James Green won both of his matches at the UWW Freestyle World Cup on Saturday.
Photo by Andy Wenstrand/Nebraska Athletics

Burroughs, Green Lead U.S. to Wins at World Cup

By NU Athletic Communications

Iowa City, Iowa - Jordan Burroughs and James Green won both of their matches Saturday at the UWW Freestyle World Cup, leading the United States to wins over India (10-0) and Japan (7-3) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The pair was critical in the Japan dual, as the Americans trailed 3-0 before Green (70 kg/154 pounds) and Burroughs (74 kg/163 pounds) unleashed back-to-back wins to spark a seven-match winning streak to clinch the dual for the Americans. NU Assistant Coach Kendric Maple (61 kg/134 pounds) dropped his only match of the day by criteria in the Japan dual. The United States sits in first place in Pool A, and can clinch a spot in the gold-medal match with a win over Georgia on Sunday.

The United States won its first match of the day in dominant fashion, as seven Americans, including Green and Burroughs, won technical falls in the victory over India.

Green was dominant in his opening match of the tournament, defeating India's Kumar Arun by a 10-0 technical fall. He opened the scoring with a four-point takedown as well as a step-out point. He scored four more points in the first period, before closing out the match with another step-out point shortly after the second period began.

Burroughs matched Green's effort, picking up a second-period technical fall of his own with an 11-1 win over Kumar Vinod. Burroughs scored the only point in the first period as Vinod failed to score on a 30-second shot clock, before the Olympic champion unleashed a 10-point second period to close the match in the final minute. Burroughs scored four points on takedowns, and turned Vinod on a takedown for two more. He also scored four points on step-outs, as the final step-out ended the match.

Dom Bradley, who lives in Lincoln and trains at the Nebraska Wrestling Training Center, defeated Pushpender Singh of India by a 10-0 technical fall at 125 kg/275 pounds to close out the victory for the United States.

Green won his second match of the day, and stopped a three-match win streak by Japan, as he defeated Kirin Kinoshita by an 8-5 decision. Green dominated in the first period, hitting on a pair of double-leg takedowns, taking Kinoshita to his back on one of them, and led 6-0 at the break, but Green had to withstand a rally by Kinoshita to hang on for the victory. Kinoshita scored on a pair of takedowns and notched a step-out point, but Green was too much as he moved to 2-0 on the day and improved his record to 9-1 all-time at the World Cup.

Burroughs kept the American momentum going, as he won a 7-1 decision over World Bronze Medalist Yuhi Fujinami. Burroughs fell behind in the early going after failing to score on a 30-second activity clock, but Burroughs reeled off three consecutive takedowns and seven consecutive points overall to grab the victory. Burroughs is now 25-0 all-time in World Cup matches after winning both of his matches Saturday.

Maple fell by criteria, 2-2, in his first match of the tournament to Japan's Kazuya Koyanagi, as Koyanagi scored the final point in the match. Both wrestlers only scored points as a result of their opponent failing to score on a 30-second activity clock. A potential Maple takedown in the final seconds was ruled two points for the American on the mat, but a review overturned the decision, giving the win to Koyanagi.

USA will complete pool competition against Georgia on Sunday at 10 a.m., a match that will be televised on the Olympic Channel. The placement matches start at 12:30 p.m. Sunday with the fifth- and seventh-place matches, while the bronze medal match is set for 2:15 p.m. The gold medal match is set for 4 p.m. Sunday, and will be broadcast live on NBCSN. 

2018 UWW Men's Freestyle World Cup
April 7-8
Iowa City, Iowa (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)

United States 10, India 0
57 kg: Thomas Gilman (USA) by forfeit (USA 1, IND 0)
61 kg: Joe Colon (USA) dec. Sandeep Tomar (IND), 6-4 (USA 2, IND 0)
65 kg: Logan Stieber (USA) tech. fall Sharvan Sharvan (IND), 12-2 (USA 3, IND 0)
70 kg: James Green (USA) tech. fall Kumar Arun (IND), 10-0 (USA 4, IND 0)
74 kg: Jordan Burroughs (USA) tech. fall Kumar Vinod (IND), 11-1 (USA 5, IND 0)
79 kg: Kyle Dake (USA) tech. fall Sachin Giri (IND), 10-0 (USA 6, IND 0)
86 kg: David Taylor (USA) tech. fall Pawan Kumar (IND), 10-0 (USA 7, IND 0)
92 kg: Hayden Zillmer (USA) dec. Deepak Punia (IND), 7-0 (USA 8, IND 0)
97 kg: Kyle Snyder (USA) tech. fall Viky Viky (IND), 10-0 (USA 9, IND 0)
125 kg: Dom Bradley (USA) tech. fall Pushpender Singh (IND), 10-0 (USA 10, IND 0)

United States 7, Japan 3
57 kg: Yuki Takahashi (JPN) dec. Thomas Gilman (USA), 4-1 (JPN 1, USA 0)
61 kg: Kazuya Koyanagi (JPN) dec. Kendric Maple (USA), 2-2 (JPN 2, USA 0)
66 kg: Takotu Otoguro (JPN) dec. Logan Stieber (USA), 10-5 (JPN 3, USA 0)
70 kg: James Green (USA) dec. Kirin Kinoshita (JPN), 8-5 (JPN 3, USA 1)
74 kg: Jordan Burroughs (USA) dec. Yuhi Fujinami (JPN), 7-1 (JPN 3, USA 2)
79 kg: Kyle Dake (USA) tech. fall Sohsuke Takatani (JPN), 10-0 (JPN 3, USA 3)
86 kg: David Taylor (USA) tech. fall Masao Matsusaka (JPN), 12-2 (USA 4, JPN 3)
92 kg: J'den Cox (USA) tech. fall Takashi Ishiguro (JPN), 11-0 (USA 5, JPN 3)
97 kg: Kyle Snyder (USA) tech. fall Taira Sonoda (JPN), 10-0 (USA 6, JPN 3)
125 kg: Nick Gwiazdowski (USA) tech. fall Nobuyoshi Arakida (JPN), 10-0 (USA 7, JPN 3)


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