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Medved International Tournament

Postby JM » Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:06 pm

Tomasello wins silver medal, Graff and Futrell place fifth at Medved International in Belarus
By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Sept. 16, 2017, 1:41 p.m. (ET)

MINSK, Belarus –Nathan Tomasello, (Parma, Ohio/Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC) captured a silver medal at 57 kg/125.5 lbs. on the first day of freestyle wrestling at the respected Alexander Medved International on Saturday. Tomasello was defeated in the gold-medal finals by Andrey Bekrenev of Belarus, 5-1. In an active bout with both athletes competing aggressively, Bekrenev took a 3-0 lead into the second period. When Tomasello pressed the action, Bekrenev scored a counter spin-behind takedown for a 5-0 lead. Tomasello forced a step out late to score his point.

Bekrenev has won three previous international bronze medals, at the 2017 Ukrainian Memorial, the 2015 Dmitri Korkin in Russia and the 2013 Yasar Dogu in Turkey.

Tomasello was dominant in his first two matches, with technical falls over Azamat Toibek of Kazakhstan and Armen Arakelian of Ukraine. In the semifinals, he stopped two-time Junior World medalist Michail Ivanov of Russia, 6-1. A senior at Ohio State, Tomasello is an NCAA champion and three-time All-American for the Buckeyes. He is a current Freestyle National Team member, placing third at the 2017 Freestyle World Team Trials.

Two U.S. wrestlers placed fifth, dropping bronze-medal matches in the evening session, Tyler Graff (Blacksburg, Va./Titan Mercury WC/Southeast RTC) at 57 kg/125.5 lbs. and B.J. Futrell (Philadelphia, Pa./Titan Mercury WC/Pennsylvania RTC) at 65 kg/143 lbs.

In his bronze-medal bout, Graff was defeated by Nodar Arabidze of Russia, 10-7. Graff got his offense going and jumped to a 7-4 lead at the break. In the second period, it was all Arabidze, who scored a two pushouts, as well as a takedown and turn. Arabidze was second in the 2016 Medved International. Graff opened with a 7-2 win over Egor Potapov of Russia, then scored a 10-0 technical fall over Dimchik Rinchinov of Belarus. In the semifinals, he was edged by Bekrenev, who advanced to the finals against Tomasello.

Graff was an NCAA runner-up for Wisconsin and is a past Freestyle Team USA member.

Futrell lost in his bronze-medal bout to Islam Mazhitov of Russia, 4-1. Mazhitov was able to take a 4-0 lead at the break, and only permitted a stepout point for Futrell in the second period. Futrell opened with a 7-0 win over Ashat Slimkhanov of Kazakhstan, but was then beaten by Konstantin Vlasov of Russia, 6-0. When Vlasov qualified for the finals, Futrell was pulled back into repechage. He scored an impressive 10-0 technical fall over Pavel Verbel of Belarus in his repechage match, which qualified him for the bronze-medal bout.

Futrell is a Freestyle National Team member, placing third in the 2017 World Team Trials. An All-American for Illinois, he was a 2014 University World silver medalist.

“I was pleased all the guys were able to get four international matches today. Making the long trip, making weight and competing under adverse conditions will pay dividends down the road. Effort was good and if they can learn from positions they struggled in, they will make needed gains. We need to keep bringing the fight tomorrow. We have three guys capable of doing great things,” said USA coach Joe Russell.

Three other U.S. men’s freestyle wrestlers have weighed in on Saturday and compete on Sunday: Kendric Maple at 61 kg/134 lbs., Dom Bradley at 125 kg/275 lbs. and Richard Perry at 86 kg/189 lbs. Full brackets for 57 kg and 65 kg have been posted on USA Wrestling’s Facebook page and Twitter site and a weigh-in story will also be posted in on TheMat.com.

Medal results in the four weight classes contested Saturday will be posted when available.

