Hornbuckle and Peters win golds, as USA wins four freestyle medals on Thursday at Veterans Worlds

By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling | Aug. 28, 2014, 6:39 p.m. (ET)
Three photos from Thursday’s Veterans Worlds were taken by Robbert Wijtman. Action photo depicts Jack Hornbuckle scoring a pin in the finals. Another photo shows Kenneth Peters with his arm raised in victory. A photo of the four U.S. medalists from Thursday is also posted.

BELGRADE, Serbia –Two Americans competing in Division G, Jack Hornbuckle of Poteau, Okla. at 63 kg and Kenneth Peters of Elmhurst, Ill. at 76 kg, claimed gold medals in freestyle on Thursday at the Veterans World Championships.

Hornbuckle was in a two-athlete weight class, and pinned Imre Baumann of Hungary in the first period in the championship finals.

Peters went 2-1 in a four-athlete roundrobin, defeating Mohammadhassan Behoud of Iran and Viktor Tonkikh of Russia, but losing to Nurlan Orzalinov of Kazakhstan. No athlete went undefeated in the round robin. Peters and Behoud both went 2-1, and Peters won the tie-breaker with seven classification points, to Behoud’s six.

Returning Veterans World champion Jason Goldman of Endicott, N.Y. won a silver medal at 58 kg in Division A with a 1-1 record. He opened with a victory in the semifinals over Hidemasa Okada of Japan, 6-4, then was defeated in the finals by Abdolreza Rastekar of Iran, 1-8.

Winning a bronze medal with a strong 3-1 record at 97 kg in Division A was Octavius Bellamy of Westchester, Ill. Bellamy opened with wins over Hamza Ergut of Turkey and Igor Nencioni of Italy. He was defeated in the semifinals by Gamet Ostaev of Russia, but bounced back to defeat Mohammad Shababpour of Iran, 10-7 in the bronze-medal round.

In the freestyle tournament, which was completed after three day, the USA won 18 total medals at the Veterans Worlds, including five golds, five silvers and eight bronzes. The Greco-Roman division is set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

A live webcast and results are posted on the following website in Belgrade:

Photos are being captured by U.S. wrestling photographer Robbert Wijtman, and displayed on his website at

At Belgrade, Serbia, August 27

Freestyle champions

Div. A

58 kg - Abdolreza Rastekar (Iran)
63 kg – Belikto Zhargalov (Russia)
69 kg – Abozar Shiri (Iran)
76 kg – Javad Samadiroshan (Iran)
85 kg – Dmitry Darmodekhin (Russia)
97 kg – Bator Tcyrenov (Russia)
130 kg – Hasan Zeybek (Turkey)

Div. G
58 kg – Innokentii Kochkin (Russia)
63 kg – Jack Hornbuckle (USA)
69 kg – Ismail Kosukoglu (Turkey)
76 kg – Kenneth Peters (USA)
85 kg – Magomed Badrudinov (Russia)
97 kg – Sammet Artur (Germany)
130 kg – Ludovic Ambrus (Romania)

U.S. men’s freestyle performances

Div. A

58 kg – Jason Goldman, Endicott, N.Y., 2nd
WIN Hidemasa Okada (Japan), 6-4
LOSS Abdolreza Rastekar (Iran), 1-8

69 kg – Jason Cappiello, San Bruno, Calif., 7th
LOSS Akaki Kuntchulia (Georgia), 0-7

97 kg – Octavius Bellamy, Westchester, Ill., 3rd
WIN Hamza Ergut (Turkey), 3-2
WIN Igor Nencioni (Italy), 8-1
LOSS Gamet Ostaev (Russia), pin
WIN Mohammad Shababpour (Iran), 10-7

Div. G

63 kg – Jack Hornbuckle, Poteau, Okla., 1st
WIN Imre Baumann (Hungary), pin 2:09

76 kg – Kenneth Peters, Elmhurst, Ill., 1st
WIN Mohammadhassan Behoud (Iran), tech fall
LOSS Nurlan Orazalinov (Kazakhstan), 0-8
WIN Viktor Tonkikh (Russia), 2-2