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|Beach Nationals and World Team Trials returns to Rochester, N.Y., July 9-11|
By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
Two-time U.S. Beach National champion Nate Patterson (right) competes at the 2009 U.S. Beach Nationals in Rochester, N.Y.
The nation’s top beach wrestlers are preparing for the 2010 U.S. Beach National Wrestling Championships and World Team Trials will return to Ontario Beach Park (also called Charlotte Beach) in Rochester, N.Y., July 9-11.
It will be the fourth year in a row that Rochester has hosted the U.S. Beach Nationals and World Team Trials, and the event has grown each of the previous seasons. In 2009, a record 125 participants entered the U.S. Beach Nationals in Rochester.
Wrestlers can register online for the event by visiting the official website linked below:
U.S. Beach Nationals/World Team Trials website
The 2010 U.S. Beach National Championships will be held on Saturday, July 10, with competition in five age groups: Schoolboy/girl, Cadet, Junior, Senior (men and women) and Veterans. In all age groups, weight classes will be determined after weighins, using the blocked weight system.
Two of the returning 2009 Senior Beach National champion have won two career Beach titles, Trevor Chinn of Team Titan at 170 pounds and Nate Patterson of Team Cook at 187.5 pounds.
The Senior Beach World Team Trials will be held on Sunday, July 11. Participants must qualify for this event at the U.S. Beach Nationals the previous day. The Senior Beach World Team Trials will determine the U.S. athletes who will compete in 2010 FILA World Beach Wrestling Championships, set for Budva, Montenegro, August 28-30.
The United States is still seeking its first World champion in Beach wrestling. Jeff Funicello of American Pankration has won two career Beach World bronze medals, the most of any American.
For the third year, the National High School Beach Duals will also be held on Sunday, July 11. High school club teams can enter this competition, and battle for team trophies and bragging rights. A record number of teams entered the 2009 competition. The addition of the High School Duals gives athletes two full days of quality wrestling. Team Titan Worldwide I is the defending champion.
The local organizing committee is the Team Titan Worldwide Wrestling Club, an active and respected USA Wrestling sanctioned club in the community, along with the Monroe County Sports Commission.
“We think we are in great shape,” said Event Director Lou Lombardo. “There has been much interest in the event all year. We expect more dual meet teams this year, in addition to a big field at the national championships.”
Held alongside the U.S. Beach Nationals and World Team Trials will be a number of other exciting sports events at the beach, including beach volleyball, adult kickball, pickleball and other entertainment.
Participants can download a complete packet of information on activities and accommodations in Rochester during the Beach Nationals at the following link:
2010 Rochester Welcome Packet for Beach Nationals
Beach Wrestling was added as a new style of international wrestling, starting in 2005. Athletes compete on sand, in a style that features takedowns within a ring. The sport has been growing in popularity across the nation.
USA Wrestling has sanctioned Beach events since 2005, and held its first U.S. Beach National Championships and World Team Trials in 2006. FILA hosted the first World Championships in 2006 in Antalya, Turkey.
2010 BEACH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE
At Rochester, N.Y., July 9-11
Friday, July 9 (at Cheeburger Cheeburger)
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Early Beach Wrestling National Championship Registration 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Early Medical Check & Weigh-ins
Saturday, July 10 (at Ontario Beach Park)
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Beach Wrestling National Championships Registration
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Medical Check and Weigh-ins 11:30 a.m. to conclusion - Beach Wrestling National Championships
Sunday July 11 (at Ontario Beach Park)
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. - National High School Beach Duals registration, medical check and weigh-ins
10:00 a.m. to conclusion - Beach Wrestling Senior World Team Trials 10:00 a.m. to conclusion - National High School Beach Duals
Sunday will also be an emergency make-up day for competition in case of inclement weather on Saturday. Sessions and schedule subject to change.
*Optional Weigh-in Site on Friday is Cheeburger Cheeburger Restaurant, 1000 North River Street, Rochester, NY 14612, (585) 271-2433
2009 U.S. Beach National Champions
Senior Men champions
139. - Rocco Rosso (Cheeburger Cheeburger)
160.- Gordon Leach (Irondequoit)
170. - Trevor Chinn (Team Titan)
180.- Ben Johnstone (RIT)
187.5 - Nate Patterson of Team Cook
193 - Jason McGuckin of West Side Wrestling
210 - Brett Giehl of West Side Wrestling
321 - Mike Carroll of Team Avalanche
Senior Women champions
148 - Pat Fox of Team Titan
130 - Mike Gentilcore of Spartan Wrestling Club
143 - Nate Smith of Hilton
151. - Bobby Burg of Team Titan
160. - Mike Clark of Team Titan
171 - Sean Grove of RIT
189. - Zerik Miller of Team Titan
221 - Brandon Contreras of Team Titan
120 - Jeff Kommer of Westside Wrestling Club
138 - Chaz Milly of McQuaid
150 - Tory Cain of Wayne
160 - Nick DeFranco of Webster Thomas
185 - Benny Youngman of Team Titan
277 - Jeffrey Timmerman of Williamson HS
91 - Mitch Moran of Team Titan
100 - Christopher Auer of High Point
117 - Benjamin Brooks of Team Titan
130 - - Patrick Oliveri of Irondequoit
146 - Keanu Budia of Williamson HS
158 - Dan Nier of Holley Weird
180 - Mike Morone of Unattached
205 - Cpt Robert Peterson of Sand Hill Wrestling Club
321 - Michael Cain of Unattached
2009 Beach World Team Trials medal match results
Senior Men - Over 187.5 pounds
1st - Mike Carroll (Team Avalanche) dec. Dennis Cannon (Kellam Mat Rats), 2-0
3rd - Brett Giehl (West Side Wrestling Club) dec. Matthew Mahon (Ithaca College), 2-0
5th - Mikhail Solomonik (Penfield) dec. Jason McGuckin (West Side Wrestling Club), 2-0
Senior Men - Under 187.5 pounds
1st - Nate Patterson (Team Cook) dec. Jeff Funicello (American Pankration/Sunkist), 2-1
3rd - Ben Johnstone (RIT) dec. Gordon Leach (Irondequoit), 2-0
2009 National High School Beach Duals final results
1st - Team Titan Worldwide I dec. Empire WC, 7-2
3rd - South Seneca dec. Spartan WC, 5-4
5th - Team Titan Worldwide II dec. Gnarly Graphics, 5-4
7th - Cheeburger-Cheeburger dec. Warsaw, 5-4