Conder wins silver, Kalil and Johnson place fifth at CISM Military Worlds in New Jersey

By Gary Abbott | USA Wrestling | October 04, 2014

FORT DIX, N.J. – SGT Whitney Conder of U.S. Army finished with a 3-1 record in her five-athlete round-robin to win the silver medal at 53 kg, the top U.S. performance on the first day of the CISM World Military Championships at the Griffith Field House.

In the evening session, Conder scored a 10-0 technical fall in the first period over Samar Ramadan Ali of Egypt for her third straight win. In the afternoon session, she put away Otgonjargal Ganbaatar of Mongolia with an 11-0 technical fall in 1:10, then followed with a 10-0 technical fall over Jaqueline Schellin of Germany in 3:36.

Conder’s only loss came in her opening bout in the morning session to Hui Li of China, 1-8. Li won all four of her round-robin bouts for the gold medal at the weight class.

“I definitely wasn’t happy with losing the first match. I decided, if I lost that one, oh well. I have to come back and wrestle three more matches and win those,” said Conder. “I started getting my offense going in the second match and it got my offense going the rest of them. I didn’t get it going enough in my first match. I was more prepared after that.”

Conder, a two-time U.S. World Team member, was wrestling in her first CISM World Military Championships

“It is always a great experience representing my country. To come back with a silver in my first Military Worlds is great for me. I want to come back and win gold next time,” said Conder.

Team USA finished with two athletes in fifth place after losing bronze-medal bouts, 1stLt Aaron Kalil of the U.S. Marine Corps placed fifth at 57 kg and SGT Jamel Johnson of the U.S. Army at 65 kg.

Kalil was fifth after losing in a wild bronze-medal match to 2010 Commonwealth Games champion Azhar Hussain of Pakistan, 11-11.

Kalil jumped to an early lead and held on to a lead for most of the high scoring bout until the final seconds. Hussain was losing 11-7 in the final minute, after the U.S. won a protest in which officials had given Hussain two points. From then on, Hussain was able to score two takedowns in the last 30 seconds of the match to tie it at 11-11 and to take the bout on the tiebreaker

Kalil lost his opening bout to Tsogbaatar Damdinbazar of Mongolia, 5-9, and was drawn back into the bronze-medal round when Damdinbazar reached the finals.

“He was pretty tough. I knew going in he was a little funky with his style and he would match up different than me. I got into some iffy situations with him, some positions I should have stayed away from. I stayed aggressive the entire match. I got lazy towards the end, holding onto a leg, and he got some cheap points on me at the end,” said Kalil.

Johnson dropped his bronze-medal bout to 2012 Asian Junior champion Azamat Shagapuly of Kazakhstan, a 2012 Asian Junior champion, 3-10. Shagapuly led 4-2 at the break, but opened up his offense in the second period for the margin of victory

Johnson was beaten in the semifinals by Narek Sanoyan of Armenia, a 2008 European Junior bronze medalist, by a 4-1 margin in the semifinals. Johnson fell behind Sanoyan in the first period, after the Armenian scored a takedown and a turn for four points. Johnson was unable to score until the closing seconds on a pushout.

Johnson won his opening match on Friday morning by technical fall over Chamara Perera of Sri Lanka, 16-5. Johnson was a University World bronze medalist in Greco-Roman, and went to UNC-Greensboro in college.

“I think I gave it my best. I came out strong. I teched that guy and that felt good. Wrestling Armenia, the leg lace got me. I haven’t defended a leg lace and that wrapped up the match right there. In the last bout against Kazakhstan, he was a good freestyle wrestler and he was picking my ankles. I gave it my best shot,” said Johnson.

Three U.S. wrestlers did not qualify for the medal rounds. In men’s freestyle, PO3 Sheldon Wilder of the U.S. Navy finished 0-2 at 61 kg, while Cpl Joseph Foreman of the U.S. Marines Corps went 1-1 at 70 kg.


CISM WORLD MILITARY CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Joint Base McGuire – Dix – Lakehurst, N.J., October 3-6

U.S. Men’s Freestyle results

57 kg - 1stLt Aaron Kalil, U.S. Marine Corps, 5th place
LOSS Tsogbaatar Damdinbazar (Mongolia), 5-9
LOSS Azhar Hussain (Pakistan), 11-11

61 kg - PO3 Sheldon Wilder, U.S. Navy
LOSS Lkhamgarmaa Narmandakh (Mongolia), 1-12
LOSS Mykola Aivazian (Ukraine), 0-10, 1:14

65 kg – SGT Jamel Johnson, U.S. Army, 5th place
WIN Chamara Perera (Sri Lanka), 16-5
LOSS Narek Sanoyan (Armenia), 1-4
LOSS Azamat Shagapulu (Kazakhstan), 3-10

