ZAGREB, Croatia – 2014 U.S. World Team member Joe Rau, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm) won a gold medal at 80 kg/176 lbs., the top American performance at the Grand Prix Zagreb Open on Saturday. He was among five U.S. medalists for the day.
Rau scored a pin in the finals against Viktar Sasunowksi of Belarus, who was a member of the 2014 Belarus World Team. Rau finished with a 3-0 record for the day.
Rau opened with a dominant 10-1 technical fall over Michael Wagner of Austria, 10-1 in the quarterfinals. His 6-1 semifinals win was over Viktor Nemes of Serbia, who was fifth in the 2013 Junior World Championships. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org