|Perrelli, Carter win bronze medals at Cerro Pelado International in Cuba|
By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
HAVANA, Cuba –Two U.S. men’s freestyle wrestlers won bronze medal at the Cerro Pelado International on Friday.
Claiming bronze medals were young talents Frank Perrelli (Hackettstown, N.J./New York AC) at 55 kg/121 lbs. and Devin Carter (Blacksburg, Va./Hokie Mat Club) at 60 kg/132 lbs. Both had impressive 3-1 records.
Perrelli, the former All-American at Cornell, defeated Perez of Panama, 3-0, 6-0 in the bronze-medal match.
Carter, an All-American at Virginia Tech who is on a redshirt year, defeated Abel Herrera of Peru, 4-4, 1-1, 2-1.
Carter has had a strong international season so far, winning a gold medal at the Dave Schultz Memorial and a bronze medal at the New York Athletic Club International.
“The guys wrestled well today. Frank beat the No. 1 Cuban in his second match. Devin showed a lot of promise for such a young guy,” said U.S. coach Jim Humphrey.
The men’s freestyle competition continues this weekend with additional American competitors.
CERRO PELADO INTERNATIONAL
At Havana, Cuba, February 15
Men's freestyle results
55 kg/121 lbs.
Gold: Hernandez, Aleynier (Cuba)
Silver: Hernandez, Santiago (Cuba)
Bronze: Perrelli, Frank (USA)
Bronze: Palani, Aso (Canada)
60 kg/132 lbs.
Gold: Valdez, Alejandro (Cuba)
Silver: Quintano, Davian (Cuba)
Bronze: Carter, Devin (USA)
Bronze: Bonne, Yowlys (Cuba)
U.S. men’s freestyle performances
55 kg/121 lbs. - Frank Perrelli, Hackettstown, N.J. (New York AC), 3rd
WIN Hergenhein (Canada) 6-0, 3-0
WIN Cisneros (Cuba) 1-0, 1-1
LOSS Hernandez, Santiago 0-1, 0-1
WIN Perez (Panama) 3-0, 6-0
60 kg/132 lbs. - Devin Carter, Blacksburg, Va. (Hokie Mat Club), 3rd
WIN Pereira, Agnaldo (Brazil) fall
LOSS Valdez, Alejandro 7-0, fall
WIN Jimenez, Darnelio (Panama) fall
WIN Herrera, Abel (Peru) 4-4, 1-1, 2-1