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IMAGE: Spenser Mango posted a 3-0 record at the 2013 Jacob Curby Cup including a victory over 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Peter Modos of Hungary. Photo by Larry Slater.

LA GRANGE, Ill. - The 2013 Jacob Curby Cup provided an exhilarating day of Greco-Roman competition with a dose of international flair.

The Curby Cup was comprised of four teams: the United States of America, Serbia, Hungary and Lithuania. All four teams competed in a dual format tournament with each team facing every team once.

The United States, Hungary and Lithuania each posted a 2-1 record on the day creating a three-way tie for first place. The first criteria for determining the team champion in this situation is the total number of individual matches won, placing Hungary at the top of the leaderboard having won 15 total matches. The United States came in second place having won 11 matches, leaving Lithuania in third place with only nine individual victories. Serbia came in fourth place after posting a 0-3 record in the tournament.

U.S. Greco-Roman coach Steve Fraser expressed disappointment about finishing in second place, but did stress the value and importance of competing in this event.

"Overall, I thought this day was a great day for us. We got some great matches in and all three of these teams are very strong, so we had to wrestle hard to beat Hungary and Serbia," Fraser said. "This is just a wonderful event for us, having three international matches here today really helps us prepare for the worlds."

The U.S. team was highlighted by Spenser Mango and Jordan Holm who both finished undefeated at the Curby Cup.

Mango started off the competition by defeating 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist Peter Modos of Hungary 1-0, 1-0.

"I've seen him at so many tournaments since i've started wrestling Greco and I never got to wrestle him till today and it was a nice win for me," Mango said. "It's like getting a little trophy but you know you just have to keep working because when it counts is at the world's and Olympics."

Mango also recorded victories over Nikola Markovic (Serbia) and Justas Petravičius (Lithuania).

Ben Provisor went 2-1 on the day losing a close decision to Valdemaras Venckaitis of Lithuania, however Provisor did take home the first place trophy for the 74 kg weight class despite the loss.

Hometown hero Joe Betterman secured two solid victories in the competition over Istvan Kozak of Hungary 1-0, 1-0 and Artūras Macijevskis (Lithuania) by way of fall.

For a list of complete results from the 2013 Curby Cup visit


USA vs Hungary
55 KG: Spenser Mango (USA) over Peter Modos (Hungary) Dec 1-0,1-0
60 KG: Joe Betterman (USA) over Istvan Kozak (Hungary) Dec 1-0,1-0
66 KG: Tamas Lorincz (Hungary) over Ellis Coleman (USA) Dec 4-0,1-0
74 KG: Ben Provisor (USA) over Martin Szabo (Hungary) Dec 0-1,2-0,2-0
84 KG: Jordan Holm (USA) over Viktor Lorincz (Hungary) Dec 0-1,1-0,2-1
96 KG: Gyorgy Rizmajer (Hungary) over Marcus Finau (USA) Dec 3-0,4-0
120 KG: Mihaly Deak-Bardos (Hungary) over David Arendt (USA) Dec 4-0,1-0

USA vs Serbia
55 KG: Spenser Mango (USA) over Nikola Markovic (Serbia) Pin 1:27
60 KG: Kristian Fris (Serbia) over Joe Betterman (USA) Dec 1-0,1-0
66 KG: Aleksandar Maksimovic (Serbia) over Ellis Coleman (USA) Dec 3-2,4-0
74 KG: Ben Provisor (USA) over Davor Stefanek (Serbia) Dec 4-1,6-1
84 KG: Jordan Holm (USA) over Vladimir Stankic (Serbia) Dec 4-1,5-0
96 KG: Dejan Franjkovic (Serbia) over Marcus Finau (USA) Dec 4-0,0-1,4-0
120 KG: David Arendt (USA) over Vasilije Govedarica (Serbia) Dec 4-0,7-0

USA vs Lithuania
55 KG: Spenser Mango (USA) over Justas Petravičius (Lithuania) Dec 2-0,7-0
60 KG: Joe Betterman (USA) over Artūras Macijevskis (Lithuania) Pin 2-1,1:26
66 KG: Edgaras Venckaitis (Lithuania) over Ellis Coleman (USA) Dec 3-0,0-1,1-0
74 KG: Valdemaras Venckaitis (Lithuania) over Ben Provisor (USA) Dec 4-2,0-1,1-0
84 KG: Jordan Holm (USA) over Laimutis Adomaitis (Lithuania) Dec 1-0,1-0
96 KG: Vilius Laurinaitis (Lithuania) over Marcus Finau (USA) Dec 2-0,2-0
120 KG: Mindaugas Mizgaitis (Lithuania) over David Arendt (USA) Dec 1-0,2-0
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