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|World medalists Funicello, Dolmo win U.S. Beach Nationals titles in Rochester|
By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Both 2007 World Beach bronze medalists who entered this year's U.S. Beach Nationals were able to claim national titles on Saturday at Ontario Beach Park.
Jeff Funicello (Gilbert, Ariz./American Pankration) captured the 187-pound title and Carlos Dolmo (Bronx, N.Y./Blast Double NY) won the 302-pound class, adding national titles to their World medals from last summer.
Funicello won three matches, including a 2-1 victory over 2007 U.S. Beach Nationals champion Neil Cook (Rochester, N.Y./Team Titan) in the championship match.
Dolmo also won three bouts, including a 2-1 win over runner-up Mike Carroll (Lake Winola, Pa./Avalanche) in the finals. Dolmo won his second straight U.S. Beach Nationals title.
The top three placewinners in each Senior weight class earn a spot in Sunday's U.S. Beach World Team Trials, which will also be held at Ontario Beach Park. There are two weight classes in the U.S. World Team Trials, Below 85 kg (187.5 lbs) and Above 85 kg (187.5 lbs.).
The top three placewinners at the U.S. Beach World Team Trials earn a spot on the U.S. team which will compete in Durres, Albania, Sept. 20.
Eight U.S. Beach National champions were crowned on the Senior level. One of the most impressive performances was at 171 pounds, when Nate Patterson (Ontario, N.Y./Team Cook) captured the gold medal. Patterson won all three matches, including victories over a pair of 2007 Beach National champions. Patterson defeated last year's 176-pound champion Ray Downey (Babylon, N.Y./Razor WC), 1-0, and pinned last year's 165-pound champion Trevor Chinn (Canandaigua, N.Y./Team Titan) in 1:45.
Chinn placed second and Downey placed third in the weight class, also qualifying for Sunday's World Team Trials. Chinn defeated Downey in their matchup by referee's decision in a scoreless match.
Other individual champions on the Senior level were Christopher Nakis (Rochester, N.Y./Rush Henrietta) at 139-pounds, Kevin Sackett (Webster, N.Y/Team Titan) at 158 pounds, David Bates (Tarrytown, N.Y./unattached) at 181 pounds, Josh Patterson (Ontario, N.Y./Team Cook) at 197 pounds and Corey Waite (Johnson City, N.Y./Team Cook) at 207 pounds.
A pair of women champions were determined on the Senior level, Anne Dinshah (Erie, Pa./Raging Raisins) at 102.1 pounds and Tanya Kusse (Webster, N.Y./Team Titan) at 132 pounds.
National titles were also determined on the Schoolboy, Cadet, Junior and Veterans levels.
Joe Bonaldi (Rochester, N.Y./Team Titan) claimed the 140-pound title in the Cadet division, winning a Cadet Beach National title for the second straight year. Bonaldi also won the 140-pound gold last year.
Also winning a Cadet National title at 103 pounds was Nick Cegleski (Rochester, N.Y./Team Titan). Cegelski was a Schoolboy Beach National champion last year at 100 pounds.
Team Titan won the Beach Belt Battle for the second straight year, winning the club title at the U.S. Beach Nationals. Team Titan had 13 individual champions in all the weight classes combined.
U.S. BEACH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Rochester, N.Y., July 5, 2008
139 - Christopher Nakis (Rochester, N.Y./Rush Henrietta)
158 - Kevin Sackett (Webster, N.Y/Team Titan)
171 - Nate Patterson (Ontario, N.Y./Team Cook)
181 - David Bates (Tarrytown, N.Y./unattached)
187 - Jeff Funicello (Gilbert, Ariz./American Pankration)
197 - Josh Patterson (Ontario, N.Y./Team Cook)
207 - Corey Waite (Johnson City, N.Y./Team Cook)
302 - Carlos Dolmo (Bronx, N.Y./Blast Double NY)
102 - Anne Dinshah (Erie, Pa./Raging Raisins)
132 - Tanya Kusse (Webster, N.Y./Team Titan)
129 - Adam Volo, Rochester, N.Y. (Team Titan)
148 - Tim Coughlin, Conesus, N.Y. (Team Titan)
161 - Josh Veltre, Rochester, N.Y. (Team Titan)
168 - John Velieri, Hilton, N.Y. (Chee Dynasty)
180 - Ethan Phillips, Sodus, N.Y. (Team Titan)
199 - Zack Shotwell, Rochester, N.Y. (Team Titan)
265 - Enzo Zagari, Rochester, N.Y. (Spencerport)
103 - Nick Cegleski, Rochester, N.Y. (Team Titan)
125 - Chester Demaychick, Rochester, N.Y. (Gates Chili)
140 - Joe Bonaldi, Rochester, N.Y. (Team Titan)
149 - Alec Panipinto, Webster, N.Y. (Apex)
156 - Craig Scott, Lyons, N.Y. (Team Titan)
195 - Tim Jordan, Newark, Del. (unattached)
95 - Benjamin Brooks, Rochester, N.Y. (Team Titan)
135 - Harlly Kusse, Webster, N.Y. (Webster)
140 - Josh Reed, Rochester, N.Y. (Webster)
138 - Christopher Nakis, Rochester, N.Y. (Rush Henrietta)
186 - Joe Morone, Churchville, N.Y. (Team Titan)
252 - Jason Clarcq, Rochester, N.Y. (Team Titan)
For complete results, visit TrackWrestling.com