Tellgren wins bronze medal at Vantaa Cup in Finland

By Gary Abbott | Nov. 22, 2010, 6:15 a.m. (ET)
VANTAA, Finland - Paul Tellgren (Anoka, Minn./Minnesota Storm) won a bronze medal 55 kg/121 lbs., the only U.S. medalist on the first day of the Vantaa Cup of Greco-Roman wrestling.

Tellgren defeated Thomas Ronningen of Norway in his bronze-medal match, 2-0, 0-3, 1-0.

Tellgren lost his opening match to Stepan Maryanyan of Russia, 0-7, 0-6. Maryanyan. A 2010 Junior World champion, went on to claim the gold medal.

Tellgren is a senior at Northern Michigan, studying secondary education and English. It is his third international medal of the new season, after winning a gold at the Sunkist Kids International and a silver at the New York AC Greco-Roman International.

Placing eighth for the United States was Jordan Holm (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Storm) at 84 kg/185 lbs. Holm finished with a 2-1 record.

He opened with wins against Americans Ryan Hope and Courtney Myers, then was eliminated by Kristofer Johansson of Sweden in the third round, 2-2, 1-2.

The final three weight classes will be contested on Sunday, with more U.S. athletes in competition.

At Vantaa, Finland, Nov. 20

Greco-Roman results

55 kg/121 lbs.
1 Stepan Maryanyan (Russia)
2 Anders Ronningen (Norway)
3 Joakim Fagerlund (Sweden)
3 Paul Tellgren (USA)
5 Thomas Ronningen (Norway)
6 Karwan Ahmadi (Finland)
7 Toufan Ahmadi (Finland)

66 kg/145.5 lbs.
1 Youri Denisov (St. Petersburg - Russia)
2 Chingiz Labazanov (Russia)
3 Rustem Suleymanov (Ukraine)
3 Adam Lurak (Russia)
5 Esa Uimonen (Finland)
5 Vahab Daneshvar (Sweden)
7 Tapio Helminen (Finland)
8 Marius Thommesen (Norway)
9 Joonas Kyllonen (Finland)
10 Rafael Toijanen (Finland)

84 kg/185 lbs.
1 Anatoli Polkin (St. Petersburg - Russia)
2 Makhmud Bashiev (Russia)
3 Anton Babko-Malyy (Ukraine)
3 Rami Hietaniemi (Finland)
5 Jonne Ukkola (Finland)
5 Kristofer Johansson (Sweden)
7 Zaur Karezhev (Russia)
8 Jordan Holm (USA)
9 Laimutis Adomaitis (Lithuania)
10 Alo Toom (Estonia)

120 kg/264.5 lbs.
1 Taisto Lalli (Finland)
2 David Oganesyan (Russia)
3 Oskari Riihioja (Finland)
3 Marijus Grygelis (Lithuania)
5 Sebastian Lonnborn (Sweden)
6 Juha-Matti Eskola (Finland)

U.S. performances

55 kg/121 lbs. - Paul Tellgren, Anoka, Minn. (Minnesota Storm), 3rd
LOSS Stepan Maryanyan (Russia), 0-7, 0-6
WIN Thomas Ronningen (Norway), 2-0, 0-3, 1-0

84 kg/185 lbs. - Jordan Holm, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm), 8th
WIN Ryan Hope (USA), 0-1, 2-0, 1-0
WIN Courtney Meyers (USA), 1-0, 1-0
LOSS Kristofer Johansson (Sweden), 2-2, 1-2

84 kg/185 lbs. - Ryan Hope, Carol Stream, Ill. (USOEC), dnp/15th
LOSS Jordan Holm (USA), 1-0, 0-2, 0-1

84 kg/185 lbs. - Cameron Duckworth, Portland, Ore. (OTC), dnp/15th
LOSS Kristofer Johansson (Sweden), 0-1, 1-2

84 kg/185 lbs. - Courtney Myers, Camp Lejeune, N.C. (U.S. Marines), dnp, 15th
LOSS Jordan Holm (USA), 0-1, 0-1