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May 22, 2009

2009 FILA Junior World Team Trials

Live Sports Wrestling Video will provide coverage of the championship finals series from the 2009 FILA Junior World Team Trials at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 22-23.

Champions from the FILA Junior World Team Trials earn the right to represent the USA at the FILA Junior World Team Trials in Ankara, Turkey, August 4-9. FILA Junior athletes are from 17-20 years old.

The Greco-Roman finals will be held on Friday, May 22, starting at approximately 12:00 noon Pacific time.

The freestyle finals will be held on Saturday, May 23, starting at approximately 5:00 p.m. Pacific time.

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In this competition, the No. 1 seed sits out until the best-of-three championship series, where he faces the winner from the Challenge Tournament held earlier in the day.

Among the stars to strap on their wrestling singlets in Greco-Roman are top seeds Ben Provisor, Peter Kowalczuk, Ryan Mango and Max Nowry.

Among the stars to watch in freestyle are top seeds Logan Stieber, Andrew Howe, Jordan Oliver, Mario Mason and Dominique Bradley.

This web cast is brought to you by Live Sports Video, USA Wrestling (and sponsors), and Feldmeier Equipment.

LIVE SPORTS VIDEO BROADCAST SCHEDULE
FILA JUNIOR WORLD TEAM TRIALS

Friday, May 22
12:00 noon – Greco-Roman Championship Series: Match #1, Match #2 and Match #3 (If Needed)

Saturday, May 23
5:00 p.m.– Freestyle Championship Series: Match #1, Match #2 and Match #3 (If Needed)

No. 1 seeds at FILA Junior World Team Trials
(already qualified for Championship Series)

Greco-Roman
50 kg/110.25 lbs - Max Nowry, Wheeling, Ill. (USOEC)*
55 kg/121 lbs - Ryan Mango, St. Louis, Mo. (New York AC)*
60 kg/132.25 lbs. – Highest FILA Junior freestyle placewinner who attends the event
(Winner in the 60 kg class to face FILA Junior National champion Jimmy Chase, Carol Stream, Ill. - Pinnacle School of Wrestling in best-of-three series at a later date).
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Donald Vinson Jr., Marathon, N.Y. (Shamrock WC)*
74 kg/163 lbs. - Ben Provisor, Stevens Point, Wis. (DennisHall/World Gold WC)*
84 kg/185 lbs. - Robert Barbour, Dolton, Ill. (Sunkist Kids)*
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Tyrell Fortune, Portland, Ore. (Peninsula WC)*
120 kg/ 264.5 lbs. - Peter Kowalczuk, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)*

Freestyle
50 kg/110.25 lbs. - Brandon Escobar, Brentwood, N.Y. (unattached)*
55 kg/121.25 lbs. - Logan Stieber, Monroeville, Ohio (New York AC)##
60 kg/132 lbs. - Jordan Oliver, Easton, Pa. (Gator WC)*
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Mario Mason, Moorestown, N.J. (Minnesota Storm)*
74 kg/163 lbs. - Andrew Howe, Cedar Lake, Ind. (New York AC)##
84 kg/185 lbs. - Chris Perry, Stillwater, Okla. (Gator WC)*
96 kg/211.5 lbs.- Ryland Geiger, Portland, Ore. (Minnesota Storm)*
120 kg/ 264.5 lbs. - Dominique Bradley, Blue Springs, Mo. (Sunkist Kids)*

*- FILA Junior Nationals champion
## - U.S. Senior Nationals placewinner

October 13, 2008

17-year-old Tatiana Padilla captures bronze medal at World Championships

She’s just 17 years old and is competing in her first World Championships.

But that hardly stopped American Tatiana Padilla from putting on an impressive display of grit and resiliency on Monday night.

Padilla rallied back in dominating fashion to record a fall over Romania’s Ana Maria Paval in a bronze-medal match at 55 kg/121 lbs. Padilla becomes the youngest U.S. World medalist since Kristie Marano won her first of a record nine World women’s freestyle medals as a 17-year-old in 1996.

“I just hated the feeling of losing the match the way I did in the semifinals,? Padilla said. “I felt like I let myself down, I let my coaches down and I let my country down. I hate the feeling of letting people down. I decided to go out there and leave it all out on the mat in my last match. I had a lot of motivation to come back and win my last match. I didn’t want to come all the way over to Japan and go home with nothing. I’m happy. That’s not my goal, to take third, but I’m happy to come back from a tough loss and take third.?

With her win, Padilla (Azusa, Calif./Sunkist Kids wrestling gear) kept her team in fourth place in the final team standings. Japan won the team title, followed by Canada and Russia.

“Give a lot of credit to our development system,? U.S. National Coach Terry Steiner said. “Tatiana’s 17 years old and has been on our last two Junior World Teams. We’ve had very little time to work with her as a Senior-level wrestler. To see her have success at this young of an age is a huge statement for our development system and the coaches we have had on the Junior World staff. Tatiana just fought and fought and fought. She wrestled her heart out. It was a great way for us to finish the tournament.?

The U.S. finished with two medals in the three-day competition. American Clarissa Chun won a World title at 48 kg/105.5 lbs. on Sunday night.

Padilla won her first three matches, including a win over past World champion Sofia Pompouridou of Greece, before falling to Tetyana Lazareva of the Ukraine in the semifinals on Monday afternoon at Yoyogi National Stadium.

She then regrouped to beat Paval, who placed fifth in the 2008 Olympic Games. Padilla used a front headlock to turn Paval to her back and record the fall.

Padilla won a Junior World bronze medal earlier this year after winning a Junior World silver medal in 2007. She is a freshman in college at Lindenwood (Mo.) and doesn’t turn 18 until December.

“Tatiana is such a true competitor,? U.S. Assistant National Coach Izzy Izboinikov said. “She found a way to bring out her best at the right time. She just never gave up. She showed a lot of character out there.?

American Stephany Lee (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) suffered a first-round loss to five-time World champion Kyoko Hamaguchi of Japan at 72 kg/158.5 lbs. Lee was eliminated when Hamaguchi was upset by China’s Yan Hong in the semifinals.

WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Team standings
Japan 65
Canada 40
Russia 40
United States 31
Ukraine 31

Monday's medalists

55 kg/121 lbs.
Gold - Saori Yoshida (Japan)
Silver - Tetyana Lazareva (Ukraine)
Bronze - Tatiana Padilla (United States)
Bronze - Anna Zwirydowska (Poland)

72 kg/158.5 lbs.
Gold - Stanka Zlateva (Bulgaria)
Silver - Yan Hong (China)
Bronze - Kyoko Hamaguchi (Japan)
Bronze - Ohenewa Akuffo (Canada)

U.S. results – Monday, Oct. 13, Tokyo, Japan

55 kg/121 lbs. – Tatiana Padilla, Azusa, Calif. (Sunkist Kids), 3rd
WIN Sofia Pompouridou (Greece), 1-1, 2-0
WIN E. Rivera Velazquez (Puerto Rico), 1-0, by fall
WIN T. Hryhoryeva (Belarus), by fall
LOSS Tetyana Lazareva (Ukraine), 2-1, 3-1
WIN Ana Maria Paval (Romania), 1-3, 3-2, by fall

72 kg/158.5 lbs. – Stephany Lee, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
LOSS Kyoko Hamaguchi (Japan), 1-0, by fall

October 3, 2008

U.S. women's freestyle team has high expectations for World Championships

U.S. women's freestyle team has high expectations for World Championships

Craig Sesker USA Wrestling
10/03/2008

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Clarissa Chun is the lone person on the seven-member 2008 U.S. Women’s World Team who has competed at international wrestling’s highest level.

Chun wrestled in the 2000 World Championships and placed fifth at the 2008 Olympic Games.

But even without that top-level experience, the American squad still has high expectations for the World Championships for women’s freestyle. The event is scheduled for Oct. 11-13 at Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan.

The World Championships are being held in the seven women’s freestyle weight classes, because only four women’s weights were contested at the Olympic Games.

Chun, who wrestles at 48 kg/105.5 lbs., is joined on the U.S. squad by a promising young group of athletes who have fared well at the international level.

Two-time World University champion Stephany Lee will compete at 72 kg/158.5 lbs. 2008 World University champion Elena Pirozhkov will wrestle at 67 kg/147.5 lbs. Two-time Junior World medalist Tatiana Padilla will take the mat at 55 kg/121 lbs.

Also in the lineup are 2008 World University medalist Alaina Berube at 63 kg/138.75 lbs., 2008 Junior World medalist Helen Maroulis strapped up her wrestling shoes at 51 kg/112.25 lbs. and Deanna Rix at 59 kg/130 lbs.

“We have a lot of girls with international experience – most of them just haven’t been to the World stage before,? U.S. Coach Terry Steiner said. “We have World University champions and Junior World medalists, and we have an Olympian who was very close to winning a medal in Beijing. We can compete with anyone. We are going in there with the right attitude, the right mindset and the right focus.?

The 17-year-old Maroulis, a high school senior, is the youngest U.S. World Team member since Kristie Marano won a World silver medal as a 17-year-old in 1996.

Rix, the 2005 ASICS Girls High School Wrestler of the Year, beat 2007 World Team member Leigh Jaynes to make her first World Team.

Japan is expected to field a strong team, although it likely will be without the Icho sisters. Kaori Icho is a two-time Olympic champion and five-time World champion at 63 kg/138.75 lbs. Chiharu Icho is a two-time World champion at 48 kg/105.5 lbs. She placed second at the 2008 Olympics. The Ichos are expected to skip the event because of injuries.

“Japan will have most of their horses there,? Steiner said. “I think some of the other countries will have some of their younger athletes competing as they start looking ahead to 2012. I think we have the type of team that can accomplish a lot in this tournament.?

U.S. WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ROSTER

48 kg/105.5 lbs. – Clarissa Chun, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
51 kg/112.25 lbs. – Helen Maroulis, Rockville, Md. (New York AC)
55 kg/121 lbs. – Tatiana Padilla, Azusa, Calif. (Sunkist Kids)
59 kg/130 lbs. – Deanna Rix, River Falls, Wis. (New York AC)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. – Alaina Berube, River Falls, Wis. (New York AC)
67 kg/147.5 lbs. – Elena Pirozkhov, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. – Stephany Lee, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)

Coaches - Terry Steiner (Colorado Springs, Colo.); Vladislav Izboinikov (Colorado Springs, Colo.); Levi Weikel-Magden (Colorado Springs, Colo.); Keith Wilson (Colorado Springs, Colo.); Ron Tirpak (Swarthmore, Pa.)

WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE, OCT. 11-13, TOKYO, JAPAN

Saturday, Oct. 11
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Qualification rounds (51 kg, 59 kg, 67 kg)
5:30-7 p.m. – Repechage (51 kg, 59 kg, 67 kg)
7-9 p.m. – Finals (51 kg, 59 kg, 67 kg)

Sunday, Oct. 12
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Qualification rounds (48 kg, 63 kg)
5:30-7 p.m. – Repechage (48 kg, 63 kg)
7-9 p.m. – Finals (48 kg, 63 kg)

Monday, Oct. 13
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Qualification rounds (55 kg, 72 kg)
5:30-7 p.m. – Repechage (55 kg, 72 kg)
7-9 p.m. – Finals (55 kg, 72 kg)

August 7, 2008

Beijing Olympic Games set to Impress

The Beijing Olympic Games will impress the whole world, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev told Xinhua on Wednesday.

"Beijing hosting the Olympic Games for the first time is an honor for China as it is a reflection of the trust of the whole world. So, once again I would like to congratulate the Chinese people and their leaders," Nazarbayev said before setting off for a two-day visit to Mongolia, from where he will head to the Chinese capital to attend the Games' opening ceremony.

"China's preparation for the Olympic Games has been excellent. Large amounts of money have been invested in the construction of stadiums and infrastructures. The whole world is expecting a marvelous event," he said.

Kazakhstan will have 132 athletes competing in 22 disciplines at the Beijing Games. The number of participants is higher than at the Athens Olympics, and the Kazakh women's volleyball and handball teams have qualified for the global event for the first time.

The Kazakh athletes aim to win at least ten or eleven medals, said Nazarbayev, adding that all the people of his country, including himself, were looking forward to fantastic performances from their compatriots, especially in events in which Kazakhstan enjoys a traditional advantage.

The president spoke of his great love for sports as a kid and his strong interest in wrestling as a teenager. He later developed an interest in tennis, golf and other sports, and even began to learn alpine skiing at the age of 55. He also instinctively loves horsemanship.

"Life lies in motion. No matter how busy I am, I take some time to exercise, even on a long-distance flight," said Nazarbayev.

The global Olympic torch relay started in Almaty, the biggest city of Kazakhstan, in April this year and Nazarbayev was the first person to carry the flame.

"The Olympic Games is a festival of the whole world. The torch relay coming to Kazakhstan for the first time was an honor for my country," he said.

He also pointed out that developing good-neighborly relations between China and Kazakhstan is the focal point of his foreign policy. Border issues have been solved, important documents have been signed, and bilateral strategic cooperation have been lifted to a new high.

Bilateral cooperation has also progressed smoothly in international and regional organizations such as the United Nations and Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Kazakh leader added.

Bilateral trade has maintained good momentum, Nazarbayev noted. Trade with China accounts for more than 10 percent of Kazakhstan's total foreign trade volume, with bilateral trade volume expected to reach 15 billion U.S. dollars in 2008.

There are 3,000 Kazakh youths studying in China at present, which is another way in which bilateral ties are being strengthened, the president said.

He expressed his wish that all athletes would perform well in Beijing and the Games would be a complete success.

"Since we are neighbors, the people of Kazakhstan sincerely bless the Chinese athletes," Nazarbayev said.

July 30, 2008

"A Shot at Glory" segment on freestyle Olympian Cormier available online

"A Shot at Glory" segment on freestyle Olympian Cormier available online
Elizabeth Wiley USA Wrestling Forum
07/29/2008

If you missed 2008 Olympian Daniel Cormier Monday, July 28 on MOJO HD in the first segment of “A Shot at Glory,? you can still catch the show online.

Visit MOJOHD.com to see the premier of the ten-part series, featuring Comier.

A Shot at Glory - wrestling’s Daniel Cormier:
Athletics can provide order in a sometimes chaotic world. For Daniel Cormier from Lafayette, La., freestyle wrestling provides a vehicle for stability in a life filled with tragedy. Daniel watched his father get shot to death at a young age and recently lost his 3 ½-month-old daughter in a car accident. At 25 years old, wrestling has always been there, providing Cormier the chance to put tragedy aside and measure himself against the world. His has been rocky. He has had trouble getting down to 211 pounds and failed to make weight at the prestigious Uzbekistan Independence Cup in March. Beijing is likely Cormier’s last shot for a medal, a final chance to find glory despite hardship.

The ten-part, all high-definition series delves into the mindset and motivation of the competitors as they discuss their intense training schedules and nutrition programs, their mentors and role models, their career-making competitions, and the personal stories behind each hard-fought climb to the upper echelons of sport.

Those chosen to be profiled include Cormier, BMX biker Donny Robinson, track and field’s Tyson Gay and Wallace Spearmon, boxing’s Gary Russell, Jr., beach volleyball’s Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs, traithlon’s Laura Bennett, canoe/kayak’s Brett Heyl, gymnastic’s Samantha Peszek, and swimming’s Kate Ziegler.

“A Shot at Glory? also features candid interviews with high-profile medal winners about their life experiences and what is truly required to be the best in their discipline. Those feature include boxing’s Sugar Ray Leonard, track and field’s Jackie Joyner-Kersee, gymnastic’s Mary Lou Retton, beach volleyball’s Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor, BMX’s Mike King, kayak’s Scott Schipley, swimming’s Amy Van Dyken, traithlon’s Susan Williams and wrestling’s John Smith.

Additionally experts in each sport will help detail the psychological and body strength needed to compete; how to overcome injuries and setbacks; and how these new competitors compare with previous champions.

The ten-part series premieres Monday, July 28, will run each weeknight from two weeks on MOJO HD, and is produced in partnership with USA TODAY.

“A Shot at Glory? is produced by USA TODAY Live, the television production arm of USA TODAY, in association with Orange Lion Productions. From USA TODAY Live, Lauren Ashburn is executive producer with Ginger Hudson as senior producer. From Orange Lion, Scott Henry is series producer. For MOJO HD, executive producer is Emilio Nunez with Siobhan Graham as supervising producer.

July 20, 2008

Notes from Fargo

High School Wrestling is a family sport and it is common for younger brothers of successful wrestlers to carry on tradition on the mat. Growing up around wrestling often gives the little brother an edge in their own athletic career.

On the flip side, there is often additional pressure on young athletes who are trying to follow in their brother’s footsteps.

Competing in his first Cadet National Championships in Fargo this weekend is Mark Grey of New Jersey. If you remember the name, it is because his older brother Mike has been in the wrestling news for many years.

Mike Grey became the first wrestler to win four New Jersey state high school titles. He was a Junior National freestyle champion after his junior year. Last year as a freshman, Mike was an All-American for Cornell.

In his own right, Mark has won numerous USA Wrestling Kids national titles, and made a big step this spring by winning a title at the FILA Cadet Nationals in Akron. In spite of having come to Fargo to watch his brother, this is Mark’s first time competing in the FargoDome as a first-year Cadet. His debut came today in Greco-Roman.

John Grey, Jr., who is a brother older than both Mike and Mark, is one of New Jersey’s coaches and state leaders. He has helped Mark throughout his career, and will be in his corner as he seeks to make his name here in Fargo. Mark’s career began at the age of four as he followed his brother Mike to wrestling events.

“He has always enjoyed the sport, and is eager to learn new stuff,? said John Grey, Jr. “He likes this kind of wrestling more, even at a young age. He likes doing freestyle and Greco-Roman.?

Older brother John understands that it isn’t easy being the kid brother in a wrestling family, but is proud of how well Mark has done handling the pressures.

“He is different from Mike. He has different goals within wrestling. Mike wanted to be the first four-time state champion. Mark wants to win Fargo in both styles and wants to win the Olympics. His goals are more with the international styles,? said John Grey.

Mark admitted to his parents today that he was a little nervous, even though he had been to Fargo to see Mike wrestle in the past. John said his brother had some butterflies as he went to his first day competing at Cadet Nationals.

Mark won his first two matches by technical fall, beating Bronson Ashijan of Nevada, 6-0, 7-0 and Zack Vesta of Kansas, 6-0, 8-0 then stopped Nathan Kraisser of Maryland, 7-0, 5-0.

“He doesn’t want to follow in Mike’s footsteps. He wants to make a name for himself. The way he sees it, he is doing his own thing. He wants to be himself,? said John Grey, Jr.

July 18, 2008

2008 Olympics preview at 55 kg/121 lbs. in men's freestyle wrestling

2008 Olympics preview at 55 kg/121 lbs. in men's freestyle wrestling
Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
07/17/2008

2007 World champion Besik Kudukhov of Russia has moved to the front of this division, improving on his World silver medal in 2006 with a strong performance last year. A past Junior World champion, Kudukhov has consistently competed at a high level his entire career. He will have to battle Junior World wrestling champion and 2008 European champion Djamel Otarsultanov just to make the Russian Team.

2006 World champion Radoslav Velikov of Bulgaria also placed second at the 2005 World championships, where he lost to two-time World champion Dilshod Mansurov of Uzbekistan. Both of these athletes are experienced and talented, hoping for a return trip to the top of the podium.

Naranbaatar Bayaraa of Mongolia claimed a World silver medal in 2007, and the World bronze medals were won by Andy Moreno of Cuba and Rizvan Gadshiev of Belarus. Naranbaatar also boasts a World bronze medal from 2005.

The United States hopes to challenge for a medal at this weight class with young Henry Cejudo, who won the 2007 Pan American Games but did not place in his first World Championships last year. He has wrestled most of the top wrestlers in the division. Cejudo has beaten Moreno a number of times, most recently at the 2008 Pan American Championships and also has a win over Kudukhov. To make the team, Cejudo beat 2004 Olympic silver medalist Stephen Abas in the final series, another step in his development.

Rounding out the top eight from the 2007 World Championships are Sezer Akguel of Turkey, Freddy Serrano of Colombia and Zhassulan Mukhtabekuly of Kazakhstan.

Japan’s Tomohiro Matsunaga won the 2008 Asian Championships, and Masashi Saito won the 2007 Asian Championships title for Japan.

July 13, 2008

Sam Hazewinkel wins gold medal at University World Championships

Sam Hazewinkel wins gold medal at University World Championships
Craig Sesker USA Wrestling
07/12/2008

THESSOLONIKI, Greece – Sam Hazewinkel won a gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling on Saturday night at the University World Championships.

Hazewinkel, a past four-time NCAA All-American at the University of Oklahoma, downed Kazakhstan's Yemar Ramazanov 1-2, 5-0, 5-0 in the finals at 55 kg/121 lbs.

Hazewinkel (Norman, Okla./Gator WC) placed second at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

The U.S. won its second World University Greco-Roman title at 55 kilos in three years. 2008 Olympian Spenser Mango won a World University title in that division in 2006.

American Peter Kowalczuk (Oak Park, Ill./USOEC) placed third at 120 kg/264.5 lbs.

UNIVERSITY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
THESSOLONIKI, GREECE

55 kg/121 lbs. - Sam Hazewinkel, Norman, Okla. (Gator WC) - 1st
WIN K. Mohammadehdi (Iran), 3-2, 3-1
WIN Evgen Miagkyi (Ukraine), 6-5, 7-0
WIN Yemar Ramazanov (Kazakhstan), 1-2, 5-0, 5-0

66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Jacob Curby, LaGrange, Ill. (USOEC/Gator WC) - dnp
LOSS Balint Koppasi (Hungary), 1-2, 1-2

84 kg/185 lbs. - Chas Betts, St. Michael, Minn. (USOEC/Minnesota Storm)
LOSS H. Akhlaghi (Iran), 2-1, 1-2, 0-3
LOSS Alo Toom (Estonia), 1-2, 1-2

120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Peter Kowalczuk, Oak Park, Ill. (USOEC) - 3rd
LOSS G. Koutsioumbus (Greece), 0-3, 0-3
WIN R. Kurbanismailvo (Russia), 1-1, 1-1

July 12, 2008

Roster for 2008 United States Olympic Team in men's freestyle, Greco-Roman and women's freestyle wrestling USA Wrestling

Roster for 2008 United States Olympic Team in men's freestyle, Greco-Roman and women's freestyle wrestling
USA Wrestling
07/15/2008

2008 U.S. Olympic Team

Men’s freestyle

55 kg/121 lbs. – Henry Cejudo, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Doug Schwab, Iowa City, Iowa (Gator WC)
74 kg/163 lbs. – Ben Askren, Columbia, Mo. (Sunkist Kids)
84 kg/185 lbs. – Andy Hrovat, Ann Arbor, Mich. (New York AC)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Daniel Cormier, Stillwater, Okla. (Gator WC)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Steve Mocco, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)

Olympic Coaches – Kevin Jackson (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Kerry McCoy (College Park, Md.), Lee Kemp (Alpharetta, Ga.)

Olympic Team Leader – Steve Silver (Forney, Texas)

Wrestling videos of the event will be available as the Olympics roll out. The new Olympic wrestling shoes are to be released August 1st, just in time for the Olympics

Greco-Roman

55 kg/121 lbs. – Spenser Mango, St. Louis, Mo. (Gator WC)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Jake Deitchler, Ramsey, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
74 kg/163 lbs. – T.C. Dantzler, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
84 kg/185 lbs. – Brad Vering, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Adam Wheeler, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Dremiel Byers, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)

Olympic Coaches – Steve Fraser (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Rich Estrella (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Jay Antonelli (Chesapeake, Va.)

Team Leader – John Bardis (Alpharetta, Ga.)

Women’s freestyle

48 kg/105.5 lbs. – Clarissa Chun, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
55 kg/121 lbs. – Marcie Van Dusen, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. – Randi Miller, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. – Ali Bernard, New Ulm, Minn. (Gator WC)

Olympic Coaches – Terry Steiner (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Tadaaki Hatta (Elyria, Ohio)

Team Leader – Stan Zeamer (Manheim, Pa.)

July 10, 2008

2008 U.S. Wrestling Beijing Olympic Games Team Members

The 2008 Olympic Wrestling Team has been announced, check out their profiles and related videos at TheWrestlingTalk.com

Ben Askren Beijing Olympics 2008 Biography

Ben Askren

First Trials a charm
One year after winning his second straight NCAA title, Ben Askren is making his Olympic debut in Beijing. He earned the freestyle 74kg (163 lbs) berth after defeating Tyrone Lewis in the final of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials; Askren also beat Lewis in the final of the 2008 U.S. Nationals for the 23-year-old's first senior national title. With the win, Askren becomes the first Missouri graduate to qualify for the Olympics in wrestling; 2000 Olympic 54kg silver medalist Sammie Henson attended Missouri, but later transferred to Clemson. Askren also competed at the 2004 Trials, where he finished fifth at 84kg/185 lbs. He dropped down to 163 lbs. after college.

While Askren excels at wrestling, he may move over to mixed martial arts after the Olympics.

Making Missouri famous
In 2007, Askren capped his college career at Missouri with an undefeated season that included his second straight national title at 174 pounds. The year before, he became the first wrestler in Missouri history to win an NCAA title. After graduating in 2007 with a degree in geography, Askren began working as a volunteer assistant coach at Missouri. His interest in the program remains keen because his younger brother Maxwell just finished his sophomore year as a wrestler at Missouri. The younger Askren also competed at the 2008 Trials, but lost both his matches in his Trials debut.

'I'm going to win a gold'
Despite never having competed at an Olympics or world championships, Askren told the Associated Press after Trials, "I'm going to win a gold medal (in Beijing). I may have (Russia's Buvaisa) Saitiyev in the finals -- next to John Smith, he's my favorite wrestler of all time to watch -- and him and me will put a lot of points on the board. And I think there's a good chance the outcome turns in my end." A two-time Olympic champion (1996, 2004), Saitiyev spent more than a decade as the most dominant freestyle wrestler before finishing eighth at the 2006 World Championships. "The tough thing about Saitiyev is he's so diverse it's hard to approach him. I can do anything. I can shoot, headlock, I can turn on top and bottom. So it's hard to plan for someone like me. It's hard to plan for someone like him because he's so diverse. Coach has been watching and said he's got some obvious flaws and we're going to try to exploit those."

Funky fighter
Easily identifiable from his curly hair -- which he sometimes braids or wears in a mullet -- Askren has an unorthodox wrestling style, which he refers to as "funk." But it works, and he may carry his combativeness into mixed martial arts. After learning and liking Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and knowing he won't want to wrestle forever, Askren says a career in Ultimate Fighting is a real possibility. "You'll probably see me in an Octagon somewhere in 2009," he said, referring to the shape of the ring in which MMA athletes compete.

Chin goes to China
During the 2008 Trials, numerous Askren fans wore a shirt showing a Chinese flag with Askren's profile on one side, displaying his prominent chin. Below the flag, the caption read "Putting the Chin in China." Explains Askren, "I gave them out to all my friends and family that came to Vegas [for U.S. Olympic Trials]. I had by far the rowdiest crowd at the whole tournament. They actually banned anyone wearing a 'Chin in China' shirt from buying alcohol because they were that rowdy." Askren has been selling the shirts for $19.95, with proceeds going toward his trip to China for the Beijing Games.

July 9, 2008

Top U.S. wrestlers set to take down competition at University Worlds July 9-13 in Greece

Top U.S. wrestlers set to take down competition at University Worlds July 9-13 in Greece
Elizabeth Wiley USA Wrestling
07/07/2008

The USA Wrestling University World Teams will travel to Thessoloniki, Greece for the University World Championships July 9-13.

Men’s freestyle, Greco-Roman and women’s freestyle wrestling teams will all compete against some of the best in the world at the competition.

Jake Herbert is the only returning competitor on the men’s freestyle team. A bronze medalist at last year’s competition, Herbert will provide leadership and experience for the team as he competes at 84 kg/185 lbs.

“Herbert is a returning bronze medalist,? Freestyle Developmental Coach Dave Bennett said. “He knows what he needs to do. We’re expecting a good performance.?

Joining Herbert on the freestyle team are Brad Pataky at 55 kg/121 lbs., Reece Humphrey at 60 kg/132 lbs., Josh Churella at 66 kg/145.5 lbs, Keith Gavin at 74 kg/163 lbs., Brendan Jones at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. and Tervel Dlagnev at 120 kg/264.5 lbs. All six of these wrestlers are making their first trip to compete at University Worlds.

