Aaron Sieracki named Armed Forces Greco Roman champion at 85 kg

By Gary Abbott | March 29, 2000, 12 a.m. (ET)

USA Wrestling has been notified by Armed Forces Sports that Aaron Sieracki (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Air Force) is the champion, and Kenny Owens (Quantico, Va./U.S. Marines) is the silver medalist, at 85 kg/187.25 pounds, at the 2000 Armed Forces Greco-Roman Wrestling Championships. The event was held in Pensacola, Fla. on March 17.

It was originally reported at the conclusion of the meet that Owens was the champion at the weight class, and that Sieracki was the silver medalist.

As the Armed Forces champion, Sieracki qualifies for the Challenge Tournament at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials in Dallas, Texas, June 22-24.

In the original dual meet between the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Marine Corps, Owens defeated Sieracki by a 2-2 referee's decision. A protest by the U.S. Air Force was upheld and the match was re-wrestled. Sieracki scored a 5-1 decision over Owens in the second bout. The final Armed Forces Sports ruling upholds the Sieracki victory in the re-wrestled match.

The decision also adjusts the final score of the dual meet, with the Marine Corps defeating the Air Force by a 16-15 margin. The final team standings remain the same, as the U.S. Army was first, the U.S. Marine Corps was second, the U.S. Air Force was third and the U.S. Navy was fourth.

Individual placewinners correction

85 kg/187.25 lbs. - Gold - Aaron Sieracki (Air Force); Silver - Kenny Owens (Marine Corps); Bronze - James Short (Army); Fourth - Nicholas Eiberger (Navy)

Dual Meet correction

Marine Corps 16, Air Force 15

119 - Jeff Cervone (Air Force) dec. David Laymon (Marine Corps), 8-2; 127.75 - Duaine Martin (Marine Corps) dec. Jacob Hey (Air Force), 4-1, ot, 6:45; 138.75 - James Shillow (Marine Corps) dec. Charley Carbaugh (Air Force), 11-3; 152 - Marcel Cooper (Marine Corps) dec. Steve Woods (Air Force), 3-1; 167.5 - Corey Davis (Air Force) dec. Jacob Clark (Marine Corps), 6-4; 187.25 - Aaron Sieracki (Air Force) dec. Kenny Owens (Marine Corps), 5-1; 213.75 - Dan Hicks (Marine Corps) pinned Garrett Magers (Air Force), 0:54; 286 - Corey Farkas (Air Force) dec. Greg Gibson (Marine Corps), 4-0