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|Strong group of American wrestlers set to compete at Henri Deglane Challenge|
By Craig Sesker USA Wrestling
Eight members of the United States National Team in men's and women's freestyle, and Greco-Roman wrestling are scheduled to compete at the Henri Deglane Challenge on Nov. 23-25 in Nice, France.
The tournament offers a unique format with five weight classes for men's freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, and three weight classes offered for women's freestyle. There are seven weight classes in each style in most international events.
The men's weight classes include the middle five weights that are offered internationally. They include 60 kg/132 pounds, 66 kg/145.5 pounds, 74 kg/163 pounds, 84 kg/185 pounds and 96 kg/211.5 pounds. The women's divisions include 55 kg/121 pounds, 63 kg/138.75 pounds and 67 kg/147.5 pounds.
National Team members scheduled to compete in freestyle include Cliff Moore at 132 pounds, Jared Lawrence at 145.5 pounds, Joe Heskett at 163 pounds, Clint Wattenberg at 185 pounds and Nik Fekete at 211.5 pounds. Fekete returns to defend his title from 2005.
Chris Fleeger, coming off a tournament title at the Sunkist Kids/ASU International Open last month, also will compete at 132. Past National Team member Nate Gallick also is expected to wrestle at 132.
National Team members expected to compete in Greco-Roman include Jeremiah Davis at 132 and R.C. Johnson at 211.5.
Reigning U.S. Nationals champion Sharon Jacobson is scheduled to compete in women's freestyle at 121 along with 2006 U.S. Nationals runner-up Randi Miller at 147.5.
THURSDAY, NOV. 23
6:30 p.m. - Weigh-ins, men's freestyle and Greco-Roman (60 kg, 66 kg. 84 kg)
FRIDAY, NOV. 24
9 a.m.-1 p.m. - Elimination rounds, men's freestyle and Greco-Roman (60 kg, 66 kg, 84 kg)
5 p.m. - Weigh-ins, men's freestyle and Greco-Roman (74 kg, 96 kg)
5:30 p.m. - Weigh-ins, women's freestyle (55 kg, 63 kg, 67 kg)
6-9 p.m. - Finals, men's freestyle and Greco-Roman (60 kg, 66 kg, 84 kg)
SATURDAY, NOV. 25
9 a.m.-1 p.m. - Elimination rounds, men's freestyle and Greco-Roman (74 kg, 96 kg), women's freestyle (55 kg, 63 kg, 67 kg)
6-9 p.m. - Finals, men's freestyle and Greco-Roman (74 kg, 96 kg), women's freestyle (55 kg, 63 kg, 67 kg)
60 kg/132 pounds - Chris Fleeger, Ithaca, N.Y. (New York AC)
60 kg/132 pounds - Nate Gallick, Ames, Iowa. (Sunkist Kids)
60 kg/132 pounds - Cliff Moore, Iowa City, Iowa (Hawkeye TC)
66 kg/145.5 pounds - Jared Lawrence, Roseville, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
74 kg/163 pounds - Joe Heskett, Columbus, Ohio (Gator WC)
84 kg/185 pounds - Bryce Hasseman, Bloomsburg, Pa. (New York AC)
84 kg/185 pounds - Clint Wattenberg, Ithaca, N.Y. (New York AC)
96 kg/211.5 pounds - Nik Fekete, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
Coach - Jim Humphrey, Canal Winchester, Ohio
60 kg/132 pounds - Jeremiah Davis, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
66 kg/145.5 pounds - Jacob Curby, LaGrange, Ill. (USOEC/Gator WC)
74 kg/163 pounds - Jake Plamann, Kaukauna, Wis. (Gator WC)
84 kg/185 pounds - John Wechter, East Lansing, Mich. (Sunkist Kids)
96 kg/211.5 pounds - R.C. Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
55 kg/121 pounds - Sharon Jacobson, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC)
63 kg/138.75 pounds - Vanessa Oswalt, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC)
63 kg/138.75 pounds - Kaci Lyle, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
63 kg/138.75 pounds - Chelynne Pringle, Hugo, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
67 kg/147.5 pounds - Elena Pirozhkov, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Northern Elite)
Coach - Vladislav "Izzy" Izboinikov, Colorado Springs, Colo.