USA qualifies the most wrestlers for 2012 London Olympics as qualification process ends

The United States has qualified the most wrestlers to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games of any nation in the world. The qualification process for wrestling for the London Olympics has now concluded.

In wrestling, a nation may have only one athlete in each weight class at the Olympic Games.

The United States has qualified to compete in 17 of the 18 Olympic weight classes in wrestling. USA Wrestling has qualified to compete in all seven men‚s freestyle weights, all four women‚s freestyle weights and six of the seven Greco-Roman weight classes.

Russia is second with 16 qualified weight classes, with all seven men‚s freestyle weights, six of the seven Greco-Roman weight classes and three of the four women‚s freestyle weight classes.

Kazakhstan is third with 15 qualifiers, with all seven men‚s freestyle weights, five of the seven Greco-Roman weight classes and three of the four women‚s freestyle weight classes.

In fourth is Egypt, with 14 qualified weight classes, including all seven in Greco-Roman, six of the seven men‚s freestyle weight classes and one of the four women‚s freestyle weight classes.

Tied in fifth are six nations with 13 qualifiers each: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Japan, Turkey and Ukraine.

Other nations with more than 10 qualified weight classes are Cuba with 12 qualifiers and Belarus with 11 qualifiers.

At this time, there are a total of 65 nations which have qualified to compete in at least one weight class at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

There will be 344 entries in wrestling at the 2012 London Games competing in the three Olympic styles, men‚s freestyle, women‚s freestyle and Greco-Roman. That will include 266 men (freestyle and Greco-Roman) and 72 women (freestyle).

There will be six additional Olympic berths to be announced now that the Olympic Qualifying Series of events has ended. Three spots are assigned to the Tripartite Commission, and three spots will be given to host country Great Britain if they do not qualify athletes for wrestling at the Olympics. Great Britain did not qualify any athletes through the qualifying process. The Tripartite Commission spots will not go to nations which have already earned wrestling qualifiers.

TOTAL OLYMPIC QUALIFIERS (by nation) ALL STYLES as of as of 5/6/12
1. United States (17): 55 kgGR, 60 kgG, 66 kgGR, 74 kgGR, 84 kgGR, 120 kgGR, 55 kgFS, 60 kgFS, 66 kgFS, 74 kgFS, 84 kgFS, 96 kgFS, 120 kgFS, 48 kgW, 55 kgW, 63 kgW, 72 kgW

2. Russia (16): 55 kgGR, 60 kgGR, 74 kgGR, 84 kgGR, 96 kgGR, 120 kgGR, 55 kgFS, 60 kgFS, 66 kgFS, 74 kgFS, 84 kgFS, 96kg FS, 120 kgFS, 55 kgW, 66 kgW, 72 kgW

3. Kazakhstan (15): 60 kgGR, 66 kgGR, 74 kgGR, 84 kgGR, 120 kgGR, 55 kgFS, 60 kgFS, 66 kgFS, 74 kgFS, 84 kgFS, 96 kgFS, 120 kgFS, 48 kgW, 63 kgW, 72 kgW

4. Egypt (14): 55 kgGR, 60 kgGR, 66 kgGR, 74 kgGR, 84 kgGR, 96 kgGR, 120 kgGR, 55 kgFS, 60 kgFS, 66 kgFS, 84 kgFS, 96 kgFS, 120 kgFS, 55 kgW

5. Azerbaijan (13): 55 kgGR, 60 kgGR, 74 kgGR, 84 kgGR, 96 kgGR, 60 kgFS, 66 kgFS, 74 kgFS, 84 kgFS, 96 kgFS, 120 kgFS, 48 kgW, 55 kgW
5. Georgia (13): 60kg GR, 66 kgGR, 74 kgGR, 84 kg GR, 96 kgGR, 120 kgGR, 55 kgFS, 60 kgFS, 66 kgFS, 74 kgFS, 84 kgFS, 96 kgFS, 120 kgFS
5. Iran (13): 55 kgGR, 60 kgGR, 66 kgGR, 84kgGR, 96kg GR, 120 kgGR, 55 kgFS, 60 kgFS, 66 kgFS, 74 kgFS, 84 kgFS, 96 kgFS, 120 kgFS
5. Japan (13): 55 kgGR, 60 kgGR, 66 kgGR, 96 kgGR, 55kg FS, 60 kgFS, 66 kgFS, 74kg FS, 96 kgFS, 48 kgW, 55 kgW, 63 kgW, 72 kgW
5. Turkey (13): 55 kgGR, 60 kgGR, 66 kgGR, 74 kgGR, 84 kgGR, 96 kgGR, 120 kgGR, 55 kgFS, 66 kgFS, 84 kgFS, 96 kgFS, 120 kgFS, 63 kgW
5. Ukraine (13): 55 kgGR, 60 kgGR, 84 kgGR, 120kg GR, 60 kgFS, 66 kgFS, 84 kgFS, 96 kgFS, 120 kgFS, 48 kgW, 55 kgW, 63 kgW, 72 kgW

11. Cuba (12): 55 kgGR, 60 kgGR, 66 kgGR, 74 kgGR, 84 kgGR, 96 kgGR, 120 kgGR, 60 kgFS, 66 kgFS, 84 kgFS, 96 kgFS, 63 kgW

12. Belarus (11): 55 kgGR, 74 kgGR, 84 kgGR, 96 kgGR, 120 kgGR, 66 kgFS, 84 kgFS, 96 kgFS, 120 kgFS, 48 kgW, 72 kgW

13. Bulgaria (9): 55 kgGR, 60 kgGR, 84 kgGR, 96 kgGR, 55 kgFS, 60 kgFS, 66 kgFS, 74 kgFS, 72 kgW
13. Canada (9): 55 kgFS, 66 kgFS, 74 kgFS, 96kgFS, 120 kgFS, 48 kgW, 55 kgW, 63 kgW, 72 kgW
13. Korea (9): 55 kgGR, 60 kgGR, 66 kgGR, 74 kgGR, 84 kgGR, 55 kgFS, 60 kgFS, 48 kgW, 55 kgW

16. China (8): 55 kgGR, 60 kgGR, 120 kgGR, 74 kgFS, 120 kgFS, 48 kgW, 63 kgW, 72 kgW
16. Mongolia (8): 55 kgFS, 74 kgFS, 84 kgFS, 120 kgFS, 48 kgW, 55 kgW, 63 kgW, 72 kgW
16. Tunisia (8): 74 kgGR, 84 kgGR, 96 kgGR, 120 kgGR, 66 kgFS, 74 kgFS, 48 kgW, 55 kgW
16. Uzbekistan (8): 55 kgGR, 120 kgGR, 55 kgFS, 66 kgFS, 74 kgFS, 84 kgFS, 96 kgFS, 120 kgFS

20. Armenia (7): 66 kgGR, 74 kgGR, 96 kgGR, 120 kgGR, 55 kgFS, 66 kgFS, 84 kgFS
20. Hungary (7): 55 kgGR, 66 kgGR, 74 kgGR, 120 kgGR, 74 kgFS, 120 kgFS, 63 kgW
20. Venezuela (7): 60 kgGR, 66 kgGR, 96 kgGR, 74 kgFS, 84 kgFS, 48 kgW, 55 kgW

23. France (6): 60 kgGR, 66 kgGR, 74 kgGR, 84 kgGR, 60 kgFS, 72 kgW
23. Sweden (6): 74 kgGR, 96 kgGR, 120 kgGR, 55 kgW, 63 kgW, 72 kgW

25. India (5): 55 kgFS, 60 kgFS, 66 kgFS, 74 kgFS, 55 kgW
25. North Korea (5): 55 kgGR, 55 kgFS, 60 kgFS, 55 kgW, 63 kgW

27. Germany (4): 66 kgGR, 60 kgFS, 120 kgFS, 48 kgW
27. Kyrgyzstan (4): 55 kgGR, 74 kgGR, 96 kgFS, 63 kgW
27. Nigeria (4): 84 kgFS, 96 kgFS, 63 kgW, 72 kgW
27. Poland (4): 84 kgGR, 120 kgGR, 48 kgW, 63 kgW
27. Tajikistan (4): 55 kgFS, 66 kgFS, 84 kgFS, 96 kgFS

32. Colombia (3): 48 kgW, 55 kgW, 72 kgW
32. Puerto Rico (3): 60 kgFS, 74 kgFS, 84 kgFS

34. Algeria (2): 60 kgGR, 66 kgGR
34. Croatia (2): 74 kgGR, 84 kgGR
34. Denmark (2): 55 kgGR, 74 kgGR
34. Ecuador (2): 66 kgGR, 55 kgW
34. Estonia (2): 96 kgGR, 120 kgGR
34. Finland (2): 60 kgGR, 84 kgGR
34. Greece (2): 74 kgFS, 55 kgW
34. Guinea-Bisau (2): 74 kgFS, 63 kgW
34. Latvia (2): 84 kgFS, 63 kgW
34. Lithuania (2): 66 kgGR, 74 kgGR
34. Mexico (2): 60 kgFS, 120 kgFS
34. Morocco (2): 55 kgGR, 96 kgGR
34. Romania (2): 96 kgGR, 120 kgFS
34. Senegal (2): 120 kgFS, 48 kgFS

48. American Samoa (1): 96 kgFS
48. Argentina (1): 48 kgW
48. Australia (1): 60 kgFS
48. Austria (1): 84 kgGR
48. Brazil (1): 55 kgW
48. Cameroon (1): 72 kgW
48. Chile (1): 120 kgGR
48. Czech Republic (1): 96 kgGR
48. Honduras (1): 55 kgFS
48. Italy (1): 96 kgGR
48. Madagascar (1): 72 kgW
48. Moldova (1): 96 kgFS
48. Namibia (1): 55 kgFS
48. Norway (1): 60 kgGR
48. Serbia (1): 66 kgGR
48. Spain (1): 72 kgW
48. Switzerland (1): 66 kgGR
48. Vietnam (1): 48 kgW

Note: At this time, 65 different nations have qualified to compete in wrestling in London.

OLYMPIC GAMES WRESTLING ENTRIES
Wrestling Athletes for 2012 Olympics = 344
Qualifications: 266 men + 72 women = 338
Tripartite Commission: 3 places
Host Country: 3 places

U.S. Olympic Team Trials -- Tickets now on sale for Olympic Team Reunion and Annual Awards Banquet

April 6, 2012

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Tickets are now available for the 1972 and 1984 Olympic Team Reunion and USA Wrestling Annual Awards Banquet. USA Wrestling is hosting the event at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Friday, April 20 to kick-off the 2012 Olympic Team Trials. This formal event will be held in the Feller Club Room in the Dale and Marilyn Howard Family Pavilion beginning with a cash-bar reception at 6 p.m. The banquet, featuring Olympic medalists Dan Gable, Ben Peterson, Ed Banach, Barry Davis and more, will follow at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available for $100 each on a first-come, first-served basis. A table of 10 can be purchased for $900. A limited number of tickets are available.

Attire for the event is coat and tie.

To purchase your tickets, call the Iowa Athletics Ticket Office at 319-335-9323. Payment must be made at the time of order.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Iowa Athletics Department at (319) 335-9247.

U.S. Olympic Trials -- Hawkeye Wrestling Club to host Freestyle Wrestling 101

April 2, 2012

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Hawkeye Wrestling Club will host a freestyle wrestling clinic on Saturday from 10-11 a.m. inside the Dan Gable Wrestling Complex at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Dan Gable, Tom Brands, Terry Brands and Luke Eustice will host the FREE clinic.

The wrestling workshop is intended to explain the rules and techniques of freestyle wrestling. Carver-Hawkeye Arena will host the U.S. Olympic Team Trails on April 21-22. Participants in men's freestyle, women's freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling will compete for the opportunity to represent Team USA at the 2012 London Olympics.

The clinic is FREE and open to the public, but participants must have a ticket to gain admission. Fans interested in attending should RSVP to Kendra at the Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitors Bureau by calling (319) 337-6592.

U.S. Olympic Team Trails -- Tickets sales surpass the 10K mark, break single-session attendance record

March 29, 2012

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa announced today that advance ticket sales for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trails, hosted at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on April 21-22, has surpassed the 10,000 mark and broken the single-session attendance record.

As of March 28, the event has sold 9,762 all-session tickets for the two-day event. In addition, more than 300 single-day tickets have been purchased for both Saturday and Sunday, pushing total ticket sales for each day to over 10,000 fans.

The previous single-session attendance record for a U.S. Olympic Team Trials event was set at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas, June 24, 2000. During the final session there, the paid attendance was 9,434.

The local organizing committee for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling is the University of Iowa and the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"We just continue to be pleased with the way the wrestling community and state has responded to this great opportunity to celebrate our nation's best," said Josh Schamberger, President of the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. "The atmosphere in Carver-Hawkeye Arena those two days will be unlike any previous U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling and will be especially rewarding for our competitors."

USA Wrestling has hosted the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling since 1984. The event has been held in Allentown, Mich. (1984), Pensacola, Fla. (1988), Pittsburgh, Pa. and Concord, Calif. (1992), Spokane, Wash. and Concord, Calif. (1996), Dallas, Texas (2000), Indianapolis, Ind. (2004) and Las Vegas, Nev. (2008).

"USA Wrestling is extremely excited about the response by the wrestling community and sports fans from around the nation about the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City. We appreciate the outstanding effort of our local organizing committee in promoting the competition. This will truly be a wonderful showcase of Olympic wrestling at its best," said USA Wrestling Director of National Events Pete Isais.

The U.S. Olympic Team Trials will determine the United States' representatives for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London this August. Competitors in three Olympic Trials events - men's freestyle, women's freestyle and Greco-Roman - will pursue a lifelong dream of qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Team.

Excellent seats are still available for this event, and fans that plan to attend are encouraged to purchase their tickets right away.

Single-day and all-session tickets are available for purchase at iowacitytolondon.com or over the phone at 800-424-2957. Single-day tickets are $40 for adults and $25 for children high school age and younger. All-session tickets cost $70 for adults and $40 for children high school age and younger.

USA Wrestling- Final U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifying Tournament set for March 31-April 1 in Cedar Falls, Iowa

Wrestlers that have not yet qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials will have one last chance to qualify at the Final U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifying Tournament, March 31-April 1 in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

The top two wrestlers in each weight class in the 18 Olympic weight classes who have not already qualified will qualify for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials held in Iowa City, Iowa, April 21-22. These athletes will pursue a lifelong dream to compete for a chance to represent the USA at the 2012 London Olympic Games this summer.

Competition will be held in the seven Olympic weight classes in men's freestyle and Greco-Roman, as well as the four Olympic weight classes in women's freestyle.

Action will begin Saturday March 31 with men's freestyle, while women's freestyle and Greco-Roman will compete on Sunday April 1.

The event is expected to feature numerous top college wrestlers, as well as talented senior-level wrestlers who have yet to qualify. However, the event is open to athletes who have already qualified if they wish to enter.

The deadline to register for the event is Wednesday, March 28, at 6:00 C.S.T. p.m. Athletes should register online for the Final Olympic Trials event below.

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Entry fee for participants registering online with a credit card is $40 per athletes.

This event will be webcast live by TheMat.com, and through its video portal, TheMat.tv. Jason Bryant will be there to call the action.

In conjunction with the event, the ASICS Folkstyle National Championships will also be taking place at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

After this event, the only opportunity for wrestlers to go to the U.S. Olympic Team Trials is through the wildcard process.

There will be a maximum of 10 wildcards in men's freestyle and four in Greco-Roman. So far, men's freestyle has awarded eight wildcards, leaving two more available after the Final Olympic Trials Qualifier. All four Greco-Roman wildcards have not yet been announced. There are no wildcards available in women's freestyle.

FINAL U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT
At Cedar Falls, Iowa, March 31-April 1
EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday, March 30

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Registration (Men's Freestyle)

6:45 PM - 7:00 PM - Medical Check (Men's Freestyle)

7:00 PM - 7:30 PM - Weigh-ins, +2kg (Men's Freestyle)

Saturday, March 31

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Session I (Men's Freestyle)

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Registration (Greco-Roman and Women's Freestyle)

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM - Medical Check (Greco-Roman and Women's Freestyle)

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM - Weigh-ins, +2kg (Greco-Roman and Women's Freestyle)

4:00 PM - 10:00 PM (tentative) - Session II (Men's Freestyle)

Sunday, April 1

8:30 AM - 11:00 AM - Session I (Greco-Roman and Women's Freestyle)

3:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Session II (Greco-Roman and Women's Freestyle)

USA wrestling - U.S. Olympic Team Trials - McDonough earns wildcard berth to Olympic Trials

March 27, 2012

U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS
McDONOUGH EARNS WILDCARD BERTH TO OLYMPIC TRIALS

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa junior Matt McDonough is one of eight NCAA wrestlers granted a wildcard berth to compete in men's freestyle at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City April 21-22. USA Wrestling announced the wildcard positions Monday.

A two-time NCAA and Big Ten champion, McDonough is the seventh wrestler with Hawkeye ties scheduled to compete for the right to represent the United States at the 2012 London Olympics. He'll compete in the 55 kg/121 lbs. tournament on Sunday, April 22, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The six former Hawkeyes already qualified to participate in the Olympic Trials include Todd Meneely (66 kg/145.5 lbs.), three-time All-American Phil Keddy (84kg/185 lbs.), two-time NCAA champion Brent Metcalf (66 kg/145.5 lbs.), two-time All-American and 2008 Olympian Steve Mocco (120 kg/264.5 lbs.), two-time All-American Ryan Morningstar (74 kg/163 lbs.), and three-time All-American and 2008 Olympian Mike Zadick (60 kg/132 lbs.).

The Olympic Trials will determine the United States' representatives for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in August. Winners from each weight class in three Olympic events - men's freestyle, women's freestyle and Greco-Roman - will be determined on a single day. Prelims, quarterfinals and semifinals begin at 9 a.m. (CT) with finals starting at 6 p.m. (CT). All sessions will be at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Nine members of the U.S. Olympic team will be decided Saturday, April 21, including men's freestyle (60kg, 74kg, 96kg), women's freestyle (55kg, 72kg), and Greco-Roman (55kg, 66kg, 84kg, 120kg).

The final nine representatives will be decided Sunday, April 22. They include competitors from men's freestyle (55kg, 66kg, 84kg, 120kg), women's freestyle (48kg, 63kg), and Greco-Roman (60kg, 74kg, 96kg).

Single-day and all-session tickets are available for purchase at iowacitytolondon.com or over the phone at 800-424-2957. Single-day tickets are $40 for adults and $25 for children high school age and younger. All-session tickets cost $70 for adults and $40 for children high school age and younger.

USA Wrestling - U.S. Olympic Trials -- Downtown Iowa City to host Asics Fan Fest April 21-22

March 13, 2012

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Downtown Iowa City Self Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) is pleased to announce the Asics Fan Fest will be held in Downtown Iowa City, April 21-22. Asics Fan Fest will serve as the entertainment hub for the thousands of visitors attending the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, as well as the Iowa City area community. Fan Fest is open to the public and FREE for all ages.

Fans attending the Olympic Trials can walk, drive or shuttle from Carver-Hawkeye Arena to downtown Iowa City, where they can enjoy live music and interactive wrestling-themed activities, browse merchandise vendors, enjoy family-friendly activities at the Patch.com Kids' Zone, and experience Iowa City's celebration of Olympic wrestling hopefuls as they pursue their dreams of competing in the 2012 London Olympics. Official Asics Fan Fest activities are scheduled from 2-6 p.m. on April 21 and 22 (during the intermission between wrestling sessions at the Trials).

More information and a frequently updated schedule of events can be found at iowacitytolondon.com and downtowniowacity.com. Scheduled musical acts include The Last Ride, Burlington Street Bluegrass Band, and The Awful Purdies. Check back frequently and follow 'Asics Fan Fest' for an updated schedule of performances and activities.

For more information on Asics Fan Fest, please contact Nick Arnold at 354-0863 or via email at <mailto:nick@downtowniowacity.com>nick@downtowniowacity.com.

USA Wrestling All-Star Dual Meet Set for St. Louis, Mo. on March 15 Alongside NCAA Wrestling Championships

USA Wrestling and the NCAA are pleased to announce that there will be another USA Wrestling National Team All-Star Dual Meet held as part of the festivities at the 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in St. Louis, Mo.

This is the third straight year that a USA Wrestling exhibition will be provided free of charge to wrestling fans who are attending the championships.

The event will be held the first day of the championships, on Thursday, March 15 between the first and second competition sessions. It will be located at the Peabody Opera House, which is adjacent to Scottrade Center. The approximate start time will be at 3 p.m.

Last year at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Philadelphia, the format was a USA vs. International Team match. Team USA won the dual by a 12-10 margin, capturing four of the six bouts. Brent Metcalf clinched the USA victory with a win over Heinrich Barnes of South Africa in the final match at 145 pounds.

At the 2010 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Omaha, Neb., USA Wrestling hosted a Big Ten vs. Big 12 Challenge, featuring Freestyle Team USA athletes who had competed in those conferences. The athletes put on an entertaining show for thousands of fans, with the Big Ten earning bragging rights in the friendly competition.

The format this year will include between 5-6 men's freestyle matches and one Greco-Roman match. The U.S. Women's National team will be training in China at the time and will not be available to participate.

The lineup is currently being finalized. Fans will recognize many of the competitors from their college wrestling careers, because of a connection to a number of Division I wrestling programs. The USA Wrestling All-Star Dual has become a traditional part of the NCAA Championships each year.

This event will serve as a tune-up competition for the athletes prior to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling, which will be hosted at Carver-Hawkeye Arena at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, April 21-22.

"This allows us to showcase international wrestling and our national team athletes in a community which appreciates wrestling but doesn't get the opportunity to see the Olympic rules often," said Mitch Hull, USA Wrestling National Teams Director and one of the organizers of the event.

USA Wrestling will also participate at the NCAA Fan Festival with National Team practice sessions, which are open to the public.

"Most important is the partnership we have been able to develop with the NCAA at our sport's showcase event, working together to promote wrestling," said Hull. "The NCAA has chosen to support our Olympic effort, and we are very grateful."

Metcalf, Mocco win international bouts at intermission of Iowa vs. Oklahoma State dual

By Roger Moore and Gary Abbott

IOWA CITY - Iowa City will host the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, April 21-22. Wrestling fans got a double taste on Saturday night during an intermission of the Oklahoma State-Iowa dual meet inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Two former Hawkeyes, and a Cowboy, both Olympic medal hopefuls, won matches against Canadian and a German.

Brent Metcalf (Iowa City, Iowa/New York AC/Hawkeye WC), a two-time NCAA champion for the University of Iowa and World Team Trials champion in 2010, defeated Canadian Haislan Garcia, who was fifth at the 2010 World Championships and a member of the 2008 Canadian Olympic squad.

The 145.5-pound freestyle bout saw Metcalf win the first period with a takedown/push-out from the clinch, then scored a late takedown in the second for a 1-0, 1-0 victory.

"It was good to win. I had a slow start. I felt better going into the second period. I was able to get my hands and feet moving better," said Metcalf. "You let the guy know what you are about. He is one of the guys we have to beat to qualify the weight for the Olympics. He is also one of the best guys in the world. You feel good about it and it is something to build upon."

Also, Steve Mocco (Bethlehem, Pa./New York AC/Lehigh Valley AC), who won a title for both Oklahoma State and Iowa, defeated German Nick Matuhin in a 264.5-pound matchup.

The 30-year-old Mocco represented the United States in the 2008 Olympics, placing seventh, and is a five-time U.S. Team Trials runner-up. Matuhin, a 21-year-old, was fifth in the 2011 European Championships and suited up for his native Germany at the 2010 World Championships.

Mocco scored a takedown in the final 20 seconds of the opening period, nearly taking Matuhin to his back. The former Blair Academy star and Olympian finished off the German in straight periods with another takedown, and after fighting off a Matuhin attack, scored another takedown to win 1-0, 2-0.

"He was pretty tough. He's a strong, young German guy. He was competing with me. I felt it was a good match for me. We were scrapping out there," said Mocco.

It was a capacity crowd at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, and both U.S. wrestlers enjoyed the opportunity to compete in a setting which they experienced when they were in college.

"It was a lot of fun. There is nothing like wrestling in Carver-Hawkeye Arena," said Metcalf. "They had it packed. It was a good time. The fan support was great. There was a lot of energy there. It was good to give them a preview of the Olympic Trials, and have a chance to get a few more in the door for the event."

"It was awesome. It was a fun experience for me," said Mocco. "I am very grateful to be brought back here to compete. It will be awesome to have the Olympic Trials here. They have a strong scholastic fan base here, and its one of the most energy-charged places to wrestle. We had 15,000 to watch us wrestle tonight. I felt honored to promote both freestyle and the Olympic Trials."

FREESTYLE WRESTLING BOUTS
At Iowa City, Iowa, Jan. 7

66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Brent Metcalf (USA) dec. Haislan Garcia (Canada), 1-0, 1-0

120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Steve Mocco (USA) dec. Nick Matuhin (Germany), 1-0, 2-0

National Women's Team to train in Iowa City this week

IOWA CITY, Iowa - USA Wrestling's National Women's Coach Terry Steiner will conduct a training camp for many of the top Olympic hopefuls in women's freestyle wrestling at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on the campus of the University of Iowa from Nov. 28 - Dec. 4.

Steiner, who was a 1993 NCAA champion at Iowa and three-time All-American, is returning to his alma mater as the leader of the U.S. women's wrestling program.

The athletes who are participating in the training camp are expected to compete at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, which will be held at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, April 21-22.

Among the community activities which the U.S. women freestyle wrestlers will participate in while visiting Iowa are:

Olympic Trials/Iowa City and Coralville business luncheon, Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

Special recognition at Iowa vs. Illinois dual meet, Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.

Iowa Women's Foundation meeting, Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo, Iowa at 9 a.m.

"I want to thank Tom Brands, the head coach of the Iowa Hawkeyes, for allowing us to come in and train. We have been thinking about this for a while," said Steiner. "There are multi purposes for the trip. It will be a great trip. I am looking forward to it and the women are as well. It will be a change of pace, a change of scenery. It will be insightful for them, and they should be able to get a lot out of it."

"We're obviously very enthused to have Terry Steiner and the women's national team make a training visit to Iowa City," said Iowa head coach Tom Brands. "I think the Iowa City business leaders and the entire wrestling community will enjoy a first-hand look at some world class performers as they promote the upcoming Olympic Trials. Everyone from the college wrestlers, Olympic hopefuls, coaches, sponsors and fans will benefit from this visit."

The women athletes on the trip will include a number of past World medalists and World Team members, all who are expected to do well in the upcoming Olympic Trials process.

Among the participants are 2008 World champion Clarissa Chun (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) at 48 kg/105.5 lbs., two-time World bronze medalist Tatiana Padilla (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) at 55 kg/121 lbs., 2010 World silver medalist Elena Pirozhkova (Colorado Springs, Colo./Gator WC) at 63 kg/138.75 lbs. and 2011 World bronze medalist Ali Bernard (New Ulm, Minn./Gator WC) at 72 kg/158.5 lbs.

Chun and Bernard placed fifth at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

There are six past age-group World champions among the athletes. Bernard won two Junior World titles and a University World title, while Pirozhkova won two University World titles. Others include two-time Junior World champion Victoria Anthony (Huntington Beach, Calif./New York AC) at 48 kg/105.5 lbs., 2007 Junior World champion Whitney Conder (Colorado Springs, Colo./Gator WC) at 48 kg/105.5 lbs., 2011 Cadet World champion Haley Augello (Lockport, Ill./New York AC) at 48 kg/105.5 lbs. and 2008 University World champion Katherine Fulp-Allen (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) at 55 kg/121 lbs.

Steiner has specific goals for the week in Iowa City.

"First, our Olympic Trials will be held there in April. It is always beneficial if an athlete can see and visualize and get a sense and feel for the arena they will be wrestling in. Second, the University of Iowa, Iowa City and Coralville are using this as a kickoff week to promote the Olympic Trials. We will be involved in a few events to help promote the Olympic Trials and to expose the Iowa people to women's wrestling," said Steiner.

"Third, it is to get in there and have a good training camp. Carver-Hawkeye Arena is a great training facility. I want to put the women through workouts, not only in the wrestling room but in the arena. It is a great training environment. Fourth, I want them to see the intensity of the Iowa wrestling room and the intensity of coaches Tom and Terry Brands. Everybody can learn from walking into that room," he said.

The U.S. women's freestyle wrestling team and Coach Terry Steiner are available for interviews during the week. To schedule an opportunity, contact Gary Abbott of USA Wrestling at 719-659-9637 (cell).

WOMEN'S TEAM USA TRAINING CAMP

At Iowa City, Iowa, Nov. 28 - Dec. 3

Women freestyle athletes

48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Clarissa Chun, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Alyssa Lampe, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Victoria Anthony, Huntington Beach, Calif. (New York AC)
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Candace Workman, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Team OTC)
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Rachel Bernardes, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Team OTC)
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Sara Fulp-Allen, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Whitney Conder, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC)
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Haley Augello, Lockport, Ill. (New York AC)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Helen Maroulis, Rockville, Md. (New York AC)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Tatiana Padilla, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Leigh Jaynes, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Trinity Plessinger, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Katherine Fulp-Allen, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Kelsey Campbell, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Elena Pirozkhova, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Erin Clodgo, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Veronica Carlson, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Ali Bernard, New Ulm, Minn. (Gator WC)

First 65 qualifiers for Olympic wrestling trials announced

For immediate release, Oct. 6, 2011

Qualification has begun for U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling;

65 athletes are already qualified to compete in Iowa City, April 21-22

USA Wrestling has released the first 65 athletes who have qualified to compete at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling in Iowa City, Iowa, April 21-22.

The qualification process for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials has begun, based upon the qualifying procedures approved by the U.S. Olympic Committee for wrestling.

Each of the three Olympic styles of wrestling will have a different qualification process, as proposed by their individual Sports Committees, presented by USA Wrestling and approved by the USOC.

Athletes who have already qualified include the following:

Past U.S. World and Olympic Team members in all three styles

The top three placewinners at the 2011 U.S. World Team Trials in men's freestyle wrestling.

The list of past U.S. World and Olympic Team members includes wrestlers who have indicated that they may try out for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team.

Based upon the approved qualification process, three athletes have already guaranteed themselves a spot in the Championship Finals Series at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City, by virtue of winning a medal at an Olympic weight class at the 2011 World Wrestling Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.

Those automatically in the Championship Finals Series are:

2011 World Champion Jordan Burroughs (Lincoln, Neb./Sunkist Kids) at 74 kg/163 lbs. in men's freestyle

2011 World bronze medalist Ali Bernard (New Ulm, Minn./Gator WC) at 72 kg/158.5 lbs. in women's freestyle

2011 World bronze medalist Jake Varner (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC) at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. in men's freestyle

These three athletes will only have to win a best-of-three series in Iowa City to secure a spot on the Olympic team.

The approved Olympic Team Selection Criteria for each style can be read at:

<http://www.themat.com/usawrestling.org/nationalteams.php?page=team_criteria>http://www.themat.com/usawrestling.org/nationalteams.php?page=team_criteria

The next scheduled event which will provide the opportunity to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for wrestling is the Sunkist Kids International Open in Mesa, Ariz., October 29-30.

This year, there will not be a U.S. Open for men's freestyle. Instead, there will be a Men's Freestyle Olympic Trials Qualifier held in Las Vegas, Nev., Dec. 3 in Las Vegas, Nev., held alongside the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational. Three athletes in each weight class will qualify for Iowa City.

The U.S. Open for Greco-Roman and Women's Freestyle will be held in Arlington, Texas, Dec. 16-17, 2011. Seven athletes in each weight class will qualify for Iowa City from this event.

In addition to listing the athletes by weight class, USA Wrestling will also produce a list of qualifiers based upon their college affiliation, either as a current or past student-athlete, current coach or involvement with a Regional Training Center.

USA Wrestling will continue to update and publish the list of athletes who have qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling.

For more information on the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, visit:

IowaCitytoLondon.com

UPDATED QUALIFIERS FOR U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS FOR WRESTLING (as of Oct. 5)

The qualification process has begun for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City, Iowa, April 20-21. Please note that athletes may change weights from where they qualified. Also, please note that each style has a different qualification system for their Olympic Trials field.

2012 MEN'S FREESTYLE U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS QUALIFIERS

55 kg/121 pounds

'11 World Team Trials Champion - Nick Simmons, Corvallis, Ore. (Sunkist Kids)

'11 World Team Trials second place - Sam Hazewinkel, Norman, Okla. (Sunkist Kids)

'11 World Team Trials, true third place - Obe Blanc, Stillwater, Okla. (Gator WC)

*Sunkist International highest U.S. in top 4 -

*New York AC International highest U.S. in top 4 -

'11 Olympic Trials Qualifier Champion -

'11 Olympic Trials Qualifier runner-up -

'11 Olympic Trials Qualifier third place -

*Dave Schultz highest U.S. in top 6 -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 1 non-qualified -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 2 non-qualified -

Past U.S. Olympic Team member - Henry Cejudo, Columbus, Ohio (Sunkist Kids)

Past U.S. World Team member - Danny Felix, Morgantown, W.Va. (Sunkist Kids)

Past U.S. World Team member - Obe Blanc, Stillwater, Okla. (Gator WC)

Past U.S. World Team member - Nick Simmons, Corvallis, Ore. (Sunkist Kids)

Wildcard selection, if applicable -

60 kg/132 pounds

'11 World Team Trials Champion - Reece Humphrey, Columbus, Ohio (New York AC)

'11 World Team Trials second place - Shawn Bunch, Columbus, Ohio (Gator WC)

'11 World Team Trials, true third place - Coleman Scott, Stillwater, Okla. (Gator WC)

*Sunkist International highest U.S. in top 4 -

*New York AC International highest U.S. in top 4 -

'11 Olympic Trials Qualifier Champion -

'11 Olympic Trials Qualifier runner-up -

'11 Olympic Trials Qualifier third place -

*Dave Schultz highest U.S. in top 6 -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 1 non-qualified -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 2 non-qualified -

Past U.S. Olympic Team member - Mike Zadick, Solon, Iowa (Gator WC)

Past U.S. World Team member - Reece Humphrey, Columbus, Ohio (New York AC)

Past U.S. World Team member - Shawn Bunch, Columbus, Ohio (Gator WC)

Past U.S. World Team member -

Wildcard selection, if applicable -

66 kg/145.5 pounds

'11 World Team Trials Champion - Teyon Ware, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC)

'11 World Team Trials second place - Brent Metcalf, Iowa City, Iowa (New York AC)

'11 World Team Trials, true third place - Josh Churella, Ann Arbor, Mich. (New York AC)

*Sunkist International highest U.S. in top 4 -

*New York AC International highest U.S. in top 4 -

'11 Olympic Trials Qualifier Champion -

'11 Olympic Trials Qualifier runner-up -

'11 Olympic Trials Qualifier third place -

*Dave Schultz highest U.S. in top 6 -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 1 non-qualified -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 2 non-qualified -

Past U.S. Olympic Team member - Cary Kolat, Chapel Hill, N.C. (North Carolina RTC)

Past U.S. World Team member - Teyon Ware, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC)

Past U.S. World Team member - Brent Metcalf, Iowa City, Iowa (New York AC)

Past U.S. World Team member -

Wildcard selection, if applicable -

74 kg/163 pounds

'11 World Medalist in Trials Finals - Jordan Burroughs, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids)

Challenge Tournament qualifiers

'11 World Team Trials second place - Andrew Howe, Cedar Lake, Ind. (New York AC)

'11 World Team Trials, true third place - Nick Marable, Columbia, Mo. (Sunkist Kids)

*Sunkist International highest U.S. in top 4 -

*New York AC International highest U.S. in top 4 -

'11 Olympic Trials Qualifier Champion -

'11 Olympic Trials Qualifier runner-up -

'11 Olympic Trials Qualifier third place -

*Dave Schultz highest U.S. in top 6 -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 1 non-qualified -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 2 non-qualified -

Past U.S. World Team member - Trent Paulson, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids)

Past U.S. World Team member - Dustin Schlatter, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)

Past U.S. World Team member - Travis Paulson, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids)

Wildcard selection, if applicable -

84 kg/185 pounds

'11 World Team Trials Champion - Cael Sanderson, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC)

'11 World Team Trials second place - Jake Herbert, Ann Arbor, Mich. (New York AC)

'11 World Team Trials, true third place - Keith Gavin, Bethlehem, Pa. (Lehigh Valley AC)

*Sunkist International highest U.S. in top 4 -

*New York AC International highest U.S. in top 4 -

'11 Olympic Trials Qualifier Champion -

'11 Olympic Trials Qualifier runner-up -

'11 Olympic Trials Qualifier third place -

*Dave Schultz highest U.S. in top 6 -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 1 non-qualified -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 2 non-qualified -

Past U.S. Olympic Team member - Cael Sanderson, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC)

Past U.S. Olympic Team member - Andy Hrovat, Ann Arbor, Mich. (New York AC)

Past U.S. World Team member - Jake Herbert, Ann Arbor, Mich. (New York AC)

Past U.S. World Team member -

Past U.S. World Team member -

Wildcard selection, if applicable -

96 kg/211.5 pounds

'11 World Medalist in Trials Finals - Jake Varner, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC)

Challenge Tournament qualifiers

'11 World Team Trials second place - Chad Hanke, Dayton, Ore. (NWRTC)

'11 World Team Trials, true third place - Dustin Kilgore, Berea, Ohio (Golden Pride WC)

*Sunkist International highest U.S. in top 4 -

*New York AC International highest U.S. in top 4 -

'11 Olympic Trials Qualifier Champion -

'11 Olympic Trials Qualifier runner-up -

'11 Olympic Trials Qualifier third place -

*Dave Schultz highest U.S. in top 6 -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 1 non-qualified -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 2 non-qualified -

Past U.S. Olympic Team member - Kurt Angle, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Past U.S. World Team member - J. D. Bergman, Columbus, Ohio (New York AC)

Past U.S. World Team member - Jake Varner, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC)

Wildcard selection, if applicable -

120 kg/264.5 pounds

'11 World Team Trials Champion - Tervel Dlagnev, Columbus, Ohio (Sunkist Kids)

'11 World Team Trials second place - Steve Mocco, Bethlehem, Pa. (New York AC)

'11 World Team Trials, true third place - Dom Bradley, Blue Springs, Mo. (Sunkist Kids)

*Sunkist International highest U.S. in top 4 -

*New York AC International highest U.S. in top 4 -

'11 Olympic Trials Qualifier Champion -

'11 Olympic Trials Qualifier runner-up -

'11 Olympic Trials Qualifier third place -

*Dave Schultz highest U.S. in top 6 -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 1 non-qualified -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 2 non-qualified -

Past U.S. Olympic Team member - Steve Mocco, Bethlehem, Pa. (New York AC)

Past U.S. World Team member - Tervel Dlagnev, Columbus, Ohio (Sunkist Kids)

Past U.S. World Team member - Tommy Rowlands, Hilliard, Ohio (Sunkist Kids)

Past U.S. World Team member - Les Sigman, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC)

Wildcard selection, if applicable -

* For Sunkist, NYAC and Schultz events, this is the highest previously non-qualified U.S. athlete within the specified placement range.

2012 GRECO-ROMAN U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS QUALIFIERS

55 kg/121 pounds

Dec. '11 U.S. Open Champion -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, second place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, third place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, fourth place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, fifth place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, sixth place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, seventh place -

**FILA Pan Am/North American Sr. event champion -

'11 Interservice champion -

***International tour medalist in Europe -

***International tour medalist in Asia -

***International tour medalist in Cuba -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 1 non-qualified -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 2 non-qualified -

Past U.S. Olympic Team member - Spenser Mango, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)

Past U.S. World Team member -

Wildcard selection, if applicable -

60 kg/132 pounds

Dec. '11 U.S. Open Champion -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, second place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, third place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, fourth place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, fifth place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, sixth place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, seventh place -

**FILA Pan Am/North American Sr. event champion -

'11 Interservice champion -

***International tour medalist in Europe -

***International tour medalist in Asia -

***International tour medalist in Cuba -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 1 non-qualified -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 2 non-qualified -

Past U.S. Olympic Team member -

Past U.S. World Team member - Joe Betterman, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)

Past U.S. World Team member - Jeremiah Davis, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)

Past U.S. World Team member - Joe Warren, Monument, Colo. (New York AC)

Wildcard selection, if applicable -

66 kg/145.5 pounds

Dec. '11 U.S. Open Champion -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, second place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, third place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, fourth place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, fifth place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, sixth place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, seventh place -

**FILA Pan Am/North American Sr. event champion -

'11 Interservice champion -

***International tour medalist in Europe -

***International tour medalist in Asia -

***International tour medalist in Cuba -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 1 non-qualified -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 2 non-qualified -

Past U.S. Olympic Team member -

Past U.S. World Team member - Justin Lester, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)

Past U.S. World Team member - Faruk Sahin, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)

Wildcard selection, if applicable -

74 kg/163 pounds

Dec. '11 U.S. Open Champion -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, second place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, third place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, fourth place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, fifth place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, sixth place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, seventh place -

**FILA Pan Am/North American Sr. event champion -

'11 Interservice champion -

***International tour medalist in Europe -

***International tour medalist in Asia -

***International tour medalist in Cuba -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 1 non-qualified -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 2 non-qualified -

Past U.S. Olympic Team member - Jacob Deitchler, Ramsey, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)

Past U.S. World Team member - Jake Fisher, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)

Past U.S. World Team member - Andrew Bisek, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Minnesota Storm)

Wildcard selection, if applicable -

84 kg/185 pounds

Dec. '11 U.S. Open Champion -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, second place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, third place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, fourth place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, fifth place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, sixth place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, seventh place -

**FILA Pan Am/North American Sr. event champion -

'11 Interservice champion -

***International tour medalist in Europe -

***International tour medalist in Asia -

***International tour medalist in Cuba -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 1 non-qualified -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 2 non-qualified -

Past U.S. Olympic Team member -

Past U.S. World Team member - Cheney Haight, Boise, Idaho (New York AC)

Past U.S. World Team member - Jake Clark, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Past U.S. World Team member - Chas Betts, Colorado Springs, Colo.(Minnesota Storm)

Past U.S. World Team member - Keith Sieracki, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)

Wildcard selection, if applicable -

96 kg/211.5 pounds

Dec. '11 U.S. Open Champion -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, second place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, third place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, fourth place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, fifth place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, sixth place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, seventh place -

**FILA Pan Am/North American Sr. event champion -

'11 Interservice champion -

***International tour medalist in Europe -

***International tour medalist in Asia -

***International tour medalist in Cuba -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 1 non-qualified -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 2 non-qualified -

Past U.S. Olympic Team member -

Past U.S. World Team member - Justin Ruiz, Meridian, Idaho (New York AC)

Past U.S. World Team member - R.C. Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)

Wildcard selection, if applicable -

120 kg/264.5 pounds

Dec. '11 U.S. Open Champion -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, second place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, third place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, fourth place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, fifth place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, sixth place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open, seventh place -

**FILA Pan Am/North American Sr. event champion -

'11 Interservice champion -

***International tour medalist in Europe -

***International tour medalist in Asia -

***International tour medalist in Cuba -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 1 non-qualified -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 2 non-qualified -

Past U.S. Olympic Team member - Dremiel Byers, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)

Past U.S. Olympic Team member - Rulon Gardner, Logan, Utah (Sunkist Kids)

Past U.S. World Team member -

Wildcard selection, if applicable -

** Pan Am/North American events from July 1, 2011 through Olympic Trials date

*** Approved international event within one year of Olympic Trials date

2012 WOMEN'S FREESTYLE U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS QUALIFIERS

48 kg/105.5 pounds

Dec. '11 U.S. Open 48 kg Champion -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open 48 kg, second place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open 48 kg, third place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open 48 kg, fourth place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open 48 kg, fifth place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open 48 kg, sixth place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open 48 kg, seventh place -

**FILA Pan Am/North American Sr. event champion -

***International tour medalist in Europe -

***International tour medalist in Asia -

***International tour medalist in Cuba -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 1 non-qualified -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 2 non-qualified -

'12 WCWA 48 kg No. 1 American  -

'12 WCWA 48 kg No. 2 American  -

'12 WCWA non-Olympic weight No. 1 American -

'12 University Nationals 48 kg champion -

Past U.S. Olympic Team member - Clarissa Chun, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)

Past U.S. World Team member - Mary Kelly, Marquette, Mich. (New York AC)

Past U.S. World Team member - Whitney Conder, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC)

Past U.S. World Team member - Jessica Medina, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)

Past U.S. World Team member - Alyssa Lampe, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)

55 kg/121 pounds

Dec. '11 U.S. Open 55 kg Champion -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open 55 kg, second place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open 55 kg, third place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open 55 kg, fourth place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open 55 kg, fifth place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open 55 kg, sixth place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open 55 kg, seventh place -

**FILA Pan Am/North American Sr. event champion -

***International tour medalist in Europe -

***International tour medalist in Asia -

***International tour medalist in Cuba -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 1 non-qualified -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 2 non-qualified -

'12 WCWA 55 kg No. 1 American -

'12 WCWA 55 kg No. 2 American -

'12 WCWA non-Olympic weight No. 1 American -

'12 University Nationals 55 kg champion -

Past U.S. Olympic Team member -

Past U.S. World Team member - Tatiana Padilla, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)

Past U.S. World Team member - Helen Maroulis, Rockville, Md. (New York AC)

Past U.S. World Team member - Kelsey Campbell, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)

Past U.S. World Team member - Deanna Rix, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)

63 kg/138.75 pounds

Dec. '11 U.S. Open 63 kg Champion -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open 63 kg, second place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open 63 kg, third place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open 63 kg, fourth place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open 63 kg, fifth place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open 63 kg, sixth place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open 63 kg, seventh place -

**FILA Pan Am/North American Sr. event champion -

***International tour medalist in Europe -

***International tour medalist in Asia -

***International tour medalist in Cuba -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 1 non-qualified -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 2 non-qualified -

'12 WCWA 63 kg No. 1 American -

'12 WCWA 63 kg No. 2 American -

'12 WCWA non-Olympic weight No. 1 American -

'12 University Nationals 63 kg champion -

Past U.S. Olympic Team member -

Past U.S. World Team member - Elena Pirozhkova, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC)

Past U.S. World Team member - Kristie Davis, Yukon, Okla. (Gator WC/OCU)

Past U.S. World Team member - Adeline Gray, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)

72 kg/158.5 pounds

'11 World Medalist in Trials Finals - Ali Bernard, New Ulm, Minn. (Gator WC)

Challenge Tournament qualifiers

Dec. '11 U.S. Open 72 kg Champion -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open 72 kg, second place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open 72 kg, third place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open 72 kg, fourth place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open 72 kg, fifth place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open 72 kg, sixth place -

Dec. '11 U.S. Open 72 kg, seventh place -

**FILA Pan Am/North American Sr. event champion -

***International tour medalist in Europe -

***International tour medalist in Asia -

***International tour medalist in Cuba -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 1 non-qualified -

'12 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier No. 2 non-qualified -

'12 WCWA 72 kg No. 1 American -

'12 WCWA 72 kg No. 2 American -

'12 WCWA non-Olympic weight No. 1 American -

'12 University Nationals 72 kg champion -

Past U.S. Olympic Team member -

Past U.S. World Team member - Iris Smith, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)

Past U.S. World Team member - Stephany Lee, Colo. Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)

** Pan Am/North American events from July 1, 2011 through Olympic Trials date

*** Approved international event within one year of Olympic Trials date

UPDATED COLLEGE AFFILIATIONS

(as student-athletes, current coach or training center affiliation)

Alberta (Canada) - Ali Bernard (72kg W)

Arizona State - Danny Felix (55kg FS), Kelsey Campbell (55kg W)

Clarion - Kurt Angle (96kg FS)

Cumberlands - Jessica Medina (48kg W)

Edinboro - Shawn Bunch (60kg FS)

Hudson Valley CC - Kristie Davis (63kg W)

Iowa - Mike Zadick (60kg FS), Brent Metcalf (66kg FS), Steve Mocco (120kg FS)

Iowa State - Trent Paulson (74kg FS), Travis Paulson (74kg FS), Cael Sanderson (84kg FS), Jake Varner (96kg FS), Justin Lester (66kg GR),

Kent State - Dustin Kilgore (96kg FS),

Lehigh - Coach/Train: Keith Gavin (84kg FS), Steve Mocco (120kg FS)

Lindenwood - Tatiana Padilla (55kg W)

Lock Haven - Obe Blanc (55kg FS), Cary Kolat (66kg FS)

MacMurray - Mary Kelly (48kg W),

Michigan - Josh Churella (66kg FS); Andy Hrovat (84kg FS), Joe Warren (60kg GR),

Coach/Train: Andrew Howe (74kg FS), Jake Herbert (84kg FS),

Michigan State - Nick Simmons (55kg FS)

Minnesota - Dustin Schlatter (74kg FS), Jake Deitchler (74kg GR), Jake Clark (84kg GR),

Missouri - Nick Marable (74 kg FS), Dom Bradley (120kg FS)

Missouri Baptist - Helen Maroulis (55kg W)

Missouri Valley - Clarissa Chun (48kg W), Stephany Lee (72kg W)

Nebraska - Jordan Burroughs (74kg FS), Justin Ruiz (96kg GR), Rulon Gardner (120kg GR)

Nebraska-Kearney: Tervel Dlagnev (120kg FS)

Nebraska-Omaha: Les Sigman (120kg FS)

Neosho County CC - Mary Kelly (48kg FS)

North Carolina - Coach/Train: Cary Kolat (66kg FS)

North Carolina A&T - Dremiel Byers (120kg GR)

Northern Michigan - Spenser Mango (55kg GR), Joe Betterman (60kg GR), Jeremiah Davis (60kg GR), Justin Lester (66kg GR), Jake Fisher (74kg GR), Andrew Bisek (74kg GR), Cheney Haight (84kg GR), Chas Betts (84kg GR), R.C. Johnson (96kg GR), Mary Kelly (48kg W), Whitney Conder (48kg W), Alyssa Lampe (48kg W); Deanna Rix (55kg W),

Northwestern - Jake Herbert (84kg FS),

Ohio State: Reece Humphrey (60kg FS); J.D. Bergman (96kg FS), Tommy Rowlands (120kg FS); Coach/Train - Shawn Bunch (60kg FS), Tervel Dlagnev (120kg FS); Henry Cejudo (55kg FS)

Oklahoma - Sam Hazewinkel (55kg FS), Teyon Ware (66kg FS)

Oklahoma City - Kristie Davis (63kg W)

Oklahoma State: Obe Blanc (55kg FS), Coleman Scott (60kg FS), Steve Mocco (120kg FS)

Oregon State - Chad Henke (96kg FS), Coach: Nick Simmons (55kg FS)

Penn State - Cary Kolat (66kg FS), Coach/Train: Teyon Ware (66kg FS), Cael Sanderson (84kg FS), Jake Varner (96kg FS); Les Sigman (120kg FS)

Pittsburgh - Keith Gavin (84kg FS)

Regina (Canada) - Ali Bernard (72kg W)

Selcuk Univ. (Turkey) - Faruk Sahin (66kg GR)

Simon Fraser (Canada) - Helen Maroulis (55kg W)

Utah Valley - Coach/Train: Justin Ruiz (96kg GR)

Wisconsin - Andrew Howe (74kg FS)

West Virginia - Coach/train: Danny Felix (55kg FS)

Head Coach Cael Sanderson Claims Corneanu Memorial Title in Romania

Courtesy of Craig Sesker USA Wrestling 08/06/2011

TARGOVISTE, Romania - Cael Sanderson's return to international competition was a successful one.

