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Martin wins gold medal at CISM World Military Greco-Roman Championships


Duaine Martin of the U.S. Marine Corps won a gold medal at 58 kg/127.75 lbs., the top U.S. performance at the CISM World Greco-Roman Championships at Goettge Fieldhouse at Camp Lejuene, North Carolina, October 25-26.

The CISM World Championships are the world wrestling championships for military athletes. The best military wrestlers from across the world, including many international wrestling stars, are competing this week.

Martin dominated his gold-medal match against Cerpiz Papgan of Turkey. Martin executed a gut wrench and scored eight consecutive points on Papgan. In the second period, he scored more three points to qualify for a technical fall, but pressed Papgan to his back for a pin at 3:53.

"Between rounds coach told me not to let down and stay aggressive. I knew that if I went out and stayed aggressive I would win," said Martin.

Winning a silver medal for the United States was Corey Farkas of the U.S. Air Force at 130 kg/286 lbs. Farkas was second in a four-man weight division. The gold was claimed by Aydin Polatci of Turkey, a former Junior World freestyle champion.

Five U.S. wrestlers won bronze medals: Jeff Cervone of the U.S. Air Force at 54 kg/119 lbs., Glenn Nieradka of the U.S. Army at 63 kg/138.75 lbs., Marcel Cooper of the U.S. Marine Corps at 69 kg/152 lbs., Jake Clark of the U.S. Marine Corps at 76 kg/167.5 lbs. and Dan Hicks of the U.S. Marine Corps at 97 kg/213.75 lbs.

Turkey claimed the team title with 74 points and seven medalists, followed by the United States with 65 points and Germany with 44 points. Nine nations participated in the Greco-Roman division.

The freestyle division of the CISM World Championships will be held Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29 at Camp Lejeune.

The U.S. team was led by head coach Jay Antonelli of the U.S. Marines and assistant coach Greg Gibson of the U.S. Marines. The U.S. team was determined based upon results at the 2000 Armed Forces Championships.

Results/text provided by Pvt. Justin A. Carmack, 350th MPAD, U.S. Army Reserves


1. Turkey, 74 pts.; 2. United States, 65 pts.; 3. Germany, 44 pts; 4. Greece , 40 pts.; 5. China, 38 pts.; 6. Finland, 19 pts; 7. Slovakia, 18 pts.; 8. Vietnam, 17 pts.; 9. Estonia, 5 pts.


54 kg/119 lbs. - Gold - Oleg Koutscherenko (Germany); Silver - Macahit Vaardal (Turkey); Bronze - Jeff Cervone (USA); 4th - Van Bien Nguyen (Vietnam)

58 kg/127.75 lbs. - Gold - Duaine Martin (USA); Silver - Cerpiz Papagan (Turkey); Bronze - Efstathios Theohossiadis (Greece); 4th - Martin Kittner (Germany); 5th - Pasi Huhtala (Finland); 6th - Thanh Do Doan (Vietnam)

63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Gold - Seref Eroglu (Turkey); Silver - Sarkis Elghian (Greece); Bronze - Glenn Nieradka (USA)

69 kg/152 lbs. - Gold - Saiyinjiya (China); Silver - Kostas Arkoutheas (Greece); Bronze - Marcel Cooper (USA); 4th - Kim-Jussi Nurmela (Finland); 5th - Muhammet Yucedag (Turkey); 6th - Rene Zimmerman (Germany)

76 kg/167.5 lbs. - Gold - Tanner Akbolut (Greece); Silver - Wuliji (China); Bronze - Jake Clark (USA); 4th - Volker Hirt (Germany); 5th - Ramii Takmaa (Finland); 6th - Ba Xuan Man (Vietnam)

85 kg/187.25 lbs. - Gold - Serkan Ozden (Turkey); Silver - Attila Batky (Slovakia); Bronze - Hristas Katsaros (Greece); 4th - Michael Carl (Germany); 5th - Aaron Sieracki (USA); 6th - Wuenqi (China)

97 kg/213.75 lbs. - Gold - Mehmet Ozal (Turkey); Silver - Roman Meduna (Slovakia); Bronze - Dan Hicks (USA); 4th - Suyalatu (China); 5th - Sotiris Anagnostopoulos (Greece); 6th - Richard Karelson (Estonia)

130 kg/286 lbs. - Gold - Aydin Polatci (Turkey); Silver - Corey Farkas (USA); Bronze - Nico Schmidt (Germany); 4th - Xiangchao Meng (China)

U.S. CISM Championships Greco-Roman team

54 kg/119 lbs. - Jeff Cervone, Peterson AFB, Colo. (U.S. Air Force), 3rd

58 kg/127.75 lbs. - Duaine Martin, Quantico, Va. (U.S. Marines), 1st

63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Glenn Nieradka, Fort Carson, Colo.. (U.S. Army), 3rd

69 kg/152 lbs. - Marcel Cooper, Quantico, Va. (U.S. Marines), 3rd

76 kg/167.5 lbs. - Jake Clark, Quantico, Va. (U.S. Marines), 3rd

85 kg/187.25 lbs. - Aaron Sieracki, Peterson AFB, Colo. (U.S. Air Force), 5th

97 kg/213.75 lbs. - Dan Hicks, Quantico, Va. (U.S. Marines), 3rd

130 kg/286 lbs. - Corey Farkas, Peterson AFB, Colo. (U.S. Air Force), 2nd

Head Coach - Jay Antonelli, U.S. Marines

Assistant Coach - Greg Gibson, U.S. Marines

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