Team USA routs Russia at Rumble on the Rails

NEW YORK -- Team USA made a statement on Wednesday night in New York with a convincing 8-1 victory over world wrestling power Russia at the Rumble on the Rails at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal.

Jordan Burroughs improved to 53-0 in his international wrestling career (Photo/John Sachs,
All five men's freestyle matches were won by the U.S., as well the lone women's freestyle match. Russia's lone win came in the final match of the dual meet in Greco-Roman.

World and Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs extended his international win streak to 53, but needed three periods to do against Saba Khubetzhty at 74 kilos. The first period went to Khubetzhty 1-1, as the Russian scored the last point in the period with a pushout. Burroughs came back strong to win the second period 5-0, and closed out the match with a 7-3 victory in the final period.

Current college stars Logan Stieber and David Taylor came through with big victories for Team USA.

Stieber, a two-time NCAA champion in two seasons at Ohio State, stunned world No. 1 Opan Sat, 5-7, 6-0, 3-0, at 60 kilos. Stieber jumped out to a 3-0 lead early, scoring with a takedown and ankle lace. But Sat battled back to win the opening period 7-5, with all of his points coming from a flurry. Stieber was dominant in the second period, winning 6-0. The final period came down to the leg clinch, and Stieber came out on top with a three-point crotch lift.

Taylor, a runner-up at this year's U.S. Open, was dominant from start to finish against Magomed Kurbanaliev. After Taylor took the opening period 7-2, he threw Kurbanaliev to his back early in the second period to earn the fall.

Olympic bronze medalist Coleman Scott won in three periods over Artas Sanaa at 60 kilos. Scott won the first period 1-0, scoring a one-point takedown. Sanaa came back to win the second period by scoring from the leg clinch. In the third period Scott used a three-point double leg takedown in the final 30 seconds to win the period 3-0 and take the match.

Scott Casber interviews Kurt Angle at the Rumble on the Rails (Photo/John Sachs,
Brent Metcalf came from behind to defeat Soslan Ramanov, 0-2, 1-0, 7-0, at 66 kilos.

In the only women's freestyle match, Helen Maroulis, a 2012 World silver medalist, pinned Irina Kisel (Russia) early in the second period.

The U.S. picked up wins in two of the three Greco-Roman matches contested. Kendrick Sanders earned a 1-0, 1-0 victory over Asker Orshokdugov at 66 kilos. Ben Provisor followed up with a three-period victory over Ambako Vachadze, 1-0, 0-1, 1-0.

Russia's one win came in the final match of the dual meet, where Evgeni Saleev came from behind to defeat Jordan Holm, 0-1, 1-0, 1-0.

Earlier in the day, Iran won six of seven matches against a Team USA squad in men's freestyle. The lone bright spot for Team USA came at 74 kilos, where Kyle Dake, in his first international match since ending his college wrestling career as a four-time NCAA champion, topped Hassan Tahmasebi, 2-0, 1-0.

USA 8, Russia 1
Men's freestyle
60 kilos: Coleman Scott (USA) dec. Artas Sanaa (Russia), 1-0, 0-1, 3-0
60 kilos: Logan Stieber (USA) dec. Opan Sat (Russia), 5-7, 6-0, 3-0
66 kilos: Brent Metcalf (USA) dec. Soslan Ramanov (Russia), 0-2, 1-0, 7-0
74 kilos: David Taylor (USA) pinned Magomed Kurbanaliev (Russia), 7-2, 0:16
74 kilos: Jordan Burroughs (USA) vs. Saba Khubezhty (Russia), 1-1, 5-0, 7-3
Women's freestyle
55 kilos: Helen Maroulis (USA) pinned Irina Kisel (Russia), 2-0, 0:35
66 kilos: Kendrick Sanders (USA) dec. Asker Orshokdugov (Russia), 1-0, 1-0
74 kilos: Ben Provisor (USA) dec. Ambako Vachadze (Russia), 1-0, 0-1, 1-0
84 kilos: Evgeni Saleev (Russia) dec. Jordan Holm (USA), 0-1, 1-0, 1-0

Iran 6, USA 1
Men's freestyle
55 kilos: Mehdi Taghavi (Iran) dec. Obe Blanc (USA), 0-1, 1-0, 5-2
60 kilos: Masoud Esmailpour Joybari (Iran) dec. Reece Humphrey (USA), 1-0, 6-0
66 kilos: Mehdi Taghavi (Iran) dec. Kellen Russell (USA), 3-1, 0-2
74 kilos: Kyle Dake (USA) dec. Hassan Tahmasebi (Iran), 2-0, 1-0
84 kilos: Ehsan Lashgari (Iran) dec. Keith Gavin (USA), 1-0, 1-0
96 kilos: Hamed Tatari (Iran) dec. J.D. Bergman (USA), 3-1, 1-0
120 kilos: Khomeil Ghasemi (Iran) dec. Tervel Dlagnev (USA), 1-1, 1-0


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dadams (1) about 5 years ago
What about the statement the US team made against Iran? Props to the Iranians that sent their A team. Would have been nice to have a fair assessment rather than just one side. What a performance by Logan Steiber. He should be the headline IMHO
subdude (1) about 5 years ago
1 paragraph, like a unimportant after thought on Iran dominating us. I would classify it as equal to the story of our domination of the Russians. Come on. This coverage is poor.