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Shalack places sixth, Macaluso and Loethen are eighth at Beach World Series Final in Romania

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Isabeau Shalack (USA) and Ty Loethen (USA) competing in 2022 Beach World Series Final in Romania.
Isabeau Shalack (USA) and Ty Loethen (USA) competing in 2022 Beach World Series Final in Romania. Photos by Cheryl Baynard.

CONSTANTA, Romania – Isabeau Shalack of Oak Lawn, Ill. placed sixth in the Over 70 kg weight class in the women’s division, the highest place finisher for the United States at the Beach World Series Final on Mamaia Beach on Sunday.

The United States did not qualify any athlete for the championship bracket, ending their tournament with the completion of the Group competition.

Shalack placed second in Group B with a 2-1 record. She beat U.S. teammate Maren Anderson on Saturday, then split her two bouts on Sunday. Shalack scored an injury default win over Elena Margas of Romania, then fell to Aikaterni Pitsiava of Greece, 3-1.

Pitsiava won Group B and advanced to the semifinals, along with the winners of Group A and Group C. The final semifinal spot went Group C runner-up Stefania Zacheila of Greece, who scored five classification points, while Shalack had scored four classification points.

Four U.S. wrestlers placed third in their Group, but did not advance: Mia Macaluso of Otisville, N.Y. (Group A at 60 kg), Mitchell Cook of Orland Park, Ill. (Group B at 70 kg), Ty Loethen of Columbia, Mo. (Group A at 80 kg) and Jamal Morris of Miami, Fla. (Group D at 80 kg).

Their final placements were eighth place for Macaluso and Loethen, ninth place for Cook and 12th place for Morris.

Shalack and Loethen were the only U.S. entries to win two matches. Overall, eight of the 13 U.S. athletes won at least one match during the two-day event.

Other U.S. athletes in the top 10 were women wrestlers Maren Anderson (ninth at Over 70 kg) and Josephine Wearmouth of St. Charles, Iowa (ninth at 60 kg).

The United States placed eighth in the men’s team standings and ninth in the women’s team standings. Only one athlete earns points in each weight class for their country. Scoring points for Team USA men were Cook and Loethen, while scoring points for the U.S. women were Shalack and Macaluso.

When United World Wrestling announces the final standings from the five 2022 Beach World Series events, a report on where the U.S. athletes finished will be posted a different story.

This was the third of five Beach World Series events which will set the field for the 2023 World Beach Games in Bali, Indonesia, next August 5-12. The first two Beach World Series events of 2023 will complete the qualifying process. The top eight athletes per weight category and gender from these five events will earn a quota place for their National Olympic Committee at the World Beach Games. Current rankings for the World Beach Games quota positions will also be reported when available from United World Wrestling.

At Constanta, Romania, September 3-4

Women’s medalists

50 kg
Gold - Kumari Hanny (India)
Silver - Stefania Claudia Priceputu (Romania)
Bronze - Emine Cataloglu (Turkey)

60 kg
Gold - Iryna Khariv (Ukraine)
Silver - Elena Simona Ionescu (Romania)
Bronze - Daria Medvetska (Ukraine)

70 kg
Gold - Mimi Nikolova Hristova (Bulgaria)
Silver - Sofiya Hristova Georgieva (Bulgaria)
Bronze - Manon Kury (France)

Over 70 kg
Gold - Catalina Axente (Romania)
Silver - Liudmyla Pavlovets Tychyna (Ukraine)
Bronze - Stefania Zacheila (Greece)

Men’s Medalists

70 kg

Gold - Levan Kelekhsashvili (Georgia)
Silver - Ramiz Hasanov (Azerbaijan)
Bronze - Yunus Coskun (Turkey)

80 kg
Gold - Nika Kentchadze (Georgia)
Silver - Csaba Vida (Hungary)
Bronze - Vijay (India)

90 kg
Gold - Ibrahim Yusubov (Azerbaijan)
Silver - Farid Jabbarov (Azerbaijan)
Bronze - Mahmut Seyfi Ozkaya (Turkey)

Over 90 kg
Gold - Fatih Yasarli (Turkey)
Silver - Mamuka Kordzaia (Georgia)
Bronze - Georgi Lyubomirov Ivanov (Bulgaria)

U.S. Senior women’s results

50 kg – Laura White, Duanesburg, N.Y. (Curby 3 Style WC), 12th place
LOSS Miglena Selishka (Bulgaria), 3-0, 0:23
LOSS Stefani Priceputu (Romania), 3-0, 0:28
LOSS Justina Fanny Vigouroux (France), pin 1:11

