Three former Iowa Hawkeyes competed in the Paris Grand Prix freestyle tournament today, with two of them bringing home some hardware.
Tony Ramos drew a first round bye, and then went to work in the quarterfinals at 57 kg as he picked up a :50 fall over France’s Youssoup Deliev to set up a semifinal with Canada’s John Pineda. In his semifinals bout he won 4-1 to secure his medal finish.
Ramos finished on top 4-0 with a win over Adama Diatta to win his first (of hopefully many) international tournament of the year.
Brent Metcalf (65 kg) also picked up a medal for USA, as he got off to a strong start at the Grand Prix following his silver medal performance at the Ivan Yarygin last weekend. Metcalf started his day with a 4-0 win over host country’s Rémy Nicolle of France. Metcalf then added a 3-0 over Ukraine’s Vasyl Fedoryshyn.
Metcalf made it to the semifinals where he lost his match with Azerbaijan’s Magomed Muslimov in a rematch of last year’s Grand Prix final in Azerbaijan. Last time the pair met, Metcalf used a last second throw to take the lead and in the gold medal in Azerbaijan, but this time it would be Musilmov who would prove the victor 3-0.
Metcalf almost had a showdown with fellow American Frank Molinaro, but with a 7-5 lead late in his match he lost 9-7 to Katai Yeerlanbieke of China. In the bronze medal match against Yeerlanbieke Metcalf pulled out a 3-0 victory to win his bronze medal.
Former Hawkeye Matt McDonough (57 kg) got off to a good start as he picked up a 9-8 win over Samat Nadybek Uulu (Kyrgyzstan). In the quarterfinal round he lost by fall to Azerbaijan’s Mirjalal Hasan Zada.Hasan Zada lost in the next round to the eventual silver medalist, so McDonough was never pulled back into to the repechage.
A nice late breaking news courtesy of Brent Metcalf, Matt McDonough will be competing tomorrow as well, as he also weighed in at 61 kg.