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Aiello wins gold, Cassioppi takes silver at Waclaw Ziolkowski in Poland

by Taylor Gregorio, USA Wrestling

WARSAW, Poland – USA Wrestling closed out its competition at the Waclaw Ziolkowski Memorial International on Thursday with two more medals, a gold and a silver, bringing the squads total to nine medals.

Earning spots on the podium today were champion Jay Aiello and runner-up Tony Cassioppi.

Competing at 92 kg, 2021 U23 World bronze medalist Aiello did not surrender a single point en route to his first international gold medal. He opened with back-to-back 11-0 technical falls against opponents from Poland and Ukraine, respectively. In his final bout, Aiello shut down 2015 European Games bronze medalist Radoslaw Marcinkiewicz from Poland, 5-0, for the title.

Cassioppi, the reigning U23 World champion at heavyweight, put together a solid morning session with three wins, including an 18-8 tech fall over U23 European champion Solomon Manashvili of Georgia, to secure his spot in the finals. There, he fell four-time Senior European medalist Robert Baran from Poland in a tight 3-0 decision to finish with silver.

The other two USA athletes competing today earned fifth-place finishes with Mike Macchiavello at 97 kg and Derek White at 125 kg. Both athletes went 2-2 on the day. Macchiavello claimed an 11-0 tech fall and a 5-4 win, while White’s victories came in the form of decisions, 1-1 and 2-1, respectively.

Overall, the U.S. earned nine medals, including three gold, two silver and four bronze. Below are Team USA’s full results from the tournament.


Warsaw, Poland | July 20-24

U.S. men’s freestyle results
57 kg: Vitali Arujau (Spartan Combat WC/TMWC) – BRONZE

WIN Robert Dingashvili (Georgia), 11-3

LOSS Andriy Yatsenko (Ukraine), 9-6

WIN Wanhao Zou (China), 8-2

WIN Giorgi Gegelashvili (Georgia), 12-2

61 kg: Joe Colon (Wildcat WC/TMWC) – GOLD

WIN Nil Leutert (Switzerland), 10-0

WIN Minghu Liu (China), 13-2

WIN Taras Markovych (Ukraine), 16-13

61 kg: Austin DeSanto (Hawkeye WC) – BRONZE

WIN Valentyn Bliasetskyi (Ukraine), 10-0

LOSS Taras Markovych (Ukraine), 5-4

WIN Daniel DeShazer (USA), 11-0

61 kg: Daniel DeShazer (Gopher WC RTC) – FIFTH

LOSS Taras Markovych (Ukraine), 6-4

WIN Valentyn Bliasetskyi (Ukraine), 5-2

LOSS Austin DeSanto (USA), 11-0

65 kg: Joey McKenna (Pennsylvania RTC/TMWC) – BRONZE

WIN Vasyl Shuptar (Ukraine), 10-0

WIN Nino Leutert (Switzerland), 9-2

LOSS Tsogbadrakh Tseveensuren (Mongolia), 2-1

WIN Krzysztof Bienkowski (Poland), 3-1

65 kg: Matthew Kolodzik (NJ RTC/NYAC)

LOSS Tsogbadrakh Tseveensuren (Mongolia), 11-8

WIN Tony Tolbert (USA), 10-0

LOSS Vasyl Shuptar (Ukraine), 7-5

65 kg: Tony Tolbert (NYC RTC)

LOSS Tornike Katamadze (Georgia), 4-0

LOSS Matthew Kolodzik (USA), 10-0

70 kg: Alec Pantaleo (Michigan RTC/TMWC) – SILVER

WIN Zurabi Iakobishvili (Georgia), 2-1

WIN Oleksiy Boruta (Ukraine), 6-2

LOSS Arman Andreasyan (Armenia), 3-2

70 kg: Yahya Thomas (Wildcat WC/TMWC) – FIFTH

LOSS Igor Nykyforuk (Ukraine), 5-4

WIN Marc Dietsche (Switzerland), 5-0

LOSS Oleksiy Boruta (Ukraine), 4-3

74 kg: David Carr (Cyclone RTC/TMWC) – GOLD

WIN Menghejigan Menghejigan (China), 13-2

WIN Shengsong Xia (China), 12-1

WIN Giorgi Sulava (Georgia), 10-0

WIN Zelimkhan Tohuzov (Ukraine), 11-0

79 kg: David McFadden (Pennsylvania RTC/TMWC) – BRONZE

WIN Jose O’Neil (Angola), 10-0

WIN Alex Marinelli (USA), 10-0

LOSS Vasyl Mykhaylov (Ukraine), 6-0

WIN Csaba Vida (Hungary) 10-0

79 kg: Alex Marinelli (Hawkeye WC/TMWC)

WIN Mateusz Pedzicki (Poland), 11-0

LOSS David McFadden (USA), 10-0

WIN Erik Reinbok (Estonia), 10-0

LOSS Csaba Vida (Hungary), 15-13

92 kg: Jay Aiello (Cavalier WC/TMWC) – GOLD

WIN Patryk Dublinowski (Poland), 11-0

WIN Andriy Vlasov (Ukraine), 11-0

WIN Radoslaw Marcinkiewicz (Poland), 5-0

97 kg: Mike Macchiavello (Wolfpack WC/TMWC) – FIFTH

WIN Thomas Barns (Australia), 11-0

WIN Tuerxunbieki Muheite (China), 5-4

LOSS Givi Matcharashvili (Georgia), 8-6

LOSS Elizbar Odikadze (Georgia), 9-1

125 kg: Anthony Cassioppi (Hawkeye WC/TMWC) – SILVER

WIN Jere Heino (Finland), 5-0

WIN Solomon Manashvili (Georgia), 18-8

WIN Kamil Kosciolek (Poland), 10-5

LOSS Robert Baran (Poland), 3-0

125 kg: Derek White (Michigan RTC/TMWC) – FIFTH

LOSS Daniel Ligeti (Hungary), 7-0

WIN Oleksander Koldovskyi (Ukraine), 1-1

WIN Zhiwei Deng (China), 2-1

LOSS Kamil Kosciolek (Poland), 11-0


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