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Gwiazdowski Earns Bronze at World Championships for Team USA

By BV, 08/25/17, 3:15PM EDT

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Gilman, Cox Also Medal on Day 1 of Men's Freestyle

Team USA stands in first place after day one of men's freestyle at the World Championships in France after earning three medals - including one by New York native Nick Gwiazdowski.

The former Duanesburg High School star nabbed bronze at 125 kg after getting his hand raised four times.

Gwiazdowski began with a pair of dominant victories, beating Alexandr Romanov of Moldova by 10-0 technical call in his opening bout, followed by a 10-1 win against Daniel Ligeti of Hungary.

The two-time NCAA champion then edged Iran's Yadollah M Mohebi 5-4 to earn a spot in the semis against Turkey's Taha Akgul.

Akgul, a previous World and Olympic champion, prevailed 10-0 over the New York native, but Gwiazdowski rebounded with a 5-1 decision against Zolboo Natsagsuren of Mongolia in his bronze medal contest.  

In that match, Gwiazdowski got on the board first with a point after Natsagsuren was put on the shot clock and didn't score. Then, with less than 15 seconds left in the opening period, Gwiazdowski recorded the first takedown of the bout to hold a 3-0 advantage heading into the break. In the second period, Natsagsuren was awarded a passivity point with about a minute remaining, but Gwiazdowski answered with a takedown 15 seconds later to expand his lead to 5-1. 

Also picking up medals for the United States on Friday were Thomas Gilman (silver at 57 kg) and J'Den Cox (bronze at 86 kg).

Men's freestyle concludes on Saturday.