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Freeman wins gold at Grand Prix of Spain, Greco-Roman team places sixth

by Savannah Asmann

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MADRID, Spain – Two athletes competed in the Greco-Roman division at the Grand Prix of Spain on Friday, with Courtney Denzel Freeman earning a gold medal and the United States placing sixth in a field of 12 teams.

Freeman, competing at 130 kg, defeated two opponents on his way to earning a gold medal at the Grand Prix of Spain. Freeman’s first win was a 9-0 technical fall over Spain’s Geronimo Camara. In the final match, Freeman pulled through for a close 11-9 victory to earn gold over Colombia’s Oscar Loango.
Shaun Heist competed at 97 kg and placed fourth. Heist faced opponents from Finland, Korea and Spain.

The event continues with women’s freestyle on July 8. Matches will start at 10 a.m. local time with medal matches set to begin at 4 p.m.

Local time in Madrid, Spain, is six hours ahead of the U.S. Eastern time zone.

Grand Prix of Spain


July 7, 2023

Team Standings (12 teams)
1 – Spain
2 – Kazakhstan
3 – Colombia
4 – Finland
5 – Korea
6 – United States
Final Greco-Roman results
55 kg
Gold – Meirambek Bekarys (Kazakhstan)
Silver – Armiya Kuat (Kazakhstan)
Bronze – James Castaño (Spain)

60 kg
Gold – Kabdyl Bakytzhan (Kazakhstan)
Silver – Kim Dahyun (Korea)
Bronze – Sultan Olzhas (Kazakhstan)
Bronze – Son Hee Dong (Korea)

63 kg
Gold – Jeong Youngwoo (Korea)
Silver – Iliyas Dauitov (Kazakhstan)
Bronze – Kanat Akytbek (Kazakhstan)

67 kg
Gold – Almatbek Amanbek (Kazakhstan)
Silver – Andres Montaño (Ecuador)
Bronze – Nilton Gonzalo Soto Garcia (Peru)

72 kg
Gold – Michael Portmann (Switzerland)
Silver – Joni Komppa (Finland)
Bronze – Temirlan Mamytbek (Kazakhstan)

77 kg
Gold – Marcos Sanchez-Silva (Spain)
Silver – Hanner Ramirez (Colombia)
Bronze – Yuisralember Carrion (Spain)

82 kg
Gold – Damir Tursunov (Kazakhstan)
Silver – Mohamed Amin Mainich Housni (Spain)
Bronze – Andres Gonzalez Gacigalupo (Spain)

87 kg
Gold – Waltteri Latvala (Finland)
Silver – Juan Jose Gonzalez (Colombia)
Bronze – Daniel Herrero (Spain)

97 kg
Gold – Arvi Savolainen (Finland)
Silver – Kwon Jeongyul (Korea)
Bronze – Jose Ferrandiz (Spain)

130 kg
Gold – Courtney Denzel Freeman (United States)
Silver – Oscar Loango (Colombia)
Bronze – Geronino Camara (Spain)
U.S. Greco-Roman performances
97 kg – Shaun Heist
LOSS Kwon Jeongyul (Korea), tech. fall 10-2
LOSS Arvi Savolainen, tech. fall 8-0
LOSS Jose Ferrandiz, tech. fall 8-0

130 kg – Courtney Denzel Freeman
WIN Geronimo Camara, tech. fall 9-0
WIN Oscar Loango, 11-9 decision