KLAIPEDA, Lithuania –
PV2 Anastasia Lobsinger of the U.S. Army captured a bronze medal at 75 kg/165 lbs. in women’s freestyle on Saturday, the final day of the CISM World Military Championships.
Lobsinger went 2-1 in her competition, which featured six athletes competing in two pools.
She opened with a loss by pin to 2008 Olympic bronze medalist and returning CISM World champion Agnieszka Wieszczek-Kordus of Poland in Pool A. Her second bout was a victory over Cynthia Vanessa Vescan of France, giving her second place in the pool and advancing her to the bronze-medal bout. She earned the bronze medal with a victory over Nomin-Erdene Purvee of Mongolia.
This is the second World medal in Lobsinger’s career, to go along with a 2012 Cadet World bronze medal.
The United States won three medals in the four-day tournament, which featured numerous World and Olympic medalists in competition. The other two medals came in men’s freestyle, with a silver medal by SGT Ryan Mango of the U.S. Army at 61 kg/134 lbs. and a bronze medal by 2LT Matthew Brown of the U.S. Army at 74 kg/163 lbs.
The USA entered four Greco-Roman athletes in Saturday’s action. Winning their first matches then falling short of the medal rounds were SGT Courtney Myers of the U.S. Army, who was eighth at 80 kg/176 lbs. and 1LT Daniel Miller of the U.S. Marine Corps, who placed seventh at 98 kg/215 lbs.
Myers opened with a convincing 10-1 technical fall over Nikolaos Varkas of Greece. In the second round, he was beaten by 2014 Junior World champion Ali Sharifi of Iran, 6-3. Sharifi did not reach the finals, making Myers ineligible for repechage.
Miller also had a strong opening victory, defeating Spyridon Kountaratzis of Greece, 7-1. In the next bout, he was defeated by 2016 University World bronze medalist Siarhei Starodub of Belarus, 6-1. Starodub, also a 2015 World Military Games bronze medalist, was beaten in the semifinals, knocking Miller out of the tournament.
Two other U.S. wrestlers finished with 0-1 records, SGT John Stefanowicz of the U.S. Marine Corps, who was ninth at 85 kg/187 lbs. and LCPL Eric Fader (U.S. Marine Corps), who was 10th at 130 kg/286 lbs.
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CISM WORLD MILITARY CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Klaipeda, Lithuania
Women’s freestyle medalists
75 kg/165 lbs.
Gold - Agnieszka Wieszczek-Kordus (Poland)
Silver – Iryna Pasichnyk (Ukraine)
Bronze – Anastasia Lobsinger (USA)
U.S. women’s performance
75 kg/165 lbs. - PV2 Anastasia Lobsinger (U.S. Army), 3rd
LOSS Agnieszka Wieszczek-Kordus (Poland), pin
WIN Cynthia Vanessa Vescan (France)
WIN Nomin-Erdene Purvee (Mongolia)
80 kg/176 lbs.
Gold – Andreii Antoniuk (Ukraine)
Silver – Eltun Vaziradze (Azerbaijan)
Bronze – Azamat Khakulov (Russia)
Bronze – Rafik Manukyan (Armenia)
85 kg/187 lbs.
Gold – Zhan Beleniuk (Ukraine)
Silver – Evgenii Saleev (Russia)
Bronze - Mahdi Fallah Hamidabadi (Iran)
Bronze – Islam Abbasov (Azerbaijan)
98 kg/215 lbs.
Gold – Nikita Melnikov (Russia)
Silver – Orkhan Nuriyev (Azerbaijan)
Bronze - Siarhei Stardub (Belarus)
Bronze – Matti Kuosmanen (Finland)
130 kg/286 lbs.
Gold – Mantas Knystautas (Lithuania)
Silver – Edgar Kharchatryan (Armenia)
Bronze – Vasilii Parshin (Russia)
Bronze – Heiki Nabi (Estonia)
U.S. Greco-Roman performances
80 kg/176 lbs. - SGT Courtney Myers (U.S. Army), 8th
WIN Nikolaos Varkas (Greece), tech. fall, 10-1
LOSS Ali Sharifi (Iran), 6-3
85 kg/187 lbs. – SGT John Stefanowicz (U.S. Marine Corps), 9th
LOSS Mahdi Fallah Hamidabadi (Iran), 3-1
98 kg/215 lbs. - 1LT Daniel Miller (U.S. Marine Corps), 7th
WIN Spyridon Kountaratzis (Greece), 7-1
LOSS Siarhei Stardub (Belarus), 6-1
130 kg/286 lbs. - LCPL Eric Fader (U.S. Marine Corps), 10th
LOSS Lenard Istvan Berei (Romania), tech fall, 12-4