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Top international Greco-Roman competition featuring the United States, Hungary, Lithuania and Serbia is set for the 2013 Jacob Curby Cup, being held at Lyons Township High School in Lagrange, Ill., Saturday, May 11.

The event is held in honor of the late Jacob Curby, a Greco-Roman Team USA member who unexpectedly passed away at the age of 25 in January 2010. It will be a showcase competition as part of World Wrestling Month, which was declared by the international wrestling federation FILA.

The Curby Cup is one of four major international wrestling competitions announced by USA Wrestling as part of World Wrestling Month in May. After Curby Cup is the Rumble on the Rails, an international competition between the USA, Iran and Russia in historic Grand Central Terminal in New York City on May 15. The United States will also host “United 4 Wrestling,” a USA vs. Iran freestyle wrestling dual meet at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, Calif. on May 19. Finally, the Junior Greco World Duals will be held in Concord, Calif., May 23-26.

Tickets for the Curby Cup are just $10 and can be purchased at

The lineups for the international teams are now being announced, with each foreign team sporting numerous former World and Olympic medalists and Team members.

Team Hungary

Competing for Hungary are top athletes in each weight class, including Mihaly Deak Bardos at 120 kg/264.5 lbs., a five-time World silver medalist. Deak Bardos was also a former Espoir World silver medalist, four-time Olympian, 12-time World Team member and Junior World Team member.

At 96 kg/211.5 lbs. is 2009 World champion Balazs Kiss. Kiss was also a two-time World University silver medalist, Junior World silver medalist, Cadet World gold medalist, four-time World Team member and two-time Junior World Team member.

2012 Olympic silver medalist and 2006 Junior World bronze medalist Tamas Lorincz will be competing for Hungary at 66 kg/145.5 lbs. Lorincz was also a five-time World Team member and was a 2008 Olympian.

Also on Team Hungary will be 2012 Olympic bronze medalist and two-time Junior World bronze medalist Peter Modos at 55 kg/121 lbs.

World University medalists Istvan Kozak at 60 kg/132 lbs. and Balint Korpasi at 74 kg/163 lbs., both also two-time Junior World Team members, are also on the Hungary team.

At 96 kg/211.5 lbs. will be two-time Olympian, four-time World Team member and two-time Junior World Team member Peter Bacsi and two-time Junior World Team member Gyorgy Rizmajer.

Team Lithuania

Lithuania will be boasting Olympic bronze medalist Mindaugas Mizgaitis (2008) at 120 kg/264.5 lbs. Mizgaitis was a nine-time World Team member, two-time Junior World Team member, 2004 Olympian and 2008 World Military bronze medalist.

At 74 kg/163 lbs. will be Valdemaras Venckaitis, a Junior World silver medalist, World bronze medalist and World University silver medalist. Venckaitis was a five-time World Team member and 2008 Olympian as well.

Also competing for Lithuania will be 2012 Junior World champion at 96 kg/211.5 lbs., Vilius Laurinaitis. Laurinaitis was a three-time Junior World Team member.

Team Lithuania also features four-time World Team members Laimutis Adomaitus at 84 kg/185 lbs. and Edgaras Venckaitis at 66 kg/145.5 lbs. Adomaitus was also a 2006 World University bronze medalist and two-time Junior World Team member. Venckaitis served on the 2012 Olympic Team.

Team Serbia

Seven-time World Team member and two-time Olympian Davor Stefanek, will be wrestling for Serbia at 66 kg/145.5 lbs. Stefanek was a 2005 Junior World champion and 2003 Junior World silver medalist.

Kristijan Fris will be competing at 60 kg/132 lbs. and holds a World bronze medal from 2007. Fris was a four-time World Team member, 2008 Olympian and 2003 Junior World Team member.

Also on Team Serbia is 2008 Junior World silver medalist Aleksander Maksimovic at 66 kg/145.5 lbs., who was also a 2012 Olympian, a four-time World Team member and three-time Junior World Team member.

Finally on Team Serbia is former World Team member and three-time Junior World Team member Dejan Fanjkovic at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. and Junior World Team member Viktor Nemes at 74 kg/163 lbs.

Team USA

The U.S. team will be led by a pair of local Chicago-area wrestling stars, 2012 Olympian Ellis Coleman (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) at 66 kg/145.5 lbs. and two-time U.S. World Team member Joe Betterman (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) at 60 kg/132 lbs. Both were 2013 U.S. Open national champions in Las Vegas, Nev. earlier this month.

Olympians competing for Team USA at the Curby Cup include Coleman, two-time Olympian Spenser Mango (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) at 55 kg/121 lbs. and 2012 Olympian Ben Provisor (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) at 74 kg/163 lbs. Mango and Provisor were also 2013 U.S. Open champions.

