All-Army wrestlers sucessfully defend Armed Forces crowns
U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program wrestler Spc. Justin Lester (right), seen here competing in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, won the Greco-Roman and freestyle gold medals for the 74-kilogram/163-pound weight classes to help All-Army wrestlers win both team titles at the 2013 Armed Forces Wrestling Championships, held March 16-17, 2013, at Joint Base Dix-McGuire-Lakehurst, N.J.

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JOINT BASE DIX-MCGUIRE-LAKEHURST, N.J. (Army News Service, March 19, 2013) -- All-Army wrestlers won both the Greco-Roman and freestyle team titles at the 2013 Armed Forces Wrestling Championships, held March 16-17, at Joint Base Dix-McGuire-Lakehurst.

Two Soldiers from the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program won gold medals in both disciplines as All-Army went a perfect 6-0 in round-robin dual meets against teams from the runner-up All-Marine Corps, third-place All-Air Force and All-Navy.

Sgt. Nathan Engel successfully defended his Greco-Roman crown at 55 kilograms/121 pounds with three consecutive victories on Saturday, and repeated the feat Sunday with three freestyle victories. Spc. Justin Lester, a 2012 Olympian and two-time World bronze medalist, won the Greco and freestyle titles at 74 kilograms/163 pounds. Both wrestlers are stationed at Fort Carson, Colo.

Two-time Olympian Sgt. Spenser Mango, 60 kilos/132 pounds, and Pfc. Joseph Betterman, 66 kilos/145.5 pounds, also won gold for the Army, which defeated Air Force 26-1, Navy 24-6, and Marine Corps 14-13 in Greco-Roman.

Brothers Capt. William Simpson, 60 kilos/132 pounds, and Capt. Phillip Simpson, 66 kilos/145.5 pounds, along with Spc. Jack Jensen, 96 kilos/211.5 pounds, struck freestyle gold for the Army, which defeated Air Force 22-8, Navy 26-6, and Marine Corps 25-6.

Staff Sgt. Dave Arendt of Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., won the gold medal in both heavyweight divisions. He defeated silver medalist Army Pfc. Erik Nye, 1-1, 1-0, in Greco and 1-0, 1-0 in freestyle.

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