|LeValley wins gold, U.S. gets four more medals at Cerro Pelado International in Cuba|
By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
HAVANA, Cuba – Kevin LeValley (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Storm) won a gold medal at 66 kg/145.5 lbs., as all four U.S. athletes competing on Saturday won medals at the Cerro Pelado International.
LeValley, the former Bucknell All-American now training in Minnesota, won all three of his bouts. He opened with wins over Nain of Brazil and Carbonell of Cuba. In the finals, he stopped Sanchez of Cuba, 0-2, 2-0, 2-1.
2009 U.S. World Team member Trent Paulson, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids) won a silver medal at 74 kg/163 lbs. Paulson opened with wins over Lue of Canada and Quintana of Cuba. In the finals, he fell to Blanco of Cuba, 3-0, 0-1, 2-0.
Bronze medals went to a pair of wrestlers from the Cyclone WC in Ames, Iowa, Evan Brown at 84 kg/185 lbs. and Deron Winn at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. Both had 2-1 records.
Brown beat Perez of Dominican Republic, 0-4, 3-3, 1-1 in the bronze-medal match. Winn stopped Latour of Canada for the bronze, 7-0, 0-1, 3-0.
The U.S. won two medals on Friday, bringing the two-day total of medals to six.
CERRO PELADO INTERNATIONAL
At Havana, Cuba, February 16
62 kg/138.75 lbs.
Gold: Kevin LeValley (USA)
Silver: Sanchez (Cuba)
Bronze: Carbonell (Cuba)
Bronze: Maren (Cuba)
74 kg/163 lbs.
Gold: Blanco (Cuba)
Silver: Trent Paulson (USA)
Bronze: Perez (Cuba)
Bronze: Quintana (Cuba)
84 kg/185 lbs.
Gold: Arencibia (Cuba)
Silver: Torreblanco (Cuba)
Bronze: Evan Brown (USA)
Bronze: Salas (Cuba)
96 kg/211.5 lbs.
Gold: Cortina (Cuba)
Silver: Latour (Canada)
Bronze: Deron Winn ( USA)
Bronze: Maier (Argentina)
120 kg/264.5 lbs.
Gold: Batista (Cuba)
Bronze: Aponte (Peru)
Bronze: Encarnacion (Dominican Republic)
U.S. men’s freestyle performances
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Kevin LeValley, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm), 1st
WIN Nain (Brazil) 3-0, 2-2
WIN Carbonell (Cuba) 0-1, 4-0, 2-0
WIN Sanchez (Cuba) 0-2, 2-0, 2-1
74 kg/163 lbs. – Trent Paulson, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids), 2nd
WIN Lue (Canada) 8-1, 3-0
WIN Quintana (Cuba) 1-1, 2-0
LOSS Blanco (Cuba) 3-0,0-1, 2-0
84 kg/185 lbs. – Evan Brown, Dubuque, Iowa (Cyclone WC), 3rd
LOSS Arencibia (Cuba)1-0, 0-3, 0-2
WIN Miller (Canada) 6-0, 1-0
WIN Perez (Dominican Republic) 0-4, 3-3, 1-1
96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Deron Winn, Ames, Iowa (Cyclone WC), 3rd
WIN Almora (Cuba) 2-0, fall
LOSS Conyedo (Cuba) 1-1, 1-2
WIN Latour (Can) 7-0, 0-1, 3-0