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Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix results: Alex Dieringer to wrestle for bronze

The former Oklahoma State star will face Alan Zaseev of Russia in the medal bout.

Oklahoma State alum Alex Dieringer, left, looks for a fall against Alan Zaseev of Russia during their 79 kilogram bout Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, at the Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

Alex Dieringer will wrestle for bronze at 79 kilograms in freestyle at the Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

Dieringer — a three-time NCAA champion and 2016 Dan Hodge Trophy winner for Oklahoma State — fell 5-2 to reigning World bronze medalist Akhmed Gadzhimagomedov of Russia in the semifinals.

Dieringer trailed 1-0 at the break after he was unable to score while put on the shot clock against the three-time Yarygin champion. At the start of the second period, the Russian rolled through a Dieringer shot attempt for exposure to take a 3-0 lead with 1:30 left. Dieringer attempted another takedown, but the Russian was again awarded two points for exposure to seal a 5-2 win over the American.

Dieringer will wrestle Alan Zaseev of Russia in the bronze-medal match at 5 a.m. Central time Saturday. The match will be streamed online at FloWrestling.org.

It will be a rematch of their pool play bout from earlier in the tournament, which Dieringer won 7-3.

Dieringer scored a quick takedown, but Zaseev forced a step out to cut the deficit to one before Dieringer returned the favor for a 3-1 lead at the break. Zaseev took Dieringer down to lead on criteria with 2:30 left. Dieringer then pointed out to the official that Zaseev was forcefully pulling on his curly hair. After a warning, Dieringer threw the Russian to his back for four points with 37 seconds remaining and held on for the victory.

In his first match of the tournament, Dieringer dominated early and often. He scored three takedowns, a step out and a tilt before securing a 13-0 technical fall victory over Zeping Lin of China.

Dieringer’s results

First session

WIN over Zeping Lin (China), 13-0

WIN over Alan Zaseev (Russia), 7-4

Semifinal

LOSS Akhmed Gadzhimagomedov (Russia), 5-2