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Dake to go for gold, Snyder to wrestle for bronze at World Championships

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Sept. 21, 2019, 7:46 a.m. (ET)

Kyle Dake of the USA scores a takedown at the 2019 World Championships. Photo by Mark Lundy, Lutte Lens

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - 2018 World champion and No. 1 seed Kyle Dake (Ithaca, N.Y. (Titan Mercury WC/Finger Lakes RTC) has reached the World finals at 79 kg/174 lbs. for the second straight year.

He scored a first-period takedown and two gut wrench turns to jump to the lead, on the way to a 6-1 win over 2013 World bronze medalist Rashid Kurbanov of Uzbekistan in the semifinals.

For the second straight year, Dake will battle Olympic bronze medalist Jabrail Hasanov of Azerbaijan in the finals. In the 2018 World finals in Budapest, Hungary in 2018, Dake beat Hasanov, 2-0.

On Saturday morning, Dake hammered 2019 Asian bronze medalist Oibek Nasirov of Kyrgyzstan by technical fall, 12-2 then stopped 2015 Junior World champion and 2018 U23 World silver medalist Gadzhi Nabiev of Russia, 5-1.

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

2016 Olympic champion and two-time World champion Kyle Snyder (Columbus, Ohio/Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC) was defeated in his semifinal bout at 97 kg/213 lbs. by 2012 Olympic champion and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Sharif Sharifov of Azerbaijan, 5-2.

Snyder got a 1-0 lead after Sharifov was put on the shot clock and could not score in 30 seconds. Sharifov took a 2-1 lead on a single leg takedown. He added two points for exposure on a counter to a Snyder attack to lead 4-1. Snyder closed the lead to 4-2 with a stepout. Sharifov was able get another step out point.

His opponent for the bronze-medal bout on Sunday night will be determined during repechage rounds on Sunday afternoon.

By reaching the semifinals, Snyder has qualified the United States to compete at this weight class at the 2020 Olympic Games.

Saturday morning, Snyder secured a pair of technical fall victories, beating Mausam Khatri of India, 10-0 and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Magomed Ibragimov of Uzbekistan, 13-3.

Snyder was a three-time NCAA champion and four-time finalist for Ohio State.

Qualifying for Sunday’s repechage at 61 kg/ 134 lbs. was Tyler Graff (Princeton, N.J./Titan Mercury WC/NJRTC), who had a 2-1 record on Saturday morning.

Graff was beaten in the quarterfinals by 2016 World silver medalist Beka Lomtadze of Georgia, 3-1. When Lomtadze defeated Rahul Aware of India in the semifinals, 10-6, he pulled Graff into repechage. Only those who lose to a gold-medal finalist can compete in repechage.

Graff has drawn Mihai Esanu of Moldova in the repechage match. If he beats Esanu, he advances to a bronze-medal bout against Rahul Aware of India.

Graff’s two wins on Saturday came with a 10-0 technical fall over Jin Cheol Kim of South Korea and a 7-0 decision over 2019 Asian Championships silver medalist Minghu Liu of China. Graff is competing in his first Senior World Championships.

2012 Junior World silver medalist Pat Downey (Cranbury, N.J./Titan Mercury WC/NJRTC), who finished 2-1 at 86 kg/189 lbs, is not eligible for repechage. Downey was also wrestling in his first Senior Worlds for Team USA.

There is a different schedule for Sunday’s competition. The repechage beings at 3:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. The finals are scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Sunday night. All the action is live on TrackWrestling

Fans interested in seeing the Grappling World Championships can enjoy the start of the No-Gi competition, which is set for Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. in the same arena as the wrestling event. That will be streamed live by FloGrappling.

At Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, September 21

Group 3 Men’s freestyle finals pairings

61 kg/134 lbs. - Magomedrasul Idrisov (Russia) vs. Beka Lomtadze (Georgia)
79 kg/174 lbs. –Kyle Dake (USA) vs. Jabrayil Hasanov (Azerbaijan)
86 kg/189 lbs. - Hassan Yazdani Charati (Iran) vs. Deepak Punia (India)
97 kg/213.75 lbs. - Abdulrashid Sadulaev (Russia) vs. Sharif Sharifov (Azerbaijan)

Group 3 Men’s freestyle Semifinal results

61 kg/134 lbs.
Magomedrasul Idrisov (Russia) vs. Behnam Ehsanpoor (Iran), 2-2
Beka Lomtadze (Georgia) dec. Rahul Aware (India), 10-6

79 kg/174 lbs. –
Kyle Dake (USA) dec. Rashid Kurbanov (Uzbekistan), 6-1
Jabrayil Hasanov (Azerbaijan) dec. Taimuraz Salakanzanov (Slovakia), 4-3

86 kg/189 lbs.
Hassan Yazdani Charati (Iran) tech. fall Myles Amine (San Marino), 11-0
Deepak Punia (India) dec. Stefan Reichmuth (Switzerland), 8-2

97 kg/213.75 lbs.
Sharif Sharifov (Azerbaijan) dec. Kyle Snyder (USA), 5-2
Abdulrashid Sadulaev (Russia) dec. Alisher Yergali (Kazakhstan), 8-1

U.S. Men's freestyle Group 3 results

61 kg/134 lbs. - Tyler Graff, Princeton, N.J. (Titan Mercury WC/NJRTC)
WIN Jin Cheol Kim (South Korea), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Minghu Liu (China), 7-0
LOSS Beka Lomtadze (Georgia), 3-1
Repechage – Vs. Mihai Esanu (Moldova)

79 kg/174 lbs. - Kyle Dake, Ithaca, N.Y. (Titan Mercury WC/Finger Lakes RTC)
WIN Oibek Nasirov (Kyrgzstan), tech. fall 12-2
WIN Gadzhi Nabiev (Russia), 5-1
WIN Rashid Kurbanov (Uzbekistan), 6-1
Gold medal bout – Vs. Jabrayil Hasanov (Azerbaijan)

86 kg/189 lbs. - Pat Downey, Cranbury, N.J. (Titan Mercury WC/NJRTC)
WIN Hovhannes Mkhitaryan (Armenia), tech. fall 11-1
WIN Zbigniew Baranowski (Poland), 8-2
LOSS Ahmed Dudarov (Germany), tech. fall 13-0

97 kg/213.75 lbs. - Kyle Snyder, Columbus, Ohio (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)
WIN Mausam Khatri (India), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Magomed Ibragimov (Uzbekistan), tech. fall 13-3
LOSS Sharif Sharifov (Azerbaijan), 5-2
Bronze-medal bout – to be determined