Bey and Hancock win U.S. Open finals rematches to capture Dave Schultz Memorial Greco-Roman golds04 Feb 2017
By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – There were two Greco-Roman gold-medal finals at the 19th annual Dave Schultz Memorial International that were rematches of the U.S. Open finals in Las Vegas in December. The winners were the same, but the matches were much different than their last battles. At 75 kg/165 lbs., national champion Kamal Bey of the Sunkist Kids edged national runner-up Jesse Porter of the New York AC, 5-3. It was a much closer than the national finals, which Bey won by a quick 9-0 technical fall. After a 1-1 first period, Porter took a 3-1 lead with an arm throw takedown early in the second period. With less than a minute left in the bout, Bey nailed a four-point throw to secure the victory. Although he got the win again, Bey was not pleased with his overall performance. “It pisses me off that I didn't wrestle as good as I knew I could wrestle. I wasn't firing. I was waiting and I was hesitant. That's not how I get down at all so it was a little upsetting winning like that. It was a slip, and everyone saw that I slipped off the headlock and they let the action continue, but they eventually took away his points. At the end, I hit him with a last-second throw to come back and take it. That's not the way I ever want to win. If I'm going to wrestle, I'm going to dominate. That's my only purpose in this sport is to dominate and win medals,” said Bey.
At 98 kg/215 lbs., national champion G’Angelo Hancock of the New York AC edged national runner-up Hayden Zillmer of the Minnesota Storm, 6-5. It was a very active match with a number of big throws, which was not the same as their U.S. Open final. Zillmer took a 5-1 lead with a four-point throw on the edge, where both athletes were aggressively going for points. In the second period, Hancock scored on a two-point takedown to close it to 5-3. Zillmer challenged the call, which was denied, giving Hancock another point for a 5-4 score. In the final minute, Hancock pushed hard into Zillmer, who was backing up, and officials penalized Zillmer two points for fleeing the hold. The final minute had some very active pummeling for both wrestlers, but no more scores were made, and Hancock won 6-5. “When I looked at the scoreboard, I was instantly turned off. I saw I was down and I thought 'impossible.' Something in my mind switched and I was like 'Go! Go! Go!' and I went into survival mode. I had to get up on the scoreboard,” he said. This was the third meeting between Hancock and Zillmer this season, with Hancock winning in the finals at the Bill Farrell International in November and the U.S. Open in December. Both of those matches ended 2-0 for Hancock. “Like I said, the hardest thing to do is beat a guy three times. They start figuring you out and they start working you. It's not just you working them anymore,” Hancock added.