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|REMINDER: Universal Sports Network to air U.S. World Team Trials TONIGHT July 13 at 8 PM|
By Universal Sports Network
USA Wrestling and Universal Sports Network combine to present the 2013 ASICS U.S. Wrestling World Team Trials on a tape-delayed basis from Gallagher-Iba Arena on the Oklahoma State campus in Stillwater, Okla.
This exciting event was hosted Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22, featuring athletes in the three Olympic styles of wrestling: men’s freestyle, women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman. Champions will qualify to represent the United States at the 2013 World Wrestling Championship in Budapest, Hungary, on Sept. 16-22.
The two-hour highlight show of the Championship Series finals will feature both days of competition and will air nationally on Universal Sports on Saturday, July 13, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. In addition, Universal Sports will air an encore presentation of the special to be announced at a later date.
There will be two mats during the Championship Series best-of-three finals in Stillwater, and the action will be covered by different talented and experienced broadcast teams.
The freestyle competition will be held on one mat, with veteran wrestling announcer Joe Miller doing play-by-play and wrestling leader and award-winning actor Billy Baldwin serving as color commentator.
The mat with Greco-Roman and some women’s freestyle action will be called by veteran wrestling announcers Van Stokes and Shane Sparks, with Stokes doing play-by-play and Sparks providing color commentary.
There was memorable action at this event in all three Olympic styles of wrestling, and fans will not want to miss a chance to see the best matches on national television.
This is the second USA Wrestling event which has aired on Universal Sports this year. On May 15, the USA vs. Russia dual meet as part of the “The Rumble on the Rails” in Grand Central Terminal in New York City aired live on Universal Sports. Earlier in the day, the USA vs. Iran dual meet was also aired live on NBC Sports Network.
Last year, Universal Sports and NBC Sports Network also broadcast “The Grapple in the Big Apple” on a tape-delayed basis from Times Square in New York City. The show featured a USA vs. Russia freestyle dual meet and the U.S. Olympic Team Wrestle-off for the 60 kg/132 lbs. position on the U.S. Olympic Team in men’s freestyle wrestling.
The coverage of the ASICS U.S. Wrestling World Team Trials is an important event in the Keep Olympic Wrestling movement, an international effort to retain wrestling as a sport on the program of the 2020 Olympic Games and beyond.
ABOUT UNIVERSAL SPORTS
Universal Sports Network, a partnership between NBC Sports and InterMedia Partners, LP, is the premier multi-platform media destination for Olympic-related sports programming in the United States. Offering more than 1,200 hours of original programming each year, Universal Sports has exclusive rights to world and national championship events in a wide array of sports, including swimming, track and field, gymnastics, cycling, skiing, figure skating and rugby. Whether on television, online, or on the go with mobile and tablet applications, Universal Sports offers a four-screen experience to fans of global sports every day of the year. For more information, please visit UniversalSports.com.
ABOUT USA WRESTLING
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.
ABOUT KEEP OLYMPIC WRESTLING
In the United States, the official website is http://www.KeepOlympicWrestling.com, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/officialkeepwrestlingintheolympics, and on Twitter @wrestlingvision.
The international links for FILA are http://www.fila-official.com/, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/fila.official and on Twitter @FILA_Official.