|UPDATE: Williams wins silver, Fisher takes bronze at Granma Cup in Cuba|
By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
HAVANA, Cuba – Two U.S. Greco-Roman wrestlers have won a medal so far at the Granma Cup this week.
Claiming a silver medal at Caylor Williams (Melbourne, Fla./YES Wrestling) at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. Williams, a member of the 2012 U.S. University World Team, is one of the top young stars
"Caylor Williams wrestled very well on his way to winning a silver medal,” said National Greco-Roman Coach Steve Fraser.
Capturing a bronze medal at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. was 2010 U.S. World Team member Jake Fisher (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Storm).
Taking fifth at 120 kg/264.5 lbs. was Parker Betts (St Michael, Minn./Minnesota Storm).
"We had both younger and some vets on the team. As a whole we still need to prove a lot with our pummeling skills, attacks on our feet, and partere defense,” said Fraser. “All in all I hope guys are getting more experience wrestling some of the toughest Cubans and Pols that are here.”
The U.S. has been in Cuba for joint training with their Cuban hosts, as well as to compete in this high-quality international tournament.
At Havana, Cuba
U.S. Greco-Roman performances
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Nick Alvarez, Miami, Fla. (USOEC), dnp
LOSS Canchomenta (Puerto Rico), 0-1, 0-2
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – John Bozarth, El Paso, Ill. (USOEC), dnp
LOSS Fiz (Cuba), 0-1, 0-1
74 kg/163 lbs. – Jake Fisher, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm), 3rd
WIN Mendes (Argentina), 1-0; 1-0
LOST Przepiorka (Poland). 0-2; 2-0; 0-5
WIN Gomez (Dominican Republic),1-0; 3-0
WIN Bell (Cuba), forfeit
74 kg/163 lbs. – Bo Beckman, Pleasant Grove, Utah (New York AC), dnp
LOSS Wolny (Poland), 0-3, 0-1
84 kg/185 lbs. – Jordan Holm, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm), dnp
LOSS Arias (Dominican Republic), 1-0, 0-1, 0-2
96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Caylor Williams, Melbourne, Fla. (YES Wrestling), 2nd
WIN Burtoyvoy (Argentina) pin, 1st period.
WIN Monteguro (Cuba), 7-0; 0-4; fall
LOSS Lugo (Cuba), 0-5; 0-1
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Toby Erickson, East Helena, Mont. (New York AC/USOEC), dnp
LOSS Josef (Cuba), 0-1, 0-1
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Robbie Smith, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
WIN Aponte (Puerto Rico), 1-0, pin
LOSS Josef (Cuba), 5-1, 0-1, 0-2
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Parker Betts, St. Michael, Minn. (Minnesota Storm), 5th
WIN Waite (Panama) 6-0, 3-0
LOSS Bkonski (Poland), 0-1, fall
LOSS Garcia (Dominican Republic), 0-4, 0-1