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Turkey Wins CISM Wrestling Titles, U.S. Grapplers Finish Second

By Pvt. Justin A. Carmack, USA
Special to American Forces Press Service

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C., Nov. 3, 2000 – Turkish wrestlers captured 13 individual medals and both overall team titles to sweep the 2000 CISM World Military Greco-Roman and Freestyle Wrestling Championships here Oct. 28 and 29.

Teams from 10 nations took part in the competitions, sponsored by the Conseil International du Sport Militaire -- the International Military Sports Council. The teams ranged in size from the one-man Brazilian squad to the eight-man rosters fielded by Turkey, China and the United States.

Six U.S. Greco-Roman wrestlers took home individual medals to earn second place in the team event, nine points behind the Turks. Five Americans earned Freestyle medals to cop second from the Chinese on points and pins and trailed the Turks by just four points.

In the finals of the Greco-Roman 58-kilogram weight class Sgt. Duaine Martin of Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., executed a gut wrench on Cerpiz Papgan of Turkey and scored eight consecutive points in the first period. He only needed two points in the second to win by technical fall.

"Between rounds coach told me not to let down and stay aggressive. I knew that if I went out and stayed aggressive I would win," Martin said. He scored three points and pinned Papgan for gold.

For another U.S. wrestler, Spc. Mike VanArsdale, the freestyle tournament was the end of a wrestling era. Now 35, Arsdale won the 97-kilogram title and the best all around freestyle wrestler award and then walked off the mat for the last time.

"I've got a family now. I've got a wife and two kids," VanArsdale said. "I need to take care of them instead of running around everywhere wrestling." He's hoping one day to help coach the Army and U.S. wrestling teams.

This year's CISM freestyle wrestling championship proved to be one of the more exciting to date. Of the many pairings, perhaps none proved more interesting than the Oct. 27 freestyle final between Germany's Arawat Sabejew, bronze medalist at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and Turkey's Aydin Polatci. The match was tied 2-2 until the final seconds, when Polatci scored a takedown and an upset.

Dominik Zeh of Germany, five-time German junior champ fought his way to gold in the 69-kilogram freestyle event and called it his most meaningful and difficult to date. He's now setting his goals higher and wants a stab at the German Open Championship and the Germany's 2004 Olympic team.

For more information visit the Armed Forces Sports Office Web site at www.armedforcessports.com.

The results of team scoring and individual matches are as follows:

 

Greco-Roman Team Results

1: Turkey   74 pts

2: USA      65 pts

3: Germany  44 pts

4: Greece   40 pts

5: China    38 pts

6: Finland  19 pts

7: Slovakia 18 pts

8: Vietnam  17 pts

9: Estonia   5 pts

Greco-Roman Individual Winners

54 Kilogram

1: Oleg Koutscherenko, Germany

2: Macahit Vaardal, Turkey

3: Jeff Cervone, USA

58 Kilogram

1: Duaine Martin, USA

2: Cerpiz Papagan, Turkey

3: Efstathios Theohossiadis, Greece

63 Kilogram

1: Seref Eroglu, Turkey

2: Sarkis Elghian, Greece

3: Glen Nieradka, USA

69 Kilogram

1: Saiyinjiya, China

2: Kostas Arkoutheas, Greece

3: Marcel Cooper, USA

76 Kilogram

1: Tanner Akbolut, Greece

2: Wuliji, China

3: Jake Clark, USA

85 Kilogram

1: Serkan Ozden, Turkey

2: Attila Batky, Slovakia

3: Hristas Katsaros, Greece

97 Kilogram

1: Mehmet Ozal, Turkey

2: Roman Meduna, Slovakia

3: Dan Hicks, USA

130 Kilogram

1: Aydin Polatci, Turkey

2: Corey Farkas, USA

3: Nico Schmidt, Germany

Freestyle Team Results

1: Turkey   69 pts

2: USA      65 pts

3: China    65 pts

4: Germany  36 pts

5: Greece   31 pts

6: Slovakia 27 pts

7: Vietnam  18 pts

8: Brazil    4 pts

Freestyle Individual Winners

54 Kilogram

1: Erdine Kirbiyik, Turkey

2: Eric Albarracin, USA

3: Chao Han, China

58 Kilogram

1: Junyong Liu, China

2: Jason Kutz, USA

3: Tekin Soyer, Turkey

63 Kilogram

1: Jeff Beddard, USA

2: Vladimir Chamula: SVK

3: Rafet Ilden, Turkey

69 Kilogram

1: Dominik Zeh, Germany

2: Isa Kale, Turkey

3: George Moustopoulos, Greece

76 Kilogram

1: Bulent Dagdimir, Germany

2: Joey Clark, USA

3: Saiyinjiya, China

85 Kilogram

1: Nuri Zengin, Turkey

2: Xiaosheng Fang, China

3: Athanasios Kydros, Greece

97 Kilogram

1: Mike VanArsdale, USA

2: Nikos Kydros, Greece

3: Ruicai Li, China

130 Kilogram

1: Aydin Polatci, Turkey

2: Arawat Sabejew, Germany

3: Yu An, China

(This article is a composite of dispatches by Pvt. Justin A.

Carmack of the U.S. Army Reserve 350th Mobile Public Affairs

Detachment.)

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Click photo for screen-resolution imageSaiyinjiya of China tries to throw Kim-Jussi Nurmela of Finland during the first round of the 69-kilogram Greco-Roman Wrestling match of the 2000 CISM Military World Wrestling Championship at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Photo by Spc. Melissa Hale, USAR.  
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageCerpiz Papagan of Turkey attempts to lift and throw Efstathios Theodosiadis of Greece from the mat for a point during the first round of the 2000 CISM Military World Wrestling Championship at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The two would finish second and third, respectively, in the 58-kilogram event. Photo by Spc. Melissa Hale, USAR  
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageMartin Kittner of Germany attempts a lift on Pasi Huhtala of Finland during the first round of competition at the 2000 CISM Military World Championship at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Photo by Spc. Melissa Hale, USAR.  
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageMarine Capt. Dan Hicks positions himself to flip opponent Richard Karelson from Estonia during the first round of competition at the 2000 CISM Military World Wrestling Championship held at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Photo by Spc. Melissa Hale, USAR  
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageTurkish wrestlers playfully celebrate after winning the 2000 CISM Military World Greco-Roman Wrestling Championship at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Photo by Spc. Melissa Hale, USAR.  
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageThe Marine Corps' Joey Clark tries to take down Bulent Dagdimir of Turkey in the gold medal freestyle wrestling final match during the 2000 CISM Military World Wrestling Championship at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Dagdimir won.   
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