Smith, Jones win medals at University Worlds in Greco

PECS, Hungary -- Patrick Smith (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Storm) won a silver at 71 kilos/156.5 pounds and Sam Jones (Folsom, La./USOEC) added a bronze at 59 kilos/130 pounds in Greco-Roman at the University World Championships on Friday.

Patrick Smith and Sam Jones (Photo/Tommy Owen)
Smith, who competes for the Univ. of Minnesota, was defeated by technical fall in the finals by 2012 Olympic silver medalist and three-time European champion Tamas Lorincz of Hungary.

Smith opened with an 8-0 win over Austria's Stefan Fuchstreiter, then stopped Naoya Nakamura of Japan, 9-7 in the semifinals.

Smith was second at the 2014 U.S. Senior Open this year, and has been a rising star within the age-group ranks.

Jones pinned Andrey Borisov of Bulgaria in the bronze-medal round to earn his medal.

He dropped his opening bout to Akan Baimagambetov of Kazakhstan, and when Baimagambetov reached the finals, Jones was drawn back into repechage.

The other American in competition today, Orry Elor (Marquette, Mich./New York AC/USOEC) at 98 kilos/216 pounds, lost his opening bout to 2010 Junior World silver medalist Alin Alexuc-Ciurariu of Romania and was eliminated from repechage when Alexuc-Ciurariu failed to make finals.

The results website hosted by the Hungarian Wrestling Federation has not yet been updated, so we are not able to post the medalists in each weight class, nor the pairings for the U.S. wrestlers competing Saturday. As soon as this information becomes available, we will update this story.

There is an official website and LIVE WEBCAST for the event at:

At Pecs, Hungary, July 10

U.S. Greco-Roman performances

59 kilos/130 pounds Sam Jones, Folsom, La. (USOEC), 3rd
LOSS Akan Baimagambetov (Kazakhstan), tech. fall, 0-10
WIN Andrey Borisov (Bulgaria), pin

71 kilos/156.5 pounds Patrick Smith, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm), 2nd
WIN Stefan Fuchsreiter (Austria), 8-0
WIN Naoya Nakamura (Japan), 9-7
LOSS Tamas Lorincz (Hungary), tech. fall 0-10

98 kilos/216 pounds Orry Elor, Marquette, Mich. (New York AC/USOEC)
LOSS Alin Alexuc-Ciurariu (Romania), 0-5

U.S. Greco-Roman entries for Saturday

66 kilos/145.5 pounds - Kade Moss, South Jordan, Utah (Nittany Lion WC)

85 kilos/187 pounds - Josef Rau, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)

130 kilos/286 pounds - Toby Erickson, East Helena, Mont. (New York AC/USOEC)


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