“My goal for this team is to come back with seven gold medals and I think it’s a goal for them, too,? said Bennett. “That may not happen, but we have to go in believing all things are possible.?

The men’s freestyle team will be coached by Lou Rosselli and Wes Hand. Dave Bennett is serving as team leader for the trip.

The Greco-Roman squad features two wrestlers who just missed out on berths to the 2008 Olympic Games, as well as a number of other talented athletes.

“(Sam) Hazewinkel competed at the Olympic Team Trials and was one match from making the Olympic Team,? Greco-Roman Developmental Coach Ike Anderson said. “I’m excited about him.?

Sam Hazewinkel lost to Spenser Mango in the Championship Series at 55 kg/121 lbs. while Cheney Haight finished behind T.C. Dantzler at 74 kg/163 lbs.

“I expect Cheney Haight to be able to medal,? said Anderson. “Again he was one match from making the Olympic Team against T.C.?

Another top contender for the Greco-Roman team is Chas Betts. Betts was a silver medalist at the 2006 University World Championships and hopes to medal again in 2008.

The rest of the team is Donovan Depatto at 60 kg/132 lbs., Jacob Curby at 66 kg/145.5 lbs., and Robbie Smith at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. The heavyweight contender has not yet been determined for the U.S.

Eric Wetzel and Gary Mayabb will coach the Greco-Roman team.

The women’s side features seven athletes that took part in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials and should be incredibly competitive in Greece.

Three wrestlers on the team also competed at the 2006 World University Championships. Alaina Berube was a bronze medalist at 63 kg/138.75 lbs. two years ago. Joining her from that squad are Sara Fulp-Allen at 48 kg/105.5 lbs. and Othella Lucas at 59 kg/130 lbs.

Rounding out the women’s team are Katherine Fulp-Allen at 51 kg/112.25 lbs., Chelynne Pringle at 55 kg/121 lbs., Elena Pirozhkov at 67 kg/147.5 lbs., and Stephany Lee at 72 kg/158.5 lbs.

Serving as coaches for the women’s freestyle team are Shannyn Gillespie and Trevor Keifer.

University World Championships
Thessoloniki, Greece

Men’s Freestyle:
55 kg: Brad Pataky, Clearfield, Pa. (New York AC)
60 kg: Reece Humphrey, Indianapolis, Ind. (Ohio State)
66 kg: Josh Churella, Ann Arbor, Mich. (New York AC)
74 kg: Keith Gavin, Factoryville, Pa. (New York AC)
84 kg: Jake Herbert, Wexford, Pa. (New York AC)
96 kg: Brent Jones, Burke, Va. (Cavalier WC)
120 kg: Tervel Dlagnev, Arlington, Texas (Loper WC)

Coach: Lou Rosselli
Coach: Wes Hand
Team Leader: Dave Bennett

Greco-Roman:
55 kg: Sam Hazewinkel, Norman, Okla. (Gator WC)
60 kg: Donovan Depatto, Quantico, Va. (U.S. Marine Corp)
66 kg: Jacob Curby, LaGrange, Ill. (USOEC/GatorWC)
74 kg: Cheney Haight, Orem, Utah (USOEC/New York AC)
84 kg: Chas Betts, St. Michael, Minn. (USOEC/Minnesota Storm)
96 kg: Robbie Smith, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
120 kg: TBD

Coach: Eric Wetzel
Coach: Gary Mayabb

Women’s Freestyle:
48 kg: Sara Fulp-Allen, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
51 kg: Katherine Fulp-Allen, El Granada, Calif. (Menlo College)
55 kg: Chelynne Pringle, Hugo, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
59 kg: Othella Lucas, San Diego, Calif. (New York AC)
63 kg: Alaina Berube, River Falls, Wis. (New York AC)
67 kg: Elena Pirozhkov, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC)
72 kg: Stephany Lee, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)

Coach: Shannyn Gillespie
Coach: Trevor Keifer

Generally in exchanges like this the US Team brings along wrestling gear to give to other nations.

July 5, 2008

Scanlan, Cone, Mason capture USA Wrestling Triple Crowns

Scanlan, Cone, Mason capture USA Wrestling Triple Crowns
Craig Sesker USA Wrestling
07/04/2008

OREM, Utah – Iowa’s Joe Scanlan became USA Wrestling’s first 2008 Triple Crown winner on Friday.

Scanlan claimed the 175-pound Schoolboy championship in freestyle to clinch his coveted Triple Crown on Friday afternoon at Utah Valley University’s McKay Events Center. Scanlan swept Utah’s Andrew DuBose 6-0, 3-0 in the finals.

A short time later, Wisconsin’s Ryan Cone won a Triple Crown of his own. Cone completed his Triple Crown by winning the Schoolboy National title in freestyle at 152 pounds. Cone rallied past runner-up Matt Reed of Kansas 2-6, 1-0, 4-3. Eric Mason of Kansas also became a Triple Crown winner in the Schoolboy class at 210.

Triple Crowns are being won this weekend during the USA Wrestling Kids National Freestyle and Greco-Roman Wrestling Championships. A number of wrestlers are still eligible to win Triple Crowns during the final day of the tournament on Saturday.

This is the final event in the quest for the 2008 USA Wrestling Kids Triple Crown. Each year, USA Wrestling honors athletes who are able to win national titles at their age-level in all three styles: folkstyle, Greco-Roman and freestyle.

The nation’s best 9-14 year old wrestlers are battling for national titles and All-American honors in three age-divisions: Midget (9-10), Novice (11-12) and Schoolboy/girl (13-14).

Scanlan, Cone and Mason won Schoolboy National titles in Greco-Roman on Thursday. They each won Schoolboy National titles in folkstyle in April in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Competition is scheduled to resume on Saturday at 9 a.m. Mountain Time.

MIDGET FREESTYLE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
95 – Dylan Meeks of Florida
103 - Alexx Herrera of Idaho
112 - Garrett Whitehead of Idaho
120 - Sam Anderson of Minnesota
120 plus – Porter Thomas of Idaho

NOVICE FREESTYLE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
105 - Nicholas Villarreal of California
112 – Connor Doak of Illinois
120 - Robert Akil of Oregon
130 – Colby Meeks of Florida
140 - Jared Langley of Kansas
140 plus - Javin Harrison of California

SCHOOLBOY FREESTYLE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
152 - Ryan Cone of Wisconsin
175 - Joe Scanlan of Iowa
190 - Brooks Black of Pennsylvania
210 – Eric Mason of Kansas

The remainder of the freestyle champions will be crowned on Saturday.

July 4, 2008

Twelve head to Pan American Games

A contingent of 12 athletes and coaches will represent Team USA Wrestling at the
women’s freestyle Cadet Pan American Championships July 11-13, 2008 in
San Salvador, El Salvador.

U.S. States Olympic Education Center (USOEC) assistant coach Tony
DeAnda will assist in leading the FILA Cadet Champions (ages 15-17) of
the 2008 Body Bar/FILA Cadet Nationals who qualified for this event.

The 2008 Cadet Pan American Championships women’s freestyle
qualification, repechage, and final rounds will be competed Saturday
July 12, 2008 in San Salvador, El Salvador.

USA Cadet Pan Am Championships Freestyle Wrestling Team

38 kg / 83.75 lbs – Kaci Fullinwinder
40 kg / 88 lbs. – Emily Webster of Texas
43 kg / 94.75 lbs. – Erin Golston of Illinois
46 kg / 101.25 lbs – Briana Sparks of Michigan
49 kg / 108 lbs. – Samantha Lopez of California
52 kg / 114.5 lbs – Jenna Burkert of New York
56 kg / 123.25 lbs. – Kat Perez of California
60 kg / 132.25 lbs. – Ashley Mathews of California
65 kg / 143.25 lbs. – Jennifer Spitza of Michigan
70 kg / 154.25 lbs. – Anneliese DeAragon of Idaho
Coaches Tony DeAnda, TBA

June 27, 2008

Chas Thompson to coach at Fort Hayes

Fort Hays State University announced on Thursday, June 26, 2008, the hiring of Chas Thompson as Head Wrestling Coach. Thompson becomes the 13th coach in the wrestling program's history.

Thompson comes to Fort Hays State from Pratt Community College, where he served as head coach for two years from 2006-2008. In his time at PCC, Thompson led the Beavers to 10th and 21st place finishes at the NJCAA National Tournament and coached two NJCAA All-Americans. He also coached 11 Academic All-Americans. His 2006-07 team was ranked as high as 6th in the nation and his dash 2007-08 team was ranked as high as 10th in the nation.

Thompson is no stranger to the Fort Hays State program, where he served as an assistant coach for three years prior to becoming the head coach at Pratt Community College. Thompson was a graduate assistant coach for two years at FHSU from 2003-2005. He was a student assistant coach during the 2002-03 season. Thompson had the privilege of helping coach five NCAA Division II All-Americans as an assistant at FHSU.

Outside his collegiate coaching experience, Thompson has also served in several other coaching roles. He was a coach for the Cadet National Team in Fargo, N.D., the past three years and a coach for the Southern Plains Wrestling Team the past four years. Thompson also served as a summer wrestling coach from 1999-2008 in the Freestyle, Folkstyle, and Greco Roman disciplines.

Thompson wrestled for Fort Hays State University from 1999-2002. He was a national qualifier during his junior season (1999-2000) after winning his weight class at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Championships/NCAA Division II West Regional.

Prior to competing at FHSU, Thompson wrestled for two seasons at Labette Community College under his father Jody Thompson. His father is a member of the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame, NJCAA Coaches Hall of Fame, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Hall of Fame, and National Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Thompson earned NJCAA All-American honors as a sophomore and was a two-time national qualifi er for LCC.

A native of Parsons, Kan., Thompson compiled a record of 133-14 in his prep career at Parsons High School. He was named the Kansas Class 4A Wrestler of the Year after winning the state championship as a senior. He was a four-time state placer at PHS.

Thompson earned a bachelor's degree in Physical Education from Fort Hays State in 2003, and is currently working towards completion of his master's degree in Sports Administration at FHSU.

June 26, 2008

Cadet National Duals to begin Thursday in Kansas City, Mo.

Cadet National Duals to begin Thursday in Kansas City, Mo.

The popular Cadet National Dual Meet Championships will be held June 26-29 at the KCI Expo Center in Kansas City, Mo.

State-level teams will compete in dual meet action in both Olympic styles of the sport, freestyle and Greco-Roman. Cadets are athletes who are 15 and 16 years old.

The Greco-Roman wrestling competition will be held on Thursday, June 26 and Friday, June 27.

In Greco-Roman, Illinois claimed the team title last year, after stopping Minnesota by a 46-27 finals score in the championship dual.

The freestyle competition will be held Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29

In freestyle, Pennsylvania is the defending champion, after defeating host Team Missouri, 53-22 in the championship dual.

June 24, 2008

U.S. wins Pan American Junior Freestyle Championships

U.S. wins Pan American Junior Freestyle Championships with five champions
Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
06/23/2008

The United States had a strong team effort at the Pan American Junior Freestyle Championships in Cuenca, Ecuador, claiming five individual champions.

Winning a double title with gold medals in both the freestyle and Greco-Roman divisions were Nikko Triggas of Moraga, Calif. at 55 kg/121 lbs. and Brent Eidenschink of Detroit Lakes, Minn. at 96 kg/211.5 lbs.

Triggas defeated Jose Figueroa of Venezuela in the championship match. Eidenschink defeated Luis Roman of Mexico in the gold-medal match.

The U.S. won the team standings with 74 points, followed by Venezuela with 64 points and Canada with 45 points.

Also claiming gold medals were Michael Mangrum of Auburn, Wash.at 66 kg/145.5 lbs., Quinten Wright of Wingate, Pa. at 74 kg/163 lbs. and Kirk Smith of Boise, Idaho at 84 kg/185 lbs.

Mangrum defeated an opponent from world power Cuba in the finals, Lazaro Montez.

The U.S. added bronze medals by Desmond Moore of Easton, Pa. at 60 kg/110 lbs., Brian Owen of Spokane, Wash. at 60 kg/132 lbs. and Ben Berhow of Hayward, Minn. at 120 kg/264.5 lbs.

The team was coached by Jim Humphrey and Rob Prebish.

PAN AMERICAN JUNIOR FREESTYLE CHAMPIONSHIPS
at Cuenca, Ecuador, June 22

FS TEAM SCORES
1. USA 74
2. VEN 64
3. CAN 45

50kg DESMOND MOORE, Easton, Pa. BRONZE
1. CRISITAN NOVAS, DOM REP
2. YERI RIVERO, VEN
3. MOORE
3. SERGIO MONTAGUT, COL
5. ALEJANDRO GRIMALDI, MEX
5. MATIAS AGUIRRE, ARG

55kg NIKKO TRIGGAS, Moraga, Calif. CHAMPION
1. TRIGGAS
2. JOSE FIGUEROA, VEN, 5-1 / 0:49
3. CARLOS VASQUES, ECU
3. JOSE RAMOS, EL SAL
5. JHON SAN CLEMENTE, COL

60kg BRIAN OWEN, Spokane, Wash. BRONZE
1. ALEJANDRO VALDEZ, CUB
2. LUIS PORTILLA, EL SAL
3. OWEN
3. ELDIS FUENTE, VEN
5. FREDY PILCO, ECU
5. MARCOS AGUIRRE, ARG

66kg MICHAEL MANGRUM, Auburn, Wash. CHAMPION
1. MANGRUM
2. LAZARO MONTES, CUB
3. NELSON PEDRAZA, PER
3. PEDRO CEBALLO, VEN
5. JOSE VASQUEZ, DOM REP
5. MIGUEL BORJA, ECU

74kg QUENTIN WRIGHT, Wingate, Pa. CHAMPION
1. WRIGHT
2. POOL AMBROSIO, PER
3. JOSE MERCADO, ECU
3. CHRIS LAVERICH, CAN
5. EDUARDO GAPARDO, CHI
5. JOSEP GONZALEZ, VEN

84kg KIRK SMITH, Boise, Idaho CHAMPION
1. SMITH
2. ERIK FEUNEKES, CAN
3. JOSE DIAZ, VEN
3. JONATHAN RIO, COL
5. JUAN ESPINOZA, ECU
5. ESEQUIL CABAZOS, MEX

96kg BRENT EIDENSCHINK, Detroit Lakes, Minn. CHAMPION
1. EIDENSCHINK
2. LUIS ROMAN, MEX
3. WILLAIN SERRANO, EL SAL
3. BRAULIO VARGAS, VEN
5. BEN EAGLESTON, CAN
5. PIERO BURGOS, CHI

120kg BEN BERHOW, Hayward, Minn. BRONZE
1. ELIER ROMERO, CUB
2. GURDEEP BEESLA, CAN
3. BERHOW
3. ROBERTO MONASTERIO, VEN
5. DIEGO PONCE, ECU
5. ALBERT COTORREAL, DOM REP

June 18, 2008

Rowlands, Mocco set for rematch in the finals of U.S. Olympic Team Trials

Rowlands, Mocco set for rematch in the finals of U.S. Olympic Team Trials
Craig Sesker USA Wrestling
06/15/2008

LAS VEGAS – Tommy Rowlands and Steve Mocco staged one of the most physical, hard-fought matches of the U.S. Nationals finals.

Now they will meet with something even bigger at stake.

A berth in the Olympic Games.

Mocco breezed through the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Challenge Tournament to earn a shot at Rowlands in Sunday night’s best-of-3 freestyle finals at 120 kg/264.5 lbs.

The winner earns a trip to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. Rowlands sat out during the first session early Sunday by virtue of winning U.S. Nationals and placing fifth at the 2007 World Championships.

Another rematch of the U.S. Nationals will occur at 74 kg/163 lbs. in freestyle when champion Ben Askren meets runner-up Tyrone Lewis. They also waged a fierce, physical battle back in April’s U.S. Nationals.

2006 World Team member Andy Hrovat won the Challenge Tournament at 84 kg/185 lbs. to earn another shot at Mo Lawal in the freestyle finals. Lawal sat out the first session by virtue of winning U.S. Nationals and placing in the top 10 in the World in 2005.

Hrovat upset Lawal by pin en route to making the World Team two years ago, but Lawal beat Hrovat in the finals of the 2008 U.S. Nationals.

Damion Hahn won the Challenge Tournament at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. to earn a shot at 2007 World bronze medalist Daniel Cormier in the finals. Cormier sat out after winning U.S. Nationals and being a Top 10 finisher in the 2007 Worlds.

Past World champion Dremiel Byers will meet Challenge Tournament winner and U.S. Army teammate Tim Taylor in the Greco-Roman finals at 120 kg/264.5 lbs.

2005 World Team member Justin Ruiz will face Challenge Tournament winner Adam Wheeler in the Greco-Roman finals at 96 kg/211.5 lbs.

SUNDAY’S BEST-OF-3 FINALS MATCHUPS

Greco-Roman

96 kg/211.5 lbs.

Justin Ruiz (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) vs. Adam Wheeler (Colorado Springs, Colo./Gator WC)

120 kg/264.5 lbs.

Dremiel Byers (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) vs. Tim Taylor (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army)

Freestyle

74 kg/163 lbs.

Ben Askren (Columbia, Mo./Sunkist Kids) vs. Tyrone Lewis (Stillwater, Okla./Gator WC)

84 kg/185 lbs.

Mo Lawal (Temecula, Calif./Gator WC) vs. Andy Hrovat (Ann Arbor, Mich./New York AC)

96 kg/211.5 lbs.

Daniel Cormier (Stillwater, Okla./Gator WC) vs. Damion Hahn (Ithaca, N.Y./New York AC)

120 kg/264.5 lbs.

Tommy Rowlands (Columbus, Ohio) vs. Steve Mocco (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC)

Byers finally out of Gardner's Shadow

After so many years of chasing Rulon Gardner, Dremiel Byers learned what it was like to have Rulon Gardner chasing him.

Byers, a world-level wrestler for 10 years who was twice blocked from the Olympics by former gold medalist Gardner, won his way to the games by beating U.S. Army teammate Tim Taylor in the best-of-three U.S. Olympic Greco-Roman 264½-pound trials Sunday night.

Finally, a wrestler long accustomed to being No. 2 was No. 1, and Byers did it in a big way by catching Taylor with an underhook and dropping him for a 5-point move that decided the third and final match of their best-of-three series.

And guess who chased him across the mat for an interview once he was done? None other than Gardner, Byers' longtime rival and NBC's newest wrestling analyst.

"To come out and finish the way he did was the best thing he could have done," Gardner said. "That's going to give him a lot of confidence going into Beijing."

Think the 33-year-old Byers hasn't waited for this day since he first took up Greco-Roman wrestling a dozen years ago? Since he first won a national championship nine years ago, a remarkably long time for someone to wait to become an Olympian after proving he was good enough to be the best in the country?

"It's kind of poetic," said Byers, a 2002 world champion who choked back tears of pride and accomplishment. "I'm a romantic guy like that. There's a closeness there."

Byers feels the same way now about Taylor, a former Clearfield (Pa.) High wrestler who trains in Colorado Springs daily with Byers. The two go on hunting trips and attend parties together, and beating Taylor was as hard for Byers as beating Byers once was for Gardner.

"Other guys here are in clubs that live all over the country and come together for one event," Byers said. "In the Army, we're an actual team. We're in our (wrestling) room pounding it out every day."

Now, Byers likely will take Taylor with him to Beijing to help him prepare for the Olympics. Just as Gardner took him to the games to help Gardner prepare for winning his upset-of-a-lifetime gold medal in 2000 and bronze medal in 2004. And if Byers wants another training partner ...

"If he wants me to help him, I'm there," Gardner said.

Fittingly on a night that Gardner won, several other longtime No. 2s also came through to make the Olympic team.

At freestyle 185 pounds, Andy Hrovat beat three-time national champion Mo Lawal. In a surprise at Greco-Roman 211½ pounds, Adam Wheeler outlasted Justin Ruiz, who had won the past five national titles, three times beating Wheeler. At freestyle 264½ pounds, Steve Mocco -- the national runner-up the past five years and a three-time world team runner-up -- defeated top-seeded Tommy Rowlands, who was fifth in the world last year.

When Mocco won, family members -- including sister Katie, who competed in this weekend's judo trials -- hugged, screamed and cried upon realizing he wasn't second any longer.

"It's been a struggle, it's been a struggle for my family," said Mocco, also a two-time NCAA runner-up. "I've always come up a little bit short. But in a real tough weight class, I found a way to win."

There was one repeat Olympian on Sunday night, Daniel Cormier at freestyle 211½ pounds,

There was no doubt who is No. 1 at freestyle 163 pounds -- Ben Askren, the oh-so-confident former Missouri wrestler who needed only one year to transition from two-time NCAA champion to Olympian.

Former college stars such as the 23-year-old Askren often need a much longer indoctrination before excelling in freestyle, and Askren has adapted his style. But he hasn't eliminated the raised No. 1 fingers, the pumping fists, the crowd gestures, all of which stamp him as a nonconformist in an old, traditional sport.

"I just knew I was going to win. There was no doubt in my mind," Askren said.

That confidence, he said, comes from a relentless training regimen and an eagerness to outwork his opponents.

"I work harder than a lot of people. A lot of senior level (wrestlers) don't want to work. They don't want to be the best," Askren said.

He doesn't doubt he will win in Beijing, despite his lack of top-level international experience.

"I'm going to win a gold medal," Askren said.

The other Greco-Roman and freestyle Olympians were determined Saturday night, including 18-year-old Jake Deitchler, the first high schooler to make the U.S. team in 32 years.

June 17, 2008

2008 US Olympic Wrestling Team

2008 United States Olympic Wrestling Teams




Women

48 kg: Clarissa Chun

55 kg: Marcie Van Dusen

63 kg: Randi Miller

72 kg: Ali Bernard


Greco
55 kg: Spenser Mango

60 kg: Joe Betterman

66 kg: Jake Deitchler

74 kg: TC Dantzler

84 kg: Brad Vering

96 kg: Adam Wheeler

120 kg: Dremiel Byers

Freestyle
55 kg: Henry Cejudo

60 kg: Mike Zadick

66 kg: Doug Schwab

74 kg: Ben Askren

84 kg: Andy Hrovat

96 kg: Daniel Cormier

120 kg: Steve Mocco

Cormier makes second Olympic Team

Cormier makes second Olympic Team, Byers gets his first chance with wins at U.S. Olympic Team Trials
Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
06/15/2008

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Daniel Cormier (Stillwater, Okla./Gator WC) made his second straight Olympic team, defeating Damion Hahn (Ithaca, N.Y./New York AC) in two straight matches at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at the Thomas & Mack Center on Sunday.

Cormier placed fourth in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. He won a World bronze medal in 2007. It was his sixth straight year claiming the U.S. team spot at his weight class.

“I’m just going to train hard. It’s my second Olympic Games. I don’t want to feel like I did coming back from Athens in 2004. Losing two overtime matches in the semis and then losing the bronze medal match. I don’t want to feel that way. I’m doing everything possible to make sure I’m prepared and ready to go when I get to China. If I do that I think I’ll be okay,? said Cormier.

Cormier is the only member of the men’s freestyle Olympic Team who has competed in a previous Olympic Games. On Friday, Brad Vering (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) made his second Olympic team in Greco-Roman with a victory at 84 kg/185 lbs.

In bout number one, the first period, trailing 1-0, Cormier scored six points with a takedown and two tilts to win, 6-1. In the second period, Cormier again opened up his offense, turning Hahn to get a 6-0 technical fall.

In bout two, scored a point in each period, on a stepout in the first period and a spin behind in the second period, for a 1-1 victory and his second Olympic berth.

“I’m confident. I’m getting to the point where I am confident in my abilities and I figure if I go out and wrestle like I’m capable, I’m going to be okay. That’s pretty much what’s been happening. These guys are tough competitors. I’ve been lucky enough, blessed to stay healthy and believe in myself. It’s been leading to victories,? said Cormier.

2002 World champion Dremiel Byers (Colorado Springs, Colo./US Army) made his first Olympic Team, but needed three matches to get by U.S. Army teammate Timothy Taylor at 120 kg/264.5 lbs.

Byers won the first match, 1-1, 4-0, but fell in the second bout, 2-5, 2-1, 1-1. In the deciding third match, Byers dominated the first period, 4-0. In the second period, Byers hit a five-point high amplitude throw to immediately finish the match.

Byers talked about the challenge of facing his friend and teammate in the Championship Series with an Olympic berth at stake.

“That’s my brother from another mother. We live that everyday with our unit. We really are family. If you look around at Nationals or you look into it, we’re the only actual team. The other guys are clubs that live all over the country and come together for one event. We’re in there pounding it out everyday with each other,? said Byers.

Byers placed second at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials to archrival and friend Rulon Gardner, who won an Olympic gold in 2000 and Olympic bronze in 2004. Byers served as Gardner’s training partner at the 2004 Olympic Games.

Gardner was in attendance, serving as the color analyst for the MSNBC coverage of the Olympic Trials. Gardner hugged Byers on center mat, and conducted the television interview with him at the conclusion of the victory.

2008 U.S. Nationals champion Ben Askren (Columbia, Mo./Sunkist Kids) defeated Tyrone Lewis (Stillwater, Okla., Gator WC) in two straight matches. It was a rematch of this year’s nationals finals, also won by Askren.

A popular two-time NCAA champion for Missouri, Askren made his first World-level team in his first full season concentrating only on freestyle.

In the first match, Askren scored a leg attack takedown in each period for a 1-1, 1-1 victory.

The second match started strong for Lewis, who was trailing by a point before throwing Askren for three points with a body lock for a 6-3 win. In the second period, Askren scored twice to win 2-0. The deciding third period went to Askren, who scored a takedown on the edge early in the period and held on for the victory.

“Number one, I work harder than a lot of people. A lot of the senior level athletes don’t want to work hard, they want to do that. Number two, I leave my mind open, I’m looking for everybody. I’m watching the Russians, I’m watching the World Champs, I’m watching them and I’m picking everything up.?

Four of the series went the full three matches, adding great drama to the final night of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials event.

At 84 kg/185 lbs., 2006 U.S. World Team member Andy Hrovat (Ann Arbor, Mich./New York AC) defeated 2005 U.S. World Team member Mo Lawal, (Temecula, Calif./Sunkist Kids) in three bouts.

Lawal won the first match, 1-1, 1-0. In the first period, after Hrovat scored on a stepout, Lawal hit a takedown with just five seconds left to win the period by scoring the last point. In the second period, he scored the only takedown of the period.

In the second match, Lawal scored the only takedown of the first period to take it 1-0. In the second period, there were no takedowns and Lawal won the coin toss. Hrovat scored a two-point counter chestlock to win period two, 2-0. With time running out in the third period, Lawal shot a double on Hrovat on the edge, but Hrovat hit another three-point chestlock to take the period 3-0 and tie up the series.

In the deciding third match, Lawal won the first period with a takedown, 1-0. The second period was scoreless, and Hrovat won the toss, scoring a takedown from the clinch, 1-0. The third and deciding period, Lawal scored a takedown out of bounds with 43 seconds left. Hrovat scored two points with seven seconds left, getting an exposure on a scramble. Although Lawal scored a takedown with two seconds left to tie the match at 2-2, Hrovat earned the spot by scoring the highest point move of the period.

Lawal had defeated Hrovat in the finals of the U.S. Nationals in 2008. Hrovat defeated Lawal at the World Team Trials in 2006 on the way to his first World Championships appearance.

At 120 kg/264.5 lbs. in freestyle, Steve Mocco (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) by defeating 2007 World Team member Tommy Rowlands (Columbus, Ohio/New York AC) in three bouts.

Mocco won the first match in two straight periods, 1-0, 1-0. In the first period, Mocco scored a takedown from the clinch. In the second period, Rowlands stepped out of bounds, giving Mocco the only point of the period.

Rowlands won the second match in two periods. He scored a three-point takedown from the clinch in the first period for a 3-0 score, then got the only point in the second period on when Mocco went out of bounds on a scramble.

The deciding third match was all Mocco, who scored a pushout to win the first period, 1-0, then two takedowns in the second period to score the victory and a spot on the U.S. World Team.

