Aaron Cohen and Barry Friedberg Win Bronze at the Maccabiah Games

July 20, 2009, 8:08 p.m. (ET)

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) - Aaron Cohen (Buffalo Grove, Ill. / NYAC / Cohen's Judo / 90kg) and Barry Friedberg (Brooklyn, N.Y. / NYAC) each brought home bronze medals for Team USA at the Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv, Israel on Sunday. 

In his final international event before the Senior World Championships in August, Cohen drew Israeli National Champion Viktor Fischman in one of the day's most exciting matches. 

Cohen and Fischman each made attempts at several throws, but neither athlete scored and the match was send to Golden Score (sudden death overtime) where Fischman threw Cohen for a yuko (quarter point) score to win the match. 

Cohen pinned Semen Livshits (RUS) in the repechage to advance to the bronze medal match where he threw Canadian Michael Leger, a 2008 U.S. Open bronze medalist twice for waza-ari (half-point each) to win the first medal of the judo competition for Team USA.

Friedberg, a two-time Senior National medalist, lost his first match in the 100kg division when Gregory Rudelson (ISR) threw Friedberg for ippon (instant win) with a sumi gaeshi (sacrifice throw). 

Friedberg fought Kadosh Pini (ISR) for the bronze medal.  Down by a trio of penalties, Friedberg came back in the last 30 seconds when he threw Pini for ippon with a sumi gaeshi. 

Four other U.S. players also fought for bronze, but each lost and placed fifth. 

Anatoliy Kenis (Holland, Pa. / Liberty Bell Judo) defeated David Mamisbalov (ISR) in the first round of the +100kg division by ippon (instant win), but lost his next match to Eduard Kudryavtsev (RUS)

Kenis advanced to the bronze medal match, but lost the fight for third to Eli Dubinsky (ISR).

A former World bronze medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling, Lindsey Durlacher (Colorado Springs, Colo.) made his judo debut in the 60kg division. 

Durlacher lost his opening match to eventual champion Yoav Shemesh (ISR) by ippon.  In the bronze medal match, Durlacher lost by ippon to Felipe Kitadai (BRA), a fifth-place finisher at the 2008 Junior World Championships.

Anya Volyn (Flemington, N.J. / Liberty Bell Judo) competed in the 57kg division, losing her first round match to Natalia Invskaya (RUS).  Volyn fought for bronze, but lost to Mello Renata (BRA).

Seth Freedman (Chestnut Hill, Mass. / Tohoku) had a bye in the first round of the 66kg division, but lost his second match to eventual silver medalist Bar Raufman (ISR).  Freedman fought for third, but lost a close match to Jewgeny Buchbinder (GER) by a yuko score.

Competing in the 73kg division, Adam Moyerman (Philadelphia, Pa. / Liberty Bell Judo) had a first round bye, but lost his next match to Joshef Pallashvily (ISR) who went on to win the gold medal. 

In the repechage, Moyerman defeated Valerian Zaitsev (AUS) by a waza-ari and four yuko scores.  With one more win needed to advance to the bronze medal round, Moyeramn fought Risan Paz (ISR) who threw Moyerman with a kata guruma (fireman's carry) late in the match.  Moyerman placed seventh in the division overall. 

Kevin Toll (Havertown, Pa. / Liberty Bell Judo) competed in the 81kg division, but lost both of his matches to Artor Ribak (ISR) and Ollie Overbosch (NED).