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On-line registration for the 2012 U.S. Beach National Wrestling Championships will be Thursday, July 12 at 11:00 a.m. Central Time.

Click here to register for U.S. Beach Nationals

Online registration is discounted, so all participants are encouraged to register in advance. Athlete may register on-site on either July 13 or July 14, but there is a late fee.

The U.S. Beach Nationals and World Team Trials will return to Rochester, N.Y., July 13-15.

The 2012 U.S. Beach National Championships will be held on Saturday, July 13, 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.

Athletes from other nations will be permitted to enter in all of the age divisions, except the Senior division. Because the U.S. Beach Nationals is part of World Team qualifications, Seniors have to be U.S. citizens.

Click here for 2012 U.S. Beach Nationals website

The Senior Beach World Team Trials will be held on Sunday, July 14. 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 2012 FILA World Beach Wrestling Championships. The Women’s Beach Worlds are in Pattaya, Thailand, Sept. 10-11. The Men’s Beach Worlds are in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 24.

There are four international Men’s Beach Wrestling Weights that will be used at the Beach Trials: 70 kg/154 lbs., 80 kg/176 lbs., 90 kg/198 lbs. Over 90 kg/Over 198 lbs.

There are three international Women’s Beach Wrestling Weights that will be used at the Beach Trials: 60 kg/132 lbs., 70 kg/154 lbs., Over 70 kg/Over 154 lbs.

For the fifth straight year, the National High School Beach Duals will be held on Sunday, July 12. High school club teams can enter this competition, and battle for team trophies and bragging rights. The addition of the High School Duals gives athletes two full days of quality wrestling. The Empire Wrestling Club is the defending champion.

This is the sixth year that Rochester has hosted the event (2007-2012). The competition will again be hosted at Ontario Beach Park (also called Charlotte Beach) in Rochester.

Held alongside the U.S. Beach Nationals and World Team Trials will be a number of other exciting sports events at the beach, along with music and other entertainment. Returning this year as other sports events are beach volleyball and pickleball. A new addition will be the nationally-recognized Red Bull Sand Soccer Tournament.

Last year, a bench press competition was added, which was very popular with those in the wrestling tournament and others at the festival. Bench press will return again this year, offering another quality competition for the wrestlers who are interested in testing their strength.

The local Triple A baseball team, the Rochester Red Wings, will have a homestand during the weekend, and there will be barbeque and blues music available in the evening in downtown Rochester.

Click here for 2012 Rochester Welcome Packet

The host hotel is the Holiday Inn Rochester Airport, located at 911 Brooks Avenue, Rochester, New York 14624 You can get the special $99 per night rate there if you call and ask for the “Sports and Music Festival Rate”at (585) 295-0961

The local organizing committee is the Team Titan Worldwide Wrestling Club, an active and respected USA Wrestling sanctioned club in the community.

Beach Wrestling was added as a style of international wrestling 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 and world.

For more information, contact event director Lou Lombardo at (585)313-8503 or via e-mail at

At Rochester, N.Y., July 13-15

Event Schedule

Friday, July 13 (at Cheeburger Cheeburger restaurant)*
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. – Early U.S. Beach Nationals registration (optional for all divisions)
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Early medical check & weigh-ins* (optional for all divisions)
* *Optional Weigh-in site on Friday is Cheeburger Cheeburger Restaurant, 1000 North River Street, Rochester, NY 14612 (585) 271-2433

Saturday, July 14 (at Ontario Beach Park)
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. – U.S. Beach Nationals registration
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - U.S. Beach Nationals Medical Check and Weigh-ins
11:30 a.m. to conclusion – U.S. Beach Wrestling National Championships

Sunday July 15 (at Ontario Beach Park)
8:00 a.m. - 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 (at Ontario Beach Park)

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