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2010 Dave Schultz Memorial International set for Feb. 4-6 in Colorado Springs, Colo.



The 2010 Dave Schultz Memorial International Championships will celebrate its 12th year of grueling competition, showcasing some of the greatest wrestlers in the world.

This tournament was established by USA Wrestling, Nancy Schultz, and Dave Schultz Wrestling Foundation in honor of the late Olympic and World champion Dave Schultz. The event will take place in Sports Complex I at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. on February 4-6.

Talented athletes from all across the world are competing in this tournament. This year, the tournament features top athletes from 22 countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Columbia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Espana, Germany, Greece, India, Japan, Korea, Moldova, Nigeria, Norway, Russia, Slovenia, Sweden, United States, and Uzbekistan. Other nations are possible participants.

The event is sponsored by the "Experience Colorado Springs" Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation.

TheMat.com will provide live coverage of the championship finals of the event all three days.

Numerous World and Olympic champions have competed in this event, including 2008 Olympic champion Henry Cejudo of the USA, who wrestled here in 2005. Past Dave Schultz Memorial champions who have become Olympic champions include Brandon Slay and Rulon Gardner of the United States, Carol Huynh of Canada, and Armen Nazarian of Bulgaria.

Women's wrestler Patricia Miranda (DSWC/Sunkist) is the only five-time champion at this event.

Greco-Roman star Dremiel Byers (U.S. Army) and women's wrestler Stephanie Murata (Sunkist Kids) are four-time champions of this tournament.

Three-time champions at this event include freestyle wrestlers Tolly Thompson (Sunkist Kids) and Chris Bono (Sunkist Kids) and Greco-Roman wrestlers Lindsey Durlacher (New York AC), T.C. Dantzler (New York AC/Gator WC), Harry Lester (New York AC/Gator WC) and Rulon Gardner (Sunkist Kids). Alaina Berube (New York AC), Sara McMann (Sunkist Kids) and Sally Roberts (Gator WC) are three-time champions for women's freestyle.

Additional information on 2010 entries will be posted on TheMat.com early this week.

There will be gold-medal finals all three nights of the championships. These are the weight classes that will be competing each day:

Thursday, Feb. 4: Greco-Roman (55 kg, 60 kg, 66 kg, 74 kg, 84 kg, 96 kg, 120 kg)

Friday, Feb. 5: Freestyle (55 kg, 60 kg, 66 kg, 74 kg, 84 kg, 96 kg, 120 kg)

Saturday, Feb. 6: Women's freestyle (48 kg, 51 kg, 55 kg, 59 kg, 63 kg, 67 kg, 72 kg)

Adult all-season pass for the three-day tournament are $15. An adult one day ticket is $10 per day and adult session tickets are $5 for Session I through Preliminaries and $8 for Session II through the Finals. Tickets for high school students (with I.D.) and senior citizens (62 and over) are $5 per day. Youth (5-14) tickets are $4 per day. Coaches are admitted free with five paid wrestlers.

DAVE SCHULTZ MEMORIAL INTERNATIONAL OPEN SCHEDULE

Wednesday, February 3
11:00a.m.-2:00 p.m. - Greco-Roman Registration
2:30-3:00 p.m. - Weigh-ins: Greco-Roman (55 kg, 60 kg, 66 kg, 74 kg, 84 kg, 96 kg, 120 kg)

Thursday, February 4
9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. - Session I: Greco-Roman (55 kg, 60 kg, 66 kg, 74 kg, 84 kg, 96 kg, 120 kg)
1:00-2:00 p.m. - Men's freestyle Registration
2:30-3:00 p.m. - Weigh-ins: Men's freestyle (55 kg, 60 kg, 66 kg, 74 kg, 84 kg, 96 kg, 120 kg)
4:00 p.m.-conclusion - Session II: Greco-Roman (55 kg, 60 kg, 66 kg, 74 kg, 84 kg, 96 kg, 120 kg)

Friday, February 5
9:00 a.m.-2:15 p.m. - Session I: Men's Freestyle (55 kg, 60 kg, 66 kg, 74 kg, 84 kg, 96 kg, 120 kg)
1:00-2:00 p.m. - Women's freestyle Registration
2:30-3:00 p.m. - Weigh-ins: Women's freestyle (48 kg, 51 kg, 55 kg, 59 kg, 63 kg, 67 kg, 72 kg)
4:00 p.m.-conclusion - Session II: Men's Freestyle (55 kg, 60 kg, 66 kg, 74 kg, 84 kg, 96 kg, 120 kg)

Saturday, February 6
9:00 a.m.-2:15 p.m. - Session I: Women's freestyle (48 kg, 51 kg, 55 kg, 59 kg, 63 kg, 67 kg, 72 kg)
4:00 p.m.-conclusion - Session II: Women's freestyle (48 kg, 51 kg, 55 kg, 59 kg, 63 kg, 67 kg, 72 kg)


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