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BUDAPEST, Hungary – The United States won three medals on the opening day of Greco-Roman at the Veterans World Championships on Tuesday.

Winning a silver medal at 63 kg in Div. F (61 – 65 years old) was Ron Engel of St. Helena, Calif. Engel was defeated in his only match, losing in the finals to Mikhail Akopnin of Russia.

The USA had a pair of bronze medalists at 85 kg in Div. E (56 – 60 years old), Sarkis Dermenjian of Valley Glenn, Calif. and Peter Haag of Chicago, Ill.

Dermenjian defeated American Steve Contarino in his bronze-medal match. Haag scored a victory in the bronze medal round over Vlaho Stajin of Serbia.

The U.S. had three athletes place fifth: Contarino, Kevin Pine of Las Vegas, Nev. (Div. B, 85 kg) and Garry Price, of Mifflintown, Pa. (Div. F, 85 kg).

Two more age divisions in Greco-Roman will compete on Wednesday, Div. C (46 – 50 years old) and Div. D (51 – 55 years old).

At Budapest, Hungary, September 18

Greco-Roman champions

Div. B (41 – 45 years old)
58 kg – Baro Fornebo (Norway)
63 kg – Thomas Berger (Germany)
69 kg – Jan Kasprzak (Poland)
76 kg – Adam Jovetzko (Germany)
85 kg – Michael Lyyski (Finland)
97 kg – Boris Medvedev (Russia)
130 kg – Csaba Rajos (Hungary)

Div. E (56 – 60 years old)
58 kg – Lim Yevgeniy (Kazakhstan)
63 kg – Peter Heckmann (Germany)
69 kg – Zdravko Pekec (Croatia)
76 kg –Aleksandr Sergachev (Russia)
85 kg – Pavel Li-Yu (Russia)
97 kg – Franz Pitschmann (Austria)
130 kg – Jamshid Ghanderi (Iran)

Div. F (61 – 65 years old)
58 kg – Viktor Chirkov (Russia)
63 kg – Mikhail Akopnin (Russia)
69 kg – Imre Jaszkai (Hungary)
76 kg – Olev Kiirend (Estonia)
85 kg – Serafim Tomilin (Russia)
97 kg – Artur Sammet (Germany)
130 kg – Estate Goglichidze (Georgia)

U.S. Greco-Roman results

Div. B (41 – 45 years old)

85 kg – Kevin Pine, Las Vegas, Nev., 5th
WIN Istvan Gyre (Hungary)
LOSS Martin Dalsbotten (Norway)
LOSS Karoly Sipeki (Hungary)

Div. E (56 – 60 years old)

85 kg – Sarkis Dermenjian, Valley Glenn, Calif., 3rd
LOSS Zdzislaw Brozowski (Poland)
WIN Steve Contarino (USA)

85 kg – Peter Haag, Chicago, Ill., 3rd
WIN Istvan Bak (Hungary)
LOSS Pavel Li-Yu (Russia)
WIN Vlaho Stajin (Serbia)

85 kg – Steve Contarino, Palmetto, Fla., 5th
WIN Frank Opitz (Germany)
LOSS Zdislaw Brozowski (Poland)
LOSS Peter Haag (USA)

Div. F (61 – 65 years old)

63 kg – Ron Engel, St. Helena, Calif., 2nd
LOSS Mikhail Akopnin (Russia)

76 kg – Pat Ancil, Bradenton, Fla, 9th
LOSS Konstantin Buzulin (Russia)

85 kg – Garry Price, Mifflintown, Pa., 5th
LOSS Ahmet Sahin (Turkey)
LOSS Ferenc Szaraz (Hungary)
LOSS Aleksandr Maltcev (Russia)
LOSS Serafim Tomilin (Russia)
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