Dlagnev comes up short in bronze bid during Day 2 of FILA Worlds

Updated: September 17, 2013

For a second straight day, the United States came just short of earning the country’s first medal of the 2013 FILA World Championships when Tervel Dlagnev lost a bronze medal bout to Turkey’s Taha Akgul at 120 kilos on Tuesday at Papp Laszlo Sports Arena in Budapest, Hungary.

“I just got to get better,” Dlagnev told the Mat.com. “It’s hard to put my finger on it. I felt like I was wrestling well, but I didn’t have a lot in the tank in the semis and I don’t know if it carried over.”

After outscoring his first three foes by a combined 23-0, Tervel Dlagnev lost his final two matches by a combined 9-2, including a 3-0 loss to Turkey’s Taha Akgul. (Bob Mayeri image)

This also marked the third straight World/Olympic tournament that Dlagnev has settled for fifth place after earning a bronze medal in the 2009 Worlds. The former NCAA Division II champ from Nebraska-Kearney also lost bronze medal bouts in the 2011 Worlds and 2012 Olympics.

Meanwhile, both Reece Humphrey and Keith Gavin — who also train alongside Dlagnev at the Regional Training Center in Columbus, Ohio — came up short in their bids to medal.

For Humphrey, the former Ohio State All-American, his second World tournament became déjà vu as he won his first two matches at 132 pounds before losing in the quarterfinals. In his only loss against an Iranian foe, Humphrey led 5-0 and 8-5 before losing 9-8.

For Gavin, a former NCAA champ from Pitt, he won his first-ever World match by technical fall, but was later tech’ed by a former World/Olympic bronze medalist from Georgia at 185 pounds.

Day 3 of the World Championships will begin Wednesday morning — starting at 6 a.m. CDT — with the final men’s freestyle weight of 74 kilos — featuring America’s defending World and Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs — and the two lightest women’s freestyle weights of 48 (Alyssa Lampe) and 51 (Victoria Anthony) kilos.


2013 FILA World Championships

Day 2 • Sept. 17 • Budapest, Hungary

U.S. Highlights


60k/132 pounds

Reece Humphrey, Columbus, Ohio, 9th place

1st round — pinned Mykola Aivazian (Ukraine). 1:37

Just moments after a bear hug by the Ukrainian gave him a 3-0 lead, Humphrey countered with an inside trip that took Aivazian to his back at the 1:15 mark and held him there for 22 seconds before scoring the fall.



2nd round — won by TF over Erhan Bakir (Turkey), 7-0



Humphrey scored three takedowns — including one with a second left on the clock in the first period — and a pushout with 11 seconds left to end the match.


Reece Humphrey (top) could not hold off Iranian Masoud Esmailpourjouybari after taking a 5-0 lead in his 132-pound quarterfinal match in men’s freestyle at the 2013 FILA Worlds. (Bob Mayeri image)

Quarterfinal — lost to Masoud Esmailpourjouybari (Iran), 9-8



The Iranian clinched the victory when he scored a takedown with four seconds left in the match. Humphrey actually led 5-0 after he used a low single and a counter to score two takedowns and one back point at 1:30 into the match.  The Iranian finally got on the scoreboard when he scored a takedown at the 2:38 mark. In the second period, Humphrey swapped a takedown and pushout with his opponent to lead 8-5 with 4:08 before a more aggressive Iranian scored a pair of pushouts to cut the margin to 8-7 with 5:28 and eventually scored the final takedown at the 5:56 mark.

Humphrey was eliminated from bronze medal contention when Esmailpourjouybari lost 7-0 to Russia’s eventual gold medalist Bekhan Goigereev in the semifinals.

“When I got the draw I knew it wasn’t a great draw,” Humphrey told the Mat.com. “To be the champion you’ve got to beat everybody. The Iranian had beaten me before and I knew it was a huge match for me. I was ready and I came out strong. We got into a crazy match. I was in position, but he kept pushing and it just didn’t happen for me today.”

• This was Humphrey’s second World Championships. In 2011, the former Ohio State All-American also finished ninth with a 2-1 record.

