Kosoy wins double golds at Maccabiah Games in Israel, as USA adds seven Greco medals

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | July 10, 2017, 2:29 p.m. (ET)
BEERSHEVA, Israel – NC State heavyweight Michael Kosoy of Boca Raton, Fla. won a gold medal in Greco-Roman at 130 kg/286 lbs. at 20th World Maccabiah Games on Monday. He also won a freestyle gold medal on Sunday at 125 kg/275 lbs., giving him a double title at this year’s event.

Jewish athletes from all over the world have assembled for this major international multi-sports competition.

The USA added seven Greco-Roman medals on Monday to their 12 freestyle medals on Sunday, coming home with an impressive 19 overall medals during the two-day event.

Also winning a gold medal in Greco-Roman on Sunday was Jack Mutchnik of Owings Mills, Md., a wrestler for American, who competed at 71 kg/156 lbs.

Adding a silver medal was Bo Schlosser of Franktown, Colo. at 66 kg/145.5 lbs.

The USA also boasted four bronze medalists: Nathan Engel of Annapolis, Md. at 59 kg/130 lbs., Zachary Sherman of Plantation, Fla. at 66 kg/145.5 lbs., Parker Kropman of Rochester, N.Y. at 71 kg/156 lbs. and Matt Finesilver of Greenwood Village, Colo. at 80 kg/176 lbs. Kropman wrestles for Binghamton and Finesilver competes for Duke. Sherman has signed to wrestle for North Carolina.

“Team USA did a good job with 19 total medals and seven gold medals. Just give me three weeks of camp and we can bring 14 gold back in the future! I want to thanks Co Captains Nate Engel and Michael Kosoy for their support, leadership, and hard work. Let it be known that Michael Kosoy is a beast,” said U.S. head coach Chris Feder of San Rafael, Calif.

All seven of the Greco-Roman medalists were also freestyle medalists on Sunday, coming home with two Maccabiah Games medals. Kosoy led the pack with two gold medals. Mutchnik had a Greco gold medal and a freestyle bronze. Sherman won a freestyle gold medal and a Greco bronze. Matt Finesilver won a freestyle gold medal and a Greco bronze. Schlosser won a Greco silver medal and a freestyle bronze. Kropman won a freestyle silver medal and a Greco-Roman bronze. Engel won a bronze medal in both styles.

Engel, who won two Maccabiah Games gold medals at the 19th Games in 2013, now boasts four career Maccabiah Games medals. Engel wrestled Greco-Roman at Northern Michigan, was a member of the U.S. Army WCAP program and is now an assistant coach at the U.S. Naval Academy.

“I'm proud of the way our athletes competed in both styles. They wrestled hard and really learned a lot about themselves over the last two weeks. It's a great opportunity for Jewish athletes. We need to try to grow from the grass-roots level up,” said Assistant Coach Robinson Prebish of Richmond, Va.

The Maccabiah World Games, a competition for Jewish athletes across the world, is the third largest multi-sport event on earth behind the Olympic Games and the Pan American Games. Wrestlers are part of the overall 1,100+ member Team USA at the 2017 World Maccabiah Games, which features 10,000 athletes, from 80 countries, participating in 43 sports.

Fans can get information on the Maccabiah Games from their official website below:

At Beersheva, Israel,

Freestyle Medalists

59 kg/130 lbs.
Gold - Andrey Tsaryuk (Israel)
Silver - Igor Roitman (Israel)
Bronze - Aliev Mahman (Israel)
Bronze - Nathan Engel (USA)

66 kg/145.5 lbs.
Gold - Ilya Tsaryuk (Israel)
Silver - Bo Schlosser (USA)
Bronze - Zachary Sherman (USA)

71 kg/156 lbs.
Gold - Jack Mutchnik (USA)
Silver - Gad Tamir (Israel)
Bronze - Parker Kropman (USA)

75 kg/165 lbs.
Gold - Reuven Zimkind (Israel)
Silver - Yeroslav Goldman (Israel)
Bronze - Bar-El Zimkind (Israel)

80 kg/176 lbs.
Gold - Igor Petrisnin (Israel)
Silver - Mikhail Alkhovskii (Russia)
Bronze - Matt Finesilver (USA)
Bronze - Vadim Novikov (USA)

85 kg/187.5 lbs.
Gold - Naor Gurialashvili (Israel)
Silver - Yaakov Manashirov (Israel)
Bronze - Vladimir Bogolyubsky (Israel)
Bronze - Uri Kalashnikov (Israel)

98 kg/215 lbs.
Gold - Robert Avanesyan (Israel) 1
Silver - Dani Lishinsky (Israel) 2
Bronze - Bronislav Sharovtsky (Israel) 3
Bronze - Anatoliy Shteyngart (Israel) 3

130 kg/286 lbs.
Gold - Michael Kosoy (USA)
Silver - Lior Altshuler (Israel)
Bronze - Jonathan Semel (France)

U.S. Greco-Roman Results

59 kg/130 lbs. - Nathan Engel, Annapolis, Md., bronze medal
LOSS Andrey Tsaryuk (Israel)
WIN Mosha Schwartz (USA)
WIN Maksym Vysotskiy (Israel)

57 kg FS/125 lbs. – Moshe Schwartz, Franktown, Colo.
LOSS Andrey Tsaryuk (Israel)

66 kg/145.5 lbs.- Zachary Sherman, Plantation, Fla., bronze medal
LOSS Bo Schlosser (USA)
WIN Genadi Beoguev (Israel)
LOSS Ilya Tsaryuk (Israel)
WIN Shamil Albeu (Israel)

66 kg/145.5 lbs.– Bo Schlosser, Franktown, Colo., silver medal
WIN Zachary Sherman (USA)
LOSS Shamil Albeu (Israel)
WIN Genadi Beoguev (Israel)
LOSS Ilya Tsaryuk (Israel)

71 kg/156 lbs.- Parker Kropman, Rochester, N.Y., bronze medal
LOSS Jack Mutchnik (USA)
LOSS Gad Tamir (Israel)

71 kg/156 lbs.– Jack Mutchnik, Owings Mills, Md., gold medal
WIN Parker Kropman (USA)
WIN Gad Tamir (Israel)

75 kg GR- Mitchell Finesilver, Greenwood Village, Colo., 4th place
LOSS Reuven Zimkind (Israel)
LOSS Yeroslav Goldman (Israel)
LOSS Bar-El Zimkind (Israel)

80 kg GR- Matt Finesilver, Greenwood Village, Colo., bronze medal
LOSS Mikhail Alkhovskii (Russia)

85 kg GR - Sage Heller, Riverwoods, Ill., did not medal
LOSS Vladimir Bogoyubsky (Israel), injury forfeit

85 kg GR – Gordon Wolf, Lawrenceville, N.J., did not medal
LOSS Avi Youkhananov (Israel), disqualification

98 kg GR. - Donald McNeil, Plainville, Mass., 5th place
WIN Pini Kadosh (Israel)
LOSS Rober Avanesyan (Israel)
LOSS Bronislav Sharovisky (Israel)

130 kg GR - Michael Kosoy, Boca Raton, Fla., gold medal
WIN Moshe Klyman (Canada)
WIN Sergey Kushin (Russia)
WIN Lior Altshuler (Israel)
WIN Jonathan Semel (France)