Sanderson dominated in three matches to win the Ion Corneanu Memorial on Saturday.

Sanderson swept Moldova's Balaur Dionis 6-0, 6-0 in the freestyle finals at 84 kg/185 lbs. Sanderson, 32, the head coach at Penn State, was competing internationally for the first time since he won the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.

American Chas Betts won a bronze medal in the Greco-Roman competition on Saturday at 84 kg/185 lbs.

Sanderson opened with a first-period pin over Shota Thurashvili of Austria before downing Jaime Espinal of Puerto Rico 1-1, 6-0. Espinal trains with Sanderson at the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club. Espinal placed third. Espinal has placed as high as second at the Pan American Championships and took fourth at the 2011 Dave Schultz Memorial International.

Sanderson returned to the mat this year and won the U.S. World Team Trials in June. He will compete in next month's World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. Sanderson won a silver medal at the only World Championships he competed in during the 2003 Worlds in New York City.

American Jake Varner will compete on Sunday at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. Varner was a quarterfinalist at the 2009 World Championships in Denmark and will compete at the Worlds next month.

Betts, a 2009 World Team member, fell to Hungary's Peter Bacsi in the semifinals. Bacsci placed second in the 2011 European Championships and fifth in the 2008 Olympic Games.

Betts defeated Fisnik Zahiti of Sweden in the bronze-medal match. Zahiti competed in the 2009 World Championships.

U.S. freestyle results

84 kg/185 lbs. - Cael Sanderson, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC) - 1st
WIN Shota Thurashvili (Austria), pin 1st period
WIN Jaime Espinal (Puerto Rico) 1-1, 6-0
WIN Balaur Dionis (Moldova), 6-0, 6-0

U.S. Greco-Roman results

55 kg/121 lbs. - Nikko Triggas, Moraga, Calif. (Ohio RTC)
WIN David Borsos (Hungary)
LOSS Jorge Cordoza (Venezuela)
LOSS Islamov Donior (Moldova)

66 kg/145.5 lbs. - C.P. Schlatter, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
LOSS Cojocari Ilie (Moldova)

84 kg/185 lbs. - Ryan Hope, Carol Stream, Ill. (USOEC)
LOSS Ben Provisor (USA)

84 kg/185 lbs. - Ben Provisor, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
WIN Ryan Hope (USA)
WIN Vincenzo Scibilia (Italy)
LOSS Peter Bacsi (Hungary)
LOSS Fisnik Zahiti (Sweden)

84 kg/185 lbs. - Chas Betts, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Minnesota Storm) - 3rd
WIN Parvan Dorin (Romania)
WIN Oleg Shokalov (Russia)
LOSS Peter Bacsi (Hungary)
WIN Fisnik Zahiti (Sweden)

120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Brandon Rupp, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
LOSS Anatolie Moldovan (Moldova)

U.S. WORLD TEAM TRIALS SEEDED ATHLETES

At Oklahoma City, Okla.

For competition on Friday, June 10

60 kg/132 pounds

Advances to Final Series- Reece Humphrey, Columbus, Ohio (New York AC)

Men's Freestyle Challenge Tournament seeds

1. Shawn Bunch, Columbus, Ohio (Gator WC)

2. Coleman Scott, Stillwater, Okla. (Gator WC)

3. Mike Zadick, Iowa City, Iowa (Gator WC)

4. Drew Headlee, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Sunkist Kids)

5. Matt Valenti, Philadelphia, Pa. (Lehigh Valley AC)

6. Logan Stieber, Monroeville, Ohio (New York AC)

7. Nick Fanthorpe, University Park, PA (Nittany Lion WC)

8. Derek Moore, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)

9. Tyler Graff, Loveland, Colo. (Badger WC)

10. Tyler Clark, Bettandorf, Iowa (Iowa)

11. Steve Mytych, Wyoming, Pa. (New York AC - Excel)

74 kg/163 pounds

Advances to Final Series - Jordan Burroughs, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids)

Men's Freestyle Challenge Tournament seeds

1. Nick Marable, Columbia, Mo. (Sunkist Kids)

2. Kirk White, Boise, Idaho (Bronco WC)

3. Andrew Howe, Cedar Lake, Ind. (Badger WC)

4. Trent Paulson, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids)

5. Ryan Morningstar, Iowa City, Iowa (New York AC)

6. Lloyd Rogers, Iowa City, Iowa (Hawkeye WC)

7. Moza Fay, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC)

8. J.P. O'Connor, Boston, Mass. (New York AC)

9. Kyle Dake, Ithaca, N.Y. (New York AC)

10. Gregor Gillespie, Edinboro, Pa. (New York AC)

11. Colt Sponseller, Glenmont, Ohio (Ohio RTC)

12. Tyler Caldwell, Wichita, Kan. (Sunkist Kids)

13. Zach Toal, Sidney, Ohio (Missouri Wrestling Foundation)

14. Matt Moley, Bloomsburg, Pa. (Husky WC)

96 kg/211.5 pounds

Advances to Final Series - Jake Varner, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC)

Men's Freestyle Challenge Tournament seeds

1. Jack Jensen, Graham, N.C. (Gator WC)

2. David Zabriskie, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids)

3. J. D. Bergman, Columbus, Ohio (New York AC)

4. Aaron Anspach, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC)

5. Tyler Lehmann, Fargo, N.D. (OTC)

6. Brent Jones, Charlottesville, Va. (Cavalier WC)

7. Brandon Halsey, Bakersfield, Calif. (Sunkist Kids)

8. Chad Henke, Dayton, Ore. (NWRTC)

9. Luke Lofthouse, Avon, Utah (Hawkeye WC)

10. Tyrell Fortune, Portland, Ore. (Cougar WC)

11. Dustin Kilgore, Berea, Ohio (Golden Pride WC)

12. Micah Burak, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Athletes in Action)

Greco-Roman wrestling

55 kg/121 pounds

Greco-Roman Challenge Tournament seeds

1. Spenser Mango, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)

2. Paul Tellgren, Anoka, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)

3. Jermaine Hodge, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)

4. Nathan Engel, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)

5. Tyler Erdman, Herndon, Pa. (Modern Day Warriors)

6. Nikko Triggas, Moraga, Calif. (New York AC)

7. Dmitry Ryabchinskiy, Brooklyn, N.Y. (New York AC)

8. Max Nowry, Wheeling, Ill. (New York AC)

9. Tyler Cox, Gillette, Wyo. (Gator WC)

10. Mike Fuenffinger, Hibbing, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)

66 kg/145.5 pounds

Advances to Final Series- Justin Lester, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)

Greco-Roman Challenge Tournament seeds

1. Glenn Garrison, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)

2. C.P. Schlatter, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)

3. Faruk Sahin, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)

4. Pat Smith, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)

5. Ben Sanchez, Leominster, Mass. (New York AC)

6. John Cox, Hampstead, N.C. (U.S. Marine Corps)

7. Bo Beckman, Orem, Utah (New York AC)

8. RaVaughn Perkins, Omaha, Neb. (Readyrp Mational)

9. Wally Maziarz, North Tonawanda, N.Y. (Buffalo WC)

10. James Clark, Hartland, Wis. (Ringers)

84 kg/185 pounds

Greco-Roman Challenge Tournament seeds

1. Jordan Holm, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)

2. Cheney Haight, Boise, Idaho (New York AC)

3. Chas Betts, Colorado Springs, Colo.(Minnesota Storm)

4. Peter Hicks, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)

5. Mark Stenberg, Lockport, Ill. (USOEC)

6. Travis Rutt, New Prague, Minn. (Badger WC)

7. Keith Sieracki, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)

8. Courtney Myers, Camp LeJeune, N.C. (U.S. Marine Corps)

9. Cameron Duckworth, Portland, Ore. (OTC)

10. Ethan Dondlinger, Slinger, Wis. (USOEC)

11. Don Simmons, Camp LeJeune, N.C. (U.S. Marines)

120 kg/264.5 pounds

Advances to Final Series - Dremiel Byers, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)

Greco-Roman Challenge Tournament seeds

1. Timothy Taylor, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)

2. Brandon Rupp, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)

3. Jake Kettler, Ramsey, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)

4. Peter Kowalczuk, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)

5. Nikola Bogojevic, Superior, Wis. (Minnesota Storm)

6. Michael Gregory, Greensboro, N.C. (YES Wrestling)

7. Patrick Carey, Scottsdale, Ariz. (TWC)

Women's Freestyle wrestling

55 kg/121 pounds

Advances to Final Series - Helen Maroulis, Rockville, Md. (New York AC)

Women's Freestyle Challenge Tournament seeds

1. Kelsey Campbell, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)

2. Schuyler Brown, Montpelier, Va. (Gator WC)

3. Sharon Jacobson, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)

4. Leigh Jaynes, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)

5. Ashley Hudson, Wildwood, Mo. (Gator WC/OCU)

6. Michaela Hutchison, Soldotna, Alaska (Gator WC/OCU)

7. Cianah Hee, Honolulu, Hawaii (Univ. of the Cumberlands)

8. Katherine Fulp-Allen, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)

72 kg/158.5 pounds

Advances to Final Series - Ali Bernard, New Ulm, Minn. (Gator WC)

Women's Freestyle Challenge Tournament seeds

1. Iris Smith, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)

2. Melissa Simmons, Ridgefield, Wash. (Gator WC/OCU)

3. Britteny Roberts, Santa Fe, Texas (Gator WC/OCU)

4. Emma Randall, Jamestown, Ohio (Lady Eagle WC)

5. Laura Conway, Traverse City, Mich. (USOEC)

National Wrestling Hall of Fame announces a new campaign:

Beyond the Walls: Reaching Tomorrow's Wrestlers Today

STILLWATER, Okla. - The National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum has announced a new campaign to raise funds for key priorities now and into the future.

The campaign is called: Beyond the Walls: Reaching Tomorrow's Wrestlers Today. It was announced during a special press conference on the first day of 2011 Honors Week at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum

"Several years ago, our board went through a lengthy process of developing a long range plan that would advance the Hall's mission well into the 21st century. We are announcing a campaign this week that will fund these long range priorities and move us into the future," said Lee Roy Smith, Executive Director of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame Board of Governors has identified and adopted four initiatives which this campaign is seeking to fund.

As part of this plan, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame's museums in Stillwater, Okla., and Waterloo, Iowa are slated for renovation. Both museums will be reconfigured and redesigned to include the latest interactive displays to entertain visitors, honor champions, engage youth and, most importantly, expand outreach. Always present in that decision was a passion to perpetuate the future of our sport.

"We are going to package our sports heritage with new media and technology and deploy it to target audiences everywhere," said Smith.

INITIATIVE I - Expand and update the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum

Our urgency is not just to renovate, but to reinvent this tribute to the greatest sport on earth. We'll do this by attracting younger visitors with interactive exhibits and vivid media. Imagine children walking through the renovated Hall of Honors … by way of a technique theater encountering exhibits about heroic everyday Americans who became Olympic and NCAA wrestling legends. Touch-screen displays and movies will enable them to relive thousands of years beginning with the first Olympic Games held in Greece.

"We are excited to announce that we have raised $2.3 million toward the $3.4 million renovation of the Museum in Stillwater. We anticipate completing our funding drive for this initiative by the end of this year," said Stan Zeamer, Chair of the Beyond the Walls Campaign Committee.

INITIATIVE II - Renovate the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum

The Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo, Iowa, is ready for a modern look. The focus will be on engaging children with interactive exhibits, artifacts and media. What will remain here is an impressive, existing outreach program that gathers hundreds of children annually from nearby communities to on-site wrestling clinics and programs, truly in the spirit of Dan Gable.

"We plan to upgrade the Dan Gable Museum with the same technology in Waterloo, Iowa that we have in our Stillwater facility. Iowa and Dan Gable are authentic to our sports heritage," said Smith.

INITIATIVE III - Outreach

With this initiative, we take wrestling beyond the walls of our museums - way, way beyond the walls. We are going to digitize our museums - our photographs, our films, our records and written words and then broadcast it - all the riveting intensity of two interlocked wrestlers and all the inspiring stories of our champions into cyberspace so that anyone anywhere can tap into the rush of wrestling that has captured generations.

"We intend to fund this item by year end," said Smith. "The focus on our renovation will be to incorporate digital technology into our visitor experience and package our sports heritage with new media so we can expand our outreach to target audiences everywhere."

INITIATIVE IV - Mobile Museum

We will take the Hall of Fame on the road, spreading the word about wrestling on the back of a burly 18-wheeler. Interactive exhibits, live demonstrations and storytelling will be taken to audiences that we could not have reached before. Young and old wrestlers will be able to "weigh in" and see who they'd wrestle from a list of past champions in their division. The Mobile Museum will have its own interactive "trivial pursuits" for wrestling. The big-rig will also carry a set of mats so young people can watch demonstrations of hall of fame wrestlers and step on the mat themselves for a hint of the sport's excitement.

"Our goal is to equip a mobile museum with a state of art visitor experience. A 52 foot big rig will take our sport's heritage across the country over at least a three year period. We intend to secure the funds for this initiative by the end of 2012," said Smith.

The leaders of the wrestling community have expressed support of these initiatives, and are excited about how they can impact the sport moving forward.

"Once these initiatives are funded and implemented, it will allow the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum to reach over three million people around the country on an annual basis," said Smith.

Wrestling Alliance formed to protect, promote and strengthen U.S. wrestling

Three leading organizations dedicated to the sport of wrestling - USA Wrestling, the National Wrestling Coaches Association and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum - have agreed to initiate a national "Wrestling Alliance."

This new cooperative effort was announced at a State of the Wrestling Forum, which was held at National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Okla. on June 7.

Participating in the announcement were Rich Bender, Executive Director of USA Wrestling, Mike Moyer, Executive Director of the National Wrestling Coaches Association and Lee Roy Smith, Executive Director of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum.

The mission of the Wrestling Alliance is to protect, promote, and strengthen wrestling in the United States, with particular focus on high school and collegiate wrestling opportunities for young men and women.

Each organization will continue to function independently, with its own mission, vision and strategic plan, and will fulfill its specialized responsibilities within the sport.

However, the organizations in the Wrestling Alliance recognize the value of collaboration in the promotion and development of the sport, as well as the importance of communication with broad constituencies of wrestling participants, including athletes, coaches, volunteers, and fans.

Working together, the sport will benefit from the collective vision, dedication, and leadership of the organizations.

High school and collegiate wrestling plays an integral role in the success of the sport. For that reason, the three organizations have dedicated their initial cooperative efforts in this area.

"USA Wrestling stands proud and committed to join forces with these outstanding organizations to strengthen our planet's greatest sport. We all have a significant responsibility to work together for the greater good of wrestling. We are confident that this Alliance will serve our sport well and we work hard to eliminate duplication of efforts and create efficiencies to move wrestling forward," said Rich Bender, USA Wrestling Executive Director.

"The National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum is proud to be a contributing partner in the Wrestling Alliance. The mission of our organization aligns well with the purpose for what the Alliance will attempt to achieve. We look forward to working with USA Wrestling and the National Wrestling Coaches Association in developing a plan that will grow and sustain the sport for future generations," said Lee Roy Smith, Lee Roy Smith, National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum Executive Director.

"There has never been a more important time in the history of wrestling to be united. Some of our challenges are formidable and will take considerable effort to address. We look forward to working with the other two members of the Alliance, and any other entities within wrestling, to strengthen our sport and work towards common goals," said Mike Moyer, National Wrestling Coaches Association Executive Director.

In the future, additional organizations with a shared vision and commitment may be invited to participate in the Wrestling Alliance, and the scope of its interests may expand accordingly.

The efforts of the Wrestling Alliance are focused on sport development and promotion, with full recognition that there are many organizations that have provided great support to the sport for a long time, and with full intent to encourage their continued participation.

Arno Niemand to Receive USA Wrestling Lifetime Achievement Award

Member of the Wrestling Hall of Fame and Author of "The Dream Team of 1947" to be Honored

BOULDER, CO - May 17, 2011 - Arno Niemand, longtime wrestling proponent, historian and member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, and author of "The Dream Team of 1947" will join Scott Beck as a recipient of the USA Wrestling Lifetime Achievement Award during the Colorado Night of Champions taking place at the Denver Athletic Club on May 20.

"Arno Niemand has greatly contributed to the sport of wrestling, from his early days as a wrestler to his current role as author and historian, and he is deeply respected and admired by the wrestling community," said Rich Bender, USA Wrestling executive director. "Plus, his leadership has helped the United States become a world power in women's freestyle wrestling."

"I am tremendously pleased be a USA Wrestling Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and delighted to be sharing this experience with Scott Beck," commented Mr. Niemand. "To be recognized by this esteemed organization is truly an honor for which I am very grateful."

The Colorado Night of Champions benefits the missions of USA Judo, USA Wrestling and Excel Wrestling. The Honorary Chairman of the event is Honorable U.S. Senator Hank Brown of Colorado. Brown, a former wrestler, also served as the president of the University of Colorado system for a number of years. 2011 NCAA Div. I wrestling champion Anthony Robles will be the keynote speaker. Leonard "Buck" Wessell and Dr. Dennis McGuire will also receive USA Judo Lifetime Achievement Awards during the event.

About Arno Niemand
Mr. Niemand is a 1956 graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca NY, where he was on the wrestling team. He was later inducted into the Cornell Hall of Distinguished Wrestling Alumni. He went on to earn his MBA in 1958 from the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia. Throughout his life, Mr. Niemand has continued to support the sport of wrestling, and in 2008 received the FILA Gold Star, which is the highest award given to an individual by the world governing body of wrestling. In 2009, he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, earning the Order of Merit. In 2011 he was named Honorary Cornell College Alumnus.

Mr. Niemand's book,"The Dream Team of 1947" chronicles the extraordinary story of the 1947 wrestling team of Cornell College. It is the true story of a dedicated and talented coach named Paul Scott, a nurturing small college and town, three young superstars fresh out of high school, and five service veterans who all bonded as a team to defeat all comers. The team was the first school outside the state of Oklahoma to win the NCAA team championship, and two weeks later went on to win the equally prestigious National AAU championship, winning the "grand slam" of amateur wrestling, something no other private school before or since has accomplished, The Great Depression, World War II, the GI Bill, struggles with scholastic achievement and a serious car crash all affect the team's future in this real-life drama.

Iowa City to Host U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling

Iowa City, Iowa named host city for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling

Iowa City, Iowa has been selected to host the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling.

The event will be held at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on the campus of the University of Iowa from April 21-22, 2012.

Iowa City was one of three finalist cities to make final presentations on their bid to a selection committee on January 12. The committee included USA Wrestling staff and athletes, as well as representatives from the U.S. Olympic Committee.

The other cities to make finalist presentations were Columbus, Ohio and Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Initially, seven cities bid to host the competition. Those cities which were not selected for finalist presentations were Greensboro, N.C., Hampton, Va., Oklahoma City, Okla. and Pontiac, Mich.

"We are unbelievably pleased and humbled with the response we received from cities wishing to host our most valuable event property," said USA Wrestling Executive Director Rich Bender. "We would like to thank the leaders from all three finalist cities for their outstanding presentations. We hope that all of these cities continue to be involved with USA Wrestling and host wrestling events in years to come."

The initial bid proposal for the event also included the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Weightlifting. Due to a scheduling conflict, USA Weightlifting could no longer hold Trials on the selected dates and stepped out of the bid process.

The event will feature competition in the three Olympic styles of the sport - men's freestyle, Greco-Roman and women's freestyle. The competition will determine the U.S. athletes who will qualify to represent the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.

The local organizing committee is led by the University of Iowa Athletics and the Iowa City/Coralville Area CVB and includes leaders from the City of Iowa City, City of Coralville and City of North Liberty. Among those serving on the host committee are legendary collegiate and Olympic wrestlers Dan Gable, Tom Brands, Terry Brands, Lincoln McIlravy and Cornell College coach Mike Duroe.

"I believe this is a good decision for the future of wrestling at all levels. This will help increase the visibility of our sport. I see more growth for wrestling as a result. It gets me very excited," said wrestling legend Dan Gable from the local organizing committee.

"The Iowa City local organizing committee was selected based upon their proven track record of hosting large and successful wrestling events, as well as a history of drawing strong fan support," said Bender. 'We are committed to working tirelessly with the organizing committee and the entire community to host the most successful U.S. Olympic Team Trials in our history."

"This community is fired up to welcome our nation's best to Carver Hawkeye Arena and will come together as they have so many times to produce a Trials that is remembered for years to come," said Joshua Schamberger, President of the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau "Our entire community couldn't be more excited by this news. We look forward to creating an athlete and fan experience that will carry on through London."

Carver-Hawkeye Arena, which is located on the University of Iowa campus, serves as the home arena for Iowa's wrestling team, as well as Iowa's basketball and volleyball squads. The arena seats 15,000 for wrestling and is named after long-time wrestling supporter Roy J. Carver. The $47 million Carver-Hawkeye Arena - Addition and Renovation Project is underway to expand and upgrade facilities, and is scheduled for completion in time for the 2011-12 athletic year.

This is the first time that the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling has been hosted in Iowa since USA Wrestling has served as National Governing Body in 1984.

Carver-Hawkeye Arena hosted the NCAA Div. I Wrestling Championships four times (1986, 1991, 1995, 2001). The total attendance figures for the 1995 (80,389), 2001 (79,477) and 1991 (70,163) NCAA Championships rank ninth, 11th and 15th, respectively among NCAA Wrestling Championships. It also hosted the Big Ten Wrestling Championships three times (1983, 1994, 2005).

A preliminary U.S. Olympic Team Trials qualifying event for wrestling was held in Carver-Hawkeye Arena in 1984. Other major wrestling competitions held at Carver-Hawkeye Arena include two NWCA All-Star Classics (1993, 1996) and two Cliff Keen NWCA National Duals (1998, 1999).

The Field House at the University of Iowa hosted the first USA Wrestling Junior National Championships in 1971, and served as venue for the competition from 1971-1982. Iowa City also hosted USA Wrestling's Greco-Roman National Championships three times (1975, 1977, 1978). Iowa City also hosted the 1983 USA Wrestling Freestyle World Team Trials.

"We are thrilled and excited with this remarkable opportunity to stage an event that will have the full attention of wrestling community not only in the state of Iowa and the Heartland, but the United States and the world. We are also delighted with the opportunity to showcase the revitalized Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Rest assured, the University of Iowa, the UI Athletics Department, and our city partners are ready to stage an event that USA Wrestling will be very, very proud of," said Gary Barta, Athletics Director of the University of Iowa.

U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS FOR WRESTLING

(Organized by USA Wrestling as the sport's NGB)

1984 - Allendale, Mich.

1988 - Pensacola, Fla.

1992 - Pittsburgh, Pa. (FS); Concord, Calif. (GR)

1996 - Spokane, Wash. (FS); Concord, Calif.(GR)

2000 - Dallas, Texas

2004 - Indianapolis, Ind.

2008 - Las Vegas, Nev.

2012 - Iowa City, Iowa
Columbus, Council Bluffs and Iowa City named bid finalists for 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling & Weightlifting

Three bid cities and their local organizing committees have been named as finalists to host the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling and Weightlifting.

The date for the event will be the weekend of April 20-21, 2012.

Alphabetically, the finalist bid cities are:

Columbus, Ohio
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa

The organizing committees selected as finalists have been invited to make an in-person presentation on behalf of their bid on either January 12 or January 13 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Seven cities submitted bids to host the event. Greensboro, N.C., Hampton, Va., Oklahoma City, Okla. and Pontiac, Mich. are not finalists at this time.

Due to the dates of international Olympic qualification tournaments in wrestling, it has been determined that the event must be held on the weekend of April 20-21.

Three of the bids proposed different dates for the event. The number of finalist cities could be increased if one or more of those cities are able to secure the weekend of April 20-21 for the event. If the date change occurs in a prompt fashion, the cities could be invited to make an in-person presentation either January 12 or 13.

"Based upon the quality of the bids received, it was decided to invite the bid leaders from these three cities to provide additional information on their plans to host the event," said USA Wrestling Executive Director Rich Bender. "We are grateful for the seven cities which submitted bids, and thank them for their commitment to our sports and the Olympic movement. Each of the cities showed they are capable of hosting a successful event. Ultimately, we are very confident that we will select a great partner to host the U.S. Olympic Team Trials."

"Each of these cities submitted excellent bids that highlighted the unique attributes of their venues and region. We were pleased to see so many quality locations were interested in bidding on the Trials and are looking forward to speaking with the three remaining cities to learn more about what they have to offer," said Laurie Lopez, USA Weightlifting Interim CEO.

A selection committee will review the finalist bid presentations. The committee will include USA Wrestling staff and athletes, as well as representatives from USA Weightlifting and the U.S. Olympic Committee. An announcement on the bid selected to host the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling and Weightlifting is targeted for Jan. 17, 2011.

Each bid proposal includes hosting both the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling and Weightlifting. The wrestling event will feature competition in the three Olympic styles of the sport - men's freestyle, Greco-Roman and women's freestyle. The weightlifting event will include both men's and women's weight divisions.

The competition will determine the U.S. athletes in both sports who will qualify to represent the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.
Things to Know About the Iowa City, Iowa Bid for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling and Weightlifting

Iowa City, Iowa is one of the seven cities which have submitted a bid to host the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling and Weightlifting. The target date for the event is the weekend of April 20-21, 2012.

The Iowa City bid has been submitted by the University of Iowa Athletics Department and Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. The proposed venue for the competition is Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

"We are positioned at the epicenter of wrestling nation. There are over 18 million people within a 3.5 hour drive of our community. Many of the nation's top wrestling programs are within a half-days drive. We are also incredibly convenient to get to from both coasts with over 125 direct daily flights into three airports," said Joshua Schamberger, President of the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. "We are very excited by the addition of weightlifting and have a terrific location planned for USA Weightlifting. It is within a couple hundred yards of Carver-Hawkeye Arena, allowing fans to go back and forth between sessions. We believe this will translate into record attendance for USA Weightlifting."

Carver-Hawkeye Arena, which is located on the University of Iowa campus, serves as the home arena for Iowa's wrestling team, as well as Iowa's basketball and volleyball squads. The arena seats 15,000 for wrestling and is named after long-time wrestling supporter Roy J. Carver. The venue has more than enough room on the main arena floor for the required raised wrestling mats. It is a multi-purpose building, which has additional facilities that could be used for event purposes. The $47 million Carver-Hawkeye Arena - Addition and Renovation Project is underway to expand and upgrade facilities, and is scheduled for completion in time for the 2011-12 athletic year. For more information, visit <http://www.hawkeyesports.com/facilities/iowa-carver-hawkeye.html>http://www.hawkeyesports.com/facilities/iowa-carver-hawkeye.html

The local organizing committee is led by the University of Iowa Athletics and the Iowa City/Coralville Area CVB and includes leaders from the City of Iowa City, City of Coralville and City of North Liberty. Among those serving on the host committee are legendary collegiate and Olympic wrestlers Dan Gable, Tom Brands, Terry Brands, Lincoln McIlravy and current Cornell coach Mike Duroe.

For information on Iowa City/Coralville Area CVB, visit <http://www.iowacitycoralville.org/>http://www.iowacitycoralville.org/. For information on U of I Athletics, visit <http://www.hawkeyesports.com/>http://www.hawkeyesports.com/

Carver-Hawkeye Arena hosted the NCAA Div. I Wrestling Championships four times (1986, 1991, 1995, 2001). The total attendance figures for the 1995 (80,389), 2001 (79,477) and 1991 (70.163) NCAA Championships rank ninth, 11th and 15th, respectively among NCAA Wrestling Championships. It also hosted the Big Ten Wrestling Championships three times (1983, 1994, 2005).

A preliminary U.S. Olympic Team Trials qualifying event for wrestling was held in Carver-Hawkeye Arena in 1984. Other major wrestling competitions held at Carver-Hawkeye Arena include two NWCA All-Star Classics (1993, 1996) and two Cliff Keen NWCA National Duals (1998, 1999).

The Field House at the University of Iowa hosted the first USA Wrestling Junior National Championships in 1971, and served as venue for the competition from 1971-1982. Iowa City also hosted USA Wrestling's Greco-Roman National Championships three times (1975, 1977, 1978). Iowa City also hosted the 1983 USA Wrestling Freestyle World Team Trials.

"I believe one of our biggest strengths is our fan base," said Schamberger. "Iowa owns the highest NCAA average attendance at over 8,100 fans per dual. We also own the NCAA record for largest single attendance at 15,955. That number was set at an Iowa/Iowa State dual which provides a small glimpse as to the support we might expect if we were fortunate enough to host the trials. Those 15,955 fans would obviously be united in advancing Team USA."

Among the other sports-related events hosted in Iowa City are Herky on Parade, with 100,000 visitors, RAGBRAI, with 30,000 visitors, and FRY Fest, with 25,000 visitors. University of Iowa home football games attract 75,000 visitors to the city.

A central component of the Iowa City bid is the storied University of Iowa wrestling program, which has won 23 of the last 36 NCAA Div. I wrestling team titles. During that span, Iowa boasted 235 All-Americans and 66 individual champions, more than any other school. Iowa captured 9 straight NCAA titles from '78-'86. Sports Illustrated named the Iowa Wrestling Program one of the top 10 "sports dynasties" of the 20th century. The Hawkeye program has produced 17 Olympic wrestlers. Olympic champion Dan Gable served as the head coach of the team from 1977-1997 and set numerous coaching records. The team is currently coached by Olympic champion Tom Brands and is the defending NCAA team champions in wrestling.

Other Div. I wrestling programs in the state include the Univ. of Northern Iowa, 90 miles from Iowa City, and Iowa State University, 138 miles from Iowa City. The state of Iowa boasts 23 college varsity wrestling programs, including three in Div. I, one in Div. II, nine in Div. III, six in the NAIA and four in the NJCAA.

The Iowa Wrestling Federation is an active and successful USA Wrestling state association, with 2,323 athletes, 322 coaches and 45 clubs in the 2009-10 membership year. The organization is led by state chairperson Mark Reiland of Iowa City. The IWF has helped host many national and regional events, including U.S. World Team Trials events in Council Bluffs, Ames, Sioux City, Waterloo and Iowa City. The Northern Plains Junior/Senior Regionals is hosted regularly in Waterloo. For more information, visit <http://www.iowawrestling.org/>http://www.iowawrestling.org/

According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, Iowa had 6,655 boys high school wrestlers from 314 high school teams in 2009-10. The NFHS statistics also included 47 girl high school wrestlers from 25 programs. Iowa and the surrounding Midwest states are considered a hotbed for amateur wrestling, with a strong fan following for the sport.

As previously indicated in the Iowa sister-city's bid (Council Bluffs), Iowa boasts a healthy powerlifting community. There are a number of area facilities which train athletes in competitive powerlifting. The current CEO of the United Powerlifting Association resides in nearby Dubuque, Iowa and will host the 2011 Iowa & Midwest Powerlifting Championships. Former USA Olympic Weightlifting Coach and member Jed Smith has agreed to assist Iowa City in helping lead the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Weightlifting operational and marking efforts. Jed is the current Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for University of Northern Iowa. At the U.S. National Championship level, Smith has to his credit two National Champions, four silver medalists, and six bronze medalists. Internationally, Smith has coached Jason Fiacco to a Team USA bronze medal.

The Iowa City metropolitan area includes a population of 340,000 people. There are 18 hotels within three miles of Carver-Hawkeye Arena which would be available to fans attending the competition. An additional 42 hotels (6,000 rooms) are located in the area. The city is served by the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids, which is 22 miles from Carver-Hawkeye Arena and the Quad City International Airport in Moline, Ill. 66 miles from Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Iowa City area is surrounded by great attractions, retail, and cultural entities. As a major university town, it boasts some of the best restaurants in the state and diverse shopping and cultural venues. The Amana Colonies are Iowa's No. 1 tourist attraction and located a short 15-minute drive from Carver Hawkeye Arena. The Amish community of Kalona and nearby Herbert Hoover Presidential Library are also popular tourist destinations. The City of Cedar Rapids (Iowa's 2nd largest city) is a short 20-minute drive north of town and boasts many additional entertainment venues and attractions.  Cedar Rapids is home to Grant Wood, the artist of the most recognizable American painting, American Gothic, which was painted in downtown Cedar Rapids.

The group of seven bid cities will be reduced to between three and four finalist bids, with an announcement from USA Wrestling and USA Weightlifting expected on Dec. 20.

The organizing committees selected as finalists will be invited to make an in-person presentation on behalf of their bid during the week of Jan. 10-14, 2011. A committee will review the finalist bid presentations. An announcement on the bid selected to host the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling and Weightlifting is targeted for Jan. 17, 2011.

Each bid proposal includes hosting both the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling and Weightlifting. The wrestling event will feature competition in the three Olympic styles of the sport - men's freestyle, Greco-Roman and women's freestyle. The weightlifting event will include both men's and women's weight divisions.

The competition will determine the U.S. athletes in both sports who will qualify to represent the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.
Out of Many One Nation One Team Dare to Dream! Friday Night November 19th 7:30pm Hofstra University Arena USA vs Russia

Many have come before many have come after!

There moments that define a decade a nation a point in time.

This one of them!!!

We have one week to prove to the world that we have the  heart of Lions and we are more than conquerors! We stand on the shoulders of Giants!!!

Friday Night November 19th out many one nation one team will enter Hofstra University Arena and Carry the Tradition. 

USA vs Russia Friday Night  November 19th 7:30pm Hoftsra University Arena.


Pormo Video

http://lighthousewrestling.com/2010/11/11/the-russians-are-coming/


"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat." Theodore Roosevelt
The Russians Are Coming……

Opening the 2010-11 Wrestling Season

A chance to watch The Top Wrestlers in the World

Team USA Starting Line Up


55kg: Angel Escobedo 60kg:Shawn Bunch 66kg: Brent Metcalf 74kg:Trent Paulson

NCAA Champion 2x NCAA All American 2x NCAA Champion NCAA Champion

4x NCAA All American 2009 World Team 2010 World Team 2009 World Team Member

New York Athletic Club Gator Wrestling Club New York Athletic Club Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club


84kg:Jake Herbert 96kg:JD Bergman 120kg: Terval Dlagnev

2x NCAA Champion 3x NCAA All American 2x NCAA Champion

2009 World Silver Medal 2010 World Team 2009 World Bronze

New York Athletic Club New York Athletic Club Sunkist Kids Club

Friday- November 19th- Hofstra University Arena- 7:30pm

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All-Star Classic: It's LeValley vs. Gillespie at 149
By Jason Bryant
USA Wrestling

The first weight class for the 45th annual NWCA All-Star Classic presented by the Marines has been announced.

Two wrestlers from Pennsylvania colleges will participate at 149 pounds in the All-Star Classic at Selland Arena in Fresno, Calif., on November 21.

All-Americans Kevin LeValley of Bucknell and Torsten Gillespie of Edinboro will square off in one of the nation's most competitive weight classes.

LeValley, a senior from Hugo, Colo., will be making his first appearance in the All-Star Classic and will be Bucknell's second straight representative in the event. Last year, Andy Rendos became the first Bison wrestler to wrestle in the All-Star Classic competing at 165 pounds.

LeValley finished seventh at the 2010 NCAA Championships with a 42-8 record and will represent the U.S. later this month in Tornio, Italy at the University World Championships in freestyle wrestling.

Gillespie, a junior from Webster, N.Y., had a stellar run at the 2010 NCAA Championships, reaching the quarterfinals before finishing in sixth place after coming into the tournament unseeded. He finished the 2009-10 campaign with a 32-16 record.

Gillespie will be the Fighting Scots' 11th participant it the event all-time and first since 2004 when Matt King wrestled Tyrone Lewis of Oklahoma State at 165 pounds.

Gillespie and LeValley have never met in collegiate competition.

The 45th Annual NWCA All-Star Classic Presented by The Marines will be held at the Selland Arena in Fresno, California on Sunday, November 21, 2010. The doors open at 2:00 p.m. The All-Star Classic follows a weekend of fundraising events. For more information about the tournament, purchasing tickets and the fundraising events, visit the www.nwcaonline.com's event page.

To donate to the effort to save collegiate wrestling programs, visit http://nwca.ticketleap.net.

2010 NWCA All-Star Classic Presented by the Marines

Rankings by W.I.N. Magazine
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149- #4 Torsten Gillespie, Jr. (Edinboro) vs. #5 Kevin LeValley, Sr. (Bucknell)
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About California USA Wrestling
California USA Wrestling is a non-profit organization committed to the success and health of their athletes and dedicated to the promotion and preservation of collegiate and international styles of amateur wrestling. As the official California affiliate of USA Wrestling, the national governing board for international-style amateur wrestling in the United States, the club is responsible for the organization and execution of sanctioned USA Wrestling events in the state. California USA Wrestling educates the community about the styles of wrestling and the value of being involved in the sport. They strive to provide fun, exciting and well-planned events and improve the quality of California wrestling at the competitive level. For more information, visit www.ca-usaw.org.

About NWCA
The National Wrestling Coaches Association, established in 1928, is a professional organization dedicated to supporting and elevating the sport of amateur wrestling. NWCA provides leadership and guidance primarily to scholastic and collegiate wrestling programs, but is an advocate to all levels of wrestling. The NWCA promotes communication, recognizes achievement, recommends rules and regulations, sponsors events and serves as a resource for education and information pertaining to the sport of wrestling. Additionally, The NWCA strives to foster the sportsmanship and integrity that are the cornerstones of any competitive sport. For more information, visit http://www.nwcaonline.com.
USA vs Russia Starting Line-Up - Friday Night November 19th 7:30pm @ Hofstra University Arena

Team USA Starting Line Up

55kg: Angel Escobedo - NCAA Champion, 4x NCAA All American, 2010 World Trials Finalist, University of Indiana, New York Athletic Club

http://www.flowrestling.org/videos/speaker/226-angel-escobedo/329536-55-kg-sf-us-open-angel-escobedo-vs-logan-stieber

60kg:Shawn Bunch - NCAA Finalist, 2x NCAA All American, 2009 World Team Member 2010 US Open National Champion, Edinboro University, Gator Wrestling Club.

http://www.flowrestling.org/videos/speaker/1511-shawn-bunch/329568-60-kg-sf-us-open-reece-humphrey-vs-shawn-bunch

66kg: Brent Metcalf - 2x NCAA Champion, Hodge Trophy Winner, 2010 World Team Member, University of Iowa, New York Athletic Club.

http://www.flowrestling.org/videos/coverage/view_video/237025-2010-beat-the-streets-gala/334092-brent-metcalf-vs-bubba-jenkins

74kg:Travis Paulson - 3x NCAA All American, 2010 World Team Member, Iowa State University, Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club.

http://www.flowrestling.org/videos/coverage/view_video/237192-2010-us-world-team-trials/340522-74-kg-mini-tournament-finals-trent-paulson-vs-travis-paulson

84kg:Jake Herbert - 2x NCAA Champion, Hodge Trophy Winner, 2009 World Silver Medalist, 2010 World Team Member, Northwestern University, New York Athletic Club.

http://www.flowrestling.org/videos/coverage/view_video/237192-2010-us-world-team-trials/341046-84-kg-fs-finals-3-of-3-jake-herbert-vs-keith-gavin

96kg:JD Bergman - NCAA Finalist, 3x NCAA All American , 2010 World Team member, 2010 US Open National Champion, The Ohio State University, New York Athletic Club.

http://www.flowrestling.org/videos/coverage/view_video/237192-2010-us-world-team-trials/340618-96-kg-fs-finals-1-of-2-jd-bergman-vs-jake-varner

120kg: Terval Dlagnev - 2x NCAA Champion, 2009 World Bronze Medalist, University of Nebraska Kearney , Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club.

http://www.flowrestling.org/videos/coverage/view_video/237192-2010-us-world-team-trials/341295-120-kg-fs-challenge-tournament-final-dom-bradley-vs-tervel-dlagnev
USA Wrestling Executive Director Rich Bender elected as chair of the National Governing Body Council

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - During meetings held at the U.S. Olympic Assembly this past weekend, USA Wrestling's Executive Director Rich Bender of Colorado Springs, Colo. was unanimously elected as the chair of the U.S. Olympic Committee's National Governing Body (NGB) Council.

The mission of the NGB Council is to "assist the National Governing Bodies and Paralympic Sports Organizations as they strive to achieve sustained competitive excellence."

Bender was selected for this volunteer leadership position by the chief executives of the National Governing Bodies and Paralympic Sports Organizations affiliated with the U.S. Olympic movement. He will complete the term which was previously held by Skip Gilbert of USA Triathlon, which includes the current four-year Olympic quadrennial that runs through the 2012 London Olympic Games.

"USA Wrestling has flourished under Rich's decade of leadership as Executive Director and the organization is one of the strengths within the NGB family," said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. "I am excited to have Rich in such an important leadership position and am confident that he will serve the NGBs and the Olympic movement with distinction. We look forward to working with him and the NGB Council as we develop programs and opportunities that benefit U.S. athletes and their Olympic and Paralympic dreams."

The NGB Council is an organizational entity which is included in the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act, and is also included in the bylaws of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

The combined activity of the organizations included in the NGB Council includes the presentation of over 60,000 sports events each year and represents over 13,000,000 individual NGB members.

"It is very exciting to be involved with an organization which is committed to helping NGBs to improve their operations and serve as a voice within the U.S. Olympic Committee," said Bender. "I am humbled to be chosen by a group which includes many of America's top sports executives."

Bender believes that the NGB Council will continue to play an increasingly important role in the growth and success of Olympic sports in the United States.

"The NGBs have the daily responsibility of managing the Olympic sports in our nation, preparing America's athletes for success on the international level and ensuring the growth and expansion of Olympic sports programs in the United States. We are the 365-day-a-year operation of the U.S. Olympic movement," said Bender.

In February 2001, Bender was named Executive Director of USA Wrestling and has served in that position since. Bender had served as Acting Executive Director for USA Wrestling prior to being offered the position on a permanent basis.

He has been a full-time employee with USA Wrestling for over 22 years. Prior to his current position, Bender served as the Associate Executive Director of Programs, where he oversaw USA Wrestling's events, National Teams and developmental programs activities.

He previously served as USA Wrestling's National Events Director, managing the organization's regional, national and international events. Bender supervised major events including the 1995 World Freestyle Championships, age-group World Championships, the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, the U.S. Olympic Festival, the World Cup, the Goodwill Games, and numerous World Dual meets. He also directed the combined ASICS/Vaughan Junior and Cadet National Championships, the world's largest wrestling competition.

Bender also served as the Competition Manager for wrestling at the 1996 Olympic Games, working for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG). Bender organized a staff which presented one of the best Olympic wrestling competitions in history. Over 115,000 fans witnessed the wrestling competition in Atlanta.

As Executive Director, he has made a commitment to strengthen USA Wrestling's membership and put the organization on its most solid financial footing in history. The organization has also focused on providing a safer environment for its participants. Bender has also welcomed the sport's legends back to active involvement with USA Wrestling.

USA Wrestling set three all-time membership records in the recently completed 2009-10 season in the categories of athlete members, sanctioned events and registered clubs. USA Wrestling's combined membership, including athletes, coaches and officials, reached 175,883 last season.

USA Wrestling's budgeted revenue was $6.3 million dollar in fiscal year 2001-2002, Bender's first full year as Executive Director, in comparison to $9.1 million in revenue for the current 2010-11 fiscal year.

Women's wrestling has flourished during Bender's tenure. The sport was added to the Olympic program at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. USA Wrestling's women's program has seen the addition of a U.S. Olympic Training Center Resident Athlete Program and the hiring of a National Women's Coach, which led to a second-place finish at the 2003 World Championships.

Also during his service as Executive Director, USA Wrestling won its first World Team Title in Greco-Roman wrestling in 2007.

Bender served as a U.S. Olympic Committee intern in the fall of 1988, working for USA Wrestling. He was hired as Events Assistant for USA Wrestling in January 1989, and became Manager of National Events in September 1989. He has served on the Board of Directors for the United States Olympic Committee, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

He received a degree in Sports Management and a minor in Business Administration from Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1988. Bender was a three-sport athlete at Boscobel High School, earning two varsity letters each in football, baseball and wrestling. He and his wife Michelle have three daughters, Madeline, Chloe and Gabriella.
Rob Hermann Named Head Coach of USA Wrestling's Training Program at Northern Michigan University

Rob Hermann of Pensacola, Fla. has been named the head coach for USA Wrestling's Greco-Roman program at the U.S. Olympic Education Center at Northern Michigan University.

Hermann is one of the most respected Greco-Roman coaches in the nation. He has served as a head coach for the 1996 Olympic team and assistant coach for the 2000 Olympic team, and has led numerous other U.S. teams at major international competitions.

"Rob and I have worked closely together for 14 years," said National Greco-Roman Coach Steve Fraser. "He has been a two-time Olympic coach and has coached many of the greatest wrestlers from our country. He will bring to Northern Michigan University his excellent coaching experience which will help the athletes to reach the next level. I am very excited that he will be part of our official USA Wrestling coaching staff."

Hermann will officially assume his duties at Northern Michigan University on August 16. He will work with Willie Madison, who remains the assistant coach for the Greco-Roman program there.

"This is one of the toughest decisions I've had to make. It is something I have not taken lightly. I am jumping into this with both feet," said Hermann. "My expectation is not much different than the coaches before me. I will challenge the athletes to be at the top of their age groups, and if I can slide in some Olympic hopefuls, like Adam Wheeler, Harry Lester and Spenser Mango have been, that would be great. I have high expectations."

