Missouri wrestler wins title at Junior World Championships

Monday, August 10, 2009 | 8:36 p.m. CDT; updated 9:38 p.m. CDT, Monday, August 10, 2009

Missouri wrestler Dominique Bradley won a gold medal Sunday at the Junior World Championships in Ankara, Turkey.

Bradley defeated Giorgi Sakandelidze of Georgia 2-0, 4-0 in the 120-kilogram/264.5-pound championship of the six-day event for athletes ages 17 to 20.

"I wrestled very well. I am excited that I am the best in the world," Bradley said in a release. "The difference is my style of wrestling, which is scoring takedowns, takedowns and takedowns. Just don't let up, just keep scoring."

Bradley, who will be a redshirt freshman for the Tigers next season, opened the tournament with a victory over Bazarboy Utambetov of Uzbekistan, 6-0, 2-0. In the second round, he stopped Mikhail Gazayev of Azerbaijan, 2-0, 5-0. His semifinal victory was over Maradyn Kushkhov of Ukraine, 2-2, 1-0.

"Dom had the performance he trained for. We couldn't be more proud of him," U.S. coach Eric Guerrero said in the release. "Dom executed today. When it came to crunch time, he executed. When he got the leg, he finished. When they shot on him, he scored."

Bradley is having a strong freestyle season this year. He was third at the U.S. Senior World Team Trials and was fourth at the U.S. Senior Nationals. He also won the FILA Junior World Team Trials and the FILA Junior Nationals.

"This will make me better than where I was last year," Bradley said. "I want to be the guy. These freestyle events have given me an extra season to prepare for next year."


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