Parker Betts wins Austrian Open

12 Mar

GOTZIS, Austria – The United States had three individual champions and won the team title at the Austrian Junior Greco-Roman Open this weekend.

Team USA 1, which consisted of eight wrestlers, put together a strong performance, to beat runner-up Norway, third-place Czech Republic and fourth place host Austria in the 12-team tournament.

Winning gold medals for USA 1 were Jake Bellis (Bloomington, Ill.) at 50 kg/110 lbs., Jesse Thielke (Germantown, Wis./New York AC) at 60 kg/132 lbs. and Parker Betts (St. Michael, Minn./USOEC) at 120 kg/264.5 lbs.

Thielke, a three-time Junior World Team member, won all five of his matches, with three technical falls, a pin and an injury default in a very competitive weight class.

Both Bellis and Betts had two-athlete weight classes, and won their finals bout. Bellis pinned Hamsat Asuchanov of Austria in the finals and Betts pinned Johnnnes Marte of Austria in the second period of their finals match.

120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Parker Betts, St. Michael, Minn. 1st
WIN Johnnnes Marte (Austria), 9-3, Fall

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