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|USA All-Stars, Oregon have 4-0 dual records after day one of Greco World Duals in Concord, Calif.|
By USA Wrestling
CONCORD, Calif. – The USA All-Stars and Oregon both had perfect 4-0 records after the first day of the Junior Greco-Roman World Duals at the Community Youth Center on Saturday.
Seven teams were entered in the dual meet portion of this event, which is a showcase competition as part of World Wrestling Month, which was declared by the international wrestling federation (FILA).
The host CYC team is next in the standings with a 3-2 record. The dual meet portion of the event concludes on Sunday morning, followed by the individual tournament. The team champion will be determined by a point system combining results from the dual meets and the individual tournament. Oregon is the defending champion.
“We had several competitive dual meets with some great individual performances,” said Event Director Mark Halvorson. “Cadet World medalist Kevin Mejia from Honduras was dominant winning all five matches by fall or technical decision. Burke Paddock from New York also was strong today winning all of his matches in dominant fashion. Returning team Champions Oregon also had some good individual performances with Dylan Holcomb at 145 lbs, Kyle Bateman at 174 lbs, Samuel Colbray at 190 lbs, Wade Paulis at 217 lbs, and Wyatt Spears at 275 lbs all going undefeated on day one."
A live stream has been set up for fans to enjoy at the link below:
In addition to the competition, there have been clinics for interested wrestlers prior to the competition on May 23-24 as well as during the competition.
This is the 14th year of this event .The first time an international team came for competition was in 2000, with a German Junior Team. Over the years, teams from Germany, Estonia, Norway, Sweden, Hungary, Mexico and Honduras have all participated in this event. It was developed as part of the legacy of a major Senior Greco-Roman event, the Concord Cup, which was held for 20 years in the community in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
Past athletes who have competed in Greco Junior World Duals and went to success in as NCAA champions and All-Americans included Chris Pendleton, Dylan Ness, Ethan Lofthouse, Alan Waters, Nico Triggas, Nahshon Garrett and Tyrell Fortune.
Admission for spectators is $10 for a 1-day pass or $15 for a 2-day pass and can be purchased at the door. Tickets for Sunday night’s dinner and banquet must be purchased by Friday, May 17 from Matt Martin. Wrestlers and coaches get in free and all other tickets cost $20.
For more information about this event, visit its Facebook page at:
As part of World Wrestling Month, a focus of the event is to bring wrestlers and fans together from around the world in a show of solidarity to support Olympic wrestling.
2013 JUNIOR GRECO WORLD DUALS
At Community Youth Center, Concord, Calif., May 25-26
Day One Dual Meet Standings
USA All Stars, 4-0
Team Scandinavia, 2-2
Team California, 1-4
Sunday, May 26
8:30 a.m. – Dual Meet Competition Starts
12:30 p.m – Start of Individual Tournament
2 p.m. – Individual Tournament Finals
6 p.m. – Awards Banquet at Hilton Hotel