Seay named Outstanding Wrestler at Veterans National Championships
Joe Seay (Perry, Okla./Sunkist Kids) was named Outstanding Wrestler at the 2000 U.S. Veterans National Championships in Las Vegas, Nev., April 20-21. The competition featured the best wrestlers in the nation who are 35 years old and above.
Seay won the 85 kg weight class in Division E (56 years and above). He scored a 10-0 technical fall over Bruce Bird (Novelty, Ohio/Eagle WC) in the finals. Seay, the head coach of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Freestyle team, won his fourth straight Veterans National title.
Also winning their fourth straight Veterans Nationals gold medal were Russ Cozart (Brandon, Fla.) and Donald Apodaca (Huntington Beach, Calif.).
Cozart won the 69 kg weight class in Div. C (46-50 years). He also won the Most Falls Award, with two falls in 2:17. Cozart is the most successful U.S. Veterans wrestler, with five Veterans World titles to his credit.
Apodaca claimed the 85 kg class in Div. D (51-55 years). This was the fourth annual Veterans National Championships, and Seay, Cozart and Apodaca has won every year. A total of 103 Veterans wrestlers competed, an increase from previous seasons.
Among the champions was 1984 Olympian Joe Gonzales (Huntington Beach, Calif./Santa Ana Wolfpack), who was the 58 kg champion in Div. B (40-45 yrs.) It was Gonzales' second career Veterans Nationals title.
Winning Veterans National titles for the second straight year were Ken Wharry (Div. A/76 kg), Dan Chaid (Div. A/97 kg), Shirzad Ahmadi (Div. D/63 kg) and Glenn Clark (Div. E/97 kg).
VETERANS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
at Las Vegas, Nev., April 20-21
Div. A (35-40 yrs.)
58 kg - Mike Dehart, Bradford, Ohio (Team MNV) won by tech. fall over Paul Kaiser, Renton, Wash. (Team Washington), 10-0, 2:45
63 kg - 1st - Ronald Hughes, San Jose, Calif., won by tech. fall over Tony Breckenridge, Bow, Wash. (Sedro Wooley), 13-3; 3rd -Tim Huff., Sapulpa, Okla.(Combine Freestyle) dec. Scott Gallan, Parker, Ariz., 3-0
69 kg - 1st - Jamie Wise, Moses Lake, Wash., dec. Clay Holly, Talala, Okla., 4-2; 3rd - Arnold Alpert, Temecula, Calif. (Team Temecula) dec. David Sprague, Concordia, Kan., 8-2
76 kg - 1st - Ken Wharry , Medford, Ore. (Club West) dec. Jeff Schumacher , Bismark, N.D. (Steiner WC), 3-2; 3rd - Bryan Wilkes, Bradenton, Fla. (Florida Wahoo) won by tech. fall over Ed Baza, Sunnyvale, Calif. (Sunnyvale WC), 10-0, 3:45
85 kg - 1st - Brad Schwarz, Auburn, Wash. (Vision Quest) pin Curtis Nelson, Tehachapi, Calif., 0:13; 3rd - Ted Concepcion, Linden, Utah pin Mitchell Roberts, Santa Ana, Calif. (Calvary Chapel-Pomona)
97 kg - 1st - Dan Chaid, San Jose, Calif. (Dave Schultz WC) pin Stoney Godet, Capitola, Calif. (Santa Cruz Sharks), 0:34; 3rd - Bruce Jasperson, Chula Vista, Calif. (CA Badgers)
130 kg - 1st - Jim Nielsen, Moses Lake, Wash. pin Dennis Chavez, Venice, Calif., 0:25; 3rd - Mike Van Hoven, Santa Ana, Calif. (Gnarly) pin Tony Hall, Troutville, Va., 3:52
Division B (41-45 yrs.)
58 kg - 1st - Joe Gonzales, Huntington Beach, Calif. (Santa Ana Wolfpack) pin John Smithson , Ventura, Calif. (Buena Vista WC), 2:33; 3rd - Glenn Nelson, Frenchtown, Mont.
