Former Nebraska-Kearney wrestler Tervel Dlagnev went 2-2 in the 120 kg freestyle bracket at the 2012 Summer Olympics Saturday in London. Dlagnev reached the semifinals by beating Egypt’s Eldesoky Shaban (6-2, 1-0) and reigning World Champion Alexei Shemarov of Belarus (2-0, 3-1) by recording a three-point takedown late in the second period.
Dlagnev then had to face 33-year old Artur Taymazov of Uzbekistan, who won silver at the 2000 Olympics and then won gold at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. Taymazov rolled Dlagnev to his back late in the first period to record a fall at 1:50 and reach the finals. A fall was called even though one of Dlagnev’s shoulder blades appeared to be off the mat. Falls can’t be challenged at the international level.
In one of two bronze medal matches, Iran’s Komeil Ghasemi pushed Dlagnev out with nine seconds left in the third period to reach the medal stand (4-0, 0-1, 1-0).