Aaron Pico captured a silver medal at the Junior Worlds (Photo/T.R. Foley)
ZAGREB, Croatia -- It was a day full of success and challenges for the U.S. Junior World Freestyle Team, which entered the day tied in third in the team standings with two medals.
With four talented and motivated wrestlers on the mat Sunday, the USA had its share of ups and downs, but came out of the day with four more medalists, bringing their total to six medals out of eight weight classes. In the final team standings, the United States took second place, behind only the champions from Iran. The team had a 16-4 record for the day.
Claiming a silver medal at 66 kilos/145.5 pounds was Aaron Pico (Whittier, Calif./Titan Mercury WC) at 66 kilos/145.5 pounds, who dropped his finals bout to Hassan Yazdanicharati of Iran, 2-9.
The match was close most of the way, with two key points that went the Iranian's way. Late in the first period, Pico got behind Yazdanicharati and tried to score a takedown but stepped out instead, giving the Iranian a 3-2-lead. Early in the second period with the score still 3-2, the Iranian was put on the 30-second shot clock. Right off the whistle, Yazdanicharati shot in on Pico and ultimately converted the shot for a score. Had Pico emerged in those situations, the result may have been different. Read full story ...
55 kilos/121 pounds -- Thomas Gilman, Council Bluffs, Iowa (Hawkeye WC), 3rd
WIN Abdelhak Kherbache (Algeria), tech fall, 10-0, 2:29
WIN Methodli Chadli (Tunisia), tech. fall, 10-0
WIN Reza Atri (Iran), 4-4
LOSS Michalan Hasan-Zada (Azerbaijan), 2-5
WIN Vladimir Kurdin (Kazakhstan), 11-6
66 kilos/145.5 pounds -- Aaron Pico, Whittier, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC), 2nd
WIN Deichi Takatani (Japan), 7-5
WIN Kyrillos Binembaoum (Greece), 10-0, 2:25
WIN SurkoRashitkhanov (Belarus), tech. fall 10-0, 3:42
WIN Mihail Georgie (Bulgaria), tech. fall 11-0, 5:52
LOSS Hassan Yazdanicharati (Iran), 2-9
84 kilos/185 pounds -- Gabe Dean, Lowell, Mich. (Titan Mercury WC/FLWC), 3rd
WIN Selimmuhamet Muhadeyyev (Turkmenistan), tech. fall, 10-0, 1:16
WIN Adris Ruhle (Latvia), tech. fall 12-2, 4:08
LOSS Azamat Dauletbekov (Kazakhstan), 6-7
WIN Pavlos Sotiriadis(Greece), tech. fall 14-3, 3:33
WIN Nuramagomed Gadzhiyev (Azerbaijan), injury default
120 kilos/264.5 pounds -- Adam Coon, Fowlerville, Mich. (Cliff Keen WC), 3rd
WIN Qiang Tao (China), tech fall 10-0, 1:17
WIN Rangi Roubaljeet (India), tech. fall 10-0, 2:48
WIN Oyan Nazaryani (Azerbaijan), pin
LOSS Amar Dhesi (Canada), 6-7
WIN Yusuf Emre Dede (Turkey), pin 2:20