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Strong field expected for Sunkist Kids/ASU International Open

Reigning U.S. Nationals champions Henry Cejudo, Zach Roberson, Chris Bono and Clarissa Chun are among the wrestlers expected to take part in this weekend's Sunkist Kids/Arizona State University International Open.

The first major international meet of the season is scheduled for Oct. 12-14 at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz. The Sunkist Open is the longest standing International Open Wrestling Tournament in the United States and is the premier event that kicks off each USA Wrestling season.

Wrestlers can register and find more information on the tournament by clicking here:

Sunkist Kids Website

Cejudo (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) will compete in freestyle at 55 kg/121 pounds as will Roberson (Ames, Iowa/Sunkist Kids) at 60 kg/132 pounds and Bono (Ringgold, Ga./Sunkist Kids) at 66 kg/145.5 pounds. Chun (Colorado Springs, Colo./ will compete in women's freestyle at 48 kg/105.5 pounds.

Cejudo was a Junior World Silver Medalist this year while Bono is now the head coach at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Close to 50 athletes from Canada are expected to take part in the event, along with a handful of wrestlers from both India and Mexico.

2003 World Bronze Medalist Jenny Wong (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) is on the list of entrants at 51 kg/112.25 pounds.

The Greco-Roman competition will be held Oct. 13 with the men's freestyle and women's freestyle competitions set for Oct. 14. Registration and weigh-in for Greco-Roman will be Oct. 12 with men's and women's freestyle registration and weigh-in the next day.

This tournament serves as a selection tool for choosing winter touring teams. This is the 22nd year for this annual event. Elite wrestlers from around the world have competed in this tournament.

Tickets for fans are $10 per person for each day of the event. An all-session pass for both days of the event is $20.

Contact event director Tim Gressley at 480-205-3015 or executive director Kimberly Martori Wickey at 480-596-1936 for more information.


Thursday, Oct. 12
3-4 p.m. - Greco-Roman registration
3:30-4 p.m. - Greco-Roman medical check
4-4:30 p.m. - Greco-Roman weigh-in

Friday, Oct. 13
9 a.m.-noon - Greco-Roman prelims, quarterfinals and consolations
2 p.m.-finish - Greco-Roman semifinal and medal matches
3-4 p.m. - Men's and women's freestyle registration
3:30-4 p.m. - Men's and women's freestyle medical check
4-4:30 p.m. - Men's and women's freestyle weigh-in

Saturday, Oct. 14
9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. - Men's freestyle Session I
11 a.m.-2 p.m. - Women's freestyle Session I
4 p.m.-finish - Men's and women's freestyle Session II medal matches
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