Army, Marines are 2-0 and will battle for Greco-Roman title at Armed Forces Championships this afternoon

By Mr. Gary Abbott - USA Wrestling Armed Forces Sports

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The first session of the 2018 Armed Forces Wrestling Championships at Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, N.C. is in the books, and the favored teams, the defending champion U.S. Army and the host U.S. Marines Corps, have gone 2-0, and will meet for the team title in the next session.

The Army, winner of 16 straight titles, won every individual bout in their two victories, defeating the U.S. Navy 40-1 and stopping the U.S. Air Force, 39-1.


The U.S. Marine Corps were also dominant in their victories, stopping the U.S. Air Force 31-11 and the U.S. Navy 38-6.

The second session of the event will pit the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps for first place, and the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force for third place.

In addition to determining the team placements, individual medals in each of the 10 weight classes will be determined in that final session. 

The four returning Armed Forces Greco-Roman champions from the U.S. Army are undefeated after two rounds, 
SPC Ildar Hafizov at 60kg/132.2 lbs., SPC Ellis Coleman at 72kg/158.7 lbs., 2LT Michael Hooker at 77kg/169.7 lbs. and 2LT Toby Erickson at 130kg/286.6 lbs.

Coleman and Hafizov are past Olympians. Coleman wrestled for the United States in 2012 London Games, and Hafizov represented Uzbekistan at the 2008 Beijing Games. 

The top three placewinners in Greco-Roman qualify to compete at the U.S. Greco-Roman World Team Trials in Tulsa, Okla., June 21-22.

2018 ARMED FORCES WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
At MCB Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 24-25

Greco-Roman results
Round one
U.S. Army 40, U.S. Navy 1
55kg/121.2 lbs. – SGT Max Nowry (U.S. Army) tech. fall PO3 Bobby Raines (U.S. Navy), 8-0
60kg/132.2 lbs. – SPC Ildar Hafizov (U.S. Army) tech. fall PO2 Schulyer Swanton (U.S. Navy), 10-0
63kg/138.8 lbs. – SGT Ryan Mango (U.S. Army) tech. fall LTJG Nathaniel Giorgio (U.S. Navy), 9-0
67kg/147.7 lbs. – 1LT Marco Lara (U.S. Army) dec. SN Derekston Williams (U.S. Navy), 11-6
72kg/158.7 lbs. – SPC Ellis Coleman (U.S. Army) tech. fall PO2 Bobby Yamashita (U.S. Navy), 8-0
77kg/169.7 lbs. – 2LT Michael Hooker (U.S. Army) pin PO3 Austin Craig (U.S. Navy), 2:08
82kg/180.7 lbs. – SGT Vladyslav Dombrovskiy (U.S. Army) tech. fall PO3 Joseph Marques (U.S. Navy), 11-0
87kg/191.8 lbs. – SGT Courtney Myers (U.S. Army) tech. fall PO2 Antonio Harris (U.S. Navy), 9-0
97kg/213.8 lbs. – SGT Panagiotys Gounaridis (U.S. Army.) SN James Connaghan (U.S. Navy), 8-0
130kg/286.6 lbs. – 2LT Toby Erickson (U.S. Army) tech. fall PO3 Logan Renas (U.S. Navy), 8-0

U.S. Marine Corps 31, Air Force 11
55kg/121.2 lbs. – Cpl. Nicholas Quillen (U.S. Marines.) tech. fall SSgt Randy Duncan (U.S. Air Force), 10-0
60kg/132.2 lbs. – Sgt. Xavier Johnson (U.S. Marines) tech. fall SSgt Tyler Knepper (U.S. Air Force), 10-0
63kg/138.8 lbs. – SrA Christen Hunt (U.S. Air Force) inj. dft. 1st Lt. Colton Rasche (U.S. Marines), 4:13
67kg/147.7 lbs. – LCpl. German Diaz (U.S. Marines) tech. fall A1C Brandon Dyke (U.S. Air Force), 8-0
72kg/158.7 lbs. – Sgt. Raymond Bunker (U.S. Marines) tech, fall A1C Brennan Giffin (U.S. Air Force), 8-0
77kg/169.7 lbs. –Capt Brandon Mueller (Kirtland AFB, N.M.) pin 1st Lt. Payton Walsh (U.S. Marines), 2:06
82kg/180.7 lbs. – Sgt. John Stefanowicz (U.S. Marines) tech. fall Amn Noah Perdue (U.S. Air Force), 10-0
87kg/191.8 lbs. – Cpl. Vaughn Monreal Berner (U.S. Marines) dec. MSgt Shewin Severin (U.S. Air Force), 8-2
97kg/213.8 lbs. – Capt. Daniel Miller (U.S. Marines) tech. fall SrA Jorge Hernandez (U.S. Air Force), 8-0
130kg/286.6 lbs. – Sgt. Trent Osnes (U.S. Marines) tech. fall SrA Eric Lapotsky (U.S. Air Force), 8-0

