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Manning wins freestyle silver medal, as Veterans Worlds concludes with 20 USA medals

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Oct. 15, 2017, 11:18 a.m. (ET)
Norman Manning celebrates after his comeback win in the semifinals over Bulent Hikmet of Turkey in Div. A at 70 kg. Photo by Robbert Wijtman, CSC Sports Photography.

PLOVDIV, Bulgaria - Norman Manning of Simpsonville, S.C., won a silver medal at 70 kg in men’s freestyle on the final day of competition at the Veterans World Championships on Sunday.

Manning got on a strong early run, winning his first three matches. He opened with a 3-2 win over Airam Gonzalez Garcia of Spain, 3-2. In the quarterfinals, he pinned Aslambek Ezerkhanov of Russia in 3:58. He advanced to the finals with a 6-4 semifinal win over Bulent Hikmet of Turkey, 6-4.

In the gold-medal match, Manning was defeated by Koji Furusato of Japan by technical fall, 10-0, earning the only medal for Team USA on Sunday.

It was Manning’s second Veterans World medal of the week, after claiming a bronze medal in Greco-Roman on Friday.

Two U.S. wrestlers placed fifth after dropping bronze-medal bouts, Jeffery Estrada of Parker, Colo. (Div. A at 78 kg) and Karl Junitz of Batavia, Ill. (Div. A at 100 kg).

Manning’s silver medal gave Team USA 13 men’s freestyle medals. Add in the seven Greco-Roman medals, and Team USA accumulated 20 Veterans Worlds medals in 2017.

The United States leaves Plovdiv with two individual World champions, George Porter of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. in Div. C at 130 kg in men’s freestyle and Hedj Nelson of Colville, Wash. in Div. E at 62 kg in Greco-Roman.

Special thanks to photographer Robbert Wijtman and Veterans World Team Leader Mark Goldman for their assistance with the daily updates and images from Bulgaria.

At Plovdiv, Bulgaria, October 15

Men’s freestyle results

Div. A medalists

62 kg
Gold - Abdolreza Jonyeh Rastekar of Iran
Silver - Viorel Etko of Great Britian
Bronze- Dmitri Perevozchiko of Russia
Bronze- Donawan Davel of Republic of South Africa

70 kg
Gold - Koji Furusato of Japan
Silver - Norman Richard Manning of United States
Bronze- Konstantin Obukhov of Russia
Bronze- Airam Gonzalez Garcia of Spain

78 kg
Gold - Seyedabdolreza H Razavi of Iran
Silver - Oleg Akhmetov of Russia
Bronze- Juan Nel of Republic of South Africa
Bronze- Rustam Tashuev of Russia

88 kg
Gold - Reza Ahmadali Amirian of Iran
Silver - Atanas Stoyanov Atanasov of Bulgaria
Bronze- Balwant Singh Bhati of India
Bronze- Idersaikhan Batsaikhan of Mongolia

100 kg
Gold - Shabanali Ramezan Ghaffari Cherati of Iran
Silver - Gadzhimurad Taymazov of Russia
Bronze- Yuliyan Georgiev of Bulgaria
Bronze- Kasim Adem Altun of Turkey

130 kg
Gold - Asgar Soleyman Azemi of Iran
Silver - Duane Van Staden of Republic of South Africa
Bronze- Masaharu Shishido of Japan
Bronze- Batjargal Bayarsaikhan of Mongolia

U.S. Div. A performances

62 kg – Roger Stewart, Colorado Springs, Colo., 6th place
LOSS Dimitri Perevozchiko (Russia), tech. fall 12-1

70 kg – Norman Manning, Simpsonville, S.C., silver medal
WIN Airam Gonzalez Garcia (Spain), 3-2
WIN Aslambek Ezerkhanov (Russia), pin 3:58
WIN Bulent Hikmet (Turkey), 6-4
LOSS Koji Furusato (Japan), tech. fall 10-0

78 kg – Jeffery Estrada, Parker, Colo., 5th place
LOSS Sayedabdolreza Razavi (Iran), pin 1:12
WIN Eduardo Carra (Italy), tech. fall 10-0
LOSS Rustam Tashuev (Russia), tech fall, 11-0

88 kg – Shawn Henebry, San Jose, Calif., 11th place
LOSS Reza Amirian (Iran), tech. fall 10-0
LOSS Pieter Swart (South Africa), pin 0:56

88 kg – James Medeiros, Van Nuys, Calif., 7th place
LOSS Pieter Swart (South Africa), 13-10

100 kg – Karl Junitz, Batavia, Ill., 5th place
LOSS Shabanali Ghaffari Cherati (Iran), tech. fall 10-0
LOSS Kasim Adem Altun (Turkey), tech. fall 12-1
Coach Rich Manning is the Head Wrestling Coach at the UFC Gym in Greenville, SC, where he also trains. Rich also has been a SC-USA Wrestling National Team Coach.

Congratulations Rich on this great accomplishment. We are proud that you are representing South Carolina and the United States on the World Stage.

National Teams

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  2. Cadet Dual Team will participate in the East Coast Duals in Pasadena, MD. The National Cadet Duals has been move to Spokane, WA. Now is not cost effective.
  3. Junior Duals in Tulsa, OK will consist of two (2) teams, one men and one women.
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New Coaches Director goes to College

SC USAW Coaches Director Marquis Camp went to Silver College from 12-15 of October at the US Olympic training Center. During the September 30 meeting Coach Camp from Westside High School was elected to be the Coaches Director. State Chairman Ron Donlick called to see if we could get a seat in Silver College for Marquis and was informed that he would be put on a waiting list to see if any openings came up. Wednesday October 11 USAW Coaches Education Director Mark Clayton called Ron Donlick, then the circus began with more people jumping through hoops than Ringling Brothers.  Like that Marquis was off to Colorado Springs where he had a great time learning and networking. Please ask Coach Camp about his time there he will love to tell you about it.

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