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.
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Alex Dieringer with a huge four in the final minute to win, 7-3. pic.twitter.com/8uUEErVmWr
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.
WIN over Zeping Lin (China), 13-0
WIN over Alan Zaseev (Russia), 7-4
LOSS Akhmed Gadzhimagomedov (Russia), 5-2