FLASH: Rey wins bronze medal at Kadirov Cup in Russia

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GROZNY, Russia – Zach Rey (Bethlehem, Pa./Lehigh Valley AC) won a bronze medal at 120 kg/264.5 lbs on the opening day of the Ramzan Kadirov Cup on Saturday.

Rey, a past NCAA champion for Lehigh and a member of Freestyle Team USA, won his first international medal of the new season.

Two other U.S. athletes competed on Saturday, but were beaten in their opening bout and did not advance.

The competition concludes on Sunday, with action at 60 kg/132 lbs., 74 kg/163 lbs. and 96 kg/211.5 lbs. Competing for the USA are a pair of athletes who won medals last week at the Intercontinental Cup in Khasavjurt, Russia: Jimmy Kennedy, who won a gold at 60 kg and Dustin Kilgore, who claimed silver at 96 kg.

More information will be added when received.

At Grozny, Russia, Nov. 26

Men’s freestyle medalists

55 kg/121 lbs.
Gold - Asadullah Lachinov (Belarus) 
Silver - Azamat Touskaev (Russia) 
Bronze - Artem Gebek (Armenia)
Bronze - Ogan Gikinyan (Armenia) 

66 kg/145.5 lbs.
Gold - Ahmed Chakan (Russia)
Silver - Zalimkhan Yusupov (Tajikistan) 
Bronze - Amir Berukov (Russia)
Bronze - Gadzhimurad Nurudinov (Russia) 

84 kg/185 lbs.
Gold - Muslim Dadaev (Russia)
Silver - Dauren Kurugliev (Russia) 
Bronze - Georgi Rubaev (Russia)
Bronze - Rodion Nartikoev (Russia) 

120 lbs./264.5 lbs.
Gold - David Modzmanashvili (Georgia)
Silver - Arslanbek Aliyev (Russia) 
Bronze - Eduard Bazrov (Russia)
Bronze - Zach Rey (USA)

U.S. men’s freestyle placements

55 kg/121 lbs. – Steve Mytych, Coplay, Pa. (Lehigh Valley AC), dnp

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Chase Pami, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids/OTC), dnp

120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Zach Rey, Bethlehem, Pa. (Lehigh Valley AC), 3rd