Cox reaches finals at World Championships; Burroughs to compete for bronze medal

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – 2018 World champion J’den Cox (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC/OTC) has earned a return trip to the World finals at 92 kg/202.5 the 2019 World Wrestling Championships

Cox shut out 2017 U23 World bronze medalist Irakli Mtsituri of Georgia, 3-0 in the semifinals. Cox scored all of his points in the first period, on a counter takedown for two points with an additional point for a failed challenge by the Georgia corner.

Cox will battle two-time World bronze medalist Alireza Mohammad Karimimachiani of Iran in the gold-medal match on Saturday night. Cox defeated Karimimachiani, 5-2, in the 2018 World Championships semifinals.

Cox has guaranteed himself a World or Olympic medal for the fourth straight year by making the finals. In addition to his 2018 World gold, Cox was a 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and 2017 World bronze medalist.

Cox was in command in his two Friday morning matches, securing an 11-0 technical fall over Mohamad Fardj of Algeria and shutting out Nurgali Nurgaipuly of Kazakhstan, 8-0.

Cox is a native of Columbia, Mo., where he was a three-time NCAA champion and four-time All-American for Missouri. He is currently a U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center resident athlete in Colorado Springs, Colo.

2012 Olympic champion and four-time World champion Jordan Burroughs (Lincoln, Neb. /Sunkist Kids/Nebraska WTC) will compete for a bronze medal on Saturday, after dropping an intense 4-3 decision to World champion Zaurbek Sidakov of Russia.

Burroughs led 1-0 at the break after forcing a step out. In the second period, after Burroughs was placed on the shot clock, Sidakov converted a low single leg for a 2-1 lead. Burroughs scored a spin-behind takedown with 40 seconds left in the match to lead 3-2. Sidakov was awarded a step out point with less than two seconds left to tie the score at 3-3, and Sidakov help the tiebreaker. A U.S. challenge was denied, making the final score 4-3

It is the second year in a row that Sidakov defeated Burroughs at the World Championships. In the quarterfinals of the 2018 Worlds in Budapest, Sidakov scored a 6-5 victory over Burroughs.

Burroughs’ opponent for the bronze-medal match has yet to be determined. There will be two rounds of repechage matches on Saturday morning to set his opponent for the medal match.

By reaching the semifinals, Burroughs has qualified the USA to compete at the 2020 Olympic Games at 74 kg.

He powered to the semifinals with three wins Friday morning. He opened with a wild 11-10 decision over Azmat Nurykau of Belarus. In his second bout, Burroughs battled back to defeat Murad Kuramagomedov of Hungary, 6-4. His quarterfinal was a strong 8-1 win over 2018 Junior World Khadzimurad Gadzhiev of Azerbaijan.

Burroughs has seven career World or Olympic medals, an Olympic gold, four World golds and two World bronze medals.

The other two wrestlers in Group 2 of men’s freestyle lost matches on Friday and will not be eligible for repechage

2015 World bronze medalist and 2017 World silver medalist James Green (Lincoln, Neb./Sunkist Kids WC/Nebraska WTC) finished the morning session with a 1-1 record.

Green scored a 10-0 technical fall over Vincent De Marinis of Canada in his opening match, then was defeated in the second round by Magomedmurad Gadzhiev of Poland, 4-3. When Gadzhiev was beaten in the semifinal round by David Baev of Russia, Green was not pulled into repechage.

Two-time World bronze medalist Nick Gwiazdowski (Raleigh, N.C./Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack RTC) dropped his opening bout to Yadollah Mohebi of Iran, 5-2. When Mohebi lost his next bout, Gwiazdowski was not eligible for repechage.


At Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, September 20

Gold-medal finals pairings

70 kg/154 lbs. – David Baev (Russia) vs. Nurkozha Kaipanov (Kazakhstan)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Zaurbek Sidakov (Russia) vs. Frank Chamizo (Italy)

92 kg/202.5 lbs. – J’den Cox (USA) vs. Alireza Mohammad Karimimachiani (Iran)

125 kg/275 lbs. – Geno Petriashvili (Georgia) vs. Taha Akgul (Turkey)

Semifinals results

70 kg/154 lbs.

David Baev (Russia) dec. Magomedmurad Gadzhiev (Poland), 5-2

Nurkozha Kaipanov (Kazakhstan) dec. Yones Aliakbar Emamichoghae (Iran), 7-6

74 kg/163 lbs.

Zaurbek Sidakov (Russia) dec. Jordan Burroughs (USA), 4-3

Frank Chamizo (Italy) dec. Zelimkhan Khadjiev (France), 4-1

92 kg/202.5 lbs. –

J’den Cox (USA) dec. Irakli Mtsituri (Georgia), 3-0

Alireza Mohammad Karimimachiani (Iran) tech. fall Alikhan Zhabrailov (Russia), 10-0

125 kg/275 lbs.

Geno Petriashvili (Georgia) dec. Oleksandr Khotsianivskyi (Ukraine), 6-2

Taha Akgul (Turkey) dec. Zhiwei Deng (China), 5-0

U.S. Men’s Group 2 freestyle performance on Friday

70 kg/154 lbs. – James Green, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids/Nebraska WTC)

WIN Vincent De Marinis (Canada), tech. fall 10-0

LOSS Magomedmurad Gadzhiev (Poland), 4-3

74 kg/163 lbs. – Jordan Burroughs, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids/Nebraska WTC)

WIN Azmat Nurykau (Belarus), 11-10

WIN Murad Kuramagomedov (Hungary), 6-4

WIN Khadzimurad Gadzhiyev (Azerbaijan), 8-1

LOSS Zaurbek Sidakov (Russia), 4-3

Bronze-medal bout – to be determined

92 kg/202.5 lbs. – J’den Cox, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OTC)

WIN Mohamad Fardj (Algeria), tech. fall 11-0

WIN Nurgali Nurgaipuly (Kazakhstan), 8-0

WIN Irakli Mtsituri (Georgia), 3-0

Gold-Medal match – Vs. Alireza Mohammad Karimimachiani

125 kg/275 lbs. – Nick Gwiazdowski, Raleigh, N.C. (Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack RTC)

LOSS Yadollah Mohebi (Iran), 5-2