MARQUETTE – Four United States Olympic Education Center wrestlers won gold medals at the 11th annual Dave Schultz Memorial Open Feb. 5-8. The men’s Greco-Roman and women’s freestyle wrestling teams competed in the event, joining top competitors from nearly 30 countries.
Northern Michigan University junior Spencer Mango (St. Louis, Mo.) brought home the gold in the 55-kilogram weight class. He defeated Sam Hazewinkel in a 6-0, 0-4, 2-1 decision in the finals.
Mango’s teammates, NMU post baccalaureate student Harry Lester (Akron, Ohio) and Jacob Curby (LaGrange, Ill.), also took first place in the 74- and 66-kg weight classes, respectively. In the finals, Lester defeated former USOEC athlete Cheney Haight by injury defeat and Curby defeated Kerry Regner in a 2-0, 3-0 decision.
“I think this is definitely a good win for all of them, especially Spencer because this is his first gold medal at this tournament. This win will motivate all of them during their preparation for the Nationals in April,” said Greco-Roman head coach Ivan Ivanov
There were high expectations going into the event not only for Mango and Lester, but the entire team. NMU post-baccalaureate student Jacob Fisher (Platte City, Mo.) and senior Chas Betts (St. Michel, Minn.) were also able to medal, winning the bronze and silver in their respective 55- and 84-kg weight classes. Other wrestlers who competed in the event included NMU post-baccalaureate Nate Engel (St. Helena, Calif.), fourth in 55 kg; post-baccalaureate CC Fisher (Platte City, Mo.), fifth in 66 kg; senior Andrew Bisek (Chaska, Minn.), fifth in 74 kg; junior Talan Knox (Salt Lake City, Utah), fifth in 84 kg; junior Peter Gounaridis (Leominster, Mass.), fifth in 96 kg; and sophomore Peter Kowalczak Jr. (Oak Park, Ill.), fourth in 120 kg.
“This is a good indicator that our guys will be wrestling for the world team spots. I am happy that our guys dominated this tournament. I am looking forward to seeing most of them making the senior world team this year,” said Ivan Ivanov.
On the women’s side, Marquette Senior high school senior Adeline Gray (Denver, Colo.) defeated Megan Buydens in a two-match series to win the gold medal. Gray won the first match 1-0 and 3-1. She also won a tough second round in a 1-4, 1-0, 3-1 decision.
Marquette Senior High School seniors Helen Maroulis (Rockville, Md.) and Veronica Carlson (Addison, Ill.) also medaled, winning bronze and silver in their respective 51- and 63-kg weight classes. NMU junior Alyssa Lampe (Tomahawk, WIs.) finished fifth in the 48-kg weight class.