In Greco-Roman, there was an upset at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. when Adam Wheeler (Colorado Springs, Colo./Gator WC) defeated 2005 World bronze medalist Justin Ruiz (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) in three matches.

Ruiz had advanced directly to the Championship Series finals after winning U.S. Nationals and having placed in the top five of the World during the last three years. Ruiz has competed on four U.S. World Teams, while Wheeler made his first U.S. team.

Wheeler won the first period, 2-2, turning Ruiz for exposure in the final par terre segment. In the second period, Ruiz won 1-1 by scoring the last point by defending from par terre. The last period went to Wheeler by a 1-1 score, as he received the final point defending from par terre.

In the second match, Ruiz got his offense going, hitting a gutwrench in the first period, and scoring on a two-point penalty and a reversal in the second period to win the match, 3-0, 4-0.

In the third and final match went without a point scored on the feet. Ruiz won the first period, 1-1, by scoring the last point from the defensive position in par terre. Wheeler won the second period, 1-1, scoring the last point on defense. In the third and final period, Ruiz lost the flip and defended first, but Wheeler was able to score a point when Ruiz stepped out of bounds. In the last 30-second par terre position, Ruiz was unable to turn Wheeler, almost getting a lift but running out of time, giving the period to Wheeler.

June 15, 2008

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June 13, 2008

Ex Badger grappler Kemp to be inducted into International Wrestling Hall of Fame

Former Wisconsin wrestler Lee Kemp can add another accolade to his long list of accomplishments. The three-time NCAA Champion will be inducted into the International Wrestling Hall of Fame on Aug. 21 during this summer's Olympics in Beijing.

Kemp wrestled at Wisconsin from 1975-78 and still holds the school record for most career falls (47) and career winning percentage (.957).

After his time at Wisconsin, Kemp went on to become a three-time Freestyle World Champion (1978, 1979 and 1982) at 163 lbs., and he took home a bronze medal at the 1981 World Championships.

Kemp earned a spot on the 1980 U.S. Olympic Freestyle team but did not get to compete because of the U.S. boycott on the Olympic Games that were in Moscow that year. Kemp will not only be in Beijing this summer for the induction ceremony but also to serve as an assistant coach on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Freestyle team.

Each new member will be permanently recognized at the International Wrestling Hall of Fame at FILA Headquarters in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland and at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA. The inaugural class of the FILA International Wrestling Hall of Fame members was inducted in 2003. Since then, 49 members have been inducted.

June 10, 2008

Iran's Olympic Freestyle Wrestling Lineup

In an Olympic year, it sure would be nice to have Olympic Games Champion Cael Sanderson in the US Lineup..

Check out IRAN:
55kg: ?
60kg: Morad Mohammadi (Mazandaran)
66kg: Mehdi Taghavi (Mazandaran)
74kg: ?
84kg: Reza Yazdani (Mazandaran)
96kg: ?
120kg: Fardin Masoumi (Gilan)

invited wrestlers for training camp :

55kg: Abbas Dabbaghi, Hassan Rahimi
74kg: Meisam Jokar, Majid Mohammadi
96kg: Saeid Amiri, Alireza Robatmoradi, Abazar Eslami, Saeid Ebrahimi

Russian Nationals Videos (Russian Olympic Qualifier Wrestling Videos)

So here's the deal, Flowrestling went to Russia and taped about 100 matches. They are feeding in as I type this and should give you just about total coverage of this weeks Russian Nationals. All finals are up, so check out the flo wrestling videos!

June 7, 2008

U.S. Olympic Team Trials preview in men's freestyle at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. Craig Sesker USA Wrestling 06/06/2008 Daniel Cormier is looking to build on a strong 2007 when he won his first World-level medal by taking a. bronze medal at the 2007 Worlds. Cormie

U.S. Olympic Team Trials preview in men's freestyle at 96 kg/211.5 lbs.
Craig Sesker USA Wrestling
06/06/2008

Daniel Cormier is looking to build on a strong 2007 when he won his first World-level medal by taking a. bronze medal at the 2007 Worlds. Cormier is heavily favored to make his second straight Olympic Team in 2008.

Cormier has clinched a spot in the best-of-3 finals for the Olympic Trials. He was fourth in the 2000 Olympic Games, and has won six straight U.S. Nationals titles

Among the wrestlers looking to knock off Cormier are Nik Fekete, Willie Parks, Kurt Backes, Damion Hahn, Max Askren and Nick Preston. Cormier swept Fekete 7-0, 2-0 in the finals of the 2008 U.S. Nationals. Parks, a past NAIA champion for Dana College, has made a quick transition to freestyle and placed third at U.S. Nationals. The burly, physical Parks beat Backes, a past NCAA runner-up for Iowa State, in the third-place match at U.S. Nationals.

Hahn, a two-time NCAA champion for Minnesota, placed fifth at U.S. Nationals. Hahn took third at the 2007 World Team Trials.

Max Askren, Ben’s younger brother, wrestled well in placing sixth at U.S. Nationals. Askren, a 197-pound All-American for Missouri, is a bit undersized in this division but is an excellent young prospect in freestyle. He is a past Junior World Team member.

Sean Stender and Kyle Cerminara are two other wrestlers to keep an eye on in this class. Both have had considerable success on the Senior level, but did not place at the U.S. Nationals. College wrestlers Brent Jones of Virginia and Konrad Dudziak of Duke round out the qualifiers at this division.

2008 U.S. Nationals results

1st – Daniel Cormier, Stillwater, Okla. (Gator Wrestling Club) dec. Nik Fekete, Iowa City Iowa (New York AC), 7-0, 2-0

3rd – Willie Parks, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army) dec. Kurt Backes, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids), 0-1, 2-0, 1-0

5th – Damion Hahn, Ithaca, N.Y. (New York Athletic Club) dec. Max Askren, Hartland, Wis. (Sunkist Kids), 7-0, 3-0

7th – Nick Preston, Columbus, Ohio (Sunkist Kids) dec. Konrad Dudziak, Bayonne, N.J. (New York AC), 1-0, 3-0

2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Pre-Seeds

Qualified for Best-of-3 finals: Daniel Cormier, Stillwater, Okla. (Gator WC)

Challenge Tournament Seeds
1. Nik Fekete, Iowa City, Iowa (New York AC)
2. Willie Parks, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)
3. Kurt Backes, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids)
4. Damion Hahn, Ithaca, N.Y. (New York AC)
5. Max Askren, Hartland, Wis. (Sunkist Kids)
6. Nick Preston, Columbus, Ohio (Sunkist Kids)
7. Konrad Dudziak, Bayonne, N.J. (New York AC)
8. Sean Stender, Cedar Falls, Iowa (Sunkist Kids)
9. Kyle Cerminara, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
10. Brent Jones, Burke, Va. (Cavalier WC)

June 5, 2008

Lawal, Dantzler, Van Dusen talk about preparation for U.S. Olympic Team Trials

Lawal, Dantzler, Van Dusen talk about preparation for U.S. Olympic Team Trials
USOC
06/03/2008

Three of the top U.S. wrestlers in the nation, national champions Mo Lawal (Temecula, Calif./Sunkist Kids), T.C. Dantzler (Colorado Springs, Colo./Gator WC) and Marcie Van Dusen (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) answered questions from reporters on a special USOC media teleconference on Tuesday.

All three are just days away from pursuing a lifelong dream when they compete at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at the Thomas and Mack Center at Las Vegas, Nev., June 13-15. They have advanced to the Championship Series of their weight class, and have to win a best-of-three series against a Challenge Tournament champion to make their first U.S. Olympic Team.

Men’s freestyle wrestler Mo Lawal discussed how he does Mixed Martial Arts as a way to crosstrain for freestyle wrestling.

“I feel my MMA helps. I use it for crosstraining,? said Lawal. “It keeps me on my toes. It helps get different parts of my body, I always ready. It keeps me fresh. After awhile, just wrestling over and over again gets boring. Put on the gloves, hit somebody, or tap somebody out. It keeps things exciting. It has helped me so far. I won the Nationals on one leg I have been training MMA and wrestling at the same time. I will keep doing what I am doing.?

Lawal was asked about who he expects to face in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials finals. He did not want to predict it, nor did he care.

“I have no idea honestly. My toughest opponent is myself. I look at everybody else as somebody who is coming to take second place. They will have to beat each other up to get to me. I am fresh. Anything can happen. I saw Joe Williams get beat by BJ Padden, Jake Herbert get beat by Bryce Hasseman. You have the Jamill Kelly story, where Jamill comes in and beats everybody. You never know what happens. I am taking on all bums. Whoever steps up is gonna get beat.?

Lawal continued by talking about how his training will make the difference.

“I am traning hard and I’m pretty sure they are training hard. The one thing I have on my side is I am training hard and smart. You have to be tough and smart at the same time. That is what a lot of guys are lacking in my weight class. They are tough and dumb. I am tough and smart. That is what is going to separate us,? said Lawal.

T.C. Dantzler talked about the challenge of qualifying his weight class for the Olympics and what his year has been like during the process.

“This has been a busy year for me. I knew going into this year, since I didn’t have the weight class qualified heading into January, I knew I had to do things differently in regards to picking up my training,? said Dantzler. “I knew this year I had to pick it up and do things a little differently to prepare for the qualifier that was in Rome… The Nationals was two weeks before Rome, the first Olympic qualifier. I opted to wrestle at Nationals as a tuneup tournament. I just looked at that as a training champ. It was a good opportunity to get the best guys in the country to help me finetune some things. I went to the Rome qualifier and I placed third which was good enough to qualify. I beat a World Champion on the way to qualify that weight class. Everything paid off in regards to my training. Now I have to take that last step, to get on the U.S. team and get that gold medal.?

Dantzler also discussed the championship series, and who might be his opponent for the U.S. Olympic Team spot.

“All of those guys gotta get to me. I see it as the Mini-Tournament as a tournament for true second. I already claimed it. I claimed it when I went to Rome and I qualified the United States for that weight class. The weight class wasn’t qualified in 2004. I am not going to let anybody take it from me. I see it as a tournament for second. I’m not going to let anybody come through that tournament and take it from me. I have already claimed it. Whoever comes through that tournament, it doesn’t matter. I’ve beaten three World champions in the last seven months. That’s my weight class,? said Dantzler.

Marcie Van Dusen talked about her big victory over Japan’s previously unbeaten Saori Yoshida of Japan during the World Cup in January.

“It is a big boost, beating somebody that you have a lot of respect for, who has proven over and over again that they are a good athlete,? said Van Dusen. “It was on my list of things to do. It was another step I had to take. The fact that I have that in my pocket to know I am capable of those things. I knew it before. If I can beat an Olympic and World champion, then I can win an Olympic gold medal.?

Van Dusen also talked about who her Olympic Trials opponent might be, and how she is preparing for that challenge.

“There are about four girls I think could possibly make it out. Like Mo said, my toughest competition is myself, being ready myself. I’ve already done all the work. Now is not the time to do any extra work. I feel more confident. I’ve already done everything I have to do; now I have to get ready for Trials. It is the Olympic year, you never know who will come out.It is a fight every time. It is exciting to watch; it’s a really fun tournament to watch. It could be anybody. I’m going to prepare myself and be ready for whoever comes out and know I am better than them and they have to come out and beat me.?

Also on the conference call were judo athletes Ryan Reser and Rhonda Rousey. Judo will be conducting its Olympic Trials alongside wrestling in Las Vegas.

U.S. Olympic Team Trials preview in men's freestyle at 66 kg/145.5 lbs.

U.S. Olympic Team Trials preview in men's freestyle at 66 kg/145.5 lbs.
Craig Sesker USA Wrestling
06/04/2008

This typically is one of the deepest – and most wide-open weight classes – in this country. And this year is no exception.

Doug Schwab made his first World Team last year and finished fifth at the 2007 World Championships. Schwab looked very strong and very confident in winning the U.S. Nationals. Schwab downed 2006 World champion Bill Zadick in the finals of U.S. Nationals. Both periods came down to the clinch. Schwab won two coin flips before capitalizing in the leg clinch.

Schwab’s win sends him into the best-of-3 finals at the Olympic Trials, giving him a clear edge over the rest of the field. Zadick, who missed nearly all of 2007 with injuries, looks strong again and is a legitimate threat to make his first Olympic Team. Zadick is still very good on his feet, and is difficult to take down.

Jared Frayer, who lost a tough, three-period match against Schwab in the semifinals of U.S. Nationals, is very dangerous and very talented. Frayer came back from the loss to Schwab and placed third at U.S. Nationals. Veteran Chris Bono, a past World Team member, also will be in the mix here. The head coach at Tennessee-Chattanooga is a smart wrestler who is difficult to score on.

2008 NCAA wrestling champion and Hodge Trophy winner Brent Metcalf of Iowa can’t be overlooked in this weight class. Metcalf, despite limited time on the mat wrestling freestyle, finished fifth at U.S. Nationals. Zack Esposito is another guy who has been a contender in this weight class and has the ability to be in the hunt as well.

Trent Paulson has been one of the biggest surprises in this weight class. Paulson dropped down a weight class before winning the Dave Schultz Memorial International and the Kiev International this year. Paulson placed seventh at U.S. Nationals. Past National Team member Eric Larkin is another wrestler capable of winning some big matches in this division. Past World medalist and Olympian Cary Kolat is back wrestling again. Kolat won the Sunkist Kids International Open last fall.

2008 U.S. Nationals results

1st – Doug Schwab, Iowa City, Iowa (Gator WC) dec. Bill Zadick, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC), 1-0, 3-0

3rd – Jared Frayer, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC) dec. Chris Bono, Ringold, Ga. (Sunkist Kids), 1-0, 5-1

5th – Brent Metcalf, Davison, Mich. (Gator WC) inj. dft. Zack Esposito, Stillwater, OK (Gator Wrestling Club),

7th – Trent Paulson, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids) dec. Eric Larkin, Tempe, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids), 0-1, 1-1, 2-1

2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Pre-Seeds

Qualified for Best-of-3 finals: Doug Schwab, Iowa City, Iowa (Gator WC)

Challenge Tournament Seeds
1. Bill Zadick, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC)
2. Jared Frayer, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC)
3. Chris Bono, Ringgold, Ga. (Sunkist Kids)
4. Brent Metcalf, Davison, Mich. (Gator WC)
5. Zack Esposito, Stillwater, Okla. (Gator WC)
6. Trent Paulson, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids)
7. Eric Larkin, Tempe, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids)
8. Cary Kolat, Baltimore, Md. (Sunkist Kids)
9. Jesse Jantzen, Cambridge, Mass. (New York AC)
10. Joe Johnston, Iowa City, Iowa (Hawkeye WC)
11. Phillip Simpson, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)
12. Jerrod Sanders, Raleigh, N.C. (Unattached)
13. Nathaniel Holt, Provo, Utah (Chippewa WC)

June 4, 2008

U.S. Olympic Team Trials preview in men's freestyle at 60 kg/132 lbs.

U.S. Olympic Team Trials preview in men's freestyle at 60 kg/132 lbs.
Craig Sesker USA Wrestling
06/03/2008

The U.S. has not qualified this weight class for the Olympics, but fans can still expect a tough, hard-fought battle in this weight class. Wrestlers in this division are still vying for three spots on the U.S. National Team.

2006 World silver medalist Mike Zadick made the World Team again in 2007, but lost in the first round and was eliminated. Nate Gallick, who beat Zadick in the finals of the 2007 U.S. Nationals, is a top contender in this division. Gallick is a past World University Games champion. Gallick lost to Zadick in a Special Wrestle-Off for a spot on the 2007 U.S. World Team.

Shawn Bunch, one of the quickest and most explosive wrestlers in any weight class, won the U.S. Nationals. Zadick and Gallick sat out the event after trying to qualify the U.S. for the Olympics at events in Europe. 2008 NCAA champion Coleman Scott of Oklahoma State proved he could be a force in freestyle after finishing second at U.S. Nationals. Scott is a past Junior World Team member.

Two-time NCAA champion Teyon Ware has dropped back down to this weight class and took third at U.S. Nationals. Past NCAA runner-up Dylan Long was fourth at U.S. Nationals. 2005 World Team member Michael Lightner is back on the mat this year and placed fifth at U.S. Nationals. Zach Roberson, third in the 2007 World Team Trials, ended up in sixth place at U.S. Nationals.

Angel Cejudo is another very talented wrestler in this weight class. Cejudo won the Dave Schultz Memorial International earlier this year. Cejudo has struggled to make weight in this class, but could be a force if he is able to drop down for the Olympic Trials.

2008 U.S. Nationals results

1st – Shawn Bunch, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC) dec. Coleman Scott, Waynesburg, Pa. (Gator WC), 4-0, 1-0

3rd – Teyon Ware, Oklahoma City, Okla. (New York AC) dec. Dylan Long, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids), 5-1, 1-0

5th – Michael Lightner, Norman, Okla. (Sunkist Kids) inj. dft. over Zach Roberson, Tempe, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids),

7th – Drew Headlee, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Pittsburgh) dec. Franklin Gomez, Brandon, Fla. (Michigan WC), 3-2, 6-0

2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Pre-Seeds

1. Shawn Bunch, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC)
2. Coleman Scott, Stillwater, Okla. (Gator WC)
3. Mike Zadick, Solon, Iowa (Gator WC)
4. Nate Gallick, Chattanooga, Tenn. (Sunkist Kids)
5. Teyon Ware, Oklahoma City, Okla. (New York AC)
6. Dylan Long, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids)
7. Michael Lightner, Norman, Okla. (Sunkist Kids)
8. Zach Roberson, Tempe, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids)
9. Angel Cejudo, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
10. Drew Headlee, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Pittsburgh)
11. Daniel Dennis, Ingleside, Ill. (Iowa)
12. Darrell Vasquez, Cambridge, Mass. (New York AC)

June 1, 2008

Four inducted into amateur wrestling Hall of Fame

Olympic gold medalist Bobby Weaver, former world champion Mike Houck and three-time NCAA champions Ricky Bonomo and Wayne Martin were inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Weaver won the gold medal in the light-flyweight class at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, when the U.S. had seven freestyle champions. The Pennsylvania native who wrestled at Lehigh finished third in the 1982 NCAA championships and also won a silver medal at the 1979 world championships.

Houck won the United States' first Greco-Roman world championship in 1985 and later served as coach of the U.S. Olympic team that won two medals at the 1992 Barcelona Games. The Minnesota native also won two Christian College national titles wrestling at Maranatha Baptist Bible College.

Bonomo won national championships at 118 pounds from 1985-87 for Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania.

Martin, who was honored posthumously, was the first person to win NCAA wrestling titles at three different weight classes. He was the 134-pound champion in 1934, the 145-pound champion in 1935 and the 135-pound champion in 1936 at Oklahoma.

May 25, 2008

Burroughs wins FILA Junior World Team Trials

Burroughs wins FILA Junior World Team Trials
5/25/2008
University of Nebraska Sports Information

Lincoln -- Nebraska All-America wrestler Jordan Burroughs translated his success for the Huskers to the international level on Saturday as he won the 66 kilogram (145.5 pound) division of the FILA Junior World Team Trials in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Burroughs, wrestling in the freestyle division, defeated Michigan's Kellen Russell in two consecutive sets (5-0, 4-0 in the first and 6-0, 4-0 in the second) to win the best-of-three series and claim a spot on the U.S. world team.

"This is a good step towards making the 2012 Olympic team," Head Coach Mark Manning said. "[FILA World Championships] is a good opportunity to wrestle some of the best kids in the world at his age level."

Burroughs will now travel with the U.S. delegation to the FILA World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, from July 29 to Aug. 3. Manning will also travel with him as a coach for the U.S. team.

The Sicklerville, N.J. native qualified for the FILA Junior World Team Trials by winning the FILA Junior National Championships in Las Vegas last month. The national championship automatically qualified him for the finals at the world team trials.

Burroughs, a sophomore, claimed his first All-America honors in March with a third-place finish at 149 pounds.

Sanders, Provisor need three matches to win FILA Junior World Team Trials on Sunday

Sanders, Provisor need three matches to win FILA Junior World Team Trials on Sunday
Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
05/25/2008

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. – There was great drama in key matchups in both freestyle and Greco-Roman at the FILA Junior World Team Trials at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

Freestyle champion Zach Sanders of the Minnesota Storm and Greco-Roman champion Ben Provisor of the Dennis Hall World Gold WC needed three bouts in their Championship Series to earn their spots on the FILA Junior World Team.

Champions in each weight class qualified for the 2008 U.S. Junior World Team. The Junior World Championships will be held in Istanbul, Turkey from July 29 to August 3.

Sanders, a freshman at the Univ. of Minnesota, won the 55 kg/121 lbs. division in an intense battle with Ohio high school junior David Taylor, a member of the 2007 Junior World Team.

Sanders won the first match, 4-1, 2-1, with a key three-point takedown in the last seconds of the first period. Taylor bounced back with a second period pin in the second match, 2-3, 1:07. The deciding third match went into the third period, where Sanders scored three takedowns to emerge with a dramatic 4-2, 1-1, 3-0 victory.

“I had to keep attacking and wrestle my style,? said Sanders. “He is kind of funky. I had to stay clear of that stuff. I had to wrestle basic.?

Sanders will be competing on his first U.S. World Team.

“It feels really good. I set this as my goal. I set the goal a year ago. To win a big tournament this spring is great. It will be cool to go overseas. This is my first one. I have won national tournaments, but nothing that lets you go overseas,? said Sanders.

Provisor, a 2008 University Nationals champion, had an intense three-match battle with Talon Knox of the USOEC in the finals at 74 kg/163 lbs.Knox won the first match, 1-1, 0-4, 1-0, but Provisor rebounded with a 4-0, 0-2, 1-1 in the second match. With the team spot on the line, Provisor shut out Knox, 2-0, 2-0.

Coaching Provisor in the finals was his regular club coach Dennis Hall, a 1995 World champion and 1996 Olympic silver medalist, along with past U.S. World Team member Keith Sieracki. Provisor is a native of Wisconsin, and both Hall and Sieracki also came from Wisconsin.

“I have got to attack more on my feet. I wrestled all right, I guess. I need to get in even better shape,? said Provisor. “I stepped up my defense in the second and third matches. I became more confident. I can’t wait. It will be fun to be here (Colorado Springs) for a month, get in the best shape of my life, and go compete for a World medal.?

Provisor gives credit to Hall for helping him to improve as a wrestler.

“Dennis is like my dad. I talk to him every day. I train with him every week. We are best of friends. It is great having that kind of person around for you,? said Provisor.

Earning a spot on the Junior World freestyle team for the second straight year was Colorado high school star Tyler Graff of the New York AC, who defeated 2008 FILA Junior Nationals champion Dylan Alton of the New York AC in two straight matches at 60 kg/132 lbs.

Graff came back in the first match after losing the first period. He tired out Alton and opened up his offense, scoring a third period technical fall with multiple gutwrench turns for a 0-1 ,3-3, 9-3 victory. In the second match, Graff scored all of the points in a 2-0, 6-0 victory.

Graff competed at the 2007 Junior World Championships at 55 kg/121 lbs. Graff has signed to compete at the Univ. of Wisconsin.

“I am happy with the win but not with the performance,? said Graff. “I felt I could have done better. I thank God for the victory and am grateful for the outcome. This is a great opportunity for me. This has been a goal of mine since last year, when I sat and watched my weight class and saw them give the gold to the Russian. It inspired me to want to return and be a World champion.?

Claiming a freestyle title was Jordan Burroughs of the Sunkist Kids, a NCAA All-American from the Univ. of Nebraska. Burroughs, a 2008 University Nationals champion, won the 66 kg/145.5 lbs. division with two straight victories over Univ. of Michigan star Kellen Russell of the Cliff Keen WC.

“I only had to wrestle twice. I was happy to wrestle well,? said Burroughs.?He’s a tough kid. He had a good season this year. It was a tough match for me. I am really excited, because for the first time I will get to wrestle outside the United States. My goal is to win there. That is always my No. 1 goal.?

The other individual champion was Pennsylvania prep star Mark Rappo of the Sunkist Kids at 110 pounds, a recruit for the Univ. of Pennsylvania. Rappo defeated 2008 University Nationals champion Desmond Moore of Penn State, 3-0, 6-0 in bout one and 4-1, 8-1 in bout two.

The U.S. Olympic Education Center program from Northern Michigan Univ. won the other three Greco-Roman titles, as Zach Nielson of the Minnesota Storm at 84 kg/185 lbs., Michael Rossetti of the USOEC at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. and Peter Kowalczuk of the Sunkist Kids/USOEC at 120 kg/264.5 lbs. All three won their Championship Series in two straight matches, and all three will be competing on their first University World Team.

“I am really excited. I am psyched. I am jumping at the chance to wrestle against foreign kids. I have been training all year for this, and am excited I get to go,? said Nielsen. “I have grown a lot at the USOEC. When I arrived this year, I was getting thrown around. I received positive encouragement from my partners and coaches. I am glad I am there. I am excited for the future.?

FILA JUNIOR WORLD TEAM TRIALS
At Colorado Springs, Colo., May 24

Freestyle Championship Series

50 kg/110 lbs.
Mark Rappo (Sunkist Kids) dec. Desmond Moore (Penn State), 3-0, 6-0
Mark Rappo (Sunkist Kids) dec. Desmond Moore (Penn State), 4-1, 8-1
Rappo won series, 2 matches to 0

55 kg/121 lb.s
Zach Sanders (Minnesota Storm) dec. David Taylor (Mat Rats), 4-1, 2-1
David Taylor (Mat Rats) pin Zach Sanders (Minnesota Storm), 2-3, 1:07
Zach Sanders (Minnesota Storm) dec. David Taylor (Mat Rats), 4-2, 1-1, 3-0
Sanders won series, 2 matches to 1

60 kg/132 lbs.
Tyler Graff (New York AC) dec. Dylan Alton (New York AC), 0-1 ,3-3, 9-3
Tyler Graff (NYAC) dec. Dylan Alton (New York AC), 2-0, 6-0
Graff won series, 2 matches to 0

66 kg/145.5 lbs.
Jordan Burroughs (Sunkist Kids) dec. Kellen Russell (Cliff Keen), 6-0, 4-1
Jordan Burroughs (Sunkist Kids) dec. Kellen Russell (Cliff Keen), 4-0, 4-0
Burroughs won series, 2 matches to 0

Greco-Roman Championship Series

74 kg/163 lbs.
Talon Knox (USOEC) dec. Ben Provisor (DennisHall/WorldGoldWrestling), 1-1, 0-4, 0-0
Ben Provisor (DennisHall/WorldGoldWrestling) dec. Talon Knox (USOEC), 4-0, 0-2, 1-1
Ben Provisor (DennisHall/WorldGoldWrestling) dec. Talon Knox (USOEC), 2-0, 2-0
Provisor won series, 2 matches to 1

84 kg/185 lbs.
Zac Nielsen (Minnesota Storm) tech. fall Chris Bullins (McMichael), 6-0, 5-0
Zac Nielsen (Minnesota Storm) dec. Chris Bullins (McMichael), 4-1, 6-0
Nielsen won series, 2 matches to 0

96 kg/211.5 lbs.
Michael Rossetti (USOEC) dec. Brent Eidenshink (Minnesota Storm), 5-1, 3-1
Michael Rossetti (USOEC) dec. Brent Eidenshink (Minnesota Storm) , 3-1, 6-0
Rossetti won series, 2 matches to 0

120 kg/264.5 lbs.
Peter Kowalczuk (Sunkist Kids/ USOEC) dec. Nathan Schwartz (Cleveland WC), 3-1, 6-0
Peter Kowalczuk (Sunkist Kids/ USOEC) dec. Nathan Schwartz (Cleveland WC), 3-1, 7-0
Kowalczuk won series, 2 matches to 0

Hazewinkel, Mango, Gavin, Herbert among winners at University World Team Trials on Saturday

Hazewinkel, Mango, Gavin, Herbert among winners at University World Team Trials on Saturday
Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
05/25/2008

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. – A number of top stars on the Senior level were able to capture titles on the final day of the University World Team Trials at the U.S. Olympic Training Center on Saturday.

In the Greco-Roman division, past U.S. Nationals champions Sam Hazewinkel of the Gator WC and Spencer Mango of the Gator WC were among the winners of Saturday night’s Championship Series.

In freestyle, 2008 NCAA champion Keith Gavin of the New York AC and 2007 NCAA champion Jake Herbert of the New York AC were also winners of their Championships Series.

