Published September 9th, 2018 by Jonny


The Poland Open in Warsaw featured most of team USA’s 2018 women’s World team. With four of the ten wrestlers on team USA being TMWC members, this was a great chance to see our women in action before they compete for World titles in Budapest this October.

At 65 kg., Forrest Molinari claimed bronze with at pin against 2016 Olympian Adela Hanzlickova from the Czech republic with 42 seconds left in the match.

At 68 kg., Tamyra Mensah Stock claimed bronze after a win over a well known opponent, Alla Belinska of the Ukraine. Stock faced off against Belinska in her opening match of the 2017 World Championships. This weekend Stock was victorious again with a 5-0 win over the Ukrainian.

At 55 kg., Jacarra Winchester took 5th place after advancing through repechage. Winchester lost to 6x World and Olympic medalist Sofia Mattsson of Sweden in the bronze medal bout, 10-0.

At 62 kg., Mallory Velte dropped her opening bout to U23 World Silver and European Champion Ilona Prokopevniuk of the Ukraine, 8-2. Velte was not pulled back into repechage.

The playing field on the men’s side was completely different. USA did not send the World team members, instead this tournament was highlighted with many young up and coming wrestlers, along with several veteran national team members. Also, on the men’s side, the Russian national team had used this tournament as a wrestle off for two of their weight classes, which created additional hype for this UWW ranking event.

At 61 kg., Cory Clark’s placed 3rd whenMagomedrasul Idrisov of Russia forfeited in the bronze bout. Russians Magomedrasul Idrisov and World Silver medalist Gadzhimurad Rashidov both wrestled at 61 kg., with a spot on the 2018 World team on the line. When they met up in the semifinals, it was Rashidov that came up with the win and the inevitable spot on the Russian World team. However, Clark’s road to the bronze bout was full of great challenges and experiences. In his opening bout, Cory Clark came up with a solid win against 2X World medalist, Vladimirov Dubov of Bulgaria. To advance to the quarters where he faced off against Russia’s Gadzhimurad Rashidov. As Clark was pulled into repechage, he won his bout against veteran Yo Nakata of Japan to advance to the bronze medal bout.

Joe Colon also claimed bronze after dropping his first bout against U23 World finalist, Kuat Amirtayev of Kazakhstan, 13-5. In his bronze bout. Colon earned a solid 11-0 tech fall over Pingping Zhou of China.

At 70 kg., Brandon Sorensen’s claimed bronze with a 3-2 decision over Norbert Lukacs of Hungary. Sorensen made it to the semifinals where he came up against Kazakhstan’s veteran Amandyk Bakeyev. In the semifinals, the Kazak started off with a solid lead over Sorensen, however Sorensen surged with a series of pushouts to almost take the win. In the end, Sorensen would claim bronze.

At 57 kg., Frank Perrelli took 5th place after dropping his bout to young up and comer, Georgios Pilidis of Greece, 12-6.

At 65 kg., Jaydin Eierman earned a fall against 2016 World Silver medalist, Beka Lomtadze of Georgia at only the 1:04 mark in the match. Eierman ended up with another exciting match against former World team member George Burcur of Romania. This time Eierman dropped the high scoring bout, 21-10.

Dean Heil also did not place after dropping his first bout to 2016 World bronze medalistAkhmed Chakaev of Russia, 10-0. Heil was pulled into repechage, however he lost a close bout to Krzysztof Bienkowski of Poland, Dec 4-3.

At 86 kg., Patrick Downey lost a close quarterfinals match, 6-4, to 2018 Mediterranean Games silver medalist, Akhmed Aibuev of France. Downey hit a takedown with just seconds left in the bout where it looked like he was the winner. After review, Aibuev was awarded the match and Downey was not pulled into repechage.

Kenny Courts’s also dropped his quarterfinal against former World team member Piotr Ianulov of Moldova, 10-0.

TMWC performances:

65 kg. – Forrest Molinari: bronze

68 kg. – Tamyra Mensah:  bronze

55 kg. – Jacarra Winchester: 5th place

62 kg. – Mallory Velte: DNP

61 kg. – Cory Clark: bronze

61 kg. – Joe Colon: bronze

70 kg. – Brandon Sorensen: bronze

57 kg. – Frank Perrelli: 5th place

65 kg. – Jaydin Eierman: DNP

65 kg. – Dean Heil: DNP

86 kg. – Patrick Downey: DNP

86 kg. – Kenny Courts: DNP

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