USA handles Russia, remains unbeaten at Freestyle World Cup

KERMANSHAH, Iran -- Make it two-for-two for Team USA at the Freestyle World Cup after the talented American team soundly defeated Russia 6-2 as the first day of action concluded in Kermanshah, Iran.

The United States-Russia dual featured several tight bouts and some serious cases of star power as the U.S. pulled away in the later stages.

The featured match of the dual came early with 2016 World champion Logan Stieber squaring off against 2016 University World champion Viktor Rassadin at 61 kilograms/134 pounds.

The two traded points throughout the bout, and it all came down to a challenge from the Russian corner with four second left in the match. With Stieber leading 4-4 on criteria, Rassadin attempted a low-level attack that was popped through by Stieber. The call of two points for Stieber was reviewed and confirmed, cementing the 7-4 win for the American.

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