FLASH: Rey wins gold, U.S. adds four medals at Cerro Pelado in Cuba

By USA Wrestling | Feb. 15, 2014, 10:35 p.m. (ET)
Photos of Zach Rey at the 2013 Dave Schultz Memorial by John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com

HAVANA, Cuba – Zach Rey (Bethlehem, Pa./Lehigh Valley AC) won a gold medal at 125 kg/275 lbs., one of four U.S. medalists on the final day of the Cerro Pelado International on Saturday.

Rey, a past NCAA champion from Lehigh, defeated U.S. teammate Matt Meuleners (Lincoln, Neb./Titan Mercury WC) in the championship finals. Meuleners was a two-time NCAA Div. II national champion from Northern State.

Joining Rey and Meuleners as medalists from Team USA were silver medalist Moza Fay (Colorado Springs, Colo./Army WCAP) and bronze medalist Jason Welch (Evanston, Ill./Wrestling Prep/Chicago RTC) both competing at the same weight class.

Fay, the former UNI star, and Welch, who starred at Northwestern, both lost to the same wrestler, Cuba’s four-time World medalist Geandry Garzon. Welch lost to Garzon in the semifinals, while Fay fell to Garzon in the finals. Both Fay and Welch had 2-1 records for the day.

2012 Olympic bronze medalist Coleman Scott (Stillwater, Okla./Titan Mercury WC/Cowboy RTC) won his first match at 61 kg/134 lbs. over a Cuban opponent, but dropped an injury default against a German opponent in the second round.

Combined with Friday’s action, the USA won eight medals at the Cerro Pelado in men’s freestyle, with golds from Rey and Kyle Dake (Ithaca, N.Y./Titan Mercury WC/Finger Lakes WC) at 74 kg/163 lbs.

Three members of the U.S. delegation competed in FILA Junior exhibition bouts on Thursday. Going 2-0 in the FILA Junior matches were 2013 Junior World champion Kyle Snyder (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids/OTC) at 97 kg/213 lbs. and Aaron Pico (Whittier, Calif./Titan Mercury WC) at 65 kg/143 lbs.

More complete results will be posted when received

At Havana, Cuba on February 13-15

U.S. men’s freestyle performance

61 kg/134 lbs. - Coleman Scott, Stillwater, Okla. (Titan Mercury WC/Cowboy RTC), dnp
WIN Cuba, 4-3
LOSS Germany, inj.

70 kg/154 lbs. - Jason Welch, Evanston, Ill. (Wrestling Prep/Chicago RTC), 3rd
WIN Germany
LOSS Geandry Garzon (Cuba)
WIN Argentina, pin

70 kg/154 lbs. – Moza Fay, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Army WCAP), 2nd
WIN Ecuador
WIN Cuba
LOSS Geandry Garzon (Cuba)

86 kg/189 lbs. - Jon Reader, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids/Cyclone WC), dnp
WIN Peru

86 kg/189 lbs. – Austin Trotman, Boone, N.C. (Titan Mercury WC), 5th
WIN Dominican Republic
LOSS Reineris Salas (Cuba), 0-5
WIN Germany, 11-6
LOSS Cuba, 5-4

125 kg/275 lbs. - Zach Rey, Bethlehem, Pa. (Lehigh Valley AC), 1st

125 kg/275 lbs. - Matt Meuleners, Lincoln, Neb. (Titan Mercury WC), 2nd

U.S. Junior freestyle exhibitions (on Thursday)

65 kg/143 lbs. - Aaron Pico, Whittier, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC), 2-0 record
WIN Cuba, tech fall
WIN Cuba, tech fall

97 kg/213 lbs. - Kyle Snyder, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids/OTC), 2-0 record
WIN Dhesi, Canada tech. fall
WIN Cuba, tech fall

125 kg/275 lbs. - Garrett Ryan, Colorado Springs, Colo. (OTC), 1-2 record
WIN Cuba, pin
LOSS Cuba, 2-11
LOSS Cuba, 2-4