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|U.S. lineups set for Vantaa and Haparanda Cups for Greco-Roman wrestlers|
By John Fuller USA Wrestling
The U.S. Marine Corps will send five wrestlers to the Vantaa Cup in Vantaa, Finland, Nov. 26-27 and the Haparanda Cup in Haparanda, Sweden, Dec. 3-4. Both events are attended annually by U.S. Greco-Roman athletes as they serve as a warm-up to the upcoming Winter Tour season.
Two-time U.S. World Team Trials runner-up Jacob Clark (Quantico, Va./U.S. Marine Corps) will lead the squad at 84 kg/185 lbs. Clark is also a two-time Armed Forces champion (2004-05) and he won a silver medal at the Haparanda Cup last year.
Two other Marine wrestlers will compete at 84 kg as well, Ryan Cunningham (Quantico, Va./U.S. Marine Corps) and Jeremy Pederson (Quantico, Va./U.S. Marine Corps).
Cunningham, a former three-time NCAA All-American at Central Michigan Univ., placed eighth in the Haparanda Cup last year. Earlier this year, he won a bronze medal at the Granma Cup in Cuba.
Pederson placed eighth at this year's U.S. Nationals. He also placed second at the FILA Junior National Championships and fourth in the University National Championships in 2005.
Also competing for the U.S. Marines in these two events will be Jeremy McLean (Quantico, Va./U.S. Marine Corps) at 60 kg/132 lbs. and Joe Zinkan (Quantico, Va./U.S. Marine Corps) at 74 kg/163 lbs.
McLean placed fourth in this year's University National Championships. He also placed sixth in the Vantaa Cup last year.
Zinkan placed fourth in the 2005 Armed Forces Championships.
Also competing will be U.S. Nationals runner-up Russ Davie (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) at 120 kg/264.5 lbs. In the past year, Davie has established himself as an international force, winning a silver medal at the 2004 World Cup and another silver medal at the 2004 Pan American Championships.
The coach of the team will be Dan Hicks (Quantico, Va.), who placed third at the 2005 U.S. World Team Trials. He was a five-time Armed Forces champion (1997-2000, 2002).
Last year, six U.S. wrestlers placed in the top 10 at the Haparanda Cup. At the Vantaa Cup, Phil Johnston of the U.S. Air Force won a bronze medal to lead the U.S. squad.
TheMat.com will provide updates from these events.
Vantaa Cup at Vaanta, Finland, Nov. 26-27 and
Haparanda Cup at Haparanda, Sweden, Dec. 3-4
60 kg/132 lbs. - Jeremy McLean, Quantico, Va. (U.S. Marine Corps)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Joe Zinkan, Quantico, Va. (U.S. Marine Corps)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Jacob Clark, Quantico, Va. (U.S. Marine Corps)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Ryan Cunningham, Quantico, Va. (U.S. Marine Corps)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Jeremy Pederson, Quantico, Va. (U.S. Marine Corps)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Russ Davie, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
Coach: Dan Hicks, Quantico, Va.