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|Deadline for discounted online registration for Beach Nationals is Wednesday at 6 pm ET|
By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
The deadline for discounted online registration for the 2011 U.S. Beach National Wrestling Championships and International Beach Cup is fast approaching.
The online registration deadline is Wednesday, July 6 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. To register, click below:
Online registration for U.S. Beach Nationals
The discounted price for registration is $20.
Athletes may still register on site either Friday night or Saturday morning, but the registration fee at that time is $25.
The U.S. Beach Nationals Championships return to Rochester, N.Y., July 9-10, the fifth straight year at this location. It will again be hosted at Ontario Beach Park (also called Charlotte Beach) in Rochester.
For complete information on the U.S. Beach Nationals, International Beach Cup and National High School Beach Duals, visit the official website by clicking below.
Click here for Beach Nationals website
The 2011 U.S. Beach National Championships will be held on Saturday, July 9, with competition in five age groups: 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.
Athletes from other nations will be permitted to enter in all of the age divisions, including the Senior division. In past years, because of World Team qualifications, Seniors had to be U.S. citizens. This year, the Senior division is open to foreign competitors.
Returning Senior Beach National champions are Rocco Rosso of Niagara Falls Power Cats (142), Brian Guilfoyle of West Side Wrestling (155), Collin Martin of Unattached (170), Jeff Funicello of American Pankration (187), Brett Giehl of Livonia WC (215) and Jamison Sacco of Western New England (298).
There will not be a U.S. Beach World Team Trials in 2011 as in other years. FILA has moved the Beach World Championships earlier in the summer to July 16-17 in Batumi, Georgia. The Beach World Team qualifying process for the 2011 team was done by application, which is now closed.
Instead, on Sunday, July 10, the International Beach Cup will be held on the Senior level. Competition will be hosted in the FILA weight classes for Beach wrestling. All of the athletes who competed at the Beach Nationals will be permitted to enter, and athletes from other nations may participate. With this change, all Senior wrestlers will have the opportunity to compete on both Saturday and Sunday.
For the fourth straight year, the National High School Beach Duals will be held on Sunday, July 12. High school club teams can enter this competition, and battle for team trophies and bragging rights. The addition of the High School Duals gives athletes two full days of quality wrestling. Titan Worldwide I is the defending champion.
Click here for National High School Beach Duals registration forms
Held alongside the U.S. Beach Nationals and World Team Trials will be a number of other exciting sports events at the beach, along with music and other entertainment. Some of the sports expected this year are beach volleyball and pickleball. This combined activity has proven to be very successful in past years.
Click here for 2011 Rochester Welcome Packet
The local organizing committee is the Team Titan Worldwide Wrestling Club, an active and respected USA Wrestling sanctioned club in the community.
Beach Wrestling was added as a new style of international wrestling 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 and world. The style is very competitive, but also tremendously fun for the participants.
USA Wrestling has sanctioned Beach events since 2005, and held its first U.S. Beach National Championships and World Team Trials in 2006. FILA hosted the first World Championships in 2006 in Antalya, Turkey. Two Americans have won a pair of Beach World medals, Jeff Funicello and Carlos Dolmo.
For more information, contact event director Lou Lombardo at (585)313-8503 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2011 SCHEDULE FOR BEACH NATIONALS, INTERNATIONAL CUP AND NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL DUALS
Friday, July 8th
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Early Beach Wrestling National Championship Registration, Medical Check & Weigh-ins: OPTIONAL for all divisions (at Cheeburger Cheeburger Restaurant)*
Saturday, July 9th
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Beach Wrestling National Championships Registration Medical Check and Weigh-ins for all divisions (at Ontario Beach Park)
11:30 a.m. to conclusion - Beach Wrestling National Championships
Sunday, July 10th
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. - National High School Beach Duals Registration, Medical Check and Weigh-ins (at Ontario Beach Park)
10:00 a.m. to conclusion - Senior International Beach Cup
10:00 a.m. to conclusion - National High School Beach Duals (at Ontario Beach Park)
Sunday will also be an emergency make-up day for competition in case of inclement weather on Saturday. Sessions and schedule subject to change.
*Optional Weigh-in Site on Friday is Cheeburger Cheeburger Restaurant, 1000 North River Street, Rochester, NY 14612 (585) 271-2433