Wyoming Seminary girls fall to Gulf of Finland, 7-3, in dual meet to kick off Tallinn Open in Estonia

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | March 29, 2019, 7:28 p.m. (ET)
Photo of Wyoming Seminary star Ava Bayless, on the way to a win over a Russian opponent, by Martin Kosseson.

TALLINN, Estonia – The Wyoming Seminary girls wrestling team competed against a strong Team Gulf of Finland in women’s freestyle wrestling, a dual meet which helped kick off the annual Tallinn Open weekend.

The Team Gulf of Finland was an All-Star team which featured wrestlers from Russia, Estonia and Finland. The Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School is located in Kingston, Pa., and is supported by USA Wrestling as an accelerated elite girls developmental program.

Team Gulf of Finland secured a 7-3 victory in the featured dual meet against Wyoming Seminary

Claiming wins for Wyoming Seminary were Ava Bayless at 46 kg, Sophia Smith at 57 kg and Vayle-Rae Baker at 54 kg.

Bayless defeated Russia’s Lera Russinova, 9-4, while Baker also defeated a Russian, Vanera Nafikova, 6-3. Smith had a 6-4 win over Estonia’s Maarja Plaser, 9-3

In a Greco-Roman Super Match, Richard Karelson of Estonia scored an 8-0 technical fall over Jacob Kaminski of the USA, who wrestles for Wyoming Seminary’s boys team. It was a rematch of the 2018 Cadet World Championships bronze medal bout, which had been won by Kaminski, 9-1.

This dual meet kicks off the Tallinn Open, a major age-group international event which features action in all three of the Olympic disciplines.

A large group of U.S. athletes will compete in the Tallinn Open this weekend. Greco-Roman action is on Saturday, with men’s and women’s freestyle competing on Sunday.

Wyoming Seminary brought a women’s freestyle team, as well as a few men who will wrestle in the international styles. There is also a large age-group U.S.-based tour team of boys, who will be competing in both styles.

Click here for Tallinn Open results

The hosts will also be streaming the competition, which fans can enjoy free of cost. Tallinn is six hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time zone.

Click here for Tallinn Open webcast

Special thanks to Chad Vandiver and Robby Smith for assistance with this article.

TEAM GULF OF FINLAND 7, WYOMING SEMINARY (USA) 3
At Tallinn, Estonia, March 29

43 kg – Lotta Verrenranta (TGF-Finland) pin Ekta Arora (SEM-USA), 0:32
46 kg – Ava Bayless (SEM-USA) dec. Lera Russinova (TGF-Russia), 9-4
49 kg – Ksenia Moskalec (TGF-Russia) pin Abby Duke (SEM-USA), 0:37
57 kg – Sophia Smith (SEM-USA) dec. Maarja Plaser (TGF-Estonia), 6-4
58 kg – Lida Solovjova (TGF-Russia) dec. Korina Blades (SEM-USA), 9-3
61 kg – Abigail Tikerpalu (TGF-Estonia) pin Kate O’Brien (SEM-USA), 1:26
65 kg – Ekaterina Gluharova (TGF-Russia) tech. fall Reese Larramendy (SEM-USA), 10-0, 0:31
69 kg – Nastja Kozlova (TGF-Russia) dec. Kennedy Blades (SEM-USA), 4-1
54 kg – Vayle-rae Baker (SEM-USA) dec. Venera Nafikova (TGF-Russia), 6-3
53 kg – Taru Vainonpaa (TGF-Finland) tech. fall Julia Dailey (SEM-USA), 13-1. 1:57

Greco-Roman Super Match 97 kg: Richard Karelson (Estonia) tech. fall Jacob Kaminski (USA), 8-0

Tallinn Open Event Schedule (six hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time zone)

Saturday, March 30
9:00 a.m. – Opening Ceremony
9:30 a.m. to conclusion – Greco-Roman competition through completion

Sunday, March 31
9:00 a.m. to conclusion – Men’s and women’s freestyle competition through completion

Youth Greco-Roman and freestyle entries from the USA

Boys (2006 - 2007 birth years)
32 kg – Revin Dickman, Nathan Rioux, Nathan Braun, Domenic Munaretto
35 kg – Cooper Hilton, Jayden Bowles, Colin McDowell, Neal Krysty
38 kg – Logan Trenary, Gunner Andrick, Griffin Jens
42 kg – Declan Koch, Turner Campbell, Hunter Sturgill, Jack Duncan, Wyatt Duchateau

Boys (2004 - 2005 birth years)
38 kg – Braden Tatum, Angelo DiPol, Luke Lilledahl
41 kg – Hunter Taylor, Kolby Warren
48 kg – Royce Nilo, Keaton Mayernik, Cheaney Schoeff, Cooper Lane
52 kg – Zachary Eliszewski, Tyler Sagi, Gavin Linjer
57 kg – Cash Stewart
62 kg – Lowell Arnold, Jadon Skellenger, Gunnar Hamre

Boys (2002 - 2003 birth years)
48 kg – Sefton Douglass, Christian Forbes
51 kg – Brandon Boehm
65 kg – Jared Stricker
71 kg – Braeden Whitehead

Boys (1999 - 2001 birth years)
60 kg – Raymond Rioux, Hunter Lewis
77 kg – Jacob Stefanowicz (SEM)
87 kg – Austin Cooley (SEM)
92 kg – Jacob Kaminski (SEM)

Girls (1999-2001 birth years)
53 kg – Vayle-Rae Baker (SEM), Julia Dailey (SEM)

Girls (2002 - 2003 birth years)
43 kg - Ekta Arora (SEM)
46 kg – Abbygale Duke (SEM), Ava Bayless (SEM)
57 kg – Korina Blades (SEM), Sophia Smith (SEM)
61 kg – Kate O’Brien (SEM)
65 kg – Reese Larramendy (SEM)
69 kg – Kennedy Blades (SEM)