Two-time U.S. Open champion Jordan Holm (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Storm) at 84 kg/185 lbs. Holm was second in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Rounding out the U.S. team are U.S. Open champion David Arendt (Camp Lejeune, N.C./U.S. Marines) at 120 kg/264.5 lbs. and Marcus Finau (Ewa Beach, Hawaii/New York AC/USOEC) at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. Finau, who has been one of the nation’s top young Greco-Roman prospects, placed third at the 2013 U.S. Open.

At Lyons Township High School, LaGrange, Ill., May 11

Greco-Roman Lineups

55 kg/121 lbs. – Peter Modos
60 kg/132 lbs. – Istvan Kozak
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Tamas Lorincz
74 kg/163 lbs. – Balint Korpasi
74 kg/163 lbs. – Viktor Lorincz
84 kg/185 lbs. – Peter Bacsi
96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Balazs Kiss
96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Gyorgy Rizmajer
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Mihaly Deak-Bardos

55 kg/121 lbs. – Justas Petravicius
60 kg/132 lbs. – Arturas Macijevskis
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Edgaras Venckaitis
74 kg/163 lbs. – Valdemaras Venckaitis
84 kg/185 lbs. – Laimutis Adomaitus
96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Vilius Laurinaitis
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Mindaugas Mizgaitis

55 kg/121 lbs. – Kristian Gazdag
55 kg/121 lbs. – Nikola Markovic
60 kg/132 lbs. – Kristian Fris
60 kg/132 lbs. – Tamas Nad
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Davor Stefanek
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Aleksander Maksimovic
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Mate Nemes
74 kg/163 lbs. – Viktor Nemes
84 kg/185 lbs. – Vladimir Stankic
96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Dejan Franjkovic
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Vasilije Govedarica

United States
55 kg/121 lbs. – Spenser Mango, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)
60 kg/132 lbs. – Joe Betterman, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Ellis Coleman, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
74 kg/163 lbs. – Ben Provisor, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
84 kg/185 lbs. – Jordan Holm, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Marcus Finau, Ewa Beach, Hawaii (New York AC/USOEC)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – David Arendt, Camp Lejeune, N.C. (U.S. Marine Corps)
National Greco-Roman Coach – Steve Fraser, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Assistant National Greco-Roman Coach - Momir Petkovic, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Event Schedule

Saturday, May 11
10:00 a.m. – Girls youth freestyle clinic with Helen Maroulis
10:00 a.m. – Youth and high school Greco-Roman clinic with U.S. Olympic Education Center athlete
1:30 p.m. – Curby Cup, preliminary rounds
4:00 p.m. – MAIN EVENT - Opening Ceremonies and finals round

Sunday, May 12
9:00 a.m. – FCA Champions Breakfast featuring Olympians Jim Gruenwald and Tervel Dlagnev at Holiday Inn & William Tell Banquets & Conference Center in Countryside, Ill.

The Jacob Curby Foundation has been formed to honor the memory of my son, and has as its mission, teaching strong values through wrestling participation, growing youth participation in wrestling as a path to success and personal growth, and the advancement of Olympic-style international wrestling competition in the United States. Before his sudden, tragic death, Jacob Curby had been working as hard as he could to attain the ultimate goals in Greco-Roman wrestling – becoming an Olympic and World Champion. Jake was taken from us too early and was unable to complete his quest, but he remains a champion in all our hearts.

“Besides the great competition and honoring the memory of a fine young man, this will be a time to rally the entire wrestling family in our struggle to preserve our great sport in the Olympics,” said Dave Curby, founder of the Curby Cup and Jacob Curby’s father.

USA Wrestling is the National Governing Body for the Sport of Wrestling in the United States and, as such, is its representative to the United States Olympic Committee and the International Wrestling Federation FILA. Simply, USA Wrestling is the central organization that coordinates amateur wrestling programs in the nation and works to create interest and participation in these programs. Its president is James Ravannack, and its Executive Director is Rich Bender.

The event is another major opportunity for the Keep Olympic Wrestling movement. On February 12, the International Olympic Committee Executive Board made a recommendation that wrestling not be a core sport at the 2020 Olympic Games. A final decision on the program of the 2020 Olympics will be made by the entire IOC in September. A worldwide effort has been launched by FILA, the international wrestling federation, and all of the 177 nations which participate in wrestling, to retain wrestling as an Olympic sport.

In the United States, the official website is, on Facebook, and on Twitter, @wrestlingvision.

The international links for FILA are, on Facebook and on Twitter @FILA_Official.
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