“I had some tough guys,” said Patterson. “I didn’t change my style. I don’t do much upperbody wrestling. I tried to shoot and score like that.”
Patterson has been third at the CAA Championships twice in his career, and returns for his final season of college wrestling in the fall.
Earning spots on the U.S. World Beach Team with victories in their bronze medal matches were Trevor Chinn (Canandaigua, N.Y./Team Titan) at the Below 85 kg (187.5 lbs.) division and Matt Mahon (Rochester, N.Y./Apex WC) at the Above 85 kg (187.5 lbs.) division.
Chinn stopped Michael Proulx (Bath, Maine/unattached) in the bronze-medal match, 2-1. Chinn was second at the 2008 U.S. Beach Nationals at 171 pounds and was a U.S. Beach Nationals champion in 2006. Chinn competes for Lehigh University.
Mahon scored a 37-second pin over 2008 U.S. Beach Nationals champion Corey Waite (Team Cook) in the bronze medal match. Mahon was third at the 2007 U.S. Beach Nationals on Saturday at 302 pounds.
The first National Beach High School Duals was held on Sunday, featuring club teams of high school wrestlers. Claiming the team title, and the championship belt, was Team Titan/Worldwide, with a 4-0 record. The Beach Nuts placed second and the Cheeburger Cheeburger Team placed third. This event was a great success, and is expected to grow in future years.
Beach wrestling equipment generally lacks wrestling shoes, wrestling singlets, and wrestling headgear, exchanged for bare feet, shorts, and no shirt. The shoes are removed for obvious reasons- no sand.