TMWC’s Nazar Kulytskyy wins the Cerro Pelado, 2/23/17


HAVANA, Cuba – Seven more U.S. wrestlers from the Titan Mercury Wrestling Club claimed medals in day-two action of the Cerro Pelado International in Havana, Cuba. The U.S. was represented by 11 wrestlers on Thursday, who collected one gold, one silver and five bronze medals.

Nazar Kulchytskyy put together the Red, White and Blue’s lone championship performance on the day, taking gold at 70 kg/154 lbs. He opened the tournament with a 10-0 technical fall over Serguei Randon of Cuba, before taking out fellow American Mike DePalma by fall to cruise to the finals. There, he faced Cuba’s Ernesto Sanchez, who he defeated 11-1.

Also earning a spot in the finals was heavyweight Bobby Telford. The former Hawkeye claimed wins over China’s Hai Shang, 5-0, and Cuba’s Juan Carlos Mason, 5-2. Waiting for him in the championship match was Cuban Yudenny Alpajon, the 2016 Cerro Pelado champion. Alpajon edged out Telford, 2-1, sending the American home with a silver.

Andrew Hochstrasser and Kanen Storr earned both bronze medals up for grabs at 61 kg/134 lbs.

Hochstrasser suffered a 10-0 loss to 2014 World bronze medalist Yowlys Bonne of Cuba in the opening bout. He was pulled into the repechage, where he faced Cuba’s Cristian Solenzal, who he beat 5-5.

Iowa State freshman Storr, the 2017 Dave Schultz Memorial silver medalist, dominated teammate and Golden Grand Prix bronze medalist Alan Waters in the third-place bout, 9-2.

After falling to Kulchytskyy, DePalma came back to claim bronze at 70 kg, winning by injury default.

At 86 kg/189 lbs., Vic Avery recorded a solid pair of wins over Xiad Sun of China, 12-0, and Lazaro Hernandez of Cuba, 10-5, before getting handed an 8-1 loss by Cuba’s Yuriesky Torreblanca. Avery faced American Timmy McCall in the bronze-medal bout, where he walked away with a 12-7 win.

Wrapping up the bronze medals for the U.S. was Dom Bradley at 125 kg/275 lbs. Bradley opened competition with a 10-0 tech against Jesse Ruiz of Mexico. He dropped his next bout to eventual champion Alpajon in a tight 4-0 battle. He stormed back for a bronze medal, taking a 10-0 won over China’s Dezheng Jiang.

Feb. 22-23 at Havana, Cuba

Final Results
61 kg/134 lbs.
Gold – Yowlys Bonne (Cuba)
Silver – Dabian Quintana (Cuba)
Bronze – Andrew Hochstrasser (United States)
Bronze – Kanen Storr (United States)

70 kg/154 lbs.
Gold – Nazar Kulchytskyy (United States)
Silver – Enresto Sanchez (Cuba)
Bronze – Mike DePalma (United States)

86 kg/189 lbs.
Gold – Yuriesky Torreblanca (Cuba)
Silver – Luis Mario Miranda (Cuba)
Bronze – Vic Avery (United States)
Bronze – Pool Ambrocio (Peru)

125 kg/275 lbs.
Gold – Yudenny Alpajon (Cuba)
Silver – Bobby Telford (United States)
Bronze – Dom Bradley (United States)
Bronze – Juan Carlos Mason (Cuba)

Titan Mercury Men’s Freestyle Results
61 kg/134 lbs. – Shelton Mack, Charlottesville, Va.
LOSS Cristian Solenzal (Cuba), 8-0

61 kg/134 lbs. – Andrew Hochstrasser, Boise, Idaho, Bronze
LOSS Yowlys Bonne (Cuba), 10-0
WIN Cristian Solenzal (Cuba), 5-5

61 kg/134 lbs. – Alan Waters, Columbia, Mo., 5th
WIN Rodelkis Manual (Cuba), 7-2
LOSS Dabian Quintana (Cuba), 11-0
LOSS Kanen Storr (United States), 9-2

61 kg/134 lbs. – Kanen Storr, Mason, Mich., Bronze
LOSS Dabian Quintana (Cuba), 10-0
WIN Alan Waters (United States), 9-2

70 kg/154 lbs. – Nazar Kulchytskyy, Madison, Wis., Gold
WIN Serguei Rondon (Cuba), 10-0
WIN Mike DePalma (United States), Fall
WIN Enresto Sanchez (Cuba), 11-1

70 kg/154 lbs. – Mike DePalma, Jeannette, Pa., Bronze
LOSS Enresto Sanchez (Cuba), 9-1
LOSS Nazar Kulchytskyy (United States), Fall
WIN Serguei Rondon (Cuba), Injury Default

86 kg/189 lbs. – Austin Trotman, Lincoln, Neb., 5th
WIN Samuel Scherrer (Switzerland), 7-3
LOSS Luis Mario Mirando (Cuba), 7-3
LOSS Pool Ambrocio (Peru), 2-2

86 kg/189 lbs. – Timmy McCall, Raleigh, N.C., 5th
LOSS Yuriesky Torreblanca (Cuba), 7-4
LOSS Vic Avery (United States), 12-7

86 kg/189 lbs. – Vic Avery, Edinboro, Pa., Bronze
WIN Xiad Sun (China), 12-0
WIN Lazaro Hernandez (Cuba), 10-5
LOSS Yuriesky Torreblanca (Cuba), 8-1
WIN Timmy McCall (United States), 12-7

125 kg/275 lbs. – Bobby Telford, Iowa City, Iowa, Silver
WIN Hai Shang (China), 5-0
WIN Juan Carlos Mason (Cuba), 5-2
LOSS Yudenny Alpajon (Cuba), 2-1

125 kg/275 lbs. – Dom Bradley, Ames, Iowa, Bronze
WIN Jesse Ruiz (Mexico), 10-0
LOSS Yudenny Alpajon (Cuba), 4-0
WIN Dezheng Jiang (China), 10-0

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