USCS Olympic Wrestling Spotlight: USA Beats Russia 4-3 at 'The Grapple in the Big Apple' as Dlagnev Pins Bazrov For Win
"The Grapple in the Big Apple" presented by Beat The Streets provided an extremely entertaining display of wrestling as the United States wrestled against the Russian international team. For the second consecutive year Team USA defeats Russia in dramatic fashion. The event took place June7, 2012 in Duffy Square, located in Times Square, New York.
It came to the scenario any fan would want to see, as the United States and Russia were tied 3-3 going into the final match between the heavyweights Tervel Dlagnev (USA) vs. Eduard Bazrov (Russia). Dlagnev earned the dual meet victory for the Americans as he won it in exciting fashion pinning Bazrov of Russia in 0:25. After a scramble, Bazrov was caught on his back and finished by the American Dlagnev.
Team USA got out to an early 3-1 advantage over the Russians winning three bouts in a row after dropping the first one.
American Olympians Jared Frayer and Jordan Burroghs both won their matches at 66 kg/145.5 lbs. and 74 kg/163 lbs., over Russians Dzalaludin Kurbanaliev by a score of 1-3, 7-0, 5-4, and Kamel Malikov in two periods, 8-0, 5-0.
NCAA national Champion for Ohio State University, Logan Stieber (USA) delivered on an exciting comeback victory for the United States that proved to be an important win to give the USA another team victory over foe Russia. Stieber defeated Russian Akhmed Chakaev by a score of 1-3, 7-0, 5-4.
Stieber dropped the first period by made a valiant effort to show his American pride by taking down the Russian and earning exposure leaping to a 3 zip lead. The Buckeye added a takedown, plus two turns to increase his lead to 7-0.
The final period was a nail bitter as Chakaev scored two point exposures, but reluctant Stieber scored a two point reversal of his own. The Russian took a 4-3 lead after showing Steiber's back. Stieber electrified the crowd in Times Square as he scored a two-point reversal as time expired to earn a 5-4 period win.
Jared Frayer excited the crowd as well winning the first period by way of a five-point throw. His Russian opponent Kurbanaliev scored both takedowns in the second period. Frayer won the third period with a clock ticking spin-behind takedown for the victory.
The NCAA 2011National champion and 2011 World Champion, Only wrestler to accomplish both in the same year, Jordan Burroughs attacked immediately against his opponent as he took Malikov down and to his back for a three point lead with in ten seconds of the match. Burroughs won the first period by a score of 8 nothing. In the second period, the U.S. Olympian continued the assult as he scored another five points winning the bout in two periods. The Olympic Gold medalist hopeful continues his unbeaten streak in international freestyle.
The Russians earned victories from their 55 kg/121 lbs. wrestler Artas Sanaa, Andrey Valiev at 84 kg/185 lbs. and Shamil Akhmedov at 96 kg/211.5 lbs.
There ended up only being one exhibition match due to Kyle Dake unable to wrestle, female wrestlers Helen Maroulis (New York AC) defeated Ashley Hudson (Gator WC) by a score of 4-0, 2-1 at 55 kg/ 121 lbs.
USA 4, RUSSIA 3
55 kg/121 lbs. –Artas Sanaa (Russia) dec. Sam Hazewinkel (USA), 1-0, 2-0.
60 kg/132 lbs. – Logan Stieber (USA) dec. Akhmed Chakaev (Russia), 1-3, 7-0, 5-4
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Jared Frayer (USA) dec. Dzalaludin Kurbanaliev (Russia), 5-0, 0-2, 1-0
74 kg/163 lbs. - Jordan Burroughs (USA) dec. Kamel Malikov (Russia), 8-0, 5-0
84 kg/185 lbs. - Andrey Valiev (Russia) dec. Keith Gavin (USA), 5-0, 3-2
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Shamil Akhmedov (Russia) dec. J.D. Bergman (USA), 1-2, 1-1, 2-0
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Tervel Dlagnev (USA) pin Eduard Bazrov (Russia), 0:25
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