Marquette Mich. - United States Olympic Education Center Greco-Roman wrestler Spenser Mango (Flourissant, Mo.) won bronze in the 55-kilogram weight class at the Junior World Championships Aug. 30 in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
Mango won four of his five matches during the competition. He opened by pinning Antero Perez-Juntunen (Finland) in the second period and scored a 6-0, 5-0, victory over Edi Leonel Giron Tocal (Guatemala). Mango stopped Sobrado Nunta Paul (Peru) in the quarterfinals, 5-3, 2-0. His only loss came during the semifinals, where he was defeated by Jasem Amiri (Iran).
“I thought I wrestled well,” said Mango. “I would have liked to have been in the gold-medal match, but I wrestled back to get the bronze medal.
“In the semifinals, I couldn’t get anything going on my feet and on the mat. It is hard to win like that.”
Junior World Team coach Ike Anderson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) is proud of Mango and his performance.
“Spenser Mango wrestled well the whole tournament,” Anderson said. “He showed the heart of a champion to stick it out through adversity and fight back for the bronze medal.”
This was Mango’s second age-group world medal this summer. His first was at the University World Championships last June in Mongolia, where he won gold.
USOEC teammate Chas Betts (St. Michael, Minn.) also competed, placing 11th at 84 kg. Team USA finished 11th overall.