Stoughton Sophomore Wins Silver Medal at Tournament in Sweden
Stoughton High School sophomore Tyler Dow, who is expected to be a key contributor for the varsity wrestling team this season, earned some international experience on the mat Oct. 30-Nov. 1 in the Malar Cup – an international wrestling tournament.
Dow not only was able to train and wrestle in a Greco-Roman tournament in Vasteras, Sweden, but he also came away with a silver medal – helping Team USA finish third overall with 20 points.
“It is a good confidence builder for me,” Dow said. “Some of the things I learned I can come back and show the other guys in the (SHS wrestling) room, help our team and the community.”
Dow finished 7-1 and made the 69-kilogram championship match against Erik Soini (Huddinge, Sweden). Tyler lost that match by technical fall 14-3.
Dow, who was in the Cadet Division, won his first seven matches of the tournament.
He defeated Max Ringstrom (Pan, Sweden) 8-0, Edward Skog (Ostervala, Sweden) 9-0, Sebastian Lundell (Vasteras, Sweden) 8-0, Veikko Roysko (Helsingin Tarmo, Sweden) 3-0, Anton Ritola (Snar, Sweden) 8-0, Calle Norberg (Heby, Sweden) 6-1 and Leon Rylander (Enkopings, Sweden) 2-0.
Dow felt it was a big accomplishment to make it through his bracket, which featured about 30 wrestlers.
Huddinge won the tournament with 32 points, while Nyland (Sweden) took second with 20 points, winning the tiebreaker over team USA by the number of silver medals.
“Our cadets came to wrestle, with four guys in the finals and two champions,” U.S. coach Rob Hermann said in an interview on Mat.com. “Fifty percent of the U.S. wrestlers have not competed overseas before. What a great way to start their international career.
“Nine senior athletes made it to the second day of competition. Every athlete had three to six matches. It was a total Team USA effort to earn third place.”
Team USA did claim the Cadet Division with 14 points. The Senior Division was fourth overall with six points.
“That is what we dream about….
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