NMU-OTS wrestlers lead US contingent in Sweden

Randon Miranda, right, of the Northern Michigan University Olympic Training Center takes part in a match during the Junior World Championships in Tampere, Finland, earlier this year. (Photo by Richard Immel courtesy NMU-OTS)

MARQUETTE — Four Greco-Roman wrestlers from the Northern Michigan University Olympic Training Site earned medals at a tournament held over the weekend in Sweden.

In addition, eight other NMU-OTS athletes placed in the top 10 at the Malar Cup conducted in Vasteras, according to a news release from the NMU-OTS.

Randon Miranda won four straight matches to secure his gold medal in the 59-kilogram (130.1-pound) bracket. Miranda scored three technical falls and a pin on his way to the podium.

Also winning gold was Benji Peak in the 63 kg (138.9-lb.) cadet division. He defeated eight athletes and only gave up five points during the tournament, with seven of his matches ending by technical fall.

Carter Nielsen took home a silver medal in the 80 kg (176.4-lb.) division. Nielsen scored three pins and a technical fall before being defeated in the gold-medal match by Rajbek Bisultanov of Denmark, 11-2.

Winning a bronze medal was Spencer Wilson at 98 kg (216.1 pounds). He faced Elias Kenneryd of Sweden in the bronze-medal match and won by pin.

The NMU-OTS squad was part of a 27-member United States team of cadet- and senior-aged athletes that participated in the Saturday and Sunday tournament.

The U.S. won the team title in both the senior and cadet divisions, and was recognized as the combined champion.

These are other top-10 placers from the NMU-OTS, all in the Senior Division: Mason Hartshorn, 66 kg/145.5 lbs., 9th place; Riley Briggs, 66 kg/145.5 lbs., 4th; Calvin Germinaro, 71 kg/156 lbs., 10th; Michael Donato, 75 kg/165 lbs., 9th; Corey Fitzgerald, 80 kg/176 lbs., 9th; George Sikes, 85 kg/187.5 lbs., 9th; Keaton Fanning, 98 kg/215 lbs., 6th; Marc Leon, 130 kg/286 lbs., 4th

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.