• Puerto Rico’s Franklin Gomez, a member of the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club and former NCAA champ from Michigan State, won his first two matches before falling to Russia’s Bekhan Goigereev 13-5 in the quarterfinals. He came back to win a match in the repechage before falling 6-4 to Armenia’s Yan Arakel.



Gold — Bekhan Goigereev (Russia) won by TF over Vladimir Dubov (Bulgaria), 10-2

Bronze — Barjang Barjang (India) won by TF over Nyom-Ochir Enkhsaikhan (Mongolia), 9-2

Bronze — Masoud Esmailpourjouybari (Iran) won by TF over Artur Arakelyan (Armenia), 7-0


84k/185 pounds

Keith Gavin, Columbus, Ohio, did not place

Prelim — won by TF over Michael Tsotselashvili (Israel), 9-2

After giving up a reversal to his opponent, Gavin exploded with a pair of takedowns that also resulted in back points. The final move that put Tsotselashvili on his back at the edge of the mat came with 30 seconds left in the first period.



Keith Gavin finished 1-1 in his first World Championships, beating an Israeli wrestler and losing to Georgia’s Dato Marsagishvili. (Bob Mayeri image).

1st round — lost by TF to Dato Marsagishvili (Georgia), 8-0

Moments after Gavin stepped out to trail 1-0, the past World and Olympic bronze medalist from Georgia scored on a single then added additional back points from a high gut tilt.


“Obviously, it didn’t go the way I wanted it to,” Gavin told the Mat.com. “I tried to step over his gut wrench, but it didn’t happen and that was the beginning of the end.”

Gavin was eliminated when Marsagishvili lost by fall in his next match to Ehsan Lashgari (Iran)


Gold — Ibragim Aldatov (Ukraine) won by TF over Reineris Salas (Cuba), 8-1

Bronze — Istvan Vereb (Hungary) defeated M. Gaidarov (Belarus)

Bronze — Ehsan Lashgari (Iran) defeated Friev Naskida (Spain)


120k/264.5 pounds

Tervel Dlagnev, Columbus, Ohio, fifth place

1st round — won by TF over Antonie Jaoude (Brazil), 9-0

The match lasted 33 seconds after immediate takedown by Dlagnev led to three leg laces and a gut.



2nd round — won by TF over Arakida Anobuyoshi (Japan), 7-0

A second takedown by Dlagnev — a spin-around with 1:47 gone —also helped him add three more points off a tough gut to end the bout with 47 seconds left in the first period.



Quarterfinal — won by TF over Komeil Ghasemi (Iran), 7-0

Tervel Dlagnev (top) avenged an Olympic bronze medal loss to Iranian Komeil Ghasemi in the quarterfinals. (Bob Mayeri image)

In a rematch of the 2012 Olympic bronze medal bout won by the Iranian, Dlagnev led 3-0 after a two-point tilt by him was unsuccessfully challenged by the Iranian corner. In the second period, Dlagnev scored a takedown off a counter, then added two pushouts — the second coming with 5:16 gone — for the technical fall.



Semifinal — lost to Alen Zasieiev (Ukraine), 6-2

Trailing 1-0 — after Dlagnev was penalized for passivity at the 2:31 mark in the first period — it appeared the American was about to force a passivity call against the Ukrainian before Zasieiev scored a takedown and three nearfall points at the 4:47 mark. Dlagnev finally got on the board when he scored a takedown with ten seconds left in the match.



Bronze Medal — lost to Taha Akgul (Turkey), 3-0

The smaller Turk created most of the action, initially in the first period when Dlagnev was penalized for passivity, and later with two minutes left in the bout when Akgul scored off a single-leg takedown. There were two situations where Dlagnev got in deep on a single but could not turn it into a takedown.


Other Medalists

Gold — Khadshimourad Gatsalov (Russia) won by TF over Alen Zazieiev (Ukraine), 7-0

Bronze — Geno Petriashvili (Georgia) won by TF over Zhiwei Deng (China), 10-3

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