The All-Marine Wrestling Team is well-known for its aggressive enthusiasm when it comes to overseas competition and that attitude paid off on Saturday at the 2018 Spanish Grand Prix in Madrid, Spain.
Jamel Johnson (67 kg) and heavyweightÂ Trent Osnes both earned runner-up honors whileÂ Xavier Johnson (63 kg) picked up his third international bronze of the season. For Osnes, his silver represents the first overseas placing of his career.
Facing off withÂ Michele Zicche (ITA), Johnson wasted little time, lasering in for two on a go-behind, collecting Ziccheâ€™s right arm in the process. From there, Johnson instantly locked a trap-arm gut and rolled Zicche over three times, sealing up a snappy 8-0 tech shortly into the first period. It was a similar expression of dominance for Johnson in the semifinals, as he easily disposed ofÂ Oscar Parra (ESP) 8-0, thus securing a spot in an international final for the first time in several years. But the ride ended there. Greeting Johnson in the 67-kilogram final was last yearâ€™s Russian National runner-upÂ Azamat Akhmedov, who prevailed over the Marine by a score of 7-1.
For Osnes, it was another demonstration of his progress as a Senior-level competitor. A fall over 2017 Spanish GP bronze Narek Sethagyan (ESP) was his first step in the round-robin heavyweight bracket. In the next round, former Junior Asian Championships bronze medalistÂ Kim Gyeong-Min (KOR) scored an 8-0 tech to wash away Osnesâ€™ hopes for a gold. Standing between the big man and a silver was Trophee Milone runner-upÂ Juan Heredia Mena (ESP). Not only did he emerge victorious, but Osnes also managed to earn his second pin of the day en-route to an impressive second-place finish.
Xavier Johnson began his morning down 4-0 in the first period toÂ Lin Yu-Hung (TPE) when he exploded into the body and taking Lin to his back, holding on for the fall at 2:27. In his next bout, Johnson gave up an early takedown/gut combo to 2016 OlympianÂ Andres Montano Arroyo (ECU) but quickly bounded to his feet. From there, Johnson tried pulling Montano Arroyo over with a front headlock, but landed on his back resulting in two more points going the other way. Montano Arroyo swooped behind on another takedown with :47 left in the first to move in via tech.
It was teammate versus teammate in the next round, as Johnson matched up withÂ German Diaz. After a slow start for both athletes, Diaz scored first on a beautiful counter lateral and converted into a gut to jump ahead 6-0. Back on the feet and an exchange near the edge saw Diaz net four more off of a loose headlock, giving Johnson his second tech loss in a row. He bounced back. Needing a win to garner bronze, he experienced little difficulty in running overÂ Francisco Soler (ESP) 9-0.
Diazâ€™s day mirrored Johnsonâ€™s, as 63 kilograms was a round-robin bracket. Diaz, who last competed in this event seven years ago, techâ€™ed out Soler and Johnson, and fell to Montano Arroyo. His bout with Lin was not initially included on the live broadcast of the tournament and is listed on the results sheet as a classification point loss. If/when more details about that match become available, we will update here and in tomorrowâ€™sÂ Monday Roundup.
WATCH: Below is a short highlight video ofÂ some of the action from yesterdayâ€™s 2018 Spanish Grand Prix, including Jamel Johnsonâ€™s brisk tech win over Zicche.
- Three of the four All-Marine squadâ€™s National Team members competed Saturday â€” Xavier Johnson,Â Peyton Walsh (77 kg), andÂ John Stefanowicz (82 kg). World Team Trials runner-upÂ Daniel Miller (97 kg) was the lone exception.
- In the team standings, the All-Marines/Team USA took third place overall behind host country Spain (1st) and Russia (2nd).
- In his match for bronze, Walsh andÂ Luca Dariozzi (ITA) combined for 25 points, with Walsh dropping a 14-9 decision.
- The Marines will stay put in Spain for the next week participating in a joint training camp before returning home.
2018 Spanish Grand Prix
7/14/18 â€” Madrid, Spain
TEAM USA RESULTS
Xavier Johnson (Marines) â€”Â bronze
WON Lin Yu-Hung (TPE) via fall
LOSS Andres Montano Arroyo (ECU) 8-0, TF
LOSS German Diaz (PUR/Marines) 10-0, TF
WON Francisco Soler (ESP) 5-0
German Diaz (PUR/Marines) â€“ 4th
WON Francisco Soler (ESP) 8-0, TF
WON Xavier Johnson (USA) 10-0, TF
LOSS Andres Montano Arroyo (ECU) 8-0, TF
LOSS Lin Yu Hung (TPE) 6-4
Jamel Johnson (Marines) â€“ silver
WON Michele Zicche (ITA) 8-0, TF
WON Oscar Parra (ESP) 8-0, TF
LOSS Azamat Akhmedov (RUS) 7-1
Raymond Bunker (Marines) â€“ 7th
LOSS Marcus Sellden (SWE) 9-0, TF
Peyton Walsh (Marines) â€“ 5th
LOSS Oldrich Varga (CZE) 9-0, TF
WON Igor Petrishin (ISR) 13-4, TF
LOSSÂ LOSS Luca Dariozzi (ITA) 14-9
Jayshon Wilson (Marines) â€“ 9th
LOSS Park Daesewng (KOR) 10-1, TF
John Stefanowicz (Marines) â€“ 5th
WON Adrian Fortuna (ESP) 9-0, TF
LOSS Ruslan Vardanyan (RUS) 6-0
LOSS Petr Novak (CZE) 6-0
Trent Osnes (Marines) â€“ silver
WON Narek Sethagyan (ESP) via fall
LOSS Kim Gyeong-Min (KOR) 8-0, TF
WON Juan Heredia (ESP) via fall