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Raupp places fifth in Constanta Beach World Series Final in Romania, USA is seventh in both men’s and women’s team standings

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

USA Senior Beach World Team delegation pose together on the beach in Constanta, Romania. Photo courtesy of Ed Duncan.

CONSTANTA, Romania – Anthony Raupp of Minot, N.D. won his final Pool A match at 80 kg on Sunday, and finished with a 2-1 record, which was good for second place in his pool. He did not advance to the semifinals, based upon classification points and tiebreakers, and ended up fifth in his weight class.

Raupp, who wrestled at Minot State and is now a coach there, defeated Gheorghe Constantin of Romania, 3-1 on Sunday. He had a 1-1 record on Saturday. The athlete who defeated him, Davit Khutishvili of Georgia, ultimately won a silver medal.

All five of the U.S. wrestlers in the Senior-level competition placed in the top 10 of their weight class. The USA finished seventh in the 13-team men’s standings with 12 points, with Georgia winning the team title. The United States was also seventh in the 10-team women’s division standings with 16 points, with Ukraine winning the team title.

Placing seventh at 80 kg in the men’s draw was Jamal Morris of Miami, Fla. Morris dropped his Sunday match to Vasyl Mykhailov of Ukraine, 3-0. Mykhailov went on to win the gold medal. Morris, who wrestled at NC State, finished with a 1-2 record in Pool B, which was good for second in his pool. However, like Raupp, he did not have enough points scored to make the semifinals.

Both U.S. women dropped matches on Sunday morning, and fnished seventh in their weight classes: Breanna Stikkelman of Santee, Calif. at 60 kg and Tiaira Scott of Louisville, Ky. at Over 70 kg. Stikkelman fell to Georgia Gkougkoudi of Greece, 3-2, and Scott lost to Aikaterini Pitsiava of Greece, 3-1. Stikkelman, who was a Grappling World champion for the USA, finished with an 0-2 record, while Scott, who wrestled at Campbellsville in college, finished at 0-3.

Michael Peters of Quincy, Ill., who was competing in his third Beach World Series event of 2021, placed 10th at 70 kg. He dropped a 3-0 match to Norbert Molnos of Romania on Sunday, to finish his competition with a 3-0 record. Peters competes for Maryville University.


At Constanta, Romania

Men’s medalists

70 kg

Gold - Levan Kelekhsashvili (Georgia)

Silver - Yunus Coskun (Turkey)

Bronze - Oleksii Boruta (Ukraine)

80 kg

Gold - Vasyl Mykhailov (Ukraine)

Silver - Davit Khutsishvili (Georgia)

Bronze - Omid Abdolali Kamaliaghdam (Azerbaijan)

90 kg

Gold - Ibrahim Yusubov (Azerbaijan)

Silver - Dato Marsagishvili (Georgia)

Bronze - Oleksii Yakovchuk (Ukraine)

Over 90 kg

Gold - Oyan Nazariani (Azerbaijan)

Silver - Mamuka Kordzaia (Georgia)

Bronze - Vasile Vlad Caras (Romania)

U.S. men’s results

70 kg - Michael Peters, Quincy, Ill. , 10th place

LOSS Yunus Coskun (Turkey), 3-0, 2:01

LOSS Quentin Jean-Rene Sticker (France), 3-0, 0:46

LOSS Norbert Molnos (Romania), 3-0, 0:28

80 kg – Jamal Morris, Miami, Fla. , 7th place

WIN Dimitar Angelov (Bulgaria), 3-2, 1:16

LOSS Buluthan Oksuz (Turkey), 3-2, 2:28

LOSS Vasyl Mykhailov (Ukraine), 3-0, 2:02

80 kg – Anthony Raupp, Minot, N.D., 5th place

LOSS Davit Khutsishvili (Georgia), 3-1, 1:16

WIN Abdussamed Turgut (Netherlands), 3-1, 2:16

WIN Gheorghe Constantin (Romania), 3-1

Women’s medalists

50 kg

Gold - Stefania Claudia Priceputu (Romania)

Silver - Emine Cataloglu (Turkey)

Bronze - Tetiana Profatilova (Ukraine)

60 kg

Gold - Francesca Indelicato (Italy)

Silver - Anastasiya Kravchenko (Ukraine)

Bronze - Georgia Gkougkoudi (Greece)

70 kg

Gold - Alina Berezhna Stadnik Makhynia (Ukraine)

Silver - Agoro Papavasileiou (Greece)

Bronze - Asli Tugcu (Turkey)

80 kg

Gold - Catalina Axente (Romania)

Silver - Iryna Pasichnyk (Ukraine)

Bronze - Enrica Rinaldi (Italy)

U.S. women’s results

60 kg – Breanna Stikkelman, Santee, Calif., 7th place

LOSS Anastasiy Kravchenko (Ukraine), 5-0, 0:52

LOSS Georgia Gkougkoudi (Greece), 3-2, 0:52

Over 70 kg – Tiaira Scott, Louisville, Ky., 7th place

LOSS Enrica Rinaldi (Italy), 3-0, 0:29

LOSS Beste Altug (Turkey), 2-2, 3:00

LOSS Aikaterini Pitsiava (Greece), 3-1, 1:19
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