Oklahoma State alum Alex Dieringer defeated Bekzod Abdurakhmonov, 8-2, to win the 74-kilogram men’s freestyle title at the Bill Farrell International this past weekend.
Dieringer, the 2016 Hodge Trophy winner and three-time NCAA champion, made his way to the final bout by recording three straight 10-0 technical fall wins over Paul Saraiva, Quinton Godley and Chance Marsteller.
In the final bout, Abdurakhmonov scored an opening takedown then Dieringer took over. Dieringer tied the match 2-2 at the break before adding a four-point carry and a gutwrench to upset the defending Farrell champion.
It is Dieringer’s first gold medal at an international event. For his efforts, Dieringer was selected as TheMat.com Athlete of the Week on Monday.
Since graduating from OSU, Dieringer took third place at the U.S. Olympic Trials and went 2-2 at the Men’s Freestyle World Cup. He plans to travel to Ukraine later this month for the World Wrestling Clubs Cup.