Vering Lester win bronze medals at Poland Open

By Craig Sesker | March 14, 2006, 2:48 p.m. (ET)
CHELM, Poland - Greco-Roman wrestlers Brad Vering (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) and Harry Lester (Akron, Ohio/USOEC/Gator WC) both earned bronze medals Saturday at the Poland Open.

Vering won his first three matches, fell to Japan's Shingo Matsumoto in the semifinals at 84 kg/185 lbs. before bouncing back to beat Hungary's Zoltan Todor to earn a bronze medal. Matsumoto was eighth in the World in 2005 and seventh in the 2004 Olympics.

Vering downed 2003 World bronze medalist Attila Batky of Slovakia in the first round before following with wins over Opakov of Russia and Malinowski Przemyslaw of Poland to reach the semis.

Vering is a 2004 Olympian who also has made the last three U.S. World teams. He is ranked No. 1 in the nation at 185.

Lester fell to Olexandr Khvoshch of the Ukraine in the first round at 145.5 pounds before winning his next two matches over Bieloba Sergiej of the Ukraine and Sindikov of Russia to earn a bronze. Khvoshch placed fourth in the World in 2002 and was a 2004 Olympian.

Lester made his first U.S. World team last year and is ranked No. 1 in the nation at 145.5.

Americans Lindsey Durlacher (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) and Russ Davie (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) each placed fifth on Sunday in Poland.

Davie fell to Sweden's Jalmar Sjoeberg in the match for the bronze. Sjoeberg was a Junior World Champion in 2005.

American Adam Wheeler won his first match before falling in his second match to Balasz Kiss of Hungary. Kiss was second in the 2004 World University Championships. Wheeler beat Justin Ruiz in the Dave Schultz Memorial. Ruiz won a bronze medal in the 2005 World meet.

Ruiz fell to Mirko Englich of Germany in the first round and was eliminated since Englich did not advance to the finals. Englich was fifth in the World in 2005.

at Chelm, Poland, March 11-12

Team score

1. Turkey 155.5 pts.
2. Russia 144 pts.
3. Ukraine 126 pts.
4. Japan 105 pts.
5. United States 91 pts.
6. Norway 76.5 pts.
7. Poland 70 pts.
8. Lithuania 65.5 pts.
9. Hungary 60.5 pts.
10. Germany 51.5 pts.

55 kg/121 lbs.
Gold - Vyugar Ragymov (Ukraine)
Silver - Hamid Szawiew (Russia)
Bronze - Alexander Shoaleski (Belarus)
Bronze - Masatoshi Toyota (Japan)
5th - Pawel Kramarz (Poland)
5th - Lindsey Durlacher (USA)
7th - Kouhei Hasegama (Japan)
8th - Igor Roitman (Israel)
9th - Khalilov (Russia)
10th - Thomas Ronninge (Norway)

60 kg/132 lbs.
Gold - Ugur Tufenk (Turkey)
Silver - Eduard Bersghiam (Poland)
Bronze - Makoto Susamoto (Japan)
Bronze - Stig Berge (Norway)
5th - Tomasz Swierk (Poland)
5th - Andrej Ulip (Czechoslovakia)
7th - Ede Komaroni (Hungary)
8th - Adomatis Srajunas (Lithuania)
9th - Piotr Puchalski (Poland)
10th - Yoruker Baki (Turkey)

66 kg/145.5 lbs.
Gold - Olexandr Khvoshch (Ukraine)
Silver - Erkan Ulwan (Turkey)
Bronze - Harry Lester (USA)
Bronze - Charzewski Sylwester (Poland)
5th - Sindikov (Russia)
5th - Kwit Julian (Poland)
7th - Masaki Imuro (Japan)
8th - Aleksandr Vishnkjakows (Latvia)
9th - Niedzwiecki Przemyslaw (Poland)
10th - Ion Panait (Romania)

74 kg/163 lbs.
Gold - Anatoli Polkin (Russia)
Silver - Seref Tufenk (Turkey)
Bronze - Vlodymir Shatskykh (Ukraine)
Bronze - Andrej Baranowski (Bulgaria)
5th - Valdermaras Venkawicz (Lithuania)
5th - Joachim Aarfaien (Norway)
7th - Michal Jaworski (Poland)
8th - Evgeny Popov (Russia)
9th - Tommy Lundell (Sweden)
10th - Dawid Papina (Poland)

