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Gary Abbott USA Wrestling

U.S. international wrestlers will compete in tournaments in Finland and France over the Thanksgiving weekend.

A team of six U.S. Greco-Roman athletes are scheduled to wrestle at the Haavisto Cup in Ilmajoki, Finland on Saturday, November 24.

Among the athletes on this Greco-Roman tour is 2011 U.S. World Team member Andy Bisek (Colorado Springs, Colo./Minnesota Storm) at 74 kg/163 lbs. Bisek won a gold medal last weekend at the Haparanda Cup in Sweden.

Three U.S. wrestlers will compete at the Henri Deglane Challenge in Nice, France, November 23-24. The team will consist of one athlete in each of the international styles.

Competing for the United States is 2011 World champion Adeline Gray (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC). Gray won her World title at 67 kg/147.5 lbs. She will move up to 72 kg/158 lbs. to compete in France. Gray was a University World champion in 2012 at 72 kg.

At Ilmajoki, Finland, November 24

U.S. Greco-Roman participants
66 kg/145.5 lbs.- Ben Sanchez, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Thrasher Porcher, Chuluota, Fla. (USOEC)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Andy Bisek, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Minnesota Storm)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Geordan Speiller, Oviedo, Fla. (Florida Jets)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Zac Nielsen, Zimmerman, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Robbie Smith, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
Coach – Assistant National Coach, Momir Petkovic, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Referee – James Stinson, Sulphur, La.

Event Schedule

Saturday, November 24
Greco-Roman, all weight divisions

At Nice, France, November 23-24

U.S. women’s freestyle participant

72 kg/158 lbs. – Adeline Gray, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)

U.S. men’s freestyle participant
55 kg - Mark McKnight, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC)

U.S. Greco-Roman participant
84 kg – Shaun Scott, Millersville, Pa.

Referee – Shawn Thorsen, Buffalo, Wyo.

Event Schedule

Friday, November 23
Greco-Roman and Men’s Freestyle (55, 66, 84, 120 kg), Women (55, 72)

Saturday, November 24
Greco-Roman and Men’s Freestyle (60, 74, 96), Women (48, 63)
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