Tadzhimetov Finishes Fourth at Midlands
by Clint Burgi
December 30, 2005
EVANSTON, Ill. — Utah Valley State wrestler Erkin
Tadzhimetov finished fourth at 133 lbs. at the Midlands
Tournament after falling in the third place match to
Central Michigan's Jason Borelli in a 7-4 overtime
Earlier in the day, Tadzhimetov lost to Iowa State's Jesse
Sundell in the semifinals before beating Iowa's Dan Dennis
7-4 to advance to the third place match.
"He's wrestled better the last two days than I've ever
seen him wrestle," said Utah Valley State coach Cody
Sanderson. "He's made a lot of progress, I'm really happy
The senior from Uzbekistan finished the tournament with a
4-2 record to move to 16-6 individually on the year.
The Midlands is an invitation only tournament that is
comprised of some of the top competition in the nation and
Tadzhimetov's success there is a big boost for himself and
for the Utah Valley State program.
"There were a lot of people talking about him," said
Sanderson. "It was great for us as a program to have him
there and to wrestle as well as he did."
Tadzhimetov advanced to Friday's semifinals after winning
three times on Thursday. He opened the tournament with a
quick fall over Joe Gomez (2:43), a 6-3 decision over
Brent Skorup of Wheaton and a 5-2 decision over 3rd seeded
Andy Hiatt of Northern Illinois.
Utah Valley State wrestling will continue its action next
week in the Lonestar Duals in Arlington Texas next
Thursday, January 7th. They will wrestle three dual
matches against Harvard, Navy, Oklahoma and Central
Oklahoma. The next home dual will be Monday, January 16th
against Northern Colorado.