Two-time Olympian Dlagnev, along with Cox, get draws for Olympic men’s freestyle on Saturday

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – The United States brought two-time Olympian Tervel Dlagnev (Columbus, Ohio/Sunkist Kids/Ohio RTC) at 125 kg/275 lbs. and first-time Olympian J’den Cox (Columbia. Mo./Titan Mercury WC/Missouri WF) at 86 kg/189 lbs.

Dlagnev and Cox have weighed in and received their first round draws for the Olympic Games, where they will compete in Carioca 2 Arena.

Dlagnev is in the bottom half of the bracket, in the third quarter-bracket, where he will face 2015 World silver medalist and No. 2 seed Jamaladdin Magomedov of Azerbaijan. Magomedov was also a 2011 World bronze medalist.

If Dlagnev wins his first bout, he would face the winner of the match between Robert Baran of Poland and Aiaal Lazarev of Kyrgyzstan. Continue reading at

Burroughs Olympic medal hopes come to an end after shocking second loss

RIO DE JANEIRO – A somber day for the U.S. men’s freestyle team concluded unexpectedly early inside Carioca Arena 2 on Friday. The medal matches at 57 kg and 74 kg have been set, but neither Jordan Burroughs nor Daniel Dennis will participate.

The top ranked 74 kg wrestler in the world, Burroughs was edged in the quarterfinals by World No. 2 Aniuar Geduev of Russia, 3-2. After Geduev made the finals Burroughs was given new life and bronze medal hopes. Those aspirations would be dashed in his repechage match against 2014 World bronze medalist Bekzod Abdurakhmonov of Uzbekistan.

It was not the Burroughs the world is used to seeing as he took center mat with a spot in the bronze match on the line. Abdurakhmonov controlled the match from start to finish, scoring five takedowns on the reigning Olympic champion to win, 11-1. Continue reading at

Burroughs falls in clash of top contenders, Dennis knocked out in first men’s freestyle session at Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO – After Team USA posted an Olympic night for the ages, the tables were turned in the opening session of men’s freestyle. Reigning Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs was stunned in the quarterfinals and teammate Daniel Dennis was unable to get past his first round test.

One of the greatest wrestlers in U.S. history, Burroughs suffered his first Olympic loss at the hands of Russian rival Aniuar Geduev in his second match of the day at 74 kg.

Right out of the gate things got heated between the top two wrestlers at 74 kg with extracurricular shoving occurring less than 10 seconds into the match. As expected, the contest remained fierce throughout. Entering the second period Burroughs trailed by one after surrendering a shot clock point midway through the first. Geduev tacked on two step-outs to take a 3-0 lead late entering the final minute. Burroughs attacked relentlessly as the match counted down, but he could only muster a late takedown and fell 3-2. Continue reading at

Maroulis becomes 1st U.S. female wrestler to win Olympic gold

It took some time, but the United States now has a gold medalist in women’s wrestling.

And to earn it, Helen Maroulis had to beat a woman who knows a thing or two about gold medals: Japan’s Saori Yoshida, a 13-time world champion and three-time reigning Olympic champion.

It was a gold medal showdown that the wrestling world had been looking forward to for a long time. Maroulis, the reigning world champion at 55kg, versus Yoshida, the reigning world champion at 53kg.

The first period ended with Yoshida leading 1-0 after Maroulis failed to convert when put on the 30-second shot clock. The American came out strong in the second period though, getting two takedowns to earn a 4-1 victory on points. Continue reading at

Olympic champion Burroughs, along with Dennis, get draws for Olympic men’s freestyle on Friday

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – The United States kicks off its Olympic men’s freestyle efforts on Friday, with 2012 Olympic champion and three-time World champion Jordan Burroughs (Lincoln, Neb./Sunkist Kids/Nebraska WTC) competing at 74 kg/163 lbs. and Daniel Dennis at 57 kg/125.5 lbs.

Burroughs and Dennis have weighed in and received their first round draws for the Olympic Games, where they will compete in Carioca 2 Arena.

As returning World champion, Burroughs has the No. 1 seed in the top half of the bracket, in the first quarter-bracket, sitting in the No. 1 draw position. He will face Augusto Midana of Guinea Bissau. Burroughs beat Midana in the first round of the 2014 World Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, a match where Burroughs hurt his leg and ultimately ended up taking a silver medal. Continue reading at

Maroulis aims for historic first Olympic gold, Pirozhkova in for bronze, Gray upset in women’s freestyle

RIO DE JANEIRO – On the fifth day of wrestling at the Olympic Games the U.S. has broken through and guaranteed itself at least one women’s freestyle medal with Helen Maroulis storming to the 53 kg gold medal match and Elena Pirozhkova wrestling for 63 kg bronze tonight.

Maroulis ran the gauntlet of top contenders on Thursday morning inside Carioca Arena 2. The 2015 World champion downed World No. 8 Yulia Khavaldzhy Blahinya of Ukraine, World No. 4 Xuechun Zhong of China, World No. 5 Myong Suk Jong of DPR Korea and World No. 2 Sofia Mattsson of Sweden to clinch a finals berth.

“Helen is wrestling awesome,” said U.S. head coach Terry Steiner. “She had to pull that match out against North Korea. She did a great job just fighting for points out there. Against Mattsson, who is a very talented girl, she had her completely off-balance the whole time. She dominated that match from start to finish.” Continue reading at