Champions earned a spot on the 2008 U.S. University World Team. The World University Championships are set to take place in Thessaloniki, Greece, July 9-13.

Hazewinkel, Mango, Gavin and Herbert will also compete at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Las Vegas, Nev., June 13-15. In addition to wrestling for a spot on the University World Team, these athletes, along with many others, were using this as a tuneup for the Olympic Trials.

Hazewinkel, a 2007 U.S. Nationals champion, won the 55 kg/121 lbs. division with two dominant wins over 2008 University Nationals champion Nikko Triggas of Ohio State. Hazewinkel won the first match, 5-1, 5-1 and scored a 7-0, 6-0 technical fall in the second match.

“I was debating whether or not it was smart to wrestle here,? said Hazewinkel. “You never go wrong wrestling matches. It was good to make the weight again and keep from getting too big. It was all around good for me. In the past, I didn’t do the University Worlds because I focused on making the Senior team. I was looking at it wrong, I should have gotten that experience. You learn as you go along.?

Mango, a 2008 U.S. Nationals champion at 55 kg/121 lbs., moved up to 60 kg/132 lbs. and needed three matches to defeat Donovan Depatto of the U.S. Marines, Mango won the first bout, 5-1, 3-1, but Depatto claimed the second bout with a surprise 1-1, 3-2 win. In the deciding third match, Mango laced up his wrestling shoes and opened up his offense to score a technical fall victory, 7-0, 6-0.

Mango had also defeated Depatto in the finals of the 2007 and 2008 University Nationals. Mango was a 2006 World University champion, and will have another chance at winning a medal this summer.

“I was only planning on wrestling twice,? said Mango. “I had a bad second match. I put it together the third match and wrestled my match. It is nice making this team. It is a chance to get a little more competition this summer before the Olympics. I am looking forward to that.?

Gavin, who won his 2008 NCAA title for the Univ. of Pittsburgh, defeated Eric Luedke of Iowa in two straight matches at 74 kg/163 lbs. Gavin lost the first period of bout one, but battled back to win 4-4, 6-2, 3-0. In the second match, Gavin was in control for a 7-0, 5-2 victory. Gavin was a 2008 University Nationals champion.

“I felt good. The first match, I was a little sluggish. I got better as it went along. I am really excited. It should be a great experience to get an international experience,? said Gavin. “Right now, I need as many freestyle matches as possible to help me make the adjustment quicker. I think I keep improving. I’ll be excited to get to the Olympic Trials to see how I do.?

At 84 kg/185 lbs., Herbert was in control in a two-match victory over Phillip Keddy of Iowa. Herbert won the first bout, 5-3, 5-1, then captured the second match, 2-1, 4-0. Herbert was a 2007 NCAA champion for Northwestern, and has taken an Olympic redshirt year this season to pursue a spot on the Olympic team. It will be Herbert’s second University World team.

“I was there in 2006 and got bronze. I look to go in 2008 and get gold,? said Herbert. “I have been there once and know what it is about. This is also my early warmup for the Olympic Trials and the Olympic Games. It is progressing great. I am ready to go. Now I need to get mentally ready, getting my body and mind feeling good.?

The other University Nationals champions on Saturday in freestyle were Konrad Dudziak of the New York AC at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. and Tervel Dlagnev of the Sunkist Kids at 120 kg/264.5 lbs.

Dudziak, who is taking an Olympic redshirt year from Duke, defeated 2008 University Nationals champion Brent Jones of the Cavalier WC in two straight, 4-4, 3-0 in bout one and 3-0, 3-0 in bout two.

Dlagnev, a two-time NCAA Div. II champion from Nebraska-Kearney, swept Aaron Anspach of Penn State in two matches. Dlagnev won the first match 2-0, 1-0 and the second match, 5-3, 6-0.

“I am super excited,? said Dlagnev. “It is an honor. I have not been overseas on a tour yet. This is a step in the right direction, and there is a lot more to come.?

The final Greco-Roman champion was top seeded Jacob Curby of the Gator WC at 66 kg/145.5 lbs. , who dominated Chad Vandiver in the finals. Curby scored a 6-0, 7-0 technical fall in bout one, and pinned Vandiver in 55 seconds in bout two.

“It feels good,? said Curby. “I wanted to get a good tuneup before the Olympic Trials. “This is my second University World Team. This time I go with higher expectations. I hope to win a medal.?

UNIVERSITY WORLD TEAM TRIALS
At Colorado Springs, Colo., May 24

Freestyle Championship Series

74 kg/163 lbs.
Keith Gavin (New York AC) dec. Eric Luedke (Iowa), 4-4, 6-2, 3-0
Keith Gavin (New York AC) dec. Eric Luedke (Iowa), 7-0, 5-2
Gavin won series, 2 matches to 0

84 kg/185 lbs.
Jake Herbert (New York AC) dec. Phillip Keddy (Iowa), 5-3, 5-1
Jake Herbert (New York AC) dec. Phillip Keddy (Iowa), 2-1, 4-0
Herbert won series, 2 matches to 0

96 kg/211.5 lbs.
Konrad Dudziak (New York AC) dec. Brent Jones (Cavalier WC), 4-4, 3-0
Konrad Dudziak (New York AC) dec. Brent Jones (Cavalier WC), 3-0, 3-0
Dudziak won series, 2 matches to 0

120 kg/264.5 lbs.
Tervel Dlagnev (Sunkist Kids) dec. Aaron Anspach (Penn State), 2-0, 1-0
Tervel Dlagnev (Sunkist Kids) dec. Aaron Anspach (Penn State), 5-3, 6-0
Dlagnev won series, 2 matches to 0

Greco-Roman Championship Series

55 kg/121 lbs.
Sam Hazewinkel (Gator WC) dec. Nikko Triggas (Ohio State), 5-1, 5-1
Sam Hazewinkel (Gator WC) tech. fall Nikko Triggas (Ohio State), 7-0, 6-0
Hazewinkel won series, 2 matches to 0

60 kg/132 lbs.
Spenser Mango (Gator WC) dec. Donovan Depatto (U.S. Marines), 5-1, 3-1
Donovan Depatto (U.S. Marines) dec. Spenser Mango (Gator WC), 1-1, 3-2
Spenser Mango (Gator WC) tech fall. Donovan Depatto (U.S. Marines), 7-0, 6-0
Mango won series, 2 matches to 1

66 kg/145.5 lbs.
Jacob Curby (Gator WC) tech. fall Chad Vandiver (unattached), 6-0, 7-0
Jacob Curby (Gator WC) pin Chad Vandiver (unattached), 0:55
Curby won series, 2 matches to 0

May 20, 2008

Tough competition at Body Bar sees only two repeat champions

Tough competition at Body Bar sees only two repeat champions
Elizabeth Wiley USA Wrestling
05/17/2008

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Julia Long of Wyoming and Lily DeAragon of Idaho were the only wrestlers to repeat as champions at the 2008 Body Bar Women’s Nationals, May 17.

Long repeated at 71-73 lbs up from 62-68 lbs. a year ago. Long performances included a pin and a technical fall as she cruised to the top spot.

In the 77-86 lbs. weight class DeAragon had to technical falls and a pin to dominate the competition. Last year, DeAragon was the gold medalist at 75-77 lbs.

In the 7th-8th grade division Jennifer Orr outplaced fellow Wyoming-native and two-time runner-up Emily Smith at 150-169 lbs., to claim the title.

Katie Agey of Iowa improved on her second place finish in 2007 to take home the gold medal at 74-76 lbs. at the 3rd-6th grade level.

Competition in the Body Bar Girls Nationals featured two age groups, 3rd-6th grade and 7th-8th grade, with a total of 19 weight classes contested between the two divisions.

Also taking place as part of the competition was FILA Cadet and FILA Junior tournaments.

2008 Body Bar National Championships
Colorado Springs, Colo., Olympic Training Center

3rd-6th Grade
46-50 lbs.
1st Place - Tommi Olson of Wyoming
2nd Place - Abby Eaton of Texas

55-60 lbs.
1st Place - Regina Doi of California
2nd Place - Marina Doi of California
3rd Place - Faith Trujillo of Wyoming
4th Place - Murrissia Hampton of Michigan
5th Place - Mariah Lomas of Texas

63-69 lbs.
1st Place - Gabrielle Garcia of California
2nd Place - Madison Gines of Wyoming
3rd Place - Grace Wiggins of Alaska
4th Place - Stormy Wisenbaker of Wyoming
5th Place - Adessa Gagner of Montana

71-73 lbs.
1st Place - Julia Long of Wyoming
2nd Place - Reni Gallan of Arizona
3rd Place - Jenna Elmlinger of Wyoming
4th Place - Ashlynn Ortega of Colorado

74-76 lbs.
1st Place - Katie Agey of Iowa
2nd Place - Breanna Coronado of California
3rd Place - Talleigh Guinard of Wyoming
4th Place - Alyssa Schrull of Montana
5th Place - Breanna Newton of Colorado

77-86 lbs.
1st Place - Lily DeAragon of Idaho
2nd Place - Alyssa Lafrancis of California
3rd Place - Kayla Marano of Colorado
4th Place - Samantha Richards of Montana
5th Place - Patience Black of Wyoming

90-96 lbs.
1st Place - Steffanie Hampton of Michigan
2nd Place - Kim Hussey of Maine
3rd Place - Maya Nelson of Colorado
4th Place - Mackenzie Knight of Iowa
5th Place - Mckenna Gagner of Montana

103-111 lbs.
1st Place - Kiera Gabaldon of Oregon
2nd Place - Aleah Lafrancis of California
3rd Place - Virginia Burkett of Wyoming
4th Place - Cassandra Wickett of Wyoming
5th Place - Darian Gonzalez of Kansas

150-168 lbs.
1st Place - Shyan Mclauglin of Wyoming

7th-8th Grade
71-79 lbs.
1st Place - Natalie Long of Colorado
2nd Place - Breanna O`connor of Arizona
3rd Place - Hannah Hutchison of Alaska
4th Place - Ana Diaz of Puerto Rico
5th Place - Cassidy Ferrell of Pennsylvania

82-89 lbs.
1st Place - Anissa Rodriguez of California
2nd Place - Caroline Cotton of Arizona
3rd Place - Riela Vasquez of Puerto Rico

92-102 lbs.
1st Place - Emily Merioles of Alaska
2nd Place - Brittany Palato of Wyoming
3rd Place - Alex Hollabaugh of Montana
4th Place - Jessica Bowman of Kansas
5th Place - Michelle Lomas of Texas
6th Place - Natasha Jamison of Colorado

103-109 lbs.
1st Place - Samantha D Ortiz of California
2nd Place - Megan Garcia of Colorado
3rd Place - Kassandra Berrios of Puerto Rico
4th Place - Rachael Blair of Wyoming
5th Place - Chantelle Lemus of Wyoming
6th Place - Haley Love of Wyoming

110-118 lbs.
1st Place - Vanessa Vega of Arizona
2nd Place - Jenae Shannon of Alaska
3rd Place - Katlynn Cormier of Florida
4th Place - Vicmarie Requena of Puerto Rico
5th Place - Veronica Ouldhouse of Montana
6th Place - Michala Shaklee of Wyoming

115-127 lbs.
1st Place - Sarah Lambert of Virginia
2nd Place - Nichole Reyes of Puerto Rico
3rd Place - Shawnalea Chief Goes Out of Montana
4th Place - Kayla Gore of Kansas
5th Place - Victoria Kinsey of Oklahoma

135-150 lbs.
1st Place - Krista Revelle of Kansas
2nd Place - Jessica Orr of Wyoming
3rd Place - Shay Walker of Wyoming

150-169 lbs.
1st Place - Jennifer Orr of Wyoming
2nd Place - Emily Smith of Wyoming

191-198 lbs.
1st Place - Heidi Schmillen of Wyoming

May 6, 2008

Brad Ahearn emerges as one of big surprises from U.S. Nationals

Brad Ahearn emerges as one of big surprises from U.S. Nationals
Craig Sesker USA Wrestling
05/06/2008

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Thumb through the 128 pages of USA Wrestling’s 2007-08 National Team Media Guide and nowhere will you find Brad Ahearn’s name mentioned.

Ahearn placed seventh in the 2007 U.S. Nationals and followed by going 1-2 at the U.S. World Team Trials while competing at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. He bumped up a weight class last season while recovering from injuries.

Even though he didn’t make much of a splash at 96 kilos in 2007, the year he spent wrestling up a weight class has made him a better wrestler. And that experience has paid huge dividends for him this season.

Healthy again and back at his natural weight class at 84 kg/185 lbs., the second-seeded Ahearn emerged as one of the biggest stories of the U.S. Nationals. Ahearn upset 2007 World silver medalist and No. 1 seed Brad Vering 2-1, 1-1 in the Greco-Roman finals on April 25 in Las Vegas.

“Wrestling at 96 kilos forced me to learn better technique,? Ahearn said. “My natural weight was around 205 or 210, so I was wrestling guys who were bigger and stronger than me. Not cutting weight gave me a chance for my body to recover from the injuries. I always knew I was coming back down to 84 for the Olympic year.?

Even though Ahearn was seeded second at U.S. Nationals, his victory was still considered a big surprise. Vering has made four of the last five U.S. World Teams, placing in the top five in the World on three occasions. Vering also was a 2004 Olympian and led the U.S. to its first-ever team title after he won his first World-level medal at the 2007 World Championships.

Vering beat Ahearn 1-1, 1-1, 6-2 in the third-place match at the 2006 U.S. World Team Trials. More recently, Vering swept Ahearn 2-1, 3-0 in the Vantaa Cup last November in Finland.

“We’ve had some close matches in the past and I knew I could beat him,? Ahearn said. “But there is a big difference between wrestling him close and actually beating him. It was huge for my confidence to finally do it. It was amazing moment – I was ecstatic.?

Ahearn and Vering will be seeded 1-2 at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, set for June 13-15 in Las Vegas. If both wrestlers advance to the finals, they would meet in a best-of-3 match series to determine who will represent the U.S. at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

“I am by no means overlooking any opponent at the Trials, but I am going to prepare myself more for Brad than any other opponent,? he said. “Most of my focus will be on Brad Vering’s style specifically.?

A closer look at the 27-year-old Ahearn’s wrestling career makes his run at a 2008 Olympic spot seem a bit unlikely.

Just consider:

Ahearn had never competed overseas in Greco-Roman wrestling until late last fall. He placed third at the Haparanda Cup in early December in Sweden.

Before the 2008 U.S. Nationals, Ahearn had never reached the finals of any Senior-level tournament.

He didn’t start wrestling until his junior year in high school in the Jacksonville, Fla., area. He didn’t start competing in Greco-Roman until 2002.

“I’m still learning,? Ahearn said, “and still improving.?

Ahearn, who lives and trains in Colorado Springs, is part of a strong U.S. Army squad that captured the team title at U.S. Nationals.

“It’s a great group of guys – we’re all very, very close,? Ahearn said. “Aaron Sieracki is one of my best friends and he’s in my weight class. It’s great to have that kind of support from your teammates. We’re a family and we all care about each other and pull for each other.?

The influence of U.S. Army coach Shon Lewis has been a big key to Ahearn’s rapid development.

“In my opinion, Shon’s the best coach in the World,? Lewis said. “Shon realizes everyone has a different style and he is really good at adjusting to your style so you can be the best. I didn’t really know anything about Greco until I met Shon. Without him, I wouldn’t be where I’m at. Every question I’ve asked Shon about wrestling he has answered for me.?

Ahearn said helping raise his young son, Kaden, has helped him keep everything in perspective. Kaden will turn 3 on June 13, the day before his father is scheduled to compete in the Olympic Trials.

“Kaden is the No. 1 priority in my life,? Ahearn said. “It’s all about him. I make sure he is taken care of first before I worry about anything else.?

2006 World Team member Jacob Clark, who beat Ahearn in the semifinals of the 2006 World Team Trials, also could be in the mix at 84 kilos at the Olympic Trials. Clark was second to Vering at the 2007 World Team Trials, but did not compete at U.S. Nationals. Clark already has qualified for the Olympic Trials.

Ahearn, who said he plans to wrestle for at least another four-year Olympic cycle after 2008, swept his first three opponents at the 2008 U.S. Nationals by a combined 24-1 score en route to the final round.

“I am not going to approach the Olympic Trials any differently than I did Nationals,? he said. “My training will be the same, and I just need to tweak a few things. I will keep training as hard as I possibly can. I will go in there believing that I can win again.?

What would it mean to compete in Beijing?

“Just about everything,? Ahearn said. “It would be incredible – it would be a dream come true. I’ve always thought I could contend for a spot on the Olympic Team. Now I not only think I can make the Olympic Team, I think I can win an Olympic gold medal. I have improved that much physically and mentally.?

May 3, 2008

U.S. fails to qualify for Olympics at 60 kg, as Gallick is beaten in Final Olympic Qualifier in Poland

U.S. fails to qualify for Olympics at 60 kg, as Gallick is beaten in Final Olympic Qualifier in Poland
Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
05/03/2008

WARSAW, POLAND - The U.S. fell short in its last chance to qualify for the Olympic Games at 60 kg/132 lbs. in freestyle wrestling when Nate Gallick (Chattanooga, Tenn./Sunkist Kids) was defeated in the first round in the Final Olympic Qualifying Tournament on Saturday.

Gallick was defeated by Ramazan Kambarov of Turkmenistan in the opening round, 3-4, 1-0, 0-3. When Kambarov was defeated in the second round by Didier Pais of France, Gallick was eliminated from the competition.

The top three competitors in each weight class at this final Olympics Qualifying event will qualify their nation for the Beijing Olympics. There will be no more opportunities in men’s freestyle.

The American squad has already qualified the other six freestyle classes for the Olympics, set for Aug. 12-21 in Beijing, China.

“I do not have the words to express my feelings of devastation for all of our 60 kg athletes,? said National Freestyle Coach Kevin Jackson.

In the first period, Gallick opened with a three-point double leg takedown, and was reversed to lead, 3-1. Kambarov scored a three-point double leg to capture the period, 4-3.

Gallick won the second period, 1-0 on a double leg takedown.

In the final 10 seconds of the third and deciding period, Gallick attacked on a double leg near the edge. Kambarov appeared to step out of bounds then hit a chest-lock on Gallick for exposure. According to Coach Jackson, two officials awarded a point to Gallick but the action went to video tape review. Officials awarded three points to Kambarov, who won the period and the match on that move.

Gallick is ranked second in the U.S. at 132 lbs. and is a past World University Games champion. Kambarov placed eighth at the 2006 Asian Games and placed 18th at the 2003 Junior World Championships.

Gallick, a past NCAA wrestling champion for Iowa State, did not compete at last weekend’s U.S. Nationals in Las Vegas as he completed final preparations for the Olympic qualifier in Poland.

The three previous qualifying opportunities for the Olympic Games were the 2007 World Championships, the 2008 Pan American Championships and the First Olympic Qualifying Tournament for freestyle in Martigny, Switzerland. Two-time U.S. World Team member and 2006 World silver medalist Mike Zadick (Solon, Iowa/Gator WC) competed in those events at 60 kg/132 lbs.

The U.S. has qualified 14 of 18 weight classes overall for the Olympics. The U.S. has qualified in five of the seven classes in Greco-Roman and three of the four classes in women’s freestyle. Two qualifiers remain in Greco-Roman and women’s freestyle.

The U.S. still needs to qualify for the Olympics in Greco-Roman at 60 kg/132 lbs. and 74 kg/163 lbs. The women still need to qualify at 55 kg/121 lbs.

April 30, 2008

2008 Beijing Olympic Games (History of Olympic Wrestling)

2008 Beijing Olympic Games

If the Olympic Games are a history of mankind, wrestling is the prologue. When the ancient Games of the Olympiad were born, wrestling already was an ancient game. Widely recognised as the world's oldest competitive sport, wrestling appeared in a series of Egyptian wall paintings as many as 5000 years ago. When the Games began in 776 BC, more than two millenniums later, it included wrestling, and, in the years that followed, wrestling featured as the main event.

The sport would return in a similar role when the Olympic Games returned after a 1500-year absence in 1896. Organisers, seeking direct links to ancient times, found a natural in the sport that had enjoyed popularity across much of the ancient world, from Greece, Assyria and Babylon to India, China and Japan. They resurrected Greco-Roman wrestling, a style they believed to be an exact carryover from the Greek and Roman wrestlers of old.

In Greco-Roman wrestling, the wrestlers used only their arms and upper bodies to attack. They could hold only those same parts of their opponents. It worked nicely from a historical perspective, but another breezier style was sweeping across Great Britain and the United States by then. Known as "catch as catch can", it had become standard fare - and popular professional entertainment - at fairs and festivals in both countries.

In 1904, the Olympic Games added the second wrestling event and called it "freestyle". Now, wrestlers could use their legs for pushing, lifting and tripping, and they could hold opponents above or below the waist.

April 27, 2008

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Four new national champions crowned in wild U.S. Freestyle Nationals finals; Azevedo pins Cejudo at 55 kg

Four new national champions crowned in wild U.S. Freestyle Nationals finals; Azevedo pins Cejudo at 55 kg
Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
04/26/2008

LAS VEGAS, NEV. - It was a night for newcomers, as four of the seven winners won a Senior national title for the first time at the 2008 Las Vegas/ASICS U.S. National Freestyle Championships at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Saturday night.

The first four weight classes were captured by first-time winners: Matt Azevedo (Pismo Beach, Calif./Sunkist Kids) at 55 kg/121 lbs., Shawn Bunch (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) at 60 kg/132 lbs., Doug Schwab (Iowa City, Iowa/Gator WC) at 66 kg/145.5 lbs. and Ben Askren (Columbia, Mo./Sunkist Kids) at 74 kg/163 lbs.

Azevedo shocked two-time U.S. Nationals champion and top-seed Henry Cejudo (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) with a second period pin, 1-0, 0:18. Azevedo won the first period, scoring a takedown from the clinch. Early in the second period, Azevedo blocked a front headlock attempt by Cejudo and caught him on his back, securing the pin. Azevedo was named Outstanding Wrestler based upon his performance.

“I expected to win. I knew I could win a National title and obviously this is just a stepping stone to get to the Olympic team. This is a big goal. This is a big deal for me to be a National champion,? said Azevedo.

Azevedo took advantage of a move by Cejudo which he felt may have been forced.

“I think when you lose the first period it definitely changes your mind frame,? said Azevedo. “You feel like you have to go out and get the guy. A lot of times I feel like that too. I think he maybe tried to force something that wasn’t there.?

Bunch defeated Oklahoma State NCAA champion Coleman Scott (Waynesburg, Pa./Gator WC) in two straight periods, 4-0, 1-0. Bunch scored a three-point front headlock in the first period along with another takedown, and scored the only takedown in the second period.

“I’ve been beating guys all the time. I felt like I didn’t get respect for what I’ve been doing. I can beat all those guys. I think I’m the best in the world and I can win the Olympic gold if I make the team,? said Bunch.

Schwab, who was fifth in the 2007 World Championships, scored a two-period victory over 2006 World Champion Bill Zadick (Colorado Springs, Colo./Gator WC), 1-0, 3-0. Schwab won both periods by scoring takedowns from the clinch. In the first period, Zadick received one point for the takedown, and in the second period, he received three points for the exposure.

“Everybody knows each other so well. I’ve wrestled him. Everybody has wrestled everybody in our weight so many times. It just comes down to the fact that you do it so well it doesn’t even matter,? said Schwab.

Askren won in two straight periods, defeating 2006 World Team Trials runner-up Tyrone Lewis (Stillwater, Okla./Gator WC), 3-0, 3-2. Askren won the first period with a three-point double leg takedown. In the second period, trailing 2-0, Askren scored a two-point exposure and a takedown for the victory.

“You know I had a lot of things I wanted to do this year. I said this year I wanted to be tough. This year is for the Olympics. That’s all I do everyday, my life’s boring, but it paid off,? said Askren.

Previous champions won the next three matches, with Mo Lawal (Colorado Springs, Colo./Gator WC) capturing his third U.S. Nationals title at 84 kg/185 lbs. and 2004 Olympian Daniel Cormier (Stillwater, Okla./Sunkist Kids) winning his sixth career nationals title with a win at 96 kg/211.5 pounds and Tommy Rowlands (Columbus, Ohio/Sunkist Kids) winning his second straight national gold at 120 kg/264.5 pounds.

Lawal defeated 2006 World Team member Andy Hrovat (Ann Arbor, Mich./New York AC), 1-1, 1-0. In the first period, Hrovat scored the first takedown, with Lawal taking the second takedown, winning the period on the tiebreaker of last point scored. In the second period, Lawal had the only takedown.

Cormier was dominant in his 7-0, 2-0 victory over Nik Fekete (Iowa City, Iowa/New York AC). In the first period technical fall, Cormier scored two takedowns for one point, a two-point gutwrench and a three-point front headlock. In the second period, Cormier added two more takedowns.

Lawal and Cormier met in the finals of the 2007 U.S. Nationals, with Cormier winning by 1-0, 1-0. Cormier also beat Lawal in the finals of the World Team Trials. This year, Lawal dropped back to 84 kg/185 lbs. and both were national champions. Both wrestlers attended Oklahoma State and are friends.

In a hotly contested heavyweight finals, Rowlands defeated Steve Mocco (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) , 3-0, 0-2, 1-0. The action was so intense that the wrestlers traded blows at the end of the second period.

Rowlands won the first period with a takedown with exposure from the clinch. Mocco had a takedown and a stepout for points in the second period. The only point in the final round was when Rowlands forced Mocco to step out on a hip toss during a scramble.

By winning the U.S. Nationals, three wrestlers qualified to advance directly to the best-of-three series at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. There are four criteria that a 2008 National champion must meet in order to skip straight into the final series. They are:
• Top 10 finish at the 2005, 2006 or 2007 Senior World Championships
• 2005 University World Games medalist
• 2005, 2006 or 2007 Junior World medalist
• Multiple-time U.S. World Team member

Based upon these criteria, advancing into the finals series are Schwab, Lawal and Rowlands. The other four champions will enter the Challenge Tournament portion of the tournament.

The top seven placewinners at each weight class qualified to compete at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Las Vegas, Nev., June 13-15.

