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Howe wins silver medal at Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix in Russia

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KRASNOYARSK, Russia – Andrew Howe (Norman, Okla./New York AC) won a silver medal at 74 kg/163 lbs. on the first day of the highly- respected Ivan Yarygin Memorial Grand Prix.

In the finals, Howe lost to Ahmed Gadzhimagomedov of Russia in the finals, 2-2. The Russian led 2-0, when Howe scored twice in the final minute. The Russian won the tie-breaker by having the highest value scoring move, a two-pointer.

Gadzhimagomedov has previously won gold medals at the Ramzan Kadirov Cup, the Moscow Lights and the Intercontinental Cup tournaments in Russia, as well as the Copa Brazil and the Ukrainian Memorial International.

Howe scored a 5-2 win over Boris Makoev of Russia in the semifinals. Makoev was second at the 2013 Dave Schultz Memorial in the USA

Howe was an NCAA champion and four-time All-American, competing first for Wisconsin and then for Oklahoma. He was second in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

He was attempting to become the 11th American men’s freestyle wrestler to win this event, considered one of the toughest in the world each year. The last American men’s freestyler to win was Steve Mocco, the heavyweight champion in 2009. Five U.S. women have won this event, but Team USA did not have any women entries this year.

Eliminated were the two U.S. entries at 57 kg/125 lbs., 2014 U.S. World Team member Tony Ramos (Iowa City, Iowa/Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC) and Matt McDonough (Iowa City, Iowa/Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC). Both were past NCAA champion for the Univ. of Iowa.

More updated results will be posted when available, as well as the draws for Saturday. Thanks to United World Wrestling for photos and results.

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Such a log jam in the U.S. around his weight class with Burroughs, Dake, Taylor, possibly even Pico by the Olympic Trials.  Great for competition but, it will result in a few of the top pound for pound guys in the US will not be making the national team.  

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The cedar tuckey mauler got robed ! Ole Pudduin must not like the ole region boys beatin on his boys. By da way deem ruskies are big cheaters !!

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Pathetic example of officiating. Seems to be the way of things when American wrestlers reach this level. What was the ref calling when he didn't give Howe the TD? Something to do with the way Howe was keeping the Russians foot off the mat? Looked ridiculous. Just another example of how this kind of subjective bs blackens the eye of the international sport. 

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I have no idea what the ref was calling. Just one more example of international wrestling being a complete mess. It's a damn shame Andrew got hosed there.

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I have no idea what the ref was calling. Just one more example of international wrestling being a complete mess. It's a damn shame Andrew got hosed there.

I may be wrong, but it looked like his knee was in a weird spot and they stopped it.

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