Hermann has been named as a World Team coach for the 2010 U.S. Greco-Roman World Team, which will compete at the World Wrestling Championships in Moscow, Russia, Sept. 6-12.

Hermann served as the head coach of the 1996 U.S. Olympic team, which won three silver medals at the Atlanta Olympic Games. The U.S. team won three silver medals at the Games, from Brandon Paulson (52 kg), Dennis Hall (57 kg) and Matt Ghaffari (130 kg). He was also the assistant coach of the 2000 U.S. Olympic team, which won three medals in the Sydney Olympic Games, including Olympic champion Rulon Gardner (130 kg), silver medalist Matt Lindland (76 kg) and bronze medalist Garrett Lowney (97 kg).

He was also head coach of the 1993 U.S. World Team, which was 14th at the World Championships. Hermann also was an assistant coach with the 1994 and 1997 U.S. World Teams.

He was the head coach of the 1995 Pan American Games team which placed second. Hermann also served as head coach of the 1990 Pan American Championships team and the 1992 World Cup team. He was also coach of the 1991 and 1995 U.S. CISM World Military teams.

Since 1983, he has served the head coach of the All-Navy team, where he has developed a number of nationally ranked athletes. Among the athletes he worked with was 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Adam Wheeler.

He was named USA Wrestling Greco-Roman Coach of the Year in both 1992 and 1996. Hermann is a gold certified coach with USA Wrestling's National Coaches Education Program, the highest level of achievement.

As an athlete, Hermann competed on three U.S. World teams and won a bronze medal at the 1983 Pan American Games. He won four U.S. Senior national titles, and competed in five World Cups. During his career, Hermann was a CISM World Military champion, and captured 11 Armed Forces titles. He was named 1984 and 1992 Navy Athlete of the Year. Hermann was a 12-time All-Navy Wrestling champion. He hails from Crystal River, Fla., where he was a 1976 Florida state high school champion.

In his military career, Hermann served in the U.S. Navy from 1976 through 1998, when he received an honorable discharge. A major part of his military service included coaching wrestling at the Olympic level. He was a Ship's Serviceman from 1976-1987. He was converted to Master at Arms in 1987. Hermann served in the Security Department at NAS Pensacola from 1987-1993. He was assigned to NORU Recruiting Command from 1996-1998.

He received two Navy Achievement medals and one Navy Accommodation medal while on active duty.

"Rob has a great grasp of techniques that all of these young kids coming out of high school will need in Greco-Roman. He has a great sense of the game, with knowledge of what makes wrestlers successful. For many years, he worked with younger athletes through the U.S. Navy program. He also has experience in recruiting, which is an important part of this job. He will help our wrestlers who want to focus on becoming Olympic and World Champions some day," said Fraser.

Hermann becomes the fourth coach in the history of the USOEC Greco-Roman team since its inception, following Gordy Morgan, Ivan Ivanov and Dennis Hall as head coaches for the program. The USOEC program has produced numerous champion athletes for the United States on both the age-group and Senior levels.

"I am going to approach it like I did with the Navy. I will teach Greco-Roman, the rules, the techniques and the strategies. I will treat it like my own Olympic team. I will hold them to that standard. I am used to this age group, since my Navy athletes were between 18-24 years old. Working in the college setting will be new to me. I am looking forward to this new challenge. I am very excited. With assistant coach Willie Madison on board, I think we can achieve great things," said Hermann.
Golston Qualifies for Jr. World Championships

Erin Golston won three matches to win the FILA Jr. National
Championships.

By winning the gold medal, Golston has secured a spot in the Jr. World
Championship team which will be held in Budapest, Hungary, July 20-25.

Carlene Sluberski won the silver medal and qualified for the Jr. Pan
American Championships which will be held in Managua Nicaragua, July
9-11.

USOEC results
44kg Erin Golston 1st
48kg Carlene Sluberski 2nd
48kg Patricia Hill 3rd
67kg Ahnjahlee Akuna 4th
67kg Moriah Fernandez 5th
72kg Anneliese DeAragon 2nd
Caldwell Injured in Training; Dake to Face Metcalf in Beat the Streets Gala on USS Intreprid

Darrion Caldwell (Rahway, N.J./Sunkist Kids) reinjured his shoulder during a practice session at the U.S. Olympic Training Center on Monday afternoon.

Due to the injury, he will not be competing as part of the 2010 Beat the Streets Gala on the U.S.S. Intrepid in New York City on Thursday, May 13.

He was scheduled to face his top college rival Brent Metcalf in the Main Event of a seven-match card of wrestling bouts which will be showcased on Thursday at the Beat the Streets Gala.

Caldwell missed the 2009 college season for North Carolina State due to shoulder surgery this past fall. He has not been medically cleared to compete and is undergoing additional tests at this time.

Replacing Caldwell in the Main Event matchup against Metcalf will be 2010 NCAA champion Kyle Dake (Ithaca, N.Y./Shamrock WC), who won a NCAA title for Cornell as a true freshman this year.

It will be a battle of two 2010 NCAA champions. Dake won the NCAA title at 141 pounds, while Metcalf won his second career NCAA title at 149 pounds.

One other lineup change has been announced. There will not be an 84 kg/185 lbs. bout as previously announced in men's freestyle. Instead, 2008 Olympian Andy Hrovat (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) will compete against 2009 U.S. Open runner-up Kyle Cerminara (Philadelphia, Pa./New York AC) at 96 kg/211.5 lbs.

The event will be held on the USS Intrepid, an aircraft carrier which is docked on the west side of Manhattan in New York City. It is part of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. It is being billed as the Battle on the Intrepid, in recognition of "wrestlers in the nation's service." The competition is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

TheMat.com will provide a live webcast of the seven-match card from the deck of the U.S.S. Intrepid, starting at approximately 6:15 p.m. The USA Wrestling Prime Time postgame show will follow from the Beat the Streets Gala dinner and awards presentation at approximately 8:15 p.m. Gary Abbott and Mitch Hull will call the action.

Each year, the Beat the Streets Gala is held to celebrate wrestling and raise funds for Beat the Streets Wrestling, Inc., the successful program which has provided wrestling opportunities for thousands of middle school and high school students in New York City.

Registration for the Beat the Streets Gala will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by the Battle on the Intrepid from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Cocktails will be served from 7:30 p.m., followed by the dinner and awards presentation starting at 8:15 p.m. All participants will disembark from the U.S.S. Intrepid at 11:00 p.m.

There will be a live musical performance by The Lost Trailers at the function.

The minimum donation to support Beat the Streets and reserve admission to the Gala is $150. There are a many number of other levels of contributions available to those who wish to join the excitement and support this worthy cause.

For further information about the event, please visit the website at www.beat-the-streets.org or you may contact Brian Giffin via email at BGiffin@beat-the-streets.org or via phone at 212-777-5702.

Media seeking to cover the event should contact Gary Abbott of USA Wrestling at 719-659-9637 or via email at gabbott@usawrestling.org


BEAT THE STREETS GALA

Wrestlers in the Nation's Service

Battle on the Intrepid

On the U.S.S. Intrepid in New York, N.Y., May 13

UNDERCARD

Middle School 135 lbs. -Will Wilson vs. Shateek Palmer

High School 150 lbs. - Jorge Jimenez vs. Andre Antoine

Women's freestyle 59 kg - Leigh Jaynes vs. Kelsey Campbell

Greco-Roman 66 kg - Spenser Mango vs. Ellis Coleman

Men's freestyle 74 kg - Ben Askren vs. Moza Fay

Men's freestyle 96 kg - Andy Hrovat vs. Kyle Cerminara

MAIN EVENT - Men's freestyle 66 kg - Brent Metcalf vs. Kyle Dake
Burkert Qualifies for Youth Olympic Games

Jenna Burkert won three matches by pin, including to win the
championshsips.

By winning the gold medal, Burkert has secured a spot in the Youth
Olympic Games (YOG) which will be held in Singapore, August 14-26.

USA results
46kg Erin Golston 3rd
52kg Kayla Brendlinger 2nd
60kg Jenna Burkert 1st
67kg Julia Salata 3rd
Bono-Led U.S. Team Takes Third, Paulson Wins Bronze at Pan-Am Games

MONTERREY, Mexico - The U.S. freestyle wrestling team, lead by Iowa State assistant coach Chris Bono, notched third-place honors at the Pan-American Championships, held Sunday in the Centro de Alto. The squad crowned one gold medalist in former Nebraska-Kearney heavyweight, Tervel Dlagnev (120 kg/264.5 pounds). Former ISU national champion Trent Paulson took the bronze medal at 74 kg (163 pounds).

Paulson began the tournament with a win over Puerto Rico's Franklin Lantigua. After dropping the opening period, Paulson dominated the remaining two periods to take the match, 1-3, 5-0, 6-0. The former Cyclone 157-pound standout fell to 2004 Olympic bronze medalist and eventual tournament champion Ivan Fundora of Cuba by a score of 1-2, 0-2. Paulson, a native of Council Bluffs, Iowa, went 1-1 in the event.

2010 Pan-American Championships
Trent Paulson - 74 kg (163 pounds) - Bronze Medal
W, Franklin Lantigua (Puerto Rico), 1-3, 5-0, 6-0
L, Ivan Fundora (Cuba), 1-2, 0-2
U.S. Open Wrestling Championships in Cleveland, April 23-24

What: The U.S. Open Wrestling Championships, the annual national championships for Olympic-style wrestling

Where: Wolstein Center, Cleveland, Ohio

When: Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24

Who: The nation's best men's freestyle, women's freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestlers will battle for national titles and All-American honors at the U.S. Open.

Stars to watch: Past World Champions Dremiel Byers (Greco-Roman) and Clarissa Chun (women's freestyle) are expected, both who were also 2008 Olympians. Also in the field are 2009 World medalists Jake Herbert and Tervel Dlagnev (men's freestyle). Past World medalists include Lindsey Durlacher and Justin Ruiz (Greco-Roman) and Tatiana Padilla (women's freestyle). Many more top athletes who are 2012 Olympic hopefuls will be in the field.

Why this is important: Athletes from across the nation, including some wrestlers who come from your area of coverage, will be in the tournament. This is the first year the event is being held in Cleveland. Wrestling is one of the nation's most successful Olympic programs and these are top Olympic hopefuls. The top seven in each weight class qualify for the World Team Trials in Council Bluffs, Iowa, June 11-12. Wrestling is a popular sport around the United States. Want some more? We have a ton of reasons for you.

For the schedule and information on the event, visit the website at:

http://www.themat.com/events/default.php?page=default&EventID=21932

USA Wrestling has posted preview articles for each style, so you can find out more about the athletes expected to excel at the U.S. Open. Below are the links to each style.

U.S. Open Men's Freestyle Preview

http://www.themat.com/section.php?section_id=3&page=showarticle&ArticleID=21881

U.S. Open Greco-Roman Preview

http://www.themat.com/section.php?section_id=3&page=showarticle&ArticleID=21875

U.S. Open Women's Freestyle Preview

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Tickets Now Available for ASICS U.S. Open Wrestling Championships at Cleveland’s Wolstein Center, April 22-25th

CLEVELAND, Ohio (February 15, 2010) – Tickets are now on sale for the 2010 ASICS U.S. Open Wrestling Championships and the Men’s FILA Junior National Championships scheduled for April 22-25th at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center.

Individual Tickets start at just $10 per session and are available through Ticketmaster at ticketmaster.com or by visiting the Wolstein Center box office located at 2121 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland from 10:00am – 6:00pm, Monday thru Friday. All Session Passes are also available and start at just $35. Discounted Group Rate tickets of 20 or more individuals are also available by calling 216-687-5498.

The ASICS U.S. Open Wrestling Championships will feature the nation’s top senior-level wrestlers in the three Olympic styles: men’s freestyle, women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman. The Men’s FILA Junior National Championships include the nation’s top athletes who are 17-20 years old, competing in freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling. Up to 850 athletes are expected to participate in the two competitions.

The top seven athletes in each weight class at the ASICS U.S. Open Wrestling Championships qualify to compete at the 2010 U.S. Senior World Team Trials in Council Bluffs, Iowa, June 10-12. The Men’s FILA Junior National Championships is a qualifying event for the FILA Junior World Team Trials in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 21-22.

 

The Cleveland Local Organizing Committee include the following organizations:

• USA Wrestling – Ohio

• Greater Cleveland Wrestling Coaches & Officials Association

• Cleveland State University

• Mid-American Conference

• City of Cleveland

• Greater Cleveland Sports Commission

• Convention & Visitors Bureau of Greater Cleveland

 

To purchase tickets, view a detailed event schedule or to learn more, please visit www.USOpenCleveland.com

Herbert Wrestles to Silver Medal at 2009 World Championships

HERNING, Denmark - United States World Team member and former Northwestern star Jake Herbert won his first four matches at the 2009 Wrestling World Championships in Herning, Denmark, becoming the only American representative in any of the seven gold-medal matches. Facing Zaurbek Sokhiev of Uzbekistan, Herbert pushed the final bout to overtime before falling in the clincher round (1-0, 0-0, 1-0) to come away with a silver medal.

Sokhiev had previously won a silver medal at the 2007 World Championships.

The clincher round in freestyle wrestling begins with what is in effect a coin toss to determine which wrestler will be on the attack to start the period. If the attacking wrestler does not score on his opponent within 30 seconds, the defensive wrestler wins the match.

Herbert lost the coin toss and surrendered a score to Sokhiev halfway through the clincher period, giving the gold in the 84-kg (185 pound) weight class to Sokhiev.

"For Jake to reach the finals in his first trip to the World Championships is just an unbelievable accomplishment, it's really hard to even describe," said Northwestern head coach Tim Cysewski. "These are the same guys he'll be competing against when he tries to make and win the Olympics four years from now. To lose in overtime in the finals the way he did, you can't come any closer than that."

Herbert's journey to the finals from a field of 37 wrestlers was an incredible one, beginning with his opening-round defeat of Germany's Davyd Bichinashvili, the fifth-place freestyle finisher at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. After that, Herbert overcame Sharif Sharifov (Azerbaijan), Gokhan Yavaser (Turkey) and Abdusalam Gadisov (Russia) to set up his meeting with Sokhiev in the finals.

Tuesday's matches represented a culmination of months of training at US Olympic Training Centers as well as Overtime Wrestling in Naperville for Herbert, who qualified for the World Championships on June 1 with his first-place finish at the US World Team Trials in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Herbert's silver medal performance caps a memorable 2009 for the native of Wexford, Pa. He graduated from Northwestern in June following his record-setting career at NU during which he won two NCAA championships and the 2009 Hodge Trophy in addition to becoming one of the most consistent winners in NCAA history with a career record of 149-4.

Wildcat fans have the opportunity to salute Herbert for his accomplishments both on the collegiate and world stage when he is honored during halftime of Northwestern's football game against Penn State on Oct. 31 at Ryan Field.

This release is also available in its entirety on NUsports.com.

CONTACT:
Scott Hammer
Northwestern University Athletic Communications
847-491-8800
Oklahoma City University's Randall named President's Award winner 
State leader Randall receives President's Award as member of U.S. delegation to World Championships in Denmark
 
USA Wrestling has announced that long-time state leader Archie Randall of Mustang, Okla. has received the President's Award for 2009.
 
Through this unique program, USA Wrestling brings a state leader to the World Championships as part of the U.S. delegation. Randall will join Team USA at the 2009 World Wrestling Championships in Herning, Denmark, Sept. 21-27.
 
Randall has served as the State Chairperson for USA Wrestling Oklahoma since 1993, and serves in a leadership role on numerous USA Wrestling committees. He is also the head wrestling coach at Oklahoma City University, which fields varsity teams in both men's and women's wrestling.
 
"This is one of the greatest opportunities I have had in my career," said Randall. "I can go to the World Championships, watch the event and be a part of the U.S. delegation. It will help me in so many ways. I want to know what is happening at that next level. I'm hoping in the next few years some of our OCU women wrestlers will be on U.S. World and Olympic teams."
 
Randall is the Chairperson of the State Chairpersons Council. He is a member of the USA Wrestling Executive Committee and the Junior Olympic Wrestling Committee. Other standing committees which he serves on at this time are the Freestyle Sports Committee, the Women's Sports Committee and the Sports Science Committee.
 
He has been a coach with Oklahoma's Junior and Cadet Nationals team for two decades. Randall has mentored numerous Cadet and Junior National champions and All-Americans during these years. He is proud that he coached the first Oklahoma team to the Cadet Nationals in 1990 in Battle Creek, Mich., leading the team to 21 All-American honors and five individual champions.
 
Randall has served as event director and host for the National Junior Duals for 13 years, holding the event in Oklahoma City, Edmond, Enid and Lawton. The National Junior Duals have been at Oklahoma City University for the last four years.  During the last two years, he has also been the event director and host of the USA Wrestling Girls Folkstyle Nationals, which is also held at Oklahoma City University.
 
Randall was the 2002 USA Wrestling Developmental Coach of the Year and the 1996 USA Wrestling State Chairperson of the Year.
 
"Archie is being recognized for his years and years of service," said USA Wrestling President Jim Ravannack. "He has put in countless hours as a volunteer, and has been dedicated to the Oklahoma program. He holds many important positions as a state chairperson. Archie has also trained many of our Senior level athletes when they were in high school. He deserves this and it is our honor to have him at the World Championships."
 
The President's Award program began in 2007. The USA Wrestling President recommends the nominee to past USA Wrestling presidents, and the choice is ratified by the Executive Committee.
 
Past President's Award winners are Mike Juby of Kansas in 2007 and Duane Morgan of California in 2008.
 
"This program gives state leaders the chance to see what the National Governing Body has to do. It shows why the grassroots program is critical to the success of our World-level teams. We should all be shooting for the same goal - to support Team USA. The grassroots programs are a big part of Team USA. Many people do not realize that. It is all of us over there competing at the World Championships," said Randall.
 
Randall is a legend in Oklahoma as a coach. He started the new wrestling program at Oklahoma City University in the 2006-2007 year, and the men's team placed in the top 12 at the NAIA Championships for the last three years.
 
His women's team was created in 2007-2008. The Stars won the WCWA National team title last year and were second in the WCWA Nationals the previous year. The Oklahoma City Univ. women's team has won the NWCA National Duals title for two straight season. He also coached a U.S. university women's team in Spain this summer.
 
Randall was one of the nation's top prep coaches for El Reno High School. He guided El Reno to 11 consecutive team tournament championships and 10th dual state championships in a row. Randall went 232-16 in duals in 13 years at El Reno. Randall coached 54 state champions during his coaching career.
 
He is a seven-time Oklahoma Coaches Association coach of the year and three-time Oklahoman all-city coach of the year. Other coach of the year awards Randall has earned: 2003 National Coaches Association regional coach of the year, 2002 National Federation of Coaches sectional coach of the year, 2002 U.S. Olympic Committee Development Coach of the year and 1999 Wrestling USA Magazine Dream Team coach of the year.
 
Randall earned a bachelor of science degree in health and physical education from Texas-El Paso in 1977 and a master's degree in administration from Central Oklahoma in 2004.

Contact: Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling
E-mail: GAbbott@USAWrestling.org
2008 World University Championships

Champions of USA Wrestling's 2008 University Nationals will represent
Team USA at the 8th World University Championships July 10-11, 2008 in
Thessaloniki, Greece.

U.S. States Olympic Education Center head coach Shannyn J. Gillespie
will assist volunteer coach Trevor Keifer in guiding Team USA's most
talented university and college age women wrestlers at the World
Uinversity Championships.

Team USA will be lead by 2 athletes (sisters) from the New York
Athletic Club: 48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Sara Fulp-Allen of NYAC and 51
kg/112.25 lbs. - Katherine Fulp-Allen of NYAC.

The remainder of Team USA is represented by several clubs and colleges:
55 kg/121 lbs. - Chelynne Pringle of Minnesota Storm, 59 kg/130 lbs. -
Othella Lucas of Univ. of the Cumberlands, 67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Elena
Pirozhkov of Gator WC, and
72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Stephany Lee of Sunkist Kids

World University Championships, organized by FISU (the International
University Sports Federation) are held every 2 years (even years e.g.
2006, 2008, etc.) for college, university, and NMU USOEC freestyle
resident student athletes.

FISU has roots in the USA dating back to 1905 and according to the
offical website of the International University Sports Federation
"FISU, arose within university institutions to propagate sport values
and promote sports practice in perfect synergy and complementarity with
the university spirit."

The 8th World University Championships women's freestyle qualification,
repechage, and final rounds will be competed July 10-11, 2008.

USA World University Championships Freestyle Team

48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Sara Fulp-Allen of NYAC
51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Katherine Fulp-Allen of NYAC
55 kg/121 lbs. - Chelynne Pringle of Minnesota Storm
59 kg/130 lbs. - Othella Lucas of Univ. of the Cumberlands
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Alaina Berube of NYAC
67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Elena Pirozhkov of Gator WC
72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Stephany Lee of Sunkist Kids

Coaches Shannyn J. Gillespie, Trevor Keifer
USOC, USA Wrestling and USA Judo to Host Teleconference to Preview 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials

The United States Olympic Committee, USA Wrestling and USA Judo will host a teleconference Tuesday, June 3 at 1:00 p.m. MDT (3 p.m. EDT) with USA wrestling athletes T.C. Dantzler (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Mo Lawal (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Marcie Van Dusen (Colorado Springs, Colo.) as well as U.S. judo athletes Ryan Reser (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Ronda Rousey (Wakefield, Mass.)  as they prepare to participate in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling and Judo, June 13-15 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

In his third trip to the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Dantzler is ranked No. 1 in the U.S. in the 74 kg weight division. Since placing third at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, he has become a five-time U.S. World Team member ('02, '03, '05, '06, '07), two-time National Champion ('06, '07) and took fifth at the 2006 World Championships. Most recently, Dantzler qualified the U.S. in the 74 kg weight division to compete in the Olympic Games. Dantzler is the founder, president and CEO of TC logiQ, a background screening company.

After four years as a resident athlete at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., and a third-place finish at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Lawal has showed immense progress. In 2005, he took seventh in the World Championships, was crowned the U.S. National champion ('05, '06, '08) and took silver in the 2007 World Team Trials. The No. 2 ranked U.S. wrestler in the 96 kg weight division, Lawal is poised to make his bid for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team.

One of USA Wrestling's high profile female wrestlers, 26-year-old Van Dusen is the No. 1 ranked U.S. female wrestler at the 55 kg weight division and has come into her own since her fifth-place finish at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Before 2008, Van Dusen took gold in the World Team Trials ('05, '07) and the U.S. Nationals. In 2008, she has surged ahead, taking silver at the Pan American Championships for the second time. She also claimed a second U.S. National Championship and went 3-0 at the World Cup where she defeated Olympic and World Champion Saori Yoshida of Japan, who had previously gone undefeated in international matches since 1998.   

The first woman to win a medal at the World Championships since 1995, 21-year-old Rousey won a silver medal in the 70kg division and was one of the youngest medalists at the 2007 Worlds - a feat she's become used to as one of the most promising young judo players in the world. At just 17, she qualified for her first Olympic Team, becoming the youngest judo player in the entire 2004 Olympic Games and she claimed a women's team high ninth place in the 63 kg division. After the Games, Rousey became only the second U.S. athlete ever to win a gold medal at the 2004 World Junior Judo Championships in Budapest, Hungary. In February 2007, she moved up to 70kg where she has won both the 2007 Pan Am Games and two World Cup titles. Rousey is now ranked as one of the top three players in the world and is one of the top medal prospects for the United States in Beijing.

Reser - a three-time Pan Am Champion - was introduced to judo at the age of 5 by parents who were looking to keep Reser and his siblings out of trouble. By age seven he was competing in national events and ultimately chose to narrow his sports away from other sports and toward judo with the goal of competing in the Olympic Games. In 2000 and 2004, Reser was named as an alternate to the U.S. Olympic Team. Since moving from Dallas, Texas to Colorado Springs to train at the Olympic Training Center in 1998, Reser has won four National titles and earned three World Cup medals in the 73kg division.  


WHO: Wrestlers T.C. Dantzler, Mo Lawal and Marcie Van Dusen as well as Judo athletes Ronda Rousey and Ryan Reser

WHAT: USOC, USA Wrestling and USA Judo teleconference

WHEN: Tuesday, June 3 - 1:00 p.m. MDT (3:00 p.m. EDT/ 12:00 p.m. PDT)

DIAL-IN: 1-800-311-9410
Pass code: BEIJING08
USOEC Freestyle 3.27 GPA

U.S. Olympic Education Center freestyle resident athletes attained a
3.27 grade point average at Northern Michigan University during the
2008 winter semester.

The USOEC freestyle team (9 athletes) took a total of 94.5 credit hours
which is equivalent to 10.5 credit hours per athlete.

Graduating NMU senior Amy Borgnini tops the list with a perfect grade
point average of 4.00. Borgnini passed all of her 8 credit hours on
her way to graduating with 'A's.

This is the second straight semester the freestyle team has had the
highest grade point average for USOEC teams.

In February, 1989, the U.S. Olympic Committee named Northern Michigan
University (NMU) as the nation's only United States Olympic Education
Center (USOEC). The USOEC's main focus is the resident athlete training
program, where athletes actively train for the Olympic Games while also
continuing their education.

Generally, athletes in this program must be nationally ranked and also
approved by their national governing body (NGB), the USOEC, and NMU.
The USOEC has resident athlete training programs in freestyle
wrestling, short track speedskating, Greco-Roman wrestling, and
weightlifting. For more info about the freestyle wrestling program,
please click here http://freestylefemales.com
Iokia Stuns Medalists at Sr. Nationals

U.S. Olympic Education center freestyle resident athlete Shyla Iokia
(55kg) qualified for the Olympic Trials in stunning fashion as she beat
2 time Sr. World Championships bronze medalist and second seeded
wrestler Sally Roberts of the U.S. Olympic Training Center (Colorado
Springs) at the USA Wrestling Sr. National Championships held at the
Las Vegas Convention Center Thursday April 24, 2008.

Unseeded Iokia's first match of the day at Sr. Nationals pitted her
against team mate and 2007 Jr. World Champion Whitney Conder who she
beat in 3 periods. Her second match of the day was against training
partner and USOEC resident athlete Amy Borgnini who she beat in 2
straight periods.

After ousting Roberts in the quarter finals, Iokia faced another Sr.
World Championships bronze medalist, Jenny Wong, who has trained at the
Colorado Springs training center for the last 4 years and recently
moved to South Carolina. Iokia's chance to make the gold medal round
was stopped in the semi finals when she lost a hard fought 1-0, 1-0
nail biter to 6 time national team member Wong. Iokia, who was injured
in this bout and defaulted to 6th place, has now qualified to compete
in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials June 13-15, 2008 at the Thomas and Mack
Center (Las Vegas, NV).

The USOEC freestyle resident athlete team has 3 members who have
qualified to make the Olympic team. Iokia will join Sadie Kaneda
(48kg) 6th place and Alyssa Lampe (48kg) 7th place at the U.S. Olympic
Team Trials. The top 7 place winners in the Olympic weight classes
(48kg, 55kg, 63kg, 72kg) and the top 4 place winners in the non
contested Olympic weight classes (51kg, 59kg, 67kg) at the USA
Wrestling Sr. National Championships qualified for the Olympic Trials.

The final chance for all wrestlers to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team
Trials is the Northern Plains Junior and Senior Regional Championships
in Waterloo, IA May 8-10, 2008.

The USOEC freestyle resident athlete team placed 7 wrestlers in the top
8 at the USA Wrestling Sr. National Championships.

In February, 1989, the U.S. Olympic Committee named Northern Michigan
University (NMU) as the nation's only United States Olympic Education
Center (USOEC). The USOEC's main focus is the resident athlete training
program, where athletes actively train for the Olympic Games while also
continuing their education.

Generally, athletes in this program must be nationally ranked and also
approved by their national governing body (NGB), the USOEC, and NMU.
The USOEC has resident athlete training programs in freestyle
wrestling, short track speedskating, Greco-Roman wrestling, and
weightlifting. For more info about the USOEC freestyle wrestling
program, view http://www.frestylefemales.com

USOEC Sr. Nationals results
48kg Sadie Kaneda 6th place
48kg Alyssa Lampe 7th place
55kg Shyla Iokia 6th place
55kg Amy Borgnini 8th Place
55kg Whitney Conder DNP
59kg Nikki Darrow 7th place
59kg Amber Miracle 8th place
59kg Dany Hedin DNP
72kg Ku'u Johnson 8th place
Lampe Qualifies for Olympic Trials

U.S. Olympic Education Center freestyle resident athlete Alyssa Lampe
qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials by capturing the silver
medal at the Women's University Nationals held at the University of
Akron Sunday April 13, 2008.

Lampe was defeated by Sara-Fulp Allen 7-1, 6-0 in the gold medal final
as both qualified for the Olympic Trials by nature of making the final
round in the 48kg Olympic weight class; all finalists in Olympic weight
classes qualified for the Olympic Trials.

Just 2 weeks ago, USOEC team mate Sadie Kaneda qualified for the U.S.
Olympic Team Trials when Lampe decided to wrestle 51kg, up one weight
class, at the Women's College Wrestling Association Nationals minutes
before the weigh ins. Champions of the WCWA nationals received
automatic bids to the Olympic Trials and Kaneda won the 48kg weight
class while taking third at the Women's University Nationals.

Both Lampe and Kaneda own victories over the non-Olympic weight class
51kg 2008 Women's University Nationals finalists and opted to qualify
for the Olympic Trials while forgoing the opportunity to represent Team
USA at the 8th World University Championships. Champions or the next
available place winner at Women's University Nationals qualify to
wrestle at the 8th World University Championships to be held latter
this summer in Greece.

The final Olympic qualifier the USOEC freestyle residents will attend
is Senior Nationals in Las Vegas scheduled for Friday April 25, 2008.
The top 7 wrestlers per Olympic weight and top 4 per non-Olympic weight
classes at Sr. Nationals qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials June
13-15, 2008 also in Las Vegas.

The USOEC freestyle residents won 4 medals over all and placed 8
wrestlers in the top 6.

In February, 1989, the U.S. Olympic Committee named Northern Michigan
University (NMU) as the nation's only United States Olympic Education
Center (USOEC). The USOEC's main focus is the resident athlete training
program, where athletes actively train for the Olympic Games while also
continuing their education.

Generally, athletes in this program must be nationally ranked and also
approved by their national governing body (NGB), the USOEC, and NMU.
The USOEC has resident athlete training programs in freestyle
wrestling, short track speedskating, Greco-Roman wrestling, and
weightlifting.

USOEC University Nationals results
48 kg 2nd Place - Alyssa Lampe
48 kg 3rd Place - Sadie Kaneda
55 kg 3rd Place - Amy Borgnini
55 kg 4th Place - Whitney Conder
55 kg DNP - Shyla Iokia
59 kg 3rd Place - Nicole Darrow
59 kg 5th Place - Amber Miracle
59 kg 6th Place - Dany Hedin
72 kg 4th Place - Ku`u Johnson
USA Wrestling Announces Grappling World Team Trials Qualifying Series

Beginning in May, USA Wrestling will begin to host a series of 12 qualifiers to determine the field for the 2008 USA Wrestling Grappling World Team Trials.

These USA Wrestling sanctioned qualifiers will identify the best Grapplers in the United States, and give them an opportunity to try out for the 2008 U.S. Grappling World Team, which will compete at the Grappling World Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland on December 20-21.

The USA Wrestling Grappling World Team Trials Qualifying Series will run from May through August, and will be placed in strategic locations around the country. The series has been designed to increase the participation level from last year, and encourage the nation's best athletes to try out for the U.S. Team.

USA Wrestling has yet to determine the site and date for the 2008 U.S. Grappling World Team Trials, but it is expected to be held in September 2008. Visit TheMat.com and read the next issue of USA Wrestler for the final details on the date and location for the U.S. Grappling World Team Trials.

"USA Wrestling is excited to bring this series of competitive World Team Trials Qualifying events to the Grappling community," said Jason Townsend, USA Wrestling's Manager of Developing Wrestling Styles. "We expect the nation's best Grappling athletes to attend these events, for a chance to make the U.S. World Team. Anybody who has competed in Grappling, wrestling, Jiu-jitsu or other martial arts should attend these outstanding events."

In order to qualify for the 2008 U.S. Grappling World Team Trials, which is for Senior-level athletes, men must place in the top four in their weight class and women must place in the top three of their weight class. Returning 2007 U.S. World Team Trials champions automatically qualify for the 2008 U.S. World Team Trials. 

USA Wrestling started a Grappling program in 2007, after the international wrestling federation FILA recognized the sport as a form of wrestling. A series of qualifiers were held, and the U.S. Grappling World Team Trials were held alongside the wrestling trials events in Las Vegas, Nev.

The U.S. World Team, sponsored by No Limits MMA, traveled to Antalya, Turkey and has a historic performance, coming home with all nine gold medals from the 2007 FILA World Wrestling Games.

FILA has announced that the Grappling World Championships will be held separately from other styles of wrestling, in a historic event set for Dec. 20-21 in Lucerne, Switzerland.

"It is our intention for Grappling to have its own independent World Championships which will spotlight this new style," said  Jean-Francois Court, Executive Director of the FILA World Grappling Committee. "Last year, we used the World Wrestling Games as our de facto World Championships because of the time constraints we faced in organizing the event. So, this will be our first World Championships where Grappling is on its own."

Several of the nation's top Grappling teams have already committed to taking part in the process of entering the Grappling World Team Trials Qualifying Series.

"I look forward to Cobra Kai Jiu-jitsu competing in these events," said Grappling legend Marc Laimon. "We expect to improve on last years' performance and really plan to step up our training to prepare specifically for these events. I want to dominate the World Team Trials and get my guys on the World Team and make the trip to Switzerland and come back with some gold medals."

Events will be held in California, Colorado, Maryland, Texas, New York, Virginia, Illinois, Florida, Nevada, Hawaii and Oregon. The first and the final qualifying events will be hosted at No Limits MMA, USA Wrestling's National Training Center for Grappling and Sombo.

All athletes must have a USA Wrestling membership and be U.S. citizens to be eligible to compete in the Grappling World Team Trials Qualifying Series as well as the U.S. Grappling World Team Trials. You can purchase a USA Wrestling membership on www.themat.com.

Athletes can pre-register and pay their $50 entry fee for these Qualifying events at www.TrackWrestling.com starting April 14th. On-site late registration will cost $75, so all are encouraged to pre-register.

For more information on the 2008 World Team Trials Qualifying Series contact Jason Townsend at (719) 598-8181 or jtownsend@usawrestling.org

USA Wrestling's Grappling World Team Trials Qualifying Series

Saturday, May 10

Southern California Regional Qualifier, No Limits MMA, Irvine, CA

Contact: Chris Carlino at (714) 334-9257

chriscarlino@mac.com


Saturday, May 17

Rocky Mountain Regional Qualifier, Massari Arena, Pueblo, CO

Contact: Troy Rutz at (303) 815-2306

E-mail: troy.rutz@dcsdk12.org

Sunday, May 18

Mason Dixon Regional Qualifier, Rising Sun High School, North East, MD

Contact: Will Townsend at (757)450-7469

E-mail: vausagrappling@yahoo.com

Saturday, May 31

Southern Plains Regional Qualifier, Dollamur Sport Surfaces, Fort Worth, TX

Contact: Scott Templeton at (888) 628-7655

E-mail: scott@dollamur.com

Saturday, May 31

Northeast Regional Qualifier, Phoenix High School, Phoenix, NY

Contact: Gene Mills at 315 652-7922

E-mail: pin2win@genemills.com

Saturday, June 7

Middle Atlantic Regional Qualifier, Phoebus High School, Hampton, VA

Contact: Will Townsend at (757) 450-7469

E-mail: vausagrappling@yahoo.com

Saturday, June 21

Midwest Regional Qualifier, Wright College, Chicago, IL

Contact: Joe Manzello at (630) 495-9717

E-mail: jmanzello@theolympiancentre.com

Saturday, June 28

Southeast Regional Qualifier, River Ridge Middle School, New Port Richey, FL

Contact: Russ Schenk at (727) 992-7229

E-mail: rschenk@pasco.k12.fl.us

Saturday, June 28

Southwest Regional Qualifier, Throwdown Training Facility, Las Vegas, NV

Contact: Scott Bieri at (702) 340-0484

E-mail: scott@ckjj.com

Sunday, July 13

Hawaiian Islands Regional Qualifier, Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, HI

Contact: Bryan Sanders at (808) 688-3962

E-mail: bdshawaii@hotmail.com

Saturday, July 19

Northwest Regional Qualifier, Parkrose High School, Portland, OR

Contact: Scott McKendry at (503) 661-4134

E-mail: scottm@tqmma.com

Saturday, August 23

Last Chance Qualifier, No Limits MMA, Irvine, CA

Contact: Chris Carlino at (714) 334-9257 chriscarlino@mac.com
Johnson, Brown National Champs

U.S. Olympic Education Center (USOEC) freestyle resident athletes Beth
Johnson and Schuyler Brown win 124 lbs. and 139 lbs. respectively at
the U.S. Girls Wrestling Association national tournament held in
Livonia, MI Sunday March 30, 2008.

Johnson pinned Alli Ragan (IL) in the second period to claim her second
USGWA national title. Johnson, who owns a victory this year over the
current or 2008 college national champion, participates in the USOEC
program as a high school senior attending Marquette Senior High School
located in Marquette, MI.

Brown also a high school senior at MSHS stopped Nikita Netjes (MI) in a
12-10 overtime barn burner to claim her first high school national
title. Brown also owns a victory over this year's 2008 college
national champion.

MSHS high senior and USOEC resident freestyle athlete Elizabeth
DeAngelo improved her finish from a year ago from 8th to 5th.

The USOEC had several signed recruits also participate in this national
tournament. National champion Amy Whitbeck (120 lbs.), who upset 3x
national champion Joey Miller, leads the USOEC recruits followed by
Emily Martin 3rd place (109 lbs.), and Erin Golston 5th place (98
lbs.).

In February, 1989, the U.S. Olympic Committee named Northern Michigan
University as the nation's only United States Olympic Education Center.
The USOEC's main focus is the resident athlete training program, where
athletes actively train for the Olympic Games while also continuing
their education.

Generally, athletes in this program must be nationally ranked and also
approved by their national governing body (NGB), the USOEC, and NMU.
The USOEC has resident athlete training programs in freestyle
wrestling, short track speedskating, Greco-Roman wrestling, and
weightlifting.

USOEC results
98 lbs. Erin Golston 5th
109 lbs. Emily Martin 3rd
120 lbs. Amy Whitbeck National Champion
124 lbs. Beth Johnson National Champion
133 lbs. Elizabeth DeAngelo 5th
139 lbs. Schuyler Brown National Champion
Kaneda Crowned College Champion

Oklahoma City March 17, 2008-U.S. Olympic Education Center freestyle
resident athlete, Sadie Kaneda, was crowned champion while four of her
team mates also made the gold medal round at the fifth annual Women's
College Wrestling Association Freestyle National Championships, held
at Abe Lemons Arena on the campus of Oklahoma City University on
Saturday.

Northern Michigan University junior Kaneda, for the second time this
year, stopped 2006 Jr. World Champion Nicole Woody of Oklahoma City
University, 1-0, 6-0.

Champions at the seven World Championship weight classes, (48 kg, 51
kg, 55 kg, 59 kg, 63 kg, 67 kg and 72 kg) qualified for the U.S.
Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling on June 13-15 at the Thomas and Mack
Center in Las Vegas so Kaneda has punched her ticket for the final
Olympic team qualifier.

In a battle of Jr. World Bronze medalists, NMU sophomore Alyssa Lampe,
a USOEC freestyle resident athlete, fell short in her bid for a first
WCWA title to Jessica Medina from the University of the Cumberlands
0-1, 7-2, 1-0.

Lampe decided minutes before the weigh to wrestle up one weight class
to allow her team mate, Kaneda, the opportunity to qualify for the U.S.
Olympic Team Trials.

Fourth seeded NMU freshman Linsdey Brooks, a USOEC freestyle resident
athlete, surpassed her seed and won a silver medal at her first WCWA
tournament. Brooks beat number 1 seed Lacey Novinska from Missouri
Valley College in the semi finals on her way to the gold medal finals.
Former USOEC freestyle resident athlete Melissa Simmons outlasted
Brooks in a 3 period thriller 1-1, 1-1, 1-0.

The U.S. Olympic Education Center freestyle resident athlete on the
campus of Northern Michigan University pushed 5 of 6 athletes in to the
final round and placed 4th as a team to University of the Cumberlands,
Oklahoma City University, and Missouri Valley College who all brought
athletes in the non contested Olympic or world championship weights of
44kg, 80kg, and 95 kg.

USOEC silver medalists included NMU senior Amy Borgnini and NMU junior
Nikki Darrow.

At 59 kg Amber Miracle, an NMU freshman, also debuted in the WCWA and
looked impressive.

Marquette Senior High School USOEC freestyle resident athletes, who are
ineligible for the Women's College Wrestling Association Freestyle
National Championships, Schuyler Brown 63kg and Erin Clodgo 67kg own
victories over the reigning or current WCWA 2008 champions in their
respective weight classes.

The USOEC freestyle resident athlete program now will prepare for the
world championship qualifiers or the Jr. World Championships, the World
University Championships, and the Olympic Games to be held in April,
May, and June.

USOEC results
48 kg 1st - Sadie Kaneda
51 kg 2nd Place - Alyssa Lampe
55 kg 2nd Place - Amy Borgnini
59 kg 2nd Place - Nikki Darrow
59 kg DNP - Amber Miracle
72 kg 2nd Place - Lindsey Brooks
Maroulis Commits to USOEC Freestyle Resident Athlete Program

The U.S. Olympic Education Center (USOEC) has received a verbal
commitment from Helen Maroulis of Rockville, Maryland (Colonel Zadok
Magruder High School).

Maroulis, a member of the 2007 ASICS Girls High School All-American
Team, will enter the USOEC resident athlete program as a high school
senior and will attend Marquette Senior High School.

The USOEC has a star studded 2008-2009 recruiting class that includes
Amy Whitbeck, Adeline Gray, Emily Martin, Patricia Hill, Veronica
Carlson, Melissa Apodaca, Erin Golston, and Brenda Mendoza.

In February, 1989, the U.S. Olympic Committee named Northern Michigan
University as the nation's only United States Olympic Education Center.
The USOEC's main focus is the resident athlete training program, where
athletes actively train for the Olympic Games while also continuing
their education.

Generally, athletes in this program must be nationally ranked and also
approved by their national governing body (NGB), the USOEC, and NMU.
The USOEC has resident athlete training programs in freestyle
wrestling, short track speedskating, Greco-Roman wrestling, and
weightlifting.

USOEC freestyle wrestler profile

Helen Maroulis, Rockville, MD, Colonel Zadok Magruder High School, Jr.
51kg
2007 ASICS Girls High School All-American Team
2007 USAW Junior National Champion
2007 FILA Cadet National Champion
2006 USGWA National Runner-up
CWU Training Camp Tour Journal Part 3

Shannyn J. Gillespie USOEC

Chukyo Women's University Nagoya, Japan March 2008-Part 3 of the Chukyo
Women's University Training Camp Tour covers the last three training
days for the U.S. Olympic Education Center freestyle resident athlete.

The last 3 training days at CWU encompassed 6 workouts composed of 3
cross training workouts and 3 wrestling mat workouts.

Pictures for the entire trip are forthcoming and will be available at
http://www.freestylefemales.com upon entry into Marquette, MI, USA.

Below is a day by day synopsis of things that happened in Nagoya, Japan
during the training camp at CWU.

Chukyo Women's University Training Camp Tour 2008 Day 7
Friday March 7, 2008 began with games of floor hockey (the teams
actually met in the weight room first and Coach Sakae spoke, then…)
followed up by a 26 station circuit in the weight room directed by
Coach Sakae.

Due to the large size of the team(s), each circuit lasted for 10-12
stations then a rest period, then another circuit. This circuit was
completed 3 times. Coach Sakae directed the team(s) to work on
individual needs in the weight room at the conclusion of the last
circuit.

The second workout on Friday began with sprint line drills combined
with tumbling exercises that lasted for about 20 minutes then two
minute drilling with change of partners lasted for 3 partners or six
minutes total.

Speed drilling was next and included several varieties of speed drills
with 20 seconds on -- 5 seconds off. In the versions executed today,
one partner hits as many skills as possible in 20 seconds. Twenty
second speed drilling was followed by 15 second speed drills with the
same format. Both speeds drills were executed 4 times each partner.

Live wrestling was next and again wrestlers could get up to 4 matches
if they asked.

The conditioning lasted for 40 minutes on Friday and incorporated more
skills that I have seen but executed in a different way. An example is
team squats with everyone holding hands counting up to 11 then down
from 11 which equals close to132 squats.

This was another grueling day and Coach Sakae invited the USOEC team to
the spa again and the USOEC freestyle athletes were happy to treat
their muscles and minds to rest, recovery, and relaxation.

Interesting notes
Several times this week (3), Coach Sakae has taken the USOEC coaches to
breakfast and today, Olympic Champion Saori, Malika (15 years old &
second year athlete), and her Malika's mom joined us for coffee, eggs,
and bread at a restaurant named Komeda's.

The night before or day 6, the USOEC coaches were treated to sushi with
Coach Sakae, Saori, Rena (2 x World Silver medalist), and Yuri (World
Cup Champion and CWU graduate). Ayako also joined us that night and
interpreted back and forth with the Japanese and American speakers.

Coach Sakae explained Japan's women dominate wrestling due to Japan
planning for the first Olympics women wrestlers would participate in
over 20 years ago.

Saori explained she started wrestling at age 3 and she is 25 now. She
also joined CWU when she was 18 and was coached by her father till CWU.
Other great info from Saori: Olympic Champion Kaori Icho joined CWU at
15 and Saori and Kaori wrestled 3 times… Saori is 3-0 versus Kaori.

Saori explained Olympic Silver medalist Chiharu Icho (also a 3 x World
Champion & Kaori's elder sister) joined CWU at age 18. Chiharu is now
26 and Saori has not competed against her. Sisters Icho got involved
with wrestling through their brother.

Chukyo Women's University Training Camp Tour 2008 Day 8
Saturday March 8, 2008 began with the first workout on the track and
ended with wrestlers trading clothes and other things.

The track workout started with groups of 3 people tossing a medicine
ball, running, and interweaving between each other as they traveled
around the oval 5 times. After that warm up, the wrestlers sprinted
laps with the same format running 1 lap under 65 seconds. If your
group time was over 65 seconds, your group ran again.

Ten minutes of working on individual muscles that need work concluded
the morning workout in the weight room.

Team USA or the USOEC freestyle resident athletes ran the last
wrestling practice and it seemed as if we were at home at Northern
Michigan University in the Superior Dome wrestling room.

Much of the format was a mixture of all the ideas that the USOEC
freestyle coaches and athletes employ daily in Marquette, MI, USA. For
these secrets, join our team! All jokes aside, you can check
http://www.freestylefemales.com for a recipe for what we do daily to
prepare for the Olympic Games.

Interesting notes
Coach Sakae travels to Tokyo for the second and third times during this
camp to have planning meetings and interviews. Coach Sakae was Japan's
first Olympic Coach for women at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and
will be the women's coach for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

On the last session of camp, singlets, shoes, shirts, bracelets, hair
things, and many other items were shared, traded, and gifted to each
other. Several team pictures were taken and there were a lot of smiles
going around as seemingly everyone wanted a photo with everyone who
trained at the second annual Chukyo Women's University Training Camp
Tour 2008 version.
Quotes from U.S. Olympic Education Center Freestyle Resident Athletes from the Chukyo Women's University Training Camp Tour 2008

Tell me about your experience at CWU Training Camp Tour.

Amy Borgnini
"It's a great opportunity to train with the best in the world at your
weight class and this is my second year at the CWU Training Camp Tour."

Amber Miracle
"I learned a lot from especially about how to work hard and how hard
they (CWU team) work"

Schuyler Brown
"The first day was really really tiring…eventually I gained some
confidence and I gonna take a lot of confidence from this experience."

What did you learn at CWU Training Camp Tour?

Nikki Darrow
"We learned a lot about the different exercises the rest of the world
does for example they do a lot of jumps and plyos."

Katie Crouch
"I learned about different training techniques and specifically for my
body type."

