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A squad of Americans traveled to the Ex-Soviet Union over the weekend to participate in the prestigious Alexander Medved Prizes in Minsk, Belarus. Team USA brought home five medals, including a gold medal from Nate Jackson, which is only the fourth American Medved title in six years.
Jackson dispatched Uzbekistan's Javrail Shapiev, ranked #17 in the world, in the finals by the score of 7 to 4.
USA's 61kg freestyle senior world team member and Jackson's teammate at the NJ-RTC, Tyler Graff, picked up a bronze medal in a tough weight class that was won by #8, Artem Gebekov of Russia. Gebekov beat Graff in the first round, sending Graff to the repechage where he had to win two matches to make the podium.
The heavyweight bracket saw the Americans scoop up two medals, as Gable Steveson earned a silver, dropping a finals match to Khasanboy Rakhimov of Uzbekistan. Rakhimov also beat Steveson at the 2018 Junior World Championships.
Jordan Wood lost to Steveson in the semis before a victorious bronze medal match to close out his tournament.
Ty Walz won the fifth and final medal for the Americans. He made the finals at 97kg before getting stopped by 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, Albert Saritov of Romania. Saritov also beat Kyven Gadson in the semis.
James Green, the US 70kg rep for the Nur-Sultan Worlds, was beaten by another Rio bronze medalist, Ikhtiyor Navruzov of Uzbekistan. Navruzov also beat Ryan Deakin before himself losing in the semifinals, ending the tournament for both Green and Deakin.
Full results are below, courtesy of our friends at USA Wrestling.
57kg: Darian Cruz (Lehigh Valley WC)
WIN Frank Perrelli (USA), 2-1
LOSS A. Tuskaev (Russia), 3-0
57kg: Frank Perrelli (Lehigh Valley AC)
LOSS Darian Cruz (USA), 2-1
61 kg: Tyler Graff (NJ-RTC)
LOSS A. Gebekov (Russia), 7-0
WIN E. Ormanoglu (Turkey), 3-0
Win V. Egorov (North Macedonia), 5-0
65kg: Frank Molinaro (OK-RTC)
LOSS S. Omarov (Russia), 6-4
70 kg: Ryan Deakin (Titan Mercury WC)
WIN M. Khayitov (Uzbekistan), 13-3
WIN M. Korzan (Ukraine), 10-0
LOSS I. Navruzov (Uzbekistan) 8-6
70 kg: James Green (Nebraska WTC)
LOSS I. Navruzov (Uzbekistan), 6-4
79kg: Chance Marsteller (Lehigh Valley WC)
LOSS M. Ramazanov (Russia), 9-6
LOSS I. Shapiev (Uzbekistan), 5-0
86kg: Nate Jackson (NJ-RTC)
WIN R. Abdulaev (Russia), 16-6
WIN M. Ozkaya (Turkey), 10-0
WIN R. Chytadze (Belarus), 12-2
WIN J. Shapiev (Uzbekistan), 7-4
92kg: Mike Macchiavello (Wolf Pack WC)
LOSS I. Yankouski (Belarus), 10-0
LOSS G. Chertkoev (Russia), 3-1
97kg: Ty Walz (SE-RTC)
WIN A. Bazrafshan (Canada), Forfeit
Win D. Khramiankou (Belarus), 9-0
LOSS A. Saritov (Romania), 3-2
97kg: Kyven Gadson (C-RTC)
WIN M. Musaev (Kyrgyzstan), 5-0
LOSS A. Saritov (Russia), 5-4
LOSS I. Ciftci (Turkey) Forfeit
125kg: Gable Steveson (Minnesota RTC)
WIN A. Lakeyenk (Belarus), 10-0
Win Jordan Wood (USA), 10-0
LOSS K. Rakhimov (Uzbekistan), 12-0
125kg: Jordan Wood (Lehigh Valley WC)
WIN S. Ercan (Turkey), 12-1
LOSS Gable Steveson (USA), 10-0
WIN A. Lakeyenk (Belarus), 10-0
In other international news, a team of seven Americans traveled to Tbilisi, Georgia for a tournament where they were less successful. You can read about how five Marines fared in Greco and two NYC-RTC athletes fared in freestyle here, also from our friends at USA Wrestling.