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The 2001 USA Maccabiah wrestling team was selected at the Maccabiah Trials competition held at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia on Nov. 5. The trials featured exciting international competition where high school, collegiate and veteran international wrestlers vied for spots on the team. The Maccabiah Games are a multi-sport competition similar to the Olympics. The Maccabiah Games are for Jewish athletes and held every four years in Israel the summer following the Olympic year. The wrestlers who made the team will compete in July in both Greco-Roman and Freestyle. One of the more interesting matches was Lindsey Durlacher (NCAA runner-up for Illinois) against Jason Silverstein (NCAA All-American at Purdue ) at 127.75 pounds. Silverstein tied the match with a high crotch to send it to overtime at 3-3, but Durlacher executed a slick reversal after being put down for passivity for a 4-3 victory The tournament often featured veterans versus top collegiate wrestlers. Solomon Fleckman, a former Junior National champion and two time all-American for Lehigh University who now coaches at Blair Academy, won an exciting match over college star Clint Wattenberg of Cornell, 4-0. The competition also featured a final wrestle -off where the second place finisher in each weight class could challenge the champion of the following weight class. Two weight classes were determined through this challenge system, 187.25 pounds and 286 pounds. 2001 U.S. MACCABIAH WRESTLING TEAM 54 kg/119 lbs. - Martvey Krepper (U.C. Davis) 58 kg/127.75 lbs. - Lindsey Durlacher (Assistant coach of Northwestern University) 58 kg/127.75 lbs. - Jason Silverstein (Purdue University) 63 kg/1387.5 lbs. - Matthew Goldstein (Lehigh University) 69 kg/152 lbs. - Joel Friedman (Graduate Harvard University) 76 kg/167.5 lbs. - Solomon Fleckman (Coach of Blair Academy) 85 kg/187.25 lbs. - Clint Wattenberg (Cornell University) 97 kg/213.75 lbs. - Matt Greenberg (Cornell University) 130 kg/286 lbs. - Eugene Basmachenko (New York Athletic Club) MACCABIAH TEAM TRIALS CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS 54 kg/119 lbs. - Krupper dec. Goldenberg, 10-4 58 kg/127.75 lbs. - Durlacher dec. Silverstein, 4-3, ot 63 kg/1387.5 lbs. - Goldstein dec. Delmare, 10-0 69 kg/152 lbs. - Friedman pin Bolmayes, 2:23 76 kg/167.5 lbs. - Fleckman dec. Wattenberg, 4-0 85 kg/187.25 lbs. - Shipiro dec. Shaub, 6-3 97 kg/213.75 lbs. - Greenberg dec. Prichett, 2-1 OT Challenge matches 85 kg/187.25 lbs. - Wattenberg dec. Shipiro 130 kg/286 lbs. - Bashmachenko dec. Prichett, 3-1, ot
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