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US wrestlers compete in Italy on Jan 5

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US wrestlers compete in Italy on Jan 5

Postby JM » Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:18 pm

Four freestyle matches set for Tussle for the Troops in Naples, Italy, on Jan. 5
By Taylor Miller, USA Wrestling | Jan. 03, 2018, 12:56 p.m. (ET)

NAPLES, Italy – A pair of college programs are set to do battle overseas for the first time in NCAA history as No. 3 Oklahoma State and No. 5 North Carolina State will headline Tussle for the Troops on the Naples Naval Base in Naples, Italy, on Friday at 1 p.m. ET.
Prior to the dual, there will be four freestyle matches, including one women’s freestyle bout and three men’s freestyle matchups. Each match will feature an American.

At 48 kg/106 lbs., two-time Junior World champion Victoria Anthony, who has also finished fifth in the world at the Senior level twice, will face Emanuela Liuzzi of Italy. Anthony is currently ranked No. 6 in world by United World Wrestling.

Liuzzi competed at both the Cadet and Junior World Championships this summer in Athens, Greece, and Tampere, Finland, respectively. She also owns a silver medal from the 2015 Cadet European Championships.

Two members of the Wolfpack Regional Training Center at NC State will take part in the freestyle action, including Tommy Gantt at 74 kg/163 lbs. and Timmy McCall at 97 kg/213 lbs.

Gantt, a two-time NCAA qualifier and 2016 All-American, will go up against the 2017 Henri Deglane champion Johnny Bur of France. Bur also competed at the 2016 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, and has recorded a bronze-medal finish at the 2016 Grand Prix of Paris.

Gantt’s freestyle experience includes two third-place finishes at the University Nationals and two top-eight finishes at the Senior U.S. Open.

Taking the mat against McCall is Abraham Conyedo of Cuba, who has collected five international silver medals, reaching the finals in every international tournament he has competed in. Among those is a silver from the 2015 Pan American Championships. He also produced a runner-up finish at the Youth Olympic Games in 2010.

McCall has some international success as well, picking up two medals in November with a gold from the Henri Deglane Challenge and a silver at the 20th Annual Dave Schultz Memorial International. He also tallied a bronze medal at the Bill Farrell International in 2016.

Italy’s Angelo Costa, who owns three international medals, including silver from the 2014 Grand Prix of Spain, bronze from the 2017 Henri Deglane Challenge and bronze from the 2013 Golden Grand Prix, will challenge at 70 kg/154 lbs.

His opponent is not yet determined but will come from Oklahoma State’s tour lineup.

The event is set to start at 7 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET) and will be broadcast live on Flowrestling.org.

TUSSLE FOR THE TROOPS
at Naples Naval Base (Naples, Italy)

Freestyle matches
48 kg/106 lbs. – Victoria Anthony (USA) vs. Emanuela Liuzzi (Italy)
70 kg/154 lbs. – TBD (USA) vs. Angelo Costa (Italy)
74 kg/163 lbs. – Tommy Gantt (USA) vs. Johnny Bur (France)
97 kg/213 lbs. – Timmy McCall (USA) vs. Abraham Conyedo (Cuba)

No. 3 Oklahoma State vs. No. 5 NC State probable lineup
125: No. 4 Nick Piccininni (10-1) vs. No. 8 Sean Fausz (9-1)
133: No. 6 Kaid Brock (13-2) vs. Tariq Wilson (17-3)
141: No. 2 Dean Heil (14-1) vs. No. 4 Kevin Jack (12-1)
149: No. 10 Geo Martinez (13-4) OR Boo Lewallen (17-1) vs. No. 16 Beau Donahue (13-2)
157: Jonce Blaylock (10-4) vs. No. 3 Hayden Hidlay (13-0)
165: No. 8 Chandler Rogers (10-2) vs. Brian Hamann (13-3)
174: No. 11 Jacobe Smith (11-3) vs. Daniel Bullard (11-3)
184: Keegan Moore (10-3) vs. No. 3 Pete Renda (14-0)
197: No. 4 Preston Weigel (2-0) vs. No. 7 Michael Macchiavello (12-0)
HWT: No. 9 Derek White (11-1) vs. Malik McDonald (14-2)
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Re: US wrestlers compete in Italy on Jan 5

