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Jan 31 Six U S wrestlers go 4 0 in Kiki Cup and Team USA III wins all four dual meets

By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling | Jan. 31, 2011, 6:05 p.m. (ET)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - It was a full day of quality international Greco-Roman wrestling at the Kiki Cup, a dual meet tournament featuring eight teams.

Four U.S. squads competed against four international teams, with each team getting four dual meets. None of the American teams faced each other, having all four bouts against foreign squads.

When it all ended, the only team without a loss was USA-III, which was comprised mostly of athletes from the Sunkist Kids and the Minnesota Storm.

Unbeaten with 4-0 records on Team USA-III were Joe Betterman (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) at 60 kg/132 lbs., C.P. Schlatter (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Storm) at 66 kg/145.5 lbs., Andy Bisek (Colorado Springs, Colo./Minnesota Storm) at 74 kg/163 lbs. and R.C. Johnson (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) at 96 kg/211.5 lbs.

Team USA-III opened with a 13-9 win over Poland, then defeated Bulgaria 17-10. In the third round, they stopped Japan, 18-5. The final match was against Scandinavia and ended in a 12-12 tie. However, Team USA won the tiebreaker with four wins with three wins for Scandinavia.

"USA-III went undefeated. I'm happy for them. They had a chance to truly test their skills" said Fraser. "Joe Betterman beat some very tough wrestlers. C.P. Schlatter is unbelievable. He's for real and he just got started back in Greco. Andy Bisek did a great job, and wrestled smart all day. R.C. Johnson also beat some very tough people."

Overall, six Americans went with 4-0 unbeaten records during the tournament.

Also going 4-0 for Team USA-II were Jake Fisher (Boise, Idaho/New York AC) at 74 kg/163 lbs. and Justin Ruiz (Boise, Idaho/New York AC) at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. Fisher was a member of the 2010 U.S. World Team. Ruiz, a 2005 World bronze medalist, was also fifth in the 2010 World Championships.

2002 World champion Dremiel Byers (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) went 3-0 at 286 lbs. Two-time World bronze medalist Harry Lester (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) made his return with a 2-0 record.

Archived Video
(some may vary in quality - only Mat 1 feeds had audio)
USA #1 vs. Scandanavia
USA #3 vs. Scandanavia
USA #4 vs. Scandanavia
USA #1 vs. Bulgaria
USA #2 vs. Bulgaria
USA #3 vs. Bulgaria
USA #4 vs. Bulgaria
USA #1 vs. Poland
USA #2 vs. Poland
USA #3 vs. Poland
USA #4 vs. Poland
USA #1 vs. Japan
USA #2 vs. Japan
USA #3 vs. Japan

KIKI CUP
At Colorado Springs, Colo., January 29

Team records

USA-III 4-0 record
USA-I 3-1 record
USA-II 3-1 reccord
Scandinavia, 2-2 record
Poland, 2-2 record
Japan, 1-3 record
Bulgaria, 1-3 record
USA-IV, 0-4 record

USA-I bouts

USA-I 15, Japan 12
55 kg - Ryo Minemura (Japan) dec.Jermaine Hodge (USA #1), 1-0, 3-0
60 kg - Kazuma Kuramoto (Japan) pin Marco Lara (USA #1), 0-2, 0:42
66 kg - Yuji Okamoto (Japan) dec. Glenn Garrison (USA #1), 0-2, 5-0, 2-0
74 kg - Steven Forrest (USA #1) dec. Kosuke Sumi (Japan), 2-0, 3-0
84 kg - Peter Hicks (USA #1) dec. Taichi Oka (Japan), 0-1, 1-0, 1-0
96 kg - Robbie Smith (USA #1) pin Katsuya Kitamura (Japan), 1:12
120 kg - Dremiel Byers (USA #1) dec. Hirokazu Shinjo (Japan), 3-0, 2-0