Round two 
U.S. Army 39, U.S. Air Force 1
55kg/121.2 lbs. – SGT Max Nowry (U.S. Army) tech fall SSgt Randy Duncan (U.S. Air Force), 8-0
60kg/132.2 lbs. – SPC Ildar Hafizov (U.S. Army) tech. fall SSgt Tyler Knepper (U.S. Air Force), 10-0
63kg/138.8 lbs. – SGT Ryan Mango (U.S. Army) tech. fall SrA Christen Hunt (U.S. Air Force), 9-0
67kg/147.7 lbs. – 1LT Marco Lara (U.S. Army) tech. fall A1C Brandon Dyke (U.S. Air Force), 9-0
72kg/158.7 lbs. – SPC Ellis Coleman (U.S. Army) tech. fall A1C Brennan Giffin (U.S. Air Force), 8-0
77kg/169.7 lbs. – 2LT Michael Hooker (Wisconsin Army National Guard) dec. Capt Brandon Mueller (U.S. Air Force), 5-1
82kg/180.7 lbs. – SGT Vladyslav Dombrovskiy (California Army National Guard) tech. fall Amn Noah Perdue (U.S. Air Force), 9-0
87kg/191.8 lbs. – SGT Courtney Myers (U.S. Army) dec. MSgt Shewin Severin (U.S. Air Force), 4-0
97kg/213.8 lbs. – SGT Panagiotys Gounaridis (Fort Sill, Okla.) tech. fall SrA Jorge Hernandez (U.S. Air Force), 9-0
130kg/286.6 lbs. – 2LT Toby Erickson (U.S. Army) by forfeit

U.S. Marine Corps 38, U.S. Navy 6
55kg/121.2 lbs. – Cpl. Nicholas Quillen (U.S. Marines) tech. fall PO3 Bobby Raines (U.S. Navy), 12-2
60kg/132.2 lbs. – Sgt. Xavier Johnson (U.S. Marines) tech. fall PO2 Schulyer Swanton (U.S. Navy), 8-0
63kg/138.8 lbs. – LTJG Nathaniel Giorgio (U.S. Navy) by forfeit
67kg/147.7 lbs. – LCpl. German Diaz (U.S. Marines) tech. fall SN Derekston Williams (U.S. Navy), 8-0
72kg/158.7 lbs. – Sgt. Raymond Bunker (U.S. Marines) tech. fall PO2 Bobby Yamashita (U.S. Navy), 8-0
77kg/169.7 lbs. – 1st Lt. Payton Walsh (U.S. Marines) pin PO3 Austin Craig (U.S. Navy), 1:12
82kg/180.7 lbs. – Sgt. John Stefanowicz (U.S. Marines) tech. fall PO3 Joseph Marques (U.S. Navy), 8-0
87kg/191.8 lbs. – Cpl. Vaughn Monreal Berner (U.S. Marines) tech. fall PO2 Antonio Harris (U.S. Navy), 9-0
97kg/213.8 lbs. – Capt. Daniel Miller (U.S. Marines) tech. fall SN James Connaghan (U.S. Navy), 8-0
130kg/286.6 lbs. – Sgt. Trent Osnes (U.S. Marines) pin PO3 Logan Renas (U.S. Navy), 0:29

Records so far: U.S. Army 2-0, U.S. Marines 2-0, U.S. Air Force, 0-2, U.S. Navy 0-2

Round Three at 3:00 p.m. ET
First Place Bout – U.S. Army vs. U.S. Marine Corps
Third Place Bout – U.S. Air Force vs. U.S. Navy