U.S. NATIONAL FREESTYLE WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Las Vegas, Nev., April 26

55 kg/121 lbs.
1st – Matt Azevedo, Pismo Beach, Calif. (Sunkist Kids) pin Henry Cejudo, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids), 1-0, 0:18
3rd - Danny Felix, Morgantown, W.Va. (Sunkist Kids) dec. Nick Simmons, Williamstown, Mich. (Sunkist Kids), 2-1, 0-2, 3-0
5th - Vic Moreno, Palo Alto, Calif (Gator WC) dec. Grant Nakamura, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids), 5-0,6-2
7th - Adam Smith, State College, Pa. (New York AC) dec. Javier Maldonado, Kissimmee, Fla. (Sunkist Kids), 6-0, 1-0

60 kg/132 lbs.
1st – Shawn Bunch, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC) dec. Coleman Scott, Waynesburg, Pa. (Gator WC), 4-0, 1-0
3rd - Teyon Ware, Oklahoma City, Okla. (New York AC) dec. Dylan Long, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids), 5-1, 1-0
5th - Michael Lightner, Norman, Okla. (Sunkist Kids) inj. dft. over Zach Roberson, Tempe, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids),
7th - Drew Headlee, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Pittsburgh) dec. Franklin Gomez, Brandon, Fla. (Michigan WC), 3-2, 6-0

66 kg/145.5 lbs.
1st – Doug Schwab, Iowa City, Iowa (Gator WC) dec. Bill Zadick, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC), 1-0, 3-0
3rd - Jared Frayer, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC) dec. Chris Bono, Ringold, Ga. (Sunkist Kids), 1-0,5-1
5th - Brent Metcalf, Davison, Mich. (Gator WC) inj. dft. Zack Esposito, Stillwater, OK (Gator Wrestling Club),
7th - Trent Paulson, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids) dec. Eric Larkin, Tempe, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids), 0-1, 1-1, 2-1

74 kg/163 lbs.
1st – Ben Askren, Columbia, Mo. (Sunkist Kids) dec. Tyrone Lewis, Stillwater, Okla. (Gator WC), 3-0, 3-2
3rd - Ryan Churella, Ann Arbor, Mich. (New York AC) dec. Matt Lackey, Champaign, Ill. (New York AC), 5-2, 1-2, 3-0
5th - Ramico Blackmon, Colorado Springs Colo. (New York AC) dec. Travis Paulson, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids), 1-0, 2-0
7th - Eric Luedke, Iowa City, Iowa (Hawkeye WC) dec. Casey Cunningham, Mt. Pleasant, Mich. (Sunkist Kids), 0-6,1-0,3-0

84 kg/185 lbs.
1st – Mo Lawal, Temecula, Calif. (Sunkist Kids) dec. Andy Hrovat, Ann Arbor Mich. (New York AC), 1-1, 1-0
3rd - Bryce Hasseman, Bloomsburg, Pa, (New York AC) inj. dft. Clint Wattenberg, Ithaca, N.Y. (New York Athletic Club),
5th - B J Padden, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids) inj. dft. Matt Pell, Charlottesville, Va. (Cavalier WC),
7th - Jake Varner, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids) dec. Tyrel Todd, , (New York AC), 2-0,7-1

96 kg/211.5 lbs.
1st – Daniel Cormier, Stillwater, Okla. (Gator Wrestling Club) dec. Nik Fekete, Iowa City Iowa (New York AC), 7-0,2-0
3rd - Willie Parks, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army) dec. Kurt Backes, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids), 0-1, 2-0, 1-0
5th - Damion Hahn, Ithaca, N.Y. (New York Athletic Club) dec. Max Askren, Hartland, Wis. (Sunkist Kids), 7-0, 3-0
7th - Nick Preston, Columbus, Ohio (Sunkist Kids) dec. Konrad Dudziak, Bayonne, N.J. (New York AC), 1-0, 3-0

120 kg/264.5 lbs.
1st - Tommy Rowlands, Columbus, Ohio (Sunkist Kids) dec. Steve Mocco, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC), 3-0, 0-2, 1-0
3rd - Tervel Dlagnev, Kearney, Neb. (Sunkist Kids) dec. Tolly Thompson, Waterloo, Iowa (Sunkist Kids), 1-0, 0-1, 3-0
5th - Les Sigman, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids) dec. Patrick Cummins, State College Pa. (New York AC), 2-0,2-0
7th - Scott Steele, Baltimore, Md. (Navy Mat Club) dec. Dom Bradley, Columbia, Mo. (Sunkist Kids), 0-1, 1-0, 1-1

Div. I Team champion – Sunkist Kids, 109 pts.
Div. I Team runner-up – New York AC, pts.

Div. II Team champions – Gator WC, 62 pts.


USAW, LSV, and FloWrestling all provided wrestling videos for the event.

Hard-charging Schwab advances to freestyle finals at U.S. Nationals

Hard-charging Schwab advances to freestyle finals at U.S. Nationals
Craig Sesker USA Wrestling
04/26/2008

Olympic Wrestling

LAS VEGAS – Doug Schwab proved he belonged on the United States World Team in freestyle wrestling last year.

A surprise winner at the 2007 U.S. World Team Trials in Las Vegas, Schwab placed fifth in his first trip to the World Championships and qualified the United States for the Olympics at 66 kg/145.5 lbs.

But Schwab still has his share of doubters and detractors – many of whom feel Schwab turned in the tournament of his life and couldn’t repeat his feat again this year.

The top-seeded Schwab took a big step toward proving many of them wrong by advancing to the finals of the U.S. Nationals on Saturday afternoon at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

A win over 2006 World champion Bill Zadick in Saturday night’s finals would send Schwab into the best-of-3 finals series at June’s U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

“I’m sure there were a lot of guys here hoping they would draw me, and that’s fine,? Schwab said. “A lot of people just think I had one good tournament. I want to show them I can consistently beat these guys because I know I can.?

Upsets occurred early and often on Saturday morning as No. 1 seeds Casey Cunningham (74 kg/163 lbs.) and Joe Williams (84 kg/185 lbs.) both dropped first-round matches.

Schwab outlasted No. 5 seed Jared Frayer 4-3, 2-3, 1-0 in the semifinals. The third period was scoreless after two minutes and came down to the leg clinch. Schwab won the coin flip and quickly finished with Frayer’s leg to pull out the win.

“He’s a dangerous wrestler and he caught me in the second period with an arm spin,? Schwab said. “I shouldn’t have let it come down to the clinch in the third period. I need to stay on the attack more and not let that happen.?

It will be an interesting battle in the finals, matching a pair of past NCAA wrestling champions for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Zadick, 35, made his second World Team in 2006 and won a World title in Guangzhou, China. Schwab, 30, followed by making his first World Team in 2007 before turning in a top-five finish in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Schwab is coached by Iowa head coach Tom Brands, a past Olympic and World champion. Zadick is coached by U.S. Freestyle Resident Coach Terry Brands, Tom’s twin brother who was a two-time World champion.

“That’s great,? Schwab said when informed Zadick had reached the finals. “It will be a great opportunity for me to wrestle a World champion. Bill’s a tough competitor. I’m looking forward to it.?

Schwab, an assistant coach at the University of Iowa, has made noticeable gains since making the World Team last year. He won a bronze medal at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, before turning in a strong performance at the World Championships.

“I’m so much better than I was last year,? Schwab said. “Obviously, everything I went through after making the World Team made me a much better wrestler. I’m really excited to see what I can do this year. I gained a lot of experience and confidence. I know I can wrestle with anybody right now.?

Unseeded Eric Luedke, a past All-American for the Iowa Hawkeyes, knocked off Cunningham 0-3, 4-4, 4-2 in the opening round. Cunningham placed second at the 2007 U.S. World Team Trials.

The top-seeded Williams, a two-time World bronze medalist, suffered a stunning early loss when he fell to unseeded B.J. Padden in the first round. Padden shot in on a duck-under maneuver and finished with a double-leg takedown with four seconds left to earn the 0-1, 3-0, 2-2 win.

Another early upset occurred at 74 kg/163 lbs. when Ryan Churella knocked off 2006 World bronze medalist and No. 2 seed Donny Pritzlaff in the quarterfinals.

Three other members of the 2007 U.S. World Team reached the finals Saturday. That group includes World bronze medalist Daniel Cormier (96 kg/211.5 lbs.) along with World Team members Henry Cejudo (55 kg/121 lbs.) and Tommy Rowlands (120 kg/264.5 lbs.).

Mike Zadick and Nate Gallick, ranked 1-2 at 60 kg/132 lbs., are not competing this weekend. Zadick wrestled in an Olympic qualification tournament last weekend in Switzerland and Gallick is scheduled to compete in the final Olympic qualifier for freestyle next weekend in Poland.

Gallick needs to place in the top three to qualify the U.S. for the Olympics at 60 kilos.

U.S. NATIONALS FREESTYLE FINALISTS

55 kg/121 lbs. – Henry Cejudo (Sunkist Kids) vs. Matt Azevedo (Sunkist Kids)

60 kg/132 lbs. – Coleman Scott (Gator WC) vs. Shawn Bunch (Gator WC)

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Doug Schwab (Gator WC) vs. Bill Zadick (Gator WC)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Tyrone Lewis (Gator WC) vs. Ben Askren (Sunkist Kids)

84 kg/185 lbs. – Andy Hrovat (New York AC) vs. Mo Lawal (Sunkist Kids)

96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Daniel Cormier (Gator WC) vs. Nik Fekete (New York AC)

120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Tommy Rowlands (Sunkist Kids) vs. Steve Mocco (New York AC)

April 25, 2008

Miranda, Miller among champions at U.S. Women’s National Championships

Miranda, Miller among champions at U.S. Women’s National Championships
Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
04/24/2008

LAS VEGAS, NEV. – With the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling just weeks away, the 2008 U.S. Women’s National Championships had special significance Thursday night at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The champions in the four Olympic weight classes earned a spot in the best-of-three championship series at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev., June 13-15.

Claiming a national title at an Olympic division was 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Patricia Miranda (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) at 48 kg/105.5 lbs. Miranda defeated 2001 World silver medalist Stephanie Murata (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) in the championship finals, 6-0, 1-0.

In the first period, Miranda threw Murata for a three-point takedown, turned her and pressed her towards the mat, just missing a fall as time ran out. In the second period, Miranda scored the only takedown for the win. It was Miranda’s seventh career U.S. Nationals title.

“I guess the sentiment is I dare to dream but you always sort of catch yourself when your mind gets too far ahead of where you are in the season,? said Miranda about her victory. “But I have dared to pick up my head and look to Beijing, dream that I can be there, and dream that I can better my bronze medal finish into gold. It’s such a blessing and I really appreciate all the help that’s gone into it.?

Miranda is competing at 48 kg for the first time at the U.S. Nationals since 2004. In 2005, she took a year off to concentrate on her first year at Yale Law School. In 2006 and 2007, she competed up at 51 kg. Miranda dropped down to 48 kg earlier this winter.

The top seven placewinners in the four Olympic weight classes (48 kg, 55 kg, 63 kg, 72 kg) and the top four placewinners in the three non-Olympic weight classes (51 kg, 59 kg, 67 kg) qualify to compete at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. This is the major qualifying event for the Trials.

In an upset, Randi Miller (Colorado Springs, Colo./Gator WC) defeated 2004 Olympic silver medalist Sara McMann (Gaffney, S.C/Sunkist Kids), 2-1, 4-0. It was Miller’s first U.S. Nationals title. Miller was named Outstanding Wrestler for her victory.

In the first period, Miller broke a 1-1 tie with a takedown late in the period to win. In the second period, Miller controlled the action, with two takedowns and two stepouts to score all four points. Miller had beaten McMann two previous times, but not at an event of this significance.

“Winning and losing, I try to keep that out of my head. I’m going to go out there, I’m fight hard as I can, and I’m going to have fun. That’s just what goes through my head before matches,? said Miller. “To have a win against someone like Sara (McMann) is always going to help. Reminding yourself you can do it will always help you.?

The champions in the two other Olympic weight classes were Marcie Van Dusen (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) at 55 kg/121 lbs. and Ali Bernard (New Ulm, Minn./Gator WC) at 72 kg/158.5 lbs.

Van Dusen defeated 2003 World bronze medalist Jenny Wong (Gaffney, S.C./Sunkist Kids) in the finals, It was her second U.S. Nationals title in a row.

Wong won the first period, scoring a takedown from the clinch. In the second period, Van Dusen scored a pair of takedowns in the second period to knot up the match. In the deciding third period, Van Dusen scored four takedowns and a two-point exposure for the technical fall.

Bernard defeated two-time World bronze medalist Katie Downing (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids), 0-1, 2-2, 1-0. It was Bernard’s second career national title. Downing won the first period, defending against the leg clinch. The second period went to Bernard on a two-point takedown. The deciding third period was won on the leg clinch, with Bernard scoring the takedown.

Both finalists defeated past World champions in the semifinals. Downing defeated two-time World champion Kristie Marano (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) and Bernard stopped 2005 World champion Iris Smith (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army). Smith defeated Marano in the bronze medal match.

None of the champions at the non-Olympic weight classes have previously won a U.S. Senior Nationals title. Capturing their first national crowns were Jessica Medina (Pomona, Calif./New York AC) at 51 kg/112.25 pounds, Erin Tomeo (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids at 59 kg/130 lbs. and Stefenie Shaw (Waterford, Conn./New York AC) at 67 kg/147.5 lbs.

Medina defeated high school star Helen Maroulis (Rockville, Md./New York AC), 3-0, 3-0 in the finals. Medina won the first period with a three-point takedown from the clinch, and scored the only takedowns in the second period.

Tomeo pinned Othella Lucas (San Diego, Calif./New York AC) late in the second period. Tomeo won the first period with two takedowns. The second period was wide open, with both wrestlers putting their opponents into danger. The period was back and forth, with the score tied at 3-3, 5-5 and 6-6 before Tomeo turned and pinned Lucas with eight seconds left on the clock.

Shaw defeated Sara Hilliard (Lawrence, Kansas/OCU Stars) in the finals, 2-0, 6-0. She scored two first-period takedowns, and was able to open up the offense during the second period with a number of gut wrench exposures.

The Fulp-Allen sisters, Sara at 48 kg/105.5 pounds and Katherine at 51 kg/112.25 lbs., both won bronze medals at their weight classes.

There is one more qualifying event for women wrestlers for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, the Northern Plains Olympic Regional Trials in Waterloo, Iowa, May 8-10. The champions at each weight class at that event qualify for the Olympic Team Trials.

April 19, 2008

Zadick loses to World champion in second round of Olympic Qualifying Tournament, fails to place

Zadick loses to World champion in second round of Olympic Qualifying Tournament, fails to place
Craig Sesker USA Wrestling
04/19/2008

MARTINGY, Switzerland – The United States freestyle wrestling team is down to its last chance to qualify for the Olympics at 60 kg/132 lbs.

2006 World gold medalist Seyed Morad Mohammadi of Iran defeated 2006 World silver medalist Mike Zadick of the U.S. 1-0, 0-1, 1-0 in the second round of the Freestyle Olympic Qualifying Tournament on Saturday.

Zadick was eliminated when 2004 Olympic gold medalist Yandro Quintana of Cuba swept Mohammadi 6-0, 2-0 in the quarterfinal round.

This is the second-to-last Olympic Qualifying Tournament in freestyle. The final qualifier is set for May 3-4 in Poznan, Poland. The top three finishers in each weight class at that qualifier will qualify their countries for the Olympics.

The U.S. has qualified in the other six freestyle weight classes for the Olympics, set for Aug. 12-21 in Beijing, China.

“We are really in a pressure situation now,? U.S. National Coach Kevin Jackson said.

Zadick (Solon, Iowa/Gator WC) needed to place in the top four in Switzerland to qualify the U.S. for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. There were 28 wrestlers entered at 60 kilos.

Zadick swept Themis Iakovidis of Greece 7-4, 4-0 in the first round.

In the second-round match with Mohammadi, a rematch of the 2006 World finals, Zadick dropped the first period 1-0 when Mohammadi scored on a single-leg takedown. Zadick spun behind Mohammadi in the second period for a takedown to win the period 1-0.

The third period was scoreless after two minutes and went to the clinch. Jackson said Zadick refused to let the Iranian clinch his leg and lost on a caution call to decide the match.

“Mike did not get off enough scoring attempts in the periods we lost,? Jackson said. “We cannot afford for periods to be determined by the clinch.?

The U.S. has qualified 14 of 18 weight classes overall for the Olympics. The U.S. has qualified in five of the seven classes in Greco-Roman and three of the four classes in women’s freestyle. Two qualifiers remain in Greco-Roman and women’s freestyle.

The U.S. still needs to qualify for the Olympics in Greco-Roman at 60 kg/132 lbs. and 74 kg/163 lbs. The women still need to qualify at 55 kg/121 lbs.

April 18, 2008

Default 2008 U.S. Freestyle National Championships preview

2008 U.S. Freestyle National Championships preview
Craig Sesker USA Wrestling
04/18/2008

The United States placed fourth in the team race at the 2007 World Championships, but the U.S. won only one medal.

Veteran Daniel Cormier (211.5 lbs.) broke through to win his first career World medal after he placed third at the 2007 Worlds.

The U.S. also had fifth-place finishers in the Worlds in Doug Schwab (145.5), Joe Heskett (163), Joe Williams (185) and Tommy Rowlands (264.5).

Heskett retired shortly after the Worlds because of a heart condition, but all the other wrestlers are back looking to build on the performances they had in 2007.

Cormier and Williams both wrestled at the 2004 Olympics. Cormier placed fourth and Williams finished fifth in Athens.

As usual, there are a number of top contenders in each of the seven weight classes in freestyle. It will be interesting to see how it shakes out this year as we move toward the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.

55 KG/121 LBS.

Henry Cejudo made his first U.S. World Team in 2007, but lost in the first round at the World Championships.

Cejudo has come back strong this year, beating 2007 World bronze medalist Andy Moreno of Cuba to win the 2008 Pan American Championships.

Cejudo may have his hands full with 2004 Olympic silver medalist Stephen Abas back wrestling this year. Abas has been sidelined by knee injuries the past two years, but is back now competing. Abas placed third at the 2008 Dave Schultz Memorial International and recently won the Olympic Trials qualifier in Washington.

It’s more than just a two-horse race at 121.

Vic Moreno has emerged as a top contender here and has looked very strong while receiving a taste of international competition. Moreno placed third in the Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix earlier this year.

Matt Azevedo, who placed second to Cejudo in the 2007 World Team Trials, also is a threat to make a big splash here.

Nick Simmons also can’t be overlooked. Simmons lost a close, three-period battle to Cejudo in the finals of the U.S. Nationals last year.

Veteran Danny Felix came back and won the Sunkist Kids International Open earlier this year.

Past World champion and Olympic silver medalist Sammie Henson is another wrestler who could make a comeback here. Henson won a bronze medal at the 2006 World Championships, but wrestled only one match in 2007. If he does return, he will be a contender for the title.

60 KG/132 LBS.

2006 World silver medalist Mike Zadick made the World Team again in 2007, but lost in the first round and was eliminated.

The U.S. was still looking to qualify this weight class for the Olympics. Zadick was scheduled to compete at an Olympic qualifier on April 19 in Switzerland.

Nate Gallick, who beat Zadick in the finals of the 2007 U.S. Nationals, is a top contender in this division. Gallick is a past World University Games champion. Gallick lost to Zadick in a Special Wrestle-Off for a spot on the 2007 U.S. World Team.

Zach Roberson, third in the 2007 World Team Trials, is another wrestler who could make an impact in this class. Shawn Bunch, one of the most explosive wrestlers in the U.S. in any class, is a dangerous wrestler.

Angel Cejudo also is very talented. Cejudo won the Dave Schultz Memorial International earlier this year. 2005 World Team member Michael Lightner also could be in the mix as well as two-time NCAA champion Teyon Ware.

66 KG/145.5 LBS.

This typically is one of the deepest – and most wide-open weight classes – in this country. And this year is no exception.

Doug Schwab made his first World Team last year and finished fifth at the 2007 World Championships. Bill Zadick, slowed by injuries last year, is back now and hoping to regain the form of 2006 when he won a World title.

Trent Paulson has been one of the biggest surprises in this weight class. Paulson dropped down a weight class before winning the Dave Schultz Memorial International and the Kiev International this year.

Also expected to be in the mix is 2007 U.S. Nationals champion Chris Bono, who was second at the World Team Trials last year.

Zack Esposito and Jared Frayer also are contenders to win the title along with Eric Larkin and Jared Lawrence.

Past World medalist and Olympian Cary Kolat is back wrestling again. Kolat won the Sunkist Kids International Open last fall.

74 KG/163 LBS.

With 2007 World Team member Joe Heskett retired after he was diagnosed with a heart condition, this weight class also is virtually up for grabs in 2008.

Casey Cunningham placed second at the 2007 World Team Trials and will be the No. 1 seed at the U.S. Nationals.

Ben Askren, the two-time Hodge Trophy winner from Missouri, has made a quick transition to freestyle. Askren won a tournament in Canada before winning the New York AC International and placing third at the Kiev International.

2006 World bronze medalist Donny Pritlzaff, who lost to Askren in the New York AC event, is another threat to win the title. Tyrone Lewis, who lost to Pritzlaff in the finals of the 2006 World Team Trials, won the Sunkist Kids event earlier this season.

Travis Paulson also has wrestled well. He beat Askren at the Sunkist Kids tournament before losing to Lewis in the finals. He also took third in the Alexander Medved International.

Ramico Blackmon, third at the 2007 World Team Trials, also is capable of winning this division.

84 KG/185 LBS.

Veteran Joe Williams moved up a weight class last year before placing fifth at the 2007 Worlds.

Williams will receive a challenge from 2005 World Team member Mo Lawal, who has moved back down to 185 this season. Lawal moved up a class last year and placed second at the World Team Trials at 211.5 pounds.

2007 NCAA champion Jake Herbert of Northwestern has looked very strong during his Olympic redshirt year. Herbert won the Dave Schultz Memorial International.

2006 World Team member Andy Hrovat also could be a factor in this weight class along with past National Team member Chris Pendleton.

Veteran Lee Fullhart, a past Olympic Team Trials and World Team Trials runner-up, is another experienced wrestler in this division.

Clint Wattenberg is another wrestler who could be a factor. He was second at the 2006 World Team Trials and third in the event last year.

96 KG/211.5 LBS.

Daniel Cormier is looking to build on a strong 2007 when he won his first World-level medal. Cormier won a bronze medal at the 2007 Worlds.

Cormier is heavily favored to make his second straight Olympic Team in 2008.

Among the wrestlers looking to knock off Cormier are Damion Hahn, Sean Stender, Nik Fekete, Kyle Cerminara, Kurt Backes and Willie Parks.

Hahn, a two-time NCAA champion for Minnesota, placed third at the 2007 World Team Trials.

120 KG/264.5 LBS.

Tommy Rowlands broke through to make his first World Team in 2007. Rowlands placed fifth at the World Championships.

Rowlands is off to a strong start this year. He knocked off past World champion Alexis Rodriguez of Cuba en route to winning the 2008 Dave Schultz Memorial International.

Steve Mocco, second in the World Team Trials the past three years, is looking to finally make his first World-level team this year. The two-time NCAA champion has looked strong this season. Mocco already has won four tournaments this season.

2005 World bronze medalist Tolly Thompson, a World Team member in 2005 and 2006, also could be a factor here. Thompson was slowed by injuries in 2007, but is back healthy now.

Les Sigman, fourth in the 2007 World Team Trials, continues to gain international experience and make improvement. Sigman was second at the Sunkist Kids and New York AC events this season.

Pat Cummins could be in the mix as well. He was third at the 2007 Trials.

Tervel Dlagnev, fourth at the 2007 U.S. Nationals, is another top young heavyweight to watch. Dlagnev recently won his second NCAA Division II title while leading Nebraska-Kearney to the team title.

Cole Konrad, second at the 2007 U.S. Nationals, could be in the mix as well. Konrad has wrestled both freestyle and Greco-Roman this season.

2007 U.S. FREESTYLE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

55 kg/121 lbs.
1st – Henry Cejudo, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids) dec. Nick Simmons, Williamston, Mich. (Sunkist Kids), 4-4, 4-3, 5-0
3rd - Vic Moreno, Palo Alto, Calif. (Gator WC) dec. Matt Azevedo, Pismo Beach, Calif. (Sunkist Kids), 1-0,1-0
5th - Adam Smith, Colorado Springs Co, Pa. (NYAC) dec. Michael Martinez, Pagosa Springs Colo. (Cowboy WC), 4-1, 1-0
7th - Grant Nakamura, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids) dec. Jess Zobeck, Elma, Iowa (USOTC), 0-6, 6-3, 4-3

60 kg/132 lbs.
1st – Nate Gallick, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids) dec. Mike Zadick, Solon, Iowa (Gator WC), 0-1., 3-0, 2-0
3rd - Shawn Bunch, Leavenworth, Kan. (Gator WC) dec. Zach Roberson, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids), 2-1,0-1,1-0
5th - Chris Fleeger, Ithaca, N.Y. (New York AC) dec. Danny Felix, Morgantown, W.Va. (Sunkist Kids), 1-0,0-1,2-0
7th - Eric Metzler, Evanston, Ill. (Wildcat WC) dec. Joey Rivera, Stroudsburg, Pa. (Warrior WC), 3-2,2-2

66 kg/145.5 lbs.
1st – Chris Bono, Ringgold, Ga. (Sunkist Kids) dec. Jared Frayer, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC), 2-6, 3-1, 1-0.
3rd - Zack Esposito, Stillwater, Okla. (Gator WC) inj. dft. Cary Kolat, Hampstead, Md. (unattched),
5th - Jared Lawrence, Sand Point, Idaho (Minnesota Storm) inj. dft. Eric Larkin, Tempe, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids),
7th - Doug Schwab, Iowa City, Iowa (Gator Wrestling Club) inj. dft. Jesse Jantzen, New York, N.Y. (New York)

74 kg/163 lbs.
1st – Joe Heskett, Columbus, Ohio (Gator WC) dec. Casey Cunningham, Mt. Pleasant, Mich. (Sunkist Kids), 1-6, 4-0, 2-1
3rd - Donny Pritzlaff, Madison, Wis. (NYAC) dec. Ramico Blackmon, Colorado Springs Colo. (New York CA), 0-6,3-0,1-0
5th - Scott Owen, Annapolis, Md. (NYAC) inj. dft. Ben Askren, Columbia, Mo. (Sunkist Kids)
7th - Tyrone Lewis, Oklahoma City OK, Okla. (Gator Wrestling Club) pin Trent Paulson, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids), 0:23

84 kg/185 lbs.
1st – Joe Williams, Dekalb, Ill. (Sunkist Kids) dec. Lee Fullhart, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC), 0-1, 1-0, 1-0
3rd - Andy Hrovat, Ann Arbor, Mich. (New York AC) dec. Chris Pendleton, Stillwater, Okla. (Gator WC), 6-0, 7-4
5th - Tyrel Todd, Bozeman, Mont. (New York AC) dec. Tony Gansen, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids), 5-4, 5-2
7th - Bryce Hasseman, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC) dec. Jake Varner, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids), 1-0, 3-0

96 kg/211.5 lbs.
1st – Daniel Cormier, Stillwater, Okla. (Gator WC) dec. Mo Lawal, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC), 1-0, 1-0
3rd - Kyle Cerminara, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC) dec. Dawid Rechul, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC), 1-0, 0-1, 1-0
5th - Kurt Backes, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids) dec. Sean Stender, Cedar Falls, Iowa (Sunkist Kids), 1-3, 3-0, 1-1
7th - Damion Hahn, Ithaca, N.Y. (New York AC) dec. Mike Tamillow, Evanston, Ill. (Wildcat WC), 4-2, 3-0

120 kg/264.5 lbs.
1st – Tommy Rowlands, Columbus, Ohio (Sunkist Kids) dec. Cole Konrad, Freedom, Wis. (Minnesota Storm), 3-2, 1-0
3rd - Steve Mocco, Stillwater, Okla. (New York) dec. Tervel Dlagnev, Arlington, Texas (Loper WC), 3-0, 3-0
5th - Michael Irving, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC) inj. dft. Tolly Thompson, Cedar Falls, Iowa (Sunkist Kids)
7th - Pat Cummins, Evanston., Ill. (New York AC) tech. fall Greg Wagner, Ann Arbor, Mich. (New York AC), 8-2, 6-0

April 13, 2008

Herbert has challenging draw to reach quarterfinals of University Nationals in freestyle

Herbert has challenging draw to reach quarterfinals of University Nationals in freestyle
Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
04/12/2008

AKRON, OHIO – The University National Championships this year is an Olympic Trials qualifying event, with the winner in each of the seven Olympic weight classes earning a spot into U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Las Vegas, Nev., June 13-15.

With a record 552 athletes entered, the tournament has participants from most of the major college programs. But there is also a strong Olympic flavor based upon the quality of the field.

2007 NCAA champion Jake Herbert from Northwestern Univ. is taking an Olympic redshirt year, seeking a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. Competing for the New York AC, Herbert has entered numerous international tournaments, including a victory at the recent Dave Schultz Memorial in Colorado Springs. Based upon his recent success, Herbert has risen to a No. 3 national ranking on the Senior level at 84 kg/185 lbs.

Rather than wait two weeks for the U.S. Nationals in Las Vegas, Herbert has entered the University Nationals as part of his preparation for the Olympic quest. Rather than breezing through the early rounds as many might expect, Herbert had two challenging early matches. The University Nationals is not seeded.

“I came here to get some good matches,? said Herbert after qualifying for Sunday’s quarterfinals. “It’s no joke. Everybody thinks I’d just walk through this. With the random draw, you have to be ready right away.?

In the first round, Herbert drew Raymond Jordan of the Sunkist Kids, who placed fifth in the NCAA Championships for the Univ. of Missouri this year. Herbert scored the first takedown of the match. After a Herbert shot, Jordan scored a two-point counter tilt, but Herbert reversed quickly for two points then a touch fall at 1:35.

His second round was against 2005 University Nationals champion Matt Pell of the Cavalier WC, a multiple All-American for Missouri who is now an assistant coach at the Univ. of Virginia. Herbert won the first period with two solid takedowns. In the second period, Pell took command, winning 5-0 with a takedown, a high gut wrench and a counter tilt. In the deciding third period, Herbert scored a takedown with 20 seconds left to lead 1-0. Pell charged hard in the closing seconds, almost forcing Herbert out of bounds, but Herbert ducked out of danger and Pell stepped out with one second left to make the score 2-0 for Herbert.

