Owens wins silver medal at Haparanda Cup in Sweden Dec 2 3

By Gary Abbott | Dec. 07, 2000, 12 a.m. (ET)
A pair of U.S. Marine Greco-Roman wrestlers claimed medals at the 2000 Haparanda Cup in Haparanda, Sweden, Dec. 2-3.

Both wrestlers competed at 187.25 pounds, with Kenny Owens (Quantico, Va./U.S. Marines) winning a silver medal and Jacob Clark (Quantico, Va./U.S. Marines) claiming the bronze medal.

Owens had a 3-1 record in the tournament, including a 3-0 victory over Clark in the semifinals. He was defeated by Alexandre Moldashev of Russia, 3-1, in the gold-medal finals.

Clark also went 3-1 in the competition, with his only loss to Owens. He scored an injury default over Matthias Erikson of Sweden in the bronze-medal match.

Placing fourth in the competition was Dan Hicks (Quantico, Va./U.S. Marines) at 213.75 pounds. Hicks won his pool competition with three straight victories, then lost his final two bouts. He was defeated 7-1 by Ruslan Kostenko of Ukraine in the bronze-medal match.

The U.S. Marines placed in a tie for fifth place with Finland in the tournament. Russia won the team title, followed by the St. Petersburg club of Russia, then Ukraine and Sweden. The Marines team was led by U.S. Marine Corps head coach Jay Antonelli of Quantico, Va.

HAPARANDA CUP at Haparanda, Sweden, Dec. 4-5

Greco-Roman medalists

54 kg/119 lbs. Gold - Renat Bikkinine (Russia); Silver - Sachin Gasimov (Russia); Bronze - Loeksiy Vakulenko (Ukraine)

58 kg/127.75 lbs. - Gold - Oleksander Khvoshch (Ukraine); Silver - Terho Kettunen (Finland); Bronze - Marko Isikoski (Finland)

63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Gold - Rustam Mambetov (Russia); Silver - Vladimir Bolshakov (Russia); Bronze - Sergei Kovalenko (Russia)

69 kg/152 lbs.- Gold - Alexandere Kroutchine (Russia); Silver - Volodimir Shatskykh (Ukraine); Bronze - Juha Hiltunen (Finland)

76 kg/167.5 lbs. - Gold - Aleksei Shirokih (Russia); Silver - Andres Hansson (Sweden); Bronze - Tuomas Ojala (Finland)

85 kg/187.25 lbs. - Gold - Alexandre Moldashev (Russia); Silver - Ken Owens (USA); Bronze - Jacob Clark (USA)

97 kg/213.75 lbs. - Gold - Denis Shakaja (Russia); Silver - Khasan Baroev (Russia); Bronze - Ruslan Kostenko (Ukraine)

130 kg/286 lbs. - Gold - Iouri Patrikeev (Russia); Silver - Jan-Ake Forslund (Sweden); Bronze - Suzuki Katsuaki (Japan)

U.S. Greco-Roman performances

63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Scott Munsey, Quantico, Va. (U.S. Marines), dnp - lost dec. to James Shillow (USA), 3-0; tech. fall over Matti Kautto (Finland), 10-0; lost dec. to Urban Holm (Sweden), 5-1

63 kg/138.75 lbs. - James Shillow, Quantico, Va. (U.S. Marines), dnp - dec. Scott Munsey (USA), 3-0; lost ref. dec. to Urban Holm (Sweden), 2-2, ot; dec. Matti Kautto (Finland), 5-0

69 kg/152 lbs. - Brian Van Hoven, Quantico, Va. (U.S. Marines), dnp - lost dec. to Yamara Saito (Japan), 6-4; pin Hristov Buzataev (Bulgaria)

69 kg/152 lbs. - Marcel Cooper, Quantico, Va. (U.S. Marines), dnp - lost dec. to Juha Hiltanen (Finland), 4-0; won by ref. dec. over Jussi Nurmela (Finland), 2-1, ot

85 kg/187.25 lbs. - Ken Owens, Quantico, Va. (U.S. Marines), 2nd - dec. Sergiy Chyzhov (Ukraine), 8-7; pin Ethan Bosch (USA); dec. Jacob Clark (USA), 3-0; lost dec. to Alexandre Moldashev (Russia), 3-1

85 kg/187.25 lbs. - Jacob Clark, Quantico, Va. (U.S. Marines), 3rd - pin Shuhei Toniguchi (Japan), 2:37; dec. Maksin Fukner (Estonia), 4-2; lost dec. to Ken Owens (USA), 3-0; won by inj. dft. over Matthias Erikson (Sweden)

85 kg/187.25 lbs. - Ethan Bosch, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC), dnp - lost dec. to Sergiy Chyzhov (Ukraine), 8-4; lost pin to Ken Owens (USA)

97 kg/213.75 lbs. - Dan Hicks, Quantico, Va. (U.S. Marines), 4th - dec. Richard Karelson (Estonia), 3-0; dec. Mattias Huhta (Sweden), 6-0; dec. Jimmy Lidberg (Sweden), 8-3; lost dec. to Khasa Baroev (Russia), 5-2; lost dec. to Ruslan Kostenko (Ukraine), 7-1

Team placings: (of 28 teams) 1. Russia, 26 pts.; 2. St. Petersburg (Russia), 13 pts.; 3. (tie) Ukraine and Sweden, 11 pts.; 5. (tie) Finland and U.S. Marines, 6 pts.; 7. Yla-Tikkuilan Kipina (Finland), 3 pts.; 8. Japan, 2 pts.; 9. (tie) Koovee (Finland) and BK Loke (Sweden), 1 pt.