Photo of Team USA and Team Serbia together after their friendly Greco-Roman Dual Meet in Boise, Idaho.
Srpski rvački, koji se nalaze na dvonedeljnim pripremama u Sjedinjenim američkim državama, pobedili su u revijalnom meču reprezentaciju SAD rezultatom 5 : 2!
Pobede su ostvarili: Kristian Fris, Aleksandar Maksimović, Vladimir Stankić, Nikolai Dobrev i Viktor Nemeš, a izgubili su: Tamaš Nađ i Žarko Dickov.
Prijateljskom meču reprezentacija SAD I Srbije prisustvovali su i predsednik Rvačkog saveza Srbije g-din Željko Trajković i predsednik Sportskog saveza Srbije g-din Davor Štefanek koji su izrazili veliko zadovoljstvo pobedom naše reprezentacije.
Takođe, naši treneri i reprezentativci istakli su zadovoljstvo izvanrednim uslovima tokom priprema u SAD, kao i odnosom prema našoj ekipi koji je na najvišem nivou.
Rvački savez Srbije
Milan Jelić, v.d. generalni sekretar
BOISE, Idaho – The Serbian National Team defeated Team USA, 5-2, in a dual meet on Sunday at Bishop Kelly High School, which was broadcast on FloWrestling.
Winning bouts for Team USA were Ryan Mango (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP) at 60 kg and John Stefanowicz (Camp LeJeune, N.C./U.S. Marine Corps) at 81 kg.
The teams were introduced on the mat before the raucous crowd and the American wrestlers exchanged token of sportsmanship prior to their pending dual. As the lights went down in the gym, the spotlight shined on the first two wrestlers. Team USA shot out of the gates with a stellar performance by Mango, who finished his opponent, Tamas Nad by tech fall.
“It’s always great to get foreign opponents. It was a great training camp and it was good to get some motivation from guys you don’t see every day,” said Mango.
Stefanowicz gutted out a tough 2-2 decision over Zarko Dickov. Stefanowicz won on criteria, due to his opponent giving up the last point due to a passivity.
“I thought the performance was pretty good, but we have some things that we can work on. My parterre has been improving. He was tall, so there were some challenges for me,” said Stefanowicz.
In the last match of the afternoon, U23 World Team Member Barret Stanghill of the USA faced his counter-part, Vladimir Stankic, a U23 World Team member for Serbia at 87 kg. After taking a 4-3 lead into the second period, Stanghill energized the crowd with a shout and fist pump. Midway through the second period, Stankic surprised everyone with a massive four-point throw which led to an eventual pin
“We had a great crowd and incredible support here in Boise. I felt we left a lot on the table in our matches. We need to force our own tie-up, get to our best positions and score from our best positions. We have great athletes. When they start getting into their positions they need to take risk. The rules are set up for risk. The officials and the fans want to see scores, and I want to see our athletes give themselves a chance,” said National Greco-Roman coach Matt Lindland.
Among the winners for Serbia were 2017 World champion Viktor Nemes (80 kg), who beat 2017 Junior World champion Kamal Bey in a 10-0 technical fall. Two-time Olympian Kristjian Fris (62 kg) edged 2017 World Team member and 2008 Olympian Ildar Hafizov, 5-4. Other winners for Serbia were Aleksandr Maksimovic (74 kg) and Nikolai Bodrev (87 kg).
The meet followed a full week of joint training at the Suples Training Center, under the direction of Ivan Ivanov and his staff.
Following the dual, the wrestlers and coaches from each team received a gift bag from Suples in honor of their hard work and dedication over the past week. The teams congratulated each other before as a long line of wrestling fans sought autographs.
“It was a great event and a great week of training. I want to thank Ivan Ivanov and Suples for giving us this opportunity to train and compete here in Boise. We had an amazing week. We worked hard and learned a lot. Now it is time to apply what we have learned,” said Lindland.
SERBIA 5, USA 2
At Boise, Idaho, February 11
60 kg: Ryan Mango (USA/U.S. Army) tech. fall Tamas Nad (Serbia), 8-0
62 kg: Kristijan Fris (Serbia) dec. Ildar Hafizov (USA/U.S. Army), 5-4
74 kg: Aleksandar Maksimovic (Serbia) dec. Patrick Smith (USA/Minnesota Storm), 3-1
80 kg: Viktor Nemes (Serbia) tech. fall Kamal Bey (USA/Sunkist Kids), 10-0
81 kg: John Stefanowicz (USA/U.S. Marine Corps) dec. Zarko Dickov (Serbia), 2-2
87 kg: Nikolai Bodrev (Serbia) dec. Ben Provisor (USA/Nittany Lion WC)
87 kg: Vladimir Stankic (Serbia) pin Barrett Stanghill (USA/Minnesota Storm)
Source: by Patrick Bennett, USA Wrestling Photo: by Hannah Russell