MARQUETTE - U.S. Olympic Education Center Greco-Roman wrestler Kendrick Sanders helped Team USA defeat Russia in The Rumble on the Rails competition held Wednesday at New York City's Grand Central Station.
The event brought athletes from the U.S., Russia and Iran together to show unity in an effort to help retain wrestling as a sport in the Olympics. The International Olympic Committee has put wrestling on the Olympic chopping block starting with the 2020 Summer Games. The final decision will be made in September.
In a dual involving the USA and Russian Greco-Roman and freestyle teams, the Americans won 8-1. Iran topped the U.S. in a freestyle dual 6-1.
Sanders, a Northern Michigan University sophomore, did his part to help Team USA win its meet against Russia by defeating Asker Orshokdugov, 1-0, 1-0, at 66 kilograms. Also winning in the Greco-Roman part of the event was Olympian and USOEC alumnus Ben Provisor, who defeated Ambako Vachadze of Russia, 1-0, 0-1, 1-0, at 74 kg.
Winning her match in women's freestyle was USOEC alumna Helen Maroulis, who defeated Irina Kisel of Russia by pin 35 seconds into the second round of a 55 kg bout.