U S defeats Russia 17 16 in a World Dual Meet Feb 8

By Gary Abbott | Feb. 08, 2000, 12 a.m. (ET)
U.S. defeats Russia, 17-16, in a World Dual Meet, Tuesday, February 8, in Edinboro, Pa. The United States defeated Russia, 17-16, in a World Dual Meet, Tuesday, February 8, at the McComb Fieldhouse in Edinboro, Pa.

The U.S. opened with a win at 119 pounds when Lou Rosselli (Edinboro, Pa./New York AC) decisioned Maxim Molonov, 5-3. Rosselli was a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic team and is a three-time U.S. Nationals champion. He competed for Bruce Baumgartner at Edinboro Univ. and was third in the 1993 NCAA Championships.

Molonov was fifth in the 1997 World Championships.

Tim Dernlan (West Liberty, Ohio/Ohio International) lost by a technical fall at 127.75 pounds to Zelimkhan Guseynov in 5:57. Dernlan was fifth in the 1999 U.S. Nationals and a 1996 University Nationals champion

Troy Steiner (Madison, Wis./Team Excel) scored a technical fall at 138.75 pounds, over Zelimhan Akhmadov in 5:56. Steiner was an NCAA champion for the Univ. of Iowa. He is currently an assistant coach at the Univ. of Wisconsin.

Akhmedov was third in the 1997 World Military Championships and fourth in the 1996 World Cup

Pat Santoro (Bethlehem, Pa./New York AC) gave the U.S. a bigger lead at 152 pounds, when he decisioned Zaur Kazbekov, 9-1. Santoro is currently ranked second in the United States at 152 pounds. He was a two-time NCAA champion for the Univ. of Pittsburgh. He is currently an assistant coach at Lehigh Univ.

Rob Koll (Ithaca, N.Y./Team Excel) put the U.S. ahead 15-7 with his pin over Shamal Aliev in 2:04 at 167.5 pounds. Koll placed fifth in the 1990 World Championships and is a two-time U.S. Nationals champion.

Aliev was a 1998 Junior World Champion.

Charles Burton (Bloomington, Ind./New York AC) lost a close decision at 187.25 pounds to Sazhid Sazhidov, 3-1. Burton is currently ranked No. 2 in the United States. He competed for Boise State Univ. where he was third in the 1996 NCAA Championships.

Jason Robison (Greenville, Pa./New York AC) lost to 1998 World Bronze medalist Kouramagomed Kouramagomedov at 213.75 pounds, 4-0. Robison competed for Bruce Baumgartner and Tim Flynn at Edinboro Univ. and was a two-time NCAA runner-up.

Kouramagomedov was also a 1999 European Championships champion.

Airron Richardson (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Team Excel) lost by a decision at 286 pounds, 3-1, to Oleg Khorpjakov, but still gained one point to allow the U.S. to win the dual. Richardson was a 1999 Winter Classic champion and was third in the 1999 Sunkist Kids International Open.

Horpiakov was third in the 1998 World University Championships and was a 1994 Junior World Champion.

The U.S. team was coached by Bruce Baumgartner.


Tuesday, February 8, in Edinboro, Pa.

U.S. 17, Russia 16

54 kg/119 lbs. - Lou Rosselli, Edinboro, Pa. dec. Maxim Molonov, Russia, 5-3

58 kg/127.75 lbs. - Zelimkhan Guseynov, Russia, won by tech. fall over Tim Dernlan, West Liberty, Ohio, 5:57

63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Troy Steiner, Madison, Wis., won by tech. fall over Zelimhan Akhamadov, Russia, 5:56

69 kg/152 lbs. - Pat Santoro, Bethlehem, Pa., dec. Zaur Kazbekov, Russia, 9-1

76 kg/167.5 lbs. - Rob Koll, Ithaca, N.Y., pinned Shamal Aliev, Russia, 2:04

85 kg/187.25 lbs. - Sazhid Sazhidov, Russia, dec. Charles Burton, Bloomington, Ind., 3-1

97 kg/213.75 lbs. - Kouramagomed Kouramagomedov, Russia, dec. Jason Robison, Greenville, Pa., 4-0

130 kg/286 lbs. - Oleg Khorpjakov, Russia, dec. Airron Richardson, Shaker Heights, Ohio, 3-1