Cuban lineup boasts three World Champions for World Dual meet against USA in Houston, Texas, Feb. 15
Three World Champions will headline the Cuban team for a World Dual meet against the U.S. in Houston, Texas, Feb. 15
The World Champions on the Cuban squad include 1997 World Champion Wilfredo Garcia at 119 pounds, 1998 World Champion Alexis Rodriguez at 286 pounds and 1999 World Champion Yoel Romero at 187.25 pounds.
In addition to his 1997 World title, Garcia claimed a gold medal at the 1998 Pan American Championships and the 1999 Pan American Games.
Along with his 1998 World title, Rodriguez won silver medals at the 1997 World Championships and the 1997 Junior World Championships. He placed second in the 1999 Pan American Games and was second in the 1997 and 1999 World Cups.
In addition to the 1999 World gold medal, Romero placed third in the 1998 World Championships. He was a 1998 World Cup champion and placed second in the 1999 World Cup.
1996 Olympians Yosmany Sanchez (152 ) and Wilfredo Morales (213.75) will also compete.
Sanchez placed fourth in the 1996 Olympic Games, and was a 1997 World Cup silver medalist. He won the gold medal at the 1998 Pan American Championships and was second in the 1999 Pan American Games.
Morales placed ninth in the 1996 Olympic Games. He won gold medals at the 1994, 1996 and 1998 Pan American Championships, as well as the 1995 Pan American Games.
Rounding out the Cuban lineup is Rene Montero at 119 pounds, Yoendris Albear at 127.75 pounds, Yandro Quintana at 138.75 pounds and Daniel Gonzales at 167.5 pounds.
The event will be held at the Memorial Parkway Junior High School in Katy, Texas, 21203 Highland Knolls. Tickets are $5 and the dual will start at 7:00 p.m.
USA vs. CUBA WORLD DUAL MEET
Houston, Texas, Feb. 15
54 kg/119 lbs. - Wilfredo Garcia, Rene Montero
58 kg/127.75 lbs. - Yoendris Albear
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Yandro Quintana
69 kg/152 lbs. - Yosmany Sanchez
76 kg/167.5 lbs. - Daniel Gonzales
85 kg/187.25 lbs. - Yoel Romero
97 kg/213.75 lbs. - Wilfredo Morales
130 kg/286 lbs. - Alexis Rodriguez
54 kg/119 lbs. - Stephen Abas, Fresno, Calif. (Sunkist Kids)
58 kg/127.75 lbs. - Danny Felix, Norman, Okla. (Sunkist Kids)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - John Fisher, Ypsilanti, Mich. (Sunkist Kids)
69 kg/152 lbs. -Chris Bono, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids)
76 kg/167.5 lbs. - Frank Trigg, Norman, Okla. (Sunkist Kids)
85 kg/187.25 lbs. - Charles Burton, Bloomington, Ind. (New York AC)
97 kg/213.75 lbs. - John Kading, Evanston, Ill. (Wildcat WC)
130 kg/286 lbs. - Tom Erikson, W. Lafayette, Ind. (Sunkist Kids)
Coach - Joe Seay, Perry, Okla.
Promoter - Jim Roman, Katy, Texas