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Elena Pirozhkova of the USA on the way to her 2012 World gold medal at 63 kg in Sherwood Park, Canada. Pirozhkova is among the star athletes expected at the 2013 Dave Schultz Memorial International. Ikuo Higuchi photo.

The tentative rosters have been submitted for the 2013 Dave Schultz Memorial International Championships, and so far, they boast more than 20 World Championship medalists and six Olympic medalists.

This annual international event, entering its 15th year, will be held in Sports Center I at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Jan. 31 – Feb. 2. Greco-Roman will compete on Thursday, men’s freestyle on Friday and women’s freestyle on Saturday.

The international teams set to compete include Benin, Bulgaria, Canada, China, France, the Honduras, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Mongolia, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Togo, the United States and Venezuela.

Tentative rosters for the U.S. and tentative international delegations have been compiled.

World Champions slated to wrestle at this year’s tournament include 2012 World Champions from the USA: Elena Pirozhkova at 63 kg/138.75 lbs. and Adeline Gray at 67 kg/147.5 lbs. Both are past University World champions, and Gray boasts a Junior World title. Another 2012 World Champion, Jessica MacDonald of Canada at 51 kg/112.25 lbs., will also compete. 2005 World Champion Iris Smith of the USA at 72 kg/158.5 lbs. is also expected.

Olympic and World medalists are also arriving from around the world. 2012 Olympic silver medalist and 2010 World Champion Sushil Kumar at 66 kg/145.5 lbs. will compete for India. Also in freestyle is 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Akzhurek Tanatarov wrestling at 74 kg/163 lbs. from Kazakhstan. Coming out of Lithuania are Olympic bronze medalists in Greco-Roman, Aleksandr Kazakevich at 74 kg/163 lbs. and Mindaugas Mizgaitis at 120 kg/264.5 lbs. Greco-Roman star Johan Euren of Sweden was also an Olympic bronze medalist at 120 kg/264.5 lbs.

Among other top athletes include numerous World and Olympic Team members and Junior and University World champions and medalists.

A list of past World and Olympic medalists expected to attend are below, listed alphabetically by first name:

Greco-Roman (competes Thursday, Jan. 31)
- Aleksandr Kazakevich, Lithuania, 74 kg – 2012 Olympic bronze medalist
- Almat Kebispayev, Kazakhstan, 60 kg – 2011 World silver medalist, 2010 World bronze medalist
- Johan Euren, Sweden, 120 kg – 2012 Olympic bronze medalist
- Mindaugas Mizgaitis, Lithuania, 120 kg – 2008 Olympic bronze medalist
- Nurmakhan Tinaliev, Kazakhstan, 120 kg – 2010 & 2011 World bronze medalist
- Shujin Li, China, 60 kg – 2011 World bronze medalist
- Toby Erickson, United States, 120 kg – 2011 Junior World bronze medalist
- Vilius Laurinaitis, Lithuania, 96 kg – 2012 Junior World champion

Men’s Freestyle (competes Friday, Feb. 1)
- Akzhurek Tanatarov, Kazakhstan, 74 kg – 2012 Olympic bronze medalist
- Magomed Kurbanaliev, Russia, 66 kg – 2012 Junior World champion
- Sushil Kumar, India, 66 kg – 2010 World champion, 2012 Olympic silver medalist, 2008 Olympic bronze medalist
- Tervel Dlagnev, United States, 120 kg – 2009 World bronze medalist

Women’s Freestyle (competes Saturday, Feb. 2)
- Adeline Gray, United States, 67 kg – 2012 World champion, 2012 World University champion, 2008 Junior World champion, 2011 World bronze medalist
- Alyssa Lampe, United States, 48 kg – 2012 World bronze medalist
- Babita Kumari, India, 55 kg – 2012 World bronze medalist
- Danielle Lappage, Canada, 63 kg – 2010 World champion
- Elena Pirozhkova, United States, 63 kg – 2012 World champion, 2008 and 2010 University World champion, 2010 World silver medalist
- Feng Zhou, China, 67 kg – 2012 Junior World champion
- Geeta, India, 59 kg – 2012 World bronze medalist
- Helen Maroulis, United States, 55 kg – 2012 World silver medalist
- Iris Smith, United States, 72 kg – 2005 World champion
- Jessica MacDonald, Canada, 51 kg – 2012 World champion, 2011 World bronze medalist
- Justine Bouchard, Canada, 63 kg – 2009 & 2012 World bronze medalist
- Ohenewa Akuffo, Canada, 72 kg – 2010 World silver medalist, 2008 World bronze medalist
- Victoria Anthony, United States, 48 kg – 2009 & 2010 Junior World champion
- Yanan Sun, China, 48 kg – 2010 Junior World champion, 2010 World silver medalist
- Yan Hong, China, 72 kg – 2008 World silver medalist, 2012 World bronze medalist

Other star athletes may attend but have not yet registered.

The event will be webcast live on TheMat.com and its video portal, TheMat.TV, all three days of action.

The Broomfield High School vs. Palmer Ridge High School dual meet will be held alongside the Dave Schultz Memorial on Friday, Feb. 1 at 6:00 p.m.

2013 DAVE SCHULTZ MEMORIAL INTERNATIONAL
At Colorado Springs, Colo., Jan. 31 – Feb. 2

Event Schedule


Thursday, January 31
Greco-Roman: 55 kg, 60 kg, 66 kg, 74 kg, 84 kg, 96 kg, 120 kg
Session I: 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Session II: 4:00 p.m. – Conclusion

Friday, February 1
Men’s Freestyle: 55 kg, 60 kg, 66 kg, 74 kg, 84 kg, 96 kg, 120 kg
Session I: 9:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Session II: 4:00 p.m. – Conclusion

Saturday, February 2
Women’s Freestyle: 48 kg, 51 kg, 55 kg, 59 kg, 63 kg, 67 kg, 72 kg
Session I: 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Session II: 4:00 p.m. – Conclusion
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