)
WIN Mallory Velte (USA), pin 4:11
LOSS Xingru Pei (China), 2-2

62 kg/136 lbs. – Mallory Velte (Sacramento, Calif./TMWC)
LOSS Kayla Miracle (USA), pin 4:11

62 kg/136 lbs. – Brenda Reyna (Mount Vernon, Wash./TMWC/McKendree Bearcat WC)
WIN Elena Esposito (Italy), tech. fall 14-4
LOSS Lais Nunez Olivera (Brazil), pin 5:57

68 kg/149.5 lbs. – Alexandria Glaude (West Sacramento, Calif./TMWC/McKendree Bearcat WC)
LOSS Tamyra Mensah-Stock (USA), tech. fall 10-0
WITHDREW Agnieszka Wieszczek-Kordus (Poland)

68 kg/149.5 lbs. – Macey Kilty (River Falls, Wisc./Sunkist Kids)
LOSS Alla Cherkasova (Ukraine), 11-3

68 kg/149.5 lbs. – Tamyra Mensah-Stock (Colorado Springs, Colo./TMWC/OTC)
WIN Agnieszka Wieszczek-Kordus (Poland), 10-0
WIN Alexandria Glaude (USA), tech fall 10-0
WIN Eun Sun Jeong (Korea), pin
WIN Adela Hanzlickova (Czechia), tech fall 10-0
Gold Medal Match – Bakhtigul Baltaniyazov (Uzbekistan)