WRESTLING: Four U.S. wrestlers fall short of medals at Poddubny Grand Prix in Russia
Gary Abbott
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January 20, 2013 8:42 PM
SUNDAY: Bisek, Fisher eliminated on final day of Ivan Poddubny Grand Prix in Russia
 
TUMEN, Russia – The two U.S. wrestlers competing at 74 kg/163 lbs. on the final day of the Ivan Poddubny Grand Prix on Sunday were defeated and did not qualify for medal matches.
 
2011 World Team member Andy Bisek (Colorado Springs, Colo./Minnesota Storm) opened with a victory over an opponent from Kazakhstan, 1-0, 6-0, then was defeated in the second round by Olympic and World champion Roman Vlasov of Russia, 2-0, 1-0.
 
When Vlasov reached the finals, Bisek was pulled back into the repechage, where he lost a bout to a Russian, 0-2, 0-2.
 
2010 World Team member Jake Fisher opened with a first round loss by pin to Alexander Chehirkin of Russia. When Chehirkin reached the finals, Fisher was drawn back into the repechage, where he fell to a Russian, 2-0, 0-3, 0-3.
 
The U.S. brought four wrestlers to the world famous Ivan Poddubny International, one of the most competitive in the world, and came home with no medals.
 
"We had good training camp in Moscow with Russians and saw some very good improvement in the Poddubny tournament. The Poddubny tournament was as tough as usual. These guys still have improvement to do, but we are proud of their effort," said National Greco-Roman Coach Steve Fraser.
 
IVAN PODDUBNY GRAND PRIX
At Tumen, Russia, January 20, 2013
 
Greco-Roman medalists
 
60 kg/132 lbs.
Gold – Rusam Khuchbarov (Russia)
Silver – Ivan Kyulakov (Russia)
Bronze – Erbol Kalabao (Belarus)
Bronze – Nazir Mankiev (Russia)
 
74 kg/163 lbs.
Gold – Roman Vlasov (Russia)
Silver – Alexander Chehirkin (Russia)
Bronze – Evgeny Popov (Russia)
Bronze – Yevgeny Saleev (Russia)
 
96 kg/211.5 lbs.
Gold – Nikita Melnikov (Russia)
Silver – Musa Yevloyev (Russia)
Bronze – Konstantin Efimov (Russia)
Bronze – Daniel Ontin (Russia)
 
U.S. Greco-Roman performances
 
74 kg/163 lbs. – Andy Bisek, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Minnesota Storm)
WIN Kazakhstan, 1-0, 6-0
LOSS Roman Vlasov (Russia), 2-0, 1-0
LOSS Russia, 0-2, 0-2
 
74 kg/163 lbs. – Jake Fisher, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
LOSS Alexander Chehirkin (Russia) pin
LOSS Russia 2-0, 0-3, 0-3
 
SATURDAY: Holm, Hicks eliminated on first day of Ivan Poddubny Grand Prix in Russia
 
TUMEN, Russia – The two U.S. wrestlers competing at 84 kg/185 lbs. on the first day of the Ivan Poddubny Grand Prix on Saturday were defeated and did not qualify for medal matches.
 
2011 U.S. Open champion Jordan Holm (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Storm) finished with a 2-1 record, opening with victories over opponents from Russia and China, then losing to a Russian opponent in three periods.
 
Peter Hicks (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) finished with a 1-1 record, defeating an opponent from Serbia then losing in the second round.
 
The Poddubny Grand Prix is considered one of the world’s toughest Greco-Roman events, and only two U.S. athletes have ever won gold medals there.
 
Two U.S. athletes compete on Sunday: Andy Bisek (Colorado Springs, Colo./Minnesota Storm) and Jake Fisher (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Storm), both at 74 kg/163 lbs.
 
IVAN PODDUBNY GRAND PRIX
At Tumen, Russia, January 19
 
Greco-Roman results
 
55 kg/121 lbs.
Gold – Stepan Maranyan (Russia)
Silver – Bekhan Mankiev (Russia)
Bronze  - Araz Khalilov (Russia)
Bronze – Andrew Choi (Russia)
 
66 kg/145.5 lbs.
Gold – Adam Kurak (Russia)
Silver – Islam-Beka Albiev (Russia)
Bronze – Zamir Zagashtokov (Russia)
Bronze – Yuri Denison (Russia)
 
84 kg/185 lbs.
Gold – Alexei Mishine (Russia)
Silver – Azamat Bikbaev (Russia)
Bronze – Rustam Assakalov (Uzbekistan)
Bronze – Ramazan Abacharaev (Russia)
 
120 kg/264.5 lbs.
Gold – Neither Xiaoming (China)
Silver – Zaur Kodo (Russia)
Bronze – Alikhan Ayubov (Russia)
Bronze – Shohruddi Ayubov (Russia)
 
U.S. Greco-Roman preliminary results
 
84 kg/185 lbs. – Jordan Holm, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
WIN Russia, 2-0 1-0
WIN China, 0-1, 1-0, 1-0
LOSS Russia, 1-0, 0-1, 0-1
 
84 kg/185 lbs. – Peter Hicks, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)
WIN Serbia, 1-0, 2-0
LOSS 0-1,0-1
 
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