FLASH: Waters wins bronze, Megaludis fifth on day one at Intercontinental Cup in Russia

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BY GARY ABBOTT, USA WRESTLING

Nico Megaludis gets a leg attack during the Intercontinental Cup in Russia. Photo courtesy of Magomed Khazamov, Wrestdag.ru
KHASAJVURT, Russia – Past Missouri star Alan Waters (Columbia, Mo./Missouri Wrestling Foundation) won a bronze medal at 57 kg/125.5 lbs., the top U.S. performance in men’s freestyle on the first day of the Intercontinental Cup in Dagestan on Saturday.

Waters went a strong 3-1 for the day, winning a wild 16-10 bronze medal match over Tamirlan Karaev from the Russian city of Stavropol, 16-10.

Waters opened with a 9-7 win over Parviz Ibrahimov of Azerbaijan, then fell to Magomedrasul Idrisov of Russia/Dagestan, 9-0. When Idisrov reached the finals, Waters was pulled back into repechage, where he beat David R. of Poland, in a 10-0 technical fall.

“Today overall there was much more good than not good. All four of our wrestlers prepared well and scored points while on the mat. Both athletes at 57kg were in for medals, with Alan Waters scoring 16 points in his bronze medal match and that’s what it takes. He wrestled very tough and stingy in each bout and seemed to get better as the tournament went on. So a bronze medal from Khasavyurt in his first international outing was great,” said U.S. coach Eric Guerrero,

2016 NCAA champion Nico Megaludis (Murraysville, Pa./Nittany Lion WC) of Penn State also reached a medal match at 57 kg/125.5 lbs., taking fifth after dropping a bronze-medal bout to Ramadan Ferzaliev of Russia/Dagestan 0-10.

Megaludis opened with a win over Muradbek Abdulkerimov of Russia/Dagestan, 8-3. Ater a loss to eventual finalist Zaur Uguev of Russia/Dagestan, 4-3, Megaludis was pulled into repechage, where he defeated Aidarbek Baimuratov of Kazakhstan, 5-0.

“Nico also fought hard and did a great job all week. It was touch and go until this morning whether he was even going to wrestle, but he handled that distraction well and came up just short of a medal,” said Megaludis.

Three-time NCAA champion Alex Dieringer (Stillwater, Okla./Cowboy WC) finished with a 1-1 record at 74 kg/163 lbs. and did not qualify for repechage. After pinning Rasul Shapiev of Russia/Dagestan, he was edged by Magomed Dibirgadzhiev of Russia, 4-4.

“Alex Dieringer also prepared well picked up a fall against a tough Dagestani opponent in prelims, then in the quarter finals wrestled great. Yet somehow, he was put on the shot clock three times, twice in the final 90 seconds and then was called for fleeing the hold with six seconds left in the bout to lose 4-4. He did everything we asked, even picking up another takedown that was called off. But that’s how things can go sometimes, learn and move forward,” said Guerrero.

Kyven Gadson (Ames, Iowa/Sunkist Kids/Cyclone WC), a 2015 NCAA champion for Iowa State, was defeated in his opening match

“Kyven had some moments where he showed good skill and mat awareness, he just got behind a little early and just couldn’t make up the difference”

Three other U.S. wrestlers compete on Sunday. A separate story will be posted on their draw.

“Tomorrow Gwiz, Bobby Telford and James Green compete, all three have had good training and I’m sure expect positive results,” said Guerrero.

The Intercontinental Cup will award nearly $2,400 in prize money to every champion, $1,600 to all silver medalists and $800 to bronze medalists.

The team is being coached by Buffalo head coach John Stutzman of Buffalo, N.Y. and Oklahoma State Associate Head Coach Eric Guerrero of Stillwater, Okla.

2016 INTERCONTINENTAL CUP
Oct. 16 at Khasajvurt, Russia

U.S. men’s freestyle performances on Saturday

57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Nico Megaludis, Murraysville, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC), 5th place
WIN Muradbek Abdulkerimov (Russia/Dagestan), 8-3
LOSS Zaur Uguev (Russia/Dagestan), 4-3
WIN Aidarbek Baimuratov (Kazakhstan), 5-0
LOSS Ramadan Ferzaliev (Russia/Dagestan), 0-10

57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Alan Waters, Columbia, Mo. (Missouri Wrestling Foundation), bronze medal
WIN Parviz Ibrahimov (Azerbaijan), 9-7
LOSS Magomedrasul Idrisov (Russia/Dagestan), 9-0
WIN David R. (Poland), 10-0
WIN Tamirlan Karaev (Russia/Stavropol), 16-10

74 kg/163 lbs. – Alex Dieringer, Stillwater, Okla. (Cowboy WC)
WIN Rasul Shapiev (Russia/Dagestan), pin
LOSS Magomed Dibirgadzhiev (Russia), 4-4

97 kg/213 lbs. – Kyven Gadson, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids)
LOSS Magomedsarul Magomedov (Russia/Dagestan), 8-5

Medalists

57 kg/125.5 lbs.
Gold – Zaur Uguev (Dagestan/Russia)
Silver – Magomedsarul Idrisov Dagestan
Bronze – Alan Waters (USA)
Bronze – Ramadan Ferzaliev Dagestan

65 kg/143 lbs.
Gold – Bekbulatov (Dagestan/Russia)
Silver – Mutalimov (Azerbaijan)
Bronze – Mutalimov (Dagestan/Russia)
Bronze – Jalyev (Dagestan/Russia)

74 kg/163 lbs.
Gold – G Nabyev (Dagestan/Russia)
Silver – A Geriev (Moscow/Russia)
Bronze – G Gadjhiev (Dagestan/Russia)
Bronze – M Ramazanov (Dagestan)

97 kg/213 lbs.
Gold –A Bataev (Russia/Chechnya)
Silver – R Magamedov (Russia/Dagestan)
Bronze – Y Belonovski (Russia/Krasnoyarsk)
Bronze – T Rasuev (Russia/Chechnya)

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