FLASH: USA beats Russia, 4-3, in ASICS Beat the Streets Gala bout in Times Square
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- It came down to the last match, tied 3-3, and all on the shoulders of the superheavyweights.
2009 World bronze medalist and 2012 Olympian Tervel Dlagnev ended the drama quickly, taking Eduard Bazrov of Russia to his back in a scramble, and scoring a pin in 25 seconds of the first period.
The U.S. also secured wins from Olympians Jared Frayer at 66 kg/145.5 lbs. and Jordan Burroughs at 74 kg/163 lbs., plus a clutch come-from-behind win from 2012 NCAA champion Logan Stieber at 60 kg/132 lbs.
Stieber's win proved big, defeating Akhmed Chakaev, 1-3, 7-0, 5-4
Chakaev scored the first takedown on an amazing scramble where both athletes have a chance to score. An exchange that went to protest was changed by the referees to two points for Stieber and one for Chakaev, which would have given him the period. The jury overturned the call and gave each athlete one point, ending the period at 3-1 for Chakaev.
Stieber scored a takedown and an exposure early in the second period to jump to a 3-0 lead. Another takedown and two turns made it 7-0.
The third period was a see-saw match which went down to the buzzer. On two occasions, Chakaev scored two point exposures, only to see Stieber come back with two point reversals. Chakaev took a 4-3 lead on an exposure, but Stieber got the two-point reversal as time ran out to win the period 5-4.
Frayer also had an exciting bout, needing three periods to beat Dzalaludin Kurbanaliev, 5-0, 0-2, 1-0. Frayer won the first period, 5-0 on a sweet five-point throw. Kurbanaliev scored both takedowns in the second period. The final period was decided with a late Frayer spin-behind takedown for the winning score.
Burroughs, the 2011 World champion, dominated his match to win over Kamel Malikov, 8-0, 5-0. He came out with a quick takedown to exposure points for a 3-0 lead, then a takedown and one-point exposure, followed by a three-point blast double takedown. In the second period, he kept on the pressure, winning all the positions to score five points.
Burroughs extended his unbeaten streak in international freestyle to
Russians wins came from Artas Sanaa at 55 kg/121 lbs., Andrey Valiev at 84 kg/185 lbs. and Shamil Akhmedov at 96 kg/211.5 lbs.
It was the second straight year that Team USA beat the Russians in Times Square, winning by a
USA 4, RUSSIA 3
at Times Square, New York, N.Y., June 7
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
Exhibition 55 kg/121 lbs. women
Helen Maroulis (New York AC) dec. Ashley Hudson (Gator WC), 4-0, 2-1