Scandinavia (Sweden/Norway) 14, USA #1, 13
55 kg - Anders Ronningen (Norway) dec. Jermaine Hodge (USA #1), 0-1, 2-0, 2-0
60 kg - Stig Andre Berge (Norway) dec. Marco Lara (USA #1), 1-0, 5-0
66 kg - Christoffer Ljungbeck (Sweden) dec. Glenn Garrison (USA #1), 1-0,3-0
74 kg - Steven Forrest (USA #1) pin Sharur Vardanyan (Sweden), 2-0, 0:26
84 kg - Peter Hicks (USA #1) dec. Kristoffer Johansson (Sweden), 0-1, 1-0, 1-0
96 kg - Fredrik Schoen (Sweden) dec. Robbie Smith (USA #1), 1-0, 3-1
120 kg - Dremiel Byers (USA #1) dec. Johan Magnus Euren (Scandinavia (Sweden), 0-1, 1-0, 1-0

USA #1 14, Poland 10
55 kg - David Andrzej Ersetic (Poland) dec. Jermaine Hodge (USA #1), 1-0, 2-0
60 kg - Jeremiah Davis (USA #1) pin Edward Barsegjan (Poland), 1:51
66 kg - Glenn Garrison (USA #1) dec. Mario Furgal (Poland), 8-0, 0-4, 2-0
74 kg - Jakub Tim (Poland) dec. Aaron Sieracki (USA #1), 3-0, 1-0
84 kg - Damian Janikowski (Poland) dec. Talan Knox (USA #1), 1-0, 3-0
96 kg - Robbie Smith (USA #1) dec. Przemyslaw Malinowski (Poland), 6-0,1-0
120 kg - Dremiel Byers (USA #1) dec. Lukasz Banak (Poland), 1-0, 2-0

USA #1 21, Bulgaria 9
55 kg - Aleksandar Kostadinov (Bulgaria) inj dft. Jermaine Hodge (USA #1) 3-0, 0-3, Inj
60 kg - Jeremiah Davis (USA #1) dec. Ivo Angelov (Bulgaria), 1-0, 3-1
66 kg - Emilian Tordorov (Bulgaria) dec. Glenn Garrison (USA #1), 3-0, 1-0
74 kg - Jess Hargrave (USA #1) dec. Ilian Georgiev (Bulgaria), 1-0, 3-0
84 kg - Peter Hicks (USA #1) won by forfeit
96 kg - Robbie Smith (USA #1) won by forfeit
120 kg - Dremiel Byers (USA #1) won by forfeit

USA-II matches

USA #2 15, Scandinavia (Sweden/Norway) 13
55 kg - Anders Ronningen (Scandinavia (Norway) dec. Nate Engel (USA #2), 1-0, 2-0
60 kg - Stig Andre Berge (Norway) dec. Joe Warren (NYAC), 1-0, 0-1, 1-0
66 kg - Harry Lester (USA #2) pin Marius Thommesen (Norway), 7-0, 0:34
74 kg - Jake Fisher (USA #2) dec. Sharur Vardanyan (Sweden), 6-0, 6-0
84 kg - Christoffer Ljungbeck (Sweden) dec. Cheney Haight (USA #2), 2-3, 1-0, 1-0
96 kg - Justin Ruiz (USA #2) dec. Fredrik Schoen (Sweden), 1-0, 2-1
120 kg - Johan Magnus Euren (Sweden) dec. Brandon Rupp (USA #2), 1-0, 5-4

USA #2 18, Japan 9
55kg - Nate Engel (USA #2) dec. Ryo Minemura (Japan), 2-0, 1-0
60 kg - Kazuma Kuramoto (Japan) dec. Joe Warren (USA #2), 5-5, 3-3
66 kg - Harry Lester (USA #2) dec. Yuji Okamoto (Japan), 2-0, 1-0
74 kg - Jake Fisher (USA #2) dec. Kosuke Sumi (Japan), 2-0, 1-0
84 kg - Taichi Oka (Japan) pin Cheney Haight (USA #2), 1-0, 1:33
96 kg - Justin Ruiz (USA #2) dec. Katsuya Kitamura (Japan), 3-0, 4-1
120 kg - Brandon Rupp (USA #2) pin Hirokazu Shinjo (Japan), 0-2, 0:54

USA #2 19, Bulgaria 11
55 kg - Aleksandar Kostadinov (Bulgaria) dec. Nate Engel (USA #2), 2-0,1-0
60 kg - Ivo Angelov (Bulgaria) dec. Joe Warren (USA #2), 6-3, 0-1, 1-0
66 kg - Emilian Tordorov (Bulgaria) pin Matt Holt (USA #2), 1:43
74 kg - Jake Fisher (USA #2) dec. Ilian Georgiev (Bulgaria), 1-0, 3-0
84 kg - Cheney Haight (USA #2) won by forfeit
96 kg - Justin Ruiz (USA #2) won by forfeit
120 kg - Brandon Rupp (USA #2) won by forfeit

Poland 15, USA #2 12
55 kg - David Andrzej Ersetic (Poland) dec. Nate Engel (USA #2), 0-1, 4-0, 5-0
60 kg - Edward Barsegjan (Poland) dec. Marco Lara (USA #2), 1-0,1-0
66 kg - Mario Furgal (Poland) pin Matt Holt (USA #2), 5-6,1:13
74 kg - Jake Fisher (USA #2) dec. Jakub Tim (Poland), 5-3, 1-0
84 kg - Damian Janikowski (Poland) dec. Cheney Haight (USA #2), 7-0, 2-0
96 kg - Justin Ruiz (USA #2) dec. Przemyslaw Malinowski (Poland), 1-0, 1-0
120 kg - Brandon Rupp (USA #2) won by forfeit

USA-III matches

USA #3 13, Poland 9
55 kg - David Andrzej Ersetic (Poland) dec. Dmitry Ryabchinskiy (USA #3), 4-2, 2-0
60 kg - Joe Betterman (USA #3) dec. Edward Barsegjan (Poland), 2-0, 2-0
66 kg - C.P. Schlatter (USA #3) dec. Mario Furgal (Poland), 1-0, 3-0
74 kg - Andy Bisek (USA #3) dec. Mateusz Lukasz Wolny (Poland), 5-0, 1-0
84 kg - Damian Janikowski (Poland) dec. Chas Betts (USA #3), 1-0, 2-0
96 kg - R.C. Johnson (USA #3) dec. Przemyslaw Malinowski (Poland), 2-0, 3-0
120 kg - Lukasz Banak (Poland) dec. Pete Kowalczuk (USA #3), 1-0, 2-0

USA #3 17, Bulgaria 10
55 kg - Aleksandar Kostadinov (Bulgaria) tech. fall Dmitry Ryabchinskiy (USA #3), 5-0, 6-0
60 kg - Joe Betterman (USA #3) dec. Ivo Angelov (Bulgaria), 2-0, 1-0
66 kg - C.P. Schlatter (USA #3) dec. Emilian Tordorov (Bulgaria), 1-4, 3-1, 6-0
74 kg - Andy Bisek (USA #3) dec. Ilian Georgiev (Bulgaria), 2-0, 1-0
84 kg - Chas Betts (USA #3) dec. Hristo Marinov (Bulgaria), 1-0, 1-2, 4-0
96 kg - R.C. Johnson (USA #3) won by forfeit over Unknown (Unattached)
120 kg - Ivan Ivanov (Bulgaria) tech fall Pete Kowalczuk (USA #3) 7-0, 7-0

USA #3 18, Japan 5
55 kg - Ryo Minemura (Japan) dec. Dmitry Ryabchinskiy (USA #3), 2-0, 5-0
60 kg - Joe Betterman (USA #3) dec. Kazuma Kuramoto (Japan), 1-0, 2-0
66 kg - C.P. Schlatter (USA #3) dec. Yuji Okamoto (Japan), 1-0, 0-1, 1-0
74 kg - Andy Bisek (USA #3) dec. Kosuke Sumi (Japan), 0-1, 1-0, 2-1
84 kg - Chas Betts (USA #3) dec. Taichi Oka (Japan), 1-0, 1-0
96 kg - R.C. Johnson (USA #3) dec. Katsuya Kitamura (Japan), 2-0, 1-0
120 kg - Pete Kowalczuk (USA #3) dec. Hirokazu Shinjo (Japan), 1-0, 7-0

