Maple Wins Medved International Title
Nebraska wrestling assistant coach Kendric Maple won the 61 kg/134 lbs. bracket at the Medved International on Sunday in Minsk, Belarus, finishing with three wins in the international freestyle competition.
Maple (Lincoln, Neb./New York AC) began the day with a 7-0 win over Armitaev Kuat of Kazakhstan in the first round. In the semifinals, Maple outlasted Ramazan Ferzaliev of Russia for a 10-7 win.
In the final, Maple claimed a 2-1 victory over Russia's Eduard Grigorev to win gold.
“Kendric entered this trip as an unknown on the international scene,” U.S. Manager of Freestyle Programs Joe Russell said. “He left a strong impression on the wrestling world. They now know his name and know he has a bright future in freestyle wrestling.”
Maple, who is entering his first year as an assistant coach at Nebraska, adds the Medved International championship to his impressive 2017 season, in which he won the U.S. Open and finished second at the U.S. World Team Trials.
At Minsk, Belarus
61 kg/134 lbs. – Kendric Maple, (Lincoln, Neb./New York AC)
WIN Armitaev Kuat (Kazakhstan), 7-0
WIN Ramazan Ferzaliev (Russia), 10-7
WIN Eduard Grigorev (Russia), 2-1