Herbert’s day ended with a controlled victory over Nicolas Tenpenny of North Carolina in the third round, 3-0, 6-0. He will face Dorian Henderson of the Sunkist Kids in the quarterfinals on Sunday morning.

“Jordan is tough. Pell is tough. I had to wrestle hard in that third match. You have to wrestle your best, right from the start. I came her to get one more chance to fine tune, get the pressure on me once again, and to have match situations. I want to see what I have to work on under pressure, and see my strengths and weaknesses,? said Herbert.

Northwestern head coach Tim Cysewski was pleased that Herbert was able to challenge himself during the first day of the tournament.

“He came here to get some matches. Also, if he wins this thing, he is qualified for the Olympic Trials. It gives him some flexibility,? said Cysewski. “He is here for experience and to stay current. He gets better the more he puts on his shoes and wrestles. He knows he has to learn a lot to make up the lack of experience. He has done enough this year to where he can close the gap. He gets more confidence, as he gets to know his style in freestyle. The more he experiences, the more confidence he gets. His improvement level is going through the roof.?

Cysewski, who was a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic team, felt the challenging start will be good for Herbert as he pursues his Olympic dream this year.

“That taught him. He woke up this morning and had to be ready to go. It got him paying attention. That helps him. That is how the World Championships and the Olympics are. You can get a World champion in the first match, and another World champion in the second match. You have to be ready. There are no easy starts at this level. He had two tough matches that he has to win right off the bat,? said Cysewski.

Herbert still has three more matches to win the University Nationals, but is also thinking ahead to the U.S. National Championships in Las Vegas, Nev. in two weeks.

“This is absolutely great,? said Herbert. “The real task will be the Open and the Olympic Trials. We will see how far I have come this winter.?

Keith Gavin of Pittsburgh was the only 2008 NCAA champion to enter the event, competing at 74 kg/163 lbs. He won the NCAA Championships this year wrestling at 174 pounds.

“I have not cut weight in a long time. I wanted to get down to 74 kg and wrestle at the weight so I can get used to it. So far, so good,? said Gavin. “The tournament is dragging on today. It is hard to get warm. It will start getting tougher from now on.?

Gavin won three matches on Saturday. He opened with a 6-0, 6-0 technical fall over Daniel Artusio of the Cavalier WC, then stopped Ohio State’s freshman Colt Sponseller, 2-0, 8-1. In the third round, he pinned Kevin Hardy of Mercyhurst in the second period, 6-0, 0:58. Gavin will wrestle Lloyd Rogers of Chattanooga in the quarterfinals on Sunday.

“I am pretty comfortable wrestling this style,? said Gavin. “I am very comfortable wrestling these rules. It will still be a transition for me, but hopefully not too much. I have been doing folkstyle all year. All the guys at the U.S. Nationals have been wrestling freestyle all year.?

There are two defending University Nationals champions in the field, but only one has advanced to the quarterfinals. Mike Tamillow of the Wildcat WC at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. Tamillow won three matches during the day, including a third-round win over Jim Gibson of the Clarion WC, 6-0, 2-0.

At 84 kg/185 lbs., defending University Nationals champion Ian Murphy of the Titan WC was defeated in the third round by Jimmy Hamel of Buffalo, 4-2, 2-3, 4-2.

2008 NCAA runner-up Mike Poeta of Illinois has advanced to the quarterfinals at 74 kg/163 lbs. with three victories. He will face Shane Vernon of the Underdog WC in the quarterfinals.

Two of last year’s University Nationals runners-up were defeated in their first match. At 55 kg/121 lbs., Obenson Blanc of the New York AC fell to unattached Matthew Steintrager, 0-1, 2-3. Returning runner-up Daren Burns of Y.E.S. Greensboro dropped his first-round match to Brent Jones of the Cavalier WC, 4-6, 4-1, 2-3.

Another runner-up from last year was beaten in the second round at 63 kg/138.75 lbs, when Cody Cleveland of Chattanooga was defeated by Mike Thorn of the Minnesota Storm, 4-4, 3-3.

The two other returning University Nationals runners-up have reached the quarterfinals:
Jake Kerr of Iowa at 74 kg/163 lbs. and Dave Bertolino of the Cyclone WC at 84 kg/185 lbs. Kerr wrestles for the Univ. of Iowa, and Bertolino is from Iowa State.

In the third round at 55 kg/121 lbs., heralded Univ. of Minnesota freshman Zach Sanders of the Minnesota Storm defeated Michael Martinez of the Cowboy WC, 3-1, 3-1. Sanders scored a three-point takedown in the first period, and had a takedown and a gutwrench turn in the second period. Martinez has been ranked nationally on the Senior level in the past.

Nine athletes who were All-Americans at the 2008 NCAA Championships entered the tournament this year. After the first day, just five have reached the quarterfinals: Gavin, Poeta, Bertolino, Franklin Gomez of the Michigan WC at 60 kg/132 lbs. and Dave Zabriskie of the Cyclone WC at 285 pounds. Gomez attends Michigan State and Zabriskie wrestles for Iowa State.

April 12, 2008

Mike Zadick accepts public warning for doping violation

Mike Zadick accepts public warning for doping violation
USADA
04/11/2008

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced today that Mike Zadick of Solon, Iowa, an athlete in the sport of wrestling, tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a public warning for his first doping offense. The doping offense involved the use of a prescribed medication under the care of a physician, but without first seeking a therapeutic use exemption as required by the applicable rules.

As a result of the doping violation, Zadick, 29, has been disqualified from his competitive results obtained during the period from March 2, 2008 until April 8, 2008.

Zadick tested positive for triamcinolone acetonide on March 2, 2008, at the Pan American Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo. Triamcinolone acetonide is a prohibited substance in the class of glucocorticosteroids under the rules of the Fédération Internationiale des Luttes Associées (FILA) and USADA, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.

USADA is responsible for the testing and results management process for athletes in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. The also work with FILA in regulations regarding uniform drug testing and management of lace coverings in wrestling shoes. USADA is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.

April 8, 2008

International rankings prepared by Iran and Bulgaria released through end of March

international rankings prepared by Iran and Bulgaria released through end of March
ISNA and Bulgarian Wrestling Federation
04/07/2008

A ranking of international wrestlers, developed by the Iranian Students News Agency and the Bulgarian Wrestling Federation, has been released. This ranking is based upon international competition through the end of March.

This ranking uses a point system for determining the top athletes in the world in all three styles of Olympic wrestling.

Points are awarded to athletes who place 1st through 5th in a variety of international tournaments. The point system is weighted, giving more points to the major events on the schedule.

The base points for the year began with the 2007 World Championships in Azerbaijan, and will include the other major events during the rest of the season.

The organizers of the ranking system plan to publish an international ranking every month during the season.

International Wrestling Rankings
Released March 31

Greco-Roman

55 kg/121 lbs.
1.Hamid Surian/Iran/-30
2.Nazir Mankiev/RUS/-19
3.Park En Chul/KOR/-13
3.Lindsey Durlacher/USA/-13
3.Yasner Hernandez/CUB/-13
6.Kristian Fris/SER/-11
6.Ildar Hafizov/UZB/-11
8.Bekhan Mankiev/RUS/-10
9.Zaur Kuramagomedov/RUS/-9
10.Roman Amoian/ARM/-8
10.Sam Hazewinkel/USA/-8
10.Husein Aigun/TUR/-8
10.Asset Imanbaev/KAZ/-8
14.Anders Rioningen/NOR/-6
14.Cha Kvang Su/PRK/-6
16.Hasan Moustafa/EGY/-5
16.Horhe Cardoso/VEN/-5
18.Mohamad Fageri/Iran/-4
18.Marat Garipov/KAZ/-4
18.Kohei Hasagava/JPN/-4
18.Kokelov/KAZ/-4
18.Natig Bagirov/AZE/-4
23.Fazel Ahmadi/FIN/-3
23.Mahman Elaev/ISR/-3
23.Anton Chelaru/ROM/-3
23.Bilel Benbrih/ALG/-3
27.Josh Habeck/USA/-2
27.Bager Tavakolian/Iran/-2
27.Ernar Ramazanov/KAZ/-2
27.Sherali Shodmanov/UZB/-2
27.Li Shu Zin/CHI/-2
27.Venelin Venkov/BUL/-2
27.Yasin Bahrampur/Iran/-2
27.Tomas Roningen/NOR/-2
35.Aleksandar Kostadinov/BUL/-1
35.Hamid Zare/Iran/-1
35.Elbek Tuiev/BLR/-1
35.Promise Mvenga/CAN/-1
35.Nabil Nazih/MAR/-1
35.Maher Bouturi/TUN/-1
35.Julio Munoz/COL/-1
35.Spencer Mango/USA/-1
35.Lasha Gogitadze/GEO/-1
35.Virgil Munteanu/ROM/-1
35.Anton Audikas/LIT/-1
35.Shahin Gasimov/TJK/-1
35.Hashim Baikara/TUR/-1
35.Anar Zeinalov/EST/-1

60 kg/132 lbs.
1.David Bedinadze/GEO/-20
2.Makoto Sasamoto/JPN/-13
2.Eusebio Diakonu/ROM/-13
4.Jin Ji Huyn/KOR/-13
5.Roberto Monzon/CUB/-12
6.Nurbahit Tengizbaev/KAZ/-10
6.Ruslan Tumenbaev/KGZ/-10
8.Yarko Huiki/FIN/-9
8.Yri Dubinin/BLR/-9
10.Abuzar Nurzade/Iran/-8
10.Danilo Krymov/UKR/-8
10.Davor Stefanek/SER/-8
10.Aslan Abdulin/RUS/-8
10.Dilshod Aripov/UZB/-8
10.Erbol Koniratov/KAZ/-8
16.Stig Berge/NOR/-6
17.Aset Imanbaev/KAZ/-5
17.Sebastian Idalgo/FRA/-5
17.Asraf Melegy/EGY/-5
17.Hamid Bafava/Iran/-5
21.Vitali Ragimov/AZE/-4
21.Manuel Lopez/MEX/-4
21.Ali Askani/Iran/-4
21.Uri Denisov/BLR/-4
21.Hideo Kitaora/JPN/-4
26.Denis Bikei/SER/-3
26.Artiom Kudik/UKR/-3
26.Atakan Uksel/TUR/-3
26.Eduard Barsegian/POL/-3
26.Mohamed Zogbi/ALG/-3
31.Amir Derikvandi/Iran/-2
31.Ivan Duke/COL/-2
31.Joe Betterman/USA/-2
31.Park En Chul/KOR/-2
31.Nam Kiong Jin/PRK/-2
31.Ravinder Singh/IND/-2
31.Marco Lara/USA/-2
31.Omid Nurozi/Iran/-2
31.Islambek Albiev/RUS/-2
31.Sagat Dzalilov/AZE/-2
41.Emil Milev/BUL/-1
41.Erik Buson/FRA/-1
41.Apostolos Manolidis/GRE/-1
41.Perica Dimitrievich/SER/-1
41.Williams Bassy/NIG/-1
41.Zied Keffi/TUN/-1
41.Luis Liendo/VEN/-1
41.Milton Gualpa/ECU/-1
41.Mahmut Gorez/TUR/-1
41.Balint Karposhi/HUN/-1
41.Udzi Okamoto/JPN/-1
41.Mustafa Saglam/TUR/-1
41.Ernestas Baguzas/LIT/-1

66 kg/145.5 lbs.
1.Farid Mansurov/AZE/-24
2.Steve Guenot/FRA/-20
3.Nikolai Gergov/BUL/-19
4.Tomas Lorinc/HUN/-17
5.Harry Lester/USA/-11
6.Arman Adikian/ARM/-10
6.Kim Min Chul/KOR/-10
8.Seiran Simonian/RUS/-9
9.Refik Aivazoglu/TUR/-8
9.Hamid Reihani/Iran/-8
9.Alain Millian/CUB/-8
12.Arunat Kuchinov/RUS/-7
13.Seref Erologlu/TUR/-6
13.Kenat Begaliev/KGZ/-6
15.Mati Kauto/FIN/-5
15.Mark Rial/USA/-5
15.Mohamed Serir/ALG/-5
18.Sergei Kovalenko/RUS/-4
18.Endriks Arteaga/VEN/-4
18.Kim Kal Chol/PRK/-4
18.Masaki Imuro/JPN/-4
18.Ali Mohamadi/Iran/-4
23.Yarko Huiki/FIN/-3
23.Jacob Curby/USA/-3
23.Aleksandar Maksimovich/SER/-3
23.Ame van Mik/Afrique de Sud/-3
23.Artak Ishkanian/FRA/-3
23.Erkan Ulvan/TUR/-3
29.Mihail Siamonov/BLR/-2
29.Beibit Nigumanov/KAZ/-2
29.Gurbinder Singh/IND/-2
29.Chao Ung Lang/C.Taipe/-2
29.Ulises Calderon/MEX/-2
29.Tomas Svierk/POL/-2
29.Hamid Reza Rezai/Iran/-2
29.Sasun Gambarian/ARM/-2
29.Ambako Vachadze/RUS/-2
38.Karel Hanek/CZE/-1
38.Manuhar Chahanadze/GEO/-1
38.Platini Dzabatou/Congo/-1
38.Hamza Louati/TUN/-1
38.Alvis Almendra/PAN/-1
38.Jose Saenz/GUA/-1
38.Vasili Lukov/RUS/-1
38.Markus Tatner/GER/-1
38.Muhran Machutadze/GEO/-1
38.Mehmet Sengiz/TUR/-1
38.Faruk Shahin/USA/-1
38.Sasu Kaasinen/FIN/-1
38.Edgaras Venkaitis/LIT/-1

74 kg/163 lbs.
1.Yavor Yanakiev/BUL/-20
2.Mark Madsen/DEN/-17
3.T.C. Dantzler/USA/-12
4.Kristof Guenot/FRA/-11
4.Valdemaras Venkaitis/LIT/-11
6.Chang Iong Ksiang/CHI/-10
6.Ulian Kvit/POL/-10
8.Roman Meleshin/KAZ/-9
9.Seref Tufenk/TUR/-8
9.Aleh Mihailovich/BLR/-8
9.Vladimir Satskih/UKR/-8
9.Farshad Alizade/Iran/-8
9.Sixto Ochoa/PER/-8
14.Viktor Aniskovech/BLR/-6
14.Aleksandar Kikinev/BLR/-6
14.Daniar Kobonov/KGZ/-6
14.Mehdi Mohamadi/Iran/-6
18.Valteri Moisio/FIN/-5
18.Mesud Zehdene/ALG/-5
18.Murat Argin/SUI/-5
18.Alan Hasli/FRA/-5
22.Aleksandar Kazakevich/LIT/-4
22.Harry Lester/USA/-4
22.Mohsen Gafarzade/Iran/-4
22.Ung Tae/KOR/-4
22.Asset Adilov/KAZ/-4
22.Odeliss Herero/CUB/-4
28.Tero Valimaaki/FIN/-3
28.Genadi Gogishvili/GEO/-3
28.Ahmed Abdelsadek/EGY/-3
31.Ilgar Abdulov/AZE/-2
31.Talan Knox/USA/-2
31.Naresh Kumar/IND/-2
31.Vartares Samurgashev/RUS/-2
31.Tsukasa Tcurumaki/JPN/-2
31.Elton Brown/PAN/-2
31.Halil Abdulahi/Iran/-2
31.Mihail Ivanchenko/RUS/-2
39.Yesi Keki/FIN/-1
39.Marselo Mina/ECU/-1
39.Juan Eskobar/MEX/-1
39.Yadulah Arabjafari/Iran/-1
39.Akram Ziad/TUN/-1
39.Ikefani Ikveakvu/NIG/-1
39.Abel Balitabar/Iran/-1
39.Emre Cemlekchioglu/TUR/-1
39.Ioakim Ardaaalen/NOR/-1
39.Ure Kuhar/SLO/-1
39.Stepan Kricuha/RUS/-1
39.Ramazan Sahin/TUR/-1
39.Benedikt Ernst/AUT/-1
39.Andy Bisek/USA/-1

84 kg/185 lbs.
1.Aleksei Mishin/RUS/-25
2.Badri Khasaia/GEO/-19
3.Falcon Estrada/CUB/-17
4.Taleb Nematpour/Iran/-14
5.Brad Vering/USA/-14
6.Saman Tahmasebi/Iran/-11
7.Kim Jun Sub/KOR/-11
8.Shingo Machumoto/JPN/-10
9.Ara Abrahamian/SWE/-9
10.Nazmi Avludza/TUR/-8
10.Oleg Shokalov/RUS/-8
10.Andrea Minguzzi/ITA/-8
13.Laimutis Adomaitis/LTU/-6
13.Andrei Baranovski/BLR/-6
15.Ardo Arusar/EST/-5
15.Haikel Ashouri/TUN/-5
15.Chas Betts/USA/-5
18.Shalva Gadabadze/AZE/-4
18.Cho Ho Chul/KOR/-4
18.Uri Samohin/KAZ/-4
18.Keith Sieracki/USA/-4
18.Mohamed Bekir/TUR/-4
18.Zaur Kerezev/RUS/-4
24.Dzimi Petersson/SWE/-3
24.David Muntu/Congo/-3
24.Mohamed Ychedag/TUR/-3
27.Cristian Mosquera/COL/-2
27.Victor Sprenger/CAN/-2
27.Zanarbek Kenzeev/KGZ/-2
27.Yania Abutabeeh/YOR/-2
27.Brad Ahearn/USA/-2
27.Davud Abedinzadeh/Iran/-2
27.Davud Akbari/Iran/-2
27.Viacheslav Makarenko/BLR/-2
27.Oleksandar Dorogan/UKR/-2
36.Ivan Iabandziev/BUL/-1
36.Artur Mihailevich/POL/-1
36.Mishel Mabonga/Congo/-1
36.Robert Papp/ROM/-1
36.Joe Agbonaibare/NIG/-1
36.Meluni Numeni/FRA/-1
36.Alim Selimov/BLR/-1
36.Antonio Mendoza/MEX/-1
36.Cristian Ortiz/P.Riko/-1
36.Ioakim Jau/SUI/-1
36.Goran Boianov/SER/-1
36.Artur Shahinian/ARM/-1
36.Mats Rolfsen/NOR/-1
36.Fredrik Shon/SWE/-1

96 kg/211.5 lbs.
1.Gasem Rezai/Iran/-25
2.Ramaz Nozadze/GEO/-20
3.Justin Ruiz/USA/-16
4.Mindaugas Ezerkis/LIT/-13
5.Marek Svec/CZE/-11
6.Diagoro Timonchini/ITA/-11
6.Kenzo Kato/JPN/-11
8.Ahmed Tachiyaldaz/TUR/-10
9.Aslanbek Hustov/RUS/-8
9.Abas Nuri/Iran/-8
9.Jimmy Lidberg/SWE/-8
12.Margulan Asambekov/KAZ/-7
13.Iakob Sedergen/SWE/-5
13.Samir Bouguerera/ALG/-5
13.Vasili Teplouhov/RUS/-5
13.Yosvani Lima Goikoechea/CUB/-5
13.Evgeni Achkasov/RUS/-5
18.Shota Normania/BLR/-4
18.Frich Aanes/NOR/-4
18.Adam Wheeler/USA/-4
18.Karam Gaber/EGY/-4
18.Mehmet Ozal/TUR/-4
18.Andrei Deberni/POL/-4
18.Han Tae Iong/KOR/-4
18.A.Aliev/UZB/-4
26.Gusen Zarachov/RUS/-3
26.Husin Ayari/TUN/-3
26.Vinsent Vidal/FRA/-3
29.Todoris Tunosidis/GRE/-2
29.Hamid Sarsuh/Iran/-2
29.Maksim Safarian/RUS/-2
29.Wang Wei Gun/TPE/-2
29.Scott Seeley/CAN/-2
29.Dmitrii Timchenko/UKR/-2
35.Kaloan Dinchev/BUL/-1
35.Samid Bugeri/ALG/-1
35.William Serrano/ESA/-1
35.Etien van Histiin/RSA/-1
35.Pol Ikpom/NIG/-1
35.Luis Fernandes/BRA/-1
35.Mojtaba Kababi/Iran/-1
35.Oleg Krioka/UKR/-1
35.Emin Ozturk/TUR/-1
35.Timo Kallio/FIN/-1
35.Laiosh Virag/HUN/-1
35.Taisto Hali/FIN/-1
35.Ion Patru/ROM/-1
35.Uha Haapala/FIN/-1

120 kg/264.5 lbs.
1.Mihail Lopes/CUB/-43
2.Hasan Baroev/RUS/-21
3.Dremiel Byers/USA/-19
4.Riza Kayalaap/TUR/-18
5.Masud Hashemzade/Iran/-14
6.Georgi Churchumia/KAZ/-13
7.Yuri Patrikeev/ARM/-11
8.Yanik Schepanik/FRA/-9
8.Mihali Deak Bardosh/HUN/-9
10.Ismail Guzel/TUR/-8
10.David Soldadze/UZB/-8
12.Mindaugas Mizgaitis/LTU/-7
13.Yaser Abdelrahman/EGY/-5
13.Russ Davie/USA/-5
15.Aleksandar Anuchin/RUS/-4
15.Bashin Babajanzade/Iran/-4
15.Hirokazi Suzuki/JPN/-4
18.Achamaz Kabulov/RUS/-3
18.Karim Assadi/TUN/-3
18.David Arend/USA/-3
18.Cesar Fagan/ROM/-3
22.Panaiotis Papadopulos/GRE/-2
22.Ivan Ivanov/BUL/-2
22.Rafael Bareno/VEN/-2
22.Rodrigo Artiheiro/BRA/-2
22.Peyam Zarinpur/Iran/-2
22.Muradin Tuchiev/TJK/-2
22.Hong Hun Hee/KOR/-2
22.Sergei Artuhin/BLR/-2
22.Iosif Chogashvili/BLR/-2
31.Daniel Figara/ITA/-1
31.Niko Shmid/GER/-1
31.Boian Kruzich/SER/
31.Radomir Petkovich/SER/-1
31.Rahim Mahdani/Iran/-1
31.Ksenofont Kotchiombas/GRE/-1
31.Rayan Abrahams/Afrique de Sud/-1
31.Viktor Asprillia/COL/-1
31.Edvin Rodriges/Nikaragua/-1
31.Genadii Lisenko/KAZ/-1
31.Guram Perselidze/GEO/-1
31.Mohsen Bashini/Iran/-1
31.Iohan Evren/SWE/-1
31.Heiko Suupart/EST/-1

Freestyle

55 kg/121 lbs.
1.Besik Kuduhov/RUS/-28
2.Roshvan Gadziev/BLR/-23
3.Baara Naranbaatar/MGL/-21
4.Andy Moreno/CUB/-15
5.Tomohiro Machunaga/JPN/-10
6.Taghi Dadashi/Iran/-10
7.Sezer Akgul/TUR/-9
7.Dilshod Mansurov/UZB/-9
9.Musa Saidubulatov/UKR/-8
9.Henry Cejudo/USA/-8
11.Jan Jae Hon/KOR/-6
12.Genadi Tulbea/MLD/-5
12.Adam Diata/SEN/-5
14.Dzamal Otarsultanow/RUS/-4
14.Kim Sam Nan/PRK/-4
14.Firas/SYR/-4
14.Namik Sevdimov/AZE/-4
14.Abas Dabagi/Iran/-4
19.Mohamed Atia/TUN/-3
20.Labazan Askerbiev/RUS/-2
20.Suhrab Atalail/TUR/-2
20.Stephen Abas/USA/-2
20.Nariman Israpilov/RUS/-2
20.Aleksandar Lasicha/BLR/-2
20.Nick Simmons/USA/-2
20.Gevork Markarian/UKR/-2
20.Vladislav Andreev/BLR/-2
20.John Pineda/CAN/-2
20.Fredi Serrano/COL/-2
20.Vic Moreno/USA/-2
20.Nurlan Oruzbek/KGZ/-2
20.Artur Hromov/RUS/-2
33.Nikolai Starostin/RUS/-1
33.Uri Golub/UKR/-1
33.Aleksandar Koriakin/RUS/-1
33.Vinicis Pedroza/BRA/-1
33.Cezar Roberty/VEN/-1
33.Pier Botta/RSA/-1
33.Feisal Aunie/ALG/-1
33.Yasihiro Inaba/JPN/-1
33.Svetoslav Nejchev/BUL/-1
33.Namik Abdulaev/AZE/-1
33.Bazar Zalsapov/RUS/-1

60 kg/132 lbs.
1.Mavlet Batirov/RUS/-21
2.Tefik Odabashi/TUR/-17
3.Anatoli Guida/BUL/-17
4.Bazar Bazarguriev/KGZ/-13
5.Saed Prizreni/ALB/-11
6.Iogeshvar Dutt/IND/-10
6.Qin He/CHI/-9
8.Alan Dudaev/RUS/-8
8.Givi Sisauri/CAN/-8
8.Georgi Bucur/ROM/-8
8.Angel Cejudo/USA/-8
8.Vasili Fedorishin/UKR/-8
13.Noriuki Takachuki/JPN/-6
14.Hassan Madany/EGY/-5
15.Morad Mohamadi/Iran/-4
16.Adam Batirov/RUS/-4
16.Gilermo Torres/MEX/-4
16.Vais Tlegenov/UZB/-4
16.Suhbaatar Sengedorz/MGL/-4
16.Bair Olin/RUS/-4
16.Martin Berberian/ARM/-4
16.Aleksandar Karnitski/BLR/-4
23.Niils de Jager/RSA/-3
24.Ramazan Saritov/RUS/-2
24.Uri Semakin/UKR/-2
24.Maksim Matus/UKR/-2
24.Jong Min Riom/PRK/-2
24.Mike Zadick/USA/-2
24.Badrudin Magomedov/BLR/-2
24.Andrei Perpelita/MLD/-2
24.Luis Portillio/El Sal/-2
24. Zach Roberson/USA/-2
24.Petre Toarka/ROM/-2
24.Viktor Vilmov/RUS/-2
35.Aslan Dohov/RUS/-1
35.Shawn Bunch/USA/-1
35.Isaak Boaz/NIG/-1
35.Viktor Salobatriatre/SEN/-1
35.Nikolai Leontiev/RUS/-1
35.Uri Balanduk/UKR/-1
35.Luiz Ortiz/P.Riko/-1
35.Maikal Gonzales/CUB/-1
35.Michael Lightner/USA/-1
35.Ersin Cetin/TUR/-1
35.Saed Ahmadi/Iran/-1

66 kg/145.5 lbs.
1.Geandry Garzon/CUB/-21
2.Ramazan Shahin/TUR/-20
3.Trent Paulson/USA/-16
4.Albert Batirov/BLR/-12
5.Irbek Farniev/RUS/-11
5.Otar Tushishvili/GEO/-11
7.Jang Chung Song/PRK/-10
8.Doug Schwab/USA/-9
8.Andrei Stadnik/UKR/-9
10.Rasul Dzukaev/RUS/-8
10.Yasin Bolat/TUR/-8
12.Onurbaat Purevdzaav/MGL/-6
13.Hainrih Barns/RSA/-5
14.Shamil Batirov/RUS/-4
14.Haislan Garcia/CAN/-4
14.Emin Azizov/AZE/-4
14.Viktor Belokopiti/UKR/-4
14.Elman Asgarov/AZE/-4
14.Sushil Kumar/IND/-4
14.Kazuhiko Ikemachu/JPN/-4
21.Idrisse Diatta/SEN/-3
22.Zaur Botaev/RUS/-2
22.Serafim Barzakov/BUL/-2
22.Adam Sobierai/POL/-2
22.Rikardo Roberti/VEN/-2
22.Chris Bono/USA/-2
22.Batzorig Buiandzav/MGL/-2
22.Shamil Abdulaev/RUS/-2
22.Miroslav Dikan/GBR/-2
22.Amir Berukov/RUS/-2
22.Magomed Aziev/RUS/-2
22.Mazen Kadmany/SYR/-2
22.Leonid Spiridonov/KAZ/-2
22.Darsan Dzaparov/RUS/-2
22.Renat Ramazanov/RUS/-2
36.Rafik Alimov/RUS/-1
36.Ramazan Abdurahmanov/AZE/-1
36.Billel Guinie/ALG/-1
36.Mohamed Belayeh/TUN/-1
36.Zirair Hovanesian/ARM/-1
36.Akurek Tanatarov/KAZ/-1
36.Edison Hurtado/COL/-1
36.Pool Ambrocio/PER/-1
36.Tatsuhiro Yonemichu/JPN/-1
36.Jared Lawrence/USA/-1
36.Hamid Mohamadnedzad/Iran/-1
36.Artish Tambulak/RUS/-1

