USA Wrestling UPDATE: Hope wins br...

UPDATE: Hope wins bronze medal, Roberts takes fourth at Vantaa Cup in Finland

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Nov. 19, 2016, 12:27 p.m. (ET)

VANTAA, Finland - Ryan Hope (Howell, Mich./NYAC/Cliff Keen WC) claimed a bronze medal, the top U.S. Greco-Roman performance at the Vantaa Cup on Saturday.

Hope finished with a 2-1 record, and scored an impressive 12-4 technical fall over Henri Kortesoja of Finland in his bronze-medal match.

He opened with a loss to eventual silver medalist Patrik Szabo of Hungary, who has now won medals in four international events this year. Hope scored a walkover in his repechage round over Vladislav Kulpa of Russia.

Placing fourth, with a 2-2 record at 59 kg/130 lbs., was two-time Junior World Team member Dalton Roberts (Fowlerville, Mich./NMU-OTS).

Both of his victories were by technical fall. Roberts opened with an 11-0 victory over Nordic Junior champion Helary Magisalu of Estonia. He was edged by Lauri Mahonen of Finland, 5-3. In his repechage bout, Roberts was powerful in a 9-0 technical fall over Viktor Petryk of Ukraine. In his bronze-medal match, he fell to Rodion Samatov of Russia, 8-0.

The third USA athlete to compete on Saturday was 2015 Junior World Team member Travis Rice (Washington, Ill. (NMU-OTS), who had a 0-2 record at 66 kg/145.5 lbs.

All three USA wrestlers will stay in Finland, where they will compete at the Arvo Haavisto Cup in Ilmajoki, Finland on November 26.

VANTAA CUP
At Vantaa, Finland, November 19

Greco-Roman results

59 kg/130 lbs.
Gold - Fadis Valitov (Russia)
Silver - Lauri Mahonen (Finland)
Bronze – Radion Samatov (Russia/St. Petersburg)

66 kg/145.5 lbs.
Gold - Otto Losonczi (Hungary)
Silver - Magomed Yarbilov (Russia)
Bronze – Mikko Peltokangas (Finland)

71 kg/156 lbs.
Gold - Juri Denisov (Russia/St. Petersburg)
Silver - Narek Oganian (Russia)
Bronze - Evrik Nikoghosyan (France)

75 kg/165 lbs.
Gold - Egor Kadirov (Russia)
Silver - Dmitrii Dzhioev (Russia)
Bronze – Tero Halmesmaki (Finland)

80 kg/176 lbs.
Gold - Zoltan Keri (Hungary)
Silver - Veli-Karri Suominen (Finland)
Bronze – Laszlo Szabo (Hungary)

85 kg/187.25 lbs.
Gold - Bogdan Churkin (Russia/St. Petersburg)
Silver - Patrik Szabo (Hungary)
Bronze – Ryan Hope (USA)

98 kg/215 lbs.
Gold - Sergei Goriaev (Russia)
Silver - Maksim Safaryan (Russia/St. Petersburg)
Bronze – Ivan Nemeth (Hungary)

130 kg/286 lbs.
Gold - Balint Lam (Hungary)
Silver - Tuomas Lahti (Finland/YTK)
Bronze – Zurabi Gedekhauri (Russia)

U.S. Greco-Roman results

59 kg/130 lbs. – Dalton Roberts, Fowlerville, Mich. (NMU-OTS), 4th place
WIN Helary Magisalu (Estonia), tech. fall 11-0, 2:34
LOSS Lauri Mahonen (Finland), 5-3
WIN Viktor Petryk (Ukraine), tech. fall 9-0, 3:23
LOSS Rodion Samatov (Russia/St. Petersburg), tech. fall 8-0, 1:19

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Travis Rice, Washington, Ill. (NMU-OTS)
LOSS Ototo Losonczi (Hungary), tech fall 8-0, 5:28
LOSS Denis Bolunov (Estonia), 1-1

85 kg/187.25 lbs. – Ryan Hope, Howell, Mich. (NYAC/Cliff Keen WC), bronze medal
LOSS Patrik Szabo (Hungary), tech fall, 8-0, 3:57
WIN Vladislav Kulpa (Russia), forfeit
WIN Henri Kortesoja (Finland/Virkia), tech. fall 12-4