63 kg - 1st - Don Stevens. Prescott Valley, Ariz. dec. Scott Naylor, Dallastown, Pa. (Advantage), 5-3
69 kg - 1st - Paul Hermann, York, Pa. (Team Taz) won by tech. fall over Jeff Wright , Scottsdale, Ariz. (N. Arizona), 10-0, 3:09
76 kg - 1st - Bruce Moe, Hillsboro, N.D. (Steiner) dec. Kevin Hejnal, Patterson, Calif. (Manteca Wrestling), 7-4; 3rd -Randy Baker, Lakefield, Minn. (Flat Earth) pin Carl Murphree, Napa, Calif. (Napa Valley), 2:36
85 kg - 1st - Mike Mitrowski, Shrewsbury, Mass. (NUAC) dec. Anthony Wesson, Augusta, W.Va. (USD), 5-3; 3rd - Ken Day, Mackay, Idaho pin Ronald Scadina, Santa Cruz, Calif. (West Valley), 3:51
97 kg - Leonard Simon, Valencia, Calif. dec. Paul Vinson, San Diego, Calif. (Palomar College), 9-8; 3rd - Jeff Henry, Santa Monica, Calif
Division C (46-50 yrs.)
58 kg - 1st - Randall Bogar, Beavertown, Pa. (Zion WC) dec. Dale Renfrow, Columbia Falls, Mont., 3-1; 3rd -Ray Guerra, Deltona, Fla. (Florida Blackhawks) pin Robert Soto, Redwood City, Calif. (Sunnyvale), 1:33
63 kg - 1st - George Bancroft, Wilson, N.C. (Backyard) dec. David Levens, Montavista, Calif. (Sunnyvale), 6-0; 3rd - Loren Rabnick, Fairlawn, Ohio (Cleveland Wrestling);
69 kg - 1st - Russ Cozart. Brandon, Fla. pin Jim Lucas, Santa Cruz, Calif. (Dave Schultz WC), 1:25; 3rd - Dean Olson, Mantua, Ohio;
76 kg - 1st - Steve Whedbee, Fairfield, Calif. (Cyclone) dec. Steven Daniels, Vancouver, Wash. (Rick Sanders WC), 6-4; 3rd - Ron Owen, Carlsbad, N.M.pin John Abad, Redlands, Calif. (Rebels), 1:44
85 kg - 1st - Mark Black, Santa Monica, Calif. pin Michael McIntyre, Glendale, Calif. (Spartak), 1:09; 3rd - Steve Contarino, Palmetto, Fla. pin Dave Wadsworth, Martinsburg, W.Va., 0:53
97 kg - 1st - Tom Hazell, Torrance, Okla. (Old Cowboy) dec. Ronald Cole, Auburn, Wash. (Vision Quest), 3-0; 3rd - Robert Musante, Napa, Calif. (NVWC) pin Danny Wilson, Salinas, Calif., 1:14
Division D (51-55 years)
63 kg - 1st - Shirzad Ahmadi, Coventry, Conn. (NYAC) dec. Jack Hornbuckle , Poteau, Okla. (Dave Schultz WC), 2-1; 3rd - Tom Futris, Crystal Lake, Ill.
69 kg - 1st - Wayne Boyd, Palm Springs, Calif. pin Robert Hernandez, Tulare, Calif. (Tulare Titans), 2:52
76 kg - 1st - Alan Fallon, Orange, Calif.
85 kg - 1st - Donald Apodaca, Huntington Beach, Calif. (Golden West) dec. Patrick Farmer, Vista, Calif., 6-1; 3rd - Joe Reasbeck (UTT) pin Paul Stull (Central), 1:44
Division E (56 years and over)
69 kg - 1st - Mansour Honarvar, Oceanside, Calif. (No Mercy Wrestling) won by tech. fall over Lawrence Brown, Denver, Colo. (Commerce City Trailblazers), 12-0, 4:33
85 kg - 1st - Joe Seay, Perry, Okla. (Sunkist Kids) won by tech. fall over Bruce Bird, Novelty, Ohio (Eagle WC), 10-0; 3rd - Sonny Boyd, Roanoke, Va
97 kg - 1st - Glenn Clark, Flatrock, Canada (Newfoundland) dec. Roger Olesen, Redwood City, Calif (Dave Schultz WC), 10-2; 3rd - Cy Lucas, Manteca, Calif. (Dave Schultz WC) won by tech. fall over Richard Oprison, Las Vegas, Nev., 10-0, 3:09
130 kg - 1st - David Battiste, Arvada, Colo.
Outstanding Wrestler - Joe Seay, Perry Okla., Div. E, 85 kg
Most Falls - Russ Cozart, Brandon, Fla., two falls in 2:17