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Saturday medalists for the United States, Brad Swartz, Victor Aybar and Jamey Kasser, pose with the American flag. Chris Brown photo

BUDAPEST, Hungary – Three U.S. wrestlers won medals on the second day of men’s freestyle action at the Veterans World Championships on Saturday.

Capturing a silver medal at 76 kg in Div. D (51-55 years old) was Brad Swartz of Auburn, Wash.

Swartz opening the tournament with three straight wins, stopping Janos Zsura of Hungary, teammate Chris Brown of the United States and Daniel Rodriguez of Argentina. He was defeated in the gold-medal finals by Hormoz Almasi of Iran.

Swartz has won five previous Veterans World titles.

The USA had a pair of bronze medals in Div. C (46 – 50 years old), won by Victor Aybar of Manchester, Md. at 58 kg and Jamey Kasser of Lewis Center, Ohio at 63 kg.

Aybar opened with a win over Aiyoub Babaei of Iran, then was defeated by Anatoli Olesov of Russia. In the bronze-medal round, he beat Antal Plosz of Hungary.

Kasser won his opening bout against Roger Papotto of France, then was defeated in the semifinals by Boris Savva of Moldova. There was no bronze-medal bout in Kasser’s pool, so he ended with a 1-1 record.

Kasser was a Veterans World champion the previous two years.

The final two weight classes will be contested on Sunday, Div. A (35 – 40 years old) and Div. G (66 – 70 years old).

At Budapest, Hungary, September 21

Freestyle champions

Div. C (46 – 50 years old)
58 kg – Anatoli Olesov (Russia)
63 kg – Boris Savva (Moldova)
69 kg – Aleksej Kostirev (Latvia)
76 kg –I. Athanasiadis (Greece)
85 kg –Miradam Gasymov (Russia)
97 kg – Igor Zadnepryannyy (Kazakhstan)
130 kg – Alexandru Ballai (Romania)

Div. D (51 – 55 years old)
58 kg – Zhora Hovhannisyan (Armenia)
63 kg – Khirolah Fatahi (Iran)
69 kg – Rene Neyer (Switzerland)
76 kg –Hormoz Almasi (Iran)
85 kg –Willem Putter (Germany)
97 kg – Nikolay Kazakov (Russia)
130 kg – Istvan Foldesi (Hungary)

U.S. men’s freestyle performances

Div. C (46 – 50 years old)

58 kg – Victor Aybar, Manchester, Md., 3rd
WIN Aiyoub Babaei (Iran)
LOSS Anatoli Olesov (Russia)
WIN Antal Plosz (Hungary)

63 kg – Jamey Kasser, Lewis Center, Ohio, 3rd
WIN Roger Papotto (France)
LOSS Boris Savva (Moldova)

69 kg – David Hines, McKinleyville, Calif., dnp/11th
LOSS Gottlieb Lehman (Switzerland)

76 kg – Jon Tush, Maplewood, N.J., 8th
LOSS Gyula Horvath (Hungary)

85 kg – Petros Petrosyan, Los Alamitos, Calif., 5th
LOSS Miradam Gaymov (Russia)
LOSS Vladimir Vinokurov (Russia)

85 kg – Richard Tado, Huntley, Ill., 5th
LOSS Ibrahim Nagaev (Russia)
LOSS Gyz Lakatos (Hungary)

130 kg – P. Constandache, 5th
LOSS Alexandru Ballai (Romania)
LOSS Erol Yilidrim (Turkey)

Div. D (51 – 55 years old)

58 kg – R. Horton, 4th
LOSS Zhora Hovhannisyan (Armenia)
LOSS Muhlis Kazimoglu (Turkey)
LOSS Susumu Hashiura (Japan)

76 kg – Brad Swartz, Auburn, Wash., 2nd
WIN Janos Zsura (Hungary)
WIN Chris Brown (USA)
WIN Daniel Rodriguez (Argentina)
LOSS Hormoz Almasi (Iran)

76 kg - Chris Brown, Boyds, Md.,, 8th
WIN Rainer Muller (Germany)
LOSS Brad Swartz (USA)
LOSS Janos Zsura (Hungary)

85 kg – Gregg Stensgard, Vernal, Utah, 8th
LOSS Issa Asgabov (Belguim)
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