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|USA takes fifth at Swiss Grand Prix|
By Michelle Thilges USA Wrestling
Five athletes representing the U.S. took fifth at the Swiss Grand Prix, in Martigny, Switzerland.
Tommy Rowlands (Columbus, Ohio/Sunkist Kids) won the gold medal at 120 kg/264.5 lbs. In the gold medal match, Rowlands defeated Maksymilian Witek of Poland, 3-3, 2-0. Leading up to the final match, he beat Markus Hamann of Germany, 4-0, 1-0, Baljit Kooner of Great Britain, 6-0, 5-0 and Celik Fatih of Turkey, 0-1, 1-0, 2-0.
Ben Ashmore of Greenville, Texas, took third at 55 kg/121 lbs. In his first match, Ashmore lost to Tim Schleicher of Germany, 1-4, 0-2. Ashmore wrestled in the repechage round and beat Marcin Pawlak of Poland, 3-1, 2-1.
Joe Heskett (Columbus, Ohio/Gator WC), took 16th place at 74 kg/163 lbs. Heskett lost to Ivan Fundora of Cuba, 0-4, 3-0, 0-4 in his first round. Heskett made the repechage round and lost to Sergnet Rondon of Cuba, 0-2, 2-3.
Chad Ravannack (Metairie, La) and Neil Erisman (Olathe, Kan.), two freshmen from Oklahoma State University, also competed in the tournament. Ravannack, who competes at 133 lbs. in college, took 18th place at 60 kg/132 lbs. He lost his first match to Pius Zberg of Switzerland.
Erisman took 11th place at 74 kg/163 lbs. Erisman, who wrestles at 165 lbs. in college, won his first match against Carlos Dominguez of Spain, 3-2, 1-2, 4-2. He lost his next match to Tomar Shokinder of India, 3-3, 1-3.
1. Cuba, 15 pts.
2. Germany, 13 pts.
3. Hungary, 9 pts.
4. Poland, 9 pts.
5. United States, 8 pts.
6. Turkey, 8 pts.
7. Great Britain, 7 pts.
8. Belarus, 7 pts.
9. Switzerland, 6 pts.
10. Bulgaria, 4 pts.
(out of 23 nations)
55 kg/121 lbs.
1. Krasimir Krastanov (Great Britain)
2. Tim Schleicher (Germany)
3. Ben Ashmore (USA)
3. Christopher Ewald (Germany)
5. Marcin Pawlak (Poland)
5. Urs Wild (Switzerland)
60 kg/132 lbs.
1. Yandro Quintana (Cuba)
2. Anatoli Guidea (Bulgaria)
3. Didler Pais (France)
3. Reneo Montero (Cuba)
5. Patel Kirpa (India)
5. Aliaksandr Karnitski (Bulgaria)
66 kg/145.5 lbs.
1. Geandry Garzon (Cuba)
2. Adam Sobieraj (Poland)
3. Martin Daum (Germany)
3. Gregory Sarrasin (Switzerland)
5. Michal Malkiewicz (Poland)
5. Jouni Rosenloef (Finland)
1. Ivan Fundora (Cuba)
2. Peter Welsenberger (Germany)
3. Serguet Rondon (Cuba)
3. Murad Galdsrov (Bulgaria)
5. Tomar Shokinder (India)
5. Myrolav Dykun (Great Britain)
84 kg/185 lbs.
1. Arpad Ritter (Hungary)
2. Sergey Borchenko (Belarus)
3. Thomas Bucheli (Switzerland)
3. Yusup Abdusalamov (Tajikistan)
5. Sergei Kolesnikov (Isreal)
5. Reineri Salas (Cuba)
96 kg/211.5 lbs.
1. Hakan Koc (Turkey)
2. Yasin Kilic (Turkey)
3. Markus Erchin (Germany)
3. Alexej Krupniakov (Kyrgyzstan)
5. Stefan Kehrer (Germany)
5. Gergely Kiss (Hungary)
120 kg/264.5 lbs.
1. Tommy Rowlands (USA)
2. Maksymilian Witek (Poland)
3. Otto Aubeli (Hungary)
3. Celik Fatih (Turkey)
5. Mirko Silian (Switzerland)
5. Markus Hamann (Germany)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Ben Ashmore (Greenville, Texas), 3rd
LOSS - Tim Schleicher (Germany) 1-4, 0-2
WIN - Marcin Pawlak (Poland) 3-1, 2-1
60 kg/132 lbs. - Chad Ravannack (Metairie, La.) dnp/18th
LOSS - Pius Zberg (Switzerland)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Joe Heskett (Columbus, Ohio/Gator WC), dnp/16th
LOSS - Ivan Fundora (Cuba), 0-4, 3-0, 0-4
LOSS - Sergnet Rondon (Cuba), 0-2, 2-3
74 kg/163 lbs. - Neil Erisman (Olathe, Kan.), dnp/11th
WIN - Carlos Dominguez (Spain), 3-2, 1-2, 4-2
LOSS Tomar Shokinder (India), 3-3, 1-3
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Tommy Rowlands (Columbus, Ohio/Sunkist Kids), 1st
WIN - Maksymilian Witek (Poland), 3-3, 2-0
WIN - Markus Hamann (Germany), 4-0, 1-0
WIN - Baljit Kooner (Great Britain), 6-0, 5-0
WIN - Celik Fatih (Turkey), 0-1, 1-0, 2-0