Miranda, Martinez, Hancock win golds as USA takes team title at Arvo Haavisto Cup in Finland

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Dec. 09, 2017, 2:45 p.m. (ET)
G'Angelo Hancock of the USA presses for the pin in the 130 kg gold-medal match at the Haavisto Cup in Finland. Photo by Terrance Zaleski.

ILMAJOKI, Finland – The United States claimed six medals, including three individual champions, and won the team title at the Arvo Haavisto Cup of Greco-Roman wrestling on Saturday.

Individual champions were two-time World Team member Patrick Martinez (Colorado Springs, Colo./NYAC/OTC) 85 kg/187 lbs., 2017 World Team member G’Angelo Hancock (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) at 130 kg/286 lbs. and 2017 Junior World Team member Randon Miranda (Palmdale, Calif./NMU-OTS) at 59 kg/130 lbs.

Martinez defeated Arvo Haavisto champion Julius Matuzevicius of Lithuania in the finals.

Martinez had a strong run in his half-bracket, with three straight wins. He opened with a 4-2 decision over Riku Liikkanen of Finland, got past Pedro Garcia of Spain in the quarterfinals, 7-5. In his semifinal bout, Martinez pinned Dymytro Kiiashok of Ukraine.

Hancock pinned 2016 European U23 bronze medalist Oskar Marvik of Norway in the championship match.

Hancock opened his day with a pin against top Finland big man Tuomas Lahti, then scored a 2-0 semifinal victory over Stepan David of the Czech Republic.

Miranda’s victory in the finals came over 2017 Nordic silver medalist Jusso Latvala of Finland.

Miranda opened with a 7-2 win over 2015 Mediterranean champion Albert Baghumyan of Spain, then edged Ihor Kurochikin of Ukraine in the semifinals, 7-6.

Martinez and Hancock won gold medals for the second straight weekend, after capturing titles at the S.A. Lavrikov Tournament in St. Peterburg, Russia on December 3. Miranda was a silver medalist at the S.A. Lavrikov Cup.

It is the third international gold medal that Miranda has won in a Scandinavian nation this fall, after also claiming titles at the Malar Cup and the Klippan Cup in Sweden earlier this season.

The USA added three bronze medals from Raymond Bunker (Camp LeJeune, N.C./U.S. Marine Corps) at 71 kg/156 lbs., Corey Hope (Colorado Springs, Colo./OTC) at 75 kg/165 lbs. and Daniel Miller (Camp LeJeune, N.C./U.S. Marine Corps) at 98 kg/215 lbs. All three finished with 3-1 records for the tournament.

In his bronze bout, Bunker beat 2017 Nordic silver medalist Toni Ojala of Finland. Hope stopped 2017 Nordic silver medalist Niko Erkkola of Finland for the bronze. Miller got past Narek Sethagyan of Spain to reach the podium.

The United States won the team title with 66 points, ahead of runner-up Finland with 55 points and third-place Greece with 48 points. There were 12 different nations and 24 total teams entered in the event.

"The athletes had a great training camp in St. Petersburg this week. Our Russian hosts work well with our wrestlers. Their skill building and past experiences showed up in many of their performances during this tournament. The Americans consistently took the fight to our opponents. They gained leads and then built on them in several matches. They consistently gained ground getting first passivities in most matches or at least answering with hard push/hand fights. They used Lead Management Skills to build on their leads as their opponents took greater risks to get back into matches. They worked together well. The ones who took losses did so while pushing the pace in the latter third of the matches. Their positive fight late in matches was inspiring to watch.," said USA Wrestling's Manager of Greco-Roman Programs Gary Mayabb.

