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Updated: EAP athletes Moran, Saunders, Elam plus U15 World champ Valencia win golds at Flatz Open in Austria

By USA Wrestling | Feb. 02, 2020, 5:10 p.m. (ET)

Flatz Open champions from the USA: Aden Valencia, Jacob Moran, Rocky Elam, Josh Saunders. Photo courtesy of Kevin Jackson.

WOLFURT, Austria – Four U.S. wrestlers entered the men’s freestyle competition at the Flatz Open this weekend. Four U.S. wrestlers won gold medals.

Three talented athletes from the Elite Accelerator Program (EAP) at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center won titles at the UWW Junior division of the tournament: Jacob Moran (Portage, Ind./EAP) at 57 kg, Josh Saunders (St. Louis, Mo./Titan Mercury WC/EAP) at 65 kg and Rocky Elam (Kansas City, Mo./EAP) at 86 kg.

All three have committed to NCAA Div. I colleges, Moran (Indiana), Saunders (Cornell), Elam (Missouri).

Moran went 3-1 in a four-athlete round robin, winning all three matches by technical fall, giving him the edge in the final standings.

Saunders went 5-0, with three technical falls and a pin. He defeated Ayoub Musaev of Belgium in the finals with a 10-0 technical fall. Saunders won his pool with a 3-0 record, including a pin of Musaev. In the semifinals, he beat David Brenn of Germany in a 10-0 technical fall.

Elam went 3-0, including a pair of technical falls. He stopped Joel Hencz of Hungary in a 10-0 technical fall in the gold-medal match.

2019 U15 World champion Aden Valencia (Morgan Hill, Calif.) won his gold medal at 50 kg in the UWW Cadet division.

Valencia won U15 World titles in both freestyle and Greco-Roman. Likewise, he won USA Wrestling’s U15 National Championships in both styles.

Valencia went 2-0 in a three-athlete round robin, scoring a pair of technical falls in beating Jannis Rebholz of Germany, 13-2 and Bradley Metcalfe of Great Britain, 10-0.

National Freestyle Developmental Coach and 1992 Olympic champion Kevin Jackson served as coach, as did Joel Valencia.

At Wolfurt, Austria,

UWW Junior men’s freestyle medalists

57 kg,
Gold - Jacob Moran USA
Silver - Khamzat Arsanerzoev France
Bronze - Adam Biboulatov France

61 kg
Gold - Djabrail Tsikiev France
Silver - Marcell Budai Kovacz Hungary
Bronze - Tourpal Mukhtarov France
Bronze - Mike Sell Germany

65 kg,
Gold - Josh Saunders USA
Silver - Ayoub Musaev Belgium
Bronze - David Brenn Germany

70 kg,
Gold - Raul Zarbaliev Israel
Silver - Joshua Knosp Germany
Bronze - Maximilian Buch Germany
Bronze - Arpad Kovacs Hungary

74 kg
Gold - Sofiane Padiou Belmir France
Silver - Lucas Kahnt Germany
Bronze - Peter Nagy Hungary

79 kg
Gold - Daniel Veszeli Hungary
Silver - Maximilian Kaspirovich Israel
Bronze - Laurin Hartmann Austria

86 kg
Gold - Rocky Elam USA
Silver - Joel Hencz Hungary
Bronze – Shay Shotashvili Israel
Bronze - Vojta Piskor Czechia

92 kg
Gold - Richard Vegh Hungary
Silver - Eemeli Ruusila Finland
Bronze - Cihan Besli Germany

97 kg
Gold - Milan Korcsog Hungary
Silver - Ben Pollin Great Britain
Bronze - Julian Neumaier Austria

125 kg,
Gold - Timon Haslwanter Austria
Silver - Zoltan Deak Hungary

U.S. Junior men’s freestyle results

57 kg – Jacob Moran, Portage, Ind. (EAP), gold medal
LOSS Adam Biboulatov (France), 8-3
WIN Malachy O’Rourke (Great Britain), tech. fall 10-0, 4:44
WIN Thomas Epp (Switzerland), tech. fall 10-0 1:52
WiN Khamzat Arsarmerzouev (France), tech. fall 11-0 5:17

65 kg – Josh Saunders, St. Louis, Mo. (Titan Mercury WC/EAP), gold medal
WIN Ayoub Musaev (Belgium), pin 5:23
WIN Dominik Laritz (Switzerland), 11-8
WIN Sada Maithem Abd Ali (Switzerland), tech. fall 10-0, 0:34
WIN David Brenn (Germany), tech. fall 10-0, 1:39
WIN Ayoub Musaev (Belgium), tech. fall 10-0 1:29

86 kg – Rocky Elam, Kansas City, Mo. (EAP), gold medal
WIN Jonas Van Caeneghem (Belgium), tech. fall 10-0, 0:54
WIN Vojta Piskor (Czechia), 12-4
WIN Joel Hencz (Hungary), tech. fall 10-0, 3:46

UWW Junior Team Standings
1 Team Hungary 80
2 Team France 51
3 Team Austria 46
4 Team Israel 35
5 Team Finland 32
6 Team USA 30
7 Team Great Britain 26
8 Ringer Verband Sachsen e.V. 25
9 tie Swiss Wrestling 22
9 tie Hessischer Ringerverband e.V. 22

UWW Cadet medalists

45 kg
Gold - Aden Valencia USA
Silver - Jannis Rebholz Germany
Bronze - Bradley Metcalfe Great Britain

48 kg
Gold - Mate Gyurasits Hungary
Silver – Jan Madejzyk Germany

51 kg,
Gold - Mukhammad Inshapiev Austria
Silver - Zoltan Mizsei Hungary
Bronze - Melvin Feyer Switzerland
Bronze - Ahmed Tutaev Sweden

55 kg
Gold - Jules Gardette France
Silver - Jakob Saurwein Austria
Bronze - Alex Gombos Hungary
Bronze - Ronan Feyer Switzerland

60 kg,
Gold - Benedek Kiss Hungary
Silver - Rafael Kinsfater Germany
Bronze - Alexander Seiwald Austria

65 kg
Gold - Vilmos Rein Hungary
Silver - Felipe Ferrusola Spain
Bronze - Lukas Lins Austria
Bronze - Karl Winroth Sweden

71 kg
Gold - Balint Balasz Hungary
Silver - Moritz Singer Germany
Bronze - Kimi Kappeli Switzerland
Bronze - Noah Schwaller Switzerland

80 kg
Gold - Rakhim Magamadov France
Silver - Marton Rizmajer Hungary
Bronze - Opiela Nori Germany

92 kgr
Gold - Krisztian Angyal Hungary
Silver Milan Gallen Hungary
Bronze - Maximilian Borodulin Israel

110 kg
Gold - Aleksandr Voronezh Grishin Russia

U.S. Cadet men’s freestyle performance

50 kg – Aden Valencia, Morgan Hill, Calif., gold medal
WIN Jannis Rebholz (Germany), tech. fall 13-2, 3:12
WIN Bradley Metcalfe (Great Britain), tech. fall 10-0, 1:15