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|Three U.S. Greco-Roman wrestlers eliminated at Vehbi Emre Golden Grand Prix in Turkey on Saturday|
By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
Three U.S. Greco-Roman wrestlers competed and were eliminated from medal contention during the second day of competition at the the Vehbi Emre Golden Grand Prix in Izmir, Turkey, Feb. 25.
This tournament is one of the new FILA Golden Grand Prix events, which provides prize money to athletes based upon their placement. Competition is being held in men's Greco-Roman wrestling and women's freestyle wrestling.
The U.S. Greco-Roman wrestlers who were defeated on Saturday were James Johnson (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) at 60 kg/132 lbs., Jeremy McLean (Quantico, Va./U.S. Marines) at 60 kg/132 lbs. and Jeremy Pederson (Quantico, Va./U.S. Marines) at 84 kg/185 lbs.
All three U.S. wrestlers lost their first match, and were eliminated from the wrestleback rounds when the opponent who beat them did not qualify for the gold-medal match.
Three women's weight classes were contested on Saturday, but no U.S. women were in the competition at those divisions.
The competition completes on Sunday with more action in both men's Greco-Roman and women's freestyle wrestling. U.S. wrestlers will be in action in both styles on Sunday.
VEHBI EMRE GOLDEN GRAND PRIX
At Izmir, Turkey, Feb 25
Men's Greco-Roman medalists
60 kg/132 lbs.
Gold - Roberto Monzon (Cuba)
Silver - Bunyamen Emik (Turkey)
Bronze - Jung Kiumg Ho (Korea)
Bronze - Ali Askhani (Iran)
84 kg/185 lbs.
Gold - Kim Jung Sub (Korea)
Silver - Akif Canbas (Turkey)
Bronze - Muhammad Yucedag (Turkey)
Bronze - Saman Tahmasebi (Iran)
U.S. Greco-Roman performances
60 kg/132 lbs. - James Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army), dnp
LOSS Ali Askhani (Iran), 4-4, 0-3, 0-3
60 kg/132 lbs. - Jeremy McLean, Quantico, Va. (U.S. Marines), dnp
LOSS Muhammed Mohammed (Iraq), 0-4, 0-2
84 kg/185 lbs. - Jeremy Pederson, Quantico, Va. (U.S. Marines), dnp
LOSS Jokhadze Akaki (Georgia), pin
Women's freestyle medalists
51 kg/112.25 lbs.
Gold - Zeynep Yilidirim (Turkey)
Silver - Ayfer Karabulut (Turkey)
Bronze - Derya Yilmaz (Turkey)
63 kg/138.75 lbs.
Gold - Elina Vaseva (Bulgaria)
Silver - Mine Yosmaoglu (Turkey)
72 kg/158.5 lbs.
Gold - Burcu Orskaya (Turkey)
Silver - Yesim Kilic (Turkey)
Bronze - Nihal Ogunbay (Turkey)
No U.S. women entries on Saturday, Feb. 25