Lindsey Brooks
"I learned that it takes a lot of work to be a champion. If you train
with champions, you'll most likely become one because you will most
likely emulate what they are doing.

"It was a good experience to train with 3 Olympic medalists."

What was your best experience at CWU Training Camp Tour?

Whitney Conder
"I'll probably would say my best experience was wrestling with the
Olympic Champions and learning what they do and how to become a
champion."

Sadie Kaneda
"My best experience at CWU training camp was wrestling people of
different caliber from high school to Olympians and they taught us."


Elizabeth DeAngelo
"My best experience was probably the first morning workout. I was
really nervous…I got through it and it gave me a lot of confidence for
the rest of the camp."

What was the most challenging thing you did at CWU Training Camp Tour?

Alyssa Lampe
"The push ups were pretty hard…the whole workout was much a lot more
intense than what we usually do…it was great being able to see how the
best in the world train."

Beth Johnson
"I would say sprinting the whole time because we are not use to
sprinting…maybe wrestling Yoshida because that was really exciting."
CWU Training Camp Tour Journal Part 2

Shannyn J. Gillespie USOEC

Chukyo Women's University Nagoya, Japan March 2008-The second part of
the camp at CWU in Japan was sandwiched by a 'holiday' as Coach Sakae
called it. This holiday was a rest and much needed recovery day for
the USOEC athletes to re-gain their mental strength, shop, and prepare
for the last part of the camp.

Below is a description of the goings on of the U.S. Olympic Education
Center freestyle resident athlete program during part 2 of the training
camp minus pictures.

Pictures will become available, via freestylefemales.com, upon return
to the USA. The magic of technology is in control of the uploading and
downloading of everything on computers at CWU and especially jpegs or
photos or images.

Chukyo Women's University Training Camp Tour 2008 Day 4
Tuesday March 4, 2008 picked up where Monday left off.

The morning started with warm up laps around the track and the workout
lasted about 60 minutes from start to finish.

Five lap interval line sprint runs were used twice to begin the
practice. These sprint/runs were followed up by direction changing
sprints. These sprints pitted 4 athletes against each other till a
clap was heard (or words) from the leader of the drill...then the
sprint changed directions until another clap or voice…again a
clap/voice was heard and another direction change.

After the sprint work was done on the track, pull up circuits were used
to give the upper body something to brag about. These intense workouts
were done in 5 sets of 10 or 50 total repetitions. The pull up circuit
was finished with individual work on muscles or areas that need to be
strengthened.

The second practice consisted of 4-5 matches and started with the
typical stretch, gymnastics, body weight exercises, and drill scenario
lead by the team captain.

Coach Sakae traveled to Tokyo to give an interview today and the
instructions for practice were left earlier.

Interesting note
Each day the CWU wrestlers amaze me with several drills, skills,
exercises I have never seen before. Most of the ideas are logical and
derivatives of other types of movement patterns and the way they are
used is simple and amazing.

To be certain, most drills mimic the time of a period of wrestling or a
flurry of movements to execute a skill. Also, most movements entail
direction changes and explosive actions.

Chukyo Women's University Training Camp Tour 2008 Day 5
Wednesday March 5, 2008 the USOEC team was granted a 'holiday' by Coach
Sakae.
This recovery day or regeneration day allowed a morning sleep in,
shopping in Nagoya, and eating at a sushi bar. We took several trains
to shop till we dropped and it reminded me of traveling in New York or
Chicago due to the subway and elevated trains.

Luckily, our tour guides CWU wrestling's finest and Mio were well
planned and happy to take us to what appeared to be an outdoor type of
market and then a 24 floor mall. Needless to say, the USOEC team got
what they needed and this recovery day took 8 hours from start till
finish.

The sushi bar had a conveyor belt of food traveling by seemingly every
second and the food was good. Green tea was served at our leisure and
a faucet or spigot filled with hot water was ready to serve whoever
wanted tea.

Interesting notes
Much like Beijing, China; Nagoya, Japan has hundreds and thousands of
people daily riding bikes or scooters to travel around. Our tour
guides swiftly got on their bikes and scooter as they traveled home
after shopping with us. The train station was filled with several
thousand bikes in a moped, scooter, and bike parking lot.

During the recovery/shopping day, I saw many high school students
shopping who were still wearing their uniforms and apparently most of
the high school students attend schools were a uniform is required.
All of the girls wore skirts with blouses and all the boys wore jackets
with oxfords and ties.

Chukyo Women's University Training Camp Tour 2008 Day 6
Thursday March 6, 2008 started with Coach Sakae addressing the team in
the weight room followed by stretches then a track, cross training
workout.

The track work out was a relay with three teams racing around a 400
meter track twice per group of 3 or 4 with substitutes after every 2
laps.

Part of the cross training workout out consisted of a stair workout up
3 flights with partner assisted and directed exercises. The other part
of the cross training workout was a sit up circuit 3 times each per
partner followed up by individual and partner work on specific muscle
area needs.

The mat workouts consisted of a 30 minute warm up that included
tumbling, jogging, drilling and this lead into drill matches 2 minutes
long and eventually live wrestling.

Four or 3 matches were wrestled in the live portion preceded by group
par terre goes where 2 groups essentially wrestled back and forth via a
queen of the mat format. In other words, if no one can turn you, you
are the queen of the mat and continue till some one turns you or stay
there indefinitely.

Conditioning finished the practice with push up type exercises in sets
of 5 (repetitions of 10) followed by a game of soccer with 3 little
balls being kicked every which way.

Interesting notes
Coach Sakae says 2 words and the entire team falls in line at the
beginning and end of each practice. The captain of the team addresses
Coach Sakae during the start and finish of each practice and generally,
the captain speaks through Sensei Sakae.

Many of CWU wrestling team wears USA Wrestling gear to each practice.
The USOEC team and coaches traded or gifted much of the USAW gear being
worn daily at practices during the inaugural 2007 CWU/USOEC training
camp tour.

There are 7 high school wrestlers on the 2007-2008 CWU wrestling team.
CWU Training Camp Tour Journal and Pictures

Chukyo Women's University Nagoya, Japan March 2008-USA Wrestling's
womens' freestyle resident athlete program at the U.S. Olympic
Education on the campus of Northern Michigan University (NMU) traveled
to Japan during the NMU spring break to learn from the best women
wrestlers in the world at Chukyo Women's University (CWU) lead by
Sensei Sakae.

CWU is the training ground and home for Olympic Champions Saori Yoshida
and Kaori Icho and also Kaori's elder sister a reigning 3 x World
Champion and Olympic Silver medalist Chiharu Icho.

There are 20 other world championship titles to learn from at CWU and
below is a training journal and pictorial essay that discovers the
'secrets' to success.

Chukyo Women's University Training Camp Tour 2008 Day 1
The USOEC contingent of eleven athletes and two coaches arrive at
Nagoya, Japan Airport and are greeted by Coach Sakae, Olympic Champion
Saori Yoshida, Rena (2 x World Silver medalist), World Cup Champion
Yuri, Mami (World University Silver medalist), his assistant coach, and
CWU athletes. This day or days was filled with flying, reading, and
taking pictures from Detroit, MI, USA to the final destination of Japan
or the "Team House" where our first meal was served.

Interesting notes
We actually left the States on 'leap day' Friday February 29, 2008 and
entered Japan Saturday March 1, 2008. Japan is 14 hours difference and
the flight took approximately 14 hours from Detroit, MI, USA to Tokyo,
Japan to Nagoya Japan. (We actually traveled via 4 airports starting
in Green Bay, WI.)

Chukyo Women's University wrestling team has 2 team houses. The team
house the USOEC team ate and eats at nightly is comprised of mainly
high school students and underclasswomen at CWU.

Chukyo Women's University Training Camp Tour 2008 Day 2
Sunday March 2, 2008 is the first workout and this training session is
mainly gymnastics, body weight, and sport specific strength exercises
organized by the team captain. This practice takes about 1 hour or so.


The second practice is filled with a warm up of roughly 40 minutes or
so followed by 2-5 live matches depending on how many people each
wrestler asked.

Interesting notes
Each practice is started by Coach Sakae giving instructions or words
from his mind. CWU lines up by rank in order of age and grade in
school or college. The Olympians and World Champions form a separate
and distinct group on the side. The team then prays then claps 3 times
and begins to practice lead by the team captain.

Coach Sakae rarely speaks during practice except to correct mistakes
and generally the athletes organize and run the entire practice.

Athletes ages range from 13-26 and all athletes are competitive. Saori
Yoshida's dad coaches at CWU on the weekends and brings along several
younger athletes from his club including a very young boy who appeared
to be 12 or so.

Chukyo Women's University Training Camp Tour 2008 Day 3
Monday March 3, 2008 starts with Coach Sakae taking USOEC coaches to
the vending machine while the team captain warms the wrestlers on the
track.

This workout last about 2 hours and consists of short sprints up a
30-40 yard slope or paved road. After sprints, the athletes engage in
several different types of body lifts that include: piggy back carry,
double piggy back carry (2 people on your back), fireman's carry, wheel
barrel, double leg carry, and many other partner exercises that have no
name at this point.

Wrestling was the theme for the second workout and most grapplers
attained 4 matches. The warm up was halted as TV cameras were present
and Coach Sakae was dressed in a coat and tie. He briefly described
why the cameras and reporters were there and the practice started again.

After the matches concluded, the plate workouts started and more body
weight exercises were done. This workout took about 2.5 hours.

The Japanese spa was the place to be after practice and Coach Sakae via
an interpreter invited the USOEC team along with Mio, Lena, and Mida to
attend this hot springs, sauna, and cold plunge Japanese spa.

Interesting note
Wrestling practices last anywhere from 2-3 hours and a lot of
conditioning work is down with weights after most practices. (USOEC
athletes are on the mats twice per day, generally, for 1.5 hours each
back in Marquette, MI, USA.)

Younger athletes have no fear in this room and can score points too.
USOEC athletes are scoring points on Olympians and gaining confidence
each practice due to being able to complete each practice and the
ability to score points on the best in the world.

The spa trip also included a trip to the Japanese version of the dollar
store and the local super market. There were items that are sold in
the states like just about all candy bars, sport drinks, coffee sold in
the super market and similar items in the dollar store.

Pictorial journal pages 3-31 or below
Requests for actual picture to be sent should select page# and top or
bottom picture.

Author's note: Orignal paper was written in MS Word file and is not
actually attached due to technological wonders.
Whitbeck, Gray Commit to USOEC Women's Wrestling Program Shannyn Gillespie USOEC

The U.S. Olympic Education Center (USOEC) has received verbal commitments from Amy Whitbeck of Duanesburg, New York (Duanesburg High School) and Adeline Gray of Denver, Colorado (Bear Creek High School).

Whitbeck and Gray are members of the 2007 ASICS Girls High School All-American Team and Whitbeck, a graduating senior, will enter the USOEC resident athlete program as an incoming freshman at Northern Michigan University (NMU).

Gray will enter the USOEC as a high school senior and will attend Marquette Senior High School.

The USOEC has a star studded 2008-2009 recruiting class that includes Amy Whitbeck, Adeline Gray, Emily Martin, Patricia Hill, Veronica Carlson, Melissa Apodaca, and Erin Golston.

In February, 1989, the U.S. Olympic Committee named Northern Michigan University as the nation's only United States Olympic Education Center. The USOEC's main focus is the resident athlete training program, where athletes actively train for the Olympic Games while also continuing their education.

Generally, athletes in this program must be nationally ranked and also approved by their national governing body (NGB), the USOEC, and NMU. The USOEC has resident athlete training programs in freestyle wrestling, short track speedskating, Greco-Roman wrestling, and weightlifting.


 USOEC freestyle wrestlers profile:

Adeline Gray, Denver, Colorado, Bear Creek High School, Jr. 63kg
2007 ASICS Girls High School All-American Team
2007 USAW Junior National Champion
4 x USGWA National Champion

Conder Wins Again Shannyn J. Gillespie USOEC Freestyle

Calgary, Alberta, Canada Feb. 3, 2008  ––  Whitney Conder 55kg wins her second title in as many days by capturing the Calgary Open championship, held in the Kinesiology Complex of the University of Calgary campus Sunday February 3, 2008.  Two other U.S. Olympic Education Center (USOEC) resident athletes, Beth Johnson 55kg and Schuyler Brown 63kg, also won medals.

The finale at the fifty–five kilogram weight class was a rematch of the Nordhagen International Classic, held only a day earlier, with nearly the same result as Jr. World Champion (2007) Conder, a Northern Michigan University (NMU) freshman, held off team mate Johnson in a 3 period affair. 

Brown bounced back after a disappointing semi–final loss and won her bronze medal by a pin.

USOEC freestyle wrestlers Amber Miracle 59kg, Elizabeth DeAngelo 59kg, and Katie Crouch 72kg placed fourth and sixth respectively. 

Johnson, DeAngelo, Brown, and Crouch are all Marquette Senior High School seniors and participate in the USOEC program, as resident athletes, on the campus of NMU.

The USOEC freestyle resident athlete team, a USA Wrestling resident program, had more than 40 bouts over the weekend during the Nordhagen International Classic and the Calgary Open competitions gaining much needed experience heading into the upcoming Japan tour and the championship season.

USOEC Calgary Open Results



Beth Johnson 55kg Silver medalist                                               Whitney Conder 55kg Champion

Win– T. Chase (Sailisbury)                                                                       Win– M. Dick (Burnaby)

Win– A. Ross (UCWC)                                                         Win– B. Johnson (USOEC)

Loss– W. Conder (USOEC)

 

Amber Miracle 59kg 4th                                                           Elizabeth DeAngelo 6th

Win – R. Dickonson (Burnaby)                                                       Loss – A.Doyle(NS)

Loss – H. Erdle (UCWC)                                                         Win by FT – A. Torafson (Winnipeg)

Win – E. DeAngelo                                                                            Loss – A. Miracle (USOEC)

Loss – A.Doyle(NS)                                                                           Loss – R. Dickonson (Burnaby)

 

Schuyler Brown 63kg Bronze medalist                                        Katie Crouch 72kg 6th

Loss – D. Torgeson (Burnaby)                                                       Loss – M. Connelly (N. Island)

Win by FT – L.Steffler (Brock)                                                            Win by FT – E. Wiebi (UCWC)

Win – M. Smith (UCWC)                                                         Loss – E. Maierhofer(Austria)

                                                                                                            Loss – D. Jehu (Brock)

Lineups Announced for Team USA vs. Belarus Wrestling Showcase

Team USA will be led by national No. 1's Mike Zadick and Daniel Cormier

WASHINGTON - The lineups for the Team USA vs. Belarus freestyle wrestling showcase being held at American University's Bender Arena on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. have been finalized, AU Head Coach Mark Cody announced Friday. The U.S. lineup includes two wrestlers currently ranked No. 1 in the country and the Belarus lineup features two former Senior World Championships medal winners.

"Both teams are bringing in a great group of guys," Cody said. "I'm excited to see what will happen when we get this much talent on the mat. Any sports fan who enjoys seeing competition at its highest level will be lucky to see these two teams in action."

Team USA's lineup will include 55 kg Matt Azevedo, 60 kg Mike Zadick, 66 kg Jesse Jantzen, 74 kg <http://aueagles.cstv.com/sports/m-wrestl/mtt/abdurakhmanov_muzaffar00.html>Muzaffar Abdurakhmanov, 84 kg Chris Pendleton, 96 kg Daniel Cormier and 120 kg Tolly Thompson. Team USA will be coached by the current AU wrestling coaching staff.

Zadick and Cormier highlight the list of wrestlers on the U.S. side as the current No. 1's in their respective weight class. Zadick placed second at the 2007 Pan American Games and is a 2006 World silver medalist. Cormier was a bronze medalist at the 2007 World Championships and placed fourth in the 2004 Olympic Games.

The U.S. lineup also includes two national No. 2 wrestlers in Azevedo and Pendleton. Azevedo placed second at the 2007 U.S. World Team Trials and second at both the 2005 and 2006 Nationals. Pendleton finished 10th at the 2005 World University Games and won back-to-back NCAA Championships in 2004 and 2005.

Current AU assistant coach and former Eagle himself, Abdurakhmanov is no stranger to Bender Arena. Abdurakhmanov wrestled for two seasons at AU after winning two junior college national championships at Colby Community College. Abdurakhmanov became just the second grappler in program history to be crowned an All-American in 2006 and was also a two-time EIWA Champion for AU.

"It will be nice to wrestle in front of my home crowd again after competing in several international competitions recently," Abdurakhmanov said. "I am excited to have this opportunity and excited that the local wrestling community will get to see wrestling at its highest level."

Jantzen and Thompson round out Team USA's lineup for the showcase and each brings a full resume to the mat. Jantzen was a 2005 World University Games Champion and in 2004 won an NCAA Championship for Harvard. Thompson is a former pupil of Coach Cody and is a three-time U.S. Nationals Champion and two-time U.S. World Team Trials Champion.

Belarus is bringing a lineup to Washington, D.C., which includes 55 kg Rizvan Gadzhiev, 60 kg Mahamedkamil Mahamedau, 60 kg Aliaksandr Karnitski, 66 kg Albert Batyrov, 74 kg Aliaksandr Matyl, 84 kg Ivan Yankouski, 96 kg Ruslan Sheikhov and 120 kg Maksim Mikhalevich. Belarus will be coached by Valiantsin Murzinkou and Siarhei Huryeu.

Gadshiev and Sheikov are each Senior World Championships bronze medalists, having placed third in 2007 and 2006, respectively. Batyrov and Gaidarov each took fifth place at the 2006 Worlds. Mikhailevich, another prominent Belarusian wrestler, placed second at the 2006 World Military Games.

Tickets for the showcase are on sale now and available by calling 202-885-TIXX or by <http://www.tix.com/Schedule.asp?OrganizationNumber=967>clicking here. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, kids 18 and under, groups of 20 or more or anyone with a valid AU ID. A pre-ordered ticket to the showcase will also get you into a one-hour wrestling clinic being taught by the U.S. Olympic Committee's 2007 Wrestling Male Athlete of the Year, <http://aueagles.cstv.com/sports/m-wrestl/mtt/vering_brad00.html>Brad Vering. The clinic will begin at 4 p.m. in the Marilyn Meltzer Wrestling Room. Space for the clinic is limited.
Western Ontario Open Results

USOEC VS Opponent

1st place
48kg: Sadie Kaneda Vs Pricilla Brownfield
(University of the Cumberlands) 6-0, 5-2
Vs Norine Cruz
(Missouri Valley) 6-0, 6-0
Vs Christy
McConnell (University of Regina) 6-1, 6-0

3rd place
67kg: Lindsey Brooks Vs Nikita Chicoine
(Concordia) 0-6, 0-6
Vs Dinna
Anyanwuh (Missouri Valley) 3-0, 6-0
Vs Ashley Reed
(Western Ontario University) 6-0, won by fall in 1:10
Vs Jessica
Fitzgerald (University of Toronto) 1-2, 0-4

3rd place
Ku'u Johnson Vs Terri Milkoff
(University of the Cumberlands) 0-2, 4-0, 2-2
Vs Alyssa James
(University of Toronto) 0-1, 0-1
Committed USOEC Freestyle Wrestlers

The U.S. Olympic Education Center has received verbal commitments from
5 outstanding high school wrestlers across the USA.

The list of new USOEC freestyle wrestlers is headed by 2007 ASICS GIRLS
HIGH SCHOOL ALL-AMERICAN WRESTLING TEAM members Emily Martin, Frisco,
TX., Centennial High School, Sr. and Veronica Carlson, Addison, Ill.,
Addison Trail High School, Jr.

Patricia Hill WI., Tomahawk High School, Sr.; Melissa Apodaca, Chugiak,
AL., Chugiak High School, Sr., and Erin Golston, Lake In The Hills,
Ill., Crystal Lake South HS, Fr. round out the first group of committed
USOEC freestyle wrestlers for the 2008-2009 season.

Carlson and Golston will enter the USOEC as high school students while
Martin, Hill, and Apodaca will be incoming freshman at Northern
Michigan University.

In February, 1989, the U.S. Olympic Committee named Northern Michigan
University (NMU) as the nation's only United States Olympic Education
Center. The USOEC's main focus is the resident athlete training
program, where athletes actively train for the Olympic Games while also
continuing their education.

Generally, athletes in this program must be nationally ranked and also
approved by their national governing body (NGB), the USOEC, and NMU.
The USOEC has resident athlete training programs in freestyle
wrestling, short track speedskating, Greco-Roman wrestling, and
weightlifting.

Committed USOEC Freestyle Wrestlers:

Emily Martin, Frisco, TX., Centennial High School, Sr., 48kg
2007 ASICS GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL ALL-AMERICAN WRESTLING TEAM
USAW Jr. National All American 2007
USGWA Jr. National All American 2007

Patricia Hill WI., Tomahawk High School, Sr., 48kg
USAW Jr. National All American 2007

Veronica Carlson, Addison, Ill., Addison Trail High School, Jr, 63kg
2007 ASICS GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL ALL-AMERICAN WRESTLING TEAM
USAW Jr. National Champion 2007
USGWA National Champion 2007

Melissa Apodaca, Chugiak, AL., Chugiak High School, Sr., 63kg
USAW Jr. National All American 2007

Erin Golston, Lake In The Hills, Ill., Crystal Lake South HS, Fr. 48kg
Body Bar National Champion 2007

The USOEC Freestyle team will release another list of committed
recruits in one month.
USOEC Wins 2 Medals at Brock Open

St. Catharines, Ont., CA -- USOEC wrestler Beth Johnson 59kg and
Schuyler Brown 63kg win silver and bronze medals at the Brock
University Women's Wrestling Tournament held on Saturday January 12,
2008 at the Walker Center Complex in Ontario, Canada.

Johnson, a high school senior at Marquette Senior HS, made the
championship final and compiled a 3-1 record while earning here silver
medal.

Johnson seems to be more focused on mastering specific parts of her
wrestling and commented, "I worked on different set ups to my double
legs and single legs today...I was happy with my results".

Brown, also a high school senior at MSHS won her bronze medal by
tallying a record of 2-2 at the at Brock University Women's Wrestling
Tournament.

Brown, who lost 2 matches in the waning a seconds of periods explained,
"I am learning how to hold opponents off at the end of periods."

Both Johnson and Brown are freestyle resident athletes at the U.S.
Olympic Education Center on the campus of Northern Michigan University.

USOEC resident athletes and MSHS seniors Elizabeth DeAngelo 59kg and
Katie Crouch 72kg also competed in the competition. DeAngelo had a 1-2
record while Crouch amassed a 1-3 record.

USOEC Final Results
Beth Johnson Champion 59kg 2nd
Decisioned Kelly Mc Niven Brock University 6-0, 6-0, pin
Decisioned Caittyion Goodfellow Mc Mastery University 5-1, 4-3
Decisioned Katrina Huszarik Western University 6-0, 7-1
Lost to Michelle Fazzari Brock University 1-4, 1-6

Elizabeth DeAngelo 59kg
Lost to Michelle Fazzari Brock University 0-1, 0-6
Lost to Heather Wray Western University 0-3, 0-2
Decisioned Kelly Mc Niven Brock University 3-0, 2-0

Schuyler Brown Champion 63kg 3rd
Decisioned Celeste Rodrigues Brock University pin
Lost to Stefenie Shaw USA 3-3, 4-5
Lost to Katie Patroch Western University 1-3, 0-2
Decisioned Ashley Routliffe University of Guelph 1-3, 4-0, inj. def.

Katie Crouch 72kg
Lost to Debra Jehu Brock University pin
Lost to Jill Mc Callum Western University 1-4, 1-4
Decisioned Megghen Wilton University of Guelph pin
Lost to Sara Leo Brock University 0-6 0-2
Wrestling & Judo Olympic Trials Application

Media accreditation has begun for 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling and Judo

The media accreditation process has begun for journalists interested in covering the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling and Judo, which will be held at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, June 13-15, 2008.

A media accreditation form has been developed as a pdf file, which can be downloaded and sent to the event organizers for consideration via FAX or mail.

The event will feature contests in each of the 18 Olympic wrestling weight classes in the three Olympic styles (men's freestyle, men's Greco-Roman, women's freestyle) as well as the 14 Olympic judo weight divisions to be contested at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Each individual journalist who wishes to cover the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling and Judo will have to submit an accreditation form. A media outlet may send in all of their requests at once, but one form must be completed for each applicant.

Accreditation acceptance will be done on a "rolling basis," being handled shortly after each application is received. All media outlets are encouraged to send in their applications as soon as possible in order for the event organizers and the media outlets to make the appropriate plans.

The deadline for all media accreditation is June 1, 2008.

There will be over 300 athletes from all across the United States entered in this event, all who are pursuing their personal Olympic dreams.

The U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling and Judo will be a tremendous opportunity for media to cover the Olympic quest. For local media, there should be many athletes from numerous markets to cover. For national and international media, the competition will feature numerous Olympic medal hopefuls, as well as a large number of compelling personal stories.

For questions, contact Gary Abbott of USA Wrestling at 719-598-8181 or via e-mail at gabbott@usawrestling.org

Attached is the jpg file of the accreditation form.

You can also download the accreditation form at:
http://www.themat.com/forms/08OlympicTrialscredential.pdf

Olympic Women's Wrestling Meet

B2 Networks to Broadcast Pre-Olympic Women's Wrestling Meet
Meet Marks the Second Women's Wrestling Event Broadcast Live on B2
Networks

MARQUETTE, MI - B2 Networks announced today it will broadcast the
second women's wrestling event in the history of the company, a
pre-Olympic match featuring the United States Olympic Education Center
(USOEC) and Oklahoma City University.

The meet, will take place in the Vandament Arena on the campus Northern
Michigan University and can be seen live via the world's premier
broadband broadcaster on Friday, December 7 at 5:00 p.m. (EST).

"The USA Wrestling resident athlete program women's freestyle team at
the USOEC will compete in Canada the week prior and will conclude the
fall semester with the dual versus Oklahoma City University," stated
Shannyn J. Gillespie, USOEC Head Coach.

"This dual will serve as a final preparation contest for the
championship season which starts in January 2008 heading into the
Olympic Trials in mid-June 2008."

"We are looking forward for the opportunity to compete against the
Olympic Education Center," stated Archie Randall, Oklahoma City Head
Coach. "It gives us a measuring stick as to where our squad is at this
time of year, especially on our technique level."

The USOEC vs. Oklahoma City University dual will be available for
viewing by a worldwide audience. The live meet will be aired through
the USOEC's website http://webb.nmu.edu/SportsUSOEC/, Oklahoma City
University's website http://www.ocusports.com as well as
http://www.b2tv.com.

Fans wanting to watch women's wrestling via B2 Networks will need a
high-speed Internet connection and a current version of Microsoft
Windows Media Player. Access to all bouts of the dual meet will be made
available for $6 (US).

"It is always special when B2 Networks has the opportunity to broadcast
Olympic-style competition to the world," stated Richard Brosal, B2
Networks Executive Vice President for Business Operations and
Marketing.

"It is exciting to be able to increase exposure of this great sport by
providing live action of two outstanding women's wrestling teams to the
sport's many fans."

B2 Networks is a premier provider of reliable and secure international
television and pay-per-view broadcasting systems. Our worldwide network
of arenas, stadiums, local venues and data centers are currently in use
to distribute live sports and events to personal computers, television
screens, mobile devices and commercial venues around the world.

Working with organizations such as the AHL, ECHL, NLL, IHL, USHL, NAHL,
Arena Football Leagues, Fitness Universe and selected NCAA and NAIA
conferences and member institutions, B2 Networks has established itself
as a leader in innovative global direct to home, mobile and television
broadcasting.

For the B2 Networks' Programming Guide visit www.b2tv.com, or for
information about B2 Networks, visit www.b2now.com.

Bill Scherr Among Finalists for U.S. Olympic Team Women's Freestyle Coaching Position

EVANSTON, Ill.-- Former Northwestern volunteer assistant coach and current Wildcat Wrestling Club coach, Bill Scherr, has been selected as one of four finalists to receive a coaching position for the U.S. in the 2008 Beijing Olympics in women's freestyle wrestling.

Named as finalists for the volunteer women's coaching position for the U.S. team that will compete at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing, China, are: Scherr, Northwestern graduate Tadaaki Hatta of Elyria, Ohio, Troy Steiner of Corvallis, Ore., and Levi Weikel-Magden of Colorado Springs, Colo.

The four finalists were selected by USA Wrestling's Women's Coach Selection Committee.

One of these four volunteer coaches will be selected to serve on the coaching staff at the Beijing Games, along with USA Wrestling's National Women's Coach Terry Steiner.

Three of the finalists have served as official Women's World Team Coaches at recent World Championships: Hatta (1991), Scherr (2005, 2006) and Steiner (2007). Weikel-Magden has been on the coaching staff of a number of U.S. World Teams.

Scherr was a member of the 1988 U.S. Olympic freestyle team as an athlete, winning a bronze medal at 100 kg/220 lbs. He also won four World medals in his career, including a 1985 World gold medal.

USA Wrestling expects its Olympic Coach selection process to be completed by late-November.

Scherr served as a World Team coach of the 2006 U.S. Women's World Team, which competed in Guangzhou, China and placed seventh in the World Championships, led by two medalists

Scherr was a World Team coach of the 2005 U.S. Women's World Team, which competed in Budapest, Hungary, placed third in the team standings and featured four medalists, including World champion Iris Smith.

He is a coach for the women wrestlers with the Sunkist Kids, which won the 2007 U.S. Nationals team title and placed five athletes on the 2007 U.S. World Team.

Scherr was an assistant coach at Northwestern Univ. last year, which placed fourth at the NCAA Championships, its highest finish in school history. He currently coaches the Wildcat WC freestyle wrestlers and is a volunteer with Northwestern Univ. program.

He was an assistant coach at Indiana University for five years, from 1984-89, working with coach Jim Humphrey. The team was 2-17 the season before his arrival and had a 15-0 record his final year with the program. Scherr is also a widely respected clinician, working numerous camps and clinics around the nation.

Scherr was one of the greatest wrestlers in U.S. freestyle history. He was a 1985 World champion and a 1988 Olympic bronze medalist. He ran off an amazing five-year run of consecutive World-level medals for the United States from 1985-89. He was also a 1986 and 1989 World silver medalist and a 1987 World bronze medalist. His five consecutive World-level medals is one of U.S. wrestling's greatest feats.

Bill Scherr was a two-time World Cup champion, a Pan American Games champion, a World Grand Masters champion, a Goodwill Games champion and a four-time U.S. Nationals champion. In 1992, he made a late comeback to the sport, winning the U.S. Nationals title and making the finals of the Olympic Team Trials where he placed second. He is a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Scherr was a 1984 NCAA champion at the Univ. of Nebraska, where he starred alongside his twin brother Jim. He was also a two-time high school state champion from Mobridge, S.D.

He is a leader in the effort to bring the 2016 Olympic Games to Chicago, serving as chairman of World Sport Chicago as well as serving on the Board of Directors of Chicago 2016 and heading up the efforts of the Wildcat Wrestling Club.

Professionally, he is a Vice President with Goldman Sachs & Co.

USOEC Wins 3 Gold, 1 Silver at McMaster Women's Invite

Shannyn J. Gillespie USOEC Wrestling

Marquette, Mich. -- USOEC wrestlers Beth Johnson 55kg, Shyla Iokia
59kg, and Schuyler Brown 63kg were all crowned champions while Katie
Crouch 72kg won a silver medal at the McMaster University (Canada)
Invitational Wrestling Tournament Women's Division held Sunday,
November 4, 2007.

Johnson, Brown, and Crouch are high school seniors who attend Marquette
Senior High School and train at the U.S. Olympic Education Center along
with Iokia who is a sophomore at Northern Michigan University.

The USOEC wrestlers, who all made the finals, compiled a 12-1 won/loss
record on their way to winning 3 gold and 1 silver medal.


USOEC Final Results 1st Pd. 2nd Pd. 3rd Pd.
Beth Johnson Champion 55kg
Decisioned Heather Thompson 6-0 9-4
of University of the Cumberlands
Decisioned Jessica Medina 7-0 2-2
of University of the Cumberlands
Decisioned Sandy Do 5-0 Fall :30
of University of the Cumberlands

Shyla Iokia Champion 59kg
Decisioned Erin Cocharen 5-0 6-0
of western Ontario university
Decisioned Breisja Gallo-Macera 3-2 3-0
of University of the Cumberlands
Decisioned Krystal Kiyuna Fall 1:38
of University of the Cumberlands
Decisioned Rachel Hubbard 0-1 3-0 2-0
of University of the Cumberlands

Schuyler Brown Champion 63kg
Decisioned Laurel Knowles 7-0 8-1
of Lakehead University
Decisioned Kristina Bishop 6-0 6-0
of University of the Cumberlands
Decisioned Liz Sera Fall :17

Katie Crouch 2nd 72kg
Decisioned University New Brunswick 1-0 1-0
Decisioned Brock University 3-2 1-1
Lost Lakehead University 0-6 0-2

Steiner is Finalist for Women Olympic Coach


Hatta, Scherr, Steiner, Weikel-Magden named finalists for U.S. Olympic Team Women's Freestyle Coach positions

USA Wrestling has chosen four finalist candidates to serve as coaches for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team in women's freestyle wrestling.

Named as finalists for the volunteer women's coaching position for the U.S. team that will compete at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China are:

Tadaaki Hatta of Elyria, Ohio
Bill Scherr of Glenview, Ill.
Troy Steiner of Corvallis, Ore.
Levi Weikel-Magden of Colorado Springs, Colo.

The four finalists were selected by USA Wrestling's Women's Coach Selection Committee.

One of these four volunteer coaches will be selected to serve on the coaching staff at the Beijing Games, along with USA Wrestling's National Women's Coach Terry Steiner.

Three of the finalists have served as official Women's World Team Coaches at recent World Championships: Hatta (1991), Scherr (2005, 2006) and Steiner (2007). Weikel-Magden has been on the coaching staff of a number of U.S. World Teams.

Hatta was a coach for the 2007 Pan American Games team, as well as a number of U.S. age-group World Teams.

Scherr was a member of the 1988 U.S. Olympic freestyle team as an athlete, winning a bronze medal at 100 kg/220 lbs. He also won four World medals in his career, including a 1985 World gold medal.

Both Hatta and Steiner were finalists for the Olympic Coach positions for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team.

Complete biographies of each of the finalists are below.

All four finalists will be given a formal telephone interview with the Women's Coach Selection Committee. After the interview process, the Women's Coach Selection Committee will select the two coaches which the committee recommends for the Olympic coaching positions.

USA Wrestling's Executive Committee will then meet to approve the selections of the Women's Coach Selection Committee. The decision of the Executive Committee will be forwarded to the U.S. Olympic Committee for final approval as USA Wrestling's nominees for the Olympic Coach positions.

USA Wrestling expects its Olympic Coach selection process to be completed by late-November.

Tadaaki Hatta, Elyria, Ohio

Hatta served as Pan American Coach for the 2007 Pan American Games team, which competed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The U.S. won medals in all four weight classes, including individual champions Sara McMann and Kristie Marano.

He was the head coach of the 1991 U.S. Women's World Team that placed fifth in the World Championships in Tokyo, Japan and featured two medalists.

He was the coach of the 2006 World University Championships in Ulan Batar, Mongolia, where the United States placed fourth in the standings, with two medalists. Hatta was also the coach of the 2005 World University Games team in Izmir, Turkey, where the U.S. team placed fourth, led by four medalists.

He was on the coaching staff for the women's team at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. He was a finalist for the Women's Freestyle coaching position for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team.

He served as the Assistant Coach of the 2003 U.S. Women's World Team that placed second at the World Championships in New York, N.Y., and featured seven individual medalists, including champion Kristie Marano.

Hatta was also a member of the 1988, 1992 and 1996 U.S. Olympic team coaching staff in men's freestyle wrestling. He was also a coach of the 1968 and 1984 Japanese Olympic team, as well as the 1972 Mexican Olympic team.

Hatta was also head coach of the Women's 1999 Cadet World Team, the 2001 and 2002 Women's Junior World Team and the 2002 Women's University World Team.  He was also the boy's Cadet World Team coach in 1998. Hatta served on the coaching staff for numerous men's freestyle World Teams prior to concentrating on the women's program.

He is a USA Wrestling Gold Certified Coach. Hatta was a leader within USA Wrestling Ohio for many years, previously serving as Director of Wrestling Development and Coaches Education Director. Hatta is also an M-1 referee within USA Wrestling.

Hatta is a coach for women wrestlers with the New York AC. He also coaches with the All-American Wrestling Club, a youth club in LaGrange, Ohio. Hatta previously was a coach with the Dave Schultz WC and the Sunkist Kids.

Hatta was active as a coach on the high school levels in Ohio, serving 20 years (1978-98) in positions with Oberlin High School, Ravenna High School, St. Edward High School and Walsh Jesuit High School. He also served nine years as the rugby coach at St. Edward. Professionally, he works as an art teacher for Ravenna High School.

He competed for Oklahoma State Univ., where he was a 1965 NCAA champion and third in the 1966 NCAA Championships. Hatta also won two Big Eight titles for the Cowboys. He was a national runner-up in freestyle three times. Hatta has received a Master's degree from Northwestern Univ.

Bill Scherr, Glenview, Ill.

Scherr served as a World Team coach of the 2006 U.S. Women's World Team, which competed in Guangzhou, China and placed seventh in the World Championships, led by two medalists

Scherr was a World Team coach of the 2005 U.S. Women's World Team which competed in Budapest, Hungary, placed third in the team standings and featured four medalists, including World champion Iris Smith.

He is a coach for the women wrestlers with the Sunkist Kids, which won the 2007 U.S. Nationals team title and placed five athletes on the 2007 U.S. World Team.

Scherr was an assistant coach at Northwestern Univ. last year, which placed fourth at the NCAA Championships, its highest finish in school history. He currently coaches the Wildcat WC freestyle wrestlers and is a volunteer with Northwestern Univ. program.

He was an assistant coach at Indiana University for five years, from 1984-89, working with coach Jim Humphrey. The team was 2-17 the season before his arrival and had a 15-0 record his final year with the program. Scherr is also a widely respected clinician, working numerous camps and clinics around the nation.

Scherr was one of the greatest wrestlers in U.S. freestyle history. He was a 1985 World champion and a 1988 Olympic bronze medalist. He ran off an amazing five-year run of consecutive World-level medals for the United States from 1985-89. He was also a 1986 and 1989 World silver medalist and a 1987 World bronze medalist. His five consecutive World-level medals is one of U.S. wrestling's greatest feats.

Bill Scherr was a two-time World Cup champion, a Pan American Games champion, a World Grand Masters champion, a Goodwill Games champion and a four-time U.S. Nationals champion. In 1992, he made a late comeback to the sport, winning the U.S. Nationals title and making the finals of the Olympic Team Trials where he placed second. He is a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Scherr was a 1984 NCAA champion at the Univ. of Nebraska, where he starred alongside his twin brother Jim. He was also a two-time high school state champion from Mobridge, S.D.

He is a leader in the effort to bring the 2016 Olympic Games to Chicago, serving as chairman of World Sport Chicago as well as serving on the Board of Directors of Chicago 2016.

Professionally, he is a Vice President with Goldman Sachs & Co.

Troy Steiner, Corvallis, Ore.

Steiner served as World Team Coach for the 2007 U.S. Women's World Team, which placed fifth in the team standings and featured three individual medalists in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Steiner has coached a number of U.S. teams in international competition and has participated in Women's Team USA training camps. He was selected as a finalist for the U.S. Olympic Team women's wrestling coaching position in 2004. He is the twin brother of USA Wrestling National Women's Coach Terry Steiner.

Steiner enters his second season as an assistant wrestling coach at Oregon State Univ., where he helped head coach Jim Zalesky lead the Beavers to the Pac-10 title in their first year there. Steiner worked the two previous seasons as an assistant coach under Zalesky at the Univ. of Iowa.

He also served as an assistant coach at Wisconsin from 1997-2001 and Minnesota in 1996-97 and at Oregon State under Joe Wills for the 1995-96 season. Steiner also owned and operated the ADVANCE School of Wrestling in Madison, Wis., for four years.

Steiner was a four-time all-American at Iowa from 1990-93 and a NCAA champion in 1992. He won three Big Ten titles at Iowa, compiling a 148-13 career record at 134 and 142 pounds. He was part of three national and four Big Ten championship teams. Steiner shares Iowa's school record for best season winning percentage for the 42-0 record he compiled during his junior season.

He was a top freestyle wrestler, winning gold medals at the 1992 World Cup and the 1996 Pan American Championships. He was third in the 1992 and 1996 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, and fifth in the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

A native of Bismarck, N.D., Steiner was inducted into the North Dakota Hall of Fame in 1998.

Levi Weikel-Magden, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Weikel-Magden served as coach for the 2006 and 2007 U.S. Women's World Cup team. In 2006, the U.S. placed third in the tournament held in Nagoya, Japan, led by champion Sally Roberts. In 2007, the U.S. team placed fifth in the tournament, held in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, led by champions Sara McMann and Patricia Miranda.

He was on the coaching staff for the U.S. team at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. He has served as a member of the U.S. World Team coaching staff many times, assisting the team at the 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2007 World Championships

Weikel-Magden currently assists coaching the women freestyle wrestlers at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., working daily with the resident athletes there.

He is a club coach for the Sunkist Kids, and previously coached with the Dave Schultz WC and the Gator WC. The Sunkist Kids won the 2007 U.S. Nationals team title and placed five athletes on the 2007 U.S. World Team.

Weikel-Magden is the coach for 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Patricia Miranda, who has also won three World medals.

He has coached numerous U.S. women's teams on international tours during the last seven years.

Weiken-Magden served as a club coach and volunteer assistant coach for the Univ. of Virginia for three years.

He competed at Stanford Univ., where he was an NCAA Championships qualifier, two-time Pac-10 placewinner and four-year starter for the Cardinal team, serving as the team captain his senior year. Weikel-Magden was a three-time state placewinner for Riverside High School in Oregon. He competed nationally in freestyle for the Dave Schultz Wrestling Club. He is a graduate of the Univ. of Virginia Law School.

McCoy Olympic Coach Finalists

Bormet, Duroe, Kemp, McCoy and Rosselli named finalists for U.S. Olympic Team Freestyle Coach positions

USA Wrestling has chosen five finalist candidates to serve as coaches for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team in freestyle wrestling.

Named as finalists for the volunteer freestyle coaching positions for the U.S. team that will compete at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China are:

Sean Bormet of Naperville, Ill.
Mike Duroe of Iowa City, Iowa
Lee Kemp of Alpharetta, Ga.
Kerry McCoy of Stanford, Calif.
Lou Rosselli of Columbus, Ohio

The five finalists were selected by USA Wrestling's Freestyle Coach Selection Committee.

Two of these five volunteer coaches will be selected to serve on the coaching staff at the Beijing Games, along with USA Wrestling's National Freestyle Coach Kevin Jackson.

Three of the finalists have served as official Freestyle World Team Coaches at recent World Championships: Duroe (2005, 2006), McCoy (2007) and Rosselli (2006, 2007). The other two coaches, Bormet and Kemp, have been on recent U.S. World Team coaching staffs.

Two of the coaches have served as official Junior World Team Coaches in recent years: Rosselli (2005) and Kemp (2007). Both McCoy and Duroe were coaches with the 2007 Pan American Games team.

Three of the coach finalists were members of past U.S. Olympic teams as athletes: Kemp (1980), McCoy (2000, 2004) and Rosselli (1996). Kemp was a three-time World champion in freestyle wrestling (1978, 1979, 1982).

McCoy is the head wrestling coach at Stanford Univ., and Duroe is head wrestling coach at Cornell College in Iowa. Rosselli is the assistant coach at The Ohio State Univ. Bormet is founder and coach of the Overtime School of Wrestling in Illinois. Kemp coaches the Lee Kemp Cooler Wrestling Club in Georgia.

Complete biographies of each of the finalists are below.

All five finalists will be given a formal telephone interview with the Freestyle Coach Selection Committee. After the interview process, the Freestyle Coach Selection Committee will select the two coaches which the committee recommends for the Olympic coaching positions.

USA Wrestling's Executive Committee will then meet to approve the selections of the Freestyle Coach Selection Committee. The decision of the Executive Committee will be forwarded to the U.S. Olympic Committee for final approval as USA Wrestling's nominees for the Olympic Coach positions.

USA Wrestling expects its Olympic Coach selection process to be completed by mid-November.

Sean Bormet, Naperville, Ill.

Bormet was a member of the coaching staff for the 2006 U.S. World Team, which placed third in the team standings and featured four individual medalists.

He is a club coach with the New York Athletic Club, and has worked directly with a number of the athletes on recent U.S. World Teams. Donny Pritzlaff (163 lbs.) and Andy Hrovat (185 lbs.), both members of the New York AC, made the 2006 U.S. World Team. Pritzlaff went on to win a bronze medal at the World Championships.

The New York Athletic Club placed second in Div. II at the U.S. National Championships the last two seasons. Six members of the New York AC freestyle team qualified for Freestyle Team USA, the U.S. national team during the last two seasons.

Bormet was named winner of the Terry McCann Award winner as the 2006 Freestyle Coach of the Year by USA Wrestling.

Bormet owns and operates the Overtime School of Wrestling, a top training facility and wrestling club in Illinois. Since opening this program, Bormet has produced numerous champions and All-American on all of USA Wrestling's age levels. Also coaching with Overtime is Kerry Bowmans, a 2000 Olympic Trials runner-up in freestyle wrestling.

Bormet was named 2004 USA Wrestling Developmental Coach of the Year for his coaching achievements working with age-group wrestlers and programs. He has coached numerous age-group national champions and All-Americans as a coach for the Illinois Junior and Cadet freestyle national teams. He has also coached the Illinois Junior Duals freestyle team.

Prior to founding the Overtime School of Wrestling, Bormet served as an assistant coach at the Univ. of Wisconsin (1994-99) and the Univ. of Michigan (1999-2000).

Bormet placed second at the 1999 U.S. National Championships and third in 1999 as a Senior-level freestyle wrestler. He was third at the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Bormet earned NCAA All-American status twice while competing for the Univ. of Michigan. In 1993, he placed third at the NCAA Tournament and in 1992, he placed second. He was a 1991 Espoir National champion in freestyle and competed in the 1991 Espoir World Championships. Bormet was also a three-time Junior freestyle All-American. He was an Illinois state champion for Providence High School in New Lenox, Ill.

Mike Duroe, Iowa City, Iowa

Duroe served as a World Team Coach for the 2006 U.S. Freestyle World Team, which placed third as a team at the 2006 World Championships in Guangzhou, China. The team featured four individual medalists, including World champion Bill Zadick.

Duroe was also a World Team coach for the 2005 U.S. Freestyle World Team, which placed eighth in the standings and featured two medalists, competing in Budapest, Hungary.

He was also a coach with the 2007 Pan American Games team, which won seven medals, led by champion Henry Cejudo.

Duroe has coached numerous U.S. World-level teams, both in men's freestyle and women's freestyle, as a volunteer coach and also as a staff member for USA Wrestling. He was on the staff of the last three U.S. Olympic men's freestyle coaching teams. Duroe was named 2005 Freestyle Coach of the Year by USA Wrestling.

He serves in his third season as the head wrestling coach at Cornell College, a Div. III school in Iowa. The program has shown substantial improvement during his tenure. His teams own the top two dual winning totals in school history (15-9-1 in 2005-06 and 14-8 in 2006-07).

He was previously the coach of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club and the administrative assistant for the Univ. of Iowa wrestling program. He has extensive coaching experience on the high school, college and international levels.

Duroe served in two professional coaching positions for USA Wrestling, the national governing body. From 1998-2000, he was USA Wrestling's Freestyle Developmental Coach. In 2001, Duroe served as USA Wrestling's Freestyle Resident Coach, working with the elite men's freestyle wrestlers at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. He also managed USA Wrestling's women's wrestling programs, including serving as the Head Women's National Coach.

Under Duroe's leadership, the United States was successful in age-group World Championships in freestyle wrestling. The highlight of his efforts with the women's program came in 1999, when the United States won the World Team Title in women's wrestling.

Prior to joining USA Wrestling's national staff, he coached U.S. teams on the national and international level in men's and women's wrestling. He served as the head coach of three U.S. Women's World Teams (1995-97). Duroe served as head coach of the women's team at the 1997 Pan American Championships. He also was an assistant coach for the 1996 Pan American Championships men's team. Duroe was also the head coach of the 1995 Cadet World Team. He also served as a coach at four U.S. Olympic Festivals (1989-90, 1993-94).

