FLASH: Bisek, Ragan win Outstanding Wrestler awards at New York AC International

By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling | Nov. 08, 2013, 7:45 p.m. (ET)

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NEW YORK, N.Y. – Seven American wrestlers won gold medals in the women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman divisions at the New York AC International on Friday.

Both Outstanding Wrestlers were from the United States, Andy Bisek (Colorado Springs, Colo./Minnesota Storm) at 74 kg/163 lbs. in Greco-Roman and Alli Ragan (Carbondale, Ill./New York AC/King Univ.) at 59 kg/130 lbs. in women’s freestyle. Both were members of the 2013 U.S. Senior World Team.

Bisek opened up his offense in the second period to score a technical fall over Neulpuleun Jeon of Korea, 10-3

Ragan also dominated her finals match, scoring a technical fall over Michelle Fazzari of Canada, 7-0. Fazzari had won the New York AC International title the two previous years.

The USA had five Greco-Roman champions, including a pair of 2012 Olympians.

Two-time Olympian Spenser Mango (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) scored a 2-1 victory over Seunghak Kim of Korea, scoring a one-point lift late in the second period for the win.

2012 Olympian Ben Provisor (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) scored two gut wrench tilts in the second period to defeat Josef Rau (Chicago, Ill./Minnesota Storm), 4-0. Provisor was competing up one weight class from where he made the Olympic team.

The other U.S. Greco-Roman champion were two-time U.S. World Team member Joe Betterman (Colorado Springs, Colo./Army WCAP) at 60 kg/132 lbs. and Robbie Smith (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) at 120 kg/264.5 lbs.

Betterman won by technical fall over Hokil Kim of Korea, 9-0, nailing a five-point throw to finish off the match. Smith countered a throw attempt to pin Erik Nye (Colorado Springs, Colo./Army WCAP) in 1:02.

Joining Ragan as a champion in the women’s tournament was her King University teammate Sarah Hildebrandt, (Granger, Ind./King Univ.) who jumped to a 6-0 lead in the first period and went on to defeat Yuuki Ikegame of Japan, 8-4.

The other individual Greco-Roman champions were Takeshi Izumi of Japan at 66 kg/145.5 lbs. and Kevin Mejia Castillo of Honduras at 96 kg/211.5 lbs.

Japan had three women’s champions, Yuki Irie at 48 kg/105.5 lbs., Yuki Ito at 63 kg/138.75 lbs. and Hiroe Suzuki at 72 kg/158.5 lbs. Canada claimed the other two gold medals, Vanessa Brown at 51 kg/112.25 and Dorothy Yates at 67 kg/147.5 lbs.

Yates, a past Junior World medalist, pinned 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Randi Miller (Colorado Springs, Colo. (USA/Army WCAP) in 1:24. Miller made her first appearance on the mat since winning her bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Men’s freestyle will be held on Saturday. The competition begins at 9:00 a.m. and will continue to conclusion. The championship finals is expected to be held at about 4:00 p.m., which is a change from the published schedule.

At New York, N.Y., November 8

Greco-Roman results

55 kg/121 lbs.
1st – Spenser Mango, Colorado Springs, Colo. (USA/Army WCAP) dec. Seunghak Kim (Korea), 2-1
3rd – Tsuyoshi Yoshida (Japan) pin Nate Engel, Colorado Springs, Colo. (USA/Army WCAP), 4:32

60 kg/132 lbs.
1st – Joe Betterman, Colorado Springs, Colo. (USA/Army WCAP) won by tech. fall over Hokil Kim (Korea), 9-0 (5-point throw)
3rd – Hayanobu Shimizu (Japan) tech. fall German Diaz (Puerto Rico), 8-1

66 kg/145.5 lbs.
1st– Takeshi Izumi (Japan) won by disq. over Thrasher Porcher (USA/USOEC) (3 cautions)
3rd – Marco Lara, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Army WCAP) dec. Devin Scott, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm), 6-1

74 kg/163 lbs.
1st – Andy Bisek, Colorado Springs, Colo. (USA/Minnesota Storm) tech. fall over Neulpuleun Jeon (Korea), 10-3
3rd – Tanner Andrews, North Aurora, Ill. (New York AC/USOEC) dec. Kangseok Oh (Korea), 7-2

84 kg/185 lbs.
1st– Ben Provisor, Colorado Springs, Colo. (USA/New York AC) dec. Josef Rau, Chicago, Ill. (USA/Minnesota Storm), 4-0
3rd – Ryou Itou (Japan) dec. Mark Stenberg, Lockport, Ill. (New York AC/USOEC), 7-1

96 kg/211.5 lbs.
1st – Kevin Mejia Castillo (Honduras) tech. fall Pete Gounaridis, Colorado Springs, Colo. (USA/Army WCAP), 7-0
3rd – Davi Jose Albino (Brazil) dec. Ruslan Mukhamadiyarov (Russia), 4-3

120 kg/264.5 lbs.
1st– Robbie Smith, Colorado Springs, Colo. (USA/New York AC) pin Erik Nye, Colorado Springs, Colo. (USA/Army WCAP), 1:02
3rd - Jarod Trice, Mount Pleasant, Mich. (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Parker Betts, St. Michael, Minn. (Minnesota Storm), 1-0

Outstanding Wrestler – Andy Bisek (Minnesota Storm), 74 kg

Women’s freestyle results

48 kg/105.5 lbs.
1st– Yuki Irie (Japan) tech. fall Jasmine Mian (Canada), 10-2
3rd – Victoria Anthony, Huntington Beach, Calif. (USA/Sunkist Kids) tech. fall Genevieve Morrison (Canada), 8-0

51 kg/112.25 lbs.
1st – Vanessa Brown (Canada) won by inj. dft. over Jessica MacDonald (Canada), 0:00
3rd – Arisa Tanaka (Japan) tech. fall Katherine Fulp-Allen, Colorado Springs, Colo. (USA/New York AC), 7-0

55 kg/121 lbs.
1st – Sarah Hildebrandt, Granger, Ind. (USA/King Univ.) dec. Yuuki Ikegame (Japan), 8-4
3rd – Samantha Stewart (Canada) dec. Brianne Barry (Canada), 10-5

59 kg/130 lbs.
1st– Alli Ragan, Carbondale, Ill. (USA/New York AC/King Univ.) tech. fall Michelle Fazzari (Canada), 7-0
3rd – Jazzmyne Barker (Canada) dec. Joice Souza Da Silva (Brazil), 5-2

63 kg/138.75 lbs.
1st – Yuki Ito (Japan) tech. fall Amanda Hendey, Beaumont, Calif. (USA/Titan Mercury WC/King Univ.), 8-0
3rd – Jenna Burkert, Rocky Point, N.Y. (New York AC/USOEC) pin Dailane Gomes Dos Reis (Brazil), 2:09

67 kg/147.5 lbs.
1st – Dorothy Yeats (Canada) pin Randi Miller, Colorado Springs, Colo. (USA/Army WCAP), 1:24
3rd – Erin Clodgo, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids) dec. Jackie Cataline, Alhambra, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC), 11-10

72 kg/158.5 lbs.
Gold - Hiroe Suzuki (Japan)
Silver - Adeline Gray, Colorado Springs, Colo. (USA/Titan Mercury WC/New York AC)
Bronze - Erica Wiebe (Canada)
4th – Aline Da Silva Ferrei (Brazil)
5th – Shanna Prifte, Middle Island, N.Y. (Lindenwood-Belleville)

Outstanding Wrestler – Alli Ragan (New York AC/King Univ.), 59 kg