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USOEC wrestlers roll in Holiday Cup

December 16, 2012
By Journal Sports Staff , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - A pair of United States Olympic Education Center Greco-Roman wrestlers Saturday picked up top honors at the Minnesota Storm Holiday Cup in Rochester, Minn.

Jessy Williams of Windsor, N.Y., and Kendrick Sanders of Homestead, Fla., won their weight divisions while 10 other USOEC wrestlers finished in the top four.

Williams defeated teammate Mason Bradford of West Chapel, Fla., in the 60-kilogram finals to secure his position on top of the podium. Williams overtook Bradford 1-4, 6-0, 4-0.

At 66 kg, Sanders earned gold by defeating RaVaughn Perkins of team Ready RP Nationals, 0-2, 3-0, 5-0.

Other USOEC athletes also won medals. In the 55-kg first-place match, Arthur Carmona of Brawley, Calif., faced Nate Engle of the Army, falling 1-0, 2-0, which gave Carmona a silver medal.

Teammates Max Nowry of Wheeling, Ill., and Isaiah Varona of Miami, faced off in the bronze-medal match, with Nowry coming out on top, 2-0, 1-0.

Earning a bronze at 60 kg for the USOEC was Dmitry Ryabchinsky of Brooklyn, N.Y., who defeated Julian Gunnels of the Minnesota Storm, 1-0, 4-1.

Nick Alvarez of Miami also won his bronze medal match over Devon Scott of the Storm, 1-0, 3-0, in the 66-kg class.

In the 74-kg bronze medal match, USOEC teammates Jonathan Drendel and Tanner Andrews, both of North Aurora, Ill., faced off. Drendel took the medal with a 4-2, 0-1, 1-0, victory.

Ethan Dondlinger of Slinger, Wis., took second at 96 kg. Dondlinger wrestled John Wechter of the Storm in the gold medal match, falling 2-0, 1-0.

Due to limited entries, the 120-kg weight class was contested in a round- robin competition. Parker Betts of St. Michael, Minn., won three out of four matches to finish the day with a silver medal.

USOEC coach Rob Hermann was pleased with his team's results.

"I felt this was a great learning experience," he said. "We had some juniors winning against senior-level athletes and they left knowing they can compete at this level."



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