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U.S. wrestlers attend huge youth camp in Italy; Four U.S. athletes to compete in Cadet dual meet on Saturday

by Chad Vandiver, Special to

Campers at the Italian Stallion Wrestling Camp in Italy. Photo courtesy of Chad Vandiver.

The Italian Stallion Wrestling Camp, hosted by 1996 Olympian Michele Liuzzi, made for a successful week of training with over 400 athletes from over a dozen countries including the United States, Italy, Hungary, France, Uzbekistan, New Zealand, Great Britain, Estonia, Norway, and Germany.

Four American athletes from the American International Wrestling delegation will compete in the Italy vs The World Cadet Friendly Dual, scheduled for Saturday July 9th at 9:30pm Italian time, 3:30pm eastern.

The dual will feature six women's matches, six men's freestyle matches, and two Greco-Roman matches, pitting some of Italy's best age group wrestlers against wrestlers from the large camp of age group wrestlers from around the world.

The matches will be held at the Santa Canterina Resort in front of a packed outdoor arena of over 2,000 spectators and be broadcast on Italian television. It will also be live streamed on

Italy vs. The World Friendly Cadet Dual

(matches featuring American athletes)

Women's Freestyle

49kg Clare Booe (USA/FL) vs. