McCall finishes in fifth place at Miner's Glory International in Russia

By Richard Immel, USA Wrestling | Sept. 22, 2017, 1:16 p.m. (ET)
Photo: Timmy McCall goes 2-2 to finish in fifth place at the Miner’s Glory International. Photo by Jonny Ruggiano.

KEMEROVO, Russia – American Timmy McCall (Raleigh, N.C./Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack RTC) finished in fifth place at 97 kg/213 lbs. to conclude the first day of men’s freestyle competition at the Miner’s Glory International.

McCall won his first two bouts of the day over Aleksander Wojtachnio of Poland, 10-0, and Erik Thiele of Germany, 4-0, to qualify for the semifinals. Wojtachnio previously finished in fifth place at the University World Championships. Thiele was a step up in class, having a Junior World silver medal and European bronze medal to his credit.

In his semifinal, McCall was pinned by highly-touted Russian Yuri Belonovski in the first period. Belonovski has won five international medals in 2017 and finished in third at the Russian Nationals. The loss dropped McCall into the bronze medal match where he was pinned by Huber Shimon of Poland. McCall was leading by four points at the time of the fall.

There were no other U.S. entrants on Friday, but two Americans will compete on Saturday in Kemerovo. U.S. World Team Trials qualifier Thomas Gantt (Raleigh, N.C./Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack RTC) and Maccabiah Games champion Mike Kosoy (Raleigh, N.C./Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack RTC) take the mat tomorrow.

At Kemerovo, Russia, September 22-23

Final Results
57 kg/125.5 lbs.
Gold – Aryan Tyutrin (Russia)
Silver – Kuralbek Omarbekov (Kazakhstan)
Bronze – Maidir Dongak (Russia)
Bronze – Dimchik Rinchinov (Belarus)

65 kg/143 lbs.
Gold – Dasha Sharastepanov (Russia)
Silver – Alexei Borovitsky (Russia)
Bronze – Alexander Zakharushkin (Russia)
Bronze – Alexey Medvedev (Russia)

74 kg/163 lbs.
Gold – Khusei Suyunchev (Russia)
Silver – Musa Baziev (Russia)
Bronze – Nikita Suchkov (Russia)
Bronze – Nadirbek Hizriev (Russia)

97 kg/213 lbs.
Gold – Yuri Belonovski (Russia)
Silver – Anzor Urishev (Russia)
Bronze – Akhmed Bataev (Russia)
Bronze – Huber Shimon (Poland)

U.S. men’s freestyle results
Timmy McCall, Raleigh, N.C. (Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack RTC), 5th
WIN Aleksander Wojtachnio (Poland), 10-0
WIN Erik Thiele (Germany), 4-0
LOSS Yuri Belonovski (Russia) Fall
LOSS Huber Shimon (Poland), Fall