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Monday Roundup: More On Haparanda; Haavisto Cup Entries; Next Up; WOS

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Our coverage of this past weekend’s Haparanda Cup in Sweden is not yet through. Silver medalist Joe Rau (87 kg, Chicago RTC) and bronze winner Daniel Miller (97 kg, Marines) will be providing insights similar to the format shared last week in effort to add some finishing touches on what exactly went down at the tournament. The Haparanda Cup streamed live on YouTube, but since it was such a busy weekend, many may still be in the dark as to what exactly transpired. And more importantly, how the athletes involved feel about it.

Haavisto Cup Caps ’18

The final individual Senior event of 2018 — just like last year and nearly every other year — is next weekend’s Haavisto Cup in Ilmajoki, Finland. For those who may recall, the US Seniors who competed at Haavisto in 2017 combined for six medals, three champs, and the team title, highlighted by G’Angelo Hancock‘s (Sunkist) stunning victory via fall over Oskar Marvik (NOR) in the heavyweight finals. That match represents Hancock’s last appearance at 130 kilograms. Ray Bunker (72 kg, Marines) and Miller are the only two returning Haavisto Cup medalists on the current tour.

A good number of the US athletes who will be lacing them up on Saturday have been overseas for over two weeks. Thus far it has been two events and two training camps with one more of each still to go.

As is the case with Haparanda, the Americans have enjoyed a solid semi-recent run of success at the Arvo Haavisto Cup. Most of the names below should be sufficiently recognizable.

Recent US Haavisto Cup Medalists


GOLD: Paul Tellgren (55 kg)
BRONZE: Ryan Hope (84 kg), Zach Nielsen (96 kg)


SILVER: Paul Tellgren (55 kg), Zach Nielsen (84 kg), Pete Kowalczuk (120 kg)
BRONZE: Ben Sanchez (66 kg), Marco Toledo (74 kg), Jake Kettler (120 kg)


GOLD: Robby Smith (120 kg, Chicago RTC))
BRONZE: Andy Bisek (74 kg)


GOLD: Andy Bisek (74 kg), Robby Smith (120 kg, Chicago RTC)
SILVER: Nate Engel (55 kg), Jordan Holm (84 kg)


GOLD: Nikko Triggas (59 kg)


SILVER: Nikko Triggas (59 kg), Cheney Haight (75 kg, NYAC), Jon Anderson (85 kg, Army/WCAP)
BRONZE: Spenser Mango (59 kg), Jermaine Hodge (59 kg), Toby Erickson (130 kg, Army/WCAP)


SILVER: Dalton Roberts (59 kg, NYAC/OTS)


GOLD: Randon Miranda (59 kg, NYAC/OTS), Patrick Martinez (85 kg, NYAC), G’Angelo Hancock (130 kg, Sunkist)
BRONZE: Ray Bunker (71 kg, Marines), Corey Hope (75 kg, NYAC), Daniel Miller (98 kg, Marines)

2018 Arvo Haavisto Cup Entries

Reminder: names and weight classes are subject to change; 55 kg and 63 kg are empty as of press time. 

60 kg

Colton Rasche (Marines)

Mattias Poutanen (FIN)
Arttu Hakala  (FIN)
Daniel Bobillo (ESP)
Andy Juan (ESP)
Albert Baghumyan (ESP)
Juuso Latvala  (FIN)
Myroslav Solovian (UKR)
Maksym Liu (UKR)
Lauri Karjalainen (FIN)
Helary Mägisalu (EST)
Jacob Tangen (NOR)

67 kg

Colby Baker (NMU/OTS)
Morgan Flaharty (NYAC)
Jamel Johnson (Marines)
Raffaele Masi (NMU/OTS)

Jussi Autio (FIN)
Pål Eirik Gundersen (NOR)
Denis Bolunov (EST)
Ott Saar (EST)
Alexander Bica (SWE)
Håvard Jorgensen (NOR)
Alejandro Concepcion (ESP)
Marcus Sellden (SWE)
Joni Komppa (FIN)
Erik Leikkari (FIN)
Marat Garipov (BRA)
Aleksi Seppälä (FIN)
Elmer Mattila (FIN)
Vilho Laukkarinen (FIN)
Serhii Hrushyn (UKR)

72 kg

Ray Bunker (Marines)

Daniel Soini (SWE)
Kirill Babichuk (RUS)
Leevi Ukkola (FIN)
Salim Al Rays (SWE)
Akseli Yli-Hannuksela (FIN)
Tomi Eronen (FIN)
Vladyslav Kravchenko (UKR)
Ihor Bychkov (UKR)
Simon Erlandsson (SWE)
Randel Uibo (EST)
Kristo Viidas (EST)
Sebastian Aak (NOR)

77 kg

Michael Donato (NMU/OTS)
Patrick Smith (Minnesota Storm)
Peyton Walsh (Marines)

Lukas Ahlgren (SWE)
Per Anders Kure (NOR)
Andre Isberg (SWE)
Brage Ringheim (NOR)
Niko Erkkola (FIN)
Iiro Piippo (FIN)
Petteri Kukkola (FIN)
Yuri Denisov (RUS)
Artem Gerasimenko (RUS)
Roni Purolainen (FIN)
Sakke Purolainen (FIN)
Matias Lipasti (FIN)

82 kg

John Stefanowicz (Marines)
Terrence Zaleski (Marines)

Jarno Ålander (FIN)
Oskari Lehtonen (FIN)
Markus Sihtola (FIN)
Ivan Chernov (RUS)
Einari Ukkola (FIN)
Otto Ketonen (FIN)
Vili Ropponen (FIN)
Vitalii Andriiovych (UKR)
Dmytro Gardubei (UKR)
Andreas Välis (EST)
Milad Gardniya (FIN)
Oskar Johansson (SWE)
Exauce Mukubu (NOR)

87 kg

Tommy Brackett (NMU/OTS)
Keaton Fanning (NMU/OTS)
Joe Rau (Chicago RTC)
Spencer Woods (NMU/OTS)

Rami Hietaniemi (FIN)
Aleksei Kuniashev (RUS)
Bogdan Churkin (RUS)
Sergio Iglesias (ESP)
Alexander Stjepanetic (SWE)
Jesus Gasca (ESP)
Pedro J Garcia (ESP)
Arkadiusz Kulynycz (POL)
Toni Metsomäki (FIN)
Valentyn Shkliarenko (UKR)
Erik Int (EST)
Arttu-Petteri Klami (FIN)

97 kg

Ben Durbin (Cyclone WC)
Daniel Miller (Marines)
Eric Twohey (Minnesota Storm)

Riku Liikkanen (FIN)
Elias Kuosmanen (FIN)
Arvi Savolainen (FIN)
Aleksandr Badanin (RUS)
Abin Frid (SWE)
Narek Sethagyan (ESP)
Oleksandr Yevdokimov (UKR)
Kalle Persson (SWE)
Pontus Lund (SWE)
Kevin Bauman (EST)

130 kg

Trent Osnes (Marines)

Tuomas Lahti (FIN)
Georgi Helaya (RUS)
Nicolas Lopez Gredilla (ESP)
Peter Kovar (SWE)
Konsta Mäenpää (FIN)
Kaarel Maaten (EST)
Artur Vititin (EST)
Nikola Milatovic (NOR)

If information regarding a live stream for the Haavisto Cup presents itself, we will update accordingly.

Next up

This past weekend at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs saw what was called the Greco-Roman Leaders Summit. A collection of coaches and volunteers from around the country converged to discuss various issues surrounding the American program, including the procedures for upcoming Trials events, long-term athlete development, and fostering improved communication.

United States Greco-Roman National Team head coach Matt Lindland and Greco-Roman Operations Manager Gary Mayabb will both appear on the record later this week to share details pertaining to some of the topics broached, as well as provide their own takes on some of the material covered throughout the weekend’s series of meetings.


Your (somewhat) weekly dose of inspiring words, knuckleheaded antics, or thought-provoking questions from your favorite US (and sometimes international) Greco-Roman athletes and coaches.

Eloquence following a hosejob.

Team photo. Eight medals. 

Words from STEF, who made his season debut on Saturday. 


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My welcome back tour from the sideline and a physical roller coaster of a year has officially kicked off. Came out to Sweden 🇸🇪 and walked away with bronze🥉 making the podium again. To add to it, Team USA and Coach @jcloukides got to hoist up the team award walking away with the 1st Place Team Trophy. 1 more training camp and another country to complete in before heading back. I shared the podium with 7 Americans, 4 of which were Marines to include @chasingthedreammarine @jrjohns7 @cwang63kg @pathsmith @raustler Hell of a way to start the season off! #bestcoach #adidaswrestling #amwt #allmarinewrestling #usmc #adidas #usa #usawrestling #skymiles #marines #camplejeune #greco

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Technique talk.

Athletes recognized appropriately. 

Back to Europe and some shots from camp. 


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Good start to training camp in Sweden. #wrestling #grecoromanwrestling #gogreco

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