Gray, Campbell, Pico and Bergman win golds in Cuba

By Craig Sesker USA Wrestling | Feb. 14, 2015, 12:06 a.m. (ET)

HAVANA, Cuba – Two-time World champion Adeline Gray and Olympian Kelsey Campbell added to the gold-medal haul for the U.S. women at the Cerro Pelado International.

Americans Aaron Pico and J.D. Bergman also turned in strong performances to earn titles in men’s freestyle.

Gray, in her first competition back since winning Worlds in September, rolled to two wins by fall and one by technical fall to earn the women’s freestyle title at 75 kg/165 lbs. on Friday night.

Campbell earned three victories to capture the championship at 58 kg/128 lbs.

“Campbell and Gray looked good today,” U.S. coach Terry Steiner said. “They needed matches before the World Cup. Now we have a couple days of training before heading home.”

The 18-year-old Pico capped a superb day by defeating two-time World Team member Reece Humphrey in the finals at 65 kg/143 lbs. Pico led 5-0 before Humphrey was disqualified after receiving his third caution on Friday night.

“Aaron had a great day,” U.S. Assistant Coach Brandon Slay said. “If there would have been an outstanding wrestler award, he would have received it. He beat the No. 1 and No. 2 Cuban, and also beat a Brazilian. He was just breaking guys out there.”

Bergman, a two-time World Team member, earned the title at 97 kg/213 lbs.

“J.D. wrestled really strong,” Slay said. “He beat the No. 1 Cuban 3-2 in the quarters and then he beat the No. 2 Cuban 10-1 in the finals to get the gold.”

American Joe Colon won a bronze medal at 57 kg/125.5 lbs. He downed 2012 Olympian Sam Hazewinkel 10-0 for the bronze. Zach Sanders finished fifth after dropping the other bronze-medal bout at 57 kilos.

American women Victoria Anthony, Helen Maroulis and Elena Pirozhkova each won titles in Cuba on Thursday along with Greco-Roman wrestler Andy Bisek.

More information will be provided when it becomes available.

CERRO PELADO INTERNATIONAL
At Havana, Cuba, Feb. 13

U.S. women’s freestyle performances


58 kg/128 lbs. – Kelsey Campbell, Tempe, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids), 1st place
WIN Neimish (Germany), 5-4
WIN Romero (Mexico), fall
WIN Antes (Ecuador), medical forfeit

75 kg/165 lbs. – Adeline Gray, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC), 1st place
WIN Capote (Cuba), fall
WIN Unda (Spain), fall
WIN Hechevarra (Cuba), 10-0

U.S. men’s freestyle performances

57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Joe Colon, Cedar Falls, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC), 3rd place

57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Sam Hazewinkel, Norman, Okla. (Sunkist Kids), 5th place

57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Zach Sanders, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm), 5th place

65 kg/143 lbs. – Aaron Pico, Whittier, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC), 1st place

65 kg/143 lbs. – Reece Humphrey, Columbus, Ohio (New York AC), 2nd place

97 kg/213 lbs. – J.D. Bergman, Columbus, Ohio (New York AC), 1st place