Duroe served as head coach at Northern Michigan Univ. from 1980-85, and assistant coach from 1978-80. During his tenure at Northern Michigan, he tutored 27 All-Americans and three national champions. Duroe was also the coach for the Wildcat Wrestling Club at Northwestern Univ. from 1985-86 and an assistant wrestling coach for the Univ. of Pennsylvania from 2001-2003.

Duroe served as the head coach at New Trier High School in Illinois from 1986-98, where he led his team to four conference and five regional team titles.

As an athlete, Duroe was a two-time regional champion for Drake Univ. He served as captain of Drake's team for three years and has been inducted into the Drake University Wrestling Hall of Fame. Duroe competed on the national level in freestyle in the early 1980s. He was a three-time national freestyle placewinner, and was the 1983 AAU National champion.

Lee Kemp of Alpharetta, Ga.

Kemp served as coach of the 2007 Junior World freestyle team, which placed 11th in the standings and featured Junior World Champion Bubba Jenkins.

In 2006, Kemp served as a member of the U.S. Freestyle World Team coaching staff, assisting with the team which won four individual World medals and placed third in the World Championships in Guangzhou, China.

Kemp is a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame after one of the most successful competitive careers in history.

Kemp won three World gold medals in freestyle wrestling (1978, 1979, 1982) and was a 1981 World bronze medalist. He was a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team which did not attend the Moscow Olympic Games due to the U.S. government boycott. He also won four World Cup titles, and placed second at the 1984 Olympic Trials to Dave Schultz, who went on to win the Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Kemp also had one of the greatest college careers, winning three NCAA Div. I titles and placing second as a freshman for the Univ. of Wisconsin. He was a Junior National Champion as a prep wrestling star from Chadron, Ohio.

Kemp served as a graduate assistant wrestling coach at the Univ. of Wisconsin. He also coached with high school and college teams in the cities where he held professional positions. While in the New York area, he assisted with the wrestling teams at Montclair State Univ. and Rutgers Univ., as well as at Montclair High School. When living in the Minneapolis area, he assisted with the Univ. of Minnesota and with Forest Lake High School. Kemp was a volunteer coach when Forest Lake High School won the Minnesota state team title, and helped develop state champion wrestlers with the program.

He currently coaches the Lee Kemp Cooler Wrestling Club in Georgia.

Kemp has had a successful career in business. He received his master's degree in marketing from the Univ. of Wisconsin in 1983. He worked in the advertising field with Burrell Communications in Chicago, then was in marketing with Clairol in New York City. In 1991, he became the ownership of a car dealership, Forest Lake Ford in Minnesota, where he held expand the business serving this suburban city. Kemp has also launched his own internet company, Hire the Winners, LLC, which provides an online assessment tool for sales personnel in the auto industry.

Kerry McCoy, Stanford, Calif.

McCoy served as a 2007 U.S. World Team Coach, helping lead the United States to a fourth place finish, led by World bronze medalist Daniel Cormier. McCoy was also a coach with the 2007 Pan American Games team, which won seven medals, led by champion Henry Cejudo.

McCoy was a member of the coaching staff for the 2006 U.S. Freestyle World Team, which placed third in the World Championships in Guangzhou, China. He has coached numerous nationally-ranked men's freestyle wrestlers in recent years.

He is currently the head wrestling coach at Stanford Univ., where he is serving in his third season. Previously, McCoy spent five years as assistant coach at Lehigh Univ. and three years as an assistant at Penn State Univ. He was also the Director of Wrestling for the Lehigh Valley Athletic Club.

McCoy was a member of the 2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympic freestyle wrestling teams, placing fifth at the 2000 Games in Sydney, Australia and seventh at the 2004 Games in Athens, Greece, competing at super heavyweight. He was a 2003 World silver medalist, and placed fourth at the 1998 and 2001 World meets. McCoy won gold medals at the 2003 Pan American Games and won the World Cup four times (1999-2002). He was second at the 1998 Goodwill Games, and won the Pan American Championships twice.

He won the U.S. National championships five straight years (2000-2004), and placed second on two occasions (1996, 1997). McCoy was also a 1992 Junior World champion, and placed seventh in the 1993 Espoir World Championships. He competed for the New York AC.

McCoy won two NCAA titles for Penn State Univ. (1994, 1997) and placed third in the 1995 NCAA Championships. He received the Hodge Award in 1997 as the college wrestler of the year. McCoy won 131 of his last 132 matches in college, including an 88-match win streak.

He served as Chairperson of the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and was also the President of Penn State's Student-Athlete Advisory Board. McCoy has also served on Athlete Advisory Committees for the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Wrestling.

A native of Middle Island, N.Y., McCoy was a New York state champion for Longwood High School in 1992 and was a state runner-up in 1991.

Lou Rosselli, Columbus, Ohio

Rosselli served as a 2007 U.S. World Team Coach, helping lead the United States to a fourth place finish, led by World bronze medalist Daniel Cormier. Two athletes who Rosselli served as club coach for Joe Heskett and Tommy Rowlands, both who competed on the 2007 U.S. World Team.

Rosselli served as a World Team Coach for the 2006 U.S. Freestyle World Team, which placed third as a team at the 2006 World Championships in Guangzhou, China. The team featured four individual medalists, including World champion Bill Zadick.

He was the assistant coach of the 2005 U.S. World University Games Team, which placed third in the team standings with three individual gold medalists in Izmir, Turkey. He serves as a club coach with the New York Athletic Club, one of the world's most successful wrestling clubs. Rosselli has also coached a number of U.S. teams on international tours.

Rosselli is in his second season as the assistant wrestling coach at The Ohio State University, joining the staff of new head coach Tom Ryan. Previously, he served 11 seasons as an assistant coach at Edinboro Univ., eight years as a full-time assistant and three years as a volunteer assistant. Rosselli has helped build the Scotsmen into a nationally competitive program on the Div. I level. He is considered one of the nation's most talented assistant wrestling coaches.

Rosselli competed at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga., at 114.5 pounds. His quest for an Olympic medal was cut short when he broke his arm during a victory and had to withdraw from competition. Rosselli made the team with a stunning victory at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Rosselli was a 1997 World Cup champion, and won a silver medal at the 1998 Pan American Championships. He won U.S. National freestyle titles three times (1995, 1996, 1999) and was second in the 1998 U.S. Nationals. Rosselli was also a University Nationals freestyle champion in 1994. He competed for the New York AC.

Rosselli placed third at the 1993 NCAA Championships and was fourth in the 1991 NCAA Championships for Edinboro Univ. Rosselli was selected the Outstanding Wrestler at both the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament and the Eastern Wrestling League Championships in 1993. His 136 career victories still ranks third on Edinboro's all-time wins list.

In 2004, Rosselli was inducted into the Edinboro University Athletic Hall of Fame. He was recognized as the 1993 Sox Harrison Award winner, presented to the top senior male athlete at Edinboro.

A native of Middleport, N.Y., Rosselli was a two-time New York state champion at Royalton-Hartland High School, in addition to finishing second once and third once.

2007 Senior World Championships Recap

The United States claimed seven medals to earn its first ever team World Championship this past week at the Senior World Championships of Freestyle and Greco-Roman Wrestling in Baku, Azerbaijan . The USA Greco Roman wrestlers capped a dramatic team performance by defeating the Russians 31 to 30 for the title. Overall, the U.S. teams finished among the top five in each style, claiming seven medals (five bronze, and two silvers) out of the 21 entries in Greco-Roman, and Men's and Women's Freestyle competition. Following is a composite list of how each U.S. team and individual did at the championships:
Top 5 Team Scores (Greco-Roman)
1)       USA 31 pts.
2)       Russia 30 pts.
3)       Georgia 28 pts
4)       Iran 26 pts.
5)       S. Korea 24 pts.
United States Entry:
55 kg. Durlacher, Lindsey (5th place)
60 kg. Betterman, Joe (DNP-Did Not Place among the top 6 in a weight class)
66 kg. Lester, Harry (3rd place)
74 kg. Danzler, TC (DNP)
84 kg. Vering, Brad (2nd place)
96 kg. Ruiz, Justin (DNP)
120 kg. Byers, Dremiel (3rd place)
Top 5 Team Scores (Men's Freestyle)
1)       Russia 68 pts.
2)       Turkey 40 pts.
3)       Cuba 34 pts.
4)       USA 32 pts.
5)       Uzbekistan 31 pts.
United States Entry:
55 kg. Cejudo, Henry (DNP)
60 kg. Zadick, Mike (DNP)
66 kg. Schwab, Doug (5th place)
74 kg. Heskett, Joe (5th  place)
84 kg. Williams, Joe (5th place)
96 kg. Cormier, Daniel (3rd place)
120 kg Rowlands, Tommy (5th place)
Top 5 Team Scores (Women's Freestyle)
1)       Japan 52 pts.
2)       Kazakhstan 39 pts.
3)       Ukraine 39 pts.
4)       China 36 pts.
5)       USA 32 pts.
United States Entry:
48 kg. Murata, Stephanie (5th place)
51 kg. Wong, Jenny (DNP)
55 kg. VanDusen, Marcie (DNP)
59 kg. Jaynes, Leigh (DNP)
63 kg. McMann, Sara (3rd place)
67 kg. Downing, Katie (3rd  place)
72 kg. Marano, Kristie (2nd place)

USOC and USA Wrestling to Host Media Teleconference Previewing the 2007 World Wrestling Championships

The U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Wrestling will host a media teleconference with 2004 Olympian Daniel Cormier, past World University Games champion Marcie Van Dusen, and 2006 World Championships bronze medalist Lindsey Durlacher on Wednesday, August 29 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time (1:00 p.m. Mountain Time).

WHAT: USOC/USA Wrestling teleconference previewing the 2007 World Championships

WHO: 2007 U.S. World Team members Daniel Cormier, Marcie Van Dusen and Lindsey Durlacher

WHEN: Wednesday, August 29 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time (1:00 p.m. Mountain)

DIAL-IN: 1-800-311-9410 (International Toll Free - 334-323-7224)
Pass Code: WRESTLE

Cormier, Van Dusen and Durlacher will compete in next month's FILA World Wrestling Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 17-23. The three wrestlers qualified for the championships after finishing first in their weight classes at the U.S. World Team Trials in June.

Cormier has been competing in the 211.5 lb. weight class and most recently won a bronze medal at the Pan American Games. He was champion at the Tourcoing Golden Grand Prix, Dave Schultz Memorial International, and the U.S. Nationals this year.

After just missing out on a medal at the 2004 Olympic Games with a fourth place finish, it has not been easy for Cormier at the last two World Championships. He failed to place at both tournaments in 2005 and 2006. Cormier's road to this year's World Championships has not easy as he was forced to beat past World Team member Mo Lawal twice in the freestyle finals at the U.S. Team Trials in order to advance to Baku.

Van Dusen is fresh off a second-place finish in freestyle at the 2007 Pan American Games. She is competing on the U.S. World Team for the first time in her career and has been wrestling at the 121-pound division. First-place finishes at the Tourcoing Golden Grand Prix and the Dave Schultz Memorial International have been highlights of her past year along with a title at the U.S. Nationals.

Durlacher will be part of the Greco-Roman team and will be wrestling in the 121-pound weight class. This will be Durlacher's third consecutive world team that he has competed on. He won this year's Dave Schultz Memorial and also won a silver medal at the Pan American Games. His Dave Schultz Memorial International title was the third of his career. Durlacher also finished second at the U.S. nationals and fifth in the World Cup. 
Black, Steiner Named by USA Wrestling to Coach 2007 U.S. Women's World Team

USA Wrestling has made its choice for a World Team Coach in women's freestyle wrestling who will participate in the World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 17-23

Selected to join USA Wrestling National Women's Coach Terry Steiner of Colorado Springs, Colo. as World Team Coaches in women's freestyle wrestling are Kevin Black of River Falls, Wis. and Troy Steiner of Corvallis, Ore.

The World Team Coaches were chosen by the Women's Coach Selection Committee and approved by USA Wrestling's Executive Committee.

Black has coached a number of USA Wrestling age-group women's teams overseas, and has been active as a coach and leader with women's wrestling programs in Wisconsin. He has coached on the college and high school levels, and currently operates the Victory School of Wrestling. He was a NCAA Div. I All-American at the Univ. of Wisconsin, and competed in international freestyle wrestling for a number of years.

Steiner is the head assistant coach at Oregon State Univ., and has had assistant coaching positions at the Univ. of Iowa, the Univ. of Wisconsin and Oregon State. He has coached a number of U.S. women's teams overseas and was a finalist for the U.S. Olympic Team women's coaching position in 2004. Steiner was a 1992 World Cup champion in freestyle wrestling and won the 1996 Pan American Championships. He was a NCAA Div. I champion at the Univ. of Iowa, and a four-time All-American.

Complete biographies of the U.S. World Team Coaches follow, as well as quotes from each of the coaches.

Kevin Black, River Falls, Wis.

Black has coached USA Wrestling age-group women's teams for the last two years, taking the U.S. University women's team to compete in El Salvador in 2007 and the U.S. Cadet women's team to China in 2006. He has participated as a coach in a number of Women's Team USA training camps in recent seasons.

Black serves as the Women's Director for the Wisconsin Wrestling Federation. He has coached the Wisconsin Junior Nationals Women's team since 200e and has coached Wisconsin athletes at the USGWA Nationals for the last two years. Black has started a new women's wrestling club program at the Univ. of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Black has coached and operated the Victory School of Wrestling in River Falls, Wis. He served as an assistant coach for the Univ. of Wisconsin from 2003-05, working with the Div. I program there. He was a wrestling coach at Lodi High School from 2005-06.

He has been the Wisconsin Wrestling Federation State Coach from 2004-06, and coached the state's Cadet Freestyle National Team from 2002-06. He conducted the Black Brothers Wrestling Camps from 2000-06.

Black was a NCAA Div. I All-American for the Univ. of Wisconsin, where he was a NCAA qualifier three times and served as the team captain three times. Black won four Wisconsin state titles for River Falls High School, with a 160-0 career record. He competed on the Senior level in freestyle, competing in a number of major international tournaments.

Troy Steiner, Corvallis, Ore.

Steiner enters his second season as an assistant wrestling coach at Oregon State Univ., where he helped head coach Jim Zalesky lead the Beavers to the Pac-10 title in their first year there. Steiner worked the two previous seasons as an assistant coach under Zalesky at the Univ. of Iowa.

He also served as an assistant coach at Wisconsin from 1997-2001 and Minnesota in 1996-97 and at Oregon State under Joe Wills for the 1995-96 season. Steiner also owned and operated the ADVANCE School of Wrestling in Madison, Wis., for four years.

Steiner has coached a number of U.S. teams in international competition and has participated in Women's Team USA training camps. He was selected as a finalist for the U.S. Olympic Team women's wrestling coaching position in 2004. He is the twin brother of USA Wrestling National Women's Coach Terry Steiner.

Steiner was a four-time all-American at Iowa from 1990-93 and a NCAA champion in 1992. He won three Big Ten titles at Iowa, compiling a 148-13 career record at 134 and 142 pounds. He was part of three national and four Big Ten championship teams. Steiner shares Iowa's school record for best season winning percentage for the 42-0 record he compiled during his junior season.

He was a top freestyle wrestler, winning gold medals at the 1992 World Cup and the 1996 Pan American Championships. He was third in the 1992 and 1996 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, and fifth in the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

A native of Bismarck, N.D., Steiner was inducted into the North Dakota Hall of Fame in 1998.

QUOTES FROM THE WOMEN'S WORLD TEAM COACHES

Kevin Black, River Falls, Wis.
"I think this is a great opportunity. Since I have been involved in women's wrestling, I have found that I enjoy coaching women very much. Their personalities, the way women communicate, I really enjoy that side of coaching. This is the highest assignment I can have as a coach. We need people who have been around wrestling at all levels to step up for the women's program. Having coaches who stay involved and stay consistent is important to the program. We need more good wrestling people to be involved with women's wrestling. Overall, our entire team, all seven athletes, will be very competitive. The goal is to win the overall World team title in all three styles, and winning is our goal for the women's team."

Troy Steiner, Corvallis, Ore.
"Right now, we are looking at Japan, China and Russia as some of the teams we have to beat. There may be some things we have to change as a team. I hope to add to what Terry is doing, and help the women in any way they need. I hope to bring a different perspective to help them reach their goals. We have a good core group of athletes. They have the ability to be near the top of the world again."

National Women's Coach Terry Steiner of Colorado Springs, Colo.
(about Kevin Black)

"Kevin brings some new energy to the team and to the program. He is very excited. Kevin is a wrestling junkie. He grew up with wrestling and loves wrestling people. He has been involved as an athlete, a coach and an administrator. He truly knows USA Wrestling, which is good for the organization. He has the right personality to coach our women. They can trust him immediately. The most important thing about Kevin as an athlete is he can find the good in every situation. He finds a way to learn from every experience and walk away with a smile. That attitude is contagious, and I think he will bring that to our program."

(about Troy Steiner)
"We have talked about having more team unity in the program. The comfort for me with having Troy in this position is that we will be on the same page. Having the same message and philosophy is important. Troy has a good rapport with the women. They believe in him and trust him. We need to get back on track as a team where we are respected in the world as a power. We have the same people from when we were second in the world and won the World Cup. I expect to be back to that, where we are in position to win the team title and individual titles."

Anderson, Townsend Named Coaches for Historic First U.S. Grappling World Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - USA Wrestling, the national governing body for amateur wrestling, has named Bob Anderson of Redondo Beach, Calif. and Jason Townsend of Las Vegas, Nev. as coaches for the U.S. Grappling World Team, which will compete in Antalya, Turkey on Sept. 9.

FILA, the international wrestling federation, has named Grappling (also known as submission wrestling) as an international wrestling style. This will be the first Grappling World Championships hosted by FILA, as part of the World Wrestling Games which also features Sombo, Beach Wrestling and Pankration.

"We are confident that the coaching staff assembled for this historic competition will provide athletes with a wonderful opportunity to reach the podium at the World Championships," said USA Wrestling Executive Director Rich Bender. "USA Wrestling is firmly committed to this program and all disciplines of international wrestling."

Anderson and Townsend both have considerable experience in coaching Grappling and wrestling, and have been instrumental in the development of USA Wrestling's new Grappling initiative.

The World Team Coaches will conduct a training camp for the USA Wrestling Grappling World Team Trials champions at the NOLIMITS training center in Irvine, Calif. prior to the U.S. team's departure to Turkey.

The coaches selected for the U.S. Grappling World Team were approved by USA Wrestling's ad-hoc Grappling Committee.

Bob Anderson, Redondo Beach, Calif.

Anderson serves as the Head Wrestling Coach for No Limits Mixed Martial Arts, teaching wrestling and Grappling to the students there. No Limits athlete Don Ortega won the USA Wrestling Grappling World Team Trials, and will represent the United States at the World Championships in Antalya.

He has a long history as a successful coach within amateur wrestling and the martial arts, including mentorship of numerous champion athletes in many styles.

"We will have a tough challenge at the Worlds with Brazil and other nations," said Anderson. "The USA will be up for this challenge. We will show the Grappling world that America's martial art is wrestling. I believe wholeheartedly that we have the athletes to win it."

Anderson served on the coaching staff of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Greco-Roman Team which competed in Atlanta, Ga. He was also a coach on a number of U.S. World Teams. Anderson served on the coaching staff for the 2004 Greco-Roman World Cup as well as the 2002 Junior World Greco-Roman Championships. He served as a coach at the 1990 U.S. Olympic Festival, and has coached U.S. teams in Italy, Romania, Guatemala and other nations.

He was the founder and director of the Junior Elite Wrestling Systems (JETS) club, which won 12 age-group national wrestling titles and developed dozens of All-Americans. Anderson is a Gold Certified Coach within USA Wrestling's National Coaches Education Program, the highest coaching achievement in the sport.

Henderson coached U.S. Olympic Team Greco-Roman wrestlers Dan Henderson, Heath Sims and Jason Gleasman. Among the other top international wrestling stars he has mentored include Olympic and World champion Rulon Gardner and World Team member Randy Couture. Both Henderson and Couture have gone on to become champions in Mixed Martial Arts.

Anderson served as head wrestling coach for Kaahumanu Hou Christian School in Hawaii from 1992-2000. He also served as a coach at Adams State Univ. and El Camino JC, as well as a number of high schools in California.

He also has an extensive coaching career in Sombo, serving as the coach and a competitor for the 1977 Pan American Championships Sombo team, which won the team title in Mexico City, Mexico. He was also a coach with the 1979 U.S. Sombo World Team which competed in Madrid, Spain. During this time, he was a friend and mentor for the martial arts legend Hollis Gracie. Anderson is credited with developing the "Americana Arm Bar" submission hold. He also studied judo under respected coach Gene LaBelle.

He was a Veterans World freestyle wrestling champion in 2003 and Veterans World Greco-Roman runner-up in 2004. He competed in freestyle, Greco-Roman and Sombo on the national levels. Anderson won national titles within the U.S. Wrestling Federation, the AAU and the YMCA programs.

Anderson competed in wrestling at Adams State, where he was an All-American in the NCAA Div. I Championships and the NAIA Championships. He was the first Adams State wrestler to be a Div. I All-American. Previously, he attended El Camino JC, where he was a two-time California Junior College state champion.

"I am excited to coach this U.S. team," said Anderson. "To be able to go to the first World Championships and get back into what I did as an athlete and coach in the 1970's is a great honor."

Jason Townsend, Las Vegas, Nev.

Townsend is a Wrestling/Grappling Coach at Xtreme Couture MMA in Las Vegas, Nev. working with Mixed Martial Arts legend Randy Couture, who was also a U.S. Greco-Roman wrestling World Team member.

He serves as Head Wrestling Coach at Marc Laimon's Cobra Kai jiu-jitsu in Las Vegas, Nev. Cobra Kai jiu-jitsu placed two athletes in the finals of USA Wrestling Grappling World TeamTrials, runners-up Jeff Glover and Simpson Go. Glover will compete at the Grappling World Championships in Turkey.

"I am honored to be able to represent the USA as a coach of the first-ever U.S. Grappling World Team. It will be nice to use my knowledge of the rules to develop strategies, techniques and training methods necessary to defeat our foreign competition and bring home gold medals for the United States," said Townsend.

Townsend serves as a member of the FILA World Grappling Committee, the group within international wrestling which manages Grappling worldwide. Within the committee, Townsend serves as Technical Director for coaches and officials education, as well as rules oversight. He is one of the authors of the FILA Grappling Rulebook.

He was the founder and President of the International Submission Wrestling Association, a Grappling organization that hosted competitions, as well as trained officials, coaches and athletes. With the ISWA, Townsend developed the rules of Grappling which have been adopted by FILA. The ISWA ceased operation after FILA and USA Wrestling adopted Grappling as a style of wrestling.

Townsend has been a key individual in putting together USA Wrestling's existing Grappling program right from the start of organizational meetings this winter.

Townsend served as an assistant wrestling coach at Cal-State Fullerton from 2000-2005. He was a varsity wrestler for Syracuse Univ. and Hofstra Univ. Townsend was a two-time Maryland state high school champion, and was an All-American in freestyle at the Junior Nationals and Espoir Nationals.

"This is huge for the development of Grappling as a legitimate international amateur sport," said Townsend. "USA Wrestling has become a leader in the Grappling movement and a model for the implementation of this style into existing national wrestling federations around the world."

Sharon Dowden Named USA Wrestling Woman of the Year

Sharon Dowden of Indianapolis, Ind., a grassroots leader on the state and national levels, has been named Woman of the Year by USA Wrestling, the national governing body for wrestling in the United States. This award recognizes an outstanding woman for her contributions to the sport of wrestling.

"It is an honor to receive this award," said Dowden. "I am basically a grassroots person and have worked for the past 25 years toward building a quality program for the kids at the state and regional level. My motto has always been, 'Do it for the Kids.'"

Dowden has been active with the Indiana State Wrestling Association (ISWA) for decades in many capacities. She began her involvement in the sport in 1981, when her youngest sons began competing.

"Two of my sons attended a wrestling clinic and decided they wanted to compete. We didn't have a club in our area, at the time, so my husband Mike and I started one," said Dowden. "I didn't know much about wrestling but I loved the kids and came to understand and respect the sport. So, I became the club mom, attending practices, printing up schedules, and accompanying kids almost every Saturday. That led to Friday night sleepovers at the Dowden's and hauling as many kids as possible to tournaments. Sometimes Mike and I drove two vehicles because they wouldn't all fit in our station wagon."

An incident at a wrestling tournament a few years later helped Dowden to decide to make a full commitment as a volunteer leader.

"I became upset when a young person, working the time clock on my son's mat, was paying little attention to the match," said Dowden. "I questioned the official as to why they were not utilizing adults. That official was Jan Hesser. His reply was, 'There are never enough adult volunteers. If more people like you would volunteer we wouldn't have this problem. So, Mrs. Dowden you decide. You can either become part of the solution or remain part of the problem.' That was a turning point for me."

She served as the ISWA membership director from 1986-2003. When she started as membership director, Indiana had 3,600 wrestlers and 40 clubs. To date, the ISWA has grown to over 8,900 athletes, 800 coaches and 175 member clubs.

She is currently serving as Director of Services, and Web Master for the ISWA. She is an Associate Pairing Master in Indiana and a USA Wrestling P3 Pairer.

In 1997, she assisted in forming USA Wrestling's Central Region. She served on the Local Organizing Committee for the 2003 World Team Trials and the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, successful national events held in Indianapolis.

She has focused on improving communication within the ISWA, and is the publisher of the annual publication, the Indiana Amateur Wrestling News.

She has also worked on developing the folkstyle program for the ISWA. She was a leader in the decision of the ISWA to switch from the AAU to USA Wrestling many years ago.

Dowden has been inducted into the Indiana Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame, and received the 1997 ISWA John Hurrle Award. She is married to Mike Dowden, the Indiana State Chairperson, a member of the Junior Olympic Wrestling Committee as well as USA Wrestling's Board of Directors.

All of her involvement in wrestling has been based upon the quest to share quality information with wrestling families and to provide more opportunities for young people to participate in USA Wrestling programs.

"Although I realize the importance of involvement at the national and Olympic level, my passion is the grassroots level of wrestling. We need people who are still in the trenches. Without them, we tend to lose touch with why we all began this journey in the first place," said Dowden. 

Dowden will be recognized and received her award at ceremonies during the ASICS/Vaughan Junior Nationals and Accelerade Cadet Nationals in Fargo, N.D. in July.

PAST USA WRESTLING WOMAN OF THE YEAR WINNERS
2006 - Sharon Dowden
2005 - Kim Martori-Wickey
2004 -Patricia Miranda
2003 - Kristie Marano
2002 - Pat Short
2001 - Paula McGahee
2000 - Sandy Stevens
1999 - Sue Siar
1998 - Nancy Schultz
1997 - Tricia Saunders

One Year from Wrestling/Judo O Trials

2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling and Judo will begin one year from today, June 13

The U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling and Judo, featuring the nation's top Olympic hopefuls in both exciting sports, will begin exactly one year from today in Las Vegas, Nev.

The Trials will be held June 13-15, 2008 at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The event will feature contests in each of the 18 Olympic wrestling weight classes in the three Olympic styles (men's freestyle, men's Greco-Roman, women's freestyle) as well as the 14 Olympic judo weight divisions to be contested at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Tickets for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling and Judo went on sale on June 9, and had a very successful first weekend of sales. All sports fans should order their tickets as soon as possible to guarantee the best seating locations.

Tickets are available now by calling 866.388.FANS or online at www.unlvtickets.com.

For this event, the Thomas & Mack Center has a seating capacity of 12,500. Tickets have been made available equally to both wrestling as well as judo fans on a first come, first serve basis.

It is recommended that judo fans call 866.388.FANS in order to secure seats in the preferred judo areas of the arena. Others can either order by phone or via the internet.

All-session tickets are priced $150 for VIP seating, $75 for lower level and $40 for upper level. Competition will be held on four mats simultaneously with wrestling taking place on three mats and judo on the fourth. 

Wrestling will be contested all three days (June 13-15) and judo will be contested on June 13-14. There will be two sessions each day.

On Friday, June 13, the schedule includes seven judo weight classes, four women's freestyle weight classes and two men's Greco-Roman weight classes.

On Saturday, June 14, the schedule features seven judo weight classes, three men's freestyle weight classes and three men's Greco-Roman weight classes.

On Sunday, June 15, there will be scheduled four men's freestyle weight classes and two men's Greco-Roman weight classes. No judo will be contested on June 15.

If there are judo weight divisions that the United States has not been qualified to compete in at the Olympic Games, the division will not be contested at Trials.

USA Wrestling expects almost 200 wrestlers to participate in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

"We are very excited about what promises to be an outstanding U.S. Olympic Team Trials. This is the most important event we host in the United States every four years, where we select our Olympic Team, which competes in the most important sports event in the world, the Olympic Games," said USA Wrestling Executive Director Rich Bender. "We look forward to holding the competition in Las Vegas, and having a great turnout by the wrestling community to support America's Team."

With eight athletes expected to compete in the Trials for each weight division, as many as 112 judo players will be eligible for berths on the U.S. Olympic Team. 

"These will no doubt be one of the most exciting Olympic Trials in the history of USA Judo. Las Vegas is one of the world's most exciting places to host a sporting event; top that with the fact that we are combining our sport of Judo with a proven popular sport of wrestling that has in the past attracted over 11,000 spectators and some 200 media to previous events," said Jose H. Rodriguez, USA Judo CEO. "Lastly add to this equation the partnership with Las Vegas Events and the United States Olympic Committee and you have the making of a great athlete-oriented and entertaining sport show in the best show town in the world."

More information on hotel headquarters will be available soon.
Steve Silver Named USA Wrestling Man of the Year

Steve Silver of Forney, Texas, who is a leader within wrestling on the Senior and age-group levels, has been named Man of the Year by USA Wrestling, the national governing body for wrestling in the United States. This award recognizes an outstanding man for his contributions to the sport of wrestling.

"I am honored to get the award," said Silver. "I try to do whatever I can to contribute to wrestling. This means I must be contributing, in order to get recognized with this award."

Silver served as Team Leader of the 2006 U.S. World Freestyle Team, which competed in Guangzhou, China, and placed third in the team standings with four medalists. Silver does business in China, and used his expertise of the nation and provided support staff to assist the team during the entire time there.

He was also the Team Leader for the 2005 U.S. Freestyle World Team, which competed in Budapest, Hungary. He will also serve as Team Leader for the 2007 U.S. Freestyle World Team which will compete in Baku, Azerbaijan.

"I don't have anybody in family that competes at the Olympic level. I feel that these athletes need help. The athletes trying to make World and Olympic teams need all the support they can get. I like helping them, and I feel I can assist in many ways. I have gotten to know these guys, and have gotten close to many of them."

Silver has been involved in wrestling throughout his life, competing as an athlete and serving as a coach and leader for wrestling on the youth and high school levels. Silver wrestled for Spencerport High School in New York and at the Univ. of Alabama for three years under coach Pat Milkovich before starting his business career.

He is a wrestling parent, as six of his seven children have participated, including two of his daughters. Silver founded and coached a youth wrestling club in Forney, Texas. He hired 1988 Olympic champion and 1989 World champion Kenny Monday to coach the club, now called Team Monday. He has supported the wrestling team at Bishop Lynch High School, which has become a nationally recognized program. Bishop Lynch has placed as high as second at the National Prep School Championships. Silver and his father-in-law have given a joint gift of $100,000 to Bishop Lynch High School for its wrestling room.

"The reason I am passionate is that I have four boys who wrestled, two girls who wrestled and I wrestled. We are a wrestling family. Before this, I was involved in baseball. Many kids I worked with went into professional baseball. These guys really didn't need the help like the wrestlers did. I ran a wrestling club for two years for my boys, then I got Kenny Monday involved. The kids from Texas and others don't have a path to follow. Even if you have talent, there is not a clear path. Since then, we have had kids on the Dream Team and winning the Dave Schultz High School Excellence award. We think this is a great sport and a great opportunity. If you read about a kid from Texas winning in Fargo at Junior or Cadet Nationals or getting a college scholarship, it is not unbelievable anymore," said Silver.

Many of his children are still competing in athletics. Clay Silver wrestles on the team at UT-Arlington, and previously wrestled for the Univ. of Texas-Dallas, school with compete at the NCWA Championships.

Sons Luke Silver will be competing for Oklahoma State, and has won the Dave Schultz High School Excellence award. Son Johnny Koepp is a talented high school junior wrestler, and is being recruited by major college programs. Troy Silver is a high school freshman, and was a Prep School High School All-American this year. Daughter Jessie Silver competed in gymnastics at the Univ. of Alabama.

Silver has been a team leader on trips to Russia and Mongolia and China with USA Wrestling and Athletes in Action. These tours have provided top youth wrestlers a chance for cultural experiences and challenging international competition.

Professionally, Silver owns the Steve Silver Company, an import furniture business in Dallas, Texas. Over the last 20-plus years, the company has grown over $150 million in sales and has 500 employees worldwide in five nations.

PAST USA WRESTLING MAN OF THE YEAR WINNERS
2006 - Steve Silver
2005 - Al Bevilacqua
2004 - Jeff Levitetz
2003 - Set Agonian
2002 - Al Kastl
2001 - James Ravannack
2000 - Rulon Gardner
1999 - Duane Morgan
1998 - Scott Beck
1997 - Rick Tucci
1996 - Dave Schultz
1995 - Leroy Evans
1994 - James E. Scherr
1993 - Arthur J. Martori
1992 - Bruce Baumgartner
1990 - Eugene Barone
1989 - John Vaughan
1987 - Dave Rudrud
1986 - Jeff Blatnick
1985 - Dr. Dan Gould
1984 - Gary Thompson
1983 - Don Sondgeroth
1982 - Frank Rader
1981 - John Roberts
1980 - Rick Bay
1979 - Ben Bennett
1978 - Werner Holzer
1977 - Vince Zuaro
1976 - Ken Kraft
1974-75 - Russ Hellickson
1973 - Jack Stanbro
1972 - Melvin Jones
1971 - Bud Linholm
1970 - Rex Peery

USA Wrestling and IFL Partnership

Grassroots events programs and clinics, joint promotional opportunities part of initial focus
NEW YORK and COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., April 11, 2007 - The International Fight League (OTC.BB: IFLI), the world's first team-based professional mixed martial arts league, and USA Wrestling, the National Governing Body for wrestling in the United States, today announced a strategic partnership between the two organizations aimed at increasing the awareness level and creating unique grassroots programs and branding opportunities for both groups.

"This is a great day for the IFL and for the sports of Mixed Martial Arts and wrestling," said IFL Commissioner and Co-Founder Kurt Otto. "This partnership will give us the platform to reach a very passionate demo with one of the most respected National Governing Bodies. This cooperative program will help us further our mission to expose these great IFL athletes to a larger audience and show how they can use their wrestling skills as part of MMA."

"USA Wrestling is proud to partner with the IFL in this project," said Rich Bender, USA Wrestling Executive Director. "Wrestling is a core discipline of MMA and many of the greatest athletes in the sport have a strong wrestling background. This will help us expose wrestling fans and athletes to a much larger audience and grow this Olympic sport by reaching an expanded audience."

Currently no less than 30% of IFL coaches and athletes come from a wrestling background, many with international and college success. They include Olympic medalist Matt Lindland (Nebraska), two-time Olympian Dan Henderson, past national champion Don Frye (Arizona State) and current athletes Wayne Cole (Oklahoma), Jay Hieron (Nassau Community College and Hofstra University), Ryan McGivern (Iowa), Mike Whitehead (Missouri), Aaron Stark (Wisconsin), Ryan Schultz (Nebraska), Reese Andy (Wyoming), Shad Lierley (NYU) and others.

The partnership will include joint USA Wrestling/IFL clinics and information sessions featuring IFL athletes and coaches and USA Wrestling staff in strategic locations, beginning with the Fan Festival held alongside the USA Wrestling World Team Trials in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 9-10. This event will determine the U.S. teams for the 2006 World Championships in the Olympic disciplines of men's freestyle, women's freestyle and men's Greco-Roman wrestling, as well as the newly recognized discipline of Grappling.

More details concerning the World Team Trials clinic will be published shortly.
Also in the planning process is a multimedia awareness campaign developed to promote both organizations as well as a discount program for USA Wrestling members to attend IFL events nationwide. 

Each of the nine regular season IFL events will consist of four teams - each with an athlete in all five weight classes competing - for a minimum of 10 bouts per card.   The team that wins the best three of five match setup will be declared the team winner for the match, similar to collegiate and high school wrestling dual meets. The IFL also differs from other MMA organizations in that the bouts are held in an oversized five-rope boxing ring with three, four-minute rounds, designed to create the most compelling in-arena experience for local fans.

Each of the 12 IFL teams for 2007 will compete in three regular season events; the teams with the top four overall win-loss team records will advance to the semi-finals, which will be held on Thursday, August 2, at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J. The 2007 IFL Finals will then be held at The Forum in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 15. 

About USA Wrestling

USA Wrestling is the National Governing Body for wrestling in the United States, and is a member organization of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the international wrestling federation FILA. USA Wrestling conducts events and programs for wrestling at all levels. Its membership includes athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and fans all across the nation. For more information about USA Wrestling, please see: www.TheMat.com

About the IFL

International Fight League™ (IFL) is the world's first professional mixed martial arts sports league. IFL has its headquarters in New York, NY and offices in Las Vegas, NV. For more information about IFL, please see:  www.ifl.tv.

Forward-Looking Statements: This release contains forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which are subject to various risks and IFL's management's expectations, hopes, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future financial condition, and results of operations. There can be no assurance that future developments actually affecting IFL will be those anticipated.

Important factors that could cause actual results to differ (favorably or unfavorably) from the expectations stated in this release include the risks and uncertainties such as the conditions of the markets for live events, broadcast television, cable television, pay-per-view, Internet, entertainment, professional sports, and licensed merchandise; acceptance of the Company's brands, media and merchandise within those markets; uncertainties relating to litigation; risks associated with producing live events; uncertainties associated with international markets; risks relating to maintaining and renewing key agreements, including television distribution agreements; effects of competition, including locations of competitors and operating and market competition.. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of the Company's assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary in material respects from those projected in these forward-looking statements.

IFL undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws. This press release may include the opinions of IFL and does not necessarily include the views of any other person or entity.

The names of all International Fight League, Inc. televised and live programming, teams, images, and logos are trademarks, which are the exclusive property of International Fight League, Inc. All other trademarks and tradenames mentioned in this release are the property of their respective owners, and are not affiliated with IFL in any way.
USOEC Women Wrestling USA Wrestling World Team Trials 2007 Results

The USOEC Wm Wre qualified several wrestlers to the USA Wrestling World
Team Trials 2007 edition via the Sr. National competition Friday April 6,
2007.

Three former USOEC Wm Wre who now reside and train in Colorado Springs, CO
at the resident athlete program via the USOTC, also qualified for WTT
while winning medals along the way.

"This competition was tough as usual and the USOEC wrestlers definitely
showed improvement from the beginning of the year.

Former USOEC wrestlers also were able to show the progression that was
intended by USA Wrestling when moving from the USOEC to the USOTC."

The top 7 wrestlers in each weight class qualified for the WTT 2007.

Next up, Body Bar nationals which qualifies wrestlers for WTT, Sr. Pan Am,
Jr. World Championships, Jr. Pan Am, Canada Cup.

Results
48kg Alyssa Lampe 5th
48kg Liz Short 6th
55kg Amy Borgnini 7th
55kg Whitney Condor 8th
63kg Kierstin Hyatt 7th
67kg Stef Shaw 3rd
72kg Jenna Pavlik 4th

Executive Committee Meeting at the FILA Headquarters

vendredi, 23 mars 2007

The FILA Executive Committee met on 17 March 2007 at the FILA new
headquarters in Corsier-sur-Vevey. Important decisions were made, among
which the organisation in 2008 of a female wrestling World Championship
to compensate for the absence of 3 female weight categories from the
Olympic programme. This decision aims at allowing the female wrestlers
to crown a World Champion in each of the 7 weight categories and it
will remain in force until all the categories are represented at the
Olympic Games.

USA Wrestling Grappling Trials in Las Vegas

USA Wrestling Grappling World Team Trials to be held in Las Vegas, Nev., June 8-10

USA Wrestling has announced that it will host its first U.S. Grappling World Team Trials at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev., June 8-10. Competition will feature Senior-level men and women.

This new event will serve as the qualifier for the U.S. team to compete in the Grappling competition at the World Wrestling Games in Antalya, Turkey on Sept. 7-9. Grappling will be included in the competition, along with Beach Wrestling and Sombo. FILA, the international wrestling federation, recently recognized Grappling as a form of international wrestling.

The U.S. Grappling World Team Trials will be held alongside the U.S. World Team Trials, which is the qualifying event for the U.S. World Teams in men's freestyle, men's Greco-Roman and women's freestyle wrestling. The winners of the U.S. World Team Trials in the three Olympic styles will represent the United States at the World Wrestling Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 17-23.

The USA Wrestling Grappling World Team Trials will feature Senior-level athletes competing under the FILA Grappling Rules. This is for athletes 18 years-old and above. (Those who are 18 and 19 may compete in the Senior level upon presentation of medical consent). This is not an open tournament. Only athletes who qualify to compete will be entered.

The FILA international Grappling weight classes are:
Men (5 weight classes): 62 kg/136.5 lbs., 70 kg/154 lbs., 80 kg/176 lbs., 92 kg/202.5 lbs., 125 kg/275 lbs.
Women (4 weight classes): 48 kg/105.5 lbs., 55 kg/121 lbs., 63 kg/138.75 lbs., 72 kg/158.5 lbs.

Major Grappling organizations within the United States have agreed to name some of their most competitive existing Grappling events as qualifiers for the USA Wrestling Grappling World Team Trials. These events will be contested under the rules and procedures of the organizations which host them.

The qualifying events from other organizations are:

April 14 - Grapplers Quest U.S. Nationals of Grappling, and U.S. Pro Trials, Las Vegas, Nev.
Qualifiers for men (32): Top two in each of the 10 men's advanced weight classes at the U.S. Nationals of Grappling, and the top three place finishers in each of the four weight classes in the U.S. Pro Trials
Qualifiers for women (14): Top two in each of the 4 No-Gi advanced weight classes at the U.S. Nationals of Grappling, and the top three in the two weight classes in the U.S. Pro Trials
http://www.grapplersquest.com

April 21 - North American Grappling Association (NAGA) Worlds, Jersey City, N.J.
Qualifiers for men (33): Top three U.S. medalists in each of the 11 expert No-Gi weight classes.
Qualifiers for women (12): Top three U.S. medalists in each of the four expert No-Gi weight classes
<http://www.nagafighter.com/>http://www.nagafighter.com

April 29 - World Grappling Games Best of the West, Long Beach, Calif.
Qualifiers for men (20): Top two place finishers in each of the 10 weight classes
Qualifiers for women (8): Top two place finishers in each of the four weight classes
http://www.grapplingtournaments.com

May 26 - North American Grappling Association (NAGA) Midwest Championships, Milwaukee, Wis.
Qualifiers for men (22): Top two place finishers in each of the 11 advanced No-Gi weight classes
Qualifiers for women (4): Top two U.S. medalists in each of the two advanced No-Gi weight classes
http://www.nagafighter.com

June 4 - World Grappling Games Pan American Submission Championships. Los Angeles, Calif.
Qualifiers for men (20): Top two U.S. medalists in each of the 10 weight classes
Qualifiers for women (8): Top two U.S. medalists in each of the four weight classes
<http://www.grapplingtournaments.com/>http://www.grapplingtournaments.com

Three USA Wrestling-sanctioned events, using the FILA Grappling rules and weight divisions, will also serve as qualifying events. Those participating in these events will be required to have a USA Wrestling membership.

May 12 - Mid-Atlantic Grappling Championships, Virginia Beach, Va.
Held at Green Run High School in Virginia Beach
Qualifiers for men (15): Top three place finishers in each of the five FILA weight classes
Qualifiers for women (12): Top three place finishers in each of the four FILA weight classes

May 12 - No Limits West Coast World Team Grappling Qualifier Trials, Irvine, Calif.
Held at No Limits Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness, 1962 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, CA 92606
949-251-8822 phone, 949-251-8833 FAX
Qualifiers for men (15): Top three place finishers in each of the five FILA weight classes
Qualifiers for women (12): Top three place finishers in each of the four FILA weight classes
http://www.nolimitsmma.com

May 26 - No Limits East Coast World Team Grappling Qualifier Trials, Alpharetta, Ga.
"Last Chance"
Held at The Cooler, 10800 Davis Drive, Alpharetta, GA 30004
Qualifiers for men (15): Top three place finishers in each of the five FILA weight classes
Qualifiers for women (12): Top three place finishers in each of the four FILA weight classes

Complete schedules and event information will be available shortly. Visit TheMat.com (www.themat.com) regularly for updates on these qualifying events.

Those who have qualified through any of these events will have an opportunity to compete in the USA Wrestling Grappling World Team Trials in Las Vegas. A complete schedule of this competition will be available shortly.

For questions, contact Gary Abbott of USA Wrestling at 719-598-8181 or via e-mail at gabbott@usawrestling.org.
Historic Grappling Summit Held

USA Wrestling hosted a Grappling Summit at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. on March 10, bringing together many leaders from wrestling and Grappling to discuss the future of the sport.

FILA, the international wrestling federation, recently recognized Grappling as a form of international wrestling. FILA has appointed a World Grappling Committee to oversee the development of the sport on the international level.

USA Wrestling, as the national governing body for wrestling in the United States and a member of FILA, hosted this Grappling Summit to organize its involvement in Grappling moving forward.

FILA will host the World Wrestling Games in Antalya, Turkey on Sept. 7-9. Grappling will be included in the competition, along with Beach Wrestling and Sombo. USA Wrestling invited a number of respected Grappling organizations and leaders to discuss the process for selecting and training a U.S. Grappling team to compete in the World Wrestling Games.

In addition to leaders and staff from USA Wrestling, the meeting featured representatives from the following organizations:

International Submission Wrestling Association
Grapplers Quest
World Grappling Games
North American Grappling Association
No Limits
FILA World Grappling Committee
On The Mat.com
Other organizations were invited and have expressed an interest in participating in future organizational activities with USA Wrestling.

USA Wrestling President Jim Ravannack of Metaire, La. announced the creation of an ad-hoc committee within USA Wrestling for Grappling. Included on the Grappling ad-hoc committee are Ravannack, Art Martori of Phoenix, Ariz., John Bardis of Alpharetta, Ga., Stan Dziedzic of Roswell, Ga. and Bill Scherr of Glenview, Ill. The ad-hoc committee will make recommendations to USA Wrestling's Board of Directors concerning the management and direction for the sport.

The leaders at the Summit, after prolonged discussion, decided to work together on a USA Wrestling Grappling World Team Trials to determine the U.S. team for the World Wrestling Games. A system of qualification for this event was also agreed upon. Final details on the World Team Trials and the qualifying series will be announced shortly. Many other topics were discussed, with an agreement to work together to build the sport in the future.

"This was an exciting and meaningful meeting," said Ravannack. "Getting people together to discuss an emerging wrestling style and deciding to work together is very rewarding. The Grappling community is looking for a new avenue working with USA Wrestling. This is also an area where USA Wrestling can grow."

A Grappling Sub-Committee is also being formed, to work on sport-specific issues within Grappling, including officiating, coaching, promotion, marketing and rules, to bring proposals to USA Wrestling's ad-hoc committee.

"I am very excited we were able to get together in the same room and work towards the process of building Grappling under a legitimate national governing body like USA Wrestling," said Jason Townsend of the International Submission Wrestling Association. "Without USA Wrestling and FILA, it would take another 20 years to get this sport where we are going. I am excited to be a part of this."

"The last 11 years, we have watched Grappling grow into an amazing competitor and spectator sport. Now, working together with USA Wrestling, we can final take a big step to take the sport to the next level," said Brian Cimins of Grapplers Quest.

"We are really excited to see the Grappling community come together and give the athletes an opportunity for world recognition and work toward a common goal of joining the Olympic family," said Ryan Gregg of the World Grappling Games.

"By uniting wrestling and the submission disciplines to compete and display their skills in events sanctioned by USA Wrestling is a huge step for this sport," said Jim Santaniello of No Limits.

USA Wrestling will make additional announcements concerning its programs within Grappling in the upcoming weeks.

