Army defeats Marines, 33-10, claims 17th straight Armed Forces freestyle title

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Winning eight of the 10 bouts, the U.S. Army defeated the U.S. Marine Corps, 33-10, to claim its 17th straight Armed Forces freestyle team title at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Feb. 25.

The championship dual meet provided an intense battle between two motivated and talented teams. Although the team score was not close, most of the individual matches were very competitive from the opening whistle.

The key to the Army win were the bonus point bouts, including three pins scored by Sgt. Max Nowry at 57kg/125.6 lbs., Spc. Ellis Coleman at 70kg/154.3 lbs. and Pfc. Jacob Mitchell at 125kg/275.5 lbs.

The Marines had a pair of winners in the dual meet, as Sgt. John Stefanowicz at 92kg/202.8 lbs. and Capt. Daniel Miller at 97 kg/213.8 lbs. emerged victorious.

In the third-place match, the U.S. Navy defeated the U.S. Air Force, 23-21. The dual meet was tied 20-20 going into the heavyweight bouts, where Petty Officer 3 Logan Renas of the Navy beat Senior Airman Eric Lapotsky of the U.S. Air Force, 8-3.

All of the individual gold medals went to a member of the Army or Marine teams.

Seven 2017 Armed Forces freestyle champions were able to repeat as Armed Forces champions: Spc. Michael Fuenffinger at 61kg/134.4 lbs., Sgt. Ryan Mango at 65kg/143.3 lbs., Spc. Ellis Coleman at 70kg/154.3 lbs., Spc. Isaac Dukes at 74kg/163.1 lbs., 1st Lt. Matt Brown at 79kg/174.1 lbs., and Sgt. Vladyslav Dombrovskiy at 86kg/189.5 lbs. of the Army, plus Capt. Daniel Miller at 97kg/213.8 lbs. for the Marines.

The other individual champions were Sgt. Max Nowry of the Army at 57kg/125.6 lbs., Sgt. John Stefanowicz of the Marines at 92kg/202.8 lbs. and Pfc. Jacob Mitchell of the Army at 125kg/275.5 lbs.

There were five double champions, winners of both the freestyle and Greco-Roman events: Nowry, Mango and Coleman of the Army and Stefanowicz and Miller of the Marines.

In the morning session, Army defeated Air Force, 38-4, and Navy, 39-3, while the Marines scored a 34-8 win over Navy and then defeated Air Force, 39-6.