Wechter places fifth in Greco-Roman at Kristjan Palusalu Memorial in Estonia

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Oct. 24, 2015, 11:01 a.m. (ET)
John Wechter, shown in the 2014 U.S. Open finals, placed fifth in the Pausalu Memorial in Estonia at 98 kg. Photo by Anne Sachs, Tech-Fall.com

TALLINN, Estonia - John Wechter (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Storm) placed fifth at 98 kg/215 lbs. at the Kristjan Palusalu Memorial on Saturday.

Wechter finished with a 2-2 record in a weight class with 15 entries. He opened with an 8-0 technical fall over Gerrith Pungas of Estonia. He was defeated in the second round by three-time World Team member Radoslaw Grzybicki of Poland, 0-8.

When Grzybicki reached the finals, Wechter was pulled back into repechage. He won his next match, a technical fall over Johannes Holmsroem of Sweden. In his bronze-medal bout, Wechter was edged by Nikolai Krysov of Ukraine, 3-4.

Wechter was the only American entered in the tournament.

Wechter was a 2013 U.S. Open champion and was second in both the 2014 U.S. Open and World Team Trials. He is currently No. 3 on the U.S. Greco-Roman national team and a top contender for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team.

KRISTJAN PALUSALU MEMORIAL
At Tallinn, Estonia, October 24, 2015

Greco-Roman champions

59 kg – Edward Barsegjan (Poland)
66 kg – Danielo Di Feola (Sweden)
71 kg – Przemyslaw Kraczkowski (Poland)
75 kg – Dawid Klimek (Poland)
80 kg – Roman Usipov (Russia)
86 kg – Eerik Aps (Estonia)
98 kg – Radoslaw Grzybicki (Poland)

Greco-Roman 98 kg results

98 kg/215 lbs.
Gold – Radoslaw Grzybicki (Poland)
Silver – Alo Toom (Estonia)
Bronze – Nikolai Krysov (Ukraine)
4th – Anton Euren (Sweden)
5th – Carl Persson (Sweden)
5th – John Wechter (USA)
Gold – Grzybicki dec. Toom, 6-3
Bronze – Krysov tech. fall Euren, 9-1

U.S. performance

98 kg/215 lbs. – John Wechter, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm), 5th
WIN Gerrith Pungas (Estonia), tech. fall, 8-0, 2:41
LOSS Radoslaw Grzybicki (Poland), tech. fall, 0-8, 1:11
WIN Johannes Holmsrom (Sweden) , tech. fall, 11-2, 4:01
LOSS Nikolai Krysov (Ukraine), 3-4