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UPDATED: U.S. wins four medals on day one of Kiev International in Ukraine
KIEV, UKRAINE - Four U.S. freestyle wrestlers won medals on the first day of competition at the Kiev International on Feb. 24
The U.S. had three silver medalists, Marcie Van Dusen (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) and Iris Smith (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Navy) in the women's division and Andy Hrovat (Ann Arbor, Mich./New York AC) in the men's division.
Smith, a 2005 World champion, was defeated in the gold medal finals by two-time World bronze medalist Elena Perepolkina of Russia. Smith opened with victories over Saomala of Tunisia and Monika of Poland. In the semifinals, Smith defeated 2003 World bronze medalist Svetlana Saienko of Ukraine.
"Iris looked good," said National Women's Coach Terry Steiner. "She lost the first period to Perepolkina. The second period went to the clinch and they hit Iris for a point and a caution for blocking on the clinch. We had her on the ropes. Iris wrestled a good match, but not good enough to win."
Van Dusen, a 2004 University World champion, had an impressive 4-1 record in the tournament, losing only to 2004 Olympian Olga Smirnova of Kazakhstan.
On the way to the finals, Van Dusen defeated Bavdyk of Ukraine, Blahinya of Ukraine, Dumbayeva of Kazakhstan and Synyshyn of Ukraine.
"She had some tough matches in the quarterfinals and the semifinals and she wrestled very well," said Steiner. "In the finals, she had Olga Smirnova of Kazakhstan, who wrestled in the Olympics for Russia. Smirnova had beaten Russia' Nataliya Golts in the semifinals. Marcie looked good, but we still have things to work on."
Hrovat, a member of the 2006 U.S. World Team, reached the gold-medal finals, where he was defeated by 2005 World bronze medalist Taras Danko of Ukraine, 2-3, 4-4.
"Andy had an awesome semifinal match. He did a great job to win that bout. In the finals, there were some questionable calls. Overall, he looked very tough," said Steiner.
The other medalist for the United States was Randi Miller (Colorado Springs, Colo./Gator WC), who captured a bronze medal at 63 kg/138.75 lbs. in the women's division.
After an opening win, Miller lost to eventual runner-up Oxana Shalikova of Ukraine. She won her first wrestleback match, stopping Kulikova of Russia. In the bronze medal round, Miller won by forfeit over 2005 World silver medalist Martine Dugrenier of Canada.
Two U.S. wrestlers were fifth in their weight classes after losing in the bronze-medal round: Henry Cejudo (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) at 55 kg/121 lbs. in the men's division and Mary Kelly (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) at 48 kg/105.5 lbs. in the women's division. Both finished with 3-2 records, winning their first three bouts, then losing their final two contests.
Cejudo had three strong wins, before losing to 2006 World champion Radoslav Velikov in the semifinals, 0-2, 0-4. In the bronze-medal match, he was beaten by Namig Sevdimov of Azerbaijan, 1-2, 7-8. Cejudo was a 2006 Junior World silver medalist.
Kelly, a 2006 U.S. World Team member, won her first three bouts, including a quarterfinal win over U.S. teammate Clarissa Chun (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids). Kelly lost to Alexandra Englehart of Germany in the semifinals, then dropped a bronze-medal match to Jyldyz Eshimova-Turtbaeva of Kazakhstan.
The Kiev International completes on Sunday, with competition in women's freestyle at 51 kg/112.25 lbs., 59 kg/130 lbs. and 67 kg/147.5 lbs. and men's competition at 60 kg/132 lbs., 74 kg/163 lbs. and 96 kg/211.5 lbs.
At Kiev, Ukraine, Feb. 24
48 kg/105.5 lbs.
Gold - Larisa Oorzhak (Russia)
Silver - Alexandra Englehart (Germany)
Bronze - Anne Catherine Delunsch (France)
Bronze - Jyldyz Eshimova-Turtbaeva (Kazakhstan)
55 kg/121 lbs.
Gold - Olga Smirnova (Kazakhstan)
Silver - Marcie Van Dusen (United States)
Bronze - Nataliya Golts (Russia)
Bronze - Nataliya Synyshyn (Ukraine)
63 kg/138.75 lbs.
Gold - Anna Polovneva (Russia)
Silver - Oxana Shalikova (Ukraine)
Bronze - Randi Miller (United States)
Bronze - Lise Legrand (France)
72 kg/158.5 lbs.
