American Greco-Roman wrestler Dalton Roberts wins silver at German Grand Prix

Dalton Roberts celebrates at the 2018 US Open on April 27, 2018 in Las Vegas.

Dalton Roberts’ ‘warrior spirit’ helped him win a silver medal as the German Grand Prix Greco-Roman wrestling competition came to a close on Sunday in Dortmund, Germany.

Struggling 3-1 in the second period of his fight against Maxim Kazharski of Belarus in Saturday’s 60kg. semifinal, Roberts closed the gap with a point on passivity and added a late out. The Belarusians threw the brick of the challenge but it was denied, advancing Roberts to the gold medal final with Hungary’s Erik Torba on Sunday morning.

Roberts’ intelligence and never-give-up attitude led American Greco-Roman coach Matt Lindland to praise his “true warrior spirit”, something that has served the 22-year-old from Michigan since the very start of his career. career, when he posted a losing record as a high school freshman in Fowlerville, Michigan.

He has come a long way since. Despite being beaten 8-2 by Torba, a former world junior bronze medalist, Roberts walks away with the only medal for Team USA of the weekend.

Roberts was named USA Wrestling’s Athlete of the Week for the week of August 14, thanks to his strong performances at Team World’s training camp.

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Four other American wrestlers had the chance to win medals in Dortmund. Max Nowry came the closest to winning material, pushing his way into the bronze medal match in the 55kg. weight category. There he faced Germany’s Fabian Schmitt, who got revenge for the 5-1 loss Nowry handed him in a previous preliminary bout. Schmitt beat Nowry 6-3 to win the match and the bronze, leaving the 28-year-old American veteran fourth.

After losses on Saturday, Taylor LaMont, Patrick Martinez and Geordan Speiller all lived to wrestle another day through the draft, which gives wrestlers new life if the opponent they lose to in the preliminary rounds advances to the round. gold medals.

LaMont qualified for the bronze medal match in 60 kg. on a package from Pole Dawid Ersetic, but lost his last fight 9-0 against Sweden’s Ardit Fazliija.

Despite the second chance offered by the repechage, Speiller, wrestling at 82 kg., and Martinez, at 87 kg., could not reach the medal rounds in their respective weight categories. Speiller fell to Germany’s Roland Schwarz 8-0, while Martinez couldn’t overcome Sweden’s Aleksandar Stepanetic, 5-5 by standard.

Blythe Lawrence is a Seattle-based journalist. She has covered two Olympics and is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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