Team USA laid a beat down on the Spanish Grand Prix opposition and among the six wrestlers from the United States to come home with a gold medal, Hawkeye Wrestling Club’s Daniel Dennis took top prize at 61 kg, winning all three of his matches on the day. With both Men’s styles and Women’s freestyle taking place all in one day, it made for a long day for the American squad, with the Prix finals not getting underway until nearly 12 hours after action started.

Despite the long day of competition, former Iowa Hawkeye Dan Dennis didn’t let it show as he started off with a 12-1 technical fall over Canada’s Michael Asselstine. Dennis followed that win with a big 11-0 technical fall over Korea’s WIN Kim Chang-Su. With the match still relatively close, Dennis was able to get a takedown and lock up a leglace to put Chang-Su away. In the finals Dennis then took a 4-0 lead over Jozsef Molnar of Hungary, but Molnar came back in the match to tie it 4-4. Dennis was declared the victor by criteria and with that earned his first International medal since joining the National Team.

USA was able to run away with the team title, beating out the host country of Spain by 30 points. In addition to Dennis, USA had 16 other medalist. The Men’s freestyle squad led the way with nine medals (six gold), the women were able to win seven (one gold), and the Greco team won a bronze.

U.S. Men’s freestyle results

61 kg/134 lbs. – Daniel Dennis, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC), 1st
WIN Michael Asselstine (Canada), 12-1 tech. fall
WIN Kim Chang-Su (Korea), 11-0 tech. fall
WIN Jozsef Molnar (Hungary), 4-4

Men’s freestyle team standings
1. United States, 75 pts.
2. Spain, 45 pts.
3 Iran, 36 pts.
4. Canada, 35 pts.
5. Korea, 33 pts.

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle