Micic advances to finals of European Games; Amine, Heino in repechage

Stevan Micic gets his hand raised after winning in the semifinals of the European Games (Photo/Gabor Martin, United World Wrestling)

MINSK, Belarus -- Stevan Micic earned a spot in the finals of the European Games at 57 kilograms.

Competing for Serbia, the 23-year-old Micic picked up a 7-4 win over U23 world bronze medalist Taras Markovych of Ukraine in the semifinals on Tuesday in Minsk, Belarus.

Micic, a three-time All-American for Michigan, trailed after the opening period, but battled back to win by three.

In Wednesday's gold-medal finals, Micic will face European bronze medalist Mahir Amiraslanov of Azerbaijan. Amiraslanov edged returning world champion Zavur Uguev of Russia 3-2 in the semifinals. Micic becomes Serbia's second medalist ever at the European Games, joining Viktor Nemes, who won a silver medal in 2015. He has a chance to become Serbia's first-ever European Games gold medalist.

Two other wrestlers currently competing in NCAA wrestling, Michigan's Myles Amine and Campbell's Jere Heino, will compete in repechage on Wednesday.

Amine, representing San Marino, dropped his first match on Tuesday at 86 kilograms, but was pulled back into repechage after the wrestler who defeated him, Russia's Dauren Kurugliev, reached the finals.

Heino was placed in repechage at 125 kilograms after the wrestler who beat him, Georgia's Givi Matcharashvili, reached the gold-medal match at 125 kilograms.

Repechage matches are scheduled to begin at 4 a.m. ET on Wednesday. Micic will wrestle for gold at approximately 11:50 a.m. ET. It can be viewed on the Olympic Channel.


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