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USA Carries Eight Unbeaten Athletes Into Day 2 of Malarcupen 2019

Original Photo: Cornelia Nielsen

At the same time action was going on in Budapest, a large delegation of USA Greco-Roman athletes were tearing it up in Västerås, Sweden.

Saturday marked Day 1 of the Malar Cupen, the annually-massive tournament that hosts multiple age groups. Competing for Team USA were athletes ranging from Under-11 all the way up to Senior. Wrestling began at 10:30am local time (5:30am ET).

2019 US National runner-up Spencer Woods (77 kg, NYAC/OTS) is one of eight Americans who went undefeated on Saturday, as the Alaskan native picked up a tech and a pin in his two matches. Last week at the Klippan Cup, Woods finished fifth in what was the event’s deepest weight class. On Wednesday, Woods was victorious in the USA/Team Skåne Brottning dual meet, so he was coming into this weekend on an upswing.

Woods’ Northern Michigan teammate Tommy Brackett (82 kg) is also unbeaten, though Brackett only had one bout on Saturday, a 5-3 decision over Kim Stenberg (SWE). Klippan Cup gold medalist Sean Sesnan (60 kg, NMU/OTS) fell to ’19 Herman Kare bronze Mattias Poutanen (FIN) in his first match but rebounded with a pin to close out the day.

Another athlete who is using this tour to build momentum is Timothy Eubanks (97 kg, NMU/OTS). Like Woods and Brackett, Eubanks is without a loss thus far. He has also been dominant. Eubanks started off with a 12-3 starching of Benjamin Sjöstrand (SWE) and finished up with a pin over Greece’s Kostas Chasapis.

There was plenty of wrestling to go around outside of what the nine Seniors were doing.

Joining the original group that went over to Sweden a week-and-a-half ago is a large delegation of youth wrestlers who were on their own private tour. And they have been very successful thus far. In the U14 division, five athletes are going strong and have yet to taste defeat. They are: Riker Graff (38 kg, IA); Hoyt Hvass (41 kg, WA); Luke Lilledahl (41 kg, MO); Hunter Jenkins (48 kg, MO); and Marcos Torrez (52 kg, WA). This collection of wrestlers didn’t just win all of their matches today, they trounced. Of their 15 combined matches, they have earned four tech falls and an astounding nine pins.

The Malar Cupen observes the Nordic system tournament format. Wrestlers are pooled into two groups. All competitors receive at least two matches, and finalists/bronze medal candidates (depending on bracket size) are decided by record. Brackets hosting less than six wrestlers are subject to a traditional round-robin system.

Notes:

  • The US won team titles at the Malarcupen in Senior and age-group two years ago. In 2019, USA finished second and third, respectively.
  • Names of opponents for US athletes on Day 2 are italicized (where available).
  • There is no “U15” at the Malarcupen. Instead, the tournament has designated that age group as U14. Typically, 5PM does not publish results of age groups below Cadet.

2019 Malar Cupen

November 2-3 — Västerås, Sweden

TEAM USA DAY 1 RESULTS

Senior

60 kg

Sean Sesnan (NMU/OTS)
LOSS Mattias Poutanen (FIN) 9-0, TF
WON Jonatan Jednell (SWE) via fall
vs. Imranullah Safi (SWE)

63 kg

Logan Hatch (EAP/OPTC)
LOSS Sergiu Ilies (SWE) 8-0, TF
WON Alexander Jonereiv (SWE) 8-0, TF
vs. Vaasan Voima-Veikot (FIN)

67 kg

Nick Leonetti (EAP/OPTC)
LOSS Zaman Amiri (SWE) 8-0, TF
LOSS Mikael Karlsson (SWE) 8-0, TF

Brody Olson (NMU/OTS)
LOSS Daniel Therkildsen (SWE) 8-0, TF
LOSS Samuel Nyberg (SWE) 11-0, TF