At Ilmajoki, Finland, December 9

Greco-Roman Medalists

59 kg/130 lbs.
Gold - Randon Miranda (USA)
Silver– Jusso Latvala (Finland)
Bronze – Ihor Kurochikin (Ukraine)
Bronze – Charalambos Agkafanidis (Greece)

66 kg/145.5 lbs.
Gold – Mikko Peltokangas (Finland)
Silver – Morten Thoresen (Norway)
Bronze – Mamadassa Sylia (France)
Bronze – Havard Jorgensen (Norway)

71 kg/156 lbs.
Gold – Erik Nikoghosyan (France)
Silver – Daniel Soini (Sweden)
Bronze – Raymond Bunker (USA)
Bronze – Gil Nugues (France)

75 kg/165 lbs.
Gold – Georgios Prevolarakis (Greece)
Silver – Petter Karlsen (Norway)
Bronze – Corey Hope (USA)
Bronze – Brage Ringhiem (Norway)

80 kg/176 lbs.
Gold – Petr Novak (Czech Republic)
Silver – Oleksandr Kukhta (Ukraine)
Bronze – Vili Ropponen (Finland)
Bronze – Pavel Powada (Czech Republic)

85 kg/187 lbs.
Gold - Patrick Martinez (USA)
Silver - Julius Matuzevicius (Lithuania)
Bronze – Pedro J. Garcia (Spain)
Bronze – Novikov Semen (Ukraine)

98 kg/215 lbs.
Gold - Arvi Savolainen (Finland)
Silver – Spyridon Kountouratzis (Greece)
Bronze - Daniel Miller (USA)
Bronze – Narek Sethagyan (Spain)

130 kg/286 lbs.
Gold - G’Angelo Hancock (USA)
Silver - Oskar Marvik (Norway)
Bronze – Stepan David (Czech Republic)
Bronze – Konsta Maenpaa (Finland)

U.S. Greco-Roman performances

59 kg: Randon Miranda, Palmdale, Calif. (NMU-OTS), gold medal
WIN Albert Baghumyan (Spain), 7-2
WIN Ihor Kurochkin (Ukraine), 7-6
WIN Jusso Latvala (Finland), 6-3

71 kg: Raymond Bunker, Camp LeJeune, N.C. (U.S. Marine Corps), bronze medal
WIN Tomi Eronen (Finland), 2-1
LOSS Daniel Soini (Sweden), 2-1
WIN Toni Ojala (Finland), injury default

75 kg: Peyton Walsh, Camp LeJeune, N.C. (U.S. Marine Corps), 9th place
WIN Artur Vardanyan (Sweden), 6-2
LOSS Sakke Purolainen (Finland), 2-0

75 kg: Corey Hope, Colorado Springs, Colo. (OTC), bronze medal
WIN Fredrik Ekstrom (Denmark), 3-1
LOSS Petter Karlsen (Norway), 1-1
WIN Petteri Kukkola (Finland), forfeit
WIN Niko Erkkola (Finland), 2-0

80 kg: Terrance Zaleski, Camp LeJeune, N.C. (U.S. Marine Corps), 5th place
LOSS Oleksandr Kukhta (Ukraine), tech. fall, 8-0
LOSS Pavel Powada (Czech Republic), 2-1

85 kg: Patrick Martinez, Colorado Springs, Colo. (NYAC/OTC), gold medal
WIN Riku Liikkanen (Finland), 4-2
WIN Pedro Garcia (Spain), 7-5
WIN Dymytro Kiiashok (Ukraine), pin
WIN Julius Matuzevicius (Lithuania), default

98 kg: Daniel Miller, Camp LeJeune, N.C. (U.S. Marine Corps), bronze medal
WIN Lakoratis Kessidis (Greece), 8-2
LOSS Arvi Savolainen (Finland), 2-1
WIN Anestis Zarifes (Greece), 7-1
WIN Narek Sethagyan (Spain)

130 kg: G’Angelo Hancock, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids), gold medal
WIN Tuomas Lahti (Finland), pin
WIN Stepan David (Czech Republic), 2-0
WIN Oskar Marvik (Norway), pin

130 kg: Eric Fader, Camp LeJeune, N.C. (U.S. Marine Corps), 7th place
LOSS Kaarel Maaten (Estonia), 3-0

Team Standings
1. United States, 66 pts.
2. Finland, 55 pts.
3. Greece, 48 pts.
4. Norway, 43 pts.
5. France, 35 pts.
6. Ukraine, 31 pts.
7. Czech Republic, 30 pts.
8. Estonia, 25 pts.
9. Spain, 23 pts.
10. Team Stockolm (Sweden), 18 pts.
(of 12 nations and 24 teams entered)