Kevin Pine wins Veteran World title in Macedonia

By USA Wrestling | Sept. 29, 2018, 5:05 p.m. (ET)

Photo by Robbert Wijtman.

SKOPJE, Macedonia – Kevin Pine of Las Vegas, Nev., topped the podium at the Veteran Freestyle World Championships, wrestling in the D Division at 88 kg in Skopje, Macedonia, on Saturday.

Pine, a seven-time Veteran World medalist, claimed the first World gold of his career after a dominating day.

After a first-round 5-1 win over Azat Sheroyan of Armenia, Pine tallied back-to-back tech falls against Ayhan Ozdemir from Turkey and U.S. teammate Petros Petrosyan to move onto the finals.

For gold, the Vegas wrestler edged out Gyozo Lakatos of Hungary with a 1-0 decision.

“I’ve pictured this moment for quite a few years,” Pine said. “I kept saying all day that I wanted to hear our national anthem played in this arena with me on top of the podium.” 

Petrosyan went on to finish fifth in the World at the weight.

In addition to Pine, bringing home a medal for the USA is Stephen Horton of Cibolo, Texas, who finished third at 70 kg in the D Division. It marks Horton’s eighth Veteran World bronze medal.

Up until the semifinals, Horton had not given up a single point to his opponents, recording two tech falls and a 9-0 decision. In the semis, Horton was pinned by Roberto Alvarez of Spain. The American bounced back in the third-place bout, winning a 6-0 match against Benjamin De Wit of South Africa for bronze.

VETERAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
at Skopje, Macedonia

Div. C (46-50 years old)
70 kg – Ben Fielding, Colorado Springs, Colo.
LOSS Arman Imanseitov (Kazakhstan), 4-1


Div. D (51-55 years old)
62 kg – Joe Raia, South Elgin, Ill. 
LOSS Sergei Sleptsov (Russia), 5-3
LOSS Arkadii Ilimetov (Ukraine), 4-1

70 kg – Stephen Horton, Cibolo, Texas – BRONZE
WIN Stuart McKay (Great Britain), 11-0
WIN Halil Oz (Turkey), 10-0
WIN Vladimir Grushevskii (Russia), 9-0
LOSS Roberto Alvarez (Spain), fall
WIN Benjamin De Wet (South Africa), 6-0

78 kg – Borys Kulich, Westmont, Ill. 
LOSS Petr Osipov (Russia), fall

78 kg – Louis Orr , Rochester, Minn.
LOSS Musa Torun (Turkey), 10-0

88 kg – Kevin Pine, Las Vegas, Nev. – GOLD
WIN Azat Sheroyan (Armenia), 5-1
WIN Ayhan Ozdemir (Turkey), 10-0
WIN Petros Petrosyan (USA), 10-0
WIN Gyozo Lakatos (Hungary), 1-0

88 kg – Petros Petrosyan, Loa Alamitos, Calif. – FIFTH
WIN Faruk Keles (Turkey), fall
WIN Jarmo Soederholm (Finland), 12-0
LOSS Kevin Pine (USA), 10-0
LOSS Azat Sheroyan (Armenia), fall

100 kg – Jeffery Anderson, Zeeland, Mich.
LOSS Ali Temirkaev (Russia), 9-3