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Wechter finishes fifth in Estonia

Published October 26th, 2015 by MTC Staff

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Originally published on themat.com

 

TALLINN, Estonia - John Wechter (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Storm) placed fifth at 98 kg/215 lbs. at the Kristjan Palusalu Memorial on Saturday.

 

Wechter finished with a 2-2 record in a weight class with 15 entries. He opened with an 8-0 technical fall over Gerrith Pungas of Estonia. He was defeated in the second round by three-time World Team member Radoslaw Grzybicki of Poland, 0-8.

When Grzybicki reached the finals, Wechter was pulled back into repechage. He won his next match, a technical fall over Johannes Holmsroem of Sweden. In his bronze-medal bout, Wechter was edged by Nikolai Krysov of Ukraine, 3-4.

 

Wechter was the only American entered in the tournament.

 

Wechter was a 2013 U.S. Open champion and was second in both the 2014 U.S. Open and World Team Trials. He is currently No. 3 on the U.S. Greco-Roman national team and a top contender for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team.

 

KRISTJAN PALUSALU MEMORIAL

At Tallinn, Estonia, October 24, 2015

 

Greco-Roman champions

59 kg – Edward Barsegjan (Poland)

66 kg – Danielo Di Feola (Sweden)

71 kg – Przemyslaw Kraczkowski (Poland)

75 kg – Dawid Klimek (Poland)

80 kg – Roman Usipov (Russia)

86 kg – Eerik Aps (Estonia)

98 kg – Radoslaw Grzybicki (Poland)

 

Greco-Roman 98 kg results

98 kg/215 lbs.

Gold – Radoslaw Grzybicki (Poland)

Silver – Alo Toom (Estonia)

Bronze – Nikolai Krysov (Ukraine)

4th – Anton Euren (Sweden)

5th – Carl Persson (Sweden)

5th – John Wechter (USA)

Gold – Grzybicki dec. Toom, 6-3

Bronze – Krysov tech. fall Euren, 9-1

 

U.S. performance

98 kg/215 lbs. – John Wechter, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm), 5th

WIN Gerrith Pungas (Estonia), tech. fall, 8-0, 2:41

LOSS Radoslaw Grzybicki (Poland), tech. fall, 0-8, 1:11

WIN Johannes Holmsrom (Sweden) , tech. fall, 11-2, 4:01

LOSS Nikolai Krysov (Ukraine), 3-4

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