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A strong team of American Greco-Roman wrestlers are set to compete in back-to-back tournaments in Europe over the next two weekends.

2006 U.S. World Team members Justin Ruiz and Jacob Clark are among the American wrestlers scheduled to compete in the Vantaa Cup in Vantaa, Finland, on Nov. 25 and 26 and in the Haparanda Cup in Haparanda, Sweden, on Dec. 2 and 3.

Ruiz (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) will compete at 96 kg/211.5 pounds with Clark (Okinawa, Japan/U.S. Marine Corps) at 84 kg/185 pounds. Ruiz is a past World Bronze Medalist.

Past Olympian and World Team member Brad Vering (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) also is expected to wrestle at 84 kg/185 pounds. Vering placed third at the U.S. World Team Trials in 2006 after making the previous three World Teams in addition to the 2004 Olympic Team.

National Team members Russ Davie and Nathan Piasecki also are scheduled to compete in the two events. Davie placed second at the 2006 U.S. World Team Trials at 120 kg/264.5 pounds. Piasecki competes at 60 kg/132 pounds.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULES

VANTAA CUP - VANTAA, FINLAND

Saturday, Nov. 25

Noon - First session of Greco-Roman competition
6 p.m. - Second session of Greco-Roman competition

Sunday, Nov. 26

10 a.m. - Third session of Greco-Roman competition
2 p.m. - Final session of Greco-Roman competition

HAPARANDA CUP - HAPARANDA, SWEDEN

Saturday, Dec. 2

10 a.m.-1 p.m. - First session
3-7 p.m. - Second session

Sunday, Dec. 3

10 a.m.-noon - Third session
2-4 p.m. - Finals

U.S. ROSTER

GRECO-ROMAN

55 kg/121 pounds - Anthony Brooker, Santa Barbara, Calif. (U.S. Air Force)
60 kg/132 pounds - Nathan Piasecki, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Pinnicle Performance WC)
66 kg/145.5 pounds - Shannon Slack (New York AC)
66 kg/145.5 pounds - Donny DePatto, Quantico, Va. (U.S. Marine Corps)
66 kg/145.5 pounds - James Shillow, Stafford, Va. (U.S. Marine Corps)
74 kg/163 pounds - Brian Piasecki, Minocqua, Wis. (USOEC)
84 kg/185 pounds - Brad Vering, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
84 kg/185 pounds - Jacob Clark, Okinawa, Japan (U.S. Marine Corps)
84 kg/185 pounds - Justin Millard, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force)
84 kg/185 pounds - Jeremy Pederson, Quantico, Va. (U.S. Marine Corps)
96 kg/211.5 pounds - Justin Ruiz, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
96 kg/211.5 pounds - Moises Hernandez, Quantico, Va. (U.S. Marine Corps)
120 kg/264.5 pounds - Russ Davie, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)

Coaches - Dan Hicks, Triangle, Va.; Rich Estrella, Colorado Springs, Colo.
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