Kurt McHenry (Photo/Gerhard Remus)
TBILISI, Georgia -- The U.S. men's freestyle team sits atop the team standings after the first day of competition at the 2016 Cadet World Championships with four individuals earning a medal on Saturday evening.
The electric Kurt McHenry stole the show at New Sports Palace with an instant classic win in the gold medal match to become the first Cadet World Champion for the U.S. this week in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Taking on Cadet European champion Mahir Mammadzada of Azerbaijan in the 42 kg/92.5 lbs. gold medal match, McHenry jumped out to an early 4-0 lead courtesy of two slick takedown conversions. Mammadzada returned with four points of his own to lead McHenry on criteria, 4-4, late in the match. With less than five seconds remaining McHenry exposed his Azerbaijani foe from neutral to go ahead for good. After a lost challenge from Mammadzada, McHenry won by a final 7-5 tally.
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