Spenser Mango, shown competing at the World Team Trials, will compete in Poland this weekend. Photo by Tony Rotundo/Wrestlers are Warriors
Three U.S. Greco-Roman World Team members get draws for Pytlasinski Memorial in Poland
WARSAW, Poland - Four U.S. wrestlers weighed in and received draws for the Pytlasinski Memorial International, a major Greco-Roman tune-up event prior to the World Championships which begins on Saturday.
Three members of the 2013 U.S. World Team will compete on Saturday.
At 55 kg/121 lbs., World Team member and two-time Olympian Spenser Mango will open with Anar Zeinalov of Estonia. Zeinalov's top performance was a fifth place at the 2011 European Championships.
World Team member Jordan Holm opens his competition at 84 kg/185 lbs. against Javid Hamzatau of Belarus. Hamzatau was a bronze medalist at the 2013 World University Games. Holm will be competing in his first World Championships this year.
The U.S. has two entries at 120 kg/264.5 lbs. 2013 World Team member Robbie Smith will face Levani Arabuli of Georgia in the opening match. Arabuli was a 2012 European Junior silver medalist. Smith, who will be competing at his first World Championships in 2013, is a two-time Pan American Championships silver medalist.
Also at 120 kg/264.5 lbs. is 2013 U.S. Open champion and World Team Trials runner-up David Arendt, who has drawn Lukasz Banak of Poland in his first match. Banak was a 2010 World Military champion and has placed as high as fifth at the Senior World Championships.
"The Pytlasinki tournament is going to be a tough tournament. Russia, Hungary, Turkey along with many other strong countries are here with their best teams. This will be a great test for our world team. It's gonna be a great weekend of wrestling," said National Greco-Roman Coach Steve Fraser
Organizers are planning to post results and live video from the event.
Results from the Pytlasinski International
PYTLASINSKI MEMORIAL INTERNATIONAL
At Warsaw, Poland, August 3-4
U.S. Greco-Roman first round pairings
55 kg/121 lbs. - Spenser Mango, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
Vs. Anar Zeinalov (Estonia)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Jordan Holm, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
Vs. Javid Hamzatau (Belarus)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Robbie Smith, Colorado Springs, Colo. (NYAC)
Vs. Levani Arabuli (Georgia)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - David Arendt Jr., Camp Lejeune, N.C. (U.S. Marines)
Vs. Lukasz Banak (Poland)