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KOURTANE, Finland – Americans Mark Stenberg and Toby Erickson each finished fifth at the University World Championships on the final day of the event on Saturday.

Stenberg (Lockport, Ill./New York AC) dropped his bronze-medal match at 84 kg/185 lbs. while Erickson (East Helena, Montana/New York AC) fell in his bronze-medal match at 120 kg/264.5 lbs.

The U.S. finished fifth in the Greco-Roman competition with 36 points. Russia won the title with 50 points, followed by Turkey (46) and Iran (44).

Stenberg opened by earning three-period wins over Adrian Mocanu of Moldova and Victor Sasunouski of Belarus before falling to eventual champion Taleb Nematpour of Iran in the semifinals.

Stenberg then lost to Finland’s Pekka Rintama Ki in the match for bronze.

Erickson swept Japan’s Shori Maekawa in the first round before falling to Russia’s Alikhan Ayubov in the quarterfinals. Erickson was pulled back in for the repechage when Ayubov reached the finals.

Erickson took two straight periods from Estonia’s Mihkel Allikma before being defeated by China’s Longsheng Xu in the match for bronze.

American Caylor Williams dropped his first match to Romania’s Robert Papp at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. Williams was eliminated when Papp lost in the semifinals.

The top-five team finish by the U.S. in Greco-Roman was led by gold medalist Max Nowry and bronze medalist Jamel Johnson.

UNIVERSITY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Kourtane, Finland, October 6

Team scoring (Top 10)

Russia 50
Turkey 46
Iran 44
Belarus 37
United States 36
Poland 32
Romania 23
Finland 20
Hungary 19
Moldova 19

Greco-Roman results

84 kg/185 lbs.
Gold – Taleb Nematpour (Iran)
Silver – Oleg Shokalov (Russia)
Bronze – Pekka Rintama Ki (Finland)
Bronze – Ahmet Yildrim (Turkey)
5th – Mark Stenberg (USA)
5th – Tadeusz Michalik (Poland)
7th – Viktar Sasunouski (Belarus)
8th – Adrian Mocanu (Moldova)
9th – Keisuke Okuda (Japan)
10th – Tamas Toth (Hungary)

96 kg/211.5 lbs.
Gold – Nikita Melnikov (Russia)
Silver – Ahmet Tacyildiz (Turkey)
Bronze – Volodymyr Teslenko (Ukraine)
Bronze – Robert Papp (Romania)
5th – Antti Hakala (Finland)
5th – Marin Cazac (Moldova)
7th – Mohammadreza Akbari (Iran)
8th – Alo Toom (Estonia)
9th – Javid Hamzatau (Belarus)
10th – Radoslav Grzybicki (Poland)

120 kg/264.5 lbs.
Gold – Darzi Babajanzadeh (Iran)
Silver – Alikhan Ayubov (Russsia)
Bronze – Longsheng Xu (China)
Bronze – Kamil Blonski (Poland)
5th – Toby Erickson (USA)
5th – Bayram Nigar (Turkey)
7th – Kiryl Hryshchanka (Belarus)
8th – Lyoubomir Dmitrov (Bulgaria)
9th – Shori Maekawa (Japan)
10th – Mihkel Allikma (Estonia)

U.S. Greco-Roman results

84 kg/185 lbs. – Mark Stenberg, Lockport, Ill. (New York AC) – 5th
WIN Adrian Mocanu (Moldova), 1-0, 0-2, 3-1
WIN Viktar Sasunouski (Belarus), 3-0, 0-1, 2-0
LOSS Taleb Nematpour (Iran), 0-1, 0-1
LOSS Pekka Rintama Ki (Finland), 0-2, 0-1

96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Caylor Williams, Greensboro, N.C. (YES Wrestling)
LOSS Robert Papp (Romania), 1-3, 0-3

120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Toby Erickson, East Helena, Montana (New York AC) – 5th
WIN Shori Maekawa (Japan), 2-0, 1-0
LOSS Alikhan Ayubov (Russia), 0-3, 0-1
WIN Mihkel Allikma (Estonia), 1-0, 1-0
LOSS Longsheng Xu (China), 0-2, 0-1
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