December 1, 2008
MARQUETTE – USOEC Greco-Roman wrestlers Spencer Mango (St. Louis, Mo.) and Jacob Fisher (Platte City, Mo.), and women’s freestyle wrestler Alyssa Lampe (Tomahawk, Wis.) won gold medals at the NYAC International Open. The event, held Nov. 21-23 in New York, featured top athletes from all around the world.
Mango, a Northern Michigan University senior, took first place at 55 kilograms, over Kiyoharu Hirao (Japan) in a 2-1, 3-1 decision. He was able to survive a tough semifinals against Vyugar Ragymov (Ukraine) in a 4-0, 4-4, 5-0 decision.
“I was a little sloppy, but a win is a win,” said Mango. “The guy I saw in the finals, I had to wrestle the other night. I have seen the Ukrainian wrestle before, but never had a chance to wrestle him. It was great to get back into the flow of competing.”
Fisher won the 74 kg weight class. The NMU graduate student defeated senior Cheney Haight (Orem, Utah) in a 1-1, 1-1 decision.
Lampe, a NMU junior, won the women’s freestyle 48 kg class, defeating Coralie Dixon (Canada) in a 7-2, 4-0 decision.
Other USEOC Greco-Roman wrestlers who competed were senior Pete Gournaridis (Leominster, Mass.), third at 96 kg; sophomore Peter Kowalczak Jr. (Oak Park, Ill.) taking second at 120 kg, junior Talon Knox (Salt Lake City, Utah), third at 84 kg; and graduate student Nate Engel (St. Helena, Calif.), fourth at 55 kg.