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Loethen, Cook, Shalack win pool bouts at Beach World Series in Singapore, with World Beach Games berths on the line

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Singapore USA Beach Team and Beach World Series Logo
USA Team photo courtesy of Laura White.

SINGAPORE – Three U.S. athletes won at least one bout during the pool competition at the Beach World Series in Singapore, which started on Saturday.

This is the fifth and final UWW Beach World Series event which is a qualifier for the 2023 World Beach Games in Bali, Indonesia. Team USA brought five athletes to Singapore, all who have a chance to secure the United States a berth in World Beach Games. From these five specific qualifiers, athletes from the top eight nations in each of the eight Beach World Series weight classes (four women’s weights, four men’s weights) qualify their nation to compete in the World Beach Games in Bali in August.

The first two rounds of competition were held on Saturday, with each wrestler getting two bouts in their Group of four wrestlers. Three U.S. wrestlers secured at least one victory, Ty Loethen of Columbia, Mo. at 80 kg in men’s wrestling, Mitch Cook of Orland Park, Ill. at 70 kg in men’s wrestling and Isabeau Shalack of Oak Lawn, Ill. at Over 70 kg in women’s wrestling.

Coming into Singapore, in the World Beach Games qualifying standings, Cook is at No. 6 at 70 kg, Shalack is at No. 6 at Over 70 kg and Loethen is at No. 7 at 80 kg.

Loethen won both of his matches in Group D, with a 3-0 decision over Ewan Emile LePrince of France and a pin of Peilong Li of China in 30 seconds. To win his Group, Loethen needs one more win on Sunday against Kamruzzaman of Bangladesh (who lost twice on Saturday) and advance to the knockout round bracket quarterfinals. With a loss, Loethen could still advance if he places in the top two of his Group.

Cook and Shalack had 1-1 records during their Group competitions on Saturday.

Cook opened with a 3-1 loss to Yoshiki Yamada of Japan, then rebounded with a 3-1 win over Brian Oloo of Kenya. His fate will be determined on Sunday morning in his final Group C match against Oleksii Boruta of Ukraine.

Shalack opened with a 3-0 win against Naomi Rachel DeBruine of Australia, then dropped a tight 1-0 match to Catalina Axente of Romania, who is No. 1 ranked in the World Beach Games qualifying standings. Her final Group A match will be against Angelique Gonzalez of France, who is one place ahead of Shalack in the World Beach Games qualifying rankings.

The two other U.S. women athletes lost both of their Group matches on Saturday, Laura White of Duanesburg, N.Y. at 50 kg and Mia Macaluso of Otisville, N.Y. at 60 kg. Both will have at least one more match on Sunday morning, with a must-win situation if they are to advance from their pool.

Coming into Singapore, Macaluso is No. 5 at 60 kg and White is No. 6 at 50 kg in the World Beach Games qualifying standings.

Competition resumes on Sunday with the completion of the Group Rounds at 10:00 a.m. local time, followed by the Elimination Rounds and Finals at 4:30 p.m. local time. Singapore is 12 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time zone.

The event will be broadcast live by FloWrestling.


At Singapore, June 10-11

U.S. Senior Women’s results

50 kg: Laura White, Duanesburg, N.Y. (Curby 3 Style WC)

Group B matches

LOSS Emine Cataloglu (Turkey), 3-0, 0:59

LOSS Xiaomin Xie (China), 3-1, 0:35

Vs. Ting Mei Seow (Singapore)

60 kg: Mia Macaluso, Otisville, N.Y.

Group C matches

LOSS Maria Baez Dilone (Spain), 3-0, 0:49

LOSS Dulguun Bolormaa (Mongolia), 3-0, 0:39

Vs. Anastasiya Kravchenko (Ukraine)

+70 kg: Isabeau Shalack, Oak Lawn, Ill. (Evergreen Park Stallions WC)

Group A matches

WIN Naomi Rachel De Bruine (Australia), 3-0, 1:08

LOSS Catalina Axente (Romania), 1-0

Vs. Angelique Gonzalez (France)

U.S. Senior Men’s results

70kg: Mitch Cook, Orland Park, Ill. (Natural Athlete WC)

Group C matches

LOSS Yoshiki Yamada (Japan), 3-1, 1:00

WIN Brian Oloo (Kenya), 3-1, 1:00

Vs. Oleksii Boruta (Ukraine)

80kg: Ty Loethen, Columbia, Mo. (Purler Wrestling Academy)

Group D matches

WIN Ewan Emile LePrince (France), 3-0, 0:57

WIN Peilong Li (China), pin 0:35

Vs. Kamruzzaman (Bangladesh)