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|U.S. Greco-Roman World Team to compete in Poland; Members of freestyle World team to compete in Armenia August 3-4|
By Bryan Baumgartner USA Wrestling
Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs celebrates his win in the United 4 Wrestling event in May in Los Angeles. Tony Rotundo photo.
The U.S. will get a first look at its 2013 Greco-Roman World Team at the Wladyslaw Pytlasinski’s Memorial in Warsaw, Poland August 3-4.
2012 U.S. Olympic Team members Spenser Mango and Justin “Harry” Lester will compete for the USA. Mango won the 2013 U.S. Open and the 2013 U.S. World Team Trials and will wrestle at 55 kg/121 lbs. Lester finished eighth at the 2012 Olympic Games and recently defeated Ellis Coleman in the finals of the 2013 World Team Trials to earn the right to represent the USA at 66 kg/145.5 lbs.
Also competing for the USA is 2013 Pan American Championships bronze medalist Caylor Williams at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. Williams won the 2013 U.S. World Team Trials and the 2013 ASICS University Nationals.
Three members of the United States Senior World freestyle team are among a team of elite U.S. freestyle wrestlers set to compete in Stepan Sargsyan, an international freestyle cup tournament, in Vanadzor, Armenia on August 3-4.
2012 Olympic gold medalist and 2011 World Champion Jordan Burroughs is set to compete for the USA at 74 kg/163 lbs. It will be the first tournament for Burroughs since he downed Kyle Dake in the finals of the 2013 U.S. World Team Trials in June to improve to 56-0 on the senior level.
Brent Metcalf will wrestle at 66 kg/145.5 lbs. for the USA. The former Iowa Hawkeye earned a spot on the 2013 World Team after an impressive run at the 2013 U.S. World Team Trials during which he knocked of NCAA Champion Jordan Oliver in the semifinals and then upset 2013 U.S. open champion Kellen Russell in the final series. Metcalf was also the runner-up at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials and ranked eleventh in the July 2013 FILA World Freestyle rankings.
The third member of the 2013 U.S. World Team competing is Keith Gavin at 84 kg/185 lbs. Gavin won the 2013 U.S. Open in April before defeating Clayton Foster in the finals of the 2013 U.S. World Team Trials in June. In 2012, Gavin placed third at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
2013 U.S. Open champion and 2013 U.S. World Team Trials runner-up Kellen Russell will also compete for the USA.
The men’s Greco-Roman team will be coached by Steve Fraser, Momir Petkovic, Shon Lewis and Matt Lindland. The men’s freestyle team will be coached by Zeke Jones, Brandon Slay, Mike Duroe and Mark Manning.
2013 WLADYSLAW PYTLASINSKI’S MEMORIAL
At Warsaw, Poland, August 3-4
Saturday, August 3
1:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Elimination Rounds and Repechage: 55, 66, 84 and 120 kg
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Finals and Bronze Medal Matches: 55, 66, 84 and 120 kg
Sunday, August 4
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Elimination Rounds and Repechage: 60, 74 and 96 kg
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Finals and Bronze Medal Matches: 60, 74 and 96 kg
U.S. Greco-Roman roster
55 kg/121 lbs. – Spenser Mango, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
60 kg/132 lbs. – Jesse Thielke, Germantown, Wis. (NYAC/Badger WC)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Justin Lester, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
74 kg/163 lbs. – Andy Bisek, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Minnesota Storm)
84 kg/185 lbs. – Jordan Holm, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Caylor Williams, Greensboro, N.C. (U.S. Army WCAP)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Robbie Smith, Colorado Springs, Colo. (NYAC)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – David Arendt Jr., Camp Lejeune, N.C. (U.S. Marines)
Coach: Steve Fraser, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Coach: Momir Petkovic, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Coach: Shon Lewis, Fort Carson, Colo.
Coach: Matt Lindland, Gresham, Ore.
Medical: Tony Whiren
Official: Ryan Levin, Lindon, Utah
2013 STEPAN SARGSYAN
At Vanadzor, Armenia, August 3-4
Saturday, August 3
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Qualification Rounds: 55, 66, 84 and 120 kg
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Semifinals and Finals: 55, 66, 84 and 120 kg
Sunday, August 4
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Qualification Rounds: 60, 74 and 96 kg
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Semifinals and Finals: 60, 74 and 96 kg
U.S. men’s freestyle roster
55 kg/121 lbs. – Frank Perrelli, Ithaca, N.Y., (NYAC)
55 kg/121 lbs. – Angel Escobedo, Columbus, Ohio (NYAC/Ohio RTC)
66 kg/145.5 lbs – Kellen Russell, Ann Arbor, Mich. (NYAC/Michigan RTC)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Brent Metcalf, Iowa City, Iowa (New York AC/Titan Mercury WC)
74 kg/163 lbs. – Jordan Burroughs, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids
84 kg/185 lbs. – Keith Gavin, Columbus, Ohio (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)
84 kg/185 lbs. – Phil Keddy, Iowa City, Iowa, (Titan Mercury WC)
84 kg/185 lbs. – Clayton Foster, Laramie, Wyo. (GRIT Athletics/Cowboy WC)
84 kg/185 lbs. – Jon Reader, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids)
84 kg/185 lbs. – Chris Perry, Stillwater, Okla. (Cowboy WC)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Dustin Kilgore, Berea, Ohio (Sunkist Kids)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Chris Pendleton, Laramie, Wyo. (Titan Mercury WC/Wyoming RTC)
Coach: Zeke Jones, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Coach: Brandon Slay, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Coach: Mike Duroe, Marion, Iowa
Coach: Mark Manning, Lincoln, Neb.
Team Leader: Paul Kieblesz, Middle Village, N.Y.
Student manager: Zach Dinan, New York, N.Y.
Coaches: Brandon Slay, Zeke Jones, Mike Duroe, Mark Manning
Official: Don Tolin, Casper, Wyo.
Medical: Randy Boswell, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho