Colon, Clark, Sorensen, Mensah-Stock win bronze medals in Poland


Joe Colon and Cory Clark receive their bronze medals at 61 kg at the Pytlasinski Memorial in Poland. Photo by Joe Russell.

WARSAW, Poland - The United States wrapped up the international competitions in Poland this weekend with four bronze medals on Sunday.

Winning bronze medals in men’s freestyle in the Pytlasinski Memorial International were Joe Colon (Fresno, Calif./Titan Mercury WC/Valley RTC) at 61 kg , Cory Clark (Iowa City, Iowa/Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC) at 61 kg and Brandon Sorensen (Iowa City, Iowa/Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC) at 70 kg.

Adding a bronze medals in women’s freestyle at the Poland Open was 2018 World Team member Tamyra Mensah-Stock (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC/OTC) at 68 kg.

Colon, a Freestyle National Team member who was a star for Northern Iowa, scored an 11-0 technical fall over Pingping Zhou of China in the bronze-medal bout. Colon rebounded from a quarterfinal loss to Kuat Amirtayev of Kazakhstan on Saturday.

Scoring a pushout with about 25 seconds to go in the match, Sorensen stopped Norbert Lukacs of Hungary, 3-2. The former Iowa star went 1-1 on Saturday, falling in the semifinals in a close bout to Amandyk Bakeyev of Kazakhstan, 5-4

Clark won a repechage match Sunday morning against Yo Nakata of Japan, with a pin in 1:13. He won his bronze-medal match by forfeit over Magomedrasul Idrisov of Russia.

Mensah-Stock claimed her bronze-medal bout with a 5-0 win over Alla Belinska of Ukraine. She went 2-1 on Saturday, with two strong wins before dropping her semifinal match to Dalma Caneva of Italy by fall.

Another 2018 World Team member, Sarah Hildebrandt (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC/OTC) finished fifth at 53 kg, after dropping her bronze-medal bout to Maria Prevolaraki of Greece, 12-10.

In Greco-Roman, the lone U.S. wrestler in competition on Sunday, Joe Rau (Chicago, Ill./Minnesota Storm/Chicago RTC) was defeated in repechage by Tadeusz Michalak of Poland, 6-2 at 87 kg.

Overall, the USA won seven medals during the events in Poland. On Saturday, the USA got a Greco-Roman gold from 2018 World Team member G’Angelo Hancock at 97 kg, a freestyle silver medal from Sammy Brooks at 86 kg, and a pair of women’s freestyle bronzes from Whitney Conder at 53 kg and Forrest Molinari at 65 kg.

Medal winners will be posted when available.

POLAND OPEN (women’s freestyle)
ZIOLKOWSKI MEMORIAL (men’s freestyle)

U.S. men’s freestyle second group results

61 kg: Ali Naser, Tempe, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids)
LOSS Pingpin Zhou (China), 14-12

61 kg: Joe Colon, Fresno, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC/Valley RTC), BRONZE MEDAL
LOSS Kuat Amirtayev (Kazakhstan), 13-5
WIN Pingping Zhou (China), tech. fall 11-0

61 kg: Cory Clark, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC), BRONZE MEDAL
WIN Vladimir Dubov (Bulgaria), 10-6
LOSS Gadzhimurad Rashidov (Russia), 11-0
WIN Yo Nakata (Japan), pin 1:13
WIN Magomedrasul Idrisov (Russia), forfeit

61 kg: Jon Morrison, Ann Arbor, Mich. (New York AC/Cliff Keen)
LOSS Magomedrasul Idrisov (Russia), 10-0

70 kg: Brandon Sorensen, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC), BRONZE MEDAL
WIN Mihail Sava (Moldova), 5-1
LOSS Amandyk Bakeyev (Kazakhstan), 5-4
WIN Norbert Lukacs (Hungary), 3-2

125 kg: Michael Kosoy, Raleigh, N.C. (Sunkist Kids)

U.S. women’s freestyle second group results

53 kg/116.5 lbs. - Sarah Hildebrandt, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC/OTC), FIFTH
LOSS Nanami Irie (Japan), 4-2
WIN Yujiao Liu (China), 8-6
LOSS Maria Prevolaraki (Greece), 12-10

62 kg/136.5 lbs. - Mallory Velte, Sacramento, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC)
LOSS Ilona Prokopenniuk (Ukraine), 8-2

68 kg/149.75 lbs. - Tamyra Mensah-Stock, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OTC) –BRONZE MEDAL
WIN Olivia DiBacco (Canada), fall 4:29
WIN Tosun Burse (Turkey), 8-2
LOSS Dalma Caneva (Italy), fall 4:14
WIN Alla Belinksa (Ukraine), 5-0

U.S. Greco-Roman second group results

77kg: Brandon Mueller. Albuquerque, N.M. (U.S. Air Force)
LOSS Oleksandr Kukhta (Ukraine), fall 1:37

87kg: Joe Rau, Chicago, Ill. (Minnesota Storm/Chicago RTC)
LOSS Olesandr Shyshman (Ukraine), 4-1
LOSS Tadeusz Michalak (Poland), 6-2