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Grand Prix of Spain

Postby JM » Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:40 am

This coming weekend the USA will enter its first international Senior Men's Freestyle tournament in quite a while. This is billed as a tuneup for the World Championships next month in Paris. Expect to see our A team in action in Madrid on Saturday and Sunday.
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Re: Grand Prix of Spain

Postby JM » Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:18 pm

Here is the who, what, where and when regarding this international tournament.

http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Fe ... d-Prixview
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Re: Grand Prix of Spain

Postby JM » Fri Jul 14, 2017 3:41 pm

Men's freestyle and Greco-Roman pairings set for Grand Prix of Spain

By Richard Immel, USA Wrestling | July 14, 2017, 3:20 p.m. (ET)

MADRID, Spain – Nine American competitors have weighed in and received their draws for the first day of action at the Grand Prix of Spain set for July 15-16 at the Pabellón Exterior del CSD in Madrid, Spain. Seven of the eight U.S. men’s freestyle World Team members will participate this weekend with Olympic champions Kyle Snyder (Woodbine, Md./Titan Mercury WC) and Jordan Burroughs (Lincoln, Neb./Sunkist Kids) headlining.

Snyder, the youngest Olympic champion in U.S. history, will begin his day against 2017 Nordic champion Sven Engstrom of Sweden at 97 kg/213 lbs. Snyder was a World champion in 2015 at the age of 19. He has earned two NCAA titles for Ohio State University with a year of eligibility remaining.

Burroughs is set to face the experienced Taimuraz Friev of Spain in his opener at 74 kg/163 lbs. Friev has previously topped this event three times. Burroughs has won three World titles and four World medals in addition to his Olympic achievements.

Reigning World champion Logan Stieber (Columbus, Ohio/Titan Mercury WC) opens against relatively inexperienced Mansour Abdellatif of Italy at 61 kg/134 lbs. Stieber was a four-time NCAA champion for Ohio State prior to winning the World Championships last year.

World bronze medalist and three-time U.S. World Team member James Green (Lincoln, Neb./Titan Mercury WC) takes on 2017 Kristjan Palusalu Memorial champion Andruse Aimar of Estonia in the first round at 70 kg/154 lbs.

First-time World Team members and two-time NCAA champions Zain Retherford (Benton, Pa./Nittany Lion WC) and Nick Gwiazdowski (Raleigh, N.C./Titan Mercury WC) are in the mix tomorrow. Retherford has drawn Austria’s Gabriel Janatsch in his first bout at 65 kg/143 lbs. Gwiazdowski starts the day at 125 kg/275 lbs. against two-time Canada Cup silver medalist Sean Molle of Canada.

Thomas Gilman (Iowa City, Iowa/Titan Mercury WC), the 57 kg/125 lbs. U.S. World Team member and past Junior World bronze medalist, stands opposite 2016 World University bronze medalist Steven Takahashi of Canada in the first round. Also entered in the men’s freestyle competition is American Waylon DeCoteau (Belcourt, N.D.) who will face A. Kariarev of Russia in the first round at 97 kg/213 lbs.

2017 Kristjan Palusalu Memorial bronze medalist Nick Tarpley (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) is the lone U.S. entrant in tomorrow’s Greco-Roman tournament. Tarpley will face 2016 Mediterranean champion Carlos Señaris of Spain in his first bout at 75 kg/165 lbs.

The competition in Spain will begin at 9 a.m. local time with the men’s freestyle tournament followed by the Greco-Roman tournament at 4 p.m. Each tournament will be wrestled to completion.

Madrid, Spain, is located six hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Time, meaning those wishing to watch live can tune in at 2 a.m. (ET). A live stream of the event, as well as brackets, can be found at http://www.felucha.com/noticias/gran-pr ... spana-2017.

GRAND PRIX OF SPAIN
July 15-16 at Madrid, Spain

Event Schedule
Saturday, July 15
9 a.m. – Men’s Freestyle
4 p.m. – Greco-Roman

Sunday, July 16
9 a.m. – Women’s Freestyle

U.S. men’s freestyle draws for Saturday
57 kg/125 lbs. – Thomas Gilman, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC)
Vs. Steven Takahashi (Canada), 2016 World University bronze, Two-time Pan American bronze

61 kg/134 lbs. – Logan Stieber, Columbus, Ohio (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)
Vs. Mansour Abdellatif (Italy), Fifth in 2017 City of Sassari Tournament

65 kg/143 lbs. – Zain Retherford, Benton, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC)
Vs. Gabriel Janatsch (Austria)

70 kg/154 lbs. – James Green, Lincoln, Neb. (Titan Mercury WC/Nebraska WTC)
Vs. Andruse Aimar (Estonia), 2017 Kristjan Palusalu Memorial champion

74 kg/163 lbs. – Jordan Burroughs, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids WC/Nebraska WTC)
Vs. Taimuraz Friev (Spain), Three-time Grand Prix of Spain champion, Fifth in 2013 World Championships

97 kg/213 lbs. – Kyle Snyder, Woodbine, Md. (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)
Vs. Sven Engstrom (Sweden), 2017 Nordic champion

97 kg/213 lbs. – Waylon DeCoteau, Belcourt, N.D.
Vs. A. Kariarev (Russia)

125 kg/275 lbs. – Nick Gwiazdowski, Raleigh, N.C. (Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack RTC)
Vs. Sean Molle (Canada), Two-time Canada Cup silver, 2013 Junior Pan American silver

U.S. Greco-Roman draw for Saturday
75 kg/165 lbs. – Nick Tarpley, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
Vs. Carlos Señaris (Spain), 2016 Mediterranean champion
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Re: Grand Prix of Spain

Postby JM » Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:57 am

USA men's Freestyle wins seven gold medals at the Grand Prix of Spain. Each of the seven World team members (J'Den Cox did not compete) easily won their weight class.
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Re: Grand Prix of Spain

Postby D3 for LU » Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:19 am

:shock: YEOW! :shock:
Didn't even get a chance to catch the streaming from Spain... it was all over by the time I made breakfast! :P
Checked out the brackets on the host website... apparently all USA winners won the majority of their bouts by TF, few falls sprinkled in... only a few points scored by most of their opponents... very few close bouts seen.
Equivalent of watching freshman hs wrestlers/ or at most, JV's vs the Top Team of the state.
Shutout City if you ask me.
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Re: Grand Prix of Spain

Postby CJC » Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:09 pm

D3 for LU wrote::shock: YEOW! :shock:
Didn't even get a chance to catch the streaming from Spain... it was all over by the time I made breakfast! :P
Checked out the brackets on the host website... apparently all USA winners won the majority of their bouts by TF, few falls sprinkled in... only a few points scored by most of their opponents... very few close bouts seen.
Equivalent of watching freshman hs wrestlers/ or at most, JV's vs the Top Team of the state.
Shutout City if you ask me.
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It's a good confidence prep tournament. Travel overseas, make weight, kick ass, take in Spain, and get the positive feel for Paris.

We have a hell of a team. Can't wait for Worlds.
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Re: Grand Prix of Spain

Postby JM » Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:27 am

The USA women had more of a challenge than the men. Several of their veteran stars (Adeline Gray & Helen Maroulis) did not compete, yet they still won the team title. Becka Leathers and Tamyra Mensah won gold medals while five other Americans earned medals
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