Mango, Betterman place fifth at Petrov International in Bulgaria, Feb. 21

By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling | Feb. 21, 2014, 3:33 p.m. (ET)
SOFIA, Bulgaria – Two U.S. Greco-Roman wrestlers placed fifth, the top American performances at the Nikola Petrov International in Sofia, Bulgaria, Feb. 21.

Both of the fifth-place wrestlers were at at 59 kg/130 lbs., two-time Olympian and four-time U.S. World Team member Spenser Mango (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP) and two-time U.S. World Team member Joe Betterman (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP).

Mango opened with a 3-0 win over fellow American Max Nowry, then defeated Artur Suleyman of Russia, 4-3. In the semifinals, he was beaten by 2013 Junior World champion Karen Aslanyan of Armenia, by technical fall, 1-13.

In his bronze-medal bout, Mango fell to 2007 Junior World champion Rahman Bilici of Turkey, 4-6.

Betterman also opened with two wins, knocking off Dustin Sherf of Germany, 3-1 and Dmytro Tsymbalink of Ukraine, 3-2. In the semifinals, he lost to two-time Junior World champion Aleksandar Kostadinov of Bulgaria, 0-3.

In his bronze-medal bout, Betterman was beaten by 2013 Junior World bronze medalist Radoslav Vasilev of Bulgaria, 0-3.

“The guys wrestled hard, but they came up a little short. They left it all out on the mat. Obviously, we are disappointed we didn’t get a medal. We had two good chances to earn a medal. It was a good experience and we have to build on this,” said U.S. coach Brandon McNab.

At Sofia, Bulgaria, Feb. 21

U.S. Greco-Roman performances

59 kg/130 lbs. - Spenser Mango, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP), 5th
WIN Max Nowry (USA), 3-0
WIN Artur Suleyman (Russia), 4-3
LOSS Karen Aslanyan (Armenia), tech. fall, 1-13
LOSS Rahman Bilici (Turkey), 4-6

59 kg/130 lbs. - Nate Engel, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP/FTC), dnp
WIN Ilya Tsaryuk (Israel), 3-3
LOSS Karen Aslanyan (Armenia), tech. fall, 0-10
LOSS Rahman Bilici (Turkey), 1-2

59 kg/130 lbs. - Max Nowry, Wheeling, Ill. (USOEC/NYAC), dnp
LOSS Spenser Mango (USA), 0-3

59 kg/130 lbs. - Joe Betterman, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP), 5th
WIN Dustin Sherf (Germany), 3-1
WIN Dmytro Tsymbalink (Ukraine), 3-2
LOSS Aleksandar Kostadinov (Bulgaria), 0-3
LOSS Radoslav Vasilev (Bulgaria), 0-3

75 kg/165 lbs. – Camden Grimes, Colorado Springs, Colo. (OTC), dnp
LOSS Kose Ozman (Turkey), tech fall, 0-10

130 kg/286 lbs. - Erik Nye, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP), dnp
WIN John Christian (Germany), pin 5:40
LOSS Iosif Chugashvili (Belarus), 0-5