U.S. wrestler Jordan Burroughs, the reigning Olympic champion in the men's freestyle wrestling 74kg division, lost his quarterfinal match with Russia's Aniuar Geduev and has been eliminated from gold medal contention.
Geduev, the world No. 2, was considered Burrough's biggest obstacle in the 74kg field. The random draw conducted on Thursday slotted them on the same side of the bracket and set up an early meeting in the second round of the tournament.
Burroughs was placed on the shot clock in the first period but failed to convert, giving a point to Geduev. Geduev extended the lead to 3-0, and although Burroughs got a late takedown to bring the score closer, time ran out before the American could score again. The match ended with a 3-2 advantage for Geduev.
Because Geduev won his next match and advanced to the final, Burroughs has been pulled into the repechage round. If he wins his repechage bout against Uzbekistan's Bekzod Abdurakhmanov, Burroughs will then face Azerbaijan's Jabrayil Hasanov in a bronze medal match.
The other American competing on Friday, 57kg entrant Daniel Dennis, lost to Bulgaria's Vladimir Dubov in the opening round. Dubov racked up a 10-0 advantage in the first 89 seconds of the match to secure a victory by technical fall. Because Dubov lost in the semifinals, Dennis will not have to opportunity to wrestle back for bronze.
Khinchegashvili (GEO) wins 4-3 vs. Aliyev (AZE)
Dubov (BUL) wins by fall (2:11) vs. Guidea (ROU)
Rahimi (IRI) wins 6-1 vs. Lebedev (RUS)
Higuchi (JPN) wins 8-4 vs. Bonne (CUB)
Geduev (RUS) wins 3-2 vs. Burroughs (USA)
Hasanov (AZE) wins by tech fall 11-0 vs. Makarashvili (GEO)
Yazdani (IRI) wins 7-0 vs. Demirtas (TUR)
Usserbayev (KAZ) wins 4-3 vs. Takatani (JPN)
Khinchegashvili (GEO) wins 8-4 vs. vs. Dubov (BUL)
Higuchi (JPN) wins 10-5 vs. Rahimi (IRI)
Geduev (RUS) wins 5-4 vs. Hasanov (AZE)
Yazdani (IRI) wins by tech fall 10-0 vs. Usserbayev (KAZ)
Gold medal matches
57kg: Khinchegashvili (GEO) vs. Higuchi (JPN)
74kg: Geduev (RUS) vs. Yazdani (IRI)