By Jason Bryant, MTC Storm
Dustin Schlatter, a three-time All-American at the University of Minnesota and a 2009 U.S. World Team member, finished second at 70kg at the annual Dave Schultz Memorial International at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs on Saturday, January 30.
Schlatter lost a 1-1 criteria final to 2014 World Teamer Nick Marable to finish with the silver medal. Schlatter was one of three Storm placewinners at the event. Kevin LeValley and Tony Nelson finished with bronze medals.
Schlatter opened up with back-to-back wins over India’s Parveen Rana (9-0) and Titan Mercury’s Nazar Kulchytskyy (10-0) to reach the finals. Kulchytskyy was a three-time NCAA Division III champion at Wisconsin-Oskhosh and is a native of Ukraine.
Against Marable, the decisive point was scored early in the second period as Marable took and underhook and drove Schlatter out of bounds for a one-point pushout.
LeValley finished third at the same weight as he made a return home to his native Colorado. The two-time All-American at Bucknell and current Minnesota assistant coach opened up with a 10-1 win over fellow Storm wrestler Mason Manville before losing to Marable 4-1 in the quarterfinals. LeValley rallied for back-to-back wins, beating Rana and Kulchystskyy to finish third.
Nelson, wrestling at 125kg, won his first two bouts, beating Division II All-American Jacob Mitchell 10-5 in the opening round. He moved into the semifinals after defeating Oregon State alum Chad Hanke 4-1. Past Junior World Champion Dom Bradley of Sunkist Kids topped Nelson 3-2 in the semifinals. Nelson would come back with another win over Mitchell in the consolation semifinals before topping three-time Division II All-American Matthew Mueleners of the Titan Mercury Wrestling Club 3-0.
Zach Sanders won a pair of matches at 57kg, but didn’t place. He opened with a 12-2 technical fall over Lehigh Valley’s Jarrod Garnett and then continued on with a 12-2 techincal fall over current Northwestern University freshman Stevan Micic. Sanders would fall 8-3 to the NYAC’s Danny Mitcheff. In the consolation semifinals, Sanders fell behind 9-1 to Bulgaria’s Mehmed Feraim, but rallied to takedown Feraim twice and lace him up for several exposures to knot the score at nine apiece. Sanders couldn’t score the winning point as Feraim would win on criteria by virtue of a four-point move earlier in the bout.
Bebeto Yewah went 3-2 at 65kg. He opened up with a first-round 2-2 criteria loss to Jason Chamberlain, but came back with three straight wins. Yewah teched Canada’s Kevin Iwasa-Madge, Titan Mercury’s Ridge Kiley and Mexico’s Brandon Diaz Ramirez before being eliminated by Ukraine’s Andrey Kvyatkovskyy 4-0.
Manville, a current high school junior who will be training with the Storm following his time at the Olympic Training Center, opened with an 8-1 win over Mexico’s Victor Hernandez Luna before being beaten by LeValley and Mongolia’s Ganbayar Sanjaa, an All-American at American University during his college years.
Joe Nord wrestled at 97kg and picked up a 9-2 win over Argentina’s World Teamer, Yuri Maier 9-2 in the consolation rounds. Nord’s losses were to Canadian World Teamer Arjun Gill and Mexico’s Olympian, Jesse Ruiz.
Full results from the weekend can be found at www.trackwrestling.com
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