Bisek wins gold at Granma Cup in Cuba, with Holm and Smith getting bronzes

By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling | Feb. 14, 2014, 5:56 p.m. (ET)
HAVANA, Cuba – Andy Bisek (Colorado Springs, Colo./Minnesota Storm) claimed a gold medal at 75 kg/165 lbs., the top U.S. performance in the Granma Cup of Greco-Roman, Feb. 12-13

Bisek finished with a perfect 4-0 record, defeating Carlos Munoz of Colombia in the finals by technical fall, 8-0.

On the way to the finals, Bisek defeated a pair of Cubans, Yurisandi Hernandez and Julio Mattida, and had a pin over Orlando Huacon of Ecuador in the quarterfinals.

It is Bisek’s second straight international title, after winning a gold medal at the Dave Schultz Memorial International in Colorado Springs a few weeks ago. Bisek is a two-time U.S. World Team member.

Two other members of the 2013 U.S. World Team captured bronze medals in Havana: Robby Smith (Colorado Springs, Colo./NYAC) at 130 kg/286 lbs. and Jordan Holm (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Storm) at 85 kg/187 lbs.

Smith opened in the semifinals against two-time Olympic champion and four-time World champion Mijian Lopez of Cuba, dropping a 0-6 decision. In his bronze-medal bout, Smith stopped Cuba’s Joseph Kaldis.

Holm was edged in his semifinal match by two-time World medalist Pablo Shorey of Cuba, 2-3. Holm did not have an opponent in the repechage, and received a bronze medal.

Marcus Finau (Ewa Beach, Hawaii/NYAC) won his first two matches at 98 kg/215.5 lbs., before falling in the semifinals by injury default to 2009 Junior World champion Yasmani Lugo of Cuba.

More complete results will be posted when received.

GRANMA CUP
At Havana, Cuba, Feb. 12-13

59 kg/130 lbs.

Gold – Maikel Anache (Cuba)
Silver – Andreas Mantano (Ecuador)
Bronze – Jose Magallanes (Peru)
Bronze – Francisco Encarnacion (Dominican Republic)

66 kg /145.5 lbs.
Gold – Miguel Martinez (Cuba)
Silver – Tariq Belmadani (France)

71 kg/156 lbs.
Gold – Alexi Bell (Cuba)

75 kg/165 lbs.
Gold – Andy Bisek (USA)
Silver - Carlos Munoz (Colombia)

80 kg/176 lbs.
Gold – Alan Vera (Cuba)

85 kg/187 lbs.
Gold - Pablo Shorey (Cuba)
Silver – Gilberto Piquet (Cuba)
Bronze – Jordan Holm (USA)

98 kg/215.5 lbs.
Gold - Yasmani Lugo (Cuba)
Silver – Jose Arias (Dominican Republic)
Bronze – Alexander Monteagudo (Cuba)
Bronze – Kevin Mejia (Honduras)

130 kg/286 lbs.
Gold – Mijian Lopez (Cuba)
Silver – Yosmani Acosta (Cuba)
Bronze – Robby Smith (USA)

U.S. Greco-Roman performances

59 kg/130 lbs. - Nikko Triggas, Moraga, Calif. (New York AC), dnp
LOSS Hansel Ramirez (Dominican Republic), tech. fall 6-16

75 kg/165 lbs. - Kendrick Sanders, Homestead, Fla. (NYAC), dnp
LOSS Julio Mattida (Cuba), 4-8

75 kg/165 lbs. - Andy Bisek, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Minnesota Storm), 1st
WIN Yurisandi Hernandez (Cuba), 6-2
WIN Orlando Huacon (Ecuador), pin
WIN Julio Mattida (Cuba), 5-2
WIN Carlos Munoz (Colombia), 8-0

85 kg/187 lbs. - Jordan Holm, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm), 3rd
LOSS Pablo Shorey (Cuba), 2-3

98 kg/215.5 lbs. - Marcus Finau, Ewa Beach, Haw. (NYAC), 5th
WIN Luis Obando (Ecuador), 9-7
WIN Oscar Loango (Colombia), 5-5
LOSS Yasmani Lugo (Cuba), inj.

98 kg/215.5 lbs. - Patrick Carey, St Paul, Minn. (Minnesota Storm), dnp
LOSS Oscar Loango (Colombia), 2-5

130 kg/286 lbs. – Robby Smith, Colorado Springs, Colo. (NYAC), 3rd
LOSS Mijian Lopez (Cuba), 0-6
WIN Joseph Kaldis (Cuba)
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