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Miller & Erickson Fall Short at CISM World Games

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The US, riding high entering Day 2 at the 2019 CISM World Military Games thanks to Ildar Hafizov‘s (60 kg, Army/WCAP) bronze medal, had to feel good about their chances with Daniel Miller (97 kg, Marines) and Toby Erickson (130 kg, Army/WCAP) still waiting in the wings. The upper-weight duo bring a substantial amount of big-time experience to the table and are both in the primes of their respective careers.

Unfortunately, neither athlete advanced into the medal rounds.

Day 2 of the 2019 CISM World Military Games began at 10:00am local time (+12 hours ET) from Wuhan, China but is unavailable to view in the US via internet stream.

Miller, starting off in the round-of-16, got past Kazakhstan’s Islam Umaev 6-0. Five of Miller’s six points were scored in the first period- he had picked up a point and then a two-pair. The Marine added another point in the second period to cap the scoring.

In the next round resided 2014 World silver Oliver Hassler (GER), a regular competitor at CISM events. The same year Hassler lost to Artur Aleksanyan in Tashkent, he won the CISM World tournament that was held at Fort Dix.

In this one, Miller was in front of Hassler 1-0 in the first period but saw that lead evaporate in the proceeding period. Hassler — however it happened — received two one-point scores to snare the victory.

Hassler was defeated by two-time World Champion Musa Evloev (RUS, world no. 1) in the semifinal to eliminate Miller from possible contention for bronze through the repechage round.

Operating against Pavel Rudakov (BLR), Erickson owned a 3-1 lead heading into the second period (scoring one and then two). But the tables turned in that final frame, with Rudakov jumping ahead after netting one point and then two more. Erickson was unable to score again, thus falling to Rudakov 4-3.

Rudakov was downed by Romania’s Lenny Berei in the quarterfinal, putting an end to Erickson’s hopes for a second chance via repechage.

Notes:

  • This page will be updated with official placing results following the tournament.
  • The US will exit the 2019 Military World Games with a combined individual record of 5-4.
  • Of the five US victories, three were achieved via tech fall (two for Hafizov, one for Ellis Coleman).

2019 CISM WORLD MILITARY GAMES

October 23-24 — Wuhan City, China

TEAM USA DAY 2 RESULTS

97 kg — Daniel Miller (Marines) — 7th
WON Islam Umaev (KAZ) 6-0
LOSS Oliver Hassler (GER) 2-1

130 kg — Toby Erickson (Army/WCAP) — 11th
LOSS Pavel Rudakov (BLR) 4-3

TEAM USA DAY 1 RESULTS

60 kg — Ildar Hafizov (Army/WCAP) — bronze
WON Abdennour Laouni (ALG) 11-1, TF
WON Sailike Walihan (CHN) 4-1
LOSS Ri Se-Ung (PRK) 7-1
WON Tigran Minasyan (ARM) 8-0, TF

67 kg — Ellis Coleman (Army/WCAP) — 8th
WON Pang Jin-Chol (PRK) 9-0, TF
LOSS Joilson de brito Ramos (BRA) 4-3

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