Williams wins silver at Yasar Dogu International in Turkey as U S places second in team standings

By Gary Abbott | Feb. 14, 2006, 10:52 a.m. (ET)
Joe Williams (Ames, Iowa/Sunkist Kids) captured a silver medal at 74 kg/163 lbs. on the final day of the Yasar Dogu International in Samsun, Turkey, on Feb. 12.

Williams' silver medal brought the U.S. total for the two-day event to five medals. Winning a gold medal on Saturday was Mo Lawal (Colorado Springs, Colo./Gator WC) at 84 kg/185 lbs. Winning a silver medal was Sammie Henson (Flintstone, Ga./Sunkist Kids) at 55 kg/121 lbs. Capturing bronze medals were Chris Bono (Ringgold, Ga./Sunkist Kids) at 66 kg/145.5 lbs. and Tolly Thompson (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Sunkist Kids) at 120 kg/264.5 lbs.

The U.S. placed second in the team standings with 58 points, behind host Turkey with 63 points. Cuba was third with 56 points. Seven nations entered competitors in the tournament.

Williams won three straight matches to qualify for the gold-medal finals. A key win came in the semifinals, when he stopped Hakki Ceylan of Turkey, 3-3, 1-0. In the gold-medal finals, 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Ivan Fundora of Cuba defeated Williams, 2-1, 1-0.

Williams is a two-time World bronze medalist and competed in the 2004 Olympic Games.

Michael Lightner (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) placed fifth at 60 kg/132 lbs. He opened with a 4-1, 4-1 win over Hakki Gurel of Turkey, but was beaten in the semifinals by 2004 Olympic champion Yandro Quintana of Cuba, 2-1, 1-0. In the bronze-medal match, Lightner lost to Sukru Gocer of Turkey in three periods, 3-2, 0-2, 4-3.

One other American competed on Sunday, Nick Preston (Columbus, Ohio/Sunkist Kids), who lost his opening match at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. and did not place.

At Samsun, Turkey, Feb. 12

Team Standings
1. Turkey, 63 pts.
2. United States, 58 pts.
3. Cuba, 56 pts.
4. Azerbaijan, 38 pts
5. Bulgaria, 32 pts.
6. Mongolia, 22 pts
7. Russia, 20 pts.

Individual results

60 kg/132 lbs.
Gold - Tevfik Odabasi (Turkey)
Silver - Yandro Quintana (Cuba)
Bronze - Sukru Gocer (Turkey)
Bronze - Arif Kama (Turkey)
5th - Michael Lightner (USA)
5th - Mehmet Ozmus (Turkey)
7th - Hakki Gurel (Turkey)
8th - Ersin Cetin (Turkey)
9th - Erhan Dik (Turkey)
10th - Tury Afanasiev (Russia)

74 kg/163 lbs.
Gold - Ivan Fundora (Cuba)
Silver - Joe Williams (USA)
Bronze - Hakki Ceylan (Turkey)
Bronze - Fahrettin Ozata (Turkey)
5th - Ivan Deliverski (Bulgaria)
5th - Elshad Allahverdeyev (Azerbaijan)
7th - Konstantin Pokhomov (Russia)
8th - Basaran Ramazan (Turkey)
9th - Ayhan Sucu (Turkey)
10th - Erhan Cihanger (Turkey)

96 kg/211.5 lbs.
Gold - Michel Batista (Cuba)
Silver - Hakan Koc (Turkey)
Bronze - T. Enkhmagalan (Mongolia)
Bronze - Sait Bingol (Turkey)
5th - J. Chulluunbat (Mongolia)
5th - Riza Yilidrin (Turkey)
7th - Ercan Hinislioglu (Turkey)
8th - Ugar Guibonov (Azerbaijan)
9th - Yasin Kilic (Turkey)
10th - Salih Erinc (Turkey)

U.S. performances

60 kg/132 lbs. - Michael Lightner (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids), 5th

WIN Hakki Gurel (Turkey), 4-1, 4-1
LOSS Yandro Quintana (Cuba), 1-2, 0-1
LOSS Sukru Gocer (Turkey), 2-3, 2-0, 3-4

74 kg/163 lbs. - Joe Williams (Ames, Iowa/Sunkist Kids), 2nd
WIN Eran Cihangir (Turkey), 1-0, 1-0
WIN Ivan Delivirski (Bulgaria), 2-0, 2-0
WIN Hakki Ceylan (Turkey), 3-3, 1-0
LOSS Ivan Fundora (Cuba), 1-2, 0-1

96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Nick Preston (Columbus, Ohio/Sunkist Kids), dnp
LOSS Ugar Guibonov (Azerbaijan), 1-2, 0-1