60 kg – Mia Macaluso, Otisville, N.Y., 8th place
WIN Josephine Warmouth (USA), pin 0:21
LOSS Iryna Khariv (Ukraine), 3-0, 0:22
LOSS Maria Beaz Dilone (Spain), 3-0, 1:20

60 kg – Bella Hoffman, Tega Cay, S.C. (Fort Mill High School), 12th place
LOSS Nikolett Szabo (Hungary), 3-0, 0:56
LOSS Elena Ionescu (Romania), 3-0, 0:42
LOSS Daria Medvetska (Ukraine), pin 0:44

60 kg – Josephine Wearmouth, St. Charles, Iowa, 9th place
WIN Angela Pires Goncalves (Portugal), pin 0:20
LOSS Mia Macaluso (USA), pin 0:21
LOSS Maria Beaz Dilone (Spain), pin 0:45
LOSS Iryna Khariv (Ukraine), pin 0:06

Over 70 kg – Isabeau Shalack, Oak Lawn, Ill. (Evergreen Park Stallions WC), 6th place
WIN Maren Anderson (USA), 3-0, 0:57
WIN Elena Margas (Romania), inj. dft.
LOSS Aikaterini Pitsiava (Greece), 3-1, 2:54

Over 70 kg – Maren Anderson, Tinley Park, Ill. (Natural Athlete WC), 9th place
LOSS Isabeau Shalack (USA), 3-0, 0:57
LOSS Aikaterini Pitsiava (Greece), 3-0, 0:49
WIN Elena Margas (Romania), inj. dft

Over 70 kg – Erin Kremer, Covington, Wash. (Bombers WC), 13th place
LOSS Reetika (India), 3-0, 0:51

U.S. Senior men’s results

70 kg – Mitchell Cook, Orland Park, Ill. (Natural Athlete WC), 9th place
LOSS Yunus Coskun (Turkey), 2-1, 3:00
WIN Alin Ciorici (Moldova), pin, 0:34
LOSS Gheorghe Constantin (Romania), pin 1:08

70 kg – Mike Clark. Louisville, Ky. (Cardinal WC), 16th place
LOSS Dumitru Spiridon (Romania), pin 0:39
LOSS Levan Kelekhsashvili (Georgia), pin 1:14
LOSS Rubal Ibrahimili (Azerbaijan), pin 1:02

80 kg – Jamal Morris, Miami, Fla. (Cardinal Gibbons High School), 12th place
LOSS Csaba Vida (Hungary), pin, 0:04
LOSS Vijay (India), 2-1, 3:00
WIN Constantin Manea (Romania), 3-0, 0:54

80 kg – Ty Loethen, Columbia, Mo. (Purler Wrestling Academy), 8th place
WIN Jose Vinagre Alves Machado (Portugal), 3-0, 1:32
WIN Evan LePrince (France), pin, 0:46
LOSS Dimitar Angelov (Bulgaria), pin 0:24
LOSS Omid Adolali Kamaliaghdam (Azerbaijan), pin 0:22

90 kg – Jabari Irons, Fort Myers, Fla. (Irons Elite Wrestling), 13th place
LOSS Ilia Hristov (Bulgaria), pin 0:57
LOSS Mihai Palaghia (Romania), 3-2, 1:06
LOSS Davit Khutsishvili (Georgia), 3-0, 2:57

Over 90 kg – Mark Bonilla, Marietta, Ga. (Victory Wrestling), 13th place
LOSS Zafar Aliyev (Azerbaijan), pin 1:47
LOSS Achilleas Chrysidis (Greece), 3-0, 1:05
WIN Fatih Yasarli (Turkey), 2-1, 3:00

Women's standings
1 Romania 175
2 Ukraine 53
3 India 47
4 France 37
5 Bulgaria 35
6 Turkey 24
7 Hungary 20
8 Greece 19
9 United States 15
10 Spain 12
11 Norway 8
12 Slovenia 6
13 Portugal 2
(of 15 nations)

Men's standings
1 Georgia 82
2 Azerbaijan 63
3 Turkey 55
4 Romania 46
5 India 42
6 Hungary 26
7 Bulgaria 23
8 United States 10
9 (tie) France and Greece, 6
11 Netherlands, 2
(Of 16 nations)

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