There has been a live webstream from Belarus. Below are the links from Saturday:
Mat A - youtu.be/1y-sZwqt86Y
Mat B - youtu.be/lXXysWIGEiw
Mat C - youtu.be/RTIEmqiUBl8

At Minsk, Russia, September 16

U.S. men’s freestyle performance

57 kg/125.5 lbs. - Nathan Tomasello, (Parma, Ohio/Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC), silver medal
WIN Azamat Toibek (Kazakhstan), 13-2
WIN Armen Arakelian (Ukraine), 10-0
WIN Michail Ivanov (Russia), 6-1
LOSS Andrey Bekrenev (Belarus), 5-1

57 kg/125.5 lbs. - Tyler Graff, Blacksburg, Va. (Titan Mercury WC/Southeast RTC), 5th place
WIN Egor Potapov (Russia), 7-2
WIN Dimchik Rinchinov (Belarus), 10-0
LOSS Andre Bekrenev (Belarus), 2-0
LOSS Nodar Arabidze (Russia), 10-7

65 kg/143 lbs. – B.J. Futrell, Philadelphia, Pa. (Titan Mercury WC/Pennsylvania RTC), 5th place
WIN Ashat Slimkhanov (Kazakhstan), 7-0
LOSS Konstantin Vlasov (Russia), 6-0
WIN Pavel Verbel (Belarus), 10-0
LOSS Islam Mazhitov (Russia), 4-1
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Re: Medved International Tournament

Postby JM » Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:14 pm

Day 2 - Pretty big deal to win a Gold Medal at this international event in Belarus.

Maple wins gold, Bradley takes bronze at Medved International

By Taylor Miller, USA Wrestling | Sept. 17, 2017, 2:39 p.m. (ET)

MINSK, Belarus – The USA secured two medals from men’s freestylers at the Medved International on Sunday in Minsk, Belarus, with Kendric Maple winning gold at 61 kg/134 lbs. and Dom Bradley taking bronze at 125 kg/275 lbs.

With little international experience, Maple (Lincoln, Neb./New York AC) ran through the bracket, taking out Armitaev Kuat of Kazakhstan in the first round with a 7-0 shut out to move onto the semifinals. There, he met up with 2015 Ali Aliev Tournament bronze medalist Ramazan Ferzaliev of Russia, who he outlasted with a 10-7 win.

In the finals, Maple went head-to-head with Russia’s Eduard Grigorev, whose last international medal came in 2015 when he won silver at the Dmitri Korkin Tournament. Maple emerged victorious with a 2-1 win to claim the top spot on the podium.

“Kendric entered this trip as an unknown on the international scene,” U.S. Manager of Freestyle Programs Joe Russell said. “He left a strong impression on the wrestling world. They now know his name and know he has a bright future in freestyle wrestling.”

At 125 kg, the bracket was redrawn and Bradley (Ames, Iowa/Sunkist Kids) defeated three-time Maccabi Games champion Ostap Pasenok of Russia in the opening round, 2-1. In the quarterfinals, he topped Zuiko Urtahsvili of Georgia, who finished fifth in the 2015 and 2017 World Championships.

Bradley came up short in the semifinals against 2015 Grand Prix of Paris champion Oleksandr Khotsianivskyi from Ukraine, 6-0, sending the American to the bronze medal bout. Waiting for him was another Ukrainian Oleksander Koldovskyi, who owns four international senior-level medals. Bradley scored on a four-pointer from a double leg and a step out to win bronze at heavyweight.

“Dom continued his streak of medaling in international tournaments, going 3-1 on the day,” Russell said. “His face shows the sacrifices made to win tough bouts.”

At 86 kg/189 lbs., Richard Perry (Philadelphia, Pa./New York AC/Pennsylvania RTC) lost a tough 3-1 match to 2015 World bronze medalist and 2016 Olympian Sandro Aminashvili of Georgia. Perry scored a cradle at the end of the match, but Georgia challenged the call and it was overturned. Perry was not pulled back into the repechage.

Medal results in the four weight classes contested Saturday will be posted when available.

At Minsk, Belarus

U.S. men’s freestyle draws for Sunday
61 kg/134 lbs. – Kendric Maple, (Lincoln, Neb./New York AC)
WIN Armitaev Kuat (Kazakhstan), 7-0
WIN Ramazan Ferzaliev (Russia), 10-7
WIN Eduard Grigorev (Russia), 2-1

86 kg/189 lbs. – Richard Perry, (Philadelphia, Pa./New York AC/Pennsylvania RTC)
LOSS Sandro Aminashvili (Georgia), 3-1

125 kg/275 lbs. – Dom Bradley, (Ames, Iowa/Sunkist Kids)
WIN Pasenok Ostap (Russia), 2-1
WIN Zuiko Urtashvili (Georgia), 5-3
LOSS Oleksandr Khotsianivskyi (Ukraine), 6-0
WIN Oleksandr Koldovskyi (Ukraine), 5-0
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