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One month until 2022 U.S. Beach Nationals in Carolina Beach, N.C. on May 21, with nine age divisions battling on the sand

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Now is a great time to register and finalize your plans to attend the 2022 U.S. Beach National Championships, which is returning to scenic Carolina Beach, N.C., on Saturday, May 21.

National champions will be crowned in the following age divisions: 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, Junior, Senior Men, Senior Women and Masters.

Register for the 2022 U.S. Beach Nationals

Beach Wrestling is growing in popularity and prestige worldwide and provides an intense and competitive environment as well as a fun day on the beach. There were entries in 44 different states at the 2021 U.S. Beach Nationals, which was held in Jacksonville, N.C.

This event serves as a qualifier for U.S. Senior athletes who wish to compete in one of the five 2022 UWW Beach World Series events in Europe. Stops on the Beach Worlds Series this year include Turkey, Spain, France, Greece and Romania. (see 2022 Beach World Series schedule below)

The U.S. Beach Nationals is also a qualifier for U.S. athletes seeking to wrestle at the 2022 U17 and U20 Beach World Championships, set for Constanta, Romania, September 23-24. In 2021, the United States sent its largest delegation of age-group athletes ever to the Beach World Championships.

This year’s U.S. Beach Nationals will be the first event of the soon-to-be-announced 2022 U.S. Beach Tour of America, which will feature selected state- and local-level USA Wrestling sanctioned Beach competitions held across the nation.

This will be the eighth time that Carolina Beach, N.C. has hosted the U.S. Beach Nationals. It has a great oceanside location, with a boardwalk and numerous restaurants and attractions right near the competition rings. It is a great way for a family or a wrestling club, to enjoy this beach community while getting some great wrestling matches.

Boys and girls. Men and women. Make plans to attend this year’s U.S. Beach Nationals. For more information, check out the U.S. Beach Nationals website

At Carolina Beach, N.C.

Friday, May 20

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - OPTIONAL Beach Wrestling National Championship Registration and Weigh-in ALL DIVISIONS except Senior at the Lazy Pirate Sports Bar (

8:00 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Coach and Competitor's Social at Lazy Pirate Sports Bar (

Saturday, May 21

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Senior Men's and Women's Beach Wrestling National Championships Weigh-in (Carolina Beach Boardwalk Stage)

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Beach Wrestling National Championship Registration and Weigh-in ALL OTHER DIVISIONS (Carolina Beach Boardwalk Stage)

10:45 a.m.- Rules Clinic (ALL competitors must report)

11:00 a.m. to conclusion - Beach Wrestling National Championships

6:00 p.m. - Post Tournament Social, 811 Harper Ave., Carolina Beach, NC 28428

2021 U.S. Beach National champions

Senior Men's champions
70 kg - Domenic Forys (California Regional Training Center)
80 kg - Jamal Morris (Cardinal Gibbons High School Wrestling)
90 kg - Andy Hrovat (unattached)
90+ - Daniel Chaid (California Regional Training Center)

Senior Women's champions
50 kg - Ally Graham (Georgia)
60 kg - Breanna Stikkelman (California)
70 kg - Zoe Wight (Running Eagles)
70+ - Caitlin Cardenas (Georgia)

Boys Junior champions
106 - Keith Moreno (California)
120 - Dominic Ditomasso (South Georgia)
126 - Luke Citarelli (Hurricanes)
132 - Reese Jones (Compound Wrestling)
138 - Hunter Price (Georgia)
145 - Samuel Harris (Compound Wrestling)
152 - Jamal Everette (Ground Up USA)
160 - Isaiah Fagg (Tennessee)
170 - Rodrick Love (Illinois)
182 - Gavin Funk (Colorado)
195 - John Lovett (Georgia)
285 - Matthew Moore (Colorado)

Girls Junior champions
112 - Alexis Dobson (New Hampshire)
122 - Hannah Dupay (Idaho)
132 - Kailey Rees (Freedom High School Wrestling)
152 - Zoe Hussar (Ohio)

Boys 16U champions
106 - Dominic Gumtow (Michigan)
113 - Donny Almeyda (Edge Wrestling)
120 - Stone Farnsworth (Mayo Quanchi WC)
126 - Timothy Murabito (Bay Area Dragons)
132 - Gabriel Bouyssou (Mayo Quanchi WC)
138 - Nolan Liess (New York)
145 - Duncan Christensen (Virginia)
160 - Victor Soto-Rivera (US Territory)
182 - Hoke Poe Hogan (Morris Fitness)
285 - Willie Cox (Alabama)

Girls 16U champions
110 - Cecilia Williams (Michigan)
122 - Gennaveve Matt (Dayton Eagles WC)
132 - Mia Furman (Suples Wrestling Club)
148 - Isabell Carrington (Dayton Eagles WC)
190 - Sophie Pollack (New York)

Boys 14U champions
97 - Nathaniel Boger (Tennessee)
102 - Elias Koonce (Illinois)
106 - Ricardo Saenz (Michigan)
110 - David Perez (Mayo Quanchi WC)
114 - William Leischner (Mayo Quanchi WC)
119 - Sammy Spaulding (American Dream WC)

Girls 14U champions
95 - Sara McLaughlin (Riptide WC)
110 - Avaeh Smith (Iowa)
185 - Maia Edwards (Ohio)

Boys 12U champions
77 - Flynn Arnestad (Ranger Wrestling Club)
82 - Jack Silfies (New Hampshire)
86 - Walker Woodard (Troup Youth WC)
98 - Josiah Puller (Ohio)
108 - Rosco Lewis (Prodigy Wrestling)
160 - Alan Garcia (US Territory)

Girls 12U champions
75 - Ryleigh Sturgill (Tennessee Outlaws)
85 - Sophia Holmes (Patriot Wrestling Club)
100 - Juliana Eldridge (Alabama)

Boys 10U
63 - Beau Abbott (Roundtree Wrestling Academy)
71 - Mateo Montanaro (Woburn Youth WC)
77 - Bruno Hernandez (Scottsbluff WC)

Boys 8U
53 - Mateo Pena (South Carolina)
56 - Oliver Gliem (Iowa)

Girls 8U
50 - Blakely Garner (Troup Wrestling)

Beach Wrestling World Series 2022 Schedule
28-29 May – Ortaca (TUR) | Sarigerme Beach
18-19 June – Sanxenxo (ESP) | Silgar Beach
01-02 July - Saint Laurent du Var (FRA) | Cousteau Beach
09-10 July - Katerini (GRE) | Paralia Beach
03-04 September - Constanta (ROU) | Mamaia Beach

Editor's Note: The deadline for registration for the first Beach World Series event (in Ortaca, Turkey) is in just 7 DAYS!!!! Any U.S. Senior athlete who wishes to compete in the Ortaca Beach World Series event should immediately contact Gary Abbott at

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