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Porter, Petrosyan secure freestyle gold for U.S. on second day of Veterans Worlds

By Richard Immel, USA Wrestling | Oct. 08, 2016, 6:07 p.m. (ET)

 2016 Veterans World champion in men's freestyle Petros Petrosyan
working for the fall. Photo: Robbert Wijtman, CSC Photography.
WALBRZYCH, Poland – George Porter and Petros Petrosyan led the U.S. effort on the second day of the freestyle Veterans World Championships by winning gold medals.

A fifth place finisher at last year’s Veterans Worlds, Porter navigated his was to the top of the Div. C 130 kg podium with three dominant wins on the day. Porter outscored his three opponents by a 27-0 margin, including an 11-0 win over Juri Stadnikov of Germany in the championship match.

Petrosyan displayed similar dominance with four total wins and two pins on his road to gold in the Div. D 85 kg bracket. In the championship bout, Petrosyan pinned Japan’s Hidemitsu Yugawa. The American was a bronze medalist at this event last year.

Two-time Veterans World champion James Kasser found himself with a silver at 63 kg in Div. D. He went 1-1 on the day, and fell to Boris Savva of Moldova in the gold medal match, 10-0. Kasser now owns four Veterans World medals in men’s freestyle since 2013.

A pair of two-time Veterans World medalists, Stephen Horton and Victor Aybar, also claimed silver medals for the U.S. on Saturday. Horton won two matches at 69 kg in Div. C prior to losing by fall to Roberto Estevez Alvarez of Spain in the finals. Aybar went 1-1 in a three-man round-robin bracket at 58 kg in Div. D to finish in second place.

Rounding out the list of U.S. medalists on the day is Joseph Cattan, who finished with a bronze at 97 kg in Div. D.

The U.S. bumped its total medal count for the freestyle Veterans World Championships to 16 with one day of competition remaining. To this point, eight Americans have struck gold, four have secured silver and four have won bronze.

The freestyle Veterans World Championships will conclude on Sunday at 4 a.m. (ET) with action in the Div. A and Div. G brackets.

Complete results and a live stream of the Veterans World Championships is being provided by United World Wrestling at

Oct. 7-9 in Walbrzych, Poland

Final Results
Div. C

58 kg/127.8 lbs.
Gold – Oleh Koniushenko (Ukraine)
Silver – Remzi Osman (Bulgaria)
Bronze – Saidmagomed Masiev (Russia)

63 kg/138.8 lbs.
Gold – Baatarsuren Gendendorj (Mongolia)
Silver – Arkadii Ilimetov (Ukraine)
Bronze – Philippe Maupin (France)

69 kg/152 lbs.
Gold – Roberto Estevez Alvarez (Spain)
Silver – Stephen Horton (United States)
Bronze – Stefan Bittmann (Germany)
Bronze – Gheorghe Bistritchi (Moldova)

76 kg/167.5 lbs.
Gold – Jonathan Molfino (Italy)
Silver – Lech Szczesniak (Poland)
Bronze – Dirk Stastny (Germany)
Bronze – Osman Onder (Turkey)

85 kg/187.4 lbs.
Gold – Karoly Sipeki (Hungary)
Silver – Azat Sheroyan (Armenia)
Bronze – Janusz Lisiewski (Poland)
Bronze – Jerzy Sekura (Poland)

97 kg/213.8 lbs.
Gold – Chynarbek Izabekov (Kyrgyzstan)
Silver – Valerian Zabolotnii (Moldova)
Bronze – Pieter Du Preez (South Africa)
Bronze – Keizo Sakakibara (Japan)

130 kg/286.6 lbs.
Gold – George Porter (United States)
Silver – Juri Stadnikov (Germany)
Bronze – Marcho Markov (Bulgaria)
Bronze – Kuanysh Myrza (Kazakhstan)

Div. D
58 kg/127.8 lbs.

Gold – Zhora Hovannisyan (Armenia)
Silver – Victor Aybar (United States)
Bronze – Abdujalil Abdurakhmanov (Uzbekistan)

63 kg/138.8 lbs.
Gold – Boris Savva (Moldova)
Silver – James Kasser (United States)
Bronze – Roger Papotto (France)

69 kg/152 lbs.
Gold – Serik Sergazin (Kazakhstan)
Silver – Antanas Merkevicius (Lithuania)
Bronze – Serikbay Nurmagambetov (Kazakhstan)
Bronze – Aleksejs Kostrevs (Latvia)

76 kg/167.5 lbs.
Gold – Tsedensodnom Arslan (Mongolia)
Silver – Tamotsu Kakefuda (Japan)
Bronze – Melis Turganbaev (Kyrgyzstan)
Bronze – Jens Fuetterer (Germany)

85 kg/187.4 lbs.
Gold – Petros Petrosyan (United States)
Silver – Hidemitsu Yugawa (Japan)
Bronze – Gyozo Lakatos (Hungary)
Bronze – Radislav Navazhap (Russia)

97 kg/213.8 lbs.
Gold – Christopher Sutton (South Africa)
Silver – Kalkabay Bopiyev (Kazakhstan)
Bronze – Joseph Cattan (United States)

130 kg/286.6 lbs.
Gold – Andrzej Wronski (Poland)
Silver – Erol Yildirim (Turkey)
Bronze – Alexandru Ballai (Romania)
Bronze – Igors Slakters (Latvia)

U.S. Men’s Freestyle Results
Div. C

63 kg/138.8 lbs. – Joseph Raia, South Elgin, Ill. 
LOSS Arkadii Ilimetov (Ukraine), 6-0
LOSS Baatarsuren Gendendorj (Mongolia), 5-0
WIN Varazi Varazashvili (Georgia), Fall
LOSS Philippe Maupin (France), 7-3

69 kg/152 lbs. – Stephen Horton, Mechanicsville, Va., Silver
WIN Stefan Bittmann (Germany), 10-4
WIN Namig Bashirov (Russia), 3-2
LOSS Roberto Estevez Alvarez (Spain), Fall

130 kg/286.6 lbs. – George Porter, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Gold
WIN Jacek Sidorowicz (Poland), 10-0
WIN Kuanysh Myrza (Kazakhstan), 6-0
WIN Juri Stadnikov (Germany), 11-0

Div. D
58 kg/127.8 lbs. – Victor Aybar, Manchester, Md., Silver
LOSS Zhora Hovannisyan (Armenia), 6-0
WIN Abdujalil Abdurakhmanov (Uzbekistan), 4-2

63 kg/138.8 lbs. – James Kasser, Lewis Center, Ohio, Silver
WIN Roger Papotto (France), Fall
LOSS Boris Savva (Moldova), 10-0

85 kg/187.4 lbs. – Petros Petrosyan, Los Alamitos, Calif., Gold
WIN Jose Betancourt Rosario (Puerto Rico), 4-0
WIN Hajk Bernhardt (Germany), 3-2
WIN Gyozo Lakatos (Hungary), Fall
WIN Hidemitsu Yugawa (Japan), Fall

97 kg/213.8 lbs. – Joseph Cattan, Louisville, Ken., Bronze
LOSS Idris Iasulov (Russia), 6-2
LOSS Kalkabay Bopiyev (Kazakhstan), 6-2
LOSS Christopher Sutton (South Africa), 12-0