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USA wins 5 medals at Veteran Freestyle World Championships

Kevin Pine won a gold medal for USA (Photo/Robbert Wijtman)

KOPJE, Macedonia -- The Veteran Freestyle World Championships came to a close this weekend with the USA Team claiming five medals in Skopje, Macedonia.

The USA Team left Macedonia with five World medals, including one gold, one silver and three bronze medal.

Kevin Pine, a seven-time veteran world medalist, claimed the first world gold of his career. Rudy James of St. Paul, Minn claimed a sliver medal, while Stephen Horton of Cibolo, Texas, Jordin Humphrey of Monrovia, Calif.& Daniel Lovell from North Dakota claimed bronze medals.

Team USA won five medals
The USA team was coached by former veterans world champion Chris Brown from Maryland Wrestling Club and Jon McGovern (University of Dubuque head wrestling coach).

"There were several former Olympians and Olympic medalists in the competition and having USA team leader and coach Chris Brown a returning seasoned World champion leading the USA team helps the USA team stay unified, focused, and ready for the unexpected. Kevin Pine showed a lot of hear to win his first gold medal," said Coach McGovern.

"Rudy James was a great team leader working hard for a sliver in a tough fought match in the finals to an Iranian who now may make the Olympic team for Great Britain. This was my first year with this US team and it was a good overall effort. We look forward to continuing to build the USA team to compete for world domination at this event in the future."

There were over 38 nations represented with Russia winning the team title and Mongolia finishing second. USA team finished ninth. Complete results can be found here.

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