Timmy Box was the only American in the Odessa Beach Wrestling World Series men’s division, but the former NCAA National Qualifier for the Northern Colorado Bears made the most of his trip. The California native won all three group matches and one semifinal match before dropping just ahead of the title in the final.
Box entered the 70kg category, the deepest division of the Black Seashore event. American Diana Betanzo also entered the tournament in the women’s 70+ kg division, but was unable to win a match. You can find out more about the event on Team USA’s Beach blog 2019.
You can follow Timmy’s race to the final in the videos below.
Things started off a little risky for Box, as his first opponent nearly stymied a flashback with exposure in return. Any rear exposure is worth three points, and three points is enough for a tech drop; However, following a referees conference, the streak was deemed to have been just one point for the Norwegian.
Box then got a clean suplex at the dividing line for the win.
Box sent his second straight Norwegian with a series of snap-downs. True to its folk roots, Box has covered the indentation in every score despite the unnecessary effort in wrestling on the beach. Once you hit the sand with a fulcrum other than your feet, you concede the point, although it is allowed to put one knee (but not two) on an attack.
Another Norwegian entered the sandy circle in the third round, and again it was Box who won. Barth had no answer for the American. A perfectly timed hip throw near the dividing line earned Box the bonus points.
After exhausting the stock of 70 kilogram Norwegians in the resort town of Odessa, Box turned to a local Ukrainian in the semifinals. One exit and two strikeouts on one leg saw Box advance to the final with a 3-0 victory.
Box faced his most skilled opponent in the final, another Ukrainian in Semyon Radulov, who has represented Ukraine at the senior freestyle world championships on several occasions. Radulov proved too much for Box, who used his own snapdowns to take a 2-0 lead.
Box countered with a power double on the edge, but after another restart, Radulov with one final snap down to win gold.
A silver medal from Odessa means Timmy Box can now claim to be one of America’s most versatile wrestlers. Besides his folk-style medals from his time at Northern Colorado and CSU-Bakersfield before that, Box was also a Fargo All-American in both Greco-Roman and freestyle.
The UWW Beach Wrestling World Series concludes this season with the World Championships September 6-7 in Zagreb, Croatia. See you later!