|U.S. wrestlers weigh in on first day of freestyle at Dmitry Korkin International in Russia|
By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
YAKUTSK, Russia – Seven U.S. men’s freestyle wrestlers will compete on the opening day of the Dmitry Korkin International on Saturday.
The U.S. has three athletes competing at 84 kg/185 lbs. As determined by random draw, two of the U.S. athletes will wrestle each other in the opening round, Tyrel Todd (Ann Arbor, Mich./New York AC) and Max Askren (Somers, N.Y./New York AC). Askren was an NCAA champion for Missouri, and Todd was an All-American for Michigan.
Both Todd and Askren won matches in a dual meet against a regional Russian team last weekend.
The other American competing at 84 kg/185 lbs. is former Pittsburgh NCAA champion Keith Gavin (Bethlehem, Pa. /Lehigh Valley AC), who faces Batmukh Magmarsyren of Mongolia, a 2008 Asian Junior bronze medalist.
At 55 kg/121 lbs., former Cornell All-American Frank Perrelli (Ithaca, N.Y./New York AC) opens with Valerian Petrov of Russia.
The U.S. has three entries at 66 kg/145.5 lbs.: Kevin LeValley (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Storm), Adam Hall (New York, N.Y./New York AC) and Chase Pami (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids). This weight class is being redrawn, so their pairings are not currently available. We will update this when we receive the information.
DMITRY KORKIN INTERNATIONAL
At Yakutsk, Russia
U.S. men’s freestyle draws for Saturday
55 kg/121 lbs. – Frank Perrelli, Ithaca, N.Y. (New York AC)
Vs. Valerian Petrov (Russia)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Kevin LeValley, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Adam Hall, New York, N.Y. (New York AC)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Chase Pami, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
84 kg/185 lbs. – Keith Gavin, Bethlehem, Pa. (Lehigh Valley AC)
Vs. Batmukh Magmarsyren (Mongolia), 2008 Asian Junior bronze medalist
84 kg/185 lbs. – Tyrel Todd, Ann Arbor, Mich. (New York AC)
Vs. Max Askren (USA)
84 kg/185 lbs. – Max Askren, Somers, N.Y. (New York AC)
Vs. Tyrel Todd (USA)