Smith reaches Greco-Roman finals and Jones goes for bronze at University Worlds in Hungary

By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling | July 11, 2014, 11:02 a.m. (ET)
Photo of Patrick Smith, competing in the 2014 U.S. Open finals, by Tony Rotundo – Wrestlers Are Warriors. Smith has reached the University World Championship finals today.

PECS, Hungary – Patrick Smith (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Storm) has earned a spot in the gold-medal finals at 71 kg/156.5 lbs. in Greco-Roman at the University World Championships on Friday.

Smith, who competes for the Univ. of Minnesota, won two matches to reach the finals. He opened with an 8-0 win over Austria’s Stefan Fuchstreiter, then stopped Naoya Nakamura of Japan, 9-7 in the semifinals. Smith will face 2012 Olympic silver medalist and three-time European champion Tamas Lorincz of Hungary in the gold-medal finals.

Smith was second at the 2014 U.S. Senior Open this year, and has been a rising star within the age-group ranks.

Qualifying for a bronze-medal bout at 59 kg/130 lbs. is Sam Jones (Folsom, La./USOEC). He dropped his opening bout to Akan Baimagambetov of Kazakhstan, and when Baimagambetov reached the finals, Jones was drawn back into repechage. He will face Andrey Borisov of Bulgaria in the bronze-medal round.

The other American in competition today, Orry Elor (Marquette, Mich./New York AC/USOEC) at 98 kg/216 lbs., lost his opening bout to 2010 Junior World silver medalist Alin Alexuc-Ciurariu of Romania and was eliminated from repechage when Alexuc-Ciurariu failed to make finals.

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At Pecs, Hungary, July 10

U.S. Greco-Roman performances so far

59 kg/130 lbs. – Sam Jones, Folsom, La. (USOEC)
LOSS Akan Baimagambetov (Kazakhstan), tech. fall, 0-10
Bronze-medal bout – Vs. Andrey Borisov (Bulgaria)

71 kg/156.5 lbs. – Patrick Smith, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
WIN Stefan Fuchsreiter (Austria), 8-0
WIN Naoya Nakamura (Japan), 9-7
Gold-medal bout - Vs. Tamas Lorincz (Hungary)

98 kg/216 lbs. – Orry Elor, Marquette, Mich. (New York AC/USOEC)
LOSS Alin Alexuc-Ciurariu (Romania), 0-5 2nd in 2010 Junior World Championships; 2012 Olympian
Eliminated from repechage when Alexuc-Ciurariu failed to make finals.