Cadet World Champion Meyer Shapiro (Photo courtesy of Josh Conklin; JoshConklinPhotos.com)
The second day of competition at the Cadet World Championships in Budapest, Hungary saw medals handed out for the first time at the event. Four Americans earned some hardware led by 65 kg gold medalist Meyer Shairpo. Luke Lilledahl (48 kg), James Rowley (80 kg), and Jim Mullen (110 kg) all settled for silver medals.
Shapiro jumped out to an early lead on his finals opponent, Giorgi Gogritchiani (Georgia) after a shot clock point. Eager to add to his lead, Shapiro stayed on the offensive, but was caught in a chin whip for four points by the Georgian. During the sequence, Shapiro did earn a point for a reversal. The American's heavy hands and pace were too much, as Shapiro grabbed a pair of late takedowns to take a 6-4 lead. He was able to withstand the final charge from Gogritchiani and stuffed the Georgian's takedown attempt straight to his back for a fall with one second remaining in the bout.
In addition to the finals matches, the remaining five men's freestyle weights got underway. Bo Bassett at 45 kg earned a place in tomorrow's finals after racking up two pins and a tech fall in the semifinals.
Two others, Nate Jesuroga (51 kg) and Gavin Nelson (92 kg), will wrestle for bronze medals tomorrow.
Tuesday's Cadet World Championship Results
45 kg - Bo Bassett (USA)
(W) vs. Malkhazi Khelaia (Georgia) Fall
(W) vs. Yusif Isparov (Azerbaijan) Fall
(W) vs. Umidjon Iskandarov (Uzbekistan) 13-2
Finals Opponent - Alikhan Ashinov (Russia)
48 kg - Luke Lilledahl (USA)
(L) vs. Aman (India) 5-2 - Gold Medal Match
51 kg - Nate Jesuroga (USA)
(W) vs. Resul Dogan (Turkey) 4-2
(L) vs. Nodirbek Jumanazarov (Uzbekistan) 10-0
Bronze Medal Opponent - Tigran Buniatyan (Armenia)
60 kg - Beau Mantanona (USA)
(L) vs. Abdulrahman Ibrahimov (Azerbaijan) 6-2
65 kg - Meyer Shapiro (USA)
(W) vs. Giorgi Gogritchiani (Georgia) Fall - Gold Medal Match
71 kg - Levi Haines (USA)
(W) vs. Asadbek Karimov (Uzbekistan) Fall
(L) vs. Cengizhan Dogan (Turkey) 4-3
80 kg - James Rowley (USA)
(L) vs. Sagar Jaglan (India) 4-0 - Gold Medal Match
92 kg - Gavin Nelson (USA)
(W) vs. Khaleifah Alhefeiti (UAE) Fall
(W) vs. Georgian Tripon (Romania) 2-0
(L) vs. Zhorik Dzhioev (Russia) 8-0
110 kg - Jim Mullen (USA)
(L) vs. Amirreza Masoumi Valardi (Iran) 10-0 - Gold Medal Match