Engel, Triggas, Bisek win bronze medals at Lavrikov Championships in Russia

By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling | Dec. 08, 2013, 3:30 p.m. (ET)
ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – Three U.S. wrestlers won bronze medals on the final day of the S.A. Lavrikov Greco-Roman Championships on Sunday.

Bronze medalists were Nate Engel (Colorado Springs, Colo./Army WCAP) at 60 kg/132 lbs., Nikko Triggas (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) at 60 kg/132 lbs. and Andy Bisek (Colorado Springs, Colo. /Minnesota Storm) at 74 kg/163 lbs.

Engel, competing up a weight class, finished with a 2-1 record, with two technical falls. He defeated a Russian opponent in the bronze-medal match, 7-0.

It was Engel’s second bronze medal of the tournament, after winning a bronze at 55 kg/121 lbs. on Saturday.

Triggas had an impressive 3-1 record, including a pin over a Russian in the bronze-medal bout. He had two technical falls and a pin.

Bisek, a two-time U.S. World Team member, also had a 3-1 record, winning his bronze-medal bout by an 8-0 technical fall. His only loss came in the semifinals, when he was pinned with a 6-0 lead at the time of the fall.

Information on opponents will be updated when it becomes available.

“Triggis really made a big move with his wrestling today. Wow, hhe fought like a wild tiger. Bisek, as usual, wrestled tough. He was winning 6-0 when he got caught in tight headlock in the semis. Engel won two bronze medals this weekend, one at 55 kg and one today at 60 kg. He's coming into his own. It was a great job by our guys,” said National Greco-Roman Coach Steve Fraser.

The USA won seven medals for the weekend, including a gold medal at 120 kg/264.5 lbs. by Robbie Smith (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC).

“We had one gold medal, from Robbie, and six bronze medals this weekend along with two great weeks of training with Russia, Estonia and Finland,” said Fraser.

At St. Petersburg, Russia, Dec. 8

U.S. Greco-Roman performances

60 kg/132 lbs. – Nate Engel, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Army WCAP), bronze medal
WIN Russia, tech. fall 7-0
LOSS Russia, pin
WIN Russia, tech fall 7-0

60 kg/132 lbs. – Nikko Triggas, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC), bronze medal
WIN Estonia, tech. fall 7-0
WIN Russia, tech fall 7-0
LOSS Russia, tech fall 0-8
WIN Russia, pin

74 kg/163 lbs. – Andy Bisek, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Minnesota Storm), bronze medal
WIN Russia, 6-1
WIN Estonia, tech fall 7-0
LOSS Russia, pin
WIN Russia, tech fall 8-0

74 kg/163 lbs. – Bo Beckman, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
LOSS Belarus, 4-6

74 kg/163 lbs. – Robby Neill, Colorado Springs, Colo.
WIN Belarus, 3-3
LOSS Belarus, 0-7

96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Marcus Finau, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
WIN Russia, tech. fall 8-0
LOSS Belarus, tech fall 0-7

96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Courtney Myers, Camp LeJeune, N.C. (U.S. Marines), 5th place
WIN Russia, tech fall 8-0
LOSS Russia, pin
WIN Russia, 7-1
LOSS Russia, 0-2