Wrestling: U.S. 17, Russia 16
Feb. 09, 2000
EDINBORO, Pa. (AP) _ The United States won four of the first five matches to defeat Russia 17-16 in exhibition wrestling Tuesday.
The Americans took a 15-7 lead, getting 1996 Olympian Lou Rosselli's 5-3 decision over Maxim Molonov at 54 kilograms. Rosselli, a former All-American at Edinboro, is ranked second in the United States
The Russians won at 58 but lost the next three, including two-time NCAA champion Pat Santoro's 9-1 win over Zaur Kazbekov at 69. Santoro, an assistant coach at Lehigh, won his championships while wrestling at the University of Pittsburgh.
The lone fall in the match came with Colgate coach Rob Koll's defeat of Shamal Aliev at 76.
Russia won the three upper weight classes by decisions, closing to 16-13 with Kuramagomed Kuramagomedov's 4-0 win over former Edinboro All-American Jason Robison at 97.
But the United States got a team point from Airron Richardson's first period takedown over Oleg Khorpjakov, even though Richardson lost the 130-kilogram match 3-1.