For information, contact Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling at 719-659-9637 cell
Rochester to Host U.S. Beach Wrestling National Championships and World Team Trials, July 6-8

USA Wrestling has named Rochester, N.Y. as the host for the 2007 U.S. Beach Wrestling National Championships and World Team Trials, set for July 6-8.The bid was awarded to the Monroe County Sports Commission.

The competition will be held on Charlotte Beach, which is located on Lake Ontario in Rochester. Held alongside the USA Wrestling Beach Wrestling Nationals will be two other major sports events, the American Power Boat Association's Toyota Water Jam and the New York Beach Volleyball Championships.

The competition will serve as the qualifying event for the U.S. team that will compete in the World Beach Wrestling Championships in Antalya, Turkey, Sept. 7-9. The United States placed second in the 2006 World Beach Wrestling Championships in the men's division and third in the women's division, and had three individual World medalists.

"Sports have a significant economic impact in our community and we are proud to be selected as the host of the 2007 Beach National Championships. We look forward to welcoming the athletes, officials, and families to our community to experience a special weekend at Ontario Beach Park," said Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks.

"USA Wrestling is pleased to award the 2007 U.S. Beach National Wrestling Championships to Rochester, N.Y. and look forward to presenting an outstanding event," said Pete Isais, USA Wrestling National Events Director. "The Rochester community has proven its ability to organize sports competitions, and has been very successful with USA Wrestling events. We are also very excited with the opportunity to showcase Beach Wrestling alongside other popular summer sports activities."

In addition to the Beach Wrestling Nationals, the APBA jet-ski competition and the beach volleyball tournament, there will be other community activities held during the weekend. The second annual Ontario Beach Sports and Music Festival will be held in the city, with numerous entertainment opportunities.

"We did this last year and it came off very well," said J.B. Shares of Nova Event Management, who works with the Ontario Beach Sports and Music Festival. "There was a huge turnout. The Toyota Water Jam Series is a big success. We have run volleyball events in Rochester for 20 years, and the beach volleyball tournament was successful. This year, we will have a DJ Jam on the beach and along the boardwalk. There will be bands at the after-party. We hope to have a break dance competition on the boardwalk. We will continually add more things as we move forward."

Serving as event director for the U.S. Beach Wrestling National Championships and World Team Trials will be Don Murray, the head wrestling coach at SUNY-Brockport. Murray has served many years as event director for successful USA Wrestling competitions, including the annual Northeast Regional Championships as well as a number of Regional Olympic Trials competitions.

"This is great for Rochester and the local wrestling community," said Murray. "It will be fun for the citizens of this region to see this exciting wrestling competition at the beach. It will also be an outstanding opportunity for local wrestlers to compete in a national tournament held in their area. It is tremendous to have another national event coming to Rochester. It shows the outstanding job that the Monroe County Sports Commission has done attracting major national events to our area."

Beach Wrestling was added as a new style of international wrestling, starting in 2005. The first World Beach Wrestling Championships was held in 2006. Athletes compete on sand, in a style that features takedowns within a ring. The sport has been growing in popularity across the nation.

This will be the second year that USA Wrestling has hosted a national championship event in Beach Wrestling. The first U.S. Beach Wrestling National Championships was held at the Hilton Singer Island Waterfront Resort in Riviera Beach, Fla., August 19, 2006.

A flier with specific details on the U.S. Beach Wrestling National Championships and World Team Trials will be published shortly.

There will be both men's divisions and women's division at this tournament. In addition to the Senior competition, there will also be national championship events in Beach Wrestling on the Veterans, Junior, Cadet and Kids levels.

For the U.S. Beach National Championships in all age divisions, weight classes will be determined after weigh-ins.

The World Team Trials, which will determine the U.S. team for the World Championships, will be held in the weight classes recognized by FILA, the international wrestling federation. The weight classes for men are Under 85 kg/187.25 lbs. and Over 85 kg/187.25 lbs. and the weight classes for women are Under 70 kg/154 lbs. and Over 70 kg/154 lbs. The medalists in each weight class at the U.S. Beach National Championships on the Senior level will qualify to compete at the World Team Trials, which will be held immediately following the completion of the Beach Nationals competition.

Wrestlers and their families are encouraged to mark their calendar for July 6-8, and plan to attend a great weekend of wrestling action and outdoor fun in Rochester, N.Y.

Information regarding the U.S. National Beach Wrestling Championships, Ontario Beach Sports and Music Festival and the other activities during the weekend will be updated regularly at: http://www.monroecountysports.org

About the Monroe County Sports Commission

The Monroe County Sports Commission (MCSC) is a private, non-profit, 501c(3) corporation whose goal is to bring organized sporting events of all kinds for all ages to Rochester, New York. MCSC actively solicits amateur championships, sports-related clinics and conventions.

MCSC and the Greater Rochester Visitors Association work together to assure that your visit will be a memorable one. Our experience in event planning, sponsorships, public relations and hospitality services can help make your event a complete success.

McCoy to Coach 2007 U.S. Freestyle World Team

Stanford head coach selected by USA Wrestling to coach at the World
Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 17-23.

Stanford Head Wrestling Coach Kerry McCoy has been named a coach for
the U.S. Freestyle World Team announced USA Wrestling earlier this
month. McCoy, along with Kevin Jackson and Lou Rosselli, will coach
at the World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 17-23.

McCoy was a member of the coaching staff for the 2006 U.S. Freestyle
World Team, which placed third in the World Championships in
Guangzhou, China. He has served as a coach at the U.S. World Team
Training Camps for the last two years. McCoy was also a member of the
2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympic freestyle wrestling teams, placing fifth
at the 2000 Games in Sydney, Australia and seventh at the 2004 Games
in Athens, Greece. He was a 2003 World silver medalist, and placed
fourth at the 1998 and 2001 World meets. McCoy won gold medals at the
2003 Pan American Games and won the World Cup four times. He won the
U.S. National championships five straight years (2000-2004) and was a
1992 Junior World champion. McCoy won two NCAA titles for Penn State
University.

"I am really excited," said McCoy. "I have a strong connection with
many of the athletes who are competing. Some were teammates, and I
built strong relationships. I am very excited about some of the new
wrestlers. My commitment, both as an athlete and a coach, is for the
United States to be the best country in wrestling. Now, I have an
opportunity to continue on that path. I am honored that the Coach
Selection Committee chose me and I will do what I can to get the U.S.
on the top of the world, and to stay there for the next few years."

USA Judo and USA Wrestling Join Forces to Host 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Las Vegas
 
Release by Nicole Jomantas, USA Judo
 
(Colorado Springs, Colo.) - USA Judo is pleased to announce that for the first time ever the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Judo will be held simultaneously with the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Wrestling, June 15-16, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nev.
 
"This is a great opportunity for us to showcase judo to the wrestling community in the U.S. We have had some great success with wrestlers moving into judo and making an impact in our sport," said USA Judo CEO Jose H. Rodriguez (Colorado Springs, Colo.)  "This is indeed a perfect Olympic Trials marriage and it will all happen in Las Vegas!  I have had the opportunity to put on events with USA Wrestling Executive Director Rich Bender and his staff in the past, and I know that they put on first-class tournaments.  This is a win-win proposition for both judo and wrestling!"
 
The U.S. Olympic Team Trials for all sports is a collaborative, three-way partnership between the U.S. Olympic Committee, the National Governing Bodies and the Local Organizing Committees.
 
The Trials will be held at the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada - Las Vegas and will feature contests in each of the 14 Olympic judo weight divisions as well as the 18 Olympic wrestling weight classes in the three Olympic styles (men's freestyle, men's Greco-Roman, women's freestyle) to be contested at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. 
 
With eight athletes expected to compete in the Trials for each weight division, as many as 112 judo players will be eligible for berths on the U.S. Olympic Team.  USA Wrestling expects almost 200 wrestlers to participate in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
 
"We are very excited that USA Judo will host their Trials in Las Vegas in conjunction with the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling," said Rich Bender (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Wrestling Executive Director. "This promises to be a can't miss weekend for wrestling and judo fans, as well as the general sport fan. Combining the two events, allows both sports an opportunity to cross-promote our teams and programs to a much larger spectator and media base."
 
USA Judo has held several key events in Las Vegas during recent years, including the highly successful 2001-04 U.S. Open Championships. 
 
"I am extremely happy that USA Judo will be showcasing our top athletes in Las Vegas in 2008 in conjunction with USA Wrestling," said USA Judo President Dr. Ron Tripp (Norman, Okla.)  "Coming from a strong wrestling background into the sport of judo, it will be wonderful to have an opportunity to enjoy both sports at their pinnacle events of the Olympic quadrennium at the same time. In my first term as President, one of my initial actions was to move the U.S. Open from Colorado Springs to the mega entertainment capitol of the world, Las Vegas. The combination of the wrestling and judo Olympic Trials together in Las Vegas will bring things full circle as I fulfill my Presidential service in 2008."
 
The local organizers for the Trials are Las Vegas Events which has played host to hundreds of major sporting events, including the National Finals Rodeo, NASCAR Nextel Cup and Craftsman Truck Series events, NHRA Drag Racing, USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team Training and Exhibition, the Las Vegas Bowl, PBR World Finals, Vegoose Music Festival and the signature New Year's Eve production, America's Party.
 
"Las Vegas is proud to become the host city for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Judo," said Pat Christenson (Las Vegas, Nev.), President of Las Vegas Events.  "The combination of judo and wrestling will provide fans an opportunity to see these great athletes compete for berths on the U.S. Olympic Team. There is a great deal of synergy between the two sports, so fans will have a chance to see both disciplines set against the backdrop of Las Vegas, the most exciting city in the world."
 
For more information, contact Nicole Jomantas, USA Judo Director of Communications and Media Relations, at 719.866.4732 or Nicole.Jomantas@usajudo.us. 
 
About Las Vegas Events
Founded in 1983, Las Vegas Events, Inc. has grown with Las Vegas as the city has emerged as one of the world's top special event and resort destinations. A private, not-for-profit organization, LVE is funded by hotel room tax and serves as the exclusive major special events agency for the city.  Since 1991, Las Vegas Events has produced, presented or supported more than 300 events, which have driven more than 2.8 million visitors to the area, resulting in an economic impact of more than $1.6 billion.

World Sport Chicago Presents 2007 Chicago Cup

CHICAGO (January 31, 2007) -World Sport Chicago, in alliance with Chicago 2016 and the City of Chicago, will present its first major event on Feb. 6 with the 2007 Chicago Cup: USA vs. Russian World Champions, an exhibition wrestling match at the Welsh-Ryan Arena on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

World Sport Chicago is non-profit organization that was formed to promote the development of amateur sport and international competition in the Chicagoland area.

Headed by Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Conley, World Sport Chicago works to enhance the image, awareness and participation of Olympic and amateur sports across Chicago with the goal of giving athletes the opportunity to see and experience sport across all levels.

The 2007 Chicago Cup will start with a youth demonstration at 5 p.m., and the wrestling match will begin at 7 p.m.

"The USA vs. Russia wrestling match is a great example of the type of event World Sport Chicago will bring to the area," said William Scherr, chairman of the board of World Sport Chicago. "Fans will have the chance to see our national team take on some of the very best wrestlers in the world in a major international competition that will make for a historic day in Chicago sports."

The U.S. National Team is led by World Silver Medalist Mike Zadick at 60 kg/132 lbs., and World Bronze Medalists Sammie Henson (55 kg/121 lbs.) and Donny Pritzlaff (74 kg/163 lbs.).

The event will also include four exhibition matches featuring world-class athletes in Greco-Roman and women's freestyle. Two U.S. Greco-Roman wrestlers will face opponents from China while two American women will battle top opponents from Canada.

"This event will showcase America's top wrestlers in heated competition against the best wrestlers in the world," said Rich Bender, USA Wrestling's Executive Director. "Fireworks are sure to fly as the athletes attempt to establish themselves on the world's elite stage."

For more information on the 2007 Chicago Cup: USA vs. Russian World Champions, visit www.worldsportchicago.org. For more information on World Sport Chicago and Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympics, visit www.chicago2016.org.

About World Sport Chicago
World Sport Chicago was established as an independent 501(c)3 corporation, and the Athlete's Advisory Council (AAC) of Chicago 2016 will provide strategic counsel, as appropriate. Through strategic partnerships with organizations such as the United States Olympic Committee, International Olympic Committee, National Collegiate Athletic Association and other national governing bodies, World Sport Chicago works to promote the development of recreational and competitive sports throughout the region.

A major component of the organization's programs will be hosting demonstrations that provide kids the opportunity to learn from all-star athletes. Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Conley is the executive director of the organization, while wrestling world champion and Olympic Medalist William Scherr serves as chairman of the board.

About Chicago 2016
Chicago 2016 is a 501(c)3 corporation whose mission is to seek the privilege of hosting the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Chicago. The Committee's Board comprises business, civic, athletic, cultural and academic leaders representing Chicago and the surrounding Midwest region. Its honorary chairmen are Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Patrick Ryan serves as chairman and CEO.

U.S. Wrestlers to Preview Chicago Cup on Jan. 30 Teleconference

The United States Olympic Committee along with USA Wrestling will host a media teleconference on Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. MST ( 4 p.m. EST) to preview the Chicago Cup, a dual meet between men's freestyle teams from the USA and Russia. The Chicago Cup will be held Feb. 6 at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. The event will also feature two women's freestyle and two Greco-Roman matches.

Participating on the teleconference call will be freestyle wrestler Sammie Henson (Flintstone, Ga.), women's freestyle wrestler Mary Kelly (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Greco-Roman wrestler Lindsey Durlacher (Colorado Springs, Colo.).

The Chicago Cup is being sponsored by USA Wrestling and World Sport Chicago, a newly created non-profit organization looking to promote the development of amateur sport and international competition in the Chicagoland area.

Russia is the reigning world team champion in men's wrestling, while the U.S. finished third behind Iran. Russia and the former Soviet Union are second to the U.S. in medals won all-time at the Olympic Games. The U.S. has won 106 Olympic medals, including 45 gold medals. The Soviet Union won 61 total Olympic medals and Russia has won 21 (since 1996). The last USA/Russia dual was in 2001 in Kenner, La. and was won by Russia.

The Russian team is led by veteran Zaur Botaev, a 2002 World bronze medalist who also was a Junior World Champion and Cadet World Champion. Botaev competes at 74 kg/163 lbs. Teammate Shamil Batirov (66 kg/145.5 lbs.) was a 2005 Junior World Champion while Ali Isaev (84 kg/185 lbs.) was a 2006 World University Champion.

Six of the seven 2006 World Team members are competing for the U.S. in the Chicago Cup. Only 2006 World Champion Bill Zadick is not wrestling. In addition to Henson, USA Wrestling will feature World silver medalist Mike Zadick at 60 kg/132 lbs., World bronze medalist Donny Pritzlaff at 74 kg/163 lbs., World Team member Andy Hrovat at 84 kg/185 lbs., Olympic and World Team member Daniel Cormier at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. and World bronze medalist Tolly Thompson at 120 kg/264.5 lbs. Jared Frayer, the runner-up to Bill Zadick at the 2006 World Team Trials, will wrestle against the Russians at 66 kg/145.5 lbs.

The women will wrestle against competitors from Canada while the Greco-Roman athletes will wrestle opponents from China.

The 36-year-old Henson is a 1998 World Champion and 2000 Olympic silver medalist. He was a bronze medalist at the 2006 World Championships in men's freestyle at 55 kg/121 lbs. Henson was a two-time NCAA champion and is currently an assistant coach at the University of Nebraska.

The 32-year-old Durlacher is a two-time World Team member and was a bronze medalist at the 2006 World Championships at 55 kg/121 lbs. An Illinois native, Durlacher was born in Evanston and attended high school in Buffalo Grove. He was a two-time All-American at the University of Illinois.

The 23-year-old Kelly made her first U.S. World Team in 2006. She placed ninth at the 2006 World Championships at 48 kg/105.5 lbs. Kelly is from Mahomet, Ill. She was a Cadet World Champion and a two-time Junior World medalist.

WHO: U.S. Wrestlers Sammie Henson (freestyle), Mary Kelly (women's freestyle) and Lindsey Durlacher (Greco-Roman)

WHAT: USOC Teleconference to preview Chicago Open

WHEN: Tuesday, January 30 - 2 p.m. Mountain (4 p.m. Eastern)

DIAL IN: 1-800-311-9410

Pass code: Wrestle

Beach Wrestling Series Travels to Long Beach, N.Y. this Weekend

U.S. Nationals in Palm Beach, Fla. August 19-20

USA Wrestling's schedule of Beach Wrestling competitions in August continues this weekend, with the ASICS East Coast National Beach Championships in Long Beach, N.Y., Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13.

This event leads into the first U.S. Beach Wrestling Nationals, set for Riviera Beach, Fla. on Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20.

There were two events on the schedule held this past weekend.

The TNT Northeast National Beach Wrestling Championships were held Caroga Lake, N.Y. on Saturday, August 5. Champions were crowned in nine weight divisions, and organizers considered the tournament a success. "The event went on without a hitch. The weather was great and everyone had a great time," said event director Tom Bergami. The photo with this article is action from the TNT Northeast tournament.

For results of the TNT Northeast National Beach Wrestling Championships, visit:
http://www.themat.com/results.php?page=display_results_style&ResultID=100733

The New Hampshire Beach Wrestling Tournament was also hosted on Hampton Beach, N.H. on Saturday, August 5, with a good turnout and positive response from those who participated.

This will mark the second year of the ASICS East Coast Beach Nationals at Long Beach, a popular beach on Long Island's South Shore. A test event was held this past weekend, providing organizers a chance to prepare for another successful tournament this weekend and also showcasing the new sport to the many beachgoers that day.

The 2005 competition attracted over 200 participants and received considerable media attention. Organizers have added a second day of wrestling this year, and have included a Veterans division along with additional age-groups.

For information, visit the ASICS East Coast Beach Wrestling web page at:
http://www.mwausa.org/usa-beach-wrestling-championship-2006.html

USA Wrestling is excited to hosts its first U.S. Beach Wrestling Nationals at the Singer Island Hilton Oceanfront Resort in Riviera Beach, Fla. on Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20.

There will be a number of divisions in the competition for men and women including Schoolboy, Cadet, Elite, Senior and Veterans. Athletes from across the nation and around the region are expected in each division.

The Senior competition will serve as the qualifying event for the U.S. team that will compete in the World Beach Wrestling Championships in Antalya, Turkey, November 3-5. The U.S. Sombo National Championships will also be held during the same weekend there.

For more information, please visit the U.S. Beach and Sombo Nationals website at:
http://www.palmbeachsports.com/Events/USA%20Wrestling/Untitled-2.html

There are still a few rooms available at the Singer Island Hilton Oceanfront Resort at the USA Wrestling discounted rate. Call right away to get this great rate. Contact James Hanson directly at 561-472-0304 and tell him you are with the USA Wrestling group.

The beach schedule for the month wraps up with the first Southern Sand National Beach Wrestling Championships in Tulsa, Okla. on Friday, August 25 and Saturday, August 26. The tournament will be held on the Beach Volleyball Courts in Tulsa.

There are numerous age groups, starting with Kids wrestling divisions and going all the way up to Senior and Veterans divisions. There will also be live music at the competition, and a variety of family activities.

For more information, visit the Southern Sand National Beach Wrestling website at: http://www.okbeachwrestling.com/

Beach Wrestling was added as a new style of international wrestling, starting in 2005. Athletes compete on sand, in a style that features takedowns within a ring. The sport is gaining in popularity as more people are trying the new style.

For information on Beach Wrestling, contact Gary Abbott of USA Wrestling at 719-598-8181 or via e-mail at gabbott@usawrestling.org

REMAINING BEACH WRESTLING SCHEDULE

August 12-13 --  ASICS East Coast National Beach Wrestling Championships in Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: middle school, high school, college, veterans, girls and women. Additional information can be obtained by calling TW Promotions, Inc. at 631-588-4343 x104, or by e-mailing ASICSBeach@aol.com

August 19 -20 - U.S. National Beach Wrestling Championships at the Singer Island Hilton Oceanfront Resort in Riviera Beach, Fla. The Senior division is the qualifying event for the World Beach Wrestling Championships in Turkey. Divisions: Schoolboy, Cadet, Elite, Open, Veterans. Contact Gary Abbott of USA Wrestling at 719-598-8181.

August 25-26 - Southern Sand Beach Wrestling Championships at the Beach Volleyball Courts in Tulsa, Okla. Divisions: Veterans, Senior, University, Junior, Cadet, Schoolboy/girl, Novice Midget, Bantam. Contact John Nix at 972-816-3876.

Mango Strikes Gold!

USOEC star Spensor Mango wins the gold medal match at 55kg during the
2006 World University Championships in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and is
crowned World University Champion.

USOEC star Chas Betts wins the silver medal.

USOEC stars Liz Short, Sharon Jacobson, and Randi Miller start
competition June 17, 18 2006.

More news later or at www.themat.com

World University Championships

Team USA is set to compete at the World University Championships in
Ulaanbator, Mongolia June 14-18, 2006

The U.S. Olympic Education Center and USA Wrestling World University
Training Camp will conclude Sunday June 12, 2006.

Several international & national stars will lead the way:

Sara Fulp-Allen World University Games Bronze 2005
Alaina Berube World University Games Bronze 2005
Sharon Jacobson National Champion 2006
Randi Miller Pan Am Champion 2006

World University Championship Team:

48kg Liz Short
51kg Sara Fulp-Allen
55kg Sharon Jacobson
59kg Othella Lucas
63kg Alaina Berube
67kg Randi Miller
72kg Tabetha Golt

A Year of Firsts at Wrestling Hall of Fame Inductions


All four of the Distinguished Members who will be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame this weekend in Stillwater, Okla. have achieved some incredible firsts during their careers in wrestling. The Hall of Fame Honors Weekend will be held June 2-3.

THE FIRST WOMAN INDUCTED
Tricia Saunders of Phoenix, Ariz., a four-time World champion wrestler and coach of the historic 2004 U.S. Olympic women's wrestling team, will be the first woman inducted as a distinguished member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum.

THE FIRST FOUR-TIME NCAA DIV. I CHAMPION
Pat Smith of Stillwater, Okla. was the first to win four NCAA Div. I wrestling titles, competing for Oklahoma State Univ. He won his historic fourth NCAA title at the 1994 NCAA Championships held in Chapel Hill, N.C.

THE FIRST U.S. REFEREE AT AN OLYMPIC GAMES
Josiah Henson of Tulsa, Okla. was the first U.S. wrestling referee to work at an Olympic Games, when he officiated at the Olympics in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia.

THE FIRST TWIN WORLD CHAMPIONS INDUCTED
Tom and Terry Brands became the first twin brothers to win World gold medals the same year when they captured World titles at the World Freestyle Championships in Toronto, Canada. Terry Brands of Colorado Springs, Colo. is being inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame this year. His twin brother Tom was inducted in 2001. They now become the first twin brother world champions to be in ducted into the Hall of Fame.

SPECIAL AWARD WINNERS
In addition to the induction of Distinguished Members, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame has a number of other special awards given each year during Honors Weekend.

OUTSTANDING AMERICAN TO CHAMPION JOCKEY
Pat Day of Louisville, Ky., a Kentucky Derby winner as a jockey and one of the greatest riders in racing history, is being inducted as an Outstanding American.

LONGTIME LEADER TO RECEIVE ORDER OF MERIT
Larry Sciacchetano of Baton Rouge, La., who has served on the FILA Bureau, the governing council of the international federation, and as USA Wrestling's president, will receive the Order of Merit.

BLIND MAYOR TO RECEIVE MEDAL OF COURAGE
Randy Meyer of Sheboygan Falls, Wis., who was an All-American wrestler in college, will receive the Medal of Courage. Blind since the age of two, Meyers became a success in school and in business and is now the mayor of Sheboygan Falls, Wis.

LIFETIME OFFICIALS AWARD TO LONGTIME REFEREE
Sam Williams of Fall Creek. Pa., a top referee in international, high school and college wrestling for almost 40 years, will receive the Lifetime Achievement for Officials award. He was one of the founders of the U.S. Wrestling Officials Association.

FLORIDA PREP STAR TO RECEIVE HIGH SCHOOL AWARD
David Craig of Brandon, Fla., a four-time high school state champion, Junior National double champion and 3.58 GPA student will receive the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award.

There are media opportunities on both Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3, where the working press can interview the honorees. Telephone interviews are also possible. Media should contact the National Wrestling Hall of Fame with any additional media requests. Contact the Hall of Fame office at (405)377-5243, or call Gary Abbott of USA Wrestling on his cell phone at (719)659-9637.

U.S. World Wrestling Team Trials Press Conference Opportunites
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PRESS CONFERENCE OPPORTUNITIES
Prior to the U.S. World Team Trials in Sioux City, Iowa
THURSDAY, MAY 25
3:00 p.m
Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa
"Two Olympic Champions and Coaches"
Steve Fraser
1984 Olympic Greco-Roman champion, the first in U.S. history
USA Wrestling National Greco-Roman coach
Coach at three Olympic Games (1996, 2000, 2004)
Cael Sanderson
2004 Olympic freestyle champion
Head Coach at Iowa State University
Four-time undefeated NCAA champion
FRIDAY, MAY 26
4:00 p.m
Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa
"World Champion brothers and Coaches"
Terry Brands
Two-time World Champion (1993, 1995)
2000 Olympic bronze medalist
USA Wrestling National Freestyle Resident Coach
Tom Brands
1996 Olympic champion
1993 World Champion
Head coach at the Univ. of Iowa
Other athletes or coaches may attend these press opportunities
To confirm attendance, contact Event Director Tim Tushla at 712-251-7570 or Gary Abbott of USA Wrestling at 719-659-9637

Clarissa Chun's Girls Wrestling Camp (May 27th)

Hello everyone, if you know any girl wrestlers who might benefit from the Chun Camp please forward this.
Next Level Wrestling Welcomes:
Clarissa Chun
(2006 US Women,s Nationals Champion)
(Olympic Training Center Resident)
Chun was among the charter group of about 20 women invited to the U.S. Olympic Training Center when its women's wrestling facility opened in 2002.
Recently she won the 2006 US Nationals Freestyle Championship at (105).  
CAREER NOTES:
Third in 2005 U.S. World Team Trials - 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials runner-up
· Four-time U.S. Nationals runner-up (1999-2000, 2003-04) - Four-time U.S. World Team Trials runner-up (2000-03)
· Fifth in 2001 Junior World Championships
· 2000 U.S. World Team member - Three-time University Nationals champion (2001, 2003-04)
This Clinic is Designed Specifically for Serious Collegiate and Freestyle Wrestler,s  
Wanting to Get to the Next Level.
*Open to all Youth, High School and Open Class Wrestlers
Register Day of 2:00-2:30pm (Before Normal Camp Practice)
Registration Fees:
Private Sessions 1 or 2:
$50 per Athlete (Groups of 2 or 4 per Session)
Regular Camp Practice (2:30-5:00pm): $35 per athlete
Private and Camp Practice Combo: $75
***Send Pre-Registration Form Before May 25th for $30
(Camp Practice Only)
For Further Info About Group - Team Discounts Contact:
Head Coach Brian Wood: (Next Level Sports)
720-252-3144 // Email: nextlevelsports_wrestling@yahoo.com

Venue Location and Directions: Colorado Pro Gym
Come to Back Gym Entrance (South East Side of Building)
4240 Kipling Unit B Wheat Ridge CO, 80034 // 303-456-0076
4 Blocks South of I-70 West on Kipling
East Side of Kipling in the Back of the Gym

Jordan Lipp and Matt Morkel Qualify for U.S. Pan American Wrestling Team

Pair will take on some of the world's best in Brazil at the end of May

WASHINGTON - American University reconfirmed its status as an emerging presence in the sport of wrestling by qualifying two wrestlers for the 2006 Pan American Sombo Wrestling Championships, which take place May 31st in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. AU wrestlers <http://aueagles.collegesports.com/sports/m-wrestl/mtt/morkel_matt00.html>Matt Morkel (Omaha, Neb./Skutt) and Jordan Lipp (Beachwood, Oh./Beachwood) earned spots on the U.S. team at 60 kg and 66 kg, respectively, after winning the trials that were held in Bender Arena on May 6.

In one of the best matches of the event, Lipp defeated former Marine and World Cup Gold Medalist Stephen Biedryicki 9-5, after trialing 5-0 early in the match. Biedryicki, was also nationally ranked wrestler in both freestyle and Greco-Roman, had come out of retirement to try for the team. He took an early 5-0 lead but ultimately lost to Lipp who came from behind to win 9-5.

Teammate Morkel took the title at 60 kg and Evan Murtaugh earned a runner-up spot at 84 kg.

Sombo is one of three styles of wrestling that will be contested at the Championships in Brazil, along with Olympic freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling. It is a composite style of jacket wrestling originally developed in the Soviet Union and taught as a form of hand-to-hand combat for unarmed self defense. It features submission holds and uses jackets, unlike collegiate wrestling. This was the first sombo wrestling event held in Bender arena since 2001, when AU hosted the National Sombo Wrestling Championships.

The pair's success is another accolade for Eagle wrestling, which had a banner year in 2005-06 and has been on the resurgence since head coach Mark Cody took over at the helm in 2001. AU earned its first All-American selection ever in 2004-05 with Daniel Waters, followed up by two All-Americans this year with Josh Glenn and Muzaffar Abdurakhmanov. "We were very pleased to be able to hold the Sombo qualifier at American," commented Head official Curt Shearer. "American University has become a recognized name in the national wrestling community in the past two years and it was a positive element for us to be able to have the Pan Am qualifier here."

The event was sanctioned by USA Wrestling, the National Governing Body for Olympic Wrestling in the United States.

Qualifiers
* Eric Albarracin, U.S. Army, Colorado Springs, Colo. at 55 kg/121 lbs.
* Matt Morkel, American University, Washington, D.C. at 60 kg/132 lbs.
* Jordan Lipp, American University, Washington, D.C. at 66 kg/145.5 lbs.
* Ryan Hall, Unattached, Arlington, Va. at 74 kg/163 lbs.
* Jeremy Pederson, U.S. Marine Corps, Quantico, Va. at 84 kg/185 lbs.
* Shaun Scott, U.S. Sombo Association, Millersville, Pa. at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. * Frank Workman, U.S. Marine Corps, Quantico, Va. at 120 kg/264.5 lbs.

Clarissa Chun's Women's Freestyle Wrestling Camp

Next Level Wrestling Welcomes: Clarissa Chun
(2006 US Women,s Nationals Champion)
(Olympic Training Center Resident)
Chun was among the charter group of about 20 women invited to the U.S. Olympic Training Center when its women's wrestling facility opened in 2002.
Recently she won the 2006 US Nationals Freestyle Championship at (105).  

CAREER NOTES:
Third in 2005 U.S. World Team Trials - 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials runner-up
· Four-time U.S. Nationals runner-up (1999-2000, 2003-04)
- Four-time U.S. World Team Trials runner-up (2000-03)
· Fifth in 2001 Junior World Championships
· 2000 U.S. World Team member - Three-time University Nationals champion (2001, 2003-04)

This Clinic is Designed Specifically
for Serious Collegiate and Freestyle Wrestler,s  
Wanting to Get to the Next Level.

*Open to all Youth, High School and Open Class Wrestlers
Register Day of 2:00-2:30pm (Before Normal Camp Practice)
Registration Fees:

Private Sessions 1 or 2:
$50 per Athlete (Groups of 2 or 4 per Session)
Camp Practice Only (2:30-5:00pm): $35 per athlete
Private and Camp Practice Combo: $75

***Send Pre-Registration Form Before May 25th For $30
(Camp Practice Only)
For Further Info About Group - Team Discounts Contact:

Head Coach Brian Wood: (Next Level Sports)
720-252-3144 // Email: nextlevelsports_wrestling@yahoo.com

Venue Location and Directions: Colorado Pro Gym
Come to Back Gym Entrance (South East Side of Building)
4240 Kipling Unit B Wheat Ridge CO, 80034 // 303-456-0076
4 Blocks South of I-70 West on Kipling
East Side of Kipling in the Back of the Gym

Trials Most Prestigious Athletic Event Ever in Sioux City

But, the upcoming U.S. Team Trials for men's freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling at the Tyson Events Center May 26-28 would appear to be the biggest and most prestigious single athletic competition to ever grace Our Town.

Bigger than the International Softball Congress World Tournament? Yes.

Bigger than the NAIA Division II national women's basketball tournament? Yes.

Bigger than the NAIA national wrestlling tourney? Yes.

Bigger than an old Ben Hogan, Nike or buy.com Tour stops? Yes.

If this was an Olympic year the event would be the official United States Olympic Trials. Don't believe we've had anything of that magnitude before.

With more than 50 former Olympic and World Team members, either competitors or coaches involved, Siouxland mat fans and sports fans in general will be in for the treat of their lives in these parts.

A short list of competitors will include Tolly Thompson, Ben Askren, Joe Williams, Donny Pritzlaff, Steve Mocco and Chris Bono.

Three Olympic gold medalists with Iowa ties will also be on hand, including new Iowa Coach Tom Brands, new Iowa State Coach Cael Sanderson and the legendary Dan Gable.

Thompson (264.5 pounds) and Pritzlaff (163 pounds) earned championships in the U.S. Nationals just over two weeks ago in Las Vegas. Thompson is a native of Janesville, Iowa. Williams, a former Iowa national champ, was the bronze medalist in the last World championships.

The fluffy-haired Askren won the 174-pound NCAA title in March and was named winner of the Dan Hodge Trophy that goes to the top collegiate wrestler in the country.

The top Greco-Roman grappler in Sioux City will be Justin Ruiz, a bronze medalist at 211.5 pounds in the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary last year. In that tourney, Thompson won the freestyle bronze at 264.5.

This the second season of the new four-year OIympic cycle and the Sioux City event is a significant stop for competitors gearing up for a shot at making the U.S. teams for the 2008 Games in Beijing, China.

The champions in each weight in the World Team Trials in Sioux City advance to the World Championships Sept. 26-Oct. 2 in Guangazhou, China.

New Format Featured at U.S. World Team Trials
Craig Sesker USA Wrestling

Fans will be treated to a new format when the U.S. World Team Trials for men's freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling roll into the Tyson Events Center on May 26-28 in Sioux City, Iowa.

Unlike previous years, the champions from the U.S. Nationals in Las Vegas will not receive an automatic berth into the best-of-three finals.

Instead, only 2006 U.S. Nationals champions who are returning World medalists in freestyle or returning top five World finishers in Greco-Roman receive automatic berths into the finals. That means only freestyle wrestler Tolly Thompson of the Sunkist Kids and Greco-Roman competitor Justin Ruiz of the New York Athletic Club have clinched berths into the finals.

Thompson won a bronze medal at 120 kg/264.5 pounds last year at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, while Ruiz also won bronze at 96 kg/211.5 pounds. Both wrestlers won U.S. Nationals titles on April 15 in Las Vegas.

The remainder of the competitors in Sioux City will be seeded for the Trials and take part in the Challenge Tournament that will determine the finalists. Each weight class will be contested in just one day in a bracket format. The finalists in each class will then wrestle a best-of-three series to determine the champion.

Champions and second-place finishers from the U.S. Nationals will be seeded 1-2 in each weight class for the World Team Trials. The remainder of the athletes will be seeded by a committee the day before that weight class competes.

The Challenge Tournament will be held during the first session from 9 a.m. to 1:30 both days. The best-of-three finals will comprise the second session, starting at 4 p.m. both days.

The event will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by CSTV. The network plans a two-hour broadcast on Tuesday, June 6. The time for this broadcast has not yet been determined.

Champions in each weight class from the World Team Trials in freestyle and Greco-Roman advance to the World Championships on Sept. 26-Oct. 2 in Guangzhou, China.

Returning World bronze medalist Joe Williams (163 pounds) finished second in Vegas in freestyle, meaning he will draw the No. 2 seed behind U.S. Nationals champion Donny Pritzlaff for the World Team Trials.

Wrestlers who advance to the Challenge Tournament finals - in every weight class but 120 kg in freestyle and 96 kg in Greco-Roman - will meet in a best-of-three format to determine the World Team Trials champion.

Wrestlers who reach the finals of the Challenge Tournament at 120 kg in freestyle and 96 kg in Greco-Roman will meet in one match to see who advances to face Thompson and Ruiz in the best-of-three final round later that day.

Best-of-three finals in both styles will be held on both days. On Saturday, May 27, freestyle will be contested at 55 kg/121 lbs., 60 kg/132 lbs. and 96 kg/211.5 lbs. with Greco-Roman being contested at 66 kg/145.5 lbs., 74 kg/163 lbs., 96 kg/211.5 lbs. and 120 kg/264.5 lbs.

On Sunday, May 28, freestyle will wrestle at 66 kg/145.5 lbs., 74 kg/163 lbs., 84 kg/185 lbs. and 120 kg/264.5 lbs. with Greco-Roman being held at 55 kg/121 lbs., 60 kg/132 lbs. and 84 kg/185 lbs.

The new format is similar to what is now used at the World Championships, where all matches in a particular weight class are wrestled all in one day.

Premium reserved seats for adults for the World Team Trials in Sioux City start at only $35 for the entire, two-day competition presented locally by Hy-Vee grocery stores. Reserved tickets for a single session are $20 apiece. Single session general admission tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Children 12 and under with a USA Wrestling card will be admitted free with a paid adult.

Tickets are available through a number of outlets, including the Tyson Events Center box office, by phone at 712-252-3434 or on the web at www.2006trials.org or www.ticketmaster.com.

The Tyson Events Center can seat up to 7,000 fans for the Trials. Sioux City has hosted numerous big wrestling competitions, including the NAIA nationals this year.

For more information on the World Team Trials, contact Event Director Tim Tushla at 712-251-7570.

The U.S. World Team Trials for women will be held at the Colorado Springs Christian School on June 30 in Colorado Springs. Winners in each weight class also advance to China.

The women's program, however, has chosen to have all the 2006 U.S. Nationals champions advance directly to the best-of-three series. All seven weights will compete on the same day.

2006 U.S. WORLD TEAM TRIALS SCHEDULE
MAY 26-28, AT SIOUX CITY, IOWA

FRIDAY, MAY 26

1-2 p.m. - Registration
1:45-2 p.m. - Medical check
2-2:30 p.m. - Weigh-ins for men's freestyle (55 kg, 60 kg, 96 kg) and Greco-Roman (66 kg, 74 kg, 96 kg, 120 kg)
3 p.m. - Seeding meetings for men's freestyle (55 kg, 60 kg, 96 kg) and Greco-Roman (66 kg, 74 kg, 96 kg, 120 kg)

SATURDAY, MAY 27

9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. - Challenge Tournament for men's freestyle (55 kg, 60 kg, 96 kg) and Greco-Roman (66 kg, 74 kg, 96 kg, 120 kg)
1-2 p.m. - Registration (remaining weight classes)
1:45-2 p.m. - Medical check (remaining weight classes)
2-2:30 p.m. - Weigh-ins for men's freestyle (66 kg, 74 kg, 84 kg, 120 kg) and Greco-Roman (55 kg, 60 kg, 84 kg)
3 p.m. - Seeding meetings for men's freestyle (66 kg, 74 kg, 84 kg, 120 kg) and Greco-Roman (55 kg, 60 kg, 84 kg)
4-8:15 p.m. - Best-of-three finals for men's freestyle (55 kg, 60 kg, 96 kg) and Greco-Roman (66 kg, 74 kg, 96 kg, 120 kg)

SUNDAY, MAY 28

9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. - Challenge Tournament for men's freestyle (66 kg, 74 kg, 84 kg, 120 kg) and Greco-Roman (55 kg, 60 kg, 84 kg)
4-8:15 p.m. - Best-of-three finals for men's freestyle (66 kg, 74 kg, 84 kg, 120 kg) and Greco-Roman (55 kg, 60 kg, 84 kg)

Presentation of the 2006 U.S. World Championship Teams will immediately follow the final match on Sunday night.

World University Championships.


USA Wrestling's University Nationals will carry added significance this year as it will serve as the qualifying event for the World University Championships.

The University Nationals for freestyle and Greco-Roman, along with the FILA Cadet Nationals in both styles, are scheduled for April 28-30 at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

Champions at the University Nationals qualify to represent the United States at the World University Championships in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, on June 15-20.

Finalists from the University Nationals qualify for the World Team Trials on May 27-28 in Sioux City, Iowa.

Wrestlers 18-24 years old who are U.S. citizens and whose class has graduated from high school are eligible to compete at University Nationals. This event showcases future stars of the sport and is an important stepping stone for Olympic hopefuls on their path to winning medals for the United States.

Wrestlers who may be back to defend their titles in Greco-Roman are 2005 U.S. World Team member Harry Lester of the U.S. Olympic Education Center/Gator Wrestling Club (145.5 lbs.) along with NCAA All-Americans Trent Paulson of Iowa State (163) and J.D. Bergman of Ohio State (211.5). Bergman also won a title in freestyle last year.

Lester has been the Outstanding Wrestler in Greco-Roman the past two years.

Minnesota heavyweight Cole Konrad, who won his first NCAA title last month, is expected to compete in Evanston. Konrad placed third at the World Team Trials in 2005. Konrad did not compete at the U.S. Nationals in Las Vegas and needs to reach the finals at University Nationals to make this year's World Team Trials.

Michigan State's Nick Simmons, third at 121 pounds in freestyle at the World Team Trials last year, also may compete in Evanston since he did not wrestle in Vegas. He still has not qualified for the World Team Trials. He won University Nationals last year and went on to place fifth in the 2005 World University Games.

University of Missouri teammates Ben Askren (185) and Matt Pell (163) also could be in the field. Askren, the reigning Hodge Trophy winner, was second in freestyle at University Nationals last year while Pell is the defending champion at 163.

Justin Millard of the U.S. Air Force likely will return to defend his Greco-Roman title at 185.

Northwestern All-American Jake Herbert, who lost to Askren in the NCAA finals at 174, placed fourth at University Nationals at 185 last year.

NCAA champion Dustin Schlatter of Minnesota may compete in the University Nationals. He could meet another talented true freshman, Virginia Tech's Brent Metcalf, at 145.5 pounds in Evanston. Metcalf won the FILA Junior Freestyle title last week in Las Vegas.

Another possibility for University Nationals is Cornell true freshman Troy Nickerson, who placed second at the NCAA meet at 125.

In the FILA Cadet Nationals, a number of top young stars may be entered in Evanston.

Ohio's David Taylor, a double FILA Cadet National champion last year at 92.5 pounds, also won Cadet Nationals last summer. Cadet National champions Andrew Long of Iowa, Eric Grajales of Florida and Tyler Clark of Illinois also could be in the mix to take home more hardware.

Long was third in Greco-Roman and fifth in freestyle last year at 92.5 pounds in FILA Cadets. Grajales was third in Greco-Roman and fifth in freetyle at 101.25. Clark was third in freestyle at 110.

Cadet All-American Andy Pokorny of Nebraska is a returning FILA Cadet National champion as is Esai Dominguez of Iowa.

2006 SCHEDULE FOR UNIVERSITY/FILA CADET NATIONALS

Thursday, April 27
7-8 p.m. ­ University and FILA Cadet Greco-Roman registration
8-8:30 p.m. ­ University and FILA Cadet Greco-Roman weigh-ins

Friday, April 28
9 a.m.-1 p.m. ­ University and FILA Cadet Greco-Roman preliminaries
3 p.m.-conclusion ­ University and FILA Cadet Greco-Roman preliminaries through finals
6-7:30 p.m. ­ University freestyle registration
6-8 p.m. ­ FILA Cadet freestyle registration
8-8:30 p.m. ­ University and FILA Cadet freestyle weigh-ins

Saturday, April 29
9 a.m.-noon ­ University and FILA Cadet freestyle preliminaries
2-5 p.m. ­ University and FILA Cadet freestyle preliminaries
6-9 p.m. ­ University and FILA Cadet freestyle preliminaries

Sunday, April 30
9 a.m.-conclusion ­ University and FILA Cadet freestyle preliminaries through finals

2005 CHAMPIONS FROM UNIVERSITY/FILA CADET NATIONALS

University Greco-Roman
50 kg/110 lbs. - Ricardo Osorio (U.S. Air Force). 55 kg/121 lbs. - Joe Betterman (USOEC). 60 kg/132 lbs. - Jeremiah Davis (USOEC). 66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Harry Lester (USOEC). 74 kg/163 lbs. - Trent Paulson (Cyclone WC). 84 kg/185 lbs. - Justin Millard (U.S. Air Force). 96 kg/211.5 lbs. - J.D. Bergman (Ohio International WC). 120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Jake Marquardt (Viking WC).

University Freestyle
50 kg/110 lbs. - Daniel Jackson (Minnesota Storm). 55 kg/121 lbs. - Nick Simmons (Michigan WC). 60 kg/132 lbs. - Drew Headlee (Pitt WC). 66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Jason Mester (Central Michigan). 74 kg/163 lbs. - Matt Pell (Tiger WC). 84 kg/185 lbs. - Tyler Nixt (Hawkeye WC). 96 kg/211.5 lbs. - J.D. Bergman (Ohio International WC). 120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Israel Silva (Chattanooga).

FILA Cadet Greco-Roman
42 kg/92.5 lbs. - David Taylor (Ohio). 46 kg/101.25 lbs. - Andy Pokorny (Nebraska). 50 kg/110 lbs. - Brian Owen (Washington). 54 kg/119 lbs. - Dak Adamson (New Mexico). 58 kg/127.75 lbs. - Spencer Jasper (Arizona). 63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Esai Dominguez (Iowa). 69 kg/152 lbs.- Jon Reader (Michigan). 76 kg/167.5 lbs. - Brent Chriswell (Washington). 85 kg/187.25 lbs. - Patrick Flynn (Pennsylvania). 100 kg/220.25 lbs. - Ryan Nachtrab (Ohio).

FILA Cadet Freestyle
42 kg/92.5 lbs. - David Taylor (Ohio). 46 kg/101.25 lbs. - Riley Adamson (New Mexico). 50 kg/110 lbs. - Brandon Davis (North Carolina). 54 kg/119 lbs. - Alex Meade (Delaware). 58 kg/127.75 lbs. - Coby Boyd (Ohio). 63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Matt Ballweg (Iowa). 69 kg/152 lbs. - Jon Reader (Michigan). 76 kg/167.5 lbs. - Scott Giffin (New Jersey). 85 kg/187.25 lbs. - Brent Chriswell (Washington). 100 kg/220.25 lbs. - Christopher Lewis (California).

World Cup & Pan Am Championships

USOEC stars Sharon Jacobson & Randi Miller were selected to represent
Team USA at the 2006 World Cup and Pan American wrestling championships
respectively.

Jacobson & Miller won Gold and Silver medals respectively at the 2006
U.S. National Wrestling Championships

Kelly Going to Pan Ams

USOEC star Mary Kelly was selected to represent Team USA at the 2006
Pan American wrestling championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Kelly, won a Silver medal at the 2006 U.S. National Wrestling
Championships, will join team mate and Team USA member Randi Milller at
the 2006 Pan Ams.

Matt Coughlin Wins FILA Junior Freestyle Title

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Freshman Matt Coughlin took home the 163-pound FILA
Junior Freestyle title at the 2006 U.S. National Wrestling Championships in Las Vegas,
Nev., on April 12-15. Coughlin was as one of four Hoosiers to enter the competition, as
freshman Angel Escobedo also placed second at 132 pounds.

The competition, which brings together the top junior talent from around the country, is
an opening event for the FILA World Championships, as wrestlers compete to qualify for
the FILA Junior National team.

Coughlin, who is the top pick for the team, must first undergo training camp on June 4-
10, where he will wrestle against the champion of the second mini-tournament before the
final grappler is chosen for the team.

Escobedo also still has one more chance to punch his ticket on the team, as the second
mini-tournament on June 4-10 will give the IU freshman a chance to grapple back into
the final team spot. Escobedo finished second behind 2006 All-American Coleman Scott
(Oklahoma State) at the event. Before losing in the finals, Escobedo had only dropped
one period on his way to the finals.

Also having an impressive showing were freshmen Trevor Perry and Scott Kelley. While
neither of the Hoosier grapplers placed, both faced tough fields filled with 2006 NCAA
qualifiers. Perry made it to the quarterfinals before falling to the eventual champion at
185 pounds, while Kelley competed at 132 pounds.

For complete results of the 2006 US Nationals, visit www.themat.com. USOEC star Sharon Jacobson was named the USA Wrestling's Sr. National Women's Outstanding Wrestler after pinning her finals opponent.

Jacobson pinned 3 wrestlers while winning her first national title.

