Photo (left to right): Pat Lugo and Jennifer Rogers. Photos by Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com.
VELIKO TARNOVO, Bulgaria – Americans Pat Lugo and Jennifer Rogers each won the bronze medal on day three of competition at the Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov International in Bulgaria.
Wrestling at 65 kg in freestyle gentlemen, Pat Lugo won his repechage match against Aikhaan Antonov of Russia with a dominating 12-2 technical fall to advance to the bronze medal match. There he met 2018 European U23 silver medalist VItalie Bunici from Moldova. Lugo walked away with the 5-3 decision and a bronze medal on his international debut.
In women’s freestyle, Jennifer Roger won her medal at 62 kg. She rebounded from a second-round loss to Spain’s Lydia Perez in the fight for third place. Rogers emerged victorious with a solid 9-2 win for bronze.
Two other Americans recorded fifth-place finishes on Saturday, including Nico Provo (MFS 57kg) and Farmer Tanner (GR 130 kg). Provo moved on to the bronze medal match after a semifinal loss on Friday, but lost in the medal fight against Aliabbas Rzazade of Azerbaijan, 10-0. Farmer was dragged into the repechage and won his first game of the day against Roman Kim of Kyrgyzstan with an 8-0 technical fall to advance to the medal game. For bronze, Farmer lost a 7-1 bout to 2019 European U23 silver medalist Lenard Berei of Romania to take fifth place.
A US representative is still on the hunt for a medal tomorrow as Ceron Francisco was dragged into the bronze medal fight after a semi-final loss at 125kg in the men’s freestyle. Francisco won his first tournament with an injury default win over Moldova’s Egor Olar. The American was leading 2-0 at the time of the injury. In the semi-final, he lost to two-time U23 world medalist Dzianis Khramiankou of Belarus, 7-4. Francisco’s opponent for bronze will be determined in tomorrow’s repechage.
Others who fought for America Today included Alisha Howk (WFS 53kg), Sophie Mirabelle (WFS 57kg), Gabe Townsell (GR 60 kg) and Robert Perez (GR 67 kg).
The action continues Sunday with a draft at 11 a.m. local time (4 a.m. ET) and is available to watch live on Youtube.
DAN KOLOV – NIKOLA PETROV INTERNATIONAL
Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria | February 17-20, 2022
American male freestyle
57 kg: Nico Provo (WC south side) – FIFTH
VICTORY Jyotiba Bajrang (India), 8-6
VICTORY Aid Salihasi (Moldova), 10-0
LOSS Aryian Tiutrin (Belarus)
DEFEAT Aliabbas Rzazade (Azerbaijan), 10-0
65kg: Pat Lugo (WC Hawkeye) – BRONZE
VICTORY Stefan Tonu (Moldova), 5-3
DEFEAT Islam Dudaev (Albania), 10-0
VICTORY Aikhaan Antonov (Russia), 12-2
VICTORY Vitaly Bunici (Moldova), 5-3
125 kg: Ceron Francisco (Titan Mercury WC) – match for bronze
VICTORY Egor Olar (Moldova), withdrawal due to injury
DEFEAT Dzianis Khramiankou (Belarus), 7-4
vs opponent TBD
American women’s freestyle
53 kg: Alisha Howk (Sunkist Kids) – eliminated
VICTORY Irena Binkova (Bulgaria), 10-0
DEFEAT Anastasia Blayvas (Germany), 7-2
57 kg: Sophia Mirabella (Team Tornado WC) – eliminated
DEFEAT Jenna Hemia (Finland), fall
62kg: Jennifer Rogers (Nittany Lion WC/Titan Mercury WC) – BRONZE
VICTORY Rani Ritu (India), 10-0
DEFEAT Bilyana Dudova (Bulgaria), 16-5
VICTORY Lydia Perez (Spain), 9-2
60 kg: Gabe Townsell (California RTC) – eliminated
DEFEAT Nedyalko Petrov (Bulgaria), 10-0
67 kg: Robert Perez (Greco-Roman Development) – eliminated
DEFEAT Anshu (India), 7-0
77 kg: RaVaughn Perkins (New York AC) – eliminated
LOSS Joilson Ramos (Brazil), forfeited
130 kg: Tanner Farmer (New York CA) – FIFTH
VICTORY Singh Mehar (India), 9-0
DEFEAT Ciurariu Alexuc (Romania), fall
VICTORY Roman Kim (Kyrgyzstan), 8-0
DEFEAT Lenard Berei (Romania), 7-1
Schedule (Bulgaria is 7 hours ahead of the US ET)
Sunday February 20
11am – Repechage (MFS 86, 97, 125; GR 60, 67, 77; WFS 50, 53, 57)
12 p.m. – Finals (MFS 86, 97, 125; GR 60, 67, 77; WFS 50, 53, 57)