Kendrick Sanders helped Team USA defeat Russia in The Rumble on the Rails competition held Wednesday, May 15, â?? United States Olympic Education Center Greco-Roman wrestler in New York Cityâ??s Grand Central Station.
The competition consisted of two dual meets. One meet was between Team USA and Russia in Greco-Roman, and men and womenâ??s freestyle wrestling with Team USA defeating Russia eight matches to one. The second meet featured a dual competition in menâ??s freestyle wrestling between Team USA and Iran, in which Iran overtook Team USA six matches to one.
Sanders, of Homestead, Fla. and a Northern Michigan University sophomore, did his part to help Team USA win its meet against Russia by defeating Asker Orshokdugov 1-0, 1-0 in the 66-kilogram weight class. Also winning in the Greco-Roman part of the event was Olympian and USOEC alumnus Ben Provisor, who defeated Ambako Vachadze of Russia, 1-0, 0-1, 1-0 at 74 kg.
Winning her match in womenâ??s freestyle was USOEC alumna Helen Maroulis, who defeated Irina Kisel of Russia by pin, 2-0, 0:35 in the 55-kg weight class.
The event brought athletes from the United States, Russia and Iran together to show unity in an effort to help retain wrestling as a sport in the Olympics. The International Olympic Committee earlier announced possibly eliminating wrestling from Olympic competition starting with the 2020 Summer Games, a decision that will be finalized in September.