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|FLASH: Metcalf, Foster win golds, Escobedo silver and Perry bronze at Sargsyan International in Armenia|
By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
Award stand photos of Stepan Sargsyan International champion Brent Metcalf and Clayton Foster by Coach Brandon Slay
VANADZOR, Armenia – The U.S. won four freestyle medals, including two gold medals, at the competitive Stepan Sargsyan International on Saturday.
Claiming individual gold medals were 2013 U.S. World Team member Brent Metcalf (Iowa City, Iowa/New York AC/Titan Mercury WC) at 66 kg/145.5 lbs. and Clayton Foster (Laramie, Wyo./GRIT Athletics/Cowboy WC) at 84 kg/185 lbs.
Metcalf won a very competitive weight class, winning five matches on the way to the gold.
Foster, who was second in the 2013 U.S. World Team Trials, won three bouts to claim the title.
Claiming a silver medal was Angel Escobedo (Columbus, Ohio/New York AC/Ohio RTC) at 55 kg/121 lbs. Escobedo was second at the 2013 U.S. World Team Trials.
Earning a bronze medal was Chris Perry, Stillwater, Okla. (Cowboy WC) at 84 kg/185 lbs. Perry, a 2013 NCAA champion for Oklahoma State, is a past Junior World bronze medalist.
More updated results will be posted when received.
Two U.S. wrestlers weighed in and received draws for Sunday. World and Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs will compete at 74 kg/163 lbs., where he draws Giorgi Sanodze of Georgia in his first match. Burroughs has a 56 match winning streak in Senior-level freestyle coming into the competition. Also competing on Sunday is Chris Pendleton at 96 kg/211.5 lbs.
STEPAN SARGSYAN INTERNATIONAL
At Vanadzor, Armenia, Aug. 3
U.S. freestyle performances on Saturday
55 kg/121 lbs. – Frank Perrelli, Ithaca, N.Y., (New York AC), 5th place
55 kg/121 lbs. – Angel Escobedo, Columbus, Ohio (New York AC/Ohio RTC), silver medal
66 kg/145.5 lbs – Kellen Russell, Ann Arbor, Mich. (New York AC/Michigan RTC), dnp
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Brent Metcalf, Iowa City, Iowa (New York AC/Titan Mercury WC), gold medal
WIN Zhirayr Hovhannisyan (Armenia) 7-0
WIN Alan Gogaev (Russia) 2-0
WIN Levan Kelekhsashivili (Georgia) 5-3
WIN Koneb Khabalashivili (Georgia) 6-0
WIN Ulukman Mamatov (Kyrgyzstan) 6-3
84 kg/185 lbs. – Keith Gavin, Columbus, Ohio (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC), dnp
84 kg/185 lbs. – Phil Keddy, Iowa City, Iowa, (Titan Mercury WC), dnp
84 kg/185 lbs. – Clayton Foster, Laramie, Wyo. (GRIT Athletics/Cowboy WC), gold medal
84 kg/185 lbs. – Jon Reader, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids), dnp
84 kg/185 lbs. – Chris Perry, Stillwater, Okla. (Cowboy WC), bronze medal
U.S. men’s freestyle draws for Sunday
74 kg/163 lbs. – Jordan Burroughs, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids)
Vs. Giorgi Sanodze (Georgia)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Chris Pendleton, Laramie, Wyo. (Titan Mercury WC/Wyoming RTC)
Vs. Andranik Galstyan (Armenia)