The first pairing for the Hawkeye Wrestling Club Showdown Open is out, and it features a pair of dynamic competitors.
World and Olympic champion Vladimer Khinchegashvili will tangle with U23 World Teamer and three-time All-American Jaydin Eierman on Nov. 1 in the event streamed live on Trackwrestling.
Khinchegashvili, a 29-year-old Georgian, captured an Olympic silver in 2012 before wrapping up the next Olympic quad with a two-year run of supremacy at 57 kilograms. He claimed a World title in 2015 in Las Vegas with a late comeback against Iranian Hassan Rahimi and edged Japan’s Rei Higuchi to win gold in Rio.
Khinchegashvili’s resume also includes three golds — 2014, 2016 and 2017 — in his collection of six medals from the European Championships. He’s coming off a victory earlier this month against Yianni Diakomihalis at the Beat the Streets benefit.
Eierman placed fifth, fourth and third in three trips to the NCAA Championships for Missouri, where he piled up 33 pins in his final two seasons with the Tigers. He announced last November that he was transferring to Iowa.
Eierman’s international resume already includes a win against a World champ from Georgia. He pinned 2019 World champ Beka Lomtadze at the 2018 Poland Open.