WM 55 kg Sharon Jacobson Quotes
(Strategy for the match)

" I just stay focused on what I'm gonna do. I just try to attack and
keep good position and stay focused and calm. It's when I do those
things that I do my best."

(On winning)
"It's very important. I've wanted to be a National champion since I
started wrestling. I've been wrestling for six and half years."

Mat 2 Real Time Finals Results
Craig Sesker USA Wrestling
04/15/2006
http://themat.com/index.php?page=showarticle&ArticleID=14433

Championship match summaries
Mat 2

Women 55 kg/121 lbs.
No. 2 Sharon Jacobson, El Cajon, Calif. (USOEC/Gator WC) pins unseeded
Malinda Ripley, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids), 0:47 left
(second period)

1st period

Jacobson comes out aggressively and attacks the legs in gaining a 3-0
lead. Jacobson continues to put the pressure on in the match. Jacobson
wins the first period 3-0.

2nd period

Jacobson shots in for a takedown 20 seconds into the period and records
the fall 47 seconds into the period.

USOEC Other Placewinners

48k Mary Kelly Bronze
48k Liz Short 6th
55k Amy Borgnini 5th
67k Randi Miller Silver
67k Steph Shaw 4th
72k Donell Bradley 4th

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March 21 is the bid deadline for 2006 U.S. Beach and Sombo Nationals, along with the Board meeting and State Leaders Conference

Tuesday, March 21 is the deadline for event bids to be submitted from organizing committees who wish to host the 2006 USA Wrestling Beach National Championships, along with the 2006 USA Wrestling Sombo National Championships.

These events are scheduled to be held August 18-19, 2006.

Beach Wrestling was added as a new style of international wrestling, starting in 2005. Athletes compete on sand, in a style that features takedowns within a ring.

Sombo is a style of competition that has similarities to judo and wrestling, and has been reinstated as an international style of wrestling this year. Sombo was included in international wrestling until the mid-1980s, when the international wrestling federation

These two events will serve as the qualifiers for the U.S. team that will compete at the World Beach Wrestling Championships and the World Sombo Championships, set for Antalya, Turkey, Oct. 13-15.

In addition to these two events, USA Wrestling will also conduct its semi-annual Board of Directors meeting in the city which is hosting the Beach and Sombo Nationals. These are the volunteer leaders that set the direction for USA Wrestling and represent all apects of the wrestling community.

USA Wrestling will also conduct its annual State Leaders Conference in the city which hosts the Beach and Sombo Nationals. This annual meeting brings together state leaders from each of the USA Wrestling state associations, who attend workshops and seminars and network together to help expand and improve USA Wrestling's programs and activities.

To receive more information on the events and activities included, or to receive a copy of the bid packet, contact Chris Moen of USA Wrestling at 719-598-8181 or via e-mail at cmoen@usawrestling.org,

Men and women USOEC wrestlers compete at Olympic Challenge in Marquette, Mich., Feb. 20

Erin Phipps USA Wrestling
02/22/2006

Wrestlers from the United States Olympic Education Center (USOEC) at
Northern Michigan Univ. recently competed in the 2nd Annual Olympic
Challenge - International Edition on Feb. 20 at the Superior Dome in
Marquette, Mich.

The tournament featured matches between the USOEC women's freestyle
team and the Czech Republic, as well as matches between the USOEC men's
Greco-Roman team and the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program.

The USOEC women's team dominated the wrestlers from the Czech Republic,
winning four of the five matches.

At 48 kg/105.5 lbs., Liz Short (Lombard, Ill./USOEC) was defeated by
Eva Krejsova, 0-1, 1-0,1-0.

At 59 kg/103 lbs., Sharon Jacobson (El Cajon, Calif./USOEC/Gator WC),
ranked No. 5 on Women's Team USA, defeated Martina Zyklova, 2-2, 2-3,
4-2. In 2004, Zyklova placed seventh in the European Championships and
placed sixth at the Junior World Championships in 2003.

At 55 kg/121 lbs., Amy Borgnini (Terre Haute, Ind./USOEC) battled Sarka
Andriova. Borgnini, who is ranked sixth on Women's Team USA, won the
bout 1-0, 4-3. Andriova placed ninth in the 2005 European
Championships.

In the 72 kg/158.5 lbs. bout, Randi Miller (Arlington, Texas/USOEC) had
the only pin of the night, taking down Nina Sklenkova in the third
period. Miller ranks No. 4 on Women's Team USA and Sklenkova previously
placed second in the 2002 European Cadet Championships and sixth in the
2004 European Junior Championships.

In the featured women's match of the night, the No. 2 wrestler on
Women's Team USA, Mary Kelly (Mahomet, Ill./USOEC/New York AC) faced
Lenka Martinakova. Kelly, who has medaled on the Cadet, Junior and
University levels, defeated Martinakova, 2-0, 4-1.

The U.S. Army team, based in Fort Carson, Colorado, boasts some of the
top ranking wrestlers in the country. The Army team had a strong
showing in the men's Greco-Roman wrestling, winning five of the six
matches.

In the first match at 96 kg/211.5 lbs., Adam Wheeler (Lancaster,
Calif./USOEC/Gator WC) defeated Albert Sankey by disqualification.
Wheeler currently is ranked No. 2 on Greco-Roman Team USA and placed
second in the U.S. Nationals and World Team Trials in 2005. Sankey is
currently ranked sixth on Greco-Roman Team USA.

At 55 kg/121 lbs., Jermaine Hodge defeated Spenser Mango (Flourissant,
Mo./USOEC), who is ranked No. 5 on Greco-Roman Team USA, 6-4, 4-1.

There were two matches in the 74 kg/163 lbs. weight class. The first
was a battle between Jess Hargrave and Jake Fisher (Platte City,
Mo./USOEC), who currently ranks No. 4 on Greco-Roman Team USA. Hargrave
defeated Fisher by disqualification with a third caution in the final
period.

In the second match in the same weight, Brandon McNab stopped Cheney
Haight (Orem, Utah/USOEC/New York AC), 2-1, 1-1.

At 84 kg/185 lbs., Aaron Sieracki defeated Chas Betts (St. Michael,
Minn./USOEC/Minnesota Storm), 3-0, 3-0. Sieracki has an impressive
record with the Army World Class Athlete Program, winning several Armed
Forces Championships. Betts is ranked No. 6 on Greco-Roman Team USA.

The feature Greco-Roman bout of the night was a battle between Wheeler
and Phil Johnston at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. Johnston, ranked No. 4 on
Greco-Roman Team USA, defeated Wheeler, 3-3, 3-1.

The USOEC Olympic Challenge served not only as an opportunity for
international competition for the athletes this year, but also as a
fund raiser for the families of two of Northern Michigan's own-Toni
Copeland, a USOEC athlete, and Cass Huckabee, a student at Northern
Michigan Univ. Both drowned last fall in Lake Superior.

Other USOEC sports that competed in the Olympic Challenge include
boxing and weightlifting. The boxing team competed against a team from
Canada, while the weightlifting team participated in an intrasquad
competition.

Olympic Challenge ­ International Edition Results

Men's Greco-Roman
96 kg/211.5 lbs.- Adam Wheeler (Lancaster, Calif./USOEC/Gator WC) by
disq. over Albert Sankey (U.S. Army) 4-0, disq.
55 kg/121 lbs.- Jermaine Hodge (U.S. Army) dec. Spenser Mango
(Flourissant, Mo./USOEC/Gator WC) 6-4, 4-1
74 kg/163 lbs.- Jess Hargrave (U.S. Army) by dis. over Jake Fisher
(Platte City, Mo./USOEC) 4-0, 1-1, disq.
74 kg/163 lbs.- Brandon McNab (U.S. Army) dec. Cheney Haight (Orem,
Utah/USOEC/New York AC) 2-1, 1-1
84 kg/185 lbs.- Aaron Sieracki (U.S. Army) dec. Chas Betts (St.
Michael, Minn./USOEC/Minnesota Storm) 3-0, 3-0
Featured Match
96 kg/211.5 lbs.- Phil Johnston (U.S. Army) dec. Adam Wheeler
(Lancaster, Calif./USOEC/Gator WC) 3-3, 3-1

Women's Freestyle
48 kg/105.5 lbs. ­ Eva Krejsova (Czech Republic) dec. Liz Short
(Lombard, Ill./USOEC) 0-1, 1-0, 1-0
59 kg/130 lbs. ­ Sharon Jacobson (El Cajon, Calif./USOEC/Gator WC) dec.
Martina Zyklova (Czech Republic) 2-2, 2-3, 4-2
55 kg/121 lbs. ­ Amy Borgnini, (Terre Haute, Ind./USOEC) dec. Sarka
Andrlova (Czech Republic) 1-0, 4-3
72 kg/158.5 lbs. ­ Randi Miller (Arlington, Texas/USOEC) dec. Nina
Sklenkova (Czech Republic) 2-0, 0-1, Fall 1:30
Featured Match
51 kg/112.25 lbs. ­ Mary Kelly (Mahomet, Ill./USOEC/New York AC) dec.
Lenka Martinakova (Czech Republic) 2-0, 4-1

http://www.themat.com/index.php?page=showarticle&ArticleID=14116

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Shannyn J. Gillespie, Head Coach
Olympic Education Center Wrestling
1401 Presque Isle
Marquette, MI 49855-5301
Tel 906-227-1285 Fax 906-227-2848
http://usoec.nmu.edu/
http://freestylefemales.com

World Team Trials Tickets Now Available


Adult Reserved All-Session Passes Only $35

SIOUX CITY, Iowa, February 14, 2006 -- Tickets are now on sale for the 2006 USA Wrestling World Team Trials, May 27-28, 2006 at the Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena in Sioux City, Iowa. Premium reserved seats for adults start at only $35 for the entire, two-day competition presented locally by Hy-Vee grocery stores.

America's finest Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestlers will be competing in this exciting and important event which will determine who represents Team USA at the 2006 World Wrestling Championships in Guangzhou, China, September 26 ­ October 1, 2006.

"We are excited to bring our premier event to Sioux City," said USA Wrestling Events Director Pete Isais. "We believe that the Siouxland community will rally around this competition, and large crowds from throughout the country will fill the Tyson Arena. This is international wrestling at its best."

The equivalent of the Olympic Trials, in a non-Olympic year, the World Team Trials is the most important national wrestling tournament each year. Champions in each weight class will earn a spot on Team USA and the opportunity to compete for a world championship in China later this fall. The top three medalists in each weight class also qualify for Team USA and become eligible for national team funding.

"The World Team Trials will showcase the best Olympic-caliber wrestlers in the nation as they begin training in earnest to secure a spot on the 2008 Olympic Team," Event Director Tim Tushla noted.

A new format will also be on tap for fans. Seven weight classes will be contested each day, with a champion being crowned at each weight before that day's wrestling is completed. The tournament format is identical to the U.S. Olympic Trials, with the same importance and intensity. The single-day format has been adopted to mirror international wrestling events. Two sessions will be held on both Saturday and Sunday, with a best two-out-of-three matches between the finalists in the evening to determine the champion.

The women's freestyle division on the original schedule will not be held in Sioux City due to a scheduling conflict with the Women's World Cup in Japan. The Women's World Team Trials will be held in Colorado Springs, Colorado on June 30, 2006.

Many of the star wrestlers who competed in the 2004 Olympic Games, as well as the 2005 World Wrestling Championships, are expected to participate. This event will also showcase many young talents who are training to make the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team.

Three members of the 2005 U.S. World Freestyle Team were residing in Iowa when they made the team: Chris Bono (Gilbert, Iowa/Sunkist Kids) at 66 kg/145.5 lbs., Joe Williams (Ames, Iowa/Sunkist Kids) at 74 kg/163 lbs. and Tolly Thompson (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Sunkist Kids) at 120 kg/264.5 lbs. Bono attended Iowa State University and Williams attended the University of Iowa. Thompson went to high school in Janesville, Iowa and competed at the University of Nebraska.

In addition, Howells, Nebraska native Brad Vering (Colorado Springs, Colorado/New York Athletic Club) grew up near Sioux City. Vering competed on the 2004 U.S. Greco-Roman Olympic Team and has competed in the last three World Championships for the United States, placing fifth in two of those years.

The Tyson Events Center will seat 7,000 fans for the World Team Trials. Sioux City has hosted numerous outstanding wrestling competitions in the past, as well as a number of other major sports competitions.

"Hy-Vee is happy to participate with the USA Wrestling World Team Trails by sponsoring the Customer Appreciation Carnival," said Gary Swearington, Manager of Store Operations for the Hamilton Blvd. Hy-Vee location. "It's Hy-Vee-'s way of saying thank you for all of the support we get from the community here in Sioux City."

Announced ticket price options include:

- $35 Adult Reserved All-Session Pass
- $20 Reserved All-Session Pass for Children 12 and under
- $20 Adult Single Session Reserved ticket
- $15 Adult Single Session General Admission ticket
- $5 Single Session General Admission ticket for Children 12 and under

"Both USA Wrestling and the Sioux City Championships Committee are committed to make this the most affordable and 'fan-friendly' World Team Trials ever," said Tushla.

Tickets are available through a number of outlets, including: Tyson Events Center Box Office, by phone at 712-252-3434 or on the web at www.2006trials.org or www.ticketmaster.com.

 

2006 US World Team Trials
Event Schedule

FRIDAY, MAY 26
Registration @ Tyson Events Center (All weights) 1:00 pm ­ 2:00 pm
Medical Check @ Tyson Events Center 1:45 pm ­ 2:00 pm
Men's Freestyle: 55 KG, 60 KG, and 96 KG
Greco-Roman: 66 KG, 74 KG, 96 KG, and 120 KG
Weigh-in @ Tyson Events Center 2:00 pm ­ 2:30 pm
Men's Freestyle: 55 KG, 60 KG, 96 KG
Greco-Roman: 66 KG, 74 KG, 96 KG, and 120 KG
Seeding Meetings @ Tyson Events Center 3:00 pm
Men's Freestyle: 55 KG, 60 KG, and 96 KG
Greco-Roman: 66 KG, 74 KG, 96 KG, and 120 KG

SATURDAY, MAY 27
CHALLENGE TOURNAMENT: Men's Freestyle: 55 KG, 60 KG, and 96 KG
Greco-Roman: 66 KG, 74 KG, 96 KG, and 120 KG
Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, Semifinals and ***Finals ­ If necessary 9:00 am ­ 1:30 pm
Consolation, Consolation Semifinals and 5th place matches

***Challenge Tournament finals will be wrestled in weight classes that meet the following criteria:
Freestyle ­ A wrestler in the weight class is a 2005 Senior World Medalist (gold, silver, bronze) and is the 2006 Senior National Champion
Greco-Roman ­ A wrestler in the weight class placed in the top five (5) at the 2005 Senior World Championships and is the 2006 Senior National Champion

Registration @ Tyson Events Center (Remaining weights) 1:00 pm ­ 2:00 pm
Medical Check @ Tyson Events Center 1:45 pm ­ 2:00 pm
Men's Freestyle: 66 KG, 74 KG, 84 KG and 120 KG
Greco-Roman: 55 KG, 60 KG, and 84 KG
Weigh-in @ Tyson Events Center 2:00 pm ­ 2:30 pm
Men's Freestyle: 66 KG, 74 KG, 84 KG and 120 KG
Greco-Roman: 55 KG, 60 KG, and 84 KG
Seeding Meetings @ Tyson Events Center 3:00 pm
Men's Freestyle: 66 KG, 74 KG, 84 KG and 120 KG
Greco-Roman: 55 KG, 60 KG, and 84 KG

FINAL WORLD TEAM TRIALS: Men's Freestyle: 55 KG, 60 KG, and 96 KG
Greco-Roman: 66 KG, 74 KG, 96 KG, and 120 KG
World Team Final Match #1 (All finals matches on one mat) 4:00 pm ­ 8:15 pm
Challenge Tournament 3rd Place Matches
(One mat --- Same time as Final Match #1)
World Team Final Match # 2
(All finals matches on one mat --- Starts immediately following Final Match #1 and 3rd Place Matches)
World Team Final Match # 3 ­ If necessary (All finals matches on one mat --- Starts following Final Match #2 as time permits)

SUNDAY, MAY 28
CHALLENGE TOURNAMENT: Men's Freestyle: 66 KG, 74 KG, 84 KG, and 120 KG
Greco-Roman: 55 KG, 60 KG, and 84 KG
Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, Semifinals and ***Finals ­ If necessary 9:00 am ­ 1:30 pm
Consolation, Consolation Semifinals and 5th place matches

***Challenge Tournament finals will be wrestled in weight classes that meet the following criteria:
Freestyle ­ A wrestler in the weight class is a 2005 Senior World Medalist (gold, silver, bronze) and is the 2006 Senior National Champion
Greco-Roman ­ A wrestler in the weight class placed in the top five (5) at the 2005 Senior World Championships and is the 2006 Senior National Champion

 

FINAL WORLD TEAM TRIALS: Men's Freestyle: 66 KG, 74 KG, 84 KG, and 120 KG
Greco-Roman: 55 KG, 60 KG, and 84 KG
World Team Final Match #1 (All finals matches on one mat) 4:00 pm ­ 8:15 pm
Challenge Tournament 3rd Place Matches
(One mat --- Same time as Final Match #1)
World Team Final Match # 2
(All finals matches on one mat --- Starts immediately following Final Match #1 and 3rd Place Matches)
World Team Final Match # 3 ­ If necessary (All finals matches on one mat --- Starts following Final Match #2 as time permits)

Presentation of the 2006 World Championship Teams will immediately follow the final match on Sunday evening.

For questions on specific style criteria concerning the World Team Trials contact Mitch Hull, National Teams Director (719) 598-8181 or email: MHull@usawrestling.org.

Drive and Night of Champions to celebrate the Olympic quest with golf and banquet in Gladstone, N.J., May 8

* Hamilton Farm Golf Club to team with U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Wrestling to support Olympic dreams

The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) will celebrate the "Road to Beijing" with a special day for those who support the Olympic dream with The Drive and Night of Champions at the fabulous Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, N.J., May 8.

Proceeds from this event benefit USA Wrestling along with U.S. Olympic and Paralympic programs.

This day-long celebration of excellence will include two different activities, the Drive of Champions, which features a putting contest, brunch, round of championship golf and a cocktail reception during the day.

In the evening, the Night of Champions will feature and Awards Banquet, Roast and Auction, with celebrity guest Rulon Gardner, the 2000 Olympic gold medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling who shocked the sports world with his victory over previously unbeaten superstar and three-time Olympic champion Alexander Kareline of Russia in Sydney, Australia.

Hamilton Farm is a new private golf club situation on an elegant, historic country estate. The club was born in the spirit of the world's great golf courses, and is designed to set new standards for quality, service and enjoyment of the golf experience. Hamilton Farm Golf Club was selected to host the 2005 HSB Women's World Match Play Championships, which provides the highest check to the winner in the history of the LPGA.

Part of the Night of Champions celebration will be a Roast of two-time Olympic medalist Rulon Gardner by many of his friends and colleagues. In addition to his Olympic title, Gardner won a World gold medal in 2001, making him the only U.S. Greco-Roman wrestler with both a World and Olympic title. He survived an evening lost in the bitter cold of the Wyoming mountains in 2002, fighting for his life, and ultimately lost a toe to frostbite. After a long rehabilitation, Gardner returned to the mats and went on to win an Olympic bronze medal in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Rulon's coach, Olympic gold medalist Steve Fraser, who was America's first Greco-Roman Olympic champion in 1984, will participate in the Roast, as will USOC CEO Jim Scherr, a member of the 1988 U.S. Olympic team. Award-winning actor William Baldwin, a former wrestler, will also be among the speakers. It is destined to be a tremendous night of fun, as Rulon's peers roast their friend for the amusement of all.

A special achievement award will be given to Jeff Buxton, the longtime head wrestling coach at Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J. Buxton has coached Blair for two decades, developing the nation's most successful high school wrestling program. Buxton's team has been declared national champions among high school teams numerous times, and many of his student-athletes have gone on to become champions and all-Americans in college. Buxton is active in the state association, New Jersey USA Wrestling, serving as a coach for the Cadet and Junior National Teams, and serving on its Coaches Council.

There are numerous partnership levels where corporations and individuals can participate in the Night and Drive of Champions, with gold, silver and bronze levels of support. In addition, there are opportunities for groups or individuals to only attend the Night of Champions and participate in the festivities that evening.

There is limited space in the golf tournament portion of the day, and those who are interested are encouraged to sign up right away.

For information on the Drive and Night of Champions, contact Larry Nugent of USA Wrestling at 719-598-8181 or via e-mail at lnugent@usawrestling.org or Steven John Jastrabek at 973-769-1135 or via e-mail at stevenjohnsalons@yahoo.com

This promises to be one of the most spectacular events held to celebrate the sport of wrestling and the Olympic movement, and all are encouraged to be a part of this historic day.

USA Wrestling Copper Level Certification Online Course

It's the New Year & we're well into wrestling season. I wanted to drop you a note to remind you that you're welcome to contact me if you need any information regarding the USA Wrestling Copper Level Certification Online Course. Check out some of the associations below that are making direct links from their websites.

Louisiana Wrestling
http://eteamz.active.com/Louisianawrestling/index.cfm?

Wisconsin Wrestling Federation
http://www.wiwrestling.com/WWF/

Coaches are the lifeline of any sport organization as they touch every aspect of the program from the kids, to the parents, tournament directors, officials and more. Make it easy for them to have the tools they need to be successful in their role as a coach.

Take it from Jared, a USA Wrestling Coach from Missouri that recently took our online course...

Like most parents & coach "wanna-be's", I have a very busy schedule that seems to never end. When the time came for my son to take up wrestling, I found myself in a bit of a pickle. I was informed that in order to assist in coaching, I would need to get a Copper Level certification from USA Wrestling. I had just missed the last coach's clinic within reasonable driving distance and was worried that I would have to sit out of my sons first year. That is when I luckily stumbled upon the American Sports Education Program (ASEP). In 2 weeks time & at a very reasonable cost, I was able to study material and take my course and test on-line. ASEP was a huge help in allowing me to become certified on my own time and within my own schedule. To top this whole experience off, I ran into the best customer service I deem possible when going through the program. I would recommend this program to anyone I came in contact with!

Coach Jared

Please let me know if I can provide you with any fliers, copy, graphics or articles for your website. We're here to help!

Also, a great resource for wrestling parents can be found on the Youth Wrestling Guide website. You can link to this website or download the guide & distribute to parents in your program. This is a free resource from our friend, Bill Campbell.

Happy New Year & have a GREAT wrestling season!

Lori Brown, Youth Sports Program Consultant
ASEP, American Sport Education Program
A Division of Human Kinetics
"Athletes First; Winning Second"
Phone: 800.747.5698 x 2299
Fax: 217.351.2674
lorib@hkusa.com
www.asep.com

USA Wrestling has made its choice for the World Team Coaches for the World Championships in Guangzhou, China, Sept. 26 ­ Oct. 1.

MEN'S FREESTYLE
Selected to join USA Wrestling National Freestyle Coach Kevin Jackson of Colorado Springs, Colo. as World Team Coaches in freestyle wrestling are:

·       Mike Duroe of Iowa City, Iowa
·       Lou Rosselli of Edinboro, Pa.

For press release, including biographies and quotes on the Freestyle coaches, visit:
<http://www.themat.com/pressbox/pressdetail.asp?aid=13870>http://www.themat.com/pressbox/pressdetail.asp?aid=13870

WOMEN'S FREESTYLE
Selected to join USA Wrestling National Women's Coach Terry Steiner of Colorado Springs, Colo. as World Team Coaches in women's freestyle wrestling are:

·       Joe Corso of Metarie, La.
·       Bill Scherr of Glenview, Ill.

For press release, including biographies and quotes on the Women's coaches, visit:
<http://www.themat.com/pressbox/pressdetail.asp?aid=13884>http://www.themat.com/pressbox/pressdetail.asp?aid=13884

MEN'S GRECO-ROMAN
Selected to join USA Wrestling National Greco-Roman Coach Steve Fraser of Colorado Springs, Colo. as World Team Coaches in Greco-Roman wrestling are:

·       Andy Seras of Sandy Hook, Conn.
·       Shawn Sheldon of West Palm Beach, Fla.

For press release, including biographies and quotes on the Greco-Roman coaches, visit:
<http://www.themat.com/pressbox/pressdetail.asp?aid=13897>http://www.themat.com/pressbox/pressdetail.asp?aid=13897

These coaches, as well as all of the coaching assignments in all three styles for the year, were made by the Coach Selection Committee in each style and approved by USA Wrestling's Executive Committee.

For information, contact Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling, on his cell phone at
719-659-9637

Duroe named U.S. World Coach

Duroe, Rosselli named by USA Wrestling to coach 2006 U.S. Freestyle World Team; 2006 Freestyle coaching assignments announced

USA Wrestling has made its choice for the World Team Coaches in freestyle that will participate in the World Championships in Guangzhou, China, Sept. 26 ­ Oct. 1.

Selected to join USA Wrestling National Freestyle Coach Kevin Jackson of Colorado Springs, Colo. as World Team Coaches in freestyle wrestling are  Cornell College head coach Mike Duroe of Iowa City, Iowa and Lou Rosselli of Edinboro, Pa.

These coaches, as well as all of the coaching assignments in freestyle for the year, were made by the Freestyle Coach Selection Committee and approved by USA Wrestling's Executive Committee.

Duroe was a coach for the 2005 U.S. Freestyle World Team, which placed eighth in the standings and featured two medalists. Duroe has served on the staff of numerous U.S. World and Olympic teams, both in men's freestyle and women's freestyle wrestling. He worked at USA Wrestling in two positions, as Freestyle Resident Coach and Freestyle Developmental Coach. As a volunteer, he coached three U.S. Women's World Teams.

He is currently coach of Cornell College in Iowa. He was previously coach of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club and the administrative assistant for the Univ. of Iowa. Duroe served as head coach at Northern Michigan Univ., and had assistant coaching stints at Northern Michigan, Northwestern and the Univ. of Pennsylvania. He was also a successful prep coach at New Trier High School in Illinois.

Rosselli was the assistant coach of the 2005 U.S. World University Games Team, which placed third in the team standings with three individual gold medalists. He has coached a number of U.S. teams on international tours. Rosselli is also a club coach with the New York Athletic Club.

He has served as an assistant coach at Edinboro Univ. for 11 years, where he has helped build the Scotsmen into a nationally competitive program on the Div. I level. Rosselli was a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic team, competing at 52 kg/114.5 lbs. He was a 1997 World Cup champion and a three-time U.S. Nationals champion.

Complete biographies of each World Team Coach selection follows, as well as quotes from each of the coaches.

QUOTES FROM THE FREESTYLE WORLD TEAM COACHES

Mike Duroe of Iowa City, Iowa
"I am extremely excited about the opportunity to work with the team again. We didn't achieve our goals last year, based upon the potential this team has. Looking at the top athletes in our country, I feel very strongly that we should be a contender for a World Team championship. There is a lot of work and commitment that goes into that from the national team athletes and national coaching staff."

"We have to identify our strengths and weaknesses as a team and address them during the winter camps and tours. It is everything you do on a daily basis, your lifestyle, your training, all of the little things that make a huge difference in performance. Those who pay attention will not only make the U.S. team but will win a World championship. It is a challenge. We are challenging our athletes to work on it now. We need to prepare now."

Lou Rosselli of Edinboro, Pa.
"I am excited to be part of the coaching staff. I believe I have things to contribute and I am happy to do what I can do. I want to help push us over the edge this year. Last year, Russia's four gold medals was impressive. We want to change that this year."

"My approach is the same with all the athletes I coach. I want to use philosophies that work. The skill development and strategies to win are things that I can work with the athletes on. The U.S. guys are good on their feet. I can help strengthen them on the mat. You also have to limit mistakes. That is how you win big-time. Coaching the World University team last year was exciting. Winning three gold medals was neat. It is great to see our athletes perform well. I am excited to be a part of this again and to help in any way that I can."

National Freestyle Coach Kevin Jackson of Colorado Springs, Colo. (about Duroe and Rosselli)

"We are excited to have these two outstanding coaches working together this year. Mike Duroe is a veteran coach, having worked with several World Team staffs. He brings experience to the table, and his relationship with the athletes is strong. Lou Rosselli is a good, up-and-coming coach. He has coached on several tours. He worked with Bruce Burnett at the World University Games and we won three gold medals there. His international experience and knowledge serves us well. As a lighter weight coach, he will be able to train well with our lighter wrestlers."

"We have many quality athletes who have recognized that their training is a priority. We didn't receive the results we expected last year, and these athletes decided their training should change. We can't wait to get to the World Championships to redeem ourselves and represent our nation as the world power that we are. We expect a major impact on our results this year."

BIOGRAPHY SKETCHES OF WORLD TEAM COACHES IN FREESTYLE WRESTLING

Mike Duroe of Iowa City, Iowa

Duroe was a coach for the 2005 U.S. Freestyle World Team, which placed eighth in the standings and featured two medalists, competing in Budapest, Hungary. Duroe has coached numerous U.S. World-level teams, both in men's freestyle and women's freestyle, as a volunteer coach and also as a staff member for USA Wrestling. He was on the staff of the last three U.S. Olympic men's freestyle coaching teams.

Duroe was named as the head wrestling coach at Cornell College this year, a Div. III school in Iowa. He was previously the coach of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club and the administrative assistant for the Univ. of Iowa wrestling program. He has extensive coaching experience on the high school, college and international levels.

Duroe served in two professional coaching positions for USA Wrestling, the national governing body. From 1998-2000, he was USA Wrestling's Freestyle Developmental Coach. In 2001, Duroe served as USA Wrestling's Freestyle Resident Coach, working with the elite men's freestyle wrestlers at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

As National Developmental Coach, Duroe was responsible for the responsible for developing age-group freestyle wrestlers. He also managed USA Wrestling's women's wrestling programs, including serving as the Head Women's National Coach.

Under Duroe's leadership, the United States was successful in age-group World Championships in freestyle wrestling. The highlight of his efforts with the women's program came in 1999, when the United States won the World Team Title in women's wrestling.

Prior to joining USA Wrestling's national staff, he coached U.S. teams on the national and international level in men's and women's wrestling. He served as the head coach of three U.S. Women's World Teams (1995-97). Duroe served as head coach of the women's team at the 1997 Pan American Championships. He also was an assistant coach for the 1996 Pan American Championships men's team. Duroe was also the head coach of the 1995 Cadet World Team. He also served as a coach at four U.S. Olympic Festivals (1989-90, 1993-94).

Duroe served as head coach at Northern Michigan Univ. from 1980-85, and assistant coach from 1978-80. During his tenure at Northern Michigan, he tutored 27 All-Americans and three national champions. Duroe was also the coach for the Wildcat Wrestling Club at Northwestern Univ. from 1985-86 and an assistant wrestling coach for the Univ. of Pennsylvania from 2001-2003.

Duroe served as the head coach at New Trier High School in Illinois from 1986-98, where he led his team to four conference and five regional team titles.

As an athlete, Duroe was a two-time regional champion for Drake Univ. He served as captain of Drake's team for three years and has been inducted into the Drake University Wrestling Hall of Fame. Duroe competed on the national level in freestyle in the early 1980s. He was a three-time national freestyle placewinner, and was the 1983 AAU National champion.

Lou Rosselli, Edinboro, Pa.

Rosselli was the assistant coach of the 2005 U.S. World University Games Team, which placed third in the team standings with three individual gold medalists in Izmir, Turkey. He serves as a club coach with the New York Athletic Club, one of the world's most successful wrestling clubs. Rosselli has also coached a number of U.S. teams on international tours.

Rosselli is now in his 11th season as an assistant coach at Edinboro Univ., eight years as a full-time assistant and three years as a volunteer assistant. Rosselli has helped build the Scotsmen into a nationally competitive program on the Div. I level. He is considered one of the nation's most talented assistant wrestling coaches. Edinboro has had a national champion and three NCAA finalists during Rosselli's years as an assistant coach.

Rosselli competed at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga., at 114.5 pounds. His quest for an Olympic medal was cut short when he broke his arm during a victory and had to withdraw from competition. Rosselli made the team with a stunning victory at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Rosselli was a 1997 World Cup champion, and won a silver medal at the 1998 Pan American Championships. He won U.S. National freestyle titles three times (1995, 1996, 1999) and was second in the 1998 U.S. Nationals. Rosselli was also a University Nationals freestyle champion in 1994.

Rosselli placed third at the 1993 NCAA Championships and was fourth in the 1991 NCAA Championships for Edinboro Univ. Rosselli was selected the Outstanding Erestler at both the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament and the Eastern Wrestling League Championships in 1993. His 136 career victories still ranks third on Edinboro's all-time wins list.

In 2004, Rosselli was inducted into the Edinboro University Athletic Hall of Fame. He was recognized as the 1993 Sox Harrison Award winner, presented to the top senior male athlete at Edinboro.

A native of Middleport, N.Y., Rosselli was a two-time New York state champion at Royalton-Hartland High School, in addition to finishing second once and third once.

2006 INTERNATIONAL COACHING ASSIGNMENTS IN FREESTYLE WRESTLING

World Championships, Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 27-Oct. 2

Mike Duroe, Iowa City, Iowa
Lou Rosselli, Edinboro, Pa.

Junior World Championships, Aug. 29 ­ Sept. 3
       Head Coach - Jim Humphrey, Canal Winchester, Ohio
       Assistant Coach - Yero Washington, Hoboken, N.J.

Pan American Championships, Rio de Janiero, Brazil, May 31-June 4
       Zeke Jones, Philadelphia, Pa.

World University Championships, Ulan Bator, Mongolia, June 15-20
       Ron Gray, Des Moines, Iowa

Cadet Tour
       Mel Dow, Prairie du Chen, Wis.
       Charles Burton, Lincoln, Neb.

Russia Tour
       John Peterson, Comstock, Wis.
       Jamill Kelly, Stillwater, Okla.

Turkey/Ukraine Tour
       Ed Giese, Wooddale, Ill.
       Dan Chaid, San Jose, Calif.

Poland/Bulgaria Tour

Roman Ruderman, Stanhope, N.J.
Steve Knight, Ames, Iowa

International Wrestling Rankings

THEMAT.COM INTERNATIONAL WRESTLING RANKINGS
December 2005

Men's Freestyle

55 KG/121 LBS.
1. Dilshod Mansurov (Uzbekistan)
2. Radoslav Velikov (Bulgaria) 
3. Bayaraa Naranbaatar (Mongolia)
4. Hyon Guk Jon (PR Korea)     
5. Tomohiro Matsunaga (Japan)
6. Namig Abdullayev (Azerbaijan)
7. Ghenadie Tulbea (Moldova)
8. Zalimkhan Kutseev (Russia)
9. Sammie Henson (United States)
10.Gevork Markaryan (Ukraine)  
11. Rene Montero (Cuba)
12. Taghi Dadashi (Iran)       
13. Jae-Hoon Jan (Korea)
14. Besarion Gochashvili (Georgia)
15. Oleksander Zakharuk (Ukraine)

60 KG/132 LBS.
1. Alan Dudaev (Russia)
2. Yandro Quintana (Cuba)
3. Mehdi Mohammadi (Iran)
4. Martin Berberyan (Armenia)
5. Oyunbileg Purevbaatar (Mongolia)    
6. Vasyl Fedoryshin (Ukraine)
7. Levan Chabradze (Georgia)
8. Jae-Myung Song (Korea)
9. Giuvi Sissaouri (Canada)
10. Ri Yong Choi (PR Korea)
11. Tevfik Odabasi (Turkey)
12. Nate Gallick (United States)
13. Mavlet Batirov (Russia)
14. Gergo Woller (Hungary)
15. Michael Lightner (United States)

66 KG/145.5 LBS.
1. Makhach Murtazaliev (Russia)
2. Serafim Barzakov (Bulgaria)
3. Geandry Garzon (Cuba)
4. Otar Tushishvili (Georgia)        
5. Leonid Spirodonov (Kazakhstan)
6. Viktor Bilokopytyy (Ukraine)
7. Omer Cubukci (Turkey)
8. Irbek Farniev (Russia)
9. Bayunjav Batzorig (Mongolia)
10. Evan MacDonald (Canada)
11. Elman Asgarov (Azerbaijan) 
12. Masoud Vahedi (Iran)
13. Albert Batyrov (Belarus)
14. Baek Jin Kuk (Korea)       
15. Kazuhiko Ikematsu (Japan)

74 KG/163 LBS.
1. Bouvaisa Saitiev (Russia)
2. Arpad Ritter (Hungary)
3. Joe Williams (United States)
4. Nikolay Paslar (Bulgaria)
5. Ivan Fundora (Cuba)
6. Mehdi Hajizadeh (Iran)
7. Alexandru Burca (Moldova)
8. Soslan Tigiev (Uzbekistan)
9. Krystian Brzozowski (Poland)
10. Arsen Gitinov (Russia)
11. Talent Jekshenov (Kyrgyzstan)
12. Salvatore Rinella (Italy)
13. Si Riguleng (China)
14. Mourad Gaidarov (Belarus)
15. Hadi Habibi (Iran)

84 KG/185 LBS.
1. Revaz Mindorishvili (Georgia)
2. Yoel Romero (Cuba)
3. Taras Danko (Ukraine)
4. Magomed Kurguliev (Kazakhstan)
5. Sazhid Sazhidov (Russia)
6. Mo Lawal (United States)
7. Radoslaw Horbik (Poland)
8. Feridon Ghanbari (Iran)
9. Thomas Buchell (Switzerland)
10. Serhat Balci (Turkey)
11. Saslan Gattsyiev (Belarus)
12. Adam Saitiev (Russia)
13. Reza Yazdani (Iran)
14. Nauruz Temrezov (Russia)
15. Arkadii Tzopa (Bulgaria)

96 KG/211.5 LBS.
1. Khadzimurat Gatsalov (Russia)
2. Eldar Kurtanidze (Georgia)
3. Aleksei Krupnykov (Krygyzstan)
4. Vasyl Tesmeyneckyy (Ukraine)
5. Amir Ganji (Iran)
6. Tae-Hyun Koo (Korea)
7. Siarhei Pernikau (Belarus)
8. Daniel Cormier (United States)
9 Bartolomie Bartnicki (Poland)
10. Nurzhan Katayev (Kazakhstan)
11. Fatih Cakiroglu (Turkey)
12. Gergely Kiss (Hungary)
13. Shamil Gitinov (Russia)
14. Vincent Aka Akesse (France)
15. Tommy Rowlands (United States)

120 KG/264.5 LBS.
1. Ayden Polatci (Turkey)
2. Alexis Rodriguez (Cuba)
3. Tolly Thompson (United States)
4. Otto Aubeli (Hungary)
5. Kuramagomed Kuramogomedov (Russia)
6. Liang Lei (China)
7. Rares Chintoan (Romania)
8. Ali Reza Rezaie (Iran)
9. Vadim Tasoev (Ukraine)
10. Marid Mutalimov (Kazakhstan)
11. Artur Taymazov (Uzbekistan)
12. Alex Modebadze (Georgia)
13. Fardi Mousami (Iran)
14. Ivan Ishenko (Ukraine)
15. Tuvshintugs Enkhtuya (Mongolia)

Men's Freestyle Teams
1. Russia
2. Cuba
3. Georgia
4. Ukraine
5. Bulgaria
6. Iran
7. United States
8. Hungary
9. Kazakhstan
10. Mongolia
11. Turkey
12. Uzbekistan
13. Korea
14. Kyrgyzstan
15. Azerbaijan

Men's Greco-Roman

55 KG/121 LBS.
1. Hamid Sayan Reinhanpour (Iran)
2. Eun-Chol Park (Korea)
3. Istvan Majoros (Hungary)
4. Yermek Kuketov (Kazakhstan)
5. Lazaro Rivas (Cuba)
6. Anders Nyblom (Denmark)
7. Rovshan Bayramov (Azerbaijan)
8. Hassan Rangraz (Iran)
9. Roman Amoyan (Armenia)
10. Irakli Chochua (Georgia)
11. Kwang Su Cha (PR Korea)
12. Uran Kalilov (Kyrgyzstan)
13. Dariusz Jablonski (Poland)
14. Viktor Korablev (Russia)
15. Lindsey Durlacher (United States)

60 KG/132 LBS.
1. Armen Nazarian (Bulgaria)
2. Ali Askhani (Iran)
3. Eusebiu Diaconu (Romania)
4. Peter Svehla (Czech Republic)       
5. Vahan Juharyan (Armenia)
6. Laszlo Kliment (Hungary)
7. Makoto Sasamoto (Japan)
8. Dilshod Aripov (Uzbekistan)
9. Oleksei Vakulenko (Ukraine) 
10. Joe Warren (United States)
11. Vitaly Rahimov (Azerbaijan)
12. David Bedinadze (Georgia)
13. Alexsey Shevtsov (Russia)
14. Davor Stefanek (Serbia-Montenegro)
15. Roberto Monzon (Cuba)

66 KG/145.5 LBS.
1. Nikolay Gergov (Bulgaria)
2. Husamaddin Rajabov (Azerbaijan)
3. Alain Milan (Cuba)
4. Kim Min-Chul (Korea)
5. Armen Vardanyan (Ukraine)
6. Kim Kum-Chol (PR Korea)
7. Jimmy Samuelsson (Sweden)
8. Li Yanyan (China)
9. Levente Furedy (Hungary)
10. Mukhran Matchutadze (Georgia).
11. Eduard Kratz (Germany)
12. Tomas Sobecky (Czech Republic)
13. Sergey Kuntarev (Russia)
14. Michael Belin (Israel)
15. Jung Tae-Kyun (Korea)

74 KG/163 LBS.
1. Mark Madsen (Denmark)
2. Varteres Samurgachev (Russia)
3. Marko Yli-Hannuksela (Finland)
4. Konstantin Schneider (Germany)
5. Mohammad Babulfath (Sweden)
6. Reto Bucher (Switzerland)
7. Aleksandr Dokturishvili (Uzbekistan)
8. Manuchar Kvirkvelia (Georgia)
9. Mahmut Altaly (Turkey)
10. Movses Karapetyan (Armenia)
11. Duk Hoon Cho (Korea)
12. Ilgar Abdulov (Azerbaijan)
13. Odelis Herrero (Cuba)
14. Mehdi Mohammadi (Iran)
15. Vassili Radyiba (Ukraine)

84 KG/185 LBS.
1. Alim Selimav (Belarus)
2. Alexei Mishine (Russia)
3. Sandor Bardosi (Hungary)
4. Namzi Avluca (Turkey)
5. Oleg Daragan (Ukraine)
6. Kim Jung-Sub (Korea)
7. Shingo Matsumoto (Japan)
8. Artur Michalkiewicz (Poland)
9. Luis Mendez (Cuba)
10. Badri Khasia (Georgia)
11. Janarbek Kenjev (Kyrgyzstan)
12. Ntante Charempasvili (Greece)
13. Mohamaed Abdelfattah (Egypt)
14. Armen Geghamyan (Armenia)
15. Sani Ma (China)

96 KG/211.5 LBS.
1. Hamza Yerlikaya (Turkey)
2. Lajos Virag (Hungary)
3. Justin Ruiz (United States)
4. Vasilliy Tepoulkhov (Russia)
5. Karam Gaber (Egypt)
6. Margulan Assembekov (Kazakhstan)
7. Mirko Englich (Germany)
8. Mikhaylo Nikolaev (Ukraine)
9. Vladislav Metodiev (Bulgaria)
10. Marek Svec (Czech Republic)
11. Jimmy Lidberg (Sweden)
12. Shata Narmaniya (Belarus)
13. Marek Sitnik (Poland)      
14. Reza Zaidvand (Iran)
15. Fritz Aanes (Norway)

120 KG/264.5 LBS.
1. Mijial Lopez (Cuba)
2. Mihaly Deak-Bardos (Hungary)
3. Yetka Yilmaz (Turkey)
4. Sergei Artsiukin (Belarus)
5. Georgi Tsursumia (Kazakhstan)
6. Mindaugas Mizgaitis (Lithuania)
7. Juha Ahokas (Finland)
8. Dremiel Byers (United States)
9. Kostayantyn Stryzhak (Ukraine)
10. David Vala (Czech Republic)
11. Serguei Mourieko (Bulgaria)
12. Khassan Baroev (Russia)
13. Xenofan Koutsioumpas (Greece)
14. Miriani Giorgadze (Georgia)
15. Nico Schmidt (Germany)

Men's Greco-Roman Teams
1. Hungary
2. Russia
3. Cuba
4. Turkey
5. Bulgaria
6. Korea
7. Iran
8. Ukraine
9. Belarus
10. Kazakhstan
11. Azerbaijan
12. Denmark
13. Germany
14. Egypt
15. Uzbekistan

Women's Freestyle

48 KG/105.5 LBS.
1. Xueceng Ren (China)
2. Irini Merleni (Ukraine)
3. Carol Huynh (Canada)
4. Makiko Sakamoto (Japan)
5. Liliya Kaskarakova (Russia)
6. Jenny Wong (United States)
7. Mayelis Caripa (Venezuela)
8. Lorissa Oorzak (Russia)
9. Iwona Matkowska-Sadowska (Poland)
10. Yuuri Funatsu (Japan)
11. Sigrun Dobner (Germany)    
12. Fani Psatha (Greece)       
13. Francine DePaola (Italy)
14. Zhyldyz Eshimmova (Krygyzstan)
15. Anne Catherine Deluntsche (France)

51 KG/112.25 LBS.
1. Hitomi Sakamoto (Japan)
2. Vanessa Boubryemm (France)
3. Tsogtbaz Enkhjargal (Mongolia)
4. Juling Wen (China)
5. Chiharu Icho (Japan)
6. Aleksandra Kohut (Ukraine)
7. Erica Sharp (Canada)
8. Stephanie Murata (United States)
9. Natalya Smirnova (Russia)
10. Lyndsay Belisle (Canada)
11. Dinara Mirzaeva (Uzbekistan)
12. Alena Kareisha (Belarus)
13. Patricia Miranda (United States)
14. Nurzat Shaylobaeva (Kyrgyzstan)
15. Brigitte Wagner (Germany)

55 KG/121 LBS.
1. Saori Yoshida (Japan)
2. Su Lihui (China)
3. Tonya Verbeek (Canada)
4. Natalia Golts (Russia)
5. Ludmila Cristea (Moldova)   
6. Anna Gomis (France) 
7. Minerva Montero (Spain)
8. Tina George (United States)
9. Sylwia Bilenska (Poland)
10. Jessica Bechtel (Germany)
11. Ana Maria Paval (Romania)
12. Mariya Egorova (Belarus)
13. Sofia Poumbouridou (Greece)
14. Marcie Van Dusen (United States)
15. Lee Na-Lae (Korea)

59 KG/130 LBS.
1. Ayako Shoda (Japan)
2. Marianna Sastin (Hungary)   
3. Sally Roberts (United States)       
4. Lene Aanes (Norway)
5. Ida Theres-Karlsson (Sweden)
6. Anna Zwirydowska (Poland)
7. Michelle Richardson (Canada)
8. Yuliya Ratkevich (Belarus)
9. Audrey Prieto (France)
10. Seiko Yamamoto (Japan)
11. Diletta Giampiccolo (Italy)
12. Olena Komarova (Ukraine)
13. Tela O'Donnell (United States)
14. Alka Tomar Singh (India)
15. Kim Hee-Young (Korea)

63 KG/138.75 LBS.
1. Kaori Icho (Japan)
2. Sara McMann (United States)
3. Rui Xue Jing (China)
4. Olga Khilko (Belarus)
5. Anna Polovneva (Russia)
6. Katarzyna Juszezak (Italy)
7. Mio Nishimaki (Japan)
8. Tara Hedican (Canada)
9. Michaela Krizkova (Czech Republic)
10. Monika Mihalik-Rogien (Poland)
11. Helena Allandi (Sweden)
12. Viola Yanik(Canada)
13. Mihaela Sadoveanu (Romania)
14. Monika Szerencse (Hungary)
15. Nicola Hartmann-Dunser (Austria)

67 KG/147.5 LBS.
1. Meng Lili (China)
2. Martine Dugrenier (Canada)
3. Katie Downing (United States)       
4. Elene Perepelkina (Russia)
5. Eri Sakamoto (Japan)
6. Ashlea McManus (Great Britain)
7. Kristie Marano (United States)      
8. Naranchimeg Gelegjamts (Mongolia)   
9. Katerina Burmistrova (Ukraine)
10. Lise LeGrand-Golliot (France)
11. Stavrola Zygouri (Greece)
12. Rita Soos (Hungary)
13. Mami Shinkai (Japan)
14. Yana Panova (Kyrgyzstan)
15. Masira Admiraal (Netherlands)

72 KG/165.5 LBS.
1. Iris Smith (United States)
2. Kyoko Hamaguchi (Japan)
3. Anita Schaetzle (Germany)
4. Svetlana Sayenko (Ukraine)
5. Jiao Wang (China)
6. Stanka Zlateva (Bulgaria)
7. Ohenewa Akuffo (Canada)
8. Guzel Maryurova (Russia)
9. Marina Gastl (Austria)
10. Bumaa Orchirbat (Mongolia)
11. Wang Xu (China)
12. Agnieszka Wieszcek (Poland)
13. Svetlana Martinenko (Russia)
14. Olga Zhanibekova (Kazakhstan)
15. Rosangela Conseicao (Brazil)

Women's Freestyle Teams
1. Japan        
2. China
3. United States       
4. Canada
5. Russia
6. Ukraine
7. Mongolia
8. Hungary
9. Germany
10. Belarus
11. France
12. Italy      
13. Norway
14. Poland
15. Sweden

Ranked by a panel of five international wrestling journalists.