Postby JM » Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:38 pm

NAPLES, ITALY – The U.S. won two of four matches in a freestyle exhibition dual meet in Naples, Italy, as a part of the Tussle for the Troops on Friday afternoon on the Naples Naval Base.

The freestyle matches opened for the main event, which was an NCAA dual between No. 3 Oklahoma State and No. 5 North Carolina State.

Up first was two-time Junior World champion and two-time fifth-place Senior World finisher Victoria Anthony, who took on first-year Junior-level athlete Emanuela Liuzzi of Italy. Liuzzi competed at both the Cadet and Junior World Championships this summer in Athens, Greece, and Tampere, Finland, respectively.

The two wrestled at 48 kg/106 lbs. with world-No. 6 Anthony rolling to an easy 10-0 technical fall, picking up four takedowns and a gut wrench en route to the win.

At 74 kg/163 lbs., Tommy Gantt, a member of the Wolfpack Regional Training Center at NC State and two-time Senior U.S. Open All-American, outlasted Johnny Bur of France in a 10-8 battle.

A 2017 Henri Deglane champion, Bur led after the first period, 3-2, but Gantt quickly turned the tables, taking over the lead 10-6 with less than 10 seconds left. In the final moments, Bur registered a takedown, but it was not enough and Gantt took the win.

Americans Steven Midkiff and Timmy McCall, also a Wolfpack RTC athlete, lost their matches at 70 kg/154 lbs. and 97 kg/213 lbs.

As reported by Flowrestling, Midkiff, a junior at Virginia Military Institute, was traveling in Europe when he heard about the event and reached out for an opportunity to compete. He filled in at 70 kg, where he faced Gianluca Talamo, who represented Italy at the 2016 Junior World Championships in Macon, France.

Talamo jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead, which, despite a successful head pinch for two, was insurmountable for Midkiff. Talamo took the win, 12-2.

Henri Deglane champion and Dave Schultz Memorial silver medalist McCall faced off against Cuba native Abraham Conyedo, who now wrestles for Italy.

With the match knotted at one apiece at the break, Conyedo, a 2015 Pan American silver medalist, scored on a crucial takedown and went right into a gutwrench to defeat the American, 5-1.

Later that afternoon, Oklahoma State held on for a 19-16 team win over NC State.
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Re: US wrestlers compete in Italy on Jan 5

Postby JM » Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:46 pm

Oklahoma State 19, North Carolina State 16
184: Pete Renda (North Carolina State) over Keegan Moore (Oklahoma State) (Dec 3-0)
197: Preston Weigel (Oklahoma State) over Michael Macchiavello (North Carolina State) (Dec 5-4)
285: Derek White (Oklahoma State) over Malik McDonald (North Carolina State) (MD 8-0)
125: Sean Fausz (North Carolina State) over Nicholas Piccininni (Oklahoma State) (Dec 9-5)
133: Kaid Brock (Oklahoma State) over Tariq Wilson (North Carolina State) (TF 16-1 6:07)
141: Kevin Jack (North Carolina State) over Dean Heil (Oklahoma State) (Dec 4-3)
149: Beau Donahue (North Carolina State) over Boo Lewallen (Oklahoma State) (SV-1 6-4)
157: Hayden Hidlay (North Carolina State) over Jonce Blaylock (Oklahoma State) (MD 12-4)
165: Chandler Rogers (Oklahoma State) over Brian Hamann (North Carolina State) (MD 13-1)
174: Jacobe Smith (Oklahoma State) over Daniel Bullard (North Carolina State) (Dec 7-2)
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