3 wrestlers strike gold as U.S. takes dual title

Americans have won nine of 12 World Cups


May 07, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Kerry Boumans is about as animated as they come.

Seconds after winning each of the four decisions that earned him the gold medal over the course of the two-day World Cup dual-meet tournament at Baltimore Arena, the 127.75-pound wrestler often pointed or otherwise gestured toward boisterous American fans.

A former two-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics champion at the 2,003-student University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., Boumans is as easygoing as he is outgoing. When a young fan mistook him for his more popular teammate, Cary Kolat (138.75), Boumans took it in stride. "I wrestle before Cary, but I'll give you my autograph anyway," he said, smiling.

Boumans made a name for himself, however, by joining Kerry McCoy (286 pounds) and Joe Williams (167.5) as World Cup gold medalists to lead the United States to its second straight title - ninth overall - at the 12th annual, five-team, round-robin event.

McCoy had a pin, a technical fall, a 9-0 win and another by 8-5 to earn his third straight title. Williams captured his second consecutive by getting a technical fall, a 6-0 win and two narrow decisions. Kolat (138.75) won the silver medal, scoring two pins and a 10-2 decision. Kolat was dethroned by Saturday's 4-3 loss to Iran's Ali Reza Dabier.

The Americans lost only two of eight bouts in smoking Russia, 21-9, and hammering Turkey, 22-10, to tune up for the world championships - held in non-Olympic years - set for Sept. 26-29 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Iran, a 16-15 loser to the United States, earned its second straight silver medal, and Russia won its second bronze in a row.

"It's important to show up for the fans. We weren't going to settle for anything less than first place," Boumans said. "We're in our home country and we wanted to prove to our fans we're the best in the world, getting ready for the worlds in New York."

McCoy, whose pin Saturday defeated Iran, had his toughest bout yesterday, winning by 8-5 over Turkey's Aydin Polatci. Down 3-0, McCoy threw Polatci from his feet to his back for a three-point takedown. A similar move pushed McCoy's lead to 6-3.

Polatci exposed McCoy's back to the mat to pull to 7-5 with 1:09 left in the bout, but the American slipped behind Polatci for a late takedown point to end his rally.

Iran routed Russia, 21-10, and Uzbekistan, 26-6, behind gold medalists Dabier, Golam Mohammadi (119), Ahmad Shekofteh (187.25) and Ali Reza Heidari (213.75). The Iranians won all eight bouts against Uzbekistan, with heavyweight Ebrahim Mehraban - who was pinned by McCoy - scoring a 10-0 technical fall. Turkey's gold medalist was Ahmet Gulhan (152), who went 4-0.

Dabier, his country's highly popular 2000 Olympic gold medalist, brought the partisan Iranian crowd of around 4,000 to its feet with yesterday's two spectacular victories.

Dabier scored an impressive pin against Russia's Miron Dzadzaev, countering his opponent's roll-through attempt to pin him in 5:38. Tied at 1 against Uzbekistan's Damir Zakhartdinov, Dabier started a three-point takedown in the final six seconds, flipping Zakhartdinov through the air and exposing his back to the mat, for a 4-1 win.

"My desire, my love is to the people, and I fight for them," said Dabier, 24, who also had a 10-0 technical fall and the win over Kolat. "I thought I should have done much better than I did these two days, but I have to put forth much more effort as I want to reach higher goals. I thank God I was able to perform."

Mohammadi, a repeat World Cup champion, outscored his four opponents, 21-2. He led 4-0 against Uzbekistan's Adkham Achilov before allowing his first points in the final 30 seconds of a 4-2 win. Iran's unheralded Massoud Mostafa Joukar (127.75) sparked the victory over Russia, overcoming deficits of 2-0 and 4-2 for a 6-5 win over previously unbeaten Murat Ramazanov.

"This is 60 percent of our team. It's going to be 100 percent at [the June 20] Asian championships in Mongolia," said Iran's coach, Mohsen Farahvashi. "We expected to win the overtime match we lost at [187.25 to the United States], but we put on a great show, which was important."

Between yesterday's sessions, former Olympic champions Kevin Jackson and Kendall Cross and world champion Zeke Jones conducted "The Tour of Legends" clinic. The wrestlers called youngsters down to the mat, gave motivational speeches and demonstrated a few moves.

"Everyone's going to fail, but you have to embrace it and learn from it," Cross said. "Challenge yourself. Go after the tough matches, the tough classes. Find out where you're weak. I had to do that, so that I didn't break apart when it counted most."

Yesterday's results

United States 22, Turkey 10

Iran 22, Russia 10

Iran 26, Uzbekistan 6

United States 21, Russia 9

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