Alec Hoover, Hebreard & Robinson Place in Top Five in Freestyle at Sassari City Pellicone Memorial in Italy

An all-star team of NCAA Division III wrestlers from Case Western Reserve University and John Carroll University competed in the men's freestyle at the Sassari City Matteo Pellicone Memorial International, a UWW Ranking Tournament, in Italy this past weekend.

The USA did not enter any of its National Team athletes in this event, and this tour team of college student-athletes were able to compete, facing many of the top wrestlers in the world. The two universities joined as one team to represent Cleveland-Ohio-USA. In addition to competing at the tournament, they also trained at the Italian Olympic Training Center. 

Three athletes from this tour team were able to place in the top five of their weight class, Alec Hoover, who was fourth at 61 kg/134.4 lbs., Patrick Hebreard, who was fifth at 57 kg/125.6 lbs. and Grant Robinson, who was fifth at 125 kg/275.6 lbs.

Hoover went 1-2 in his pool competition, including a pin over Mohamed Al Amine Lakel of Algeria, to place third in his pool. He did not advance to the semifinals. However, one of the semifinalists was disqualified, and Hoover moved up from fifth to fourth in the final standings. Hebeard and Robinson both lost matches to eventual finalists, and were pulled back into bronze-medal bouts, which they lost and finished fifth in their weight class.

The quality of the men's freestyle division at the Sassari City tournament was very high, because of its status as a UWW Ranking Tournament.

"Credit to the man in the arena," said Head Coach Danny Song. "Anyone can do it, but who is doing it? We came, we challenged ourselves against the best in the world and leave here with more friends and more perspective. People talk about growth mindset - we live it."

At Sassari, Italy, May 25

U.S. Men's Freestyle performances

57 kg/125.6 lbs. – Adam Kates (Needham, Mass./CWRU), 9th
LOSS Givi Davidovi (Italy), tech. fall 10-0

57 kg/125.6 lbs. – Patrick Hebreard (Grand Rapids, Mich./CWRU), 5th
LOSS Azamat Tuskaev (Russia), tech fall 10-0
LOSS Givi Davidovi (Italy, tech. fall 10-0

61 kg/134.4 lbs. – Alec Hoover (Colbert, Wash./CWRU), 4th
LOSS Rahul Aware (India), tech. fall 10-0
LOSS Mohammadbagher Yakkheshi (Iran), tech fall 10-0
WIN Mohamed Al Amine Lakel (Algeria), pin 4:18

65 kg/143.3 lbs. – Brandon Callow (Twinsburg, Ohio/CWRU), dnp, 15th
LOSS Harphool (India), tech fall 11-0

65 kg/143.3 lbs. – Andrew Hoover (Colbert, Wash./CWRU), dnp/16th
LOSS Magomedrasul Idrisov (Russia), tech fall 11-0
LOSS Sayatbek Okassov (Kazakhstan), tech. fall 11-0

65 kg/143.3 lbs. – Spencer Dusi (Willoughby, Ohio/John Carroll), dnp/12th
LOSS Joshua Bodnarchuk (Canada), tech. fall 13-3

70 kg/154.3 lbs. – Austin Victor (Mentor, Ohio/John Carroll), dnp/12th
LOSS Connor McNeice (Canada), tech. fall 11-0

70 kg/154.3 lbs. – Jarrad Lasko (Madison, Ohio/John Carroll), dnp/15th
LOSS Dillon Williams (Canada), tech fall 11-0

70 kg/154.3 lbs. – Brandon Barton (Longmont, Colo./CWRU), dnp/15th
LOSS Batyr Borjakov (Turkmenistan), tech fall 10-0

74 kg/163.1 lbs. – Isaac Collier (Northfield, Ohio/CWRU), dnp/16th
LOSS Frank Chamizo (Italy), tech. fall 11-0
LOSS Andrei Karpach (Belarus) tech. fall 10-0

74 kg/163.1 lbs. – John Chipps (La Plata, Md./CWRU), dnp/12th
LOSS Daniel Antal (Hungary), tech. fall 10-0

74 kg/163.1 lbs. – Shane Ging ( Oakdale, Pa./John Carroll), dnp/15th
LOSS Kehtik Tsabolov (Russia) pin 1:09

79 kg/174.1 lbs. – Seth Winkle (Bativia, Ill./John Carroll), 10th
LOSS Dmytrii Tkacheno (Urkaine), tech fall 12-2

79 kg/174.1 lbs. – Daniel Novak (Aurora, Ohio/John Carroll), dnp/12th
LOSS Sahergeldi Saparmyradov (Turkmenistan), tech fall 13-0

79 kg/174.1 lbs. – Kyle Roberts (North Royalton, Ohio/CWRU), dnp/13th
LOSS Khalil Aminov (Russia), tech. fall 10-0
LOSS Sahergeldi Saparmyradov (Turkmenistan), tech fall 10-0

86 kg/189.5 lbs. – Christian Hipsher (Galena, Ohio/John Carroll, dnp/15th
LOSS Azamat Dauletbekov (Kazakhstan), tech. fall 10-0
LOSS Deepak Punia (India), tech. fall 10-0

86 kg/189.5 lbs. – Matthew Ferraro (Elburn, Ill/John Carroll), dnp/13th
LOSS Svetoslav Dimitrov (Bulgaria), tech fall 10-0

125 kg/275.6 lbs. – Grant Robinson (Bexley, Ohio/CWRU), 5th
LOSS Pavel Krivtsov (Russia), pin 0:09
LOSS Oleg Boltin (Kazakhstan) tech fall 12-0