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|FLASH: Holm, Hicks eliminated on first day of Ivan Poddubny Grand Prix in Russia|
By Gary Abbott
TUMEN, Russia – The two U.S. wrestlers competing at 84 kg/185 lbs. on the first day of the Ivan Poddubny Grand Prix on Saturday were defeated and did not qualify for medal matches.
2011 U.S. Open champion Jordan Holm (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Storm) finished with a 2-1 record, opening with victories over opponents from Russia and China, then losing to a Russian opponent in three periods.
Peter Hicks (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) finished with a 1-1 record, defeating an opponent from Serbia then losing in the second round.
The Poddubny Grand Prix is considered one of the world’s toughest Greco-Roman events, and only two U.S. athletes have ever won gold medals there.
Two U.S. athletes compete on Sunday: Andy Bisek (Colorado Springs, Colo./Minnesota Storm) and Jake Fisher (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Storm), both at 74 kg/163 lbs.
IVAN PODDUBNY GRAND PRIX
At Tumen, Russia, January 19
55 kg/121 lbs.
Gold – Stepan Maranyan (Russia)
Silver – Bekhan Mankiev (Russia)
Bronze - Araz Khalilov (Russia)
Bronze – Andrew Choi (Russia)
66 kg/145.5 lbs.
Gold – Adam Kurak (Russia)
Silver – Islam-Beka Albiev (Russia)
Bronze – Zamir Zagashtokov (Russia)
Bronze – Yuri Denison (Russia)
84 kg/185 lbs.
Gold – Alexei Mishine (Russia)
Silver – Azamat Bikbaev (Russia)
Bronze – Rustam Assakalov (Uzbekistan)
Bronze – Ramazan Abacharaev (Russia)
120 kg/264.5 lbs.
Gold – Neither Xiaoming (China)
Silver – Zaur Kodo (Russia)
Bronze – Alikhan Ayubov (Russia)
Bronze – Shohruddi Ayubov (Russia)
U.S. Greco-Roman preliminary results
84 kg/185 lbs. – Jordan Holm, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
WIN Russia, 2-0 1-0
WIN China, 0-1, 1-0, 1-0
LOSS Russia, 1-0, 0-1, 0-1
84 kg/185 lbs. – Peter Hicks, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)
WIN Serbia, 1-0, 2-0