USA edges out Japan for third place at World Cup

YAKUTSK, Russia -- The United States took third at the 2019 Men's Freestyle World Cup, claiming a 6-4 win over Japan in the bronze-medal bout on Sunday in Yakutsk, Russia.

The whole dual was a back-and-forth battle with the USA prevailing in the end.

The U.S. won by forfeit at 57 kilograms, but Japan snagged the win at 61 kilograms as National Team member Nico Megaludis suffered his first loss of the tournament, falling to 2018 University world champion Yudai Fujita on criteria, 4-4.

At 65 kilograms, 2017 Senior World Team member and 2012 Cadet world champion Zain Retherford finished the weekend undefeated, producing a 10-0 tech fall against 2014 Junior World bronze medalist and 2011 Cadet world bronze medalist Daichi Takatani.

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