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The best men and women wrestlers in the USA to compete at the 2001 World Team Trials in Cincinnati,



The best freestyle, Greco-Roman and women wrestlers in the nation will battle for the right to represent the United States in the World Championships during the 2001 World Team Trials, which are scheduled for Cincinnati, Ohio, June 22-24. The tournament will be held at the Cintas Center at Xavier University. This event offers the champions the coveted opportunity to wrestle in the World Championships on U.S. soil, as the 2001 World Championships will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City, September 26-29. This is also the first time in USA Wrestling history that the World Team Trials for men's freestyle, women's freestyle and men's Greco-Roman will be held together at one site. The quality of the competition is expected to be outstanding. Many of the stars from the 2000 U.S. Olympic team, as well as the recent U.S. Women's World Teams, are expected to compete in Cincinnati. In Greco-Roman, all three Olympic medalists from Sydney have continued to compete and are expected in the World Team Trials. This includes Olympic champion Rulon Gardner (Afton, Wyo./Sunkist Kids) at 286 pounds, Olympic silver medalist Matt Lindland (Oregon City, Ore./Sunkist Kids) at 187.25 pounds and Olympic bronze medalist Garrett Lowney (Freedom, Wis./Minnesota Storm) at 213.75 pounds. In addition, 1996 Olympic silver medalist Dennis Hall (Plover, Wis./Sunkist Kids) also will compete at 127.75 pounds. 2000 Olympic freestyle silver medalist Sammie Henson (Norman, Okla./Sunkist Kids) is expected to compete at 119 pounds. A number of other past U.S. freestyle Olympians should also enter. In the women's competition, all three past U.S. World Champions are expected to participate: four-time World Champion Tricia Saunders (Phoenix, Ariz./Sunkist Kids) at 101.25 pounds, plus 1999 World Champion Sandy Bacher (San Jose, Calif./Dave Schultz WC) at 149.75 pounds and 2000 World Champion Kristie Marano (Albany, N.Y./ATWA) at 149.75 pounds. The tournament format features a two-day Challenge Tournament and a championship finals series. The Challenge Tournament in all three styles will be held on Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23. This includes all of the competitors, except for the 2001 National Champions who are automatically in the finals. On Sunday, June 24, the Championship finals in each weight class will be held, featuring the national champion facing the Challenge Tournament winner in a best-of-three series. There are eight weight classes in each style in men's wrestling and six weight classes in women's freestyle wrestling. Each of the 2001 U.S. Nationals champions automatically advance to Sunday's championship finals. (see list of 2001 National champions below). Ticket Prices are reasonable for coaches, athletes, fans and families. An All-Session Pass for all three days is just $50. Each Challenge Tournament session costs just $10. The price for the Championship Finals for an adult is $30 and the Championships Finals for youth is $20. To order tickets, call Ticketmaster at (513)562-4949 or on-line at www.ticketmaster.com. Ticketmaster and credit card purchases are subject to additional surcharges. Group rates are also available. For groups of 12 or more, contact Marge Civil at 719-598-8181. For those needing hotels, visit online at www.THS-wrestling.com or call (888)859-1124. The United States is among the top wrestling nations in the world. The U.S. won seven wrestling medals at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, including four medals in freestyle and three medals in Greco-Roman. The U.S. Women's team is among the best in the world, and won the World Team Title in 1999. The U.S. has placed among the top five teams in the last seven Women's World Championships. Ohio is a hotbed for wrestling in the United States, and the location in Cincinnati makes the event within close range of wrestling fans from across the region, including the East, Midwest and South. All sports fans are encouraged to make plans to come to Cincinnati for some truly special wrestling. 2001 WORLD TEAM TRIALS in Cincinnati, Ohio, June 22-24 2001 U.S. National Champions who receive the No. 1 seeds Men's Greco-Roman: 119 - Jeff Cervone, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Air Force); 127.75 - Dennis Hall, Plover, Wis. (Sunkist Kids); 138.75 - Kevin Bracken, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC); 152 - Marcel Cooper, Quantico, Va. (U.S. Marines); 167.5 - Keith Sieracki, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army); 187.25 - Matt Lindland, Oregon City, Ore. (Sunkist Kids); 213.75 - Garrett Lowney, Freedom, Wis. (Minn. Storm); 286 - Rulon Gardner, Afton, Wyo. (Sunkist Kids) Women's Freestyle: 101.25 - Tricia Saunders, Phoenix, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids); 112.25 - Stephanie Murata, Lansing, Mich. (Sunkist Kids); 123.25 - Tina Wilson, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist); 136.25 - Sara McMann, Lock Haven, Pa. (Sunkist Kids); 149.75 - Toccara Montgomery, Cleveland, Ohio (Sunkist Kids); 165.25 - Iris Smith, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids) Men's Freestyle: 119 - Eric Akin, Lincoln, Neb. (Dave Schultz WC); 127.75 - Eric Guerrero, Stillwater, Okla. (Sunkist Kids); 138.75 - Bill Zadick, Coralville, Iowa (Hawkeye WC); 152 - Ramico Blackmon, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Team Excel); 167.5 - Joe Williams, Iowa City, Iowa (Sunkist Kids); 187.25 - Cael Sanderson, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids); 213.75 - Dominic Black, Ft. Carson, Colo. (Army); 286 - Kerry McCoy, Bethlehem, Pa. (New York AC)
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