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|Who will be new champions at the U.S. Beach Nationals in Rochester, N.Y., July 6-8?|
By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Who will be the kings and queens of the beach in 2007?
The 2007 U.S. Beach National Wrestling Championships and World Team Trials will be held on Charlotte Beach in Rochester, N.Y., July 6-8. A new set of Beach Wrestling national champions will be crowned on the shores of Lake Ontario.
There will be competition at five age divisions at the U.S. Beach National Championships: 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.
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 has been growing in popularity across the nation.
The first U.S. Beach Wrestling National Championships were held at the Hilton Singer Island Waterfront Resort in Riviera Beach, Fla., August 19, 2006. The USA Wrestling record books now list the first set of national champions in this new international style of wrestling.
On the Senior level in the men's division, there were seven U.S. Beach National champions. These historic first champions were Orlando Lagos of Florida (132), Mike Waldron of Florida (141), J.P. Reece of Florida (168), Ray Downey of New York (183), Steve Forrest of Virginia (188), Craig Salvatore of New Jersey (207), Jeff Zastrow of Wisconsin (231) and Angelo Borzio of Pennsylvania (276).
Four Women's Senior champions were also added to the record books: Ingrid Santos of Florida (109), Lila Ristrevska of Florida (127), Clara Curtis of Colorado (138) and Leigh Jaynes of Colorado (148).
In addition, on the age-group levels, there were 16 athletes winning historic first U.S. Beach Nationals titles.
Who will be the national champions this year? Will anybody be able to win a title two years in a row?
The World Team Trials on the Senior level will determine the U.S. team to compete in the Beach Wrestling competition at the World Wrestling Games in Antalya, Turkey, Sept. 7-9.
Only the World Team Trials will feature the international weights for Beach Wrestling: Men (Under 85 kg/187.25 lbs. and Over 85 kg/187.25 lbs) and Women (Under 70 kg/154 lbs. and Over 70 kg/154 lbs.). The top three placewinners at each weight class will earn the right to participate at the World Championships.
At the first World Beach Wrestling Championships last year, the U.S. entered six athletes, winning three medals. The United States placed second as a team in the men's division and third as a team in the women's division.
Ray Downey (Babylon, N.Y./East Meadow WC), won a bronze medal at the Men's Under 85 kg/187.5 lbs. division while Angelo Borzio (Stroudsburg, Pa.) captured the bronze medal at the Men's Over 85 kg/187.5 lbs. In the women's Under 70 kg/154 lbs. weight class, Leigh Jaynes (Colorado Springs, Colo./Prince of Battle) also earned a bronze medal.
Three other athletes were on that historic first U.S. Beach World Team: J.T. Taylor (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) at Men's Under 85 kg/187.5 lbs., Carlos Dolmo, Bronx, N.Y. (Men's Over 85 kg/187.5 lbs.) and Jeff Zastrow (Whitewater, Wis.) at Men's Over 85 kg/187.5 lbs.
Can any of these pioneer athletes make the U.S. Beach World Team for the second straight time?
At least one of the Beach World medalists have confirmed that they will be competing in Rochester. Ray Downey will be on the beach in Rochester, N.Y., competing in both the Senior and the Veterans divisions. Carlos Dolmo, who was fifth in the World Championships last year, has pre-registered to compete again this year.
There is still time for you to make plans to attend the U.S. Beach National Wrestling Championships and World Team Trials in Rochester, N.Y., July 6-8.
Athletes may register on site, but all are encouraged to sign up in advanced in order to receive a discount on their entry fee.
All participants can sign up online at the following link:
All athletes SHOULD pre-register on-line at by 6:00 PM (EST), Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007 or will be subjected to a late fee.
Entry fee is $20 if pre-registered by 6:00 PM (EST), Tuesday, July 3rd, or if registering on-site: $25 for Schoolboy/girl, Cadet, and Juniors; $30 for Seniors and Veterans. Please make checks payable to "Titan Wrestling Club."
2006 U.S. Beach Nationals champions
Men's Senior champions
132 - Orlando Lagos (Florida); 141 - Mike Waldron (Florida); 168 - J.P. Reece (Florida); 183 - Ray Downey (New York); 188 - Steve Forrest (Virginia); 207 - Craig Salvatore (New Jersey); 231 - Jeff Zastrow (Wisconsin); 276 - Angelo Borzio (Pennsylvania)
Women's Senior champions
109 - Ingrid Santos (Florida); 127 - Lila Ristrevska (Florida); 132 - Clara Curtis (Colorado); 148 - Leigh Jaynes (Colorado)
Kyle Koziec (Florida)
110 - Craig Barker (Florida); 116 - Andy Skaggs (Missouri); 129 -Thrasher Porcher (Florida); 139 - Gunnar Magliolla (Florida); 150 - Jacob Schalles (Florida)
121 - Pedro Lopez (Florida); 132 - Christopher Perrodin (Florida); 145 - Jeremy James (Florida); 159 - Dean Hancock (Connecticut); 188 - Chris Renza (Florida); 211 - Nick Chase (Florida); 235 - Justin Chase (Florida)
136 - Stephen Biedrycki (Virginia); 162 - Scott Sodergren (Florida); 223 - Robin Franze (New York)
2006 U.S. Beach World Team Trials results
Men's Under 187.5 lbs results
1st - Steve Forrest (Virginia) dec. Dewitt Driscoll (N. Carolina), 2-0; 3rd - Jonathan Taylor (Florida) dec. Ray Downey (New York), 2-0
Men's Over 187.5 lbs. results
1st - Carlos Dolmo (New York) dec. Frank Workman (Virginia), 2-0; 3rd - Angelo Borzio (Pennsylvania) pin Jeff Zastrow (Wisconsin), 1:44
Women's Under 154 lbs. results
1st - Leigh Jaynes (Colorado) dec. Lila Restrevska (Florida), 2-0; 3rd - Ingrid Santos (Florida) dec. Clara Curtis (Colorado), 2-1
2006 U.S. World Beach Wrestling Team
Men's Under 85 kg/187.5 lbs. - Ray Downey, Babylon, N.Y. (East Meadow WC), bronze medal
Men's Under 85 kg/187.5 lbs. - J.T. Taylor, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., dnp
Men's Over 85 kg/187.5 lbs. - Angelo Borzio, Stroudsburg, Pa., bronze medal
Men's Over 85 kg/187.5 lbs. - Carlos Dolmo, Bronx, N.Y., 5th place
Men's Over 85 kg/187.5 lbs. - Jeff Zastrow, Whitewater, Wis., dnp
Women's under 70 kg/154 lbs. - Leigh Jaynes, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Prince of Battle), bronze medal
2006 World Beach Wrestling Champions
Men's Under 85 kg/187.5 lbs. - Hakkin Ceylan of Turkey
Men's Over 85 kg/187.5 lbs. - Ali Riza Kaya of Turkey
Women's Under 70 kg/154 lbs. - Aurorra Fajardo of Spain
Women's Over 70 kg/154 lbs. - Dacil Lopez of Spain