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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CISM WORLD MILITARY WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
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
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
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
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
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