Kennedy wins gold, Kilgore takes silver at Intercontinental Cup in Russia
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Gary Abbott (USA Wrestling)
KHASVJURT, Russia â€“ Jimmy Kennedy (Ann Arbor, Mich./New York AC/Cliff Keen WC) won a gold medal and Dustin Kilgore, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids/OTC) won a silver medal for the United States at the Intercontinental Cup this weekend.
The hosts selected the winner of the 60 kg weight class for a special grand prize, a brand new Lada Granta Car, and Kennedy earned the special honor. The Lada Granta is a subcompact car developed by Russian automaker AvtoVAZ in collaboration with Renault.
Kennedy defeated Murshid Mutalimov of Russia â€“ Dagestan in the finals. Mutalimov was fifth in the 2011 Junior World Championships, and was a 2007 Cadet European champion.
â€œBefore the finals, the Khasvjurt Federation chose 60 kg as the weight for the car winner. They could've chosen any weight or an all Russian final but they chose Jimmyâ€™s match to give the American a chance. They're making a big deal out of it to show they want to partner with America to show their gratitude, probably after saving Olympic wrestling,â€ said National Freestyle Coach Zeke Jones.
Kennedy won three matches on the way to the finals, defeating three other Russian wrestlers in a row: Zekerhan Abakabov in his first match, Shambal Mizriev in the quarterfinals and Husein Shakhbanov in the semifinals.
Kennedy is currently No. 2 in the USA at his weight class, placing second at the 2013 U.S. World Team Trials. Kennedy was a star at Illinois, and trains fulltime at Michigan.
Kilgore, a Freestyle Team USA member and past NCAA champion for Kent State, opened with a semifinal win over Surab Akhobadze of Georgia. He was defeated in the finals by Russian Magomed Ibragimov, the 2012 FILA Golden Grand Prix Finals champion and a runner-up at the 2013 Ivan Yarygin Tournament.
The USA entered five athletes, all who placed in the top 10 of their weight classes. Chase Pami (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids/OTC) won his first match at 66 kg/145.5 lbs.
At Khasjvurt, Russia, October 19-20
Menâ€™s freestyle results
55 kg/121 lbs.
Gold â€“ Beka Budzhiashvili (Georgia)
Silver â€“ Shamil Omarov (Russia)
Bronze â€“ Ruslan Surkhaev (Azerbaijan)
Brone â€“ Dzhabral Vazirkhanov (Russia â€“ Dagestan)
60 kg/132 lbs.
Gold â€“ Jimmy Kennedy (USA)
Silver â€“ Murshid Mutalimov (Russia-Dagestan)
Bronze â€“ Shamkhal Khisriev (Russia)
Bronze â€“ Imam Adzhiev (Russia-Dagestan)
66 kg/145.5 lbs.
Gold â€“ Khaibulla Shaalov (Russia â€“ Dagestan)
Silver â€“ Levan Kelekhsashvili (Georgia)
Bronze â€“ Magomed Muslimov (Azerbaijan)
Bronze â€“ Azamat Nurikov (Belarus)
74 kg/163 lbs.
Gold â€“ Gadzhi Gadziev (Russia-Dagestan)
Silver â€“ Yabrail Hassanov (Azerbaijan)
Bronze â€“ Akhmed Gadzhimagomedov (Russia)
Bronze â€“ Isa Daudov (Russia â€“ Krasnoyarsk)
84 kg/185 lbs.
Gold â€“ Akhmed Magomedov (Russia-Dagestan)
Silver â€“ Magomed Shakhrudinov (Russia-Dagestan)
Bronze â€“ Gadzhi Radshabov (Russia-Dagestan)
Bronze â€“ Magomedhadshi Khatiev (Azerbaijan)
96 kg/211.5 lbs.
Gold â€“ Magomed Ibragimov (Russia)
Silver â€“ Dustin Kilgore (USA)
Bronze â€“ Magomed Musaev (Krygyzstan)
Bronze â€“ Kamil Skaskiewicz (Poland)
120 kg/264.5 lbs.
Gold â€“ Georgi Sakandelidze (Georgia)
Silver â€“ Arslanbek Aliev (Russia â€“ Dagestan)
Bronze â€“ Aslan Dzebisov (Azerbaijan)
Bronze â€“ Islam Bakhmudkadiev (Russia)
U.S. freestyle performances
55 kg/121 lbs. â€“ Steve Mytych, Coplay, Pa. (Lehigh Valley AC), 8th
LOSS Mirdshalal Gazansadeh (Azerbaijan)
60 kg/132 lbs. â€“ Jimmy Kennedy, Ann Arbor, Mich. (New York AC/Cliff Keen WC), 1st
WIN Zekerhan Abakabov (Russia)
WIN Shambal Mizriev (Russia)
WIN Husein Shakhbanov (Russia)
WIN Murshid Mutalimov (Russia â€“ Dagestan)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. â€“ Chase Pami, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids/OTC), 10th
WIN K. Magomedov (Russia)
LOSS Magomed Muslimov (Azerbaijan)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. â€“ Dustin Kilgore, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids/OTC), 2nd
WIN Surab Akhobadze (Georgia)
LOSS Magomed Ibagimov (Russia)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. â€“ Zack Rey, Bethlehem, Pa. (Lehigh Valley AC), 7th
LOSS Arslanbek Aliev (Russia â€“ Dagestan)
LOSS Islam Bakhmudkadiev (Russia)