2007 U.S. Greco-Roman Wrestling Team

The 2007 U.S. Greco-Roman wrestling team was the first U.S. team to win a team title at the Greco-Roman World Championships. The United States scored 32 points followed by Russia (31) and the Republic of Georgia (28). The win was clinched when Byers won his bronze medal match and Khassen Baroev of Russia lost in 264.5-pound finals to Cuba’s Mijain Lopez Nunez. The 2007 Greco-Roman World Championships were held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from Sept. 17-19. The line-up for the 2007 team included Lindsey Durlacher (5th at 121 pounds), Joe Betterman (132 pounds), Justin Lester (3rd at 145.5 pounds), T.C. Danztler (163 pounds), Brad Vering (2nd at 185 pounds), Justin Ruiz (211.5 pounds), and Dremiel Byers (3rd at 264.5 pounds). Training partners included Willie Madison, Spenser Mango, Jake Fisher, Peter Hicks, Adam Wheeler, and Phil Johnston. Coaches for the team were Jay Antonelli, Rich Estrella, Steve Fraser, Momir Petkovic, Anatoly Petrosyan, Ivan Ivanov, and Shon Lewis. Rod Rodriguez was the medical representative and John Bardis was the team leader. Rich Bender served as executive director of USA Wrestling. photo by Larry Slater


Alan and Gloria Rice Greco - Legacy Award

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