Gold - Elena Perepolkina (Russia)
Silver - Iris Smith (United States)
Bronze - Svitlana Saienko (Ukraine)
Bronze - Agnieszka Wieszczek (Poland)
U.S. women's results
(match scores not currently available)
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Mary Kelly, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC), 5th
WIN Shishkina (Russia)
WIN Kaufman (Germany)
WIN Clarissa Chun (USA)
LOSS Englehart (Germany)
LOSS Eshimova-Turtbaeva (Kazakhstan)
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Clarissa Chun, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids), dnp
WIN Omalisik (Poland)
WIN Polkovska (Ukraine)
LOSS Mary Kelly (USA)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Marcie Van Dusen, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids), 2nd
WIN Bavdyk (Ukraine)
WIN Blahinya (Ukraine)
WIN Dumbayeva (Kazakhstan)
WIN Synyshyn (Ukraine)
LOSS Smirnova (Kazakhstan)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Sharon Jacobson, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC), dnp
WIN Mikalova (Belarus)
LOSS Khariv (Ukraine)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Chelynne Pringle, Hugo, Minn. (Minnesota Storm), dnp
LOSS Bechtel (Germany)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Randi Miller, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC), 3rd
WIN Arystamova (Russia)
LOSS Shalikova (Ukraine)
WIN Kulikova (Russia)
WIN Dugrenier (Canada), forfeit
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Vanessa Oswalt, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC), dnp
LOSS Kartesheva (Russia)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Iris Smith, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army), 2nd
WIN Saoumala (Tunisia)
WIN Monika (Poland)
WIN Saienko (Ukraine)
LOSS Perepolkina (Russia)
55 kg/121 lbs.
Gold - Radislav Velikov (Bulgaria)
Silver - Sat Opan (Russia)
Bronze - Mikhail Zakharov (Russia)
Bronze - Namig Sevdimov (Azerbaijan)
66 kg/145.5 lbs.
Gold - Andriy Stadnyk (Ukraine)
Silver - Albert Batyrov (Belarus)
Bronze - Renat Ramazanov (Russia)
Bronze - Vitalyy Koslov (Ukraine)
84 kg/185 lbs.
Gold - Taras Danko (Ukraine)
Silver - Andy Hrovat (United States)
Bronze - Khyrman Termezov (Russia)
Bronze - Ludvig Alborov (Russia)
120 kg/264.5 lbs.
Gold - Vadym Tasoev (Ukraine)
Silver - Davyd Modzamanshvili (Georgia)
Bronze - Rares Chintuan (Romania)
Bronze - Tamerlan Bagayev (Russia)
U.S. men's results
55 kg/121 lbs. - Henry Cejudo, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids), 5th
WIN Aslan Shanakhanov (Kazakhstan), 0-3, 3-0, 1-0
WIN Hizri Dudtsev (Russia), 2-0, 3-0
WIN Aleksandr Lasitsa (Belarus), 2-0, 3-2
LOSS Radoslav Velikov (Bulgaria), 0-2, 0-4
LOSS Namig Sevdimov (Azerbaijan), 1-2, 7-8
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Jesse Jantzen, Brookline, Mass. (New York AC), 9th
WIN Saken Zakirov (Kazakhstan), 4-1, 1-0
WIN H. Gitinov (Russia), 1-0, 1-0
LOSS Albert Batyrov (Belarus), 0-1, 0-1
LOSS Vitalyy Kozlov (Ukraine), 0-6, pin 2nd period
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Jared Lawrence, Roseville, Minn. (Minnesota Storm), dnp
LOSS Vadim Guigolaev (France), 0-1, 1-0, 2-3
84 kg/185 lbs. - Andy Hrovat, Ann Arbor, Mich. (New York AC), 2nd
WIN Viktor Moukha (Ukraine)
WIN Kantimir Gagiyev (Ukraine)
WIN Khyrman Temrezov (Russia)
LOSS Taras Danko (Ukraine) 2-3, 4-4
84 kg/185 lbs. - Bryce Hasseman, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC), dnp
LOSS Gadzhi Amidzhanov (Azerbaijan)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Tolly Thompson, Cedar Falls, Iowa (Sunkist Kids)
WIN Ashat Kusepov (Kazakhstan)
WIN Yuriy Kulaga (Belarus)
LOSS Sergei Priadun (Ukraine)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Les Sigman, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids)
WIN Petro Raichev (Ukraine)
LOSS Sergei Priadun (Ukraine)