Publication dates: December 2005, February 2006, April 2006, June 2006, August 2006

Copyright 2005 by USA Wrestling and TheMat.com.

2006 USA Wrestling World Team Trials to be held in Sioux City, Iowa, May 27-2

The 2006 USA Wrestling World Team Trials, will be hosted at Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa, May 27-28.

The best wrestlers in the nation in the three international styles of wrestling will be on display in this exciting and important event, featuring men's freestyle, men's Greco-Roman and women's freestyle wrestling

The USA Wrestling World Team Trials determines who will represent the U.S. at the 2006 World Wrestling Championships in Guangzhou, China, Sept. 26 ­ Oct. 1.

This will be the second straight year that USA Wrestling will host its World Team Trials in the state of Iowa. The 2005 USA Wrestling World Team Trials were held at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. Other past World Team Trials held in Iowa were the 1983 Freestyle World Team Trials in Iowa City, the 1990 Greco-Roman World Team Trials in Cedar Falls and the 1998 Freestyle World Team Trials in Waterloo.

The 2006 USA Wrestling World Team Trials will be organized by the Sioux City Championships Committee.

"Sioux City is very proud to be the host of the 2006 USA Wrestling Senior Men's and Women's Freestyle, and Senior Men's Greco-Roman World Team Trials, including many current and future US Olympians. Wrestling is a wonderful part of our Midwestern heritage and enjoys tremendous popularity here," noted Sioux City Mayor Karen Van De Steeg. "Wrestling reflects many of our Midwestern traits, including the values of hard work, patience, focus and discipline. We look forward to hosting this exciting event."

"Being selected as the site of this world-class event is a tribute to the support and dedication of our local wrestling community. We know the World Team Trials will be a success in Sioux City ­ an event not only the fans but the participants will remember for years to come," added Tournament Director Tim Tushla.

The Challenge Tournament, featuring all of the qualifiers for the tournament except the 2006 U.S. Nationals champions, will be held on Saturday, May 27.

The Final World Team Trials, featuring a best-of-three championship series between the 2006 U.S. Nationals champion and the Challenge Tournament winner in each weight class, will be held on Sunday, May 28.

Many of the star wrestlers who competed in the 2004 Olympic Games, as well as the 2005 World Wrestling Championships are expected to participate. This event will also showcase many young talents who are training to make the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team.

There will be numerous athletes in the field who have a strong tie to the host state of Iowa, including athletes who competed at Iowa State, the Univ. of Iowa or at Northern Iowa, in addition to other wrestlers who grew up in the state of Iowa or reside there.

Three members of the 2005 U.S. World Freestyle Team were residing in Iowa when they made the team: Chris Bono (Gilbert, Iowa/Sunkist Kids) at 66 kg/145.5 lbs., Joe Williams (Ames, Iowa/Sunkist Kids) at 74 kg/163 lbs. and Tolly Thompson (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Sunkist Kids) at 120 kg/264.5 lbs. Bono attended Iowa State and Williams attended the Univ. of Iowa. Thompson went to high school in Janesville, Iowa.

In addition, Howells, Neb. native Brad Vering (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) grew up near Sioux City. Vering competed on the 2004 U.S. Greco-Roman Olympic Team and has competed in the last three World Championships for the U.S., placing fifth in two of those years.

2005 U.S. Greco-Roman World Team member Harry Lester at 66 kg/145.5 lbs. attended Iowa State for a season. 2005 Women's World Team member Sara McMann at 63 kg/138.75 lbs. resides in Iowa City.

The Tyson Events Center will seat 7,000 fans for the World Team Trials. Sioux City has hosted numerous outstanding wrestling competitions in the past, as well as a number of other major sports competitions.

Among the USA Wrestling events previously hosted in Sioux City were a USA vs. Turkey World Dual meet, a USA vs. Korea World Dual meet and a USA All-Star World Dual Meet. Sioux City is also the current host of the NAIA National Wrestling Championships.

Sioux City currently hosts the NAIA Women's Basketball Championships, and has recently hosted the NAIA Baseball Championships and the ISC Men's World Fast-Pitch Softball Championships.

The local wrestling community is large and well-respected. Two college wrestling teams are based in the city, Morningside and Briar Cliff. Among the top athletes who come from this community are Tony DeAnda, the assistant wrestling coach for the USOEC women's team at Northern Michigan Univ., and current NCAA Division II National Champion Patrick Allibone of the Univ. of Nebraska-Omaha. A number of other local wrestling stars are competing in major college wrestling programs.

"The state of Iowa has proven its love and passion for the sport of wrestling over the last 50 years, and there is no better place to be able to take the 2006 USA Wrestling World Team Trials than to Sioux City," stated USA Wrestling Director of National Events Pete Isais. "We are confident that the Sioux City community will embrace this event and provide a great backdrop for some of the World's top wrestlers to complete the final step in earning a spot on the 2006 U.S. World Team."

A website has been established that will provide ticket information, schedules and updates on the World Team Trials event this year. Visit: <http://www.2006trials.org/>www.2006trials.org.

Past World Team Trials sites

1983 ­ Iowa City, Iowa (FS), Colorado Springs, Colo. (GR)

1985 ­ Baton Rouge, La. (FS)*, Colorado Springs, Colo. (GR)

1986 ­ Indianapolis, Ind. (FS), Albany, N.Y. (GR)

1987 ­ Houston, Texas*

1989 ­ Stillwater, Okla.*

1990 ­ Philadelphia, Pa. (FS), Cedar Falls, Iowa (GR), Toledo, Ohio (W)

1991 ­ Philadelphia, Pa. (FS), Warrensburg, Mo. (GR). Las Vegas, Nev. (W)

1992 ­ Las Vegas, Nev. (W)

1993 ­ Philadelphia, Pa. (FS), Rochester, Minn. (GR), Las Vegas, Nev. (W)

1994 ­ Philadelphia, Pa. (FS), LaCrosse, Wis. (GR), Las Vegas, Nev. (W)

1995 ­ Philadelphia, Pa. (FS), Colorado Springs, Colo. and Atlanta, Ga. (GR), Norman, Okla. (W)

1996 ­ Las Vegas, N.M. (W)

1997 ­ Las Vegas, Nev. (FS), Minneapolis, Minn. (GR), Roseville, Calif. (W)

1998 ­ Waterloo, Iowa (FS), Metarie, La. (GR), St. Paul, Minn. (W)

1999 ­ Seattle, Wash. (FS), Tampa, Fla. (GR), Rochester, Minn. (W)

2000 ­ Battle Creek, Mich. (W)

2001 ­ Cincinnati, Ohio

2002 ­ St. Paul, Minn.

2003 ­ Indianapolis, Ind.

2005 ­ Ames, Iowa

2006 ­ Sioux City, Iowa

*- Held during U.S. Olympic Festival

Budapest World Wrestling Championships Silver Level Coaches College September 24- Oct 3, 2005

USA Wrestling's National Coaches Education Program seeks coaches to attend the World Championships in Budapest as a part of its second international Silver Level Coaches College. This special experience will expose coaches to the highest level of wrestling in the world. Coaches will see, up-close and personal, as America's World Teams in all three styles prepare to capture a world crown.

Coaches can choose the single rate for $1985 or the twin (shared room) rate for $1890 The cost for the international coaches college, includes airfare from New York. Coaches interested in attending this incredible week of wrestling should contact Ted Witulski, NCEP Manager, at twitulski@usawrestling.org for more information. Or, coaches may hold their spot with an $800 deposit with the final payment being due on August 7th, 2005.

Along with unprecedented access to see world level training, this Silver College includes the following:

1. Round-trip non-refundable group excursion airfare: New York-Budapest-New York
2. USA departure taxes, fuel service charge customs, agriculture and security fees.
3. 8 nights hotel accommodations in 3 star tourist class hotels all rooms with private facilities.
4. Continental breakfast daily at hotel consisting of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk, breads and rolls, jams, butter and sometimes a hotel will offer juice and/or yogurt and/or dry cereal.
5. Roundtrip airport transfers
6. 8 days metro pass with the Budapest card.
7. Category 2 tickets for the week events including opening ceremonies

 

September 24, 2005
Depart New York for Europe. Overnight flight, meal and headsets included
September 25,2005 Sunday
Arrive Budapest. Transfer to hotel. Opening ceremonies are this evening
All events are located
Papp László Sportaréna
18.00 ­ 20.00 Opening Ceremony

September 26,2005 Monday
9.00 ­ 13.00 Free Style 55 kg, 60 kg, 66 kg
Preliminaries, 1/16 Finals, 1/8 Finals

16.00 ­ 18.00 Free Style 55 kg, 60 kg, 66 kg Quater-finals, Semi-finals,

18.00 ­ 19.00 Free Style 55 kg, 60 kg, 66 kg
Final for the 3rd place

19.00 ­ 20.00 Free Style 55. kg, 60 kg, 66 kg
Finals, Award Ceremony

September 27,2005 Tuesday
9.00 ­ 13.00 Free Style 74 kg, 84 kg, 96 kg Preliminaries, 1/16 Finals, 1/8 Finals

16.00 ­ 18.00 Free Style 74 kg, 84 kg, 96 kg Quater-finals, Semi-finals

18.00 ­ 19.00 Free Style 74 kg, 84 kg, 96 kg
Final for the 3rd place

19.00 ­ 20.00 Free Style 74 kg, 84 kg, 96 kg
Finals, Award Ceremony

September 28,2005 Wednesday
10.00 ­ 11.30 Free Style 120 kg, Women 48 kg, 51 kg Preliminaries, 1/16 Finals, 1/8 Finals

16.00 ­ 18.00 Free Style 120 kg, Women 48 kg, 51 kg Quater-finals, Semi-finals

18.00 ­ 19.00 Free Style 120 kg, Women 48 kg, 51 kg Final for the 3rd place

19.00 ­ 20.00 Free Style 120 kg, Women 48 kg, 51 kg Finals, Award Ceremony

September 29,2005 Thursday
10.00 ­ 11.30 Women 55 kg, 59 kg, 63 kg Preliminaries, 1/8 Finals

16.00 ­ 18.00 Women 55 kg, 59 kg, 63 kg
Quater-finals, Semi-finals

18.00 ­ 19.00 Women 55 kg, 59 kg, 63 kg
Final for the3rd place

19.00 ­ 20.00 Women 55 kg, 59 kg, 63 kg Finals,Award Ceremony

September 30,2005 Friday
10.00 ­ 11.30 Greco-Roman 55 kg, Women 67 kg, 72 kg Preliminaries,1/16 Finals, 1/8 Finals

16.00 ­ 18.00 Greco-Roman 55 kg, Women 67 kg, 72 kg Quater-finals,Semi-finals

18.00 ­ 19.00 Greco-Roman 55 kg, Women 67 kg, 72 kg Final for the 3rd place

19.00 - 20.00 Greco-Roman 55 kg, Women 67 kg, 72 kg Finals, Award ceremony

October 1,2005 Saturday
9.00 - 13.00
Greco-Roman 60 kg, 66 kg, 74 kg Preliminaries, 1/16 Finals, 1/8 Finals

16.00 - 18.00 Greco-Roman 60 kg, 66 kg, 74 kg Quater-finals, Semi-finals

18.00 - 19.00 Greco-Roman 60 kg, 66 kg, 74 kg Final for the 3rd place

19.00 - 20.00 Greco-Roman 60 kg, 66 kg, 74 kg Finals, Award Ceremony

October 2, 2005 Sunday
9.00 - 13.00
Greco-Roman 84 kg, 96 kg, 120 kg Preliminaries, 1/16 Finals, 1/8 Finals

15.00 - 17.00 Greco-Roman 84 kg, 96 kg, 120 kgQuater-finals, Semi-finals

17.00 - 18.00 Greco-Roman 84 kg, 96 kg, 120 kg Final for the 3rd place

18.00 - 19.00 Greco-Roman 84 kg, 96 kg, 120 kg Finals, Award Ceremony

19.00 - 20.00 Closing Ceremony
October 3, 2005 Monday
Airport transfers for flight back to the USA

 


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Payments: Deposit: $800 per person.
Final payment: Due on or before August 7, 2005

Payments must be made by check or money order only to USA Wrestling Budapest CC, 6155 Lehman Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80918.

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University & FILA Juniors 2005 World Team Trials

*4 Disc Set Available for $50-No Shipping Fees!*

For the first time ever USA Wrestling hosted a challenge tournament for the University and FILA Junior World Team spots at the Olympic Training Center. The tournament conducted under the new international rules provided athletes with one of their first opportunities to compete against wrestlers in their own age division under the rules that the world's best wrestlers compete under.

The four dvd set of the University and FILA Junior Trials for freestyle and Greco-Roman provides an impressive display of the skill, strategies, and techniques necessary to make a world team. Many wrestlers that are collegiate stars wrestled in the tournament and even some impressive high school wrestlers showed they can compete with the best. The complete matches from the best two out of three series are shown. Top wrestlers in the finals included Tyrone Lewis, Justin Ruiz, Brent Metcalf, and Nate Gallick.

Each dvd uses the protest footage shot mat side for the referees.

Orders for this set are only being taken through August 1st for this price.

Following August 1st the University and FILA Juniors four disc set will be priced at $75.

 

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Wrestling Olympians Sanderson, Gardner and college star Mocco nominated for ESPY Awards


2004 Olympic gold medalist Cael Sanderson (Ames, Iowa/Heber City, Utah/Sunkist Kids), 2000 Olympic gold medalist and 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Rulon Gardner (Wellsville, Utah/Afton, Wyo./Sunkist Kids) and two-time NCAA champion Steve Mocco (N. Bergen, N.J./Oklahoma State/New York AC) have been nominated for 2005 ESPY Awards.

Sanderson has been nominated for "Best Male Olympic Performance," Gardner has been nominated for "Best Comeback" while Mocco is nominated for "Best Male College Athlete."

The three wrestling nominees are the most ever in a single year for the sport.

Nominees are selected by a panel of ESPN staff and esteemed journalists.

Sanderson captured an Olympic gold medal in Athens, Greece last summer by coming from behind in four of his five victories.

In college, Sanderson made wrestling headlines by becoming the first collegiate wrestler to finish his career with four NCAA titles and an undefeated record (159-0) while at Iowa State Univ. In 2003, he proved to be an international star by winning a silver medal at the World Championships.

"This came as a real shock to me," Sanderson said. "There were some awesome Olympic athletes in Athens, including the other two who were nominated - Phelps and Wariner. Winning that gold medal was a special moment for me, and this just helps me to relive that moment."

Also nominated for "Best Male Olympic Performance" are Michael Phelps of swimming and Jeremy Wariner of track & field.

Sanderson won an ESPY Award in 2002 for "Best Male College Athlete," becoming the inaugural winner of that particular category.

Gardner won the 2000 Olympic gold medal after defeating Alexander Karelin of Russia in the finals. Karelin had previously gone unbeaten in 13 years of international competition. Gardner followed that win by capturing the 2001 World Championship at the same weight.

On Feb. 14, 2002, Gardner had been snowmobiling when he became bogged down in deep snow near his hometown of Afton, Wyo. Gardner braved overnight temperatures minus 10 degrees for nearly 14 hours before being rescued the next morning. He lost a toe to frostbite during a recovery process.

Last year, Gardner completed his comeback by winning a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympic Games. He brought tears to the eyes of millions of Americans by placing his shoes in the middle of the mat to symbolize his retirement.

"I worked very hard to come back from everything I had to come back from just to get to the Olympics again. It is very touching that a committee also was able to recognize that as well and nominate me for this award," Gardner said.

Also nominated for "Best Comeback" are Kayla Burt of Washington basketball, Mark Fields of the Carolina Panthers and Jordan Sigalet of Bowling Green hockey.

In 2001, Gardner won an ESPY Award for "Male USA Olympic Athlete."

Mocco won his second NCAA title in 2005 as a junior at heavyweight. He led Oklahoma State to its third straight NCAA team title and was the last of five individual champions in the Cowboys lineup.

In 2004, Mocco placed third at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials while taking an Olympic Redshirt year from Iowa, where he won an NCAA title in 2003 before transferring.

"This is a huge, not only for me, but for Oklahoma State wrestling," Mocco said of his nomination. "There are some other real strong athletes in this category, so to even be thought of by them is an honor."

Also nominated for "Best Male College Athlete" are Andrew Bogut of Utah basketball, Alex Gordon of Nebraska baseball, Matt Leinart of USC football and Marty Sertich of Colorado College hockey.

This is the first ESPY Award nomination for Mocco.

To vote for Gardner, Mocco and Sanderson, visit <http://espn.go.com/espy2005/s/05nomineesindex.html>espn.go.com/espy2005/s/05nomineesindex.html, click on their respective categories and select the athlete.

Fans can visit the personal web sites of Sanderson (<http://www.caelsanderson.com>www.caelsanderson.com) and Gardner (<http://www.rulongardner.com/>www.rulongardner.com/) for more information.

Past wrestling ESPY winners include Kyle Maynard in 2004 for "Best Athlete with a Disability", Cael Sanderson in 2002 for "Best Male College Athlete" and Rulon Gardner in 2001 for "Male USA Olympic Athlete." In 2003, Eric Larkin was nominated for "Best Male College Athlete."

The ESPY Awards were created by ESPN in 1993 and are given for Excellence in Sports Performance.

The 2004 ESPY Awards will be held at Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif. on July 13. The show will be televised by ESPN on Sunday, July 17 at 9 p.m. (EST).

USA Wrestling has announced its 2004 Coach of the Year in each of the three Olympic styles of wrestling.

Below are the winners, as well as a link to the press release on their award, which is posted online at TheMat.com.

2004 USA Wrestling Greco-Roman Coach of the Year
Andy Seras of Sandy Hook, Conn. (Sunkist Kids)
Head Coach at Sacred Heart Univ.

Tricia Saunders of Phoenix, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids)

2004 USA Wrestling Freestyle Coach of the Year
Bobby Douglas of Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids)
Head Coach at Iowa State Univ.

Questions, contact Gary Abbott of USA Wrestling at 719-598-8181.

REMINDER ­ The U.S. National Wrestling Championships will be held in Las Vegas, Nev. This weekend, April 29-30. Watch for wrestlers from your area who will be competing for national titles and All-American honors. Other local athletes may be at the FILA Junior Nationals or the Western Junior Regionals also being held in Las Vegas. The Associated Press will be staffing this event. Make sure to contact them to let them know to move the stories and results nationally. For breaking updates, stories and results, visit the Special Section at TheMat.com

 

Rulon Gardner has new toe surgery

Two-time Olympic wrestling medalist Rulon Gardner undergoes additional surgery on his foot damaged by frostbite in 2002

Rulon Gardner, who won two Olympic medals in the sport of Greco-Roman wrestling, underwent successful out-patient surgery on a toe on his right foot which had been initially damaged by frostbite in January 2002.

Gardner had the surgery at Mountain View Hospital in Idaho Falls, Idaho today. He was operated on by Dr. Tim Thurman and Dr. Gregory West.

Dr. Thurman was the doctor who had handled Gardner's care after he was hospitalized with severe frostbite when he was lost during a snowmobile trip and spent night in the mountains in the freezing cold. Gardner had a toe amputated during his recovery from the initial frostbite injuries in 2002.

"This is part of the recovery from the frostbite," said Gardner. "This is the last thing that I have to do medically. I plan on making a full recovery."

Today, Gardner had scar tissue surgically removed from the second toe on his right foot, which was next to the space left empty by the amputated toe.

Also in the procedure today, the second toe was straightened out by the medical team, and a pin was inserted in the toe. A skin graft was placed where the scar tissue was removed.

"Because of the soft tissue injury caused by the frostbite, the toe had been pulled over by the scar tissue into the area where the amputated toe had been," said Dr. Thurman. "Because of the frostbite's affect on the joint in the toe, the joint degenerated. The post-frostbite joint problem led to pain for him."

According to Dr. Thurman, Gardner will have a pin in his toe for 3-4 weeks. Gardner will have to wear a special shoe in order to walk during his recovery. Doctors will know within about 10 days if the skin graft has taken hold.

"Even though it wasn't dramatically painful, there was pain in the toe. When I pushed off the toe to wrestle, I also had a limited range of motion," said Gardner.

Dr. Thurman said that Gardner's wrestling on the foot over the last two years was not a cause for the additional surgery.

"It was not caused by wrestling, but may have been accelerated by the harshness of his training," said Dr. Thurman. "I would have expected it to develop over time."

Gardner won an Olympic gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, defeating previously unbeaten three-time Olympic champion Alexander Karelin of Russia in the finals. He became an international sports hero overnight after his amazing victory.

Gardner followed up with a World gold medal in 2001, becoming the first U.S. Greco-Roman wrestler to win both a World and Olympic title. He made a remarkable recovery from the frostbite injury in 2002, and returned to international competition in 2003. After earning a spot on the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team, Gardner won a bronze medal at the Athens Olympic Games. He retired from the sport after his bronze-medal victory, leaving his shoes on the mat in a traditional wrestling ceremony.

Gardner's dramatic recovery from his frostbite continues to amaze people who watched him battle back from the challenge, and return to win a second Olympic medal.

"He's been a lucky guy," commented Dr. Thurman on Gardner's amazing comeback.

For information or to set up an interview, contact Gary Abbott of USA Wrestling at 719-659-9637 (cell) or 719-265-3641 (office).

Antonelli, Estrella and Oliver named by USA Wrestling to coach 2005 U.S. World Greco-Roman team; 2005 Greco-Roman coaching assignments announced

USA Wrestling has made its choice for the World Team Coaches in Greco-Roman who will participate in the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 27-Oct. 2.

Selected to join USA Wrestling National Greco-Roman Coach Steve Fraser of Colorado Springs, Colo. as World Team Coaches in Greco-Roman wrestling are Jay Antonelli of Dumfries, Va., Rich Estrella of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Dale Oliver of Stanley, N.Y.

These coaches, as well as all of the coaching assignments in Greco-Roman for the year, were made by the Greco-Roman Coach Selection Committee and approved by USA Wrestling's Executive Committee.

Antonelli was the assistant coach of the 2003 U.S. World Team, which competed in Cretiel, France. He has been on the Greco-Roman coaching staff at the last two Olympic Games, as well as many other U.S. international tour teams. Included were head coaching assignments with the 2002 World Cup team and four CISM World Military Championship teams.

He served many years as the head coach of the U.S. Marine Corps wrestling team, and tutored numerous athletes who qualified for Greco-Roman Team USA. The Marine Corps team was the overall champions at the 2001 Armed Forces Championships.

Estrella coached the 1996 U.S. World Cup team, which won a record five individual gold medals. He has coached five World Cup teams. He has also coached on numerous U.S. World and Olympic team staffs. He has been coach of three Pan American Championships teams, as well as three CISM World Military Teams. Estrella was assistant coach of the 2003 Pan American Games team that placed second in the standings.

He served as head coach of the 1991 and 1996 Junior World Teams, and was an assistant on the 1993 Espoir World Team. Estrella has served as head coach of the U.S. Air Force team since 1987. The U.S. Air Force won the U.S. Nationals Div. II team titles in 2003 and 2004.

Oliver has coached a number of U.S. teams on international tours in recent years. He has both high school and college coaching experience, as well as serving as a club coach for Team Titan. He has coached top Senior athletes at the U.S. Olympic Training Camp, as well as the last two U.S. World Team Training Camps.

As an athlete, Oliver was a member of the 1985 U.S. World Team, and was the runner-up in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Complete biographies of the World Team Coaches follow, as well as quotes from each of the coaches.

QUOTES FROM THE GRECO-ROMAN WORLD TEAM COACHES

Jay Antonelli of Dumfries, Va.

"I am honored and extremely privileged to have this opportunity to lead our nation's best Greco wrestlers and to represent the United States at this year's World Championships. We have many strong, young, and highly talented wrestlers who on any given day have the ability to beat anyone in the world."

"There has been a strong precedent of success set by previous World and Olympic teams and the coaching staff has high expectations for this year's World Championships. We have set the team's goals at winning the team title, winning a minimum of four medals and placing all of our wrestlers in the top 10. I honestly feel that we have the talent to achieve all of our goals. I am really looking forward to all the hard work and training that lies before us."

Rich Estrella of Colorado Springs, Colo.

"I am very honored. This is my first Senior World Team assignment. I look forward to working with this team as we go into the new Olympic quadrennium. We have some very talented athletes. Working with the new rules, we will do everything we can to bring back the medals that we are certainly capable of winning."

Dale Oliver of Stanley, N.Y.

"It is a phenomenal opportunity. I am honored to have received a World Team coaching position. I have worked with Jay Antonelli at the training camps, and we will work well together. I look forward to working with National Coaches Steve Fraser, Anatoly Petrosyan and Momir Petkovic. I am honored to get this position, because we have so many outstanding coaches in this country."

"It is exciting working with this team. We have some great international wrestlers who are still wrestling, such as Brad Vering, Jim Gruenwald and Dremiel Byers. There are many other talented wrestlers who have a chance to make the team. I don't see why if we make adjustments to the new rules that we can't have continued success on the world stage."

National Greco-Roman Coach Steve Fraser of Colorado Springs, Colo.

(about Antonelli, Estrella and Oliver)

"I am very excited about our coaching staff. We will have a very new, young team. Many of our former top guys have retired. We have a huge challenge this year to prepare some younger guys who haven't been to the big event before. Our challenge will be to push them and prepare them to really step up. Our goal is to win the team title, with a minimum of four medals and everybody placing in the Top 10."

"Jay Antonelli has been a staff member on numerous teams in the past. Not only is he a great coach, but he is a great Marine, and will anything for the guys."

"Rich Estrella is a veteran coach who works daily with the top athletes at the Olympic Training Center. He has produced National Team athletes. I believe he rounds out our coaching team."

"Dale Oliver is a young coach who has been very involved in training camps for the last few years. He has built great relationships with the athletes. He will add a fresh flavor to our staff."

BIOGRAPHY SKETCHES OF WORLD TEAM COACHES IN GRECO-ROMAN WRESTLING

Jay Antonelli of Dumfries, Va.

Antonelli served as the Assistant Coach of the 2003 U.S. Greco-Roman World Team that competed in Cretiel, France. The U.S. team placed 13th in the standings, led by three athletes in the top 10 of their divisions.

He was a member of the 2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympic Team coaching staffs. Antonelli has also been a member of three U.S. World Team coaching staffs. Antonelli was the head coach for four CISM World Military Championship teams. He was named USA Wrestling Greco-Roman Coach of the Year in 1998.

He was the head coach of the 2002 U.S. World Cup team. Antonelli has coached a number of other U.S. teams on international tours. He has been active in coaching youth Greco-Roman teams in the past, including working with the New Jersey Junior National team.

Antonelli, who is a major in the Marines, worked as the head coach of the U.S. Marines Corps team through the end of the 2004 season. Numerous members of the U.S. Marines team have made U.S. World Team, or qualified for Greco-Roman Team USA during Antonelli's tenure. The Marine Corps was the overall champion at the 2001 Armed Forces Championships, and claimed the Greco-Roman team title in 1998. Antonelli has coached dozens of individual Armed Forces champions in both styles.

Currently, Antonelli is deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, where he serves as the Media Chief for Multinational Forces in Iraq, working daily to coordinate press coverage. He will return this winter to the United States when his assignment in Iraq is completed. While in Iraq, Antonelli has provided wrestling clinics to top Iraqi wrestling hopefuls.

As an athlete, Antonelli was a nationally-ranked Greco-Roman wrestler for the U.S. Marines team. He placed eighth in the 1995 U.S. Nationals, and was fifth in the 1994 World Team Trials. He competed in college for the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Antonelli also received a masters degree in Exercise and Health Fitness Promotion from George Mason Univ. He competed for the Pingry School in New Jersey in high school.

Rich Estrella, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Estrella served as head coach of the 1996 U.S. World Cup team, which won a record five gold medals in the competition. Team USA I placed third and Team USA II was fifth in the standings. He has been a coach on five U.S. World Cup teams.

He was a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic coaching staff. Three times, Estrella has been coach of the U.S. CISM World Military Team three times. He has also coached at three Pan American Championships, including the 1994 Pan American team that was the first U.S. Greco-Roman team to win the team title since 1978.

Estrella was assistant coach of the 2003 Pan American Games team that competed in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The U.S. team placed second in the standings and featured six medalists.

He served as head coach of the 1991 and 1996 Junior World Teams, and was an assistant on the 1993 Espoir World Team. In 1993, he was one of the winners of the USA Wrestling FILA Junior/University Person of the Year award.

He has served as head coach of the U.S. Air Force team since 1987, and has coached many National Team members and nationally-ranked athletes. The U.S. Air Force won the U.S. National Div. II team titles in 2003 and 2004 and was the runner-up in Div. II in 2001 and 2002. The All-Air Force team is based at Peterson AFB in Colorado. Estrella has been one of the coaches working with the Greco-Roman resident-athletes at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs since the program was created in 1993. He works for Home Depot and is an Olympic Job Opportunities Program member.

Dale Oliver of Stanley, N.Y.

Oliver has coached a number of U.S. teams on international tours in recent years. He coached top Senior-level athletes at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Training Camp, as well as the last two U.S. World Team Training Camps.

He has extensive high school and college coaching experience. He coached two seasons as an assistant coach at Appalachian State Univ., over six years as an assistant coach at SUNY-Albany and five years as an assistant coach at SUNY-Brockport. He has over 15 years of experience coaching at the high school and junior high levels. He is employed as a teacher at the Marion Central School district, and served as Marion High School wrestling coach for six years.

Oliver is the club coach for Team Titan, teaching international-style wrestling to athletes in his community. He also does private coaching, and has been a frequent clinician at wrestling camps.

As an athlete, Oliver was a member of the 1985 U.S. World Team which competed in Kolbatn, Norway, and was the runner-up in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. He won the 1988 Final Olympic Qualifier, which placed him in the final series of the 1988 Olympic Trials. He placed 11 times at Senior National Greco-Roman tournaments, including an AAU National title. Oliver also has a number of place finishes at international competitions in Europe.

Oliver competed in college for Monroe Community College, then on the Div. I level for Appalachian State Univ.

2005 INTERNATIONAL COACHING ASSIGNMENTS IN GRECO-ROMAN WRESTLING

World Championships
Jay Antonelli, Dumfries, Va.
Rich Estrella, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Dale Oliver, Stanley, N.Y.

Greco-Roman World Cup
Dan Russell, Gresham, Ore.
Chris Saba, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Pan American Championships
Dan Chandler, Minneapolis, Minn.

Junior World Championships
Andy Seras, Sandy Hook, Conn.
John Matthews, Phoenix, Ariz.

World University Games
Jim Speelman, Mansfield, Ohio
Danny Struck, Jeffersonville, Ind.

Greco-Roman Tour to Cuba
Dan Russell, Gresham, Ore.
Chris Saba, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Greco-Roman Tour to Hungary/Poland
Jay Antonelli, Dumfries, Va.
Shawn Sheldon, W. Palm Beach, Fla.

Cadet/Junior Tours
Kennon Englemann, Gansevoort, N.Y.
Bob Empey, Stoughton, Wis.
Matt Clark, Park Rapids, Minn.
Richard Fergola, Blair, Neb.
Darren Petty, Indianapolis, Ind.
Dave Curby, LaGrange, Ill.

Duroe, Seay named by USA Wrestling to coach 2005 U.S. Freestyle World Team; 2005 Freestyle coaching assignments announced

USA Wrestling has made its choice for the World Team Coaches in freestyle that will participate in the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 27-Oct. 2.

Selected to join USA Wrestling National Freestyle Coach Kevin Jackson of Colorado Springs, Colo. as World Team Coaches in freestyle wrestling are Mike Duroe of Iowa City, Iowa and Joe Seay of Earlysville, Va.

These coaches, as well as all of the coaching assignments in freestyle for the year, were made by the Freestyle Coach Selection Committee and approved by USA Wrestling's Executive Committee.

Duroe has served on the staff of numerous U.S. World and Olympic teams, both in men's freestyle and women's freestyle wrestling. He worked at USA Wrestling in two positions, as Freestyle Resident Coach and Freestyle Developmental Coach. As a volunteer, he coached three U.S. Women's World Teams.

He is currently coach of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club and the administrative assistant for the Univ. of Iowa wrestling team. Duroe served as head coach at Northern Michigan Univ., and had assistant coaching stints at Northern Michigan, Northwestern and the Univ. of Pennsylvania. He was also a successful prep coach at New Trier High School in Illinois.

Seay was the head coach of the 1996 U.S. Olympic freestyle wrestling team, which won five medals, including three individual champions, and captured first place in the medal count. Seay was also the head coach of the 1993 and 1995 U.S. World Team, both of which won the World Team titles. These were the only two times ever that the United States has been World Team Champions in freestyle.

Seay is a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum. He is currently a member of the coaching staff at the Univ. of Virginia. He led Oklahoma State to two NCAA Div. I team championships while coaching there between 1985-92. Prior to that, he spent 12 years at Cal State-Bakersfield, where he won seven NCAA Div. II team championships.

Complete biographies of each World Team Coach selection follows, as well as quotes from each of the coaches.

QUOTES FROM THE FREESTYLE WORLD TEAM COACHES

Mike Duroe of Iowa City, Iowa

"I am very excited to be chosen to lead the team, and to help National Coach Kevin Jackson bring our team to the top spot in the world. After a good showing in Athens, and a commitment by some talented wrestlers to continue competing, this gives us a good opportunity to improve our performance. I am extremely optimistic; I think we have tremendous potential. We have some good young wrestlers trying to fill the spots of those who have retired. I am honored to get the chance for a leadership role with the Senior freestyle team."

Joe Seay of Earlysville, Va.

"I was thrilled to get the opportunity to work with the best athletes in the country. When you are the World Team coach, you get to coach the absolute best. I am looking forward to it. My goals never change. I go out there to win. We can do that if we prepare properly. Preparation is the key. Working with Kevin Jackson, Mike Duroe and the other coaches, we have an opportunity to get the championship back. We haven't won the team title for a few years and it is time to get it back. The Russians have always been strong. To beat them, we have to be better prepared."

National Freestyle Coach Kevin Jackson of Colorado Springs, Colo. (about Duroe and Seay)

"Both of these coaches bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the World Team Coach position. There hasn't been a summer since I have been in the sport that Joe Seay hasn't been in our World Team Training Camp. Mike Duroe has been in every World Team camp since 1984."

"Both coaches have stayed up to date with current techniques and tactics. They have been involved in the national coaching plan. Their relationship with the athletes is strong, and the athletes respect their opinion."

"We are excited to have Joe Seay on the World Team staff again, because the last two World Teams that he coached, in 1993 and 1995, we won the World Team titles."

"Our goal is to be the best in the world. That has not changed. It is our goal to win the majority of the medals. On paper, our goal is to win five medals, and to have all of the athletes place in the top six of their weight. Our personal goals are higher than that."

BIOGRAPHY SKETCHES OF WORLD TEAM COACHES IN FREESTYLE WRESTLING

Mike Duroe of Iowa City, Iowa

Duroe has coached numerous U.S. World-level teams, both in men's freestyle and women's freestyle, as a volunteer coach and also as a staff member for USA Wrestling. He was on the staff of the last three U.S. Olympic men's freestyle coaching teams.

He is currently the coach of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club and the administrative assistant for the Univ. of Iowa wrestling program. He has extensive coaching experience on the high school, college and international levels.

Duroe served in two professional coaching positions for USA Wrestling, the national governing body. From 1998-2000, he was USA Wrestling's Freestyle Developmental Coach. In 2001, Duroe served as USA Wrestling's Freestyle Resident Coach, working with the elite men's freestyle wrestlers at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

As National Developmental Coach, Duroe was responsible for the responsible for developing age-group freestyle wrestlers. He also managed USA Wrestling's women's wrestling programs, including serving as the Head Women's National Coach.

Under Duroe's leadership, the United States was successful in age-group World Championships in freestyle wrestling. The highlight of his efforts with the women's program came in 1999, when the United States won the World Team Title in women's wrestling.

Prior to joining USA Wrestling's national staff, he coached U.S. teams on the national and international level in men's and women's wrestling. He served as the head coach of three U.S. Women's World Teams (1995-97). Duroe served as head coach of the women's team at the 1997 Pan American Championships. He also was an assistant coach for the 1996 Pan American Championships men's team. Duroe was also the head coach of the 1995 Cadet World Team. He also served as a coach at four U.S. Olympic Festivals (1989-90, 1993-94).

Duroe served as head coach at Northern Michigan Univ. from 1980-85, and assistant coach from 1978-80. During his tenure at Northern Michigan, he tutored 27 All-Americans and three national champions. Duroe was also the coach for the Wildcat Wrestling Club at Northwestern Univ. from 1985-86 and an assistant wrestling coach for the Univ. of Pennsylvania from 2001-2003.

Duroe served as the head coach at New Trier High School in Illinois from 1986-98, where he led his team to four conference and five regional team titles.

As an athlete, Duroe was a two-time regional champion for Drake Univ., and was a three-time national placewinner. He served as captain of Drake's team for three years and has been inducted into the Drake University Wrestling Hall of Fame. Duroe competed on the national level in freestyle in the early 1980s.

Joe Seay of Earlysville, Va.

Seay has been head coach of numerous major U.S. international freestyle teams. He served as the head coach of the 1996 U.S. Olympic freestyle wrestling team, which claimed the most freestyle medals of any nation with five, including three Olympic champions.

Seay served as head coach of the United States freestyle teams which won World Team Titles in both 1993 and 1995. Seay led Team USA to the 1993 World Championships title in Toronto, Canada, and the 1995 World Championships title in Atlanta, Ga. The United States had four individual champions both years.

He also served as the head coach for the 1985 U.S. World Team, which placed third in the standings and featured two individual champions at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Seay was the assistant coach for the 1992 U.S. Olympic freestyle wrestling team, which won six medals at the Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Seay also served on the coaching staff for the 1988 Olympic team.

Seay was the head coach of the 1990 Goodwill Games team, where the United States scored a historic victory over the Soviet Union in Seattle, Wash. He also coached the United States to team titles at the 1986 and 1991 World Cups. He was also the head coach of the 1995 Pan American Games team in Mar del Plata, Argentina, which won the team title and included seven individual gold medalists.

Seay currently works as the coach of the Charlottesville Wrestling Club, and on the wrestling staff at the Univ. of Virginia.

He has an extensive college coaching background. At Oklahoma State Univ., Seay led his team to two NCAA Div. I team championships, coaching the Cowboys between 1985-92. Prior to that, he spent 12 years as head coach at Cal State-Bakersfield, where he won seven NCAA Div. II team championships. Seay won National Coach of the Year awards five times. He also had a 137-12-2 record at Bakersfield South High School (Calif.) over eight years.

For many years, he has served as a coach with the Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club, based in Phoenix, Ariz. The Sunkist Kids has won 22 straight U.S. Nationals men's freestyle team titles, and has placed numerous athletes on U.S. World and Olympic teams. In 1988, Seay was elected as a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Seay was a national Greco-Roman champion as an athlete and was a nationally ranked wrestler in both freestyle and Greco-Roman. He wrestled for Kansas State Univ., and was a state wrestling champion for Wellington High School in Kansas.

2005 INTERNATIONAL COACHING ASSIGNMENTS IN FREESTYLE WRESTLING

World Championships, Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 27-Oct. 2
Mike Duroe, Iowa City, Iowa
Joe Seay, Earlysville, Va.

World Cup,
Steve Knight, Parker, Colo.
Mike Duroe, Iowa City, Iowa

Pan American Championships
Tim Cysewski, Evanston, Ill.
Cliff Laughlin, Idaho Falls, Idaho

Junior World Championships,
Head Coach ­ Sean Bormet, Naperville, Ill.
Assistant Coach ­ Sergei Beloglazov, Colorado Springs, Colo.

World University Games, Izmir, Turkey
Head Coach ­ Bruce Burnett, Annapolis, Md.
Assistant Coach ­ Lou Rosselli, Edinboro, Pa.

Russia Tour,
John Peterson, Comstock, Wis.
Ed Giese, Wooddale, Ill.

Cuba Tour
Dan Chaid, San Jose, Calif.
Joe Seay, Earlysville, Va.

Cadet/Junior Tours
Mark Reiland, Iowa City, Iowa
Mike Hagerty, Blue Springs, Mo.
Bobby DeBerry, Tucson, Ariz.
Randy Baker, Lakefield, Minn.
Steve Marianetti, Elmhurst, Ill.
Brendan Rogers, New City, N.Y.

USA WRESTLING RELEASES 2005 NATIONAL EVENTS SCHEDULE

USA Wrestling has announced its National Events Schedule for the 2005 season. Included on the schedule are regional, national and international wrestling events, including all of USA Wrestling's established age-group levels.

This includes up to 45 different events, hosted all across the nation. The schedule features competitions for athletes in the Kids Division (ages 9-14), Cadet Division (ages 15-16), FILA Cadet (ages 15-17), Junior (high school age), FILA Junior (ages 17-20), University (ages 18-24), Senior (ages 17 and older) and Veterans (ages 35 and older).

"We are excited about the upcoming year, after a great Olympic event season," said USA Wrestling Director of National Events Pete Isais. "We believe that this year there are outstanding events in exciting locations, which will help continue the growth of all USA Wrestling events."

Six major USA Wrestling national events have moved to a new location for 2005.

The World Team Trials, which will determine the U.S. Senior World Teams for the 2005 World Championships, will be hosted on the campus of Iowa State Univ. in Ames, Iowa, June 17-19. This competition features all three Olympic styles of wrestling: men's freestyle, men's Greco-Roman and women's freestyle wrestling. Numerous national and international medalists will be showcased in action, one of the top spectator events in the sport.

The Men's FILA Junior National Championships will move to Las Vegas, Nev., April 27-30. The nation's best 17-20 year old wrestlers, including top high school and college stars, will compete for national titles and a chance to compete at the 2005 Junior World Championships in Lithuania this summer. Competition will be in both freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling. It will be held alongside the U.S. Nationals and the Western Junior Regionals, which are major annual events held in Las Vegas.

The Body-Bar Women's Nationals, which features three age-group national tournaments for female wrestlers, will be held in San Diego, Calif., April 8-10. Included in the Body Bar Nationals are the FILA Cadet Nationals (ages 15-17), FILA Junior Nationals (ages 17-20) and University Nationals (ages 18-24). The FILA Junior Nationals will determine the athletes who will compete at the 2005 Junior World Championships in Lithuania this summer. The nation's best young women wrestlers are expected to attend.

The Kids Freestyle and Greco-Roman National Championships will move to an impressive facility in Green Bay, Wis., June 29-July 2. Last year, the tournament was a success in Menomonie, Wis., and tournament officials have secured an improved venue and location for this great event. Competition will be held in three age levels, Midget (ages 9-10), Novice (ages 11-12) and Schoolboy (ages 13-14) in both freestyle and Greco-Roman. It is the final event of the USA Wrestling Kids Triple Crown, the top honor in youth wrestling.

The Veterans National Championships in freestyle and Greco-Roman will be hosted in New Orleans, La., April 8-9. The nation's top wrestlers who are 35 years old and above will compete for national titles in the international styles. There are five different age divisions for Veterans wrestlers, and the event has grown in size and prestige in recent seasons.

The popular Cadet National Dual Championships has found a new home in Kansas City, Mo., June 23-27. Featured are state-level dual meet teams in both freestyle and Greco-Roman at the Cadet age group (ages 15-16). Many of the nation's best young wrestlers compete in this tournament, which showcases the best that many state organizations can offer.

A new national event on the schedule is the Women's Junior National Dual Championships, which are scheduled for Fargo, N.D. on July 28. This event will feature the state-level teams in dual meet competition, testing themselves prior to participating at the individual Junior Nationals event. It will be the first National Duals event hosted for age-group women in USA Wrestling history.

In addition, due to a change in the qualification process, there will be a Men's FILA Junior Team Camp and World Team Trials, as well as a Men's University Team Camp and World Team Trials held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 22-29.

USA Wrestling will also host a number of other national events in locations where they have been successful in the past.

The 2005 U.S. National Wrestling Championships will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev., April 28-30. The U.S. Nationals in men's freestyle, men's Greco-Roman and women's freestyle will be showcased in this popular vacation paradise. America's best Olympic-caliber athletes will battle for coveted national titles and All-American awards. Held alongside the U.S. Nationals will be the Men's FILA Junior Nationals and the Western Junior Regionals.

SPECIAL NOTE: All Participants in the U.S. Nationals, FILA Junior Nationals and Western Junior Regionals in Las Vegas MUST PREREGISTER ONLINE at LVSPORTS.ORG. There are No exceptions!!!

The world's largest wrestling tournament, the combined ASICS/Vaughan Junior Nationals and ASICS/Vaughan Cadet Nationals, will return to the FargoDome in Fargo, N.D., July 23-30. Up to 4,500 athletes, competing on 20 mats on the floor of an indoor football stadium, battle for national titles at this traditional youth wrestling classic. Cadets (ages 15-16) and Juniors (high school age) compete in both freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling in this prestigious event.

Other USA Wrestling national events that will be hosted in 2005 include:

·       Kids/Cadet Folkstyle National Championships in Cedar Falls, Iowa, April 1-3
·       Veterans National Folkstyle Championships in Cedar Falls, Iowa, April 1-3
·       Middle School Folkstyle National Duals in Danville, Ill., April 8-10
·       NWCA/DWA Brute Scholastic Showcase in Dover, Del., April 8-9
·       FILA Cadet National Championships in Evanston, Ill., April 13-16
·       University National Championships in Evanston, Ill., April 13-16
·       Schoolboy/girl National Dual Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., June 15-19
·       Junior National Dual Championships in Enid, Okla., June 28 - July 3    

"USA Wrestling has put a focus on having a better transition from the grassroots programs to our University and Senior levels," said Isais. "From here forward, we will try to hold events that will assist in this important transition."

USA Wrestling will host three major Senior-level international events in the United States in 2005. They include the Dave Schultz Memorial International in Colorado Springs, Colo., the Sunkist Kids International Open in Tempe, Ariz., Oct. 27-29 and the New York AC Christmas Championships in New York, N.Y., Dec. 16-18.

The Titan Games, a popular multi-sport event featuring Olympic combat sports, will be showcased in Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 4-6. International competition featuring Team USA against foreign powers will be hosted in wrestling, as well as boxing, judo, taekwondo, Fencing, weightlifting, and shot put.

"In addition to our participatory events, we have some great spectator events, including our U.S. Nationals, World Team Trials and the Titan Games," said Isais. "Fans should make plans to attend and enjoy these entertaining events."

USA Wrestling also hosts annual Regional Championships on the age group level. The 2005 schedule features eight Junior Regionals, six Kids/Cadet Regionals and three Senior Regionals. These popular events allow athletes to test themselves against top competitors from other states. In order to compete in the USA Wrestling Kids Nationals in freestyle and Greco-Roman, an athlete must enter their Kids Regional event. The Cadet and Junior Regionals are qualifying events for the ASICS/ Vaughan Cadet and Junior Nationals. This year, the two Senior Regionals will serve as qualifying events for the World Team Trials.

There may be additional events added to the schedule, such as World Dual meets against international teams, that will be announced as they are finalized.

The complete USA Wrestling National Events Schedule is posted on WRESTLING USA Magazine or the mat,com at http://themat.com/2005sched.PDF

For more information on national events, contact Travis Shives of USA Wrestling at 719-598-8181 or via e-mail at tshives@usawrestling.org


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