Verkleeren and Steveson win golds, Fix takes bronze to end UWW Cadet Worlds

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzogovina – Two Americans won gold medals on Sunday, Jarod Verkleeren of Pennsylvania at 63 kg /138.75 lbs. and Gable Steveson of Minnesota at 100 kg/220 lbs., the final day of the UWW Cadet World Championships.

Verleeren and Steveson became the third and fourth UWW Cadet World champions for the United States this week. They joined Yianni Diakomihalis of New York, who won a men’s freestyle gold at 58 kg/127.75 lbs. on Saturday and Ronna Heaton of South Dakota, who was the women’s freestyle champion at 49 kg/108 lbs. on Thursday.

Verkleeren won the title with an 11-0 technical fall over Khayrula Nuradinov of Russia in the gold-medal finals. Only one point was scored in the first period, when Nuradinov was put on a shot clock and could not score. In the second period, he scored a duckunder takedown, then reeled off four straight ankle laces to nail down the technical fall. Continue reading at

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