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Remaining USA Grappling summer schedule includes seven qualifying events



The USA Grappling season gains momentum headed into June with a number of sanctioned events being held around the country.

Athletes will have the opportunity to compete in the World Team Trials Qualifying Series as well as other international and state events. In addition to the qualifying events, there are sanctioned tournaments in California and Illinois.

Seven qualifying events remain in the Grappling Qualifying Series. All athletes must have a USA Wrestling membership and be U.S. citizens to be eligible to compete in the Grappling World Team Trials Qualifying Series, as well as the U.S. Grappling World Team Trials. USA Wrestling memberships can be purchased on www.themat.com.

These USA Wrestling sanctioned qualifiers will identify the best Grapplers in the United States, and give them an opportunity to try out for the 2008 U.S. Grappling World Team, which will compete at the Grappling World Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland on December 20-21.

In order to qualify for the 2008 U.S. Grappling World Team Trials, which is for Senior-level athletes, men must place in the top four in their weight class and women must place in the top three of their weight class. Returning 2007 U.S. World Team Trials champions automatically qualify for the 2008 U.S. World Team Trials.

For more information or to include you USA Wrestling-sanctioned Grappling event in this schedule, please contact Jason Townsend at jtownsend@usawrestling.org or 719-598-8181.

All wrestlers are encouraged to attend USA Wrestling Grappling events. It is a great opportunity to become part of the new Grappling program at USA Wrestling.

TENTATIVE USA GRAPPLING SCHEDULE
(as of June 4)

California State Grappling Championships

Location: San Jose McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, CA
Date: June 6- 7, 2008
Contact; Chris Carlino (714) 334-9257, chriscarlino@mac.com
Event Info: www.ca-usaw.org/events/2008/mega.html

Middle Atlantic Regional Grappling Qualifier
Location: Phoebus HS, Hampton, VA
Date: June 6- 7, 2008
Contact: Will Townsend (757) 450-7469, vausagrappling@yahoo.com
Pre-Register: www.trackwrestling.com/tw/registration/BasicPreReg1.jsp?tournamentGroupId=421009
Event Info: www.themat.com/eventfliers/2008/G_MiddleAtlanticRegional.pdf

Midwest Regional Grappling Qualifier
Location: Wright College, Chicago, IL
Date: June 20- 21, 2008
Contact: Joe Manzello (630) 495-9717, usagrapplingchicago@yahoo.com
Pre-Register: www.themat.com/eventfliers/2008/G_MidwestRegional.pdf

Southeast Regional Grappling Qualifier
Location: River Ridge Middle School, New Port Richey, FL
Date: June 27- 28, 2008
Contact: Russ Schenk (727) 922-7229, rschenk@pasco.k12.fl.us
Pre-Register: www.trackwrestling.com/tw/registration/BasicPreReg1.jsp?tournamentGroupId=431009
Event Info: www.themat.com/eventfliers/2008/G_SoutheastRegional.pdf

Southwest Regional Grappling Qualifier
Location: Throwdown Training Center, Las Vegas, NV
Date: June 27- 28, 2008
Contact: Scott Bieri (702) 340-0484, scott@ckjj.com
Pre-Register: www.trackwrestling.com/tw/registration/BasicPreReg1.jsp?tournamentGroupId=430009
Event Info: www.themat.com/eventfliers/2008/G_SouthwestRegional.pdf

Hawaiian Islands Regional Grappling Qualifier
Location: The Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, HI
Date: July 12- 13, 2008
Contact: Bryan Sanders (808) 688-3962, bdshawaii@hotmail.com
Pre-Register: www.trackwrestling.com/tw/registration/BasicPreReg1.jsp?tournamentGroupId=429009
Event info: www.themat.com/eventfliers/2008/G_HawaiianRegional.pdf

Northwest Regional Grappling Qualifier
Location: Parkrose HS, Portland, OR
Date: July 18- 19, 2008
Contact: Scott McKendry (503) 661-4134, scottm@tqmma.com
Pre-Register: www.trackwrestling.com/tw/registration/BasicPreReg1.jsp?tournamentGroupId=428009
Event Info: www.themat.com/eventfliers/2008/G_NorthwestRegional.pdf

Chicago Grappling Open
Location: Wright College, Chicago, Ill.
August 16, 2008
Contact: Eric Wetzel (630) 495-9717, usagrapplingchicago@yahoo.com

Last Chance Grappling Qualifier
Location: No Limits MMA, Irvine, Calif.
Date: August 22- 23, 2008
Contact: Chris Carlino (714) 334-9257, chriscarlino@mac.com
Pre-Register: www.trackwrestling.com/tw/registration/BasicPreReg1.jsp?tournamentGroupId=427009
Event Info: www.themat.com/eventfliers/2008/G_LastChanceQualifier.pdf

USA Grappling World Team Trials
Location: Sierra College, Rocklin, Calif.
Date: September 13- 14, 2008
Contact: Chris Carlino (714) 334-9257, chriscarlino@mac.com
Event Info: www.themat.com

World Wrestling Games
Location: Durres, Albania
Date: September 18- 20, 2008
Contact: Jason Townsend (719) 598-8181, jtownsend@usawrestling.org
*Athletes must be selected as part of the U.S. National Team to participate.

FILA World Grappling Championships
Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Date: December 20- 21, 2008
Contact: Contact: Jason Townsend (719) 598-8181 jtownsend@usawrestling.org
*Athletes must be selected as part of the U.S. National Team to participate.
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