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Kevin Beazley
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Beazley's World Championship Run Ends in Croatia

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: August 06, 2014
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NORFOLK, Va. – Old Dominion wrestler, Kevin Beazley (Howell, Mich./Detroit Catholic Central), was defeated in the elimination round of the 96 kg Greco-Roman Tournament of the Junior World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia on Tuesday afternoon.

Beazley earned a spot on the Junior World Team for the second consecutive year after claiming the gold medal at the FILA Junior Nationals in April. He ousted Roy Nash (West Valley City, Utah) in a best-of-three contest to claim his spot on Team USA. Beazley recorded a 13-2 technical fall victory in match one and then a 48 second fall in match two.

In his opening match against Nokhcho Labazanov from Russia, Beazley scored first on a headlock for two points. Labazanov got the reversal, then scored four straight points to take a 5-2 lead. From that point on, Labazanov countered Beazley’s throw attempts, pulling ahead in the second period for the 12-3 technical fall. Beazley was not able to enter repechage when Labazanov lost in the second round.

“We are very proud to have Kevin represent our program and country! Even though Kevin may have fallen short of his goal of world champion the experience he gained is invaluable. This will indeed help fuel him into the upcoming season. We are excited for him to rejoin our team in Norfolk and share his international experience with his team members as we strive for excellence on and off the mat here at Old Dominion,” said Assistant Coach Alexander Dolly.

Beazley will return to the mat in the United States when the Old Dominion wrestling team travels to Binghamton, New York to compete in the Binghamton Open on Nov. 9.

Structure of the International Tournament

In the elimination round, wrestlers are paired off and compete in matches until two victors emerge who will compete in the finals for first and second place. All of the wrestlers, who lost to the two finalists, then have the chance to wrestle in what is called a ‘repechage round’. The repechage round begins with the wrestlers who lost to the two finalists at the lowest level of competition in the elimination round. The matches are paired off by the wrestlers who lost to one finalist and the wrestlers who lost to the other. The two wrestlers who win after every level of competition are the victors of the repechage round.

In the finals, the two victors of the elimination round compete for first and second place.

After the finals match the awards ceremony will take place. The first place and second place wrestlers will receive a gold and silver medal, respectively. The two repechage round winners will each be awarded third place with a bronze medal. The two wrestlers who lost in the finals for the third place are awarded fifth place. From seventh place down, the wrestlers are ranked according to the classification points earned for their victories or losses.

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96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Kevin Beazley, Howell, Mich. (Virginia Beach RTC), dnp/17th LOSS Nokhcho Labazanov (Russia), tech. fall 2-12, 5:13

96 kg/211.5 lbs. Results
Gold – Orkhan Nuruyev (Azerbaijan)
Silver – Kim Seungjun (Korea)
Bronze – Zsolt Torok (Hungary)
Bronze – Felix Baldauf (Norway)
5th – Abdellatif Ahmed (Egypt)
5th – Abuderexiti Alimujiang (China)
7th – Kukuri Kirtskhalia (Georgia)
8th – Aleksander Kroczak (Poland)
9th – Naor Gurielashvili (Israel)
10th – Yevhenii Saveta (Ukraine)
Gold – Nuruyev dec. Kim, 2-0
Bronze – Torok dec. Ahmed, 4-0
Bronze – Baldauf dec. Alimujiang, 5-3

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