Matt Brown (representing the U.S. Army WCAP) had a very successful weekend at MCB Camp Lejeune, N.C. Matt won a gold medal at 79 kg/174.1 lbs., leading the U.S. Army team to its 17th straight U.S. Armed Forces freestyle title. As a member of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program, Matt continues to train at the NLWC's Olympic Regional Training Center. Congratulations Matt!
Several NLWC Resident Athletes also had fine performances at the Outstanding Ukrainian Memorial Tournament in Kiev, Ukraine. Franklin Gomez placed second at 74 kg/163 lbs. with his only loss being to former World Champion and Olympic Medalist Frank Chamizo of Italy. Riley Lefever also wrestled very well, placing third in a tough 92 kg/202 lbs. weight class. Riley dropped a close decision to fellow American J'den Cox but defeated #10 in the world Pavlo Olejnyk (Video Below). Josh Rodriguez, competing at 57 kg/125 lbs., had several good wins and placed fifth. Nico Megaludis competing at 61 kg/134 lbs. dropped his first match and didn't get a chance to wrestle back after his opponent failed to make the finals.
Ben Provisor, competing at 87 kg in the Thor Masters Tournament in Nykobing Falster, Denmark finished in eighth place in a top Greco-Roman tournament.
Congratulations all of the NLWC Resident Athletes on their fine performances!
Riley Lefever Defeats #10 in the world Pavlo Olejnyk
Josh Rodriguez opening round match
Franklin Gomez semi finals battle