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|Oregon repeats as Junior Greco-Roman World Duals champion, ahead of the USA All-Stars|
By Gary Abbott
CONCORD, Calif. – Oregon repeated as the champions at the 2013 Junior Greco-Roman World Duals on the final day of competition on Sunday.
The event is a featured international competition held in the United States as part of World Wrestling Month.
The dual meet portion of the event was completed Sunday morning, then an individual tournament was held. The final team placements were determined based upon points scored from both the dual meet and individual tournament portion of the tournament.
Oregon nailed down the team title with a strong effort in the individual tournament, with five individual champions and three runners-up. Oregon champions were Ronnie Bresser (56 kg), Dylan Holcomb (66 kg), Tyler Cowger (70 kg), Kyle Bateman (79 kg) and Wyatt Spears (125 kg).
Placing second was the USA All-Stars, which had four individual champions: Andrew Ibarra of California (52 kg), Kevon Powell of Ohio (59 kg), John Kenyon of Idaho (63 kg) and Burke Paddock of New York (74 kg).
Powell was named Lower Weight MVP and Paddock received the Upper Weight MVP after dominant performances in the dual meets and the tournament.
The Best Match was between Ronnie Bresser of Oregon and Simon Andersson of Scandinavia at 56 kg. The best technician was Kevin Mejia of Honduras, who was competing at 98 kg for the CYC team.
As part of World Wrestling Month, a focus of the event is to bring wrestlers and fans together from around the world in a show of solidarity to support Olympic wrestling.
This is the 14th year of this event .The first time an international team came for competition was in 2000, with a German Junior Team. Over the years, teams from Germany, Estonia, Norway, Sweden, Hungary, Mexico and Honduras have all participated in this event. It was developed as part of the legacy of a major Senior Greco-Roman event, the Concord Cup, which was held for 20 years in the community in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
2013 JUNIOR GRECO-ROMAN WORLD DUALS
At Concord Calif., May 26
2nd: USA All-Stars
Individual Tournament Results:
108 lbs/49 Kg:
First: Tirso Lara (CAL)
Second: Donovin Guerrero (CYC)
Third: Isaac Blackburn (SAWA)
115 lbs/52.5 kg:
First: Andrew Ibarra (USA)
Second: JT Ayers (Oregon)
Third: Tim Axelsson (Scandinavia)
123 lbs/56 kg:
First: Ronnie Bresser (Oregon)
Second: Simon Andersen (Scandinavia)
Third: Otto Scheffler (CYC)
130 lbs/59 kg:
First: KeVon Powell (USA)
Second: Zech Bresser (Oregon)
Third: Paul Rodriguez (CAL)
138 lbs/63 kg:
First: John Kenyon (USA)
Second: Elias Petersson (Scandinavia)
Third: Kai Laitinen (Sweden)
145 lbs/66 kg:
First: Dylan Holcomb (Oregon)
Second: Pelle Soderstrom (Scandinavia)
Third: Brady O’Keefe (USA)
154 lbs/70 kg:
First: Tyler Cowger (Oregon)
Second: Anthony Linares (USA)
Third: Mathias Olofsson (Sweden)
163 lbs/74.5 kg:
First: Burke Paddock (USA)
Second: Xavier Johnson (CYC)
Third: Alex Kessidis (Sweden)
174 lbs/79 kg:
First: Kyle Bateman (ORE)
Second: Victor Stenquist (Scandinavia)
Third: Richard Carlson
190 lbs/86.5 kg:
First: Anton Ternmyr (Sweden)
Second: Samuel Colbray (Oregon)
Third: Tanner Blank (CAL)
217 lbs/98.5 kg:
First: Kevin Mejia (Honduras/CYC)
Second: Wade Paulis (Oregon)
285 lbs/125 kg:
First: Wyatt Spears (Oregon)
Second: Jaharee Taylor (SAWA)
Third: Matias Viitanen (Scandinavia)
Best Match: 123 lbs Ronnie Bresser (ORE) vs Simon Andersson (SCAN)
Lower Weight MVP: KeVon Powell (USA) 130 lbs
Upper Weight MVP: Burke Paddock (USA) 163 lbs
Best Technician: Kevin Mejia (Honduras) 217 lbs