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|Veterans World Freestyle Championships begin today in Riga, Latvia|
By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
A group of 10 U.S. wrestlers will compete at the 2006 Veterans World Freestyle Wrestling Championships, set for Riga, Latvia, August 4-6.
The Veterans World Championships features wrestlers who are 35 years old and above. There are five age divisions in Veterans wrestling.
Competitors in Div. B and Div. E compete on Friday. Wrestlers in Div. C and Div. D compete on Saturday. Athletes in Div. A compete on Sunday.
The Team Leader for the U.S. delegation is Jim Lucas of Santa Cruz, Calif., who will also be competing in Div. D at 63 kg/138.75 lbs.
Among the team members is former Veterans World Champion Shirzad Ahmadi of Coventry, Conn., who competes at the 63 kg/138.75 lbs. in Div. E. In addition, past Veterans World Greco-Roman champion Ronald Hughes of Hollister, Calif. will compete in freestyle this year in Div. B at the 69 kg/152 lbs. weight class.
Hughes, Lucas and Ahmadi were USA Wrestling Veterans National freestyle champions in 2006. Hughes, Steve Hart was a USA Wrestling Veterans National Greco-Roman champion this year
The website on the Veterans World Freestyle Championships in Latvia is:
2006 U.S. Veterans World Freestyle Team roster
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Timothy Boda, Baldwinsville, N.Y.
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Melton East, Bakerfield, Calif.
69 kg/152 lbs. - Ronald Hughes, Hollister, Calif.
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Gerald Silva, Mechanicsburg, Pa.
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Jim Lucas, Santa Cruz, Calif.
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Steve Hart, Arvada, Colo.
69 kg/152 lbs. - Craig Johnson, Broomfield, Colo.
76 kg/167.5 lbs. - David East, Bakersfield, Calif.
85 kg/187.5 lbs. - Kenneth Peters, Elmhurst, Ill.
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Shirzad Ahmadi, Coventry, Conn.