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|Finals set at New York AC International in Greco-Roman and women’s freestyle|
By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The gold-medal finals of the 2012 New York Athletic Club International has been set in Greco-Roman and women’s freestyle on Friday.
In Greco-Roman, two-time Olympian Spenser Mango (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) will face 2012 University World champion Max Nowry (Wheeling, Ill./New York AC/USOEC) at 55 kg/121 lbs. It is a rematch of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials finals series, won by Mango. Both are past University World champions.
There are three other all-U.S. finals in Greco-Roman:
• At 74 kg/163 lbs. – Andrew Bisek (Minnesota Storm) vs. Jake Fisher (Minnesota Storm)
• At 96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Caylor Williams (YES Wrestling) vs. Marcus Finau (New York AC/USOEC)
• 120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Robbie Smith (New York AC) vs. Eric Nye (U.S. Army)
In women’s freestyle, there are three weight classes which have a true finals. Of the six athletes in the gold-medal round, only one is an American, Carlene Sluberski (Fredonia, N.Y./Brock) at 55 kg/121 lbs. Sluberski, who now attends college in Canada, will face Yuki Ikegame of Japan in the final match.
2012 World bronze medalist Alyssa Lampe (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) is in the finals of a three-athlete roundrobin against Ai Nakaya of Japan.
2012 World champion Adeline Gray (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) is in a three-athlete round-robin at 72 kg/158.5 lbs. with a 1-1 record, beating Molly Bouchard of Canada but losing to Hiroe Suzuki of Japan. She could still win the gold but only if Bouchard beats Suzuki.
Finals will be held at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, and will be streamed live on TheMat.tv.
NEW YORK AC INTERNATIONAL
At New York, N.Y., November 9
55 kg/121 lbs. – Spenser Mango (U.S. Army) vs. Max Nowry (New York AC/USOEC)
60 kg/132 lbs. – Tadaki Sasaki (Japan) vs. Jamel Johnson (YES Wrestling)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Kazuhiko Naruse (Japan) vs. Ravaughn Perkins (Ready RP Nationals)
74 kg/163 lbs. – Andrew Bisek (Minnesota Storm) vs. Jake Fisher (Minnesota Storm)
84 kg/185 lbs. – Tsukasa Tsurumaki (Japan) vs. Jordan Holm (Minnesota Storm)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Caylor Williams (YES Wrestling) vs. Marcus Finau (New York AC/USOEC)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Robbie Smith (New York AC) vs. Eric Nye (U.S. Army)
Women’s freestyle finals
48 kg/105.5 lbs. – Alyssa Lampe (Sunkist Kids) vs. Ai Nakaya (Japan)*
55 kg/121 lbs.- Carlene Sluberski (Brock) vs. Yuki Ikegame (Japan)
59 kg/130 lbs. - Natsumi Hayami (Japan) vs. Michelle Fazzari (Canada)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. – Danielle Lapagge (Canada) vs. Ayako Shoda (Japan)
* Note - Final roundrobin bout. Both athletes have 1-0 records.
Please note: Three other weight classes in women’s freestyle are round-robins and will not have a true finals. The final round of the roundrobin will be held during the finals. The weights are 48 kg, 51 kg, 67 kg and 72 kg.