70 kg – Cpl Joseph Foreman, U.S. Marines Corps
WIN Nadir Khan (Pakistan), pin 1st period
LOSS Ibrahim Iyad (Egypt), 0-11


U.S. Women’s Freestyle results

53 kg - SGT Whitney Conder, U.S. Army, silver medal
LOSS Hui Li (China), 1-8
WIN Otgonjargal Ganbaatar (Mongolia), tech. fall 11-0, 1:10
WIN Jaqueline Schellin (Germany), tech. fall, 10-0, 3:36
WIN Samar Ramadan Ali (Egypt), 10-0, 1:27

58 kg - Cpl Melissa Apodaca, U.S. Marine Corps, 5th place
LOSS Feng Huimin (China), pin 2:58
LOSS Anna Zwiridowska (Poland), 1-6
LOSS Orkhon Purevdorj (Mongolia), 1-8
LOSS Joice Souza Da Silva (Brazil), tech fall 0-10, 1:02


Men’s freestyle results

57 kg
Gold- Sandeep Tomar (India)
Silver - Tsogtbaatar Damdinbazar (Mongolia)
3rd Place - Vladimir Kudrin (Kazakhstan)
3rd Place – Azhar Hussain (Pakistan)
5th Place - Rihan Hai (China)
5th Place - Aaron Kalil (USA)
Gold - Sandeep Tomar (India) dec. Tsogbaatar Damdinbazar (Mongolia), 7-3
Bronze – Azhar Hussain (Pakistan) dec. Aaron Kalil (USA), 11-11
Bronze – Vladimir Kudrin (Kazakhstan) tech. fall Rihan Hai (China), 14-4

61 kg
Gold - Lkhamgarma Narmandakh (Mongolia)
Silver - Yeldos Abikenov (Kazakhstan)
Bronze - Zhengguang Tian (China)
Bronze - Mykola Aivazian (Ukraine)
5th - Abderrahim Sayeh (Algeria)
5th - Marcel Ewald (Germany)
Gold - Lkhamgarma Narmandakh (Mongolia) tech. fall Yeldos Abikenov (Kazakhstan), 13-3
Bronze – Zhengguang Tian (China) tech. fall Abderrahim Sayeh (Algeria), 10-0
Bronze – Mykola Aivazian (Ukraine) dec. Marcel Ewald (Germany), 7-0

65 kg
Gold - Yevhenii Khavelov (Ukraine)
Silver - Narek Sanoyan (Armenia)
Bronze - Azamat Shagapuly (Kazakshtan)
Bronze - Batmagnai Batchuluun (Mongolia)
5th - Jamel Johnson (USA)
5th - Sayed Abdelmonem Sayed (Egypt)
Gold–Yevhenii Khavelov (Ukraine) dec. Narek Sanoyan (Armenia), 8-6
Bronze – Azamat Shagapuly (Kazakshtan) dec. Jamel Johnson (USA), 10-3
Bronze –Batmagnai Batchuluun (Mongolia) pin Sayed Abde Sayed (Egypt), 1:06

70 kg
Gold - Mandakhnar Ganzorig (Mongolia)
Silver - Tim Muller (Germany)
Bronze - Piotr Krajewski (Poland)
Bronze - Pankaj Rana (India)
5th - Suthija Maduranga (Sri Lanka)
5th - Ibrahim Iyad (Egypt)
Gold - Mandakhnar Ganzorig (Mongolia) dec. Tim Muller (Germany),12-10
Bronze – Piotr Krajewski (Poland) pin Suthija Maduranga (Sri Lanka), 1:10
Bronze –Pankaj Rana (India) dec. Ibrahim Iyad (Egypt), 16-8

Women’s freestyle results

48 kg
Gold- Iwona Matkowska (Poland)
Silver- ByambazayaTsogtbaatar (Mongolia)
Bronze- Laura Schmitt (Germany)
4th - Susana Paula De Almeida Dos Santos (Brazil)
Round 1 - Iwona MATKOWSKA (POL) won by tech fall over Susana Paula DE ALMEIDA DOS SANTOS (BRA) (TF 10-0)
Round 1 - Byambazaya TSOGTBAATAR (MGL) won by tech fall over Laura SCHMITT (GER) (TF 10-0)
Round 2 - Laura SCHMITT (GER) won by decision over Susana Paula DE ALMEIDA DOS SANTOS (BRA) (Dec 5-2)
Round 2 - Iwona MATKOWSKA (POL) won by tech fall over Byambazaya TSOGTBAATAR (MGL) (TF 10-0)
Round 3 - Byambazaya TSOGTBAATAR (MGL) won by fall over Susana Paula DE ALMEIDA DOS SANTOS (BRA) (Fall 4:38)
Round 3 - Laura SCHMITT (GER) won by injury default over Iwona MATKOWSKA (POL) (Inj. 0:00)

