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Adeline Gray on the awards podium with her gold medal at 72 kg/158.5 lbs. at the 2012 Henri Deglane Challenge in Nice, France

NICE, France – 2012 World champion Adeline Gray (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) won a gold medal at 72 kg/158.5 lbs. at the Henri Deglane Challenge on Friday.

Gray won three matches on the way to her title. She defeated Dalma Caneva of Italy in the gold-medal finals. Caneva was a European Cadet champion and two-time European Junior bronze medalist.

Gray’s first win of the day came against France’s Cynthia Vescan, a 2012 Olympian and three-time Junior World silver medalist.

Gray was competing up a weight from 67 kg/147.5 lbs., the weight where she won her Senior World medals. She won the University World title this year competing up at 72 kg/158.5 lbs. She is also a past Junior World champion.

Winning a bronze medal in the men’s freestyle tournament was Mark McKnight (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC) at 55 kg/121 lbs. McKnight had a competitive weight class and only lost one match during the day.

McKnight was a college wrestling star for Penn State and Buffalo during his career.

Competing in a five-athlete roundrobin, and taking one of the two bronze medals in the weight class, was U.S. Greco-Roman wrestler Shaun Scott (Millersville, Pa.) at 84 kg/185 lbs. Scott had a 1-3 record in his competition.

They were the only U.S. competitors competing on Friday.

The tournament will conclude on Saturday, but there will be no U.S. entries that day.

At Nice, France, November 23

Women’s freestyle results

55 kg/121 lbs.
Gold - Aurélie Basset (France)
Silver - Damia Bogdanova (Russia)
Bronze - Valentine Francois (Alf club- France)
Bronze - Nicoleta Ciuhurezu (Romania)
5th - Amandine Denis (Bel club – France)
5rth - Carola Rainero (Italy)

72 kg/158.5 lbs.
Gold - Adeline Gray (USA)
Silver - Dalma Caneva (Italy)
Bronze - Nam-Joo Hur (Korea) KOR
Bronze - Svetlana Saenko (Moldova)
5th - Cynthia Vescan (France)
5th - Roxana Mastumicu (Romania)

Men’s Freestyle results

55 kg/121 lbs.
Gold - Omak Sjurjun (Russia)
Silver - Zoheir El Ouarraque (France)
Bronze - Mark McKnight (USA)
Bronze - Yong-Eub Kim (Korea)
5th - Adam Zhambalatov (Lie club – France)
5th - Jin-Chul Kim (Korea)

66 kg/145.5 lbs.
Gold - Dae-Su Han (Korea)
Silver - Nam-Chun Park (Korea)
Bronze - Ruslan Mukhtarov (France)
Bronze - Said Gaytaev (Sot club – France)
5th - Igor Gertner (Israel)
5th - Abdoulla Omarov (Lie club – France)

84 kg/185 lbs.
Gold - Muslim Dadaev (Russia)
Silver - Min-Won Seo (Korea)
Bronze - Sergei Kolesnikov (Israel)
Bronze - Andrei Framt (Romania)
5th - Giorgi Tigishvili (Lsp club – France)
5th - Mael Missilier (Lsp club – France)

120 kg/120 lbs.
Gold - Eduard Bazrov (Russia)
Silver - Bahtiyar Suitanbek (Kazakhstan)
Bronze - Adam Babaioama (Romania)
Bronze - Zelim Djamaldaev (Nic club – France)

Greco-Roman results

55 kg/121 lbs.
Gold - Dmytro Khiko (Ukraine)

66 kg/145.5 lbs.
Gold - Tarik Belmadani (France)
Silver - Artak Margaryan (France)
Bronze - Dmytro Pynkov (Ukraine)
Bronze - Fuat Seker (Bel club – France)
5th - José Soler (Spain)
5th - Dmytro Pynkov (Ukraine)
7th - Gil Nugues (PdD club – France)

84 kg/185 lbs.
Gold - Sergei Severin (Ukraine)
Silver - Andrey Solovyev (Russia)
Bronze - Samba Diong (France)
Bronze - Shaun Scott (USA)
5th - Marco Gigliotta (Italy)

120 kg/264.5 lbs.
Gold - Oleksandr Chernetskyy (Ukraine)
Silver - Yannick Szczepaniak (France)
Bronze - Mehdi Poggi (Bel club – France)

U.S. women’s freestyle performance

72 kg/158 lbs. – Adeline Gray, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC), gold medal
WIN Cynthia Vescan (France)
WIN Svetlana Saenko (Moldova)
WIN Dalma Caneva (Italy)

U.S. men’s freestyle performance

55 kg/121 lbs. - Mark McKnight, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC), bronze medal
WIN Gregory Gerard (France)
LOSS Omak Sjurjun (Russia)
WIN Adam Zhambalatov (Lie club – France)

U.S. Greco-Roman performance

84 kg/185 lbs. – Shaun Scott, Millersville, Pa., bronze medal, 1-3 record
LOSS Samba Diong (France)
LOSS Andrey Solovyev (Russia)
WIN Marco Gigliotti (Italy)
LOSS Sergei Severin (Ukraine)
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