Gopher alums showcase Greco in NYC

Three former Gophers took center stage at the New York Athletic Club on Saturday for the Greco-Roman half of the Bill Farrell Open. All three – Pat Smith, Alec Ortiz and Brad Dolezal – picked up victories on the day, with Smith finishing third at 71 kilograms and Dolezal taking fourth at 75.

Smith advanced to the semifinals thanks to a 12-4 tech fall over Cody Pack in the quarters. Despite allowing a four-point move during the opening period, Smith steadily built an 8-4 advantage at the break and sealed the match by adding four more points early in the second. It was a four-point move from Christopher Gonzalez that bounced Smith to the backside of the bracket, the key moment in a 4-1 semifinal defeat. Once in consolation matches, Smith eliminated fellow alum and training partner Ortiz, 4-2, before taking third after Ellis Coleman forfeited the bout.

minnlogoOrtiz reached the quarterfinals at 71 kilograms, where he ran into Coleman. After pulling to within one point, 3-2, early in the second period, Ortiz surrendered two points around the one-minute mark and dropped the bout, 5-2. He rallied in wrestlebacks, where he found himself in a shootout with Joshua Russo. After falling behind 8-0 in the match’s opening 45 seconds, Ortiz scored 16 unanswered points, a streak that took just 1:27 late in the first period to tech Russo, 16-8. Ortiz was eliminated by Smith in his next match.

Dolezal, making his national-level Greco debut, won a nail-biter in the quarterfinals, knocking off John Yeats on criteria, 7-7. Two four-point moves from eventual 75-kilogram champ Kamal Bey helped defeat Dolezal, 8-2, in the semis. An early 4-0 deficit in his first consolation match didn’t deter Dolezal, as he fired back with eight points to finish the first period and defeat Broc Clark. In the third-place bout, an early flurry from Jesse Porter led to an 8-0 tech fall, putting Dolezal into fourth place. is your home for all things Gopher Wrestling, whether that’s recaps of dual action, open tournaments, or the latest events where program alums are competing (and winning). Be sure to follow Gopher Wrestling on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates as well.

At New York, N.Y., Nov. 12, 2016

Greco-Roman Best of Three Final Series

71 kg/156 lbs. – Chris Gonzalez, Bolingbrook, Ill. (U.S. Army WCAP) dec. Alejandro Sancho, Miami, Fla. (NYAC/NMU), two matches to one
Bout One – Sancho dec. Gonzalez, 2-1
Bout Two – Gonzalez dec. Sancho, 2-1
Bout Three – Gonzalez dec. Sancho, 4-1

80 kg/176 lbs. – Patrick Martinez, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP) dec. Jon Anderson, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP), two matches to one
Bout One – Martinez dec. Anderson, 3-1
Bout Two – Anderson dec. Martinez, 4-2
Bouth Three – Martinez dec. Anderson, 4-1

Third place matches
71 kg/156 lbs. – Pat Smith, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm) by inj. dft. over Ellis Coleman, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
80 kg/176 lbs. – Jon Jay Chavez, Ithaca, N.Y. (unattached) dec. Barrett Stanghill, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm), 3-2

Greco-Roman Medal Match results

59 kg/130 lbs.
Gold – Shota Tanokura (Japan) dec. Hayden Tuma (USA/U.S. Army WCAP), 4-3
Bronze – Sam Jones (USA/NYAC) dec. Dmitry Ryabchinskiy (USA/NYAC), 3-1

66 kg/145.5 lbs.
Gold – Ktsuyoshi Kawase (Japan) pin Austin Morrow (USA/NYAC), 1:53
Bronze – Mustafa Mohaney (USA/NYAC) tech. fall Jessy Williams (USA/NYAC), 8-0, 1:56

75 kg/165 lbs.
Gold – Kamal Bey (USA/Sunkist Kids) tech. fall Karim Hawash (Egypt/NYAC), 15-5, 3:00
Bronze – Jesse Porter (USA/NYAC) tech. fall Brad Dolezal (USA/Minnesota Storm), 8-0, 0:43

85 kg/187.25 lbs.
Gold – Aliaksandr Kikiniou (Belarus) dec. Alan Vera (Cuba), 2-2
Bronze – Lucas Sheridan (USA/Army WCAP) dec. Junheong Choi (Korea), 5-2

98 kg/215 lbs.
Gold –. G’Angelo Hancock (USA/New York AC) dec. Hayden Zillmer (USA/Minnesota Storm), 2-0
Bronze –Zach Merrill (USA/Titan Mercury WC) dec. Masato Sumi (Japan), 5-2

130 kg/286 lbs.
Gold – Minseok Kim (Korea) dec. Eric Fader (USA/U.S. Marine Corps), 7-0
Bronze – Trent Osnes (U.S. Marine Corps)