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Andy Bisek, shown winning the U.S. World Team Trials, finished fifth at 74 kg at the Pytlasinski Memorial International in Poland. Photo by Tony Rotundo/Wrestlers Are Warriors

WARSAW, Poland – Andy Bisek (Colorado Springs, Colo./Minnesota Storm) placed fifth at 74 kg/163 lbs., the top U.S. performance at the Pytlasinski Memorial International, a major tune-up event prior to the World Championships.

Bisek, the 2013 U.S. World Team member, opened with three impressive victories to advance to the semifinals. All three were technical fall wins, over Christoffer Nilsson of Sweden, 9-0, Laszlo Szabo of Hungary, 11-4 and Jacek Tomaszewski of Poland, 9-2.

In the semifinals, he dropped a 1-5 match to Robert Rosengren of Sweden, 1-5. In his bronze-medal bout, Bisek lost to Ruszan Isakov of Russia, 1-5.

"Bisek lost tough match against Sweden. He's been ill all night and day with fever. He's a true warrior," said National Greco-Roman coach Steve Fraser.

Three other U.S. World Team members saw action on Sunday. Two-time World medalist Justin Lester (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP) moved up a weight to 74 kg/163 lbs. and finished with a 2-2 record.

World Team member Jesse Thielke (Germantown, Wis./New York AC/Badger WC) went 1-2 at 60 kg/132 lbs. World Team member Caylor Williams (Greensboro, N.C./U.S. Army WCAP) dropped his only bout at 96 kg/211.5 lbs.

Bisek was the only U.S. athlete to reach a medal match during the two-day event.

At Warsaw, Poland, August 4

Greco-Roman medalists

60 kg/132 lbs.
Gold – Edward Barsegian (Poland)
Silver – Michal Tracz (Poland)
Bronze –Taleh Mamadov (Azerbaijan)
Bronze – Ibragim Labazanov (Russia)

74 kg/163 lbs.
Gold – Alexander Chekhirkin (Russia)
Silver – Robert Rosengren (Sweden)
Bronze – Ilyas Magomedov (Russia)
Bronze – Ruszan Isakov (Russia)

96 kg/211.5 lbs.
Gold – Balasz Kiss (Hungary)
Silver – Vladislav Metodiev (Bulgaria)
Bronze – Diagoro Timoncini (Italy)
Bronze – Martin Nielsen (Norway)

U.S. Greco-Roman performances

60 kg/132 lbs. – Jesse Thielke, Germantown, Wis. (New York AC/Badger WC)
LOSS Edward Barsegian (Poland), pin
WIN Fatih Ucuncu (Turkey), 7-3
LOSS Ibragim Labazanov (Russia), tech. fall 0-7

74 kg/163 lbs. – Justin Lester, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
WIN Juan Jose Ruiz (Spain), 6-0 (five point throw)
WIN Gil Ricardo (Spain) 6-5
LOSS Robert Rosengren (Sweden), 3-6
LOSS Martin Szabo (Hungary), 0-7

74 kg/163 lbs. – Andy Bisek, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Minnesota Storm), 5th
WIN Christoffer Nilsson (Sweden), tech. fall , 9-0
WIN Laszlo Szabo (Hungary), tech. fall 11-4
WIN Jacek Tomaszewski (Poland), tech. fall, 9-2
LOSS Robert Rosengren (Sweden) 1-5
LOSS Ruszan Isakov (Russia), 1-5

96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Caylor Williams, Greensboro, N.C. (U.S. Army WCAP)
LOSS Radoslaw Grzybicki (Poland), 0-5
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