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Middleweight, Freestyle (≤74 kilograms), Men

Date19 August 2016
StatusOlympic
LocationArena Carioca 2, Parque Olímpico da Barra, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Participants19 from 19 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.

One of the biggest favourites of any event coming into the Rio Games was American Jordan Burroughs, who had been a dominant force in the sport as he was almost unbeatable having had only lost twice in his previous 133 matches. The defending Olympic champion also won three of the last four World Championships (2011, 2013, 2015) and a bronze medal in 2014, and was considered by some to be the best freestyle wrestler in the world.

But in an unimaginable upset, Burroughs was beaten 3-2 in his match against world-ranked number two, Russia’s Aniuar Geduyev – a match worthy of a final, and then hours later lost an unthinkable 11-1 in his next match to Bekzod Abdurakhmonov of Uzbekistan. Burroughs had lost twice in one day after losing twice, period, in his international career, and was off the Olympic podium. He wept in his wife’s arms.

In the 74 kg final, which saw several medical timeouts, the World bronze medalist Geduyev dominated the first period to take a 6-0 lead over the 21-year-old Iranian Hassan Yazdani, who entered the 2016 Rio Olympics having already been crowned 2014 World Junior champion and 2015 World Championship 70 kg silver medalist. Yazdani was able to take advantage of the fact that Geduyev was bleeding profusely from his forehead and not able to make the moves he normally might have been able to. Coming through with three takedowns in the last period, the final one coming with eight seconds on the clock, Yazdani won the gold medal in dramatic fashion.

European champion Soner Demirtaş of Turkey blanked Galymzhan Userbayev from Kazakhstan 6-0 in the first bronze-medal match, earning his first world-level medal, while Azerbaijan’s Cəbrayıl Həsənov bounced back from his semi-final loss, beating Abdurakhmonov 9-7 for the other bronze.

Narsingh Pancham Yadav of India, the 2010 Commonwealth Games champion, was ruled ineligible due to a doping violation, following Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) CAS’s decision.

PosWrestlerNOCCPVFSTTPTPR
1Hassan YazdaniIRI1402336Gold
2Aniuar GeduyevRUS10002417Silver
=3Cəbrayıl HəsənovAZE12023412Bronze
=3Soner DemirtaşTUR1001229Bronze
=5Bekzod AbdurakhmonovUZB6012320
=5Galymzhan UserbayevKAZ10012528
7Sohsuke TakataniJPN900148
8Zelimkhan KhadjievFRA60045
9Jordan BurroughsUSA5001117
10Liván LópezCUB4001514
11Iakob MakarashviliGEO3001319
12Georgi IvanovBUL100813
13Taimuraz FrievESP10068
14Augusto MidanaGBS10038
15Purevjavyn ÖnörbatMGL10024
16Evgheni NedealcoMDA100213
17Talgat IlyasovAUS0006
18Carlos IzquierdoCOL00010
19Asnage CastellyHAI00022
DNSNarsingh YadavIND1

Round One (19 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to round two. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round one.

Match #1 Jordan BurroughsUSA Bye
Match #2 Augusto MidanaGBS Bye
Match #3 Aniuar GeduyevRUS Bye
Match #4 Bekzod AbdurakhmonovUZB Bye
Match #5 Iakob MakarashviliGEO Bye
Match #6 Georgi IvanovBUL Bye
Match #7 Carlos IzquierdoCOL Bye
Match #8 Cəbrayıl HəsənovAZE Bye
Match #9 Purevjavyn ÖnörbatMGL Bye
Match #10 Soner DemirtaşTUR Bye
Match #11 Hassan YazdaniIRI Bye
Match #12 Asnage CastellyHAI Bye
Match #13 2 Zelimkhan KhadjievFRA Narsingh YadavIND 3Walkover
Match #14 Sohsuke TakataniJPN Talgat IlyasovAUS Injury (1:45)
Match #15 Liván LópezCUB Taimuraz FrievESP Decision (8 - 6)
Match #16 Galymzhan UserbayevKAZ Evgheni NedealcoMDA Technical Superiority (13 - 2)

Round Two (19 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to quarter-finals. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round one.

Match #1 Jordan BurroughsUSA Augusto MidanaGBS Decision (8 - 3)
Match #2 Aniuar GeduyevRUS Bekzod AbdurakhmonovUZB Decision (10 - 5)
Match #3 Iakob MakarashviliGEO Georgi IvanovBUL Decision (13 - 8)
Match #4 Cəbrayıl HəsənovAZE Carlos IzquierdoCOL Great Superiority (10 - 0)
Match #5 Soner DemirtaşTUR Purevjavyn ÖnörbatMGL Decision (4 - 2)
Match #6 Hassan YazdaniIRI Asnage CastellyHAI Great Superiority (10 - 0)
Match #7 Sohsuke TakataniJPN Zelimkhan KhadjievFRA Decision (5 - 4)
Match #8 Galymzhan UserbayevKAZ Liván LópezCUB Decision (8 - 7)

Quarter-Finals (19 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to semi-finals. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round two.

Match #1 Aniuar GeduyevRUS Jordan BurroughsUSA Decision (3 - 2)
Match #2 Cəbrayıl HəsənovAZE Iakob MakarashviliGEO Great Superiority (11 - 0)
Match #3 Hassan YazdaniIRI Soner DemirtaşTUR Decision by shutout (7 - 0)
Match #4 Galymzhan UserbayevKAZ Sohsuke TakataniJPN Decision (4 - 3)

Semi-Finals (19 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to final. Losers advanced to repêchage final.

Match #1 Aniuar GeduyevRUS Cəbrayıl HəsənovAZE Decision (5 - 4)
Match #2 Hassan YazdaniIRI Galymzhan UserbayevKAZ Great Superiority (10 - 0)

Repêchage Round One (19 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to repêchage round two.

Match #1 Bekzod AbdurakhmonovUZB Bye
Match #2 Asnage CastellyHAI Bye

Repêchage Round Two (19 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to repêchage final.

Match #1 Bekzod AbdurakhmonovUZB Jordan BurroughsUSA Technical Superiority (11 - 1)
Match #2 Soner DemirtaşTUR Asnage CastellyHAI Great Superiority (12 - 0)

Repêchage Final (19 August 2016)

Match #1 Cəbrayıl HəsənovAZE Bekzod AbdurakhmonovUZB Decision (9 - 7)
Match #2 Soner DemirtaşTUR Galymzhan UserbayevKAZ Decision by shutout (6 - 0)

Final Round (19 August 2016)

Match 1/2 Hassan YazdaniIRI Aniuar GeduyevRUS Decision (6 - 6)