74 kg/163 lbs.
1.Mahach Murtazaliev/RUS/-28
2.Ivan Fundora/CUB/-19
3.Ibrahim Aldatov/UKR/-13
4.Chamsulvar Chamsulvaraev/AZE/-11
5.Cho Bun Kvan/KOR/-10
6.Meisam Gokar/Iran/-10
7.Stefan Georgita/ROM/-9
7.Joe Heskett/USA/-9
7.Murad Gaidarov/BLR/-9
10.Ahmed Gulhan/TUR/-8
10.Andrii Shiika/GER/-8
10.Saifudin Osmanov/KAZ/-8
13.Abdulhakim Shapiev/KAZ/-6
14.Joel Anetmi/NIG/-5
15.Buvaisar Saitiev/RUS/-4
15.Casey Cunningham/USA/-4
15.Gombodorz Dorvanchig/MGL/-4
15.Agil Guliev/AZE/-4
15.Matthew Gentry/CAN/-4
15.Kazauki Nagashima/JPN/-4
15.Aleksandar Motil/BLR/-4
15.Ramazan Shahin/TUR/-4
23.Richard Adinal/Afrique de Sud/-3
23.Travis Paulson/USA/-3
25.Sergei Kirilov/RUS/-2
25.Denis Chargus/RUS/-2
25.Jamie Espinal/P.Riko/-2
25.Donny Pritzlaff/USA/-2
25.Ben Askren/USA/-2
25.Iman Mohamadian/Iran/-2
25.Rigileng Si/CHI/-2
25.Zaur Salautdinov/TJK/-2
25.Oleg Belocherkovski/UKR/-2
34.Muslim Dadaev/RUS/-1
34.Riad Dzelassi/TUN/-1
34.Augusto Midana/GVI/-1
34.Aihan Sucu/TUR/-1
34.Maksimo Blanko/VEN/-1
34.Wilsson Medina/COL/-1
34.Vadim Zaichev/BLR/-1
34.Eric Luedke/USA/-1
34.Ugur Cadir/TUR/-1

84 kg/185 lbs.
1. Georgi Ketoev/RUS/-28
2. Usup Abdusalamov/TJK/-17
2. Joe Williams/USA/-17
4. Serhat Bachi/TUR/-13
5. Reza Yazdany/IRI/-11
5. Zaurbek Sohiev/UZB/-11
7.Soslan Kachoev/RUS/-10
7.Vang Ung/CHI/-10
9.Hamid Tatari/Iran/-10
10.Nurmagomed Nurmagomedov/RUS/-8
10. Jake Herbert/USA/-8
12.Ganzorig Gagnadorz/MGL/-7
13.Aden Rahimi/TUN/-5
14.Sazid Sazidov/RUS/-4
14.David Bichinashvili/GER/-4
14.Magomed Ibrahimov/RUs/-4
14.Abdul Amaev/UZB/-4
14.Jarlis Moskuera/COL/-4
14.Taras Danko/UKR/-4
20.Conrad de Villiers/Afrique de Sud/-3
20.Anzor Urishev/RUS/-3
22.Adam Saitiev/RUS/-2
22.Navruz Temrezov/AZE/-2
22.Ali Imamoglu/TUR/-2
22.Revaz Mindorashvili/GEO/-2
22.Adrian Joude/BRA/-2
22.Utaka Suzuki/JPN/-2
22.Rosmel Gil/VEN/-2
22.Bryce Hasseman/USA/-2
22.Aigum Bagomaev/RUS/-2
22.Clint Wattenberg/USA/-2
22.Ludvig Alborov/RUS/-2
33.Mustafa Khouli/MAR/-1
33.Ablaie Thiam/SEN/-1
33.Willy Parks/USA/-1
33.Reineri Salas/CUB/-1
33.Manuel Garcia/P.Riko/-1
33.Vadim Alborov/RUS/-1
33.Vadim Laliev/ARM/-1
33.Ivan Yankovski/BLR/-1
33.Niko Ganidze/GEO/-1
33.Ermek Baidashov/KAZ/-1

96 kg/211.5 lbs.
1.Khadzimurad Gatsalov/RUS/-24
2.Kurban Kurbanov/UZB/-21
3.Abas Moradi/Iran/-14
4.Saed Ebrahimi/IRI/-13
5.Daniel Cormier/USA/-11
5.Hakan Koc/TUR/-11
7.Aleksei Krupniakov/KGZ/-9
9.Shirwani Muradov/RUS/-8
9.Michel Batista/CUB/-8
9.Sean Stender/USA/-8
9.Georgi Gogselidze/GEO/-8
9.Uri Belonovski/RUS/-8
9.Hetak Gazumov/AZE/-8
15.Daulet Shabanbai/KAZ/-6
16.Moustaffa Emara/EGY/-5
17.Stefan Kehrer/GER/-4
17.Nurzan Kataev/KAZ/-4
17.Damion Hahn/USA/-4
17.Ko Tae Hon/KOR/-4
21.Kakuma Bela Loufu/RSA /-3
22.Sait Bingol/TUR/-2
22.Evgeni Kolomiech/RUS/-2
22.Wang Yanian/CHI/-2
22.Naveen/IND/-2
22.Bartolomei Barnitski/POL/-2
22.William Serrano/El SAL/-2
22.David Zilberman/CAN/-2
22.Saidhasan Abubakirov/RUS/-2
22.Badruhi Belashelashvili/GEO/-2
22.Israel Silva/USA/-2
22.Ibrahim Saidov/RUS/-2
22.Ilimdar Saidov/UKR/-2
34.Nugrun Chukrov/RUS/-1
34.Ruzdi Rahimi/TUN/-1
34.Samuel Seck/SEN/-1
34.Marselo Gimaraesh/BRA/-1
34.Mathew White/P.Riko/-1
34.Kenan Gor/TUR/-1
34.Michael Irving/USA/-1
34.Arash Mardani/Iran/-1
34.Nikolai Cheban/MLD/-1
34.Kurt Backes/USA/-1
34.Yasin Kilic/TUR/-1
34.Alan Zaseev/RUS/-1

120 kg/264.5 lbs.
1.Bilial Mahov/RUS/-22
2.Fardin Masumi/Iran/-18
3.Tommy Rowlands/USA/-17
4.Fatih Shakiroglu/TUR/-16
5.Alexis Rodrigez/CUB/-15
6.Marid Mutalimov/KAZ/-14
7.Artur Taimazov/UZB/-11
7.Vadim Tasoev/UKR/-11
9.Rares Chintoan/ROM/-9
10.Steve Mocco/USA/-8
11.Bahtiar Ahmedov/RUS/-8
12.Aleksei Shemarov/RUS/-5
12.Zarsalaigan Chulunbaat/MGL/-5
12.Willson Siewari/NIG/-5
15.Kuramagomed Kuramagomedov/RUS/-4
15.Bozidar Boiadziev/RUS/-4
15.Liang Lei/CHI/-4
15.Antoni Joude/BRA/-4
15.Marcus Hamman/GER/-4
15.Aidan Polatchi/TUR/-4
21.Hisham Abdelwaheb/EGY/-3
22.Lazaro Marsagashvili/GEO/-2
22.Lari Langovski/MEX/-2
22.Oleg Kalagov/UZB/-2
22.Go Song Jin/KOR/-2
22.Mike Faust/USA/-2
22.Redzeb Kara/TUR/-2
22.Les Sigman/USA/-2
22.Ruslan Basiev/ARM/-2
22.Ali Isaev/AZE/-2
31.Iwan Istenko/UKR/-1
31.Dirk Winterfeld/GER/-1
31.Slim Cheebi/TUN/-1
31.Davie Jakobs/RSA/-1
31.Winchel Negron/P.Riko/-1
31.Arjan Bhular/CAN/-1
31.Maksim Mihalkevich/BLR/-1
31.David Musulbes/SLK/-1


Women

48 kg/105.5 lbs.
1.Chiharo Icho/JPN/-30
2.Clarissa Chun/USA/-16
3.Irina Merlin/UKR/-13
4.Stephanie Murata/USA/-13
4.Carol Huynh/CAN/-13
6.Sara Fulp Allen/USA/-12
7.Li Ksiaomei/CHI/-11
7.Mielis Karipa/VEN/-11
9.Maria Stadnik/AZE/-10
10.Enzargal Chogtbaiar/MGL/-9
11.Patricia Miranda/USA/-8
11.Marina Shishkina/RUS/-8
11.Sofia Matsson/SWE/-8
14.Zamira Rahmanova/RUS/-6
14.Hamza Nazinha/TUN/-6
14.Ren Ksua Cheng/CHI/-6
17.Vanesa Bubriem/FRA/-5
18.Elza Tazetdinova/RUS/-4
18.Neha/IND/-4
18.Ingrid Sellar/El SAL/-4
21.Linda Larson/SWE/-3
21.Sami Ozitti/NIG/-3
21.Psata Fani/GRE/-3
24.Alyssa Lampe/USA/-2
24.Lindzi Rushton/CAN/-2
24.Aleksandra Engelhard/GER/-2
24.Talia Malqui/PER/-2
24.Tatiana Bagatuk/KAZ/-2
24.Natalia Budu/MLD/-2
24.Sunisha Klahan/THA/-2
24.Wu Li Chuan/C.Taipe/-2
24.Viktoria Umelianova/UKR/-2
33.Iana Stadnik/GBR/-1
33.Suzana Almeida/BRA/-1
33.Katiuska Toasa/ECU/-1
33.Mary Kelly/USA/-1
33.Angellee Homma/USA/-1
33.Marine Dimma/MAD/-1
33.Mona Mahmud/EGY/-1
33.Zaklin Shelin/GER/-1
33.Marva Meziani/TUN/-1
33.Natalia Gushchina/RUS/-1
33.Maria LIvach/UKR/-1
33.Ulia Omilusik/POL/-1
33.Sariaane Savola/FIN/-1
33.Sureen Davaa/MGL/-1
33.Cheinesh Bubru/RUS/-1

51 kg/112.25 lbs.
1.Hitomi Sakamoto/JPN/-20
2.Aleksandra Engelhard/GER/-17
3.Ana Trusova/RUS/-16
4.Tatiana Bagatuk/KAz/-15
5.Ren Huacheng/CHI/-13
6.Erika Sharp/CAN/-11
6.An Katerin Delunch/FRA/-11
8.Un Hae Zin/KOR/-10
9.Patricia Miranda/USA/-8
9.Vanesa Boubriem/FRA/-8
9.Ulia Blagina/UKR/-8
12.Natalia Budu/MLD/-7
12.Marina Vilmova/RUS/-7
14.Ana Maksimova/RUS/-6
15.Marina Markevich/BLR/-5
15.Wasila Rafavi/TUN/-5
15.Izabel Samboa/SEN/-5
15.Sabrina Magnusson/SWE/-5
19.Erica Tores/USA/-4
19.Dam Ti Hu/VIE/-4
19.Huan Ven Zuan/CHI/-4
19.Vanessa Brown/CAN/-4
23.Marina Serano/ESP/-3
23.Alena Adashinska/RUS/-3
23.Akuve Chuvendu/NIG/-3
26.Katerina Krasnova/RUS/-2
26.Aiano Suzuki/JPN/-2
26.Renata Omilusik/POL/-2
26.Kai Uri/JPN/-2
26.Tsai Pei Jing/C.Taipe/-2
26.Nadezda Shushko/BLR/-2
26.Aleksandra Kogut/UKR/-2
26.Davasuuh Otgoncuveeg/MGL/-2
26.Audrey Pang/USA/-2
26.Claire Dupont/USA/-2
36.Cheryl Wong/USA/-1
36.Tina Ylinen/FIN/-1
36.Svetlana Asratashvili/BLR/-1
36.Aim Abdulina/KAZ/-1
36.Aurellia Basste/FRA/-1
36.Jennifer Peabody/USA/-1
36.Ekaterina Zenkina/RUS/-1
36.Mpo Madi/RSA/-1
36.Dilek Atakol/TUR/-1
36.Melani Lesafre/FRA/-1

55 kg/121 lbs.
1.Saori Ioshida/JPN/-30
2.Natalia Golts/RUS/-21
3.Tatjana Lazareva/UKR/-17
4.Ida Karlson/SWE/-13
5.Olga Smirnova/KAZ/-11
5.Najdan Odgonzargaal/MGL/-11
7.Alena Filipova/BLR/-10
8.Sally Roberts/USA/-8
8.Ana Zviridovska/POL/-8
8.Tonia Verbiik/CAN/-8
9.Saltanat Abdurahmanova/KAZ/-6
9.Silvia Bilenska/POL/-6
11.Ana Gomes/FRA/-5
11.Marva Amri/TUN/-5
11.Lovina Odohi/NIG/-5
11.Iohana Matson/SWE/-5
15.Marcie Van Dusen/USA/-4
16.Natalia Sinishin/UKR/-4
16.Emese Sabo/HUN/-4
16.Ksu Li/CHI/-4
16.Ksi Ung Cu/TWI/-4
16.Ture Nene/GVI/-4
21.Natalia Smirnova/RUS/-2
21.Magdalena Arelano/MEX/-2
21.Marcia Andrade/VEN/-2
21.Ngiem Tai Gviang/VIE/-2
21.Agata Pietrzak/POL/-2
21.Jessika Behtel/GER/-2
21.Kristian Knittel/GER/-2
21.Irina Hariv/UKR/-2
21.Ana Maksimova/RUS/-2
30.Namsrai Amntula/MGL/-1
30.Sofia Pompuridu/GRE/-1
30.Ehbaiar Tsevemed/MGL/-1
30.Rahtatu Sonko/SEN/-1
30.Tereza Zviridovska/POL/-1
30.Enid Rivera/P.Riko/-1
30.Joice Silva/BRA/-1
30.Olga Narepeha/UKR/-1
30.Ana Maria Paul/ROM/-1
30.Deanna Rix/USA/-1
30.Dina Mirzaeva/UZB/-1
30.Cherae Pascua/USA/-1

59 kg/130 lbs.
1.Audrey Bokashvili/FRA/-20
2.Ludmila Kristea/MLD/-14
3.Stefani Gross/GER/-13
4.Tatiana Padilla/USA/-12
5.Dorj Narmandah/MGL/-11
5.Natalia Sinishin/UKR/-11
7.Li Songi/CHI/-10
8.Britani Laverdure/CAN/-9
8.Sandra Roa/COL/-9
10. Sally Roberts/USA/-8
10.Ida Terres Nerrel/SWE/-8
10.Olga Smirnova/KAZ/-8
10.Erin Tomeo/USA/-8
14.Katerina Ianishkevich/BLR/-5
14.Hela Riabi/TUN/-5
14.Alla Cherkasova/UKR/-5
17.Amanda Gerhard/CAN/-4
17.Anita/IND/-4
17.Kadzita Mizuki/JPN/-4
17.Gudrin Hoie/NOR/-4
17.Galina Legenkina/RUS/-4
22.Meriam Selum/FRA/-3
22.Sonia Ahmadli/AZE/-3
22.Elvina Mursalova/AZE/-3
22.Maria Musa/NIG/-3
26.Sabrina Espozito/ITA/-2
26.Ung Hai Rim/KOR/-2
26.Li Chu Ping/C.Taipe/-2
26.Aldona Hanishevska/POL/-2
26.Tsuda Kaya/JPN/-2
26.Margarita Fatkulina/RUS/-2
26.Kelsey Campbell/USA/-2
26.Othella Lucas/USA/-2
34.Andrea Simon/ROM/-1
34.Adelaida Sambo/SEN/-1
34.Manuela Andriantsalama/MAD/-1
34.Kruza Molgovzeta/POL/-1
34.Joanna Kodzei/POL/-1
34.Wendi Garsia/MEX/-1
34.Samantha Fee/USA/-1
34.Natasha Balash/GER/-1
34.Muriet Dinbelova/KAZ/-1
34.K.Godo/HUN/-1
34.Ameli Mursher/FRA/-1
34.Chagnadorz Narangaarav/MGL/-1

63 kg/138.75 lbs.
1.Kaori Icho/JPN/-30
2.Monika Rogien/POL/-19
3.Elena Shaligina/KAZ/-17
4.Alena Kartashova/RUS/-16
5.Sara McMann/USA/-11
5.Ulia Ostapchuk/UKR/-11
7.Liza Legrand/FRA/-9
8.Alain Berube/USA/-8
8.Marina Dugrenier/CAN/-8
10.Lubov Volosova/RUS/-8
11.Badrah Odonchimeg/MGL/-7
12.Hellena Allandi/SWE/-6
12.Sandra Roa/COL/-6
14.Olga Hilko/BLR/-5
14.Hajat Faraj/EGY/-5
14.Olesa Zamula/AZE/-5
14.Ana Polovneva/RUS/-4
14.Elena Pirozkhov/USA/-4
14.Hoi Min Vei/TAIWAN/-4
14.Randi Miller/USA/-4
21.Nikol Hartman/AUT/-3
21.Agoro Papavisilio/GRE/-3
21.Tori Adams/USA/-3
21.Hadi Diatta/SEN/-3
25.Oksana Shalikova/UKR/-2
25.Ge Zen/CHI/-2
25.Jakhar Geetika/IND/-2
25.Joselin Rojas/VEN/-2
25.Mariana Sastin/HUN/-2
25.Evelina Grivik/SWE/-2
31.Stefani Kouassi/Cot di Voar/-1
31.Yoselin Rojas/VEN/-1
31.Furgen Onal/TUR/-1
31.Diana Miranda/MEX/-1
31.Zumike Geringer/Afrique de Sud/-1
31.Carolin Cardoso/BRA/-1
31.Ludmila Golovchenko/UKR/-1
31.Elina Vaseva/BUL/-1
31.Tereza Mendes/ESP/-1
31.Ekaterina Melnikova/RUS/-1

67 kg/147.5 lbs.
1.Natalia Kuksina/RUS/-27
2.Jing Rui Kse/CHI/-20
3.Martina Dugrenier/CAN/-13
4.Daria Karpenko/KAZ/-13
5.Katie Downing/USA/-11
5.Nasaarburma Ochirbaat/MGL/-11
7.Ulia Bartnovska/RUS/-10
7.Mami Shinkai/JPN/-10
9.Yoshiko Inoe/JPN/-9
10.Elena Shaligina/KAZ/-8
10.Elena Pirozkhov/USA/-8
10.Monika Rogien/POL/-8
13.Liza Legrand/FRA/-5
13.Iheancho Ifeoma/NIG/-5
15.Maria Muller/GER/-4
15.Megan Dollan/CAN/-4
15.Paulina Grabovska/POL/-4
15.Zang Feng Li/CHI/-4
19.Maria Kachina/TUR/-3
19.Zosian Soloniana/MAD/-3
19.Aurelia Gerlak/FRA/-3
22.Evgenia Atamanova/RUS/-2
22.Amberlee Ebert/USA/-2
22.Stefany Maierhofer/AUT/-2
22.Magda Pitrzik/POL/-2
22.Suman Kundu/IND/-2
22.Yong So Yung/KOR/-2
22.Stefanie Shaw/USA/-2
22.Ana Polovneva/RUS/-2
22.Irina Bogdanova/RUS/-2
31.Darina Sanzeeva/RUS/-1
31.Burku Orskaia/TUR/-1
31.Chiaki Idzima/JPN/-1
31.Ase Karlson/SWE/-1
31.Ashley Sword/USA/-1
31.Sana Chortani/TUN/-1
31.Sambo Eufrazie/SEN/-1
31.Maria Kachina/AZE/-1
31.Olga Ignatuk/BLR/-1
31.Sara Hilliard/USA/-1
31.Dzenifar Butner/GER/-1
31.Mari Guseti/FRA/-1
31.Irina Bogdanova/RUS/-1

72 kg/158.5 lbs.
1.Stanka Zlateva/BUL/-44
2.Guzel Manurova/RUS/-19
3.Unda Maider/ESP/-16
4.Burmaa Ochirbaat/MGL/-15
5.Kristie Marano/USA/-13
5.Olga Zanibekova/KAZ/-13
7.Stephany Lee/USA/-12
8.Kioko Hamaguchi/JPN/-10
9.Wang Xu/CHI/-9
10.Dzeni Fransson/SWE/-5
10.Alena Perepelkina/RUS/-5
10.Amarachi Obiandzunva/NIG/-5
10.Iris Smith/USA/-5
14.Alena Starobutceva/RUS/-5
15.Okenefa Akuffo/CAN/-4
15.Xu Ksiang/CHI/-4
15.Ana Panova/KAZ/-4
18.Maria Vroni/GRE/-3
18.Agneshka Viezchak/POL/-3
18.Sabrin Matluti/TUN/-3
21.Ali Bernard/USA/-2
21.Hwang Eun Joo/KOR/-2
21.Anitta Shaltze/GER/-2
21.Rozengella Koinsensao/BRA/-2
21.Ana Vavrizka/POL/-2
21.Ekaterina Bukina/RUS/-2
27.Sheherezada Bentorki/FRA/-1
27.Irina Chirkevich/BLR/-1
27.Desire Smitt/RSA/-1
27.Laure Ali Anabel/CAM/-1
27.Jaresmitt Weffer/VEN/-1
27.Mariana Kolich/FRA/-1
27.Diana Murda/ROM/-1
27.Natasha Sandrine/CIV/-1
27.Seda Unal/TUR/-1

April 5, 2008

Tolly Thompson healthy again, ready to take aim at making U.S. Olympic Team

Tolly Thompson healthy again, ready to take aim at making U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team
Craig Sesker USA Wrestling
04/05/2008

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – It was a hot summer night in northeast Iowa in 1984 when a wide-eyed, 10-year-old was captivated by what was unfolding on television.

A young wrestler named Tolly Thompson immediately set a goal that night.

He wanted to win an Olympic gold medal.

“I was watching the Olympics, and I remember seeing Bobby Weaver carrying his kid around after he won the gold medal,? Thompson said. “It was really exciting. I decided I wanted to do something like that someday.?

Thompson will have that opportunity this year. The 34-year-old freestyle heavyweight enters what likely will be his final U.S. Olympic Team Trials as one of the contenders to make the American team.

Thompson made U.S. World Teams in 2005 and 2006, winning a bronze medal at the 2005 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Thompson suffered through an injury-plagued 2007 season. He injured his back and shoulder during a semifinal loss to Cole Konrad at the U.S. Nationals and was defeated by Les Sigman in his first match at the U.S. World Team Trials.

Thompson, a past NCAA champion for Nebraska, is currently ranked seventh in the U.S. at 120 kg/264.5 lbs. He recently returned to competition and earned a win over a wrestler from Belarus in a dual meet in Washington, D.C.

Thompson (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Sunkist Kids) said he is back healthy again entering the U.S. Nationals on April 23-26 in Las Vegas.

“I feel good and I’ve been training real hard,? Thompson said Saturday as he watched the action at the ASICS/USA Wrestling Folkstyle Nationals. “I’m ready to go. I have plenty of experience and I’m excited to see how I fare at the Open.?

Thompson, an assistant coach at Northern Iowa, was among the many people helping put on the massive, three-day wrestling event this weekend. Around 2,400 wrestlers are competing on 22 mats at Folkstyle Nationals.

“This is a great event and it’s still growing,? he said. “It’s huge for our community and for Iowa. The goal for next year should be 3,000 wrestlers.?

Tommy Rowlands, fifth in the World in 2007, will be the No. 1 seed at the U.S. Nationals with Steve Mocco seeded second.

“It’s a lot easier to make the (Olympic) Team when you win the Open,? Thompson said of the U.S. Nationals. “I don’t really see myself as an underdog. You have to wrestle, no matter what you’re seeded. We’ve all wrestled each other enough – there really are no secrets between us.?

Thompson said he doesn’t perceive his age as something that works against him.

“I think Bruce Baumgartner was 38 when he was done, and I’m 34,? Thompson said. “I don’t feel any different than I did three years ago.?

Thompson will be competing in his third Olympic Team Trials. He placed second to World silver medalist Kerry McCoy at the 2004 Trials in Indianapolis. The 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials are scheduled for June 13-15 in Las Vegas.

“Obviously, there is a lot of pressure to make the Olympic Team,? Thompson said. “There are only seven spots on the team and it’s a meatgrinder. I feel like I have the experience and I know I will be ready for the Trials in June.?

Thompson said he hasn’t decided if he'd hang up his shoes after this season.

“All my focus is on this year and this moment,? he said. “I will worry about next year down the road. Who knows? I may decide to wrestle another year.?

Thompson was asked what it would mean to realize an Olympic dream he has had for nearly 24 years.

“I not only want to make the Olympic Team, I want to go win a gold medal for the United States,? he said. “That’s what we train for, to be the best in the World. That’s what I’m working for.?

March 21, 2008

NCAA Wrestling Championships Blog

SESSION TWO - Thursday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m.

POST THREE: 149 pounds is loaded with Big Ten stars

The championship bracket at 149 pounds during the second session was loaded with Big Ten athletes.

The first match was No. 1 Brent Metcalf of Iowa vs. Kurt Kinser of Indiana. The second match was No. 9 Lance Palmer of Ohio State vs. No. 8 Jake Patacsil of Purdue. The third match featured No. 5 Josh Churella of Michigan.

The bottom bracket also had three Big Ten wrestlers, including a pairing of No. 6 Bubba Jenkins of Penn State against No. 11 Ryan Lang of Northwestern. The other Big Ten wrestler in the bottom bracket is No. 2 Dustin Schlatter of Ohio State.

After the second round, five of the Big Tenners advanced to the quarterfinals. The only losses came in the head-to-head conference battles where Metcalf beat Kinser, 10-5, Palmer beat Patacsil, 14-6 and Jenkins edged Lang, 4-3. Also winning were Churella and Schlatter.

There will only be one Big Ten showdown in Friday’s quarterfinals, when Metcalf battles Palmer.

By the way, the standings at the Big Ten went like this: 1 – Metcalf, 2 – Schlatter, 3- Churella, 4- Patacsil, 5- Jenkins, 6- Palmer, 7 – Lang, 8- Kinser.


POST TWO: From 10 qualifiers to one, the first session results

Two teams qualified a full team of 10 athletes this year at the NCAA Championships, Big 12 champion Iowa State and EWL champion Edinboro.

A total of 10 teams bring just one wrestler: Boston Univ., Clarion, Delaware State, Duquesne, Eastern Michigan, Michigan State, Millersville, Ohio, VMI and Virginia Tech.

Of the one-person teams, Michigan State has the best possibility for making an impact, as Big Ten champion Franklin Gomez is the top seed at 133 pounds.

Iowa State moved nine of their 10 through the first round. Winners were No. 5 Nick Fanthorpe (133), No. 9 Nick Gallick (141), Mitch Mueller (149), No. 7 Cyler Sanderson (157), No. 6 Jonathan Reader, Aron Scott (174), No. 1 Jake Varner (184), David Bertolino (197) and No. 7 David Zabriskie (HWT). Mueller won two bouts in the session, giving Iowa State 10 wins for the morning. This put the Cyclones in third place with 16 team points.

Edinboro did not fare as well. The Scots lost its first three weight classes, then Daryl Cocozzo (149), No. 1 Gregor Gillespie (157), No. 12 Jarod King (165) and Joe Fendone (HWT) ended up with wins. Edinboro stood in 21st place with 7.5 points.

The first round saw a match between the two 10-athlete teams, as unseeded David Bertolino of Iowa State beat unseeded Patrick Bradshaw of Edinboro at 197 pounds by major decision, 10-0.

Of the schools with one qualifier, only two wrestlers won a bout. Winners included Gomez, who scored 12-3 major decision over Josh Baldridge of UNI, plus Josh Wine of VMI at heavyweight.