53 kg
Gold - Hui Li (China)
Silver- Whitney Conder (USA)
Bronze- Jaqueline Schellin (Germany)
4th - Otgonjargal Ganbaatar (Mongolia)
5th - Samar Ramadan Ali (Egypt)
Round 1 - Jaqueline SCHELLIN (GER) won by tech fall over Samar Ramadan ALI (EGY) (TF 12-2)
Round 1 - Hui LI (CHN) won by tech fall over Otgonjargal GANBAATAR (MGL) (TF 13-2)
Round 2 - Hui LI (CHN) won by decision over Whitney CONDER (USA) (Dec 8-1)
Round 2 - Otgonjargal GANBAATAR (MGL) won by fall over Samar Ramadan ALI (EGY) (Fall 5:01)
Round 3 - Whitney CONDER (USA) won by tech fall over Otgonjargal GANBAATAR (MGL) (TF 11-0)
Round 3 - Hui LI (CHN) won by tech fall over Jaqueline SCHELLIN (GER) (TF 10-0)
Round 4 - Whitney CONDER (USA) won by tech fall over Jaqueline SCHELLIN (GER) (TF 10-0)
Round 4 - Hui LI (CHN) won by fall over Samar Ramadan ALI (EGY) (Fall 1:24)
Round 5 - Whitney CONDER (USA) won by tech fall over Samar Ramadan ALI (EGY) (TF 10-0)
Round 5 - Jaqueline SCHELLIN (GER) won by decision over Otgonjargal GANBAATAR (MGL) (Dec 1-1)

55 kg
Gold- Katarzyna Krawczyk (Poland)
Silver- Alexandra Engelhardt (Germany)
Bronze- Nadine Tokar (Switzerland)
4th - Yingzi Luo (China)
5th- Tsolmon Purevdorj (Mongolia)
Round 1 - Katarzyna KRAWCZYK (POL) won by fall over Tsolmon PUREVDORJ (MGL) (Fall 1:35)
Round 1 - Nadine TOKAR (SUI) won by fall over Yingzi LUO (CHN) (Fall 1:49)
Round 2 - Alexandra ENGELHARDT (GER) won by tech fall over Nadine TOKAR (SUI) (TF 10-0)
Round 2 - Yingzi LUO (CHN) won by fall over Tsolmon PUREVDORJ (MGL) (Fall 4:16)
Round 3 - Alexandra ENGELHARDT (GER) won by fall over Yingzi LUO (CHN) (Fall 2:00)
Round 3 - Katarzyna KRAWCZYK (POL) won by tech fall over Nadine TOKAR (SUI) (TF 10-0)
Round 4 - Katarzyna KRAWCZYK (POL) won by tech fall over Alexandra ENGELHARDT (GER) (TF 13-3)
Round 4 - Tsolmon PUREVDORJ (MGL) won by decision over Nadine TOKAR (SUI) (Dec 9-4)
Round 5 - Alexandra ENGELHARDT (GER) won by tech fall over Tsolmon PUREVDORJ (MGL) (TF 10-0)
Round 5 - Katarzyna KRAWCZYK (POL) won by fall over Yingzi LUO (CHN) (Fall 5:49)

58 kg
1st Place - Huimin Feng (China)
2nd Place - Orkhon Purevdorj (Mongolia)
3rd Place - Joice Souza da Silva (Brazil)
4th Place - Anna Zwirydowska (Poland)
5th Place - Melissa Apodaca (USA)
Round 1 - Orkhon PUREVDORJ (MGL) won by decision over Joice SOUZA DA SILVA (BRA) (Dec 7-7)
Round 1 - Huimin FENG (CHN) won by fall over Melissa APODACA (USA) (Fall 2:59)
Round 2 - Anna ZWIRYDOWSKA (POL) won by decision over Melissa APODACA (USA) (Dec 6-1)
Round 2 - Huimin FENG (CHN) won by decision over Joice SOUZA DA SILVA (BRA) (Dec 5-0)
Round 3 - Huimin FENG (CHN) won by decision over Anna ZWIRYDOWSKA (POL) (Dec 3-2)
Round 3 - Orkhon PUREVDORJ (MGL) won by decision over Melissa APODACA (USA) (Dec 8-1)
Round 4 - Orkhon PUREVDORJ (MGL) won by tech fall over Anna ZWIRYDOWSKA (POL) (TF 10-0)
Round 4 - Joice SOUZA DA SILVA (BRA) won by tech fall over Melissa APODACA (USA) (TF 10-0)
Round 5 - Joice SOUZA DA SILVA (BRA) won by decision over Anna ZWIRYDOWSKA (POL) (Dec 4-3)
Round 5 - Huimin FENG (CHN) won by decision over Orkhon PUREVDORJ (MGL) (Dec 6-5)