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 was later eliminated from medal contention altogether.
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 was pulled into the repechage and given a chance to wrestle back for a bronze medal. But Burroughs' struggles continued in his repechage match against Bekzod Abdurakhmanov of Uzbekistan. Abdurakhmanov, the world No. 10, was firmly in control of the match and built up a 11-1 lead before the end of the bout to earn the victory by technical fall and knock Burroughs out of the running for bronze.
Entering the Olympics, Burroughs owned a 129-2 career record in senior-level international competition. He finished his day in Rio with a 1-2 record in the tournament.
In the 74kg gold medal bout, Geduev lost to Iran's Hassan Yazdani in a 6-6 match that ended in Yazdani getting the victory thanks to a tiebreaker.
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 did not receive the opportunity to wrestle back for bronze.