Dake wins third World title, Fix and Taylor take silver, Gwiazdowski is fifth at Senior Worlds in Norway

OSLO, Norway – The United States came home with three medals on the first night of gold-medal finals at the Senior World Championships on Sunday, led by individual World champion Kyle Dake (Ithaca, N.Y./Spartan Combat WC/Titan Mercury WC) at 74 kg.

A 2020 Olympic bronze medalist, Dake became a three-time Senior World champion with a clutch victory in the finals over 2019 World bronze medalist and 2021 European champion Tajmuraz Salkazanov of Slovakia, 7-3. This is Dake’s first World title at 74 kg, after claiming 2018 and 2019 World titles up at 79 kg.

The match was close early on. Dake scored first on a step out but Salkazanov tied it up with a step out at 1-1. When Salkazanov scored another step out, he led 2-1 in the second period. However, Dake nailed a takedown with 1:23 left to take a 3-2 lead. Another takedown and gut wrench extended the lead to 7-2 and gave up a late step out for the final score. Continue reading at teamusa.org →

Gilman, Burroughs qualify for gold-medal finals, Cox to go for bronze in men’s freestyle at Senior Worlds in Norway

OSLO, Norway – The United States placed two wrestlers in Monday night’s gold-medal finals in men’s freestyle at the Senior Worlds on Sunday night after big wins in the Group Two semifinal round.

Advancing to the championship finals are 2012 Olympic champion and four-time World champion Jordan Burroughs at 79 kg, and 2020 Olympic bronze medalist and 2017 World silver medalist Thomas Gilman at 57 kg. Both will be facing opponents from Iran in the finals.

Burroughs defeated Ryuki Yoshida of Japan, 10-1, to reach the finals his first year competing up at 79 kg. Burroughs fell behind 1-0 after Yoshida secured a step out, but was in command the rest of the way. A step out and a double leg takedown gave Burroughs a 3-1 lead at the break. He blew it open with a step out, followed by a takedown and turn to lead, 8-1. A go-behind takedown closed out the victory for Burroughs. Continue reading at teamusa.org →

Burroughs, Cox, Gilman qualify for semifinals, Gwiazdowski to go for bronze at Senior Worlds in Norway

OSLO, Norway – The United States continued its powerful men’s freestyle wrestling on day two of the Senior World Championships on Sunday morning, pushing three more wrestlers into the semifinal round.

Qualifying for the semifinals from Group Two were 2012 Olympic champion and four-time World champion Jordan Burroughs at 79 kg, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and two-time World champion J’den Cox at 92 kg and 2020 Olympic bronze medalist and 2017 World silver medalist Thomas Gilman at 57 kg.

Burroughs opened with an explosive, efficient 10-0 technical fall victory over Samuel Barnish of Canada. He scored a double leg and a turn, then blasted a four-point takedown to lead 8-0. One more double leg takedown ended the match. Continue reading at teamusa.org →

Taylor, Dake, Fix reach gold-medal finals, Gwiazdowski in repechage at Senior Worlds in Oslo, Norway

OSLO, Norway – The United States came out strong and took the early team lead after going three-for-three in the men’s freestyle semifinals at the Senior World Championships at Jordal Amfi on Saturday night.

Advancing to gold-medal matches are 2020 Olympic champion and 2018 World champion David Taylor (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC/Titan Mercury WC) at 86 kg, 2020 Olympic bronze medalist and two-time World champion Kyle Dake (Ithaca, N.Y./Spartan Combat WC/Titan Mercury WC) at 74 kg and two-time World Team member Daton Fix (Sand Springs, Okla./Cowboy RTC/Titan Mercury WC) at 61 kg.

In addition, at 125 kg, two-time World bronze medalist Nick Gwiazdowski (Ithaca, N.Y./Spartan Combat RTC/Titan Mercury WC) was pulled back into repechage, meaning all four of the U.S. entries today will be competing on Sunday, with at least three medals already clinched. Continue reading at teamusa.org →

Fix, Taylor, Dake advance to men’s freestyle semifinals at Senior Worlds in Oslo, Norway

OSLO, Norway – The United States pushed three of its four men’s freestyle wrestlers competing on Saturday morning into the semifinals round this evening at the Senior World Championships held at Jordal Amfi.

Earning spots in the semifinals were 2020 Olympic champion and 2018 World champion David Taylor (86 kg), 2020 Olympic bronze medalist and two-time World champion Kyle Dake (74 kg) and Daton Fix (61 kg).

Taylor, the No. 1 seed, scored a pair of dominant wins to reach the semifinals. He opened with an 11-0 technical fall over 2017 World silver medalist Boris Makoev. Taylor scored first on a step out, then got another point on a shot clock against Makoev. A takedown late in the period made it 4-0 at the break. In the second period, Taylor blew it up with a step out, two takedowns and an ankle lace turn. Continue reading at teamusa.org