Bors wins silver, Porter gets bronze in Greco-Roman at Veterans Worlds in Bulgaria

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Oct. 11, 2017, 3:36 p.m. (ET)
Gelu Bors of the United States controls an opponent, on the way to a silver medal at 100 kg in Div. C at the Veterans World Championships. Photo by Robbert Wijtman, CSC Sports Photography

PLOVDIV, Bulgaria – Two U.S. Greco-Roman wrestlers won medals on the second day of the Veterans World Championships on Wednesday.

Capturing a silver medal at 100 kg in Div. C was Gelu Bors of Henderson, Nev. Competing in a five-athlete round robin, Bors finished the tournament with a 3-1 record, scoring two technical falls and a decision.

He scored victories over Hassan Zareei of Iran, Hristo Gabrovski of Bulgaria and Zelijko Jovisic of Serbia. His only loss came against Nikolai Kashinov of Bulgaria, the eventual champion.

Winning a bronze medal at 130 kg in Div. C was George Porter of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., who pinned Aru Vatja of Finland in his bronze-medal bout. Porter opened the tournament with a loss to Thomas Summ of Germany, who finished with a silver medal.

Placing fifth after dropping a bronze-medal bout was Joe Raia of South Elgin, Ill., who competed at 62 kg in Div. C. Raia opened with a win over Kai Martti Koivunen of Finland, then dropped consecutive bouts to Nurzhan Nurbekov of Kazakhstan and Ali Reza Sharifi Darani of Iran. His bronze-medal bout loss to Darani was a tight 1-0 decision.

There were 10 U.S. athletes competing on Wednesday, either in Div. C or Div. D.

After two days, the USA has won five Veterans World medals in Greco-Roman. On Tuesday, Hedj Nelson of Colville, Wash. won a gold medal (62 kg Div. E), Octavius Bellamy of Bolingbrook, Ill. won a silver medal (100 kg in Div. B) and Bruce Moe of Hillsboro, N.D. won a bronze medal (78 kg Div. E).

The competition continues on Thursday, with Greco-Roman action in Div. A, as six U.S. wrestlers hit the mat. The first-round draws for the U.S. athletes is below.

Freestyle competition will follow on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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At Plovdiv, Bulgaria, October 11

Greco-Roman results

Div. C medalists

62 kg
Gold - Nurzhan Nurbekov of Kazakhstan
Silver - Baard Fornebo of Norway
Bronze - Philippe Andre Maupin of France
Bronze - Alireza Bemanali Sharifi Darani of Iran

70 kg
Gold - Tariel Shavadze of Georgia
Silver - Aramayis Poghosyan of Armenia
Bronze - Ilkay Varol Demirkose of Turkey
Bronze - Frederic Michel Paul of France

78 kg
Gold - Vitalii Samokhvalov of Russia
Silver - Vadim Pugachev of Russia
Bronze - Stoycho Stoyanov Kubatov of Bulgaria
Bronze - Anders Roger Sjoeqvist of Sweden

88 kg
Gold - Roy Bakke Andersen of Norway
Silver - Milen Manov Kanev of Bulgaria
Bronze - Martin Inge Dalsbotten of Norway
Bronze - Mariusz Janusz Wisniewski of Poland

100 kg
Gold - Nikolay Dimitrov Kashinov of Bulgaria
Silver - Gelu Bors of United States
Bronze - Zeljko Jovisic of Serbia

130 kg
Gold - Morteza Habibollah Yarmotaghi of Iran
Silver - Thomas Summ of Germany
Bronze - George Orlando Porter of United States
Bronze - Ferenc Laszlo Nedbalek of Hungary

U.S. Div. C performances

62 kg – Joe Raia, South Elgin, Ill., 5th place
WIN Kai Martti Koivunen (Finland), 6-2
LOSS Nurzhan Nurbekov (Kazakhstan), 7-0
LOSS Ali Reza Sharifi Darani (Iran), 1-0

88 kg – Eric Cluck, Cumming, Ga., dnp/11th
LOSS Mohsen Edehpour (Iran), 2-1

88 kg – Kevin Pine, Las Vegas, Nev., dnp/13th
LOSS Martin Dalsbotten (Norway), 6-0

100 kg – Gelu Bors, Henderson, Nev., silver medal
WIN Hassan Zareei (Iran), tech. fall 8-0
LOSS Nikolai Kashinov (Bulgaria), tech. fall 8-0
WIN Hristo Gabrovski (Bulgaria), tech. fall 8-0
WIN Zelijko Jovisic (Serbia), 3-0

130 kg – George Porter, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., bronze medal
LOSS Thomas Summ (Germany), 1-1
WIN Aru Vatja (Finland), pin 0:52

Div. D medalists

62 kg
Gold - Saidmagomed Masiev of Russia
Silver - Igor Chuev of Russia
Bronze - Dmitry Zangirov of Russia
Bronze - Aleksei Chistiakov of Russia

70 kg
Gold - Domenico Piccinini of Italy
Silver - Lars Mikael Dahl of Sweden
Bronze - Halil Oz of Turkey
Bronze - Emil Zdravkov Boudinov of Bulgaria

78 kg
Gold - Osman Onder of Turkey
Silver - Igor Ilin of Russia
Bronze - Majid Rajab Tabebordbar of Iran
Bronze - Dieter Uwe Hemmann of Germany

88 kg
Gold - Gennadii Ovdin of Russia
Silver - Gyozo Gyula Lakatos of Hungary
Bronze - Kari Matti Moisala of Finland
Bronze - Jorma Sakari Niemi of Finland

100 kg
Gold - Detlef Hein Lothar John of Germany
Silver - Aap Uspenski of Estonia
Bronze - Toni Leander Hannula of Finland
Bronze - Igor Zadnepryannyy of Kazakhstan

130 kg
Gold - Andrzej Adam Wronski of Poland
Silver - Rovshan Ismayilkhanli of Azerbaijan
Bronze - Vicentiu Culea of Romania
Bronze - Petrica Constandache of Romania

U.S. Div. D performances

70 kg – Steve Horton, Cibolo, Texas, 7th
WIN Peter Kaercher (Switzerland), pin 0:54
LOSS Domenico Piccinini (Italy), 2-1
LOSS Emil Boudinov (Bulgaria), 1-0

70 kg – John Laurenzi, Congers, N.Y., 9th
LOSS Kimmo Tolsa (Finland), 5-2

78 kg – Louis Orr, Rochester, Minn., dnp/13th
LOSS Salim Sert (Turkey), pin 1:30

88 kg – Jeffery Anderson, Zeeland, Mich., 7th
LOSS Jorma Niemi (Finland), 1-0

130 kg – Brian Jones, Los Angeles, Calif., 6th
LOSS Petrica Constandache (Romania), 7-2

U.S. Greco-Roman draws for Thursday

Div. A draws

70 kg – Norman Manning, Simpsonville, S.C.
Vs. Dimitry Piatkin (Russia)

78 kg – Jeffery Estrada, Parker, Colo.
Vs. Gafil Taghiyev (Azerbaijan)

88 kg – Shawn Henebry, San Jose, Calif.
Vs. Mohammadbagher Zare (Iran)

88 kg – James Medeiros, Van Nuys, Calif.
Vs. Andreas Kiefer (Germany)

100 kg – Karl Junitz, Batavia, Ill.
Vs. Aleksandr Kasenko (Russia)

130 kg – Raymone Gude, Grand Ledge, Mich.
Vs. Petar Bogaevski (Bulgaria)