World Champion Byers wins gold medal at Hungary Grand Prix

By John Fuller | March 02, 2003, 12 a.m. (ET)
2002 World Champion Dremiel Byers (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) won the 120 kg/264.5 lbs. gold medal at the Hungary Grand Prix in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary on March 2. Byers defeated Zarewpoor of Iran in the championship match, 3-2. In the semifinals, Byers defeated Mihaly Deak-Bardos of Hungary 3-0. Byers defeated Deak-Bardos in the finals of the 2002 World Championships in October. 2001 U.S. World Team member Marcel Cooper (Quantico, Va./U.S. Marine Corps) was the only other American to advance out of his pool. Cooper was defeated by Roman Gromov of Russia in a qualification match at 66 kg/145.5 lbs. 3-0. Gromov placed sixth at the 2001 CISM Military World Championships. The 2003 Greco-Roman Winter Tour will conclude with the Acropolis Tournament in Athens, Greece, March 29-30. U.S. Results Hungary Grand Prix Nyiregyhaza, Hungary March 1-2, 2003 55 kg/121 lbs. - Duaine Martin, Quantico, Va. (U.S. Marine Corps) lost dec. Suhla (CZE), 4-1 dec. Kim Holk (SWE), 3-1 60 kg/132 lbs. - Jim Gruenwald, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids) dec. Laszlo Bona (HUN), 3-2 lost dec. Sliwinski (BLR), 3-0 66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Marcel Cooper, Quantico, Va. (U.S. Marine Corps) dec. Marciej Panasiuk (POL), 5-2 dec. Furedy (HUN), 8-2 dec. Blacha (CZE), 3-0 lost dec. Roman Gromov (RUS), 3-0 74 kg/163 lbs. - Steve Woods, Colorado Springs, Coloo. (U.S. Air Force) lost dec. Michal Jaworski (POL), 7-3 lost dec. Park Jin (KOR), 3-0 74 kg/163 lbs. - Brandon McNab, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC) lost dec. Tsandoulas (GRE), 5-2 lost dec. Anton Pelevin (RUS), 9-0 84 kg/185 lbs. - Aaron Sieracki, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force) lost dec. Mohammed Babulfath (SWE), 4-0 lost tech. fall Darahan (UKR), 10-0 84 kg/185 lbs. - Keith Sieracki, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force) dec. Bosnie (YUG), 4-1 dec. Kiss (HUN), 4-1 lost dec. Tilent (BLR), 4-1 84 kg/185 lbs. - Brad Vering, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC) lost dec. Bojan Mijatov (YUG), 3-2 dec. Artur Michalkiewicz (POL), 2-1 84 kg/185 lbs. - James Meyer, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Unattached) lost dec. Krapivin (UKR), 4-0 lost dec. Zaugorodnij (RUS), 3-0 96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Phillip Johnston, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force) lost dec. Roman (SVK), 5-3 lost dec. Zpeydwand (IRI), 8-2 120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Dremiel Byers, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army) pin Artiyhin (RUS), 3:52 dec. Mihaly Deak-Bardos (HUN), 3-0 dec. Zarewpoor (IRI), 3-2 120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Corey Farkas, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force) dec. Sjoberg (SWE), 3-0 dec. Gonalsky (ISR), 5-0 lost dec. Pozides (GRE), 7-1