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|Patterson, Dolmo claim Beach World Team Trials titles in Rochester|
By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - The most experienced Beach wrestler in the nation claimed one of the titles, and a newcomer to the Beach scene claimed the other at the 2008 U.S. Beach World Team Trials at Ontario Beach Park on Sunday.
2007 World Beach bronze medalist Carlos Dolmo (Bronx, N.Y./Blast Double NY) won the Over 85 kg/187.5 pound title, while Binghamton University wrestler Nate Patterson (Ontario, N.Y./Team Cook) claimed the title at Below 85 kg (187.5 lbs).
The top three placewinners at the U.S. Beach World Team Trials in each weight class earn a spot on the U.S. team which will compete in Durres, Albania, Sept. 20.
Dolmo won both of his matches by 2-0 shutouts, including a victory in the championship match over Mike Carroll (Lake Winola, Pa./Avalanche). Dolmo had defeated Carroll 2-1 in the U.S. Nationals finals on Saturday in the 302-pound division.
Dolmo plans to attend the World Beach Championships for the third time. He was third at the 2007 Beach Worlds, and fifth at the 2006 Beach Worlds.
"I remember last year," said Dolmo. "I want to win the gold and bring it back to the USA. We've never had a Beach World champion. I want to be the first to accomplish that."
Dolmo was pleased with his wrestling performance on both Saturday and Sunday. He has been wrestling on the beach for four seasons, competing in the first Beach events held in his native New York back in 2005.
"I wrestled well. I kept good position," said Dolmo "My finals opponent was taller and bigger than me. I had to stay patient, find an opening and exploit that opening."
Patterson, who will be entering his senior year at Binghamton, also had a strong weekend of wrestling. He won his first U.S. Beach national title on Saturday, claiming the 171-pound title.
Today, Patterson won three matches to capture the World Team Trials title. In the finals, he defeated 2007 World bronze medalist Jeff Funicello (Gilbert, Ariz./American Pankration) in a 1-1 referee's decision. Funicello was the 187-pound national champion on Saturday.
"I came and watched last year, and it looked like fun," said Patterson. "I came to try it out this year. Coming in, I wasn't aware of all the rules, but I picked it up quickly. It is a blast doing this."
Patterson defeated two other talented Beach wrestlers on Sunday. He stopped 2007 U.S. Beach Nationals champion Neil Cook (Rochester, N.Y./Team Titan) in quarterfinals, 2-0, then defeated 2006 World Beach bronze medalist Ray Downey (Babylon, N.Y./Razor WC) in the semifinals, 2-0.
"I had some tough guys," said Patterson. "I didn't change my style. I don't do much upperbody wrestling. I tried to shoot and score like that."
Patterson has been third at the CAA Championships twice in his career, and returns for his final season of college wrestling in the fall.
Earning spots on the U.S. World Beach Team with victories in their bronze medal matches were Trevor Chinn (Canandaigua, N.Y./Team Titan) at the Below 85 kg (187.5 lbs.) division and Matt Mahon (Rochester, N.Y./Apex WC) at the Above 85 kg (187.5 lbs.) division.
Chinn stopped Michael Proulx (Bath, Maine/unattached) in the bronze-medal match, 2-1. Chinn was second at the 2008 U.S. Beach Nationals at 171 pounds and was a U.S. Beach Nationals champion in 2006. Chinn competes for Lehigh University.
Mahon scored a 37-second pin over 2008 U.S. Beach Nationals champion Corey Waite (Team Cook) in the bronze medal match. Mahon was third at the 2007 U.S. Beach Nationals on Saturday at 302 pounds.
The first National Beach High School Duals was held on Sunday, featuring club teams of high school wrestlers. Claiming the team title, and the championship belt, was Team Titan/Worldwide, with a 4-0 record. The Beach Nuts placed second and the Cheeburger Cheeburger Team placed third. This event was a great success, and is expected to grow in future years.
U.S. BEACH WORLD TEAM TRIALS
At Rochester, N.Y., July 6, 2008
Under 85 kg/187.5 lbs.
1st - Nate Patterson (Ontario, N.Y./Team Cook) dec. Jeff Funicello (Gilbert, Ariz./American Pankration), 1-1, referee's decision
3rd - Trevor Chinn (Canandaigua, N.Y./Team Titan) dec. Michael Proulx (Bath, Maine/unattached), 2-1
5th - Neil Cook (Rochester, N.Y./Team Titan) dec. Ray Downey (Babylon, N.Y./Razor WC), 2-1.
Over 85 kg/187.5 lbs.
1st - Carlos Dolmo (Bronx, N.Y./Blast Double NY) dec. Mike Carroll (Lake Winola, Pa./Avalanche), 2-0
3rd - Matt Mahon (Rochester, N.Y./Apex WC) pin Corey Waite (Johnson City, N.Y./Team Cook), 0:37
For complete results, visit TrackWrestling.com