84 kg/185 lbs.
Gold - Shingo Matsumoto (Japan)
Silver - Laimuitis Adomaitis (Lithuania)
Bronze - Brad Vering (USA)
Bronze - Denis Mikolajew (Israel)
5th - Malinowski Przemyslaw (Poland)
5th - Kugakov (Russia)
7th - Zoltan Todor (Hungary)
8th - Jaworski Andrzey (Poland)
9th - Geppa Dmytro (Ukraine)
10th - Cenk Ilden (Turkey)

96 kg/211 lbs.
Gold - Khushtov (Russia)
Silver - Fritz Aanes (Norway)
Bronze - Aleksandr Mishin (Russia)
Bronze - Balasz Kiss (Hungary)
5th - Mustafa Cetinuurek (Turkey)
5th - Mirko Englich (Germany)
7th - Ezerkis Mindaugas (Lithuania)
8th - Marek Deberny (Poland)
9th - Adam Wheeler (USA)
10th - Aleksandrs Maculevichs (Latvia)

120 kg/264.5 lbs.
Gold - Ismail Guzel (Turkey)
Silver - Nico Schmidt (Germany)
Bronze - Jalmar Sjover (Sweden)
Bronze - Alexander (Ukraine)
5th - Russ Davie (USA)
5th - Lukasz Banak (Poland)
7th - Filip Koszeghy (Slovakia)
8th - Branda Gyula (Hungary)
9th - Vladimir Guralski (Israel)
10th - Relt Bohringer (Germany)

U.S. performances

55 kg/121 lbs., Lindsay Durlacher (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC), 5th
WIN Gavrila Florin (Romania), 4-1, 4-1
WIN Khalilov (Russia), 3-1, 6-2
LOSS Vyugar Ragymov (Ukraine), 0-3, 1-1
LOSS Alexander Shoalesni (Belarus), 1-3, 1-1

60 kg/132 lbs., Willie Madison (Metairie, La./USOEC/Gator WC), DNP
LOSS Makoto Susamoto (Japan), 0-8, 0-8

66 kg/145.5 lbs., Harry Lester (Akron, Ohio, Gator WC), 3rd
LOSS Khvoshch Oleksandr (Ukraine), 0-7, 1-3
WIN Sergiej Bieloba Sergiej (Ukraine), 6-0, 4-3
WIN Sindikov (Russia), 2-2, 5-3

66 kg/145.5 lbs., Phil Padilla, DNP
LOSS Niedzwiecki Przemyslaw (Poland), 5-0, 5-3

74 kg/163 lbs., T.C. Dantzler (Colorado Springs, Colo., Gator WC), DNP
LOSS Tommy Lundell (Sweden), 3-3, 1-3

84 kg/185 lbs., Brad Vering (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC), 3rd
WIN Attila Batky (Slovakia), 3-0, 1-1, 1-0
WIN Opakov (Russia), 0-4, 3-1, 3-1
WIN Malinowski Przemyslaw (Poland), 4-0, 5-0
LOSS Shingo Mustumoto (Japan), 3-0, 0-3, 1-3
WIN Zoltan Todor (Hungary), 5-3, 1-1, 3-0

96 kg/211 lbs., Justin Ruiz (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC), DNP
LOSS Mirko Englich (Germany), 1-3, 2-3

96 kg/211 lbs., Adam Wheeler (Lancaster, Calif./Gator WC), 9th
WIN Mikolayez (Ukraine), 5-0, 5-1
LOSS Balasz Kiss (Hungary), 0-3, 0-3

120 kg/264.5 lbs., Russ Davie (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC), 5th
WIN Vladimir Guralski (Israel), 3-1, 7-1
WIN Phillip Koszeghy (Slovakia), 4-0, 5-0
LOSS Nico Schmidt (Germany), 1-3, 1-1
LOSS Jlamar Sjover (Sweden), 2-0, 2-2, 1-1