POST ONE: Brother acts have mixed results during the first session

There are five sets of brothers who are wrestling in the 2008 NCAA Championships. All of the brother pairs compete for the same college team. They are:
• Headlee brothers of Pitt: Drew (141) and Ethan (165)
• Gillespie brothers of Edinboro: Torsten (141) and No. 1 Gregor (157)
• Schlatter brothers of Minnesota: No. 2 Dustin (149) and No. 5 C.P. (157)
• Sinnott brothers of Central Michigan: No. 5 Brandon (174) and No. 4 Christian (184)
• Smith brothers of Boise State: No. 10 Kirk (184) and Nick (285)

Of the brother acts, the Schlatters and the Sinnotts both won their first matches. All three of the other brother combinations had one win, including Drew Headlee, Gregor Gillespie and Kirk White.

Stay tuned to see if either the Schlatters or the Sinnotts can both qualify for the finals.

SESSION ONE - Thursday, March 20, 11:00 a.m.

POST FIVE: A few more things from Session One
Minnesota had a great early start, winning their first two matches by pin with No. 2 Jason Ness at 125 pounds (1:17 over Marcus Orozco of UC Davis) and No. 8 Mac Reiter at 133 pounds (2:13 over Jeff Schell of Brown) and a technical fall by Manuel Rivera at 141 pounds (16-0 over Torsten Gillespie of Edinboro). The Gopher momentum was halted at 174 pounds, when No. 8 Gabe Dretsch lost to Nathan Lee of Boise State.

Defending NCAA champion Gregor Gillespie of Edinboro brought a new look with him to the NCAA Tournament this year. He cut his hair into little clumps, dying them to make him look like a leopard. Earlier this season, Gillespie had a Mohawk cut. He opened the tournament with 17-0 techical fall over Spencer Manley of Navy.

There are five undefeated wrestlers going into the tournament and all of them opened up with victories. After their first round wins, the records of the perfect wrestlers are: Chad Mendes of Cal Poly at 125 (27-0), Keith Gavin of Pitt at 174 (26-0), Jake Varner of Iowa State at 184 (25-0) and Josh Glenn of American (16-0). Of the unbeatens, Glenn is the only returning national champion, and has the longest winning streak in the tournament with 39 in a row going back to last year.

Getting a good first match is a key for these athletes to keeping their streak alive.

# “I pushed through the Pac-10 and had a hard push until this week in practice. I feel like I am peaking,? said Mendes.
# “It was a good first match; I scored a lot of points. It was a good warmup. It’s good to get this out of the way,? said Gavin.
# “It is good to be back here. I have been looking forward to this all year,? said Glenn.

POST FOUR: More notes as the tournament winds on
The Univ. of Oregon, which plans to drop its wrestling program after this tournament, has two entries in the tournament this weekend. Wrestling leaders among the alumni and fans in the state are waging an active war to try to convince the administration there to reverse the decision and retain the program. The Ducks won their first match of the day when Ryan Dunn captured his bout at 133 pounds against William Ashnault of Lock Haven. Dunn was second at the Pac-10 Championships and entered the tournament with a 23-7 record.

In a battle of All-Americans at 157 pounds, No. 8 Jordan Leen of Cornell defeated unseeded Ryan Hlusack of Drexel, 4-3 at 157 pounds. Both wrestlers entered the tournament with a drop in ranking based upon the conference tournaments. Leen was upset in the finals at the EIWA Championships and Hluschak lost in the finals of the Colonial Athletic Association.

No. 6 Lou Ruggerello of Hofstra won a match which went three overtimes, defeating Univ. of Tennessee-Chattanooga’s Stephen Hromada, 3-2. Chattanooga protested the decision, but it was denied.


POST THREE: Some interesting stuff at the lower weights

There was a wild match in the first round at 125 pounds, when No. 7 Michael Sees of Bloomsburg racked up the points in a 21-10 win over Collin Cudd of Wisconsin to open the tournament.

There were a few upsets, even if considered mild, at 133 pounds in the first round.

Mark McKnight of Penn State stopped No. 12 Tyler Shinn of Oklahoma State, 5-1 in the first round, a match that caught the fan’s attention. McKnight had Shinn on his back in danger early in the match, and kept on the pressure.

No 9 seed Zach Tanelli of Wisconsin also took a first-round loss, dropping a 7-5 decision to Conor Beebe of Central Michigan. Beebe took him down in the last seconds for the victory.

At 141 pounds, Bailey of Oklahoma upset No. 8 Dan LeClair of Iowa, 8-7. As often happens, when a wrestler from a major program like Iowa or Oklahoma State goes down, the crowd makes a big deal of things.

POST 2 of 10: Inspiring Robles wins Bout One of the tournament

Bout one of the NCAA Tournament included freshman Anthony Robles of Arizona State, the athlete with one leg who received tremendous national coverage after winning a national high school folkstyle title. Robles, who had a top 20 national ranking at 125 pounds earlier this year, qualified by placing second in the Pac-10 with a 19-7 record. He drew Brandon Kinney of Columbia in the pig-tail round, bout one on mat one.

Robles, who starts down on one knee on the whistle, took down Kinney on a low leg shot, and turned him twice with three-point tilts for a quick 8-0 lead. Kinney got an escape late in the first period. The second period saw some position changes with reversals and takedown, but Robles held the edge on the mat. The match ended 11-5 with 2:57 of riding time, it ended 12-5. Robles has a much bigger upper body than his opponent and was very strong in the top position.

His reward for winning that first match is a first round bout with No. 1 Angel Escobedo of Indiana.

The first pin of the session came on mat four in the pigtails, when No. 6 Lou Ruggirello of Hofstra put away Cory Vombaur of Wyoming quickly at 133 pounds.

POST 1 of 10: Travel problems plague attendees at NCAA Championships

As often happens at the NCAA Championships, one of the hardest things to do is get all the athletes, coaches, officials and fans to one location. Weather in March can still be pretty harsh, and travel often includes delayed and cancelled flights. This year, the problem in parts of the Southern Plains has been rain and floods.

I (Gary Abbott) ran into some of this on Tuesday, flying from Oklahoma to Missouri. Rain was everywhere in the region, with problems specifically in Dallas, where hundreds of flights were cancelled and the airport closed at times. American Airlines had a system-wide computer problem, which affected Oklahoma City. We arrived a few hours late, but my bag took more than two days to finally get to the hotel this morning.

Leah Howard, SID for Michigan, told of the journey of the Wolverine team, which ran into delays and then a cancelled flight in Chicago. Michigan, which has six entries and some of the top favorites, had to secure a bus to drive down to St. Louis that night.

Ron Good of Amateur Wrestling News tells of his drive through Missouri where many roads were severely flooded. Because he was in a mobile home, police let the AWN group through an especially bad stretch of flooded roads because of the size of their vehicle. Passenger cars were not allowed to pass. Good explains that about an hour after they passed that hazard, the road was closed.

Fans from the east, especially for teams such as Penn and Drexel, were stranded for most of Wednesday in the airport in Philadelphia, many arriving in the wee-hours of the night last evening. In spite of the delays, most have arrived in time for the 11:00 a.m. start on Thursday morning.

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February 17, 2008

USA loses to Russia and Ukraine at Freestyle World Cup

USA loses to Russia and Ukraine at Freestyle World Cup
Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
02/16/2008

VLADIKAVKAZ, RUSSIA – The U.S. dropped dual meets to Russia and Ukraine during the first day of the Freestyle World Cup, the international dual meet championships, on Saturday.

Russia defeated the USA, 6-1, and Ukraine stopped the USA, 4-3. The losses place the United States in the fifth-place match against Turkey on Sunday.

In the dual meet against host Russia, Steve Mocco (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) won the only bout for the USA, stopping Bakhtiyar Akhmedov of Russia, 2-0, 2-0.

2004 Olympic silver medalist Stephen Abas (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) won the first period against Osip Mikhailov at 55 kg/121 lbs., but the Russian won the second and third periods, 3-2, 1-0.

National Freestyle Coach Kevin Jackson believed the USA could have won three of the bouts against Russia. Abas was leading 2-0 in the second period, but was taken down with a fireman’s carry and held to his back to give that period to Mikhailov. In the final period, Mikhailov won the clinch. Also, at 84 kg/185 lbs., Andy Hrovat (Ann Arbor, Mich./New York AC) dominated the first period against World and Olympic champion Adam Saitiev, but was edged by a point in the final two periods.

Against Ukraine, the USA had to forfeit at 60 kg/132 lbs. when Nate Gallick (Chattanooga, Tenn./Sunkist Kids) could not compete due to an injury in the Russian dual meet. The U.S. won three of the six matches contested.

Winning his second match of the day was Mocco, who stopped Ivan Ischenko, 0-1, 1-0, 1-0. Other winners for the USA in the Ukrainian dual meet were Nick Simmons (Williamstown, Mich./Sunkist Kids) at 55 kg/121 lbs. and Ben Askren (Columbia, Mo./Sunkist Kids) at 84 kg/185 lbs.

“We brought a younger group of athletes to see if they could compete against the best wrestlers in the world,? said Jackson. “We wanted to see the areas of concentration they need to work on to compete at this level. My hopes are we will beat Turkey tomorrow.?

“My hopes and thoughts are that things have to change in their daily training and environments so they will not fall into the same training traps that the older athletes have in recent years,? continued Jackson. “I am hoping that these athletes will make the necessary changes in their training. We will see that over the next month. If losing doesn’t open their eyes, they will have some tough matches in the future.?

Russia will face Cuba in the championship match on Sunday, while Ukraine will battle Uzbekistan in the third-place match.

The dual meet between Cuba and Uzbekistan ended at 3-3, due to a double disqualification at 66 kg/145.5 lbs., when athletes from both teams were thrown out of the match for fighting. FILA officials awarded the team victory to Cuba, which has advanced to the finals.

Looking towards the 2008 Beijing Olympics

“This is a great environment to wrestle,? said Jackson of the popularity of wrestling in this part of Russia. “It is unfortunate that we weren’t able to win our matches today.?

- additional information from Russian Wrestling Federation website and Iranian Wrestling Federation website

FREESTYLE WORLD CUP
At Vladikavkaz, Russia, Feb. 16

Group A

Russia 6, United States 1
55 kg/121 lbs. - Osip Mikhailov (Russia) dec. Stephen Abas (USA), 0-1, 3-2, 1-0
60 kg/132 lbs. - Alan Dudaev (Russia) dec. Nate Gallick (USA), 1-0, 3-0
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Shamil Batirov (Russia) dec. Zack Esposito (USA), 7-0, 4-1
74 kg/163 lbs. - Denis Tsargush (Russia) dec. Ben Askren (USA), 3-0, 4-0
84 kg/185 lbs. - Adam Saitiev (Russia) dec. Andy Hrovat (USA), 1-7, 1-0, 1-0
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Ibrahim Saidov (Russia) dec. Kurt Backes (USA), 3-1, 2-0
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Steven Mocco (USA) dec. Bakhtiyar Akhmedov (Russia), 2-0, 2-0

Ukraine 4, USA 3
55 kg/121 lbs. – Nick Simmons (USA) dec. Alexander Galagan (Ukraine), 1-0, 6-3
60 kg/132 lbs. – Yevgeny Havilov (Ukraine) won by forfeit
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Andrei Stadnyk (Ukraine) dec. Jared Frayer (USA), 0-7, 3-1, 6-0
74 kg/163 lbs. – Ben Askren (USA) dec. Gia Chihladze (Ukraine), 3-2, 5-1
84 kg/185 lbs. - Alik Muzaev (Ukraine) dec. Andy Hrovat (USA), 0-4, 1-0, 1-0
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - George Tibilov (Ukraine) dec. Kurt Backes (USA), 0-1, 1-4
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Steve Mocco (USA) dec. Ivan Ischenko, 0-1, 1-0, 1-0

Russia 7, Ukraine 0
55 kg/121 lbs. - Besik Kuduhov (Russia) dec. Alexander Galagan (Ukraine), 1-0, 1-0
60 kg/132 lbs - Alan Dudaev (Russia) dec. Yevgeny Havilov (Ukraine), 1-0, 2-0
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Irbek Farniev (Russia) dec. Andrei Stadnyk (Ukraine) (4-1, 2-0)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Buvaysar Saytiev (Russia) dec. Gia Chihladze (Ukraine), 2-1, 7-0
84 kg/185 lbs. - Georgy Ketoev (Russia) dec. Alik Muzaev (Ukraine), 3-0, 1-0
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Shirvani Muradov (Russia) dec. George Tibilov (Ukraine), 1-0, 3-0
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Soslan Gogloev (Russia) dec. Ivan Ischenko, 1-0, 1-0

Group B
(no individual scores available)

Cuba dec. Turkey, 7-0
Cuba dec Uzbekistan, 3-3 (officials decision)
Uzbekistan dec Turkey, 6-1

January 23, 2008

UPDATED: Six U.S. wrestlers win golds at Guelph Open in Canada

UPDATED: Six U.S. wrestlers win golds at Guelph Open in Canada
Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
01/21/2008

Six wrestlers from the United States claimed gold medals at the Guelph Open in Guelph, Ontario, January 20.

Claiming gold medals in the men’s freestyle wrestling division were:
• Brad Pataky, Clearfield, Pa. (New York AC) at 55 kg/121 lbs.
• Ryan Churella, Ann Arbor, Mich. (New York AC) at 74 kg/163 lbs.
• Bryce Hasseman, Colorado Springs, Colo. at 84 kg/185 lbs.
• Mike Faust, Iowa City, Iowa (Gator WC) at 120 kg/264.5 lbs.

Claiming gold medals in the women’s freestyle division were:
• Chelynne Pringle, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Minnesota Storm) at 55 kg/121 lbs.
• Tori Adams, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids) at 63 kg/138.75 lbs.

Of special note was the victory by Pringle at 55 kg/121 lbs., as the silver medalist was 2004 Olympic silver medalist Tonya Verbeek of Canada. Verbeek did not wrestle in the finals, losing the match to Pringle by injury default.

There were two all U.S. finals. At 74 kg/163 lbs., Churella defeated Matt Lackey, Champaign, Ill. (New York AC) in the finals. At 84 kg/185 lbs., Hasseman beat B.J. Padden, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids).

In total, the USA had 13 medals. At 84 kg/185 lbs., the U.S. swept all three medals, with Clint Wattenburg, Ithaca, N.Y. (New York AC) adding a bronze medal to join Hasseman and Padden on the podium.

The New York AC won the team title in men’s freestyle with 30 points, ahead of the runner-up Brock WC from Canada with 24 points. In women’s freestyle, the Brock WC was the team champion with 36 points, followed by the Sunkist Kids with 24 points.

GUELPH OPEN
At Guelph, Canada, January 20

Men’s freestyle medalists

55 kg/121 lbs.
Gold – Brad Pataky (New York AC)
Silver –Frank Mensah (Canada-BMWC)
Bronze – Danny Felix (Sunkist Kids)
4th – Michael Martinez (Wyoming)
5th – Vince Cormier (Canada-UNB)
6th – Raj Virdi (Canada-BMWC)

60 kg/132 lbs.
Gold – Gia Sissaouri (Canada-Montreal)
Silver – C.J. Hudson (Canada – Brock)
Bronze – John Pineda (Canada-BMWC)
4th – Alan Moffat (Canada-Guelph)
5th – Cody Airdrie (Canada-Guelph)
6th – Josh Lee (Canada-Brock)

66 kg/145.5 lbs.
Gold – Evan MacDonald (Canada-Brock)
Silver – Ryan Weicker (Canada-Brock)
Bronze – Jack Bodn (Canada-Salisbury)
4th – Ben Sayah (Canada-NCWC)
5th – Mitch Fryia (Canada-Lakehead)
6th – Mike Celli (Canada-MAC)

74 kg/163 lbs.
Gold – Ryan Churella (New York AC)
Silver – Matt Lackey (New York AC)
Bronze – Danny Brown (Canada- Guelph)
4th – Daniel Oliver (Canada-Huskies)
5th – Matt Miller (Canada-NFC)
6th – Matt Sparling (Canada-Guelph)

84 kg/185 lbs.
Gold – Bryce Hasseman (New York AC)
Silver – B.J. Padden (Sunkist Kids)
Bronze – Clint Wattenburg (New York AC)
4th – Terry Madden (New York AC)
5th – Benjamin Wissel (Canada-Boiler)
6th – Roozbeh Banihashemi (Canada-BMWC)

96 kg/211.5 lbs.
Gold – Jagroop Bhullar (Canada-BMWC)
Silver – Korey Jarvis (Canada- Guelph)
Bronze – Kyle Grant (Canada-Guelph)
4th – Marcel Scott (Canada-Guelph)
5th – Ben Eaglestone (Canada-Metro WC)

120 kg/264.5 lbs.
Gold – Mike Faust (Canada - Gator WC)
Silver – Mike Neufeld (Canada - Brock WC)
Bronze – Walter McCrindle (Canada-Guelph)
4th – Dave Rector (Canada-X-Caliburs)
5th – Jamie Cadotte (Canada-Rebels)
6th – Jamie Cox (Canada-Guelph)

Men’s Team Standings
1. New York AC, 30 pts.
2. Brock WC, 24 pts.
3. Burnaby Mountain WC, 23 pts.
4. Guelph WC, 20 pts.
5. Sunkist Kids, 12 pts.
6. (tie) Gator WC and Montreal WC, 10 pts.

U.S. Men’s Freestyle Results

55 kg/121 lbs. – Brad Pataky, Clearfield, Pa. (New York AC), 1st
WIN Aso Palani (Canada), Pin
WIN Chris Camarata (Canada), Pin
WIN Michael Martinez (Wyoming), Pin
WIN Frank Mensah (Canada), Pin

55 kg/121 lbs. – Danny Felix, Morgantown, W.Va. (Sunkist Kids), 3rd
WIN Brandon Eyer (Canada)
WIN Kirk Ackerman (Canada)
LOSS Frank Mensah (Canada)
WIN Vince Cormier (Canada)
WIN Michael Martinez (Wyoming)

55 kg/121 lbs. – Michael Martinez, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Wyoming), 4th
WIN Raj Virdi (Canada)
WIN David Tremblay (Canada)
LOSS Brad Pataky (New York AC), Pin
WIN Raj Virdi (Canada)
LOSS Danny Felix (Sunkist Kids)

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Mike Harari (New York AC), DNP
LOSS Eric MacKinnon (Canada), TF
LOSS Nick Gavel (Canada), Pin

74 kg/163 lbs. – Ryan Churella, Ann Arbor, Mich. (New York AC), 1st
WIN Wolff Schweitzer (Canada), Pin
WIN Eamonn Dorgan (Canada), TF
WIN Daniel Oliver (Canada), Pin
WIN Matt Lackey (New York AC)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Matt Lackey, Champaign, Ill. (New York AC), 2nd
WIN Peter Leaman (Canada), TF
WIN Mathieu DesChatelets (Canada), Pin
WIN Danny Brown (Canada)
LOSS Ryan Churella (New York AC)

84 kg/185 lbs. – Bryce Hasseman, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC), 1st
WIN Ryan McCracken (Canada), TF
WIN Mark Anthony Roache (Canada)
WIN Clint Wattenburg (New York AC)
WIN B.J. Padden (Sunkist Kids)

84 kg/185 lbs. – B.J. Padden, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids), 2nd
WIN James Yonushonis (New York AC)
WIN Paul Rabjohn (Canada), TF
WIN Roozbeh Banihashemi (Canada), Pin
LOSS Bryce Hasseman (New York AC)

84 kg/185 lbs. – Clint Wattenburg, Ithaca, N.Y. (New York AC), 3rd
WIN Benjamin Bissel (Canada)
WIN Alex Brown-Theriault (Canada)
LOSS Bryce Hasseman (New York AC)
WIN Benjamin Bissel (Canada)
WIN Terry Madden (New York AC), Pin

84 kg/185 lbs. – Terry Madden, Staten Island, N.Y. (New York AC), 4th
WIN Corey Lee (Canada)
LOSS Roozbeh Banihashemi (Canada)
WIN Peter Dimmell (Canada), TF
WIN Jeremy Cruise (Canada), FF
WIN Mark Anthony Roache (Canada), Pin
WIN James Yonushonis (New York AC)
WIN Roozbeh Banihashemi (Canada)
LOSS Clint Wattenburg (New York AC), Pin

84 kg/185 lbs. – James Yonushonis, Philipsburg, Pa. (New York AC), DNP
WIN Alex Dyas (Canada)
LOSS B.J. Padden (Sunkist Kids)
WIN Kevin MacLellan (Canada)
WIN Alex Brown-Theriault (Canada)
LOSS Terry Madden (New York AC)

84 kg/185 lbs. – Tony Ganson, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids), DNP
LOSS Alex Brown-Theriault (Canada)
LOSS Benjamin Wissel (Canada)

120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Mike Faust, Iowa City, Iowa (Gator AC), 1st
WIN R.J. Piper (Canada), Pin
WIN Denis Mason (Canada), Inj.
WIN Jamie Cadotte (Canada)
WIN Mike Neufeld (Canada), Inj.

Women’s freestyle medalists

48 kg/105.5 lbs. –
Gold – Lindsay Rushton (Canada-Guelph)
Silver – Clarissa Chun (Sunkist Kids)
Bronze – Alana King (Canada-Brock)
4th – Ashley McKilligan (Canada-BMWC)
5th – Hajar Ashtiaui (Finland)
6th – Coralie Dixon (Canada-Guelph)

51 kg/112.25 lbs.
Gold – Vanessa Brown (Canada-Rebels)
Silver – Liz Sanli (Canada-Brock)
Bronze – Jenn Nguyen (Canada-LWWC)
4th – Sam Dunlop (Canada-LWWC)
5th – Rachel Baudurchans (Canada-Guelph)

55 kg/121 lbs.
Gold – Chelynne Pringle (Minnesota Storm)
Silver – Tonya Verbeek (Canada-Brock)
Bronze – Terri McNutt (Canada-LWWC)
4th – Gilian Gallays (Canada-Huskies)
5th – Lesley McCallum (Canada-LWWC)
6th – Cheryl Wong (New York AC)

59 kg/130 lbs.
Gold – Michelle Fazzari (Canada-Brock)
Silver – Erin Tomeo (Sunkist Kids)
Bronze – Heidi Erdle (Canada- Jr. Dinos)
4th – Kelsey Campbell (Sunkist Kids)
5th – Meghan King (Canada-Cattown)
6th – Celeste Rodrigues (Canada-Brock)

63 kg/138.75 lbs.
Gold – Tori Adams (Sunkist Kids)
Silver – Stacie Anaka (Canada-BMWC)
Bronze – Stefenie Shaw (New York AC)
4th – Nikita Chicoine (Canada-Montreal)
5th – Ashley Routliffe (Canada-Guelph)
6th – Avalon Doyle (Canada-Metro)

67 kg/147.5 lbs.
Gold – Martine Dugrenier (Canada-Montreal)
Silver – Meaghan Wilton (Canada-Guelph)
Bronze – Jessica Fitzgerald (Canada-CEN)
4th – Jeramie Herrington (Canada-Lakehead)
5th – Inga VanVliet (Canada-Cattown)
6th – Allison Leslie (Canada-Guelph)

72 kg/158.5 lbs.
Gold – Emma Brightwell (Canada – Lakehead)
Silver – Jocelyn Dressier (Canada-Brock)
Bronze – Debra Jehu (Canada-Brock)

82 kg/180.5 lbs.
Gold – Beth Thompson (Canada-Huskies)
Silver – Alyssa James (Canada-UOT)

Women’s Team Standings
1. Brock WC, 36 pts.
2. Sunkist Kids, 24 pts.
3. Guelph WC, 15 pts.
4. (tie) Huskies, Lakehead and Montreal WC, 13 pts.

U.S. Women’s Freestyle Results

48 kg/105.5 lbs. – Clarissa Chun, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids), 1st
WIN Coralie Dixon (Canada)
WIN Alana King (Canada)
WIN Lindsay Rushton (Canada)

55 kg/121 lbs. – Chelynne Pringle, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Minnestoa), 1st
WIN Karen Duquette (Guelph), Pin
WIN Cheryl Wong (New York AC), Pin
WIN Tonya Verbeek (Canada), Inj.

55 kg/121 lbs. – Cheryl Wong, Croton, N.Y. (New York AC), 6th
WIN Lesley McCallum (Canada)
LOSS Chelynne Pringle (Minnesota), Pin
LOSS Gilian Gallays (Canada), Pin
LOSS Lesley McCallum (Canada)

59 kg/130 lbs. – Erin Tomeo, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids), 2nd
WIN Amy Whitehead (Canada), TF
WIN Meghan King (Canada)
WIN Celeste Rodriguez (Canada), TF
LOSS Michelle Fazzari (Canada)

59 kg/130 lbs. – Kelsey Campbell, Oregon City, Ore. (Sunkist Kids), 4th
WIN Katrina Huszarik (Canada)
LOSS Michelle Fazzari (Canada)
WIN Amy Whitehead (Canada)
WIN Leah Dougherty (Canada)
WIN Celeste Rodrigues (Canada)
LOSS Heidi Erdle (Canada)

63 kg/138.75 lbs. – Tori Adams, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids), 1st
WIN Nikita Chicoine (Canada)
WIN Stacie Anaka (Canada)

63 kg/138.75 lbs. – Stefanie Shaw, Waterford, Conn. (New York AC), 3rd
LOSS Nikita Chicoine (Canada)
WIN Ashley Routliffe (Canada)
WIN Nikita Chicoine (Canada

December 1, 2007

U.S. freestyle team set to compete in dual-meet event in Russia

The United States - and the rest of the World for that matter – have a long way to go to catch the powerful freestyle team from Russia.

The Russians turned in one of the most dominating performances in the history of the World Championships by crowning six champions at the 2007 World meet in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Members of the 2007 U.S. World Team will try to narrow the gap with the Russians when they compete in the CSKA Freestyle Open Team Cup dual matches on Dec. 1 in Moscow, Russia.

Teams from the U.S., Russia, Turkey, Cuba, Ukraine and Iran have been invited to take part in the dual-meet event.

“We’re looking to go over there and wrestle the way we’re capable of wrestling,? USA Wrestling National Coach Kevin Jackson said. “This will be a part of the piece of the puzzle for determining who is on our World Cup team. I’m expecting Russia to put their No. 1 team on the mat. It should be a great competition for our team.?

The U.S. finished fourth in the team race at the 2007 World Championships. Bronze medalist Daniel Cormier was the lone medalist for the U.S. team at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. American teammates Doug Schwab (66 kg/145.5 lbs.), Joe Heskett (74 kg/163 lbs.), Joe Williams (84 kg/185 lbs.) and Tommy Rowlands (120 kg/264.5 lbs.) each lost their bronze-medal matches and each placed fifth. Williams is a past two-time World bronze medalist.

Heskett retired from wrestling last month after undergoing surgery for a heart condition that was discovered shortly after he returned home from the Worlds. Heskett will be replaced in the U.S. lineup in Russia by 2007 World Team Trials runner-up Casey Cunningham and 2006 World bronze medalist Donny Pritzlaff at 74 kilos.

2006 World silver medalist Mike Zadick (60 kg/132 lbs.) and 2007 Pan American Games gold medalist Henry Cejudo (55 kg/121 lbs.) complete the U.S. squad.

Russia boasts six reigning World champions in the seven freestyle weight classes. They include Besik Kudukhov at 55 kg/121 lbs., Mavlet Batirov at 60 kg/132 lbs., Makhach Murtazaliev at 74 kg/163 lbs., Georgy Ketoev at 84 kg/185 lbs., Khadshimourad Gatsalov at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. and Beylal Makhov at 120 kg/264.5 lbs.

Turkey’s Ramazan Shahin won the 2007 World title at 66 kg/145.5 lbs.

Numerous World and Olympic medalists from the six nations are expected in this outstanding field.

U.S. men’s freestyle lineup
55 kg/121 lbs. – Henry Cejudo, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
60 kg/132 lbs. – Mike Zadick, Solon, Iowa (Gator WC)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Doug Schwab, Iowa City, Iowa (Gator WC)
74 kg/163 lbs. – Donny Pritzlaff, Madison, Wis. (New York AC)
74 kg/163 lbs. – Casey Cunningham, Mt. Pleasant, Mich. (Sunkist Kids)
84 kg/185 lbs. – Joe Williams, Belvidere, Ill. (Sunkist Kids)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Daniel Cormier, Stillwater, Okla. (Gator WC)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Tommy Rowlands, Columbus, Ohio (Sunkist Kids)
Coaches – Kevin Jackson, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Terry Brands, Colorado Springs, Colo.