USA Wrestling Hayden Zillmer wins ...

Hayden Zillmer wins bronze medal on final day of Gedza Memorial in Serbia

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | July 02, 2017, 11:42 a.m. (ET)

Video capture of Hayden Zillmer of the USA after his bronze-medal victory over Stjepan Lavric of Croatia at 98 kg at the Gedza Memorial in Serbia.

KRAGUJEVAC, Serbia – Hayden Zillmer (Crosby, Minn./Minnesota Storm) finished his day off with an exciting, late-match pin to come home with a bronze medal at 98 kg/215 lbs. on the final day of the Lubomir Ivanovic Gedza Memorial International, a Senior Greco-Roman tournament.

Zillmer trailed returning Gedza International champion Stjepan Lavric of Croatia, 1-0 at the break, after giving up a passivity point midway through the first period. Lavric received a second point on a passivity one minute into the second period for a 2-0 lead. With time running down, Zillmer hit a duck under and locked up a body lock, pressing Lavric to the mat for the fall at 5:25.

Zillmer opened the tournament with a pair of wins, stopping Janko Ivetic of Serbia in the pig-tail round, then stopping 2017 Asian Junior silver medalist Amirmohammad Noroozipasand of Iran in the quarterfinals, 6-0. In the semfinals, he was edged by 2013 World University bronze medalist Mikheil Kajaia of Serbia, 2-0.

Zillmer qualified as a member of both the freestyle and Greco-Roman National Teams this year. He is currently No. 2 in Greco-Roman and No. 3 in freestyle based upon his results at the World Team Trials events. He was a Div. I All-American for North Dakota State.

The U.S. had two entries in the tournament this year, as Barrett Stanghill (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Storm) placed fifth at 85 kg/187.25 lbs. on Saturday. With just two wrestlers, the USA was ninth of 11 teams with 14 points. Hungary edged host Serbia by two points to win the team title.

At Kragujevac, Serbia, July 1, 2017

Greco-Roman medalists

66 kg/145.5 lbs.
Gold – Keramat Abdevali (Iran)
Silver – Martin Toth (Hungary)
Bronze – Bence Balatoni (Hungary)
Bronze – Donir Islamov (Moldova)

75 kg/165 lbs.
Gold – Viktor Nemes (Serbia)
Silver – Mohammad Shorbi Neiazi (Iran)
Bronze – Igor Besleaga (Moldova)
Bronze – Georgios Prevolarakis (Greece)

80 kg/176 lbs.
Gold – Bozo Starcevic (Croatia)
Silver – Zarko Dickov (Serbia)
Bronze – Tamas Schleicher (Hungary)
Bronze – Filip Sacic (Croatia)

98 kg/215 lbs.
Gold – Mikheil Kajaia (Serbia)
Silver – Daniel Gastl (Austria)
Bronze – Zsolt Torok (Hungary)
Bronze – Hayden Zillmer (USA)

U.S. Greco-Roman performance on Sunday

98 kg/215 lbs. - Hayden Zillmer (Crosby, Minn./Minnesota Storm), bronze medal
WIN Janko Ivetic (Serbia)
WIN Amirmohammad Noroozipasand (Iran), 6-0
LOSS Mikheil Kajaia (Serbia), 2-0
WIN Stjepan Lavric (Croatia), pin 5:25

Team Standings
1. Hungary, 69 pts
2. Serbia, 67
3. Moldova, 41
4. Croatia, 39
5. Iran, 32
6. Greece, 28
7. Romania, 28
8. Austria, 17
9. United States, 14
10. Russia, 13
11. Bulgaria, 6