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USA Wrestling's schedule of Beach Wrestling competitions in August continues this weekend, with the ASICS East Coast National Beach Championships in Long Beach, N.Y., Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13.

This event leads into the first U.S. Beach Wrestling Nationals, set for Riviera Beach, Fla. on Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20.

There were two events on the schedule held this past weekend.

The TNT Northeast National Beach Wrestling Championships were held Caroga Lake, N.Y. on Saturday, August 5. Champions were crowned in nine weight divisions, and organizers considered the tournament a success. "The event went on without a hitch. The weather was great and everyone had a great time," said event director Tom Bergami. The photo with this article is action from the TNT Northeast tournament.

For results of the TNT Northeast National Beach Wrestling Championships, visit:
http://www.themat.com/results.php?page=display_results_style&ResultID=100733

The New Hampshire Beach Wrestling Tournament was also hosted on Hampton Beach, N.H. on Saturday, August 5, with a good turnout and positive response from those who participated.

This will mark the second year of the ASICS East Coast Beach Nationals at Long Beach, a popular beach on Long Island's South Shore. A test event was held this past weekend, providing organizers a chance to prepare for another successful tournament this weekend and also showcasing the new sport to the many beachgoers that day.

The 2005 competition attracted over 200 participants and received considerable media attention. Organizers have added a second day of wrestling this year, and have included a Veterans division along with additional age-groups.

For information, visit the ASICS East Coast Beach Wrestling web page at:
http://www.mwausa.org/usa-beach-wrestling-championship-2006.html

USA Wrestling is excited to hosts its first U.S. Beach Wrestling Nationals at the Singer Island Hilton Oceanfront Resort in Riviera Beach, Fla. on Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20.

There will be a number of divisions in the competition for men and women including Schoolboy, Cadet, Elite, Senior and Veterans. Athletes from across the nation and around the region are expected in each division.

The Senior competition will serve as the qualifying event for the U.S. team that will compete in the World Beach Wrestling Championships in Antalya, Turkey, November 3-5. The U.S. Sombo National Championships will also be held during the same weekend there.

For more information, please visit the U.S. Beach and Sombo Nationals website at:
http://www.palmbeachsports.com/Events/USA%20Wrestling/Untitled-2.html

There are still a few rooms available at the Singer Island Hilton Oceanfront Resort at the USA Wrestling discounted rate. Call right away to get this great rate. Contact James Hanson directly at 561-472-0304 and tell him you are with the USA Wrestling group.

The beach schedule for the month wraps up with the first Southern Sand National Beach Wrestling Championships in Tulsa, Okla. on Friday, August 25 and Saturday, August 26. The tournament will be held on the Beach Volleyball Courts in Tulsa.

There are numerous age groups, starting with Kids wrestling divisions and going all the way up to Senior and Veterans divisions. There will also be live music at the competition, and a variety of family activities.

For more information, visit the Southern Sand National Beach Wrestling website at:
http://www.okbeachwrestling.com/

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 is gaining in popularity as more people are trying the new style.

For information on Beach Wrestling, contact Gary Abbott of USA Wrestling at 719-598-8181 or via e-mail at gabbott@usawrestling.org

REMAINING BEACH WRESTLING SCHEDULE

August 12-13 - ASICS East Coast National Beach Wrestling Championships in Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: middle school, high school, college, veterans, girls and women. Additional information can be obtained by calling TW Promotions, Inc. at 631-588-4343 x104, or by e-mailing ASICSBeach@aol.com

August 19 -20 - U.S. National Beach Wrestling Championships at the Singer Island Hilton Oceanfront Resort in Riviera Beach, Fla. The Senior division is the qualifying event for the World Beach Wrestling Championships in Turkey. Divisions: Schoolboy, Cadet, Elite, Senior, Veterans. Contact Gary Abbott of USA Wrestling at 719-598-8181.

August 25-26 - Southern Sand Beach Wrestling Championships at the Beach Volleyball Courts in Tulsa, Okla. Divisions: Veterans, Senior, University, Junior, Cadet, Schoolboy/girl, Novice Midget, Bantam. Contact John Nix at 972-816-3876.
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