USA #3 12, Scandinavia (Sweden/Norway) 12
USA wins tiebreaker with four match victories
55 kg - Thomas Ronningen (Norway) dec. Dmitry Ryabchinskiy (USA #3), 5-0, 7-0
60 kg - Joe Betterman (USA #3) dec. Stig Andre Berge (Norway), 1-0, 2-0
66 kg - C.P. Schlatter (USA #3) over Sharur Vardanyan (Sweden), 0-2, 5-3, 2-0
74 kg - Andy Bisek (USA #3) dec. Mikael Hansson (Sweden), 1-0, 8-0
84 kg - Christoffer Ljungbeck (Sweden) dec. Chas Betts (USA #3), 2-0, 1-0
96 kg - R.C. Johnson (USA #3) dec. Fredrik Schoen (Sweden), 0-2, 3-0, 3-0
120 kg - Johan Magnus Euren (Sweden) tech. fall Pete Kowalczuk (USA #3), 7-0, 6-0

USA-IV matches

Bulgaria 15, USA-IV 9
55 kg - Aleksandar Kostadinov (Bulgaria) dec. Aaron Runzo (USA #4), 1-0, 1-0
60 kg - Ivo Angelov (Bulgaria) over Chad Vandiver (USA #4), 2-0, 0-1, 1-0
66 kg - Emilian Tordorov (Bulgaria) dec. Ben Sanchez (USA #4), 1-0,1-0
74 kg - Aaron Briggs (USA #4) dec. Ilian Georgiev (Bulgaria), 2-0, 2-0
84 kg - Hristo Marinov (Bulgaria) dec. Ben Provisor (USA #4), 3-0, 1-0
96 kg - Pete Gounaridis (USA #4) won by forfeit
120 kg - Ivan Ivanov (Bulgaria) dec. Zach Nielsen (USA #4), 3-0, 7-0

Poland 15, USA-IV 10
55 kg - David Andrzej Ersetic (Poland) pin Aaron Runzo (USA #4) 1-0,1:38
60 kg - Edward Barsegjan (Poland) dec. Chad Vandiver (USA #4), 1-0, 1-0
66 kg - Ben Sanchez (USA #4) dec. Mario Furgal (Poland), 3-0, 1-0
74 kg - Aaron Briggs (USA #4) dec. Jakub Tim (Poland), 1-0, 2-0
84 kg - Ben Provisor (USA #4) dec. Damian Janikowski (Poland), 2-0, 4-1
96 kg - Przemyslaw Malinowski (Poland) dec. Zach Nielsen (USA #4), 1-0, 9-1
120 kg - Lukasz Banak (Poland) dec. Pete Gounaridis (USA #4), 1-0, 3-0

Scandinavia (Sweden/Norway) 18, USA-IV 7
55 kg - Thomas Ronningen (Norway) dec. Aaron Runzo (USA #4), 3-0,1-0
60 kg Stig Andre Berge (Norway) dec. Chad Vandiver (USA #4), 3-0, 1-0
66 kg - Ben Sanchez (USA #4) dec. Marius Thommesen (Norway), 0-2, 2-0, 1-0
74 kg - Aaron Briggs (USA #4) dec. Mikael Hansson (Sweden), 3-0, 2-0
84 kg - Kristoffer Johansson (Sweden) pin Talan Knox (USA #4), 7-0, 0:48
96 kg - Fredrik Schoen (Sweden) dec. Zac Nielsen (USA #4), 3-1, 6-0
120 kg - Johan Magnus Euren (Sweden) ove Pete Gounaridis (USA #4), 2-0, 1-0

Japan 16, USA-IV 4
55 kg - Ryo Minemura (Japan) dec. Aaron Runzo (USA #4), 3-0, 5-1
60 kg - Kazuma Kuramoto (Japan) dec. Chad Vandiver (USA #4), 7-0, 5-0
66 kg - Yuji Okamoto (Japan) dec. Ben Sanchez (USA #4), 1-0, 1-0
74 kg - Aaron Briggs (USA #4) dec. Kosuke Sumi (Japan), 1-0, 0-1, 4-0
84 kg - Taichi Oka (Japan) dec. Talan Knox (USA #4), 1-0, 1-0
96 kg - Pete Gounaridis (USA #4) pin Katsuya Kitamura (Japan), 5-0, 0:21
120 kg - Hirokazu Shinjo (Japan) dec. Zac Nielsen (USA #4), 0-2, 1-0, 3-0

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