Three Medals For Team USA At The Medved

Austin Bernard Nathan Tomasello
A team of six Americans went overseas to Minsk, Belarus to compete in the Medved prizes. Named after legendary Olympic champion Alexander Medved, half the team walked away with medals.

Kendric Maple (NWTC) started off with Kazakhstan and won 7-0, before dispatching two Russians in a row by scores of 10-7 and 2-1 to take home the gold medal at 61kg. Maple's go behinds were effective all day, and well timed re-attacks frequently kept his opponents off balance. Watch his finals match here.

Nathan Tomasello (Ohio RTC) finished 3-1 to earn a silver medal at 57kg. It is Tomasello's second international medal, after winning the Ion Corneanu in Romania back in July. He outscored opponents 29-3 heading into the finals, with nearly half of his points coming from his gut wrench.

Dom Bradley (NWTC) won his fourth international medal of the year. A powerful double off the mat gave him four in his bronze medal match to seal it for the 2009 junior world champ.

Tyler Graff (Southeast RTC) finished 2-2 to get fifth at 57kg and BJ Futrell (Pennsylvania RTC) also finished 2-2 to get fifth at 65kg. Richard Perry (Pennsylvania RTC) lost his only match.

Below are the complete results for all six American athletes.

57kg: Nathan Tomasello, Silver

1/8: 13-2 win Azamat Toibek (KAZ)
QF: 10-0 win Armen Arakelian (UKR)
SF: 6-1 win Michail Ivanov (RUS)
Gold: 1-5 loss Andrei Bekrenev (BLR)

57kg: Tyler Graff, 5th

1/8: 7-2 win Egor Potapov (RUS)
QF: 10-0 win Dimchik Rinchinov (BLR)
SF: 0-2 loss Andrei Bekrenev (BLR)
Bronze: 7-11 loss Nodar Arabidze (RUS)

65kg: BJ Futrell, 5th

1/8: 7-0 win Askhat Slimkhanov (KAZ)
QF: 0-6 loss Konstantin Vlasov (RUS)
Rep: 10-0 win Pavel Verbel (BLR)
Bronze: 1-4 loss Islam Mazhitov (RUS)

Kendric Maple, 61kg

QF: 7-0 win Kairat Amirtaev (KAZ)
SF: 10-7 win Ramzan Ferzaliev (RUS)
Gold: 2-1 win Eduard Grigoriev (RUS)

86kg: Richard Perry, DNP

1/8: 3-1 loss Sandro Aminashvili (GEO)

125kg: Dom Bradley, Bronze

1/8: 2-1 win Ostap Pasenok (RUS)
QF: 5-3 win Zuriko Urtashvili (GEO)
SF: 0-6 loss Oleksandr Khotsianivskyi (UKR)
Bronze: 5-0 win Aleksandr Koldovskiy (UKR)


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