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Daniel Dennis has traveled the Road to Rio and now his path to an Olympic medal has been revealed.
Dennis, the former University of Iowa NCAA finalist and Hawkeye Wrestling Club member, received his draw for the 57-kilogram freestyle bracket at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Competition will begin Friday at 9 a.m. (Iowa time) with the finals at 3 p.m. (Iowa time).
Dennis will face Bulgaria’s Vladimir Dubov, who dropped down after going 3-1 at the 2015 World Championships in Las Vegas and claimed the 61-kilogram bronze medal with a 3-2 victory over Japan’s Masakazu Kamoi.
The winner will wrestle the winner between Turkey’s Suleyman Atli and Romania’s Ivan Guidea. They are on the same side of the bracket as top-seeded and Vladimer Khinchegashvili, of Georgia. Khinchegashvili won the 57-kg World championship last September, beating Iran’s Hassan Rahimi, who is the second-seed.
The 74-kilogram bracket was also released and reigning World champion and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs will take on Augusto Midana, of Guinea-Bissau, in the opening round. He could face Russia’s World bronze medalist Aniuar Geduev. Burroughs defeated Geduev, 4-3, in the 2015 Worlds semifinal.
Former Council Bluffs Lewis Central prep Georgi Ivanov, competing for Bulgaria, drew Georgia’s Jakob Makarashvili in the first round. If Ivanov would win his first two matches, he would likely face either Burroughs or Geduev in the semifinal round.
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