77 kg

Spencer Woods (NYAC/OTS)
WON Emil Bertzel (SWE) 9-0, TF
WON Ruhullah Kharoti (SWE) via fall
vs. Pepes Panagiotis (GRE)

Nate Grimes (NMU/OTS)
WON Christian Johansson (SWE) 8-0, TF
LOSS Didrik Silverin (SWE) via fall
vs. Simon Borkenhagen (SWE)

82 kg

Tommy Brackett (NMU/OTS)
WON Kim Stenberg (SWE) 5-3
vs. Martin Gistorp (SWE)

Tommy Dantzler (Front Range Twisters)
LOSS Anatoli Bogdanov (NOR) 8-8 (criteria)
vs. Sotiriadis Avraam (GRE)

97 kg

Timothy Eubanks (NMU/OTS)
WON Benjamin Sjöstrand (SWE) 12-3
WON Kostas Chasapis (GRE) 8-0, TF

U17

51 kg

Cael Khale (WI)
LOSS Leevi Joutsenlahti (FIN) 8-0, TF
WON Brage Sether (SWE) 12-3, TF
vs. Felix Morsing (SWE)

60 kg

Gunnar Hamre (WI)
WON Matias Jäntti (FIN) 8-0, TF
LOSS Tim Bergfalk (SWE) 5-2
WON Aleksi Tuukala (FIN) 13-4, TF
vs. Kasper Överby (NOR)

Brandon Boehm (WI)
LOSS Mark Loitto (SWE) 9-0, TF
WON Kevin Englund (SWE) via fall
LOSS Vilgot Klinthäll (SWE) 10-8

80 kg

Aiden Attao (ID)
LOSS Måns Klostermann (SWE) 9-0, TF
LOSS Noel Nordqvist (SWE) via fall

U15

38 kg

Riker Graff (IA)
WON Nestori Vettenranta (FIN) 12-0, TF
WON Gurgen Hovsepyan (SWE) via fall
vs. Husein Akhmatov (SWE)

41 kg

Hoyt Hvass (WA)
WON Pontus Lindqvist (SWE) via fall
WON Benjamin Failli (SWE) via fall
WON Alexandru Baloi (SWE) 16-2, TF
vs. Idal Bers Timirbiev (NOR)

Luke Lilledahl (MO)
WON Felix Silen (SWE) 12-0, TF
WON Valter Hedqvist (SWE) via fall
WON David Gozalyan (SWE) via fall
WON Mario Mariut (NOR) 7-4

44 kg

Jackson Losee (WA)
LOSS Samuel Nilsson (SWE) 14-4, TF
LOSS Topi Kujala (FIN) 12-0, TF

48 kg

Jonathan Krager (WI)
LOSS Wilmer Guldstrand (SWE) 12-0, TF
WON Silas Humle (DEN) 14-4, TF
LOSS Lars Letvik (NOR) via fall

Hunter Jenkins (MO)
WON Calle Zetterkvist (SWE) via fall
WON Samu Luojus (FIN) via injury default
WON Leokim Josef Beky (SWE) via fall
vs. Karl Holmberg (SWE)

Logan Trenary (KS)
WON Yones Mohammad (SWE) via fall
LOSS Dominic Arnold (GER) 12-0, TF
LOSS Vikke Tarkkio (FIN) 14-0, TF

52 kg

Marcos Torrez (WA)
WON Max Eriksson (SWE) via fall
WON Simen Ekeberg (NOR) via fall
WON Rashid Gadaramov (SWE) 12-0, TF
vs. Adam Silverin (SWE)

57 kg

Jaime Villanueva (KS)
WON Adam Olsson (SWE) via fall
LOSS Alexander Amas (NOR) via fall
LOSS Martin Ljosåk (NOR) via fall

68 kg

Brent Slade (IA)
LOSS Hugo Svahn (SWE) 8-5
vs. Erik Havi Sjödahl (SWE)

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