Nate Rubino (45 kg, MWC) only had the opportunity to wrestle one match at the 2018 Refik Memišević-Brale Tournament in Subotica, Serbia yesterday, but he sure made it count.
Rubino enjoyed a bye to the finals where he faced off with a Serbian opponent (we will hopefully be able to provide names and full results later on).
In the first period, Rubino was called for passivity and put down in par terre. He defended well and spent the remainder of the opening round trying to battle into position. The action picked up a whole lot more in the second. Rubino scored on a bodylock and quickly converted two trap-arm guts to surge ahead 6-1. His counterpart then increased his pace and made several urgent attempts to close the gap. Rubino, up by five, delivered an abrupt end to the proceedings by rocking a four-point headlock with :20 left on the clock.
Because a live stream of this year’s Refik Memišević-Brale Tournament was unavailable, Cadet World Team coach and tour organizer Lucas Steldt provided the above description.
Yesterday’s gold represents Rubino’s first at the international level. Last year, the Nebraskan was part of this same tour and took fourth at the Croatia Open. Six weeks after Rubino returned home from Europe, he advanced to the Fargo Cadet National finals.
The aforementioned Croatia Open is next on the docket for the current Go Greco USA Developmental Program tour, but before that will be a week-long training camp featuring plenty of foreign partners, which of course, is the primary purpose of this trip for the US athletes.
Once more information regarding the overall USA Cadet performance from yesterday becomes available, we will update this page and include results in tomorrow’s Monday Roundup, as well.
2018 Refik Memišević-Brale Tournament
TEAM USA RESULTS
45 kg — Nate Rubino (MWC) — gold