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News | Oct. 8, 2014

Arendt wins bronze Gounaridis fifth on last day of CISM Worlds

By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling

FORT DIX, N.J. - SSgt David Arendt of the U.S. Marine Corps won a bronze medal at 130 kg on the final day of the CISM Military World Championships at Joint Base McGuire – Dix – Lakehurst, in New Jersey.

Arendt scored an 8-0 technical fall over Por Naveen of India in the bronze-medal match at the 3:13 mark. Arendt scored three gut wrench turns, a pushout and a point on a passivity caution against Naveen for his eight points.

Arendt missed the 2014 season with an injury, and this was his first competition back on the mats after his recovery.

“It feels good to win the medal, but it’s not where I want to be. I want to be on the top of the podium, not the side. It’s good to be back. I have been missing competing after going through rehab. It’s nice to get out here to wrestle with these guys. There were a lot of real tough guys here,” said Arendt.

Arendt, a past U.S. Open champion, was beaten in the semifinals by 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Mindaugas Mizgaitis of Lithuania, by technical fall, 0-8. Mizgaitis scored three takedowns, a pushout and received a point on a passivity caution.

In the quarterfinals, Arendt scored a dominant 8-0 technical fall over Faissal Saidani of Algeria, a 2011 African Junior freestyle champion.

“I can’t tell you how happy we are to have him back. He is such a leader with his presence and the effort he puts in. To come back in his first tournament and win a bronze shows he’s a force and will be coming back strong,” said U.S. coach Jason Loukides.

SPC Pete Gounaridis of the U.S. Army placed fifth at 97 kg, after being pinned by 2014 University World bronze medalist Iliya Nastochenko of Kazakshtan in 4:22. After a scoreless first period, Gounaridis took a 1-0 lead on a passivity caution against Nastochenko. With the Kazak athlete pressing the action, Gounaridis attempted a throw, which was countered by Nastochenko, putting Gounaridis to his back. Nastochenko pressed him until officials called the pin.

Gounaridis lost to 2014 World silver medalist Oliver Hassler of Germany in his first bout at 98 kg by technical fall, 0-11. Hassler scored a pair of gutwrench turns and was able to push Gounaridis out on a number of occasions. When Hassler reached the finals, Gounaridis was pulled back into the repechage rounds.

The other two U.S. wrestlers competing on Monday were defeated twice and eliminated from medal contention.

MSgt Sherwin Severin of the U.S. Air Force finished with a 1-2 record. He opened with a 4-1 win over Abdelhak Benzanoune of Algeria, scoring two takedowns for the win. In the quarterfinals, Severin lost by technical fall to two-time CISM Military World champion Oleksandr Shyshman of Ukraine,0-8 in 2:03. Shyshman was able to turn Severin on the mat three straight times to close out the match.

In his repechage match, Severin was defeated by technical fall by eventual bronze medalist Jure Kuhar of Slovenia, 9-0.

In the first round at 85 kg , A1C Nathaniel Hartley of the U.S. Air Force lost a technical fall to 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Damian Janikowski of Poland, 0-9 in the first period. When Janikowski reached the finals, Hartley was pulled back into repechage, where he was defeated by Adem Boudejline of Algeria by technical fall, 0-8.

The United States finished with three medals in Greco-Roman, with silver medals from 1stLt Bryce Saddoris of the U.S. Marine Corps at 66 kg and CPT Jon Anderson of the U.S. Army at 75 kg on Sunday.

Overall, in all three styles, the United States won eight medals, a gold, four silvers and three bronze medals . Winning a gold medal for the USA in women’s freestyle was Randi Miller at 69 kg.

The team standings were released. The USA placed a strong second in Greco-Roman, third in women’s freestyle and sixth in men’s freestyle, one of the best American performance at the CISM event for a long time. This is the 29th annual CISM Wrestling Championships.

“It has been great to have this here at home. I knew we would perform well. I am happy with our medals. In all of the styles, we lost a couple of matches that could have padded our medal count. Next time, we hope to prepare to have even more medals,” said Loukides.

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At Joint Base McGuire – Dix – Lakehurst, N.J.

U.S. Greco-Roman results

80 kg – MSgt Sherwin Severin, U.S. Air Force
WIN Abdelhak Benzanoune (Algeria), 4-1
LOSS Oleksandr Shyshman (Ukraine), tech. fall, 0-8, 2:03
LOSS Jure Kuhar (Slovenia), tech fall 9-0, 2:11

85 kg – A1C Nathaniel Hartley, U.S. Air Force
LOSS Damian Janikowski (Poland), tech. fall 0-9, 2:31
LOSS Adem Boudejline (Algeria), tech. fall, 0-8, 2:14

98 kg – SPC Pete Gounaridis, U.S. Army, 5th place
LOSS Oliver Hassler (Germany), 0-11, 4:32
LOSS Iliya Nastochenko (Kazakshtan), pin 4:22

130 kg – SSgt David Arendt, U.S. Marine Corps, bronze medal
WIN Faissal Saidani (Algeria), 8-0, 1:49
LOSS Mindaugas Mizgaitis (Lithuania), tech. fall, 0-8, 4:55
WIN Por Naveen (India), tech. fall, 8-0, 3:13

Greco-Roman results

80 kg
Gold – Aleksandras Kazakevicius (Lithuania)
Silver – Olecsandr Shushman (Ukraine)
Bronze – Jassulan Koshanov (Kazakhstan)
Bronze – Jure Kuhar (Slovenia)
5th – Pascal Eisele (Germany)
5th - Jonas Bossert (Switzerland)
Gold - Aleksandras Kazakevicius (Lithuania) dec. Olecsandr Shushman (Ukraine), 4-1
Bronze - Jassulan Koshanov (Kazakhstan) dec. Pascal Eisele (Germany), 4-1
Bronze - Jure Kuhar (Slovenia) dec. Jonas Bossert (Switzerland),9-5

85 kg
Gold – Ramsin Azizsir (Germany)
Silver – Damien Janikowski (Poland)
Bronze – Laimutis Adomaitis (Lithuania)
Bronze – Maksim Manukyan (Armenia)
5th – Antii Makinen (Finland)
5th - Adem Boudejline (Algeria)
Gold - Ramsin Azizsir (Germany) dec. Damien Janikowski (Poland), 3-3
Bronze - Laimutis Adomaitis (Lithuania) tech. fall Antii Makinen (Finland), 8-0, 2:16
Bronze - Maksim Manukyan (Armenia) tech. fall Adem Boudejline (Algeria), 12-0, 2:56

98 kg
Gold – Oliver Hassler (Germany)
Silver – Sergi Yeroshkin (Ukraine)
Bronze - Hamdy Most El Saied (Egypt)
Bronze - Iliya Nastochenko (Kazakshtan)
5th - Davi Jose Albino (Brazil)
5th - Pete Gounaridis (USA)
Gold - Oliver Hassler (Germany) dec. Sergi Yeroshkin (Ukraine), 5-0
Bronze - Hamdy Most El Saied (Egypt) tech. fall Davi Jose Albino (Brazil), 9-1, 2:56
Bronze - Iliya Nastochenko (Kazakshtan) pin Pete Gounaridis (USA), 4:22

130 kg
Gold – Mindaugas Mizgaitis (Lithuania)
Silver – Oleksandr Chernetskyi (Ukraine)
Bronze – David Arendt (USA)
Bronze – Heiki Nabi (Estonia)
5th – Por Naveen (India)
5th - Lukasz Banak (Poland)
Gold - Mindaugas Mizgaitis (Lithuania) pin Oleksandr Chernetskyi (Ukraine), 3:51
Bronze - David Arendt (USA) tech. fall Por Naveen (India), 8-0, 3:13
Bronze - Heiki Nabi (Estonia) dec. Lukasz Banak (Poland), 5-0