Cuba Dominates Granma Greco-Roman Wrestling Tournament
Yasmany Lugo (96 kgs) was selected as the most outstanding wrestler of this tournament after defeating German Mirko English, Olympic runner-up in Beijing, 2-1.
Lugo, world junior champion in Ankara 2009, was in top form and used a good tactical plan, thus neutralizing his European opponent’s offensive.
“It was a difficult bout, he has a vast experience, but my speed was key to achieve victory,” he told the press.
Another Cuban rookie, Félix Cárdenas (55kg), won against all predictions, defeating his rival, also Cuban Javier Dumenigo 2-1.
The other Cuban winners were Maikel Anache (60kg), Alexander Casals(66kg), Raúl Consuegra(74kg) and Pablo Shorey (84kg).
The event also served for outstanding Cuban wrestler Roberto Monzón, silver medal holder in Athens 2004, to announce his retirement from active sports.
Hector Milián, first ever Cuban Olympic champion in Barcelona’92, was presented with the Gold Star Medal, granted by the International Wrestling Federation.
Following Cuba on the medal table were the United States (1-1-1), Germany (0-2-2), and the Dominican Republic (0-2-1).
In addition, Italy got one silver and one bronze medals while Colombia, Honduras, France, Venezuela and Switzerland obtained a bronze medal apiece.