photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com
The final day of competition has concluded at the Cadet World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia and two of our Greco-Roman athletes competed in the repechage, attempting to win bronze medals. Jake Kaminsky picked up a pair of wins, the second gave him bronze at 92 kg, only the fourth US Cadet to medal in Greco since 2011. Here’s a look at how each of our wrestlers fared on day seven.
60 kg – Phillip Moomey
Repechage vs. Vladislav Karasev
Karasev almost got on the scoreboard early with an arm spin and takedown; however the official called a leg foul on the Russian. Moomey then was the aggressor and attempted a throw, which was countered for exposure, giving Karasev a 2-0 lead. Two gut wrenches followed extending his lead to 6-0, which is how the first period would end. Moomey came out firing in the second and earned a point with a step out, but Karasev answered with a takedown, putting his lead to 8-1. Moomey continued to attack, earning four points late with a head pinch. Though he continued to work, he was unable to score again leaving the Russian to win 8-5.
92 kg – Jake Kaminsky
Repechage vs. Davyd Samsonov (Ukraine)
This match ended up being the most entertaining Greco bout involving US wrestlers at this tournament. Kaminsky stopped a throw attempt going out of bounds to take a brief 2-0 lead. Samsonov came right back and used a headlock to throw Kaminsky for four points, which was followed by a reversal, cutting the Ukrainian’s lead to 4-3. As the buzzer sounded at the end of the first period, Kaminsky hit a picture perfect throw, but could not score from the maneuver. Samsonov built onto his lead with a takedown from a body lock, but it was short-lived. Jake performed an arm-spin and quickly moved into a gut, giving him four quick points and a 7-6 lead. Kaminsky held off the frantic Samsonov, as he tried a late throw to win the match, gaining two points of his own to win 9-6 and solidify his spot in the bronze medal match.
Repechage vs. Richard Karelson (Estonia)
The bronze medal match did not start with the fireworks that Kaminsky’s previous match provided. He was called for passivity which gave Karelson the early 1-0 lead. With: 04 remaining in the opening period, Kaminsky got the point for a push out with gave him the lead via criteria. Kaminsky continued to demonstrate a prowess for countering throws, which provided him with another two points. Jake got a takedown of his own to distance himself from his Estonian counterpart and lead 5-1. Another two throws were countered for two points apiece, which stopped the match for a tech in favor of Kaminsky.