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Francisco places fifth to close out American competition at Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov International

by Taylor Miller-Gregorio, USA Wrestling

Photo of Ceron Francisco by Tony Rotundo,

VELIKO TARNOVO, Bulgaria – Ceron Francisco put up the final result for the U.S. on Sunday, taking fifth at 125 kg in men’s freestyle at the Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov International in Bulgaria.

On Saturday, Francisco fell in the semifinals to two-time U23 World medalist Dzianis Khramiankou from Belarus to get sent to the bronze-medal match. There, the American met up with two-time Military World champion Mohebi Yadollah from Iran, who took the match 6-0 to give Francisco a fifth-place finish.

This was Francisco’s first international tournament since 2018.

Overall, the USA collected six medals, including gold medals from Emma Bruntil (WFS 65 kg) and Zain Retherford (MFS 70 kg), a silver medal from Mallory Velte (WFS 65 kg) and bronze medals from Josh Rodriguez (MFS 61 kg), Pat Lugo (MFS 65 kg) and Jennifer Rogers (WFS 62 kg).

Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria | Feb. 17-20, 2022

U.S. men’s freestyle

57 kg: Nico Provo (South Side WC) – FIFTH

WIN Jyotiba Bajrang (India), 8-6

WIN Aid Salihasi (Moldova), 10-0

LOSS Aryian Tiutrin (Belarus)

LOSS Aliabbas Rzazade (Azerbaijan), 10-0

61 kg: Josh Rodriguez (Nittany Lion WC) – BRONZE

LOSS Zelimkhan Abakarov (Albania), 5-2

WIN Vicky (India), 13-3

WIN Andrey Bekrenev (Belarus), 4-1

WIN Ravinder (India), 10-8

61 kg: Gabe Townsell (California RTC) – eliminated

WIN Intigam Valizada (Azerbaijan), injury default

LOSS Georgii Okorokov (Austria), 7-2

65 kg: Pat Lugo (Hawkeye WC) – BRONZE

WIN Stefan Tonu (Moldova), 5-3

LOSS Islam Dudaev (Albania), 10-0

WIN Aikhaan Antonov (Russia), 12-2

WIN Vitalie Bunici (Moldova), 5-3

70 kg: Zain Retherford (Nittany Lion WC/Titan Mercury WC) – GOLD

WIN Ivan Stoyanov (Bulgaria), 8-0

WIN Marc Dietsche (Switzerland), 12-2

WIN Yehor Muradyan (Ukraine), fall

WIN Ramazan Ramazanov (Bulgaria), 10-6

125 kg: Ceron Francisco (Titan Mercury WC) – FIFTH

WIN Egor Olar (Moldova), injury default

LOSS Dzianis Khramiankou (Belarus), 7-4

LOSS Mohebi Yadollah (Iran), 6-0

U.S. women’s freestyle
53 kg: Alisha Howk (Sunkist Kids) – eliminated

WIN Irena Binkova (Bulgaria), 10-0

LOSS Anastasia Blayvas (Germany), 7-2

57 kg: Sophia Mirabella (Team Tornado WC) – eliminated

LOSS Jenna Hemia (Finland), fall

62 kg: Jennifer Rogers (Nittany Lion WC/Titan Mercury WC) – BRONZE

WIN Rani Ritu (India), 10-0

LOSS Bilyana Dudova (Bulgaria), 16-5

WIN Lydia Perez (Spain), 9-2

65 kg: Emma Bruntil (USOPTC/Titan Mercury WC) – GOLD

WIN Yauheniya Andreichykava (Bulgaria), 5-2

WIN Sofia Georgieva (Bulgaria), 4-1

WIN Mallory Velte (USA), 2-2

65 kg: Mallory Velte (Beaver Dam RTC/Titan Mercury WC) – SILVER

WIN Jaspreet Kaur (India), 10-0

WIN Roxana Capezan (Romania), 10-0

WIN Elis Manolova (Azerbaijan), 8-0

LOSS Emma Bruntil (USA), 2-2

U.S. Greco-Roman
60 kg: Gabe Townsell (California RTC) – eliminated

LOSS Nedyalko Petrov (Bulgaria), 10-0

63 kg: Chayse La Joie (California RTC) – eliminated

WIN Ilia Mustakov (Bulgaria), 8-0

LOSS Erik Torba (Hungary), 12-4

67 kg: Robert Perez (Greco-Roman Development) – eliminated

LOSS Anshu (India), 7-0

77 kg: RaVaughn Perkins (New York AC) – eliminated

LOSS Joilson Ramos (Brazil), forfeit

97 kg: G’Angelo Hancock (USOPTC/Sunkist Kids) – eliminated

LOSS Aleksandar Simovic (Serbia), forfeit

130 kg: Tanner Farmer (New York AC) – FIFTH

WIN Singh Mehar (India), 9-0

LOSS Ciurariu Alexuc (Romania), fall

WIN Roman Kim (Kyrgyzstan), 8-0

LOSS Lenard Berei (Romania), 7-1


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