Press Box

MARQUETTE, Mich. – United States Olympic Education Center wrestlers helped Team USA sweep all 10 matches in a Greco-Roman all-star competition in Götzis, Austria on Friday, March 16. The squad also competed in a dual that same day versus Georgia, losing 4-1 in five matches to end its weeklong Austrian trip.

Team USA outscored the combined Austrian and Swiss all-star squad 35-6. USOEC wrestlers had six of the 10 victories. Mike Mioni of Phoenix, who won on a technical fall over Stefan Hartmann, highlighted the competition for the USOEC wrestlers. 

In the dual with Georgia, Isaiah Varona of Miami, who won gold at the recent Austrian Junior Open, continued his winning ways with the lone Team USA victory, captured at 55 kilograms.

The training camp and competitions followed the Austrian Junior Open on March 9, where USOEC wrestlers competed in as part of a FILA Junior Team for wrestlers aged 18-20 years old.

Team USA and USOEC Coach Rob Herman felt the trip was a great success. “There was no lack of training or matches,” he said. “We also avenged some losses from the Austrian Junior Open, which was very encouraging.”


United States 35, Austria/Switzerland 6
50 kg/110 lbs. – Ramon Moreno (USA/USOEC) dec. Ibragim Isajew (AUS/SUI)
55 kg/119 lbs. – Isaiah Varona (USA/USOEC) dec. Flavio Dreuler (AUS/SUI)
60 kg/132 lbs. – Jessy Williams (USA/USOEC) dec. Thomas Felder (AUS/SUI)
60 kg/132 lbs. – Hayden Tuma (USA) pin Andreas Vetch (AUS/SUI)
60 kg/132 lbs. – Chris Caldwell (USA) pin Faezollaev Qurbon (AUS/SUI)
60 kg/132 lbs. – Mike Mioni (USA/USOEC) tech. fall Stefan Hartmann (AUS/SUI)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Mason Manville (USA) dec. Stefan Steigl (AUS/SUI)
74 kg/163 lbs. – Barrett Stanghill (USA/USOEC) dec. Andre Kogler (AUS/SUI)
74 kg/163 lbs. – Geordan Speiller (USA) dec. Damian Dietsche (AUS/SUI)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Jheryl Makaian (USA/USOEC) dec. Michael Marnette (AUS/SUI)

Georgia 14, United States 4
50 kg/110 lbs. – Davit Iremadze (Georgia) dec. Ramon Moreno (USA/USOEC)
55 kg/121 lbs. – Isaiah Varona (USA/USOEC) dec. Mirza Shevadze (Georgia)
60 kg/132 lbs. – Batchana Putkaradze (Georgia) tech. fall Kevin Coburn (USA)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Amiran Shevadze (Georgia) dec. Barett Stanghill (USA/USOEC)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Nukri Ferselidza (Georgia) dec. Jheryl Makaiau (USA/USOEC)



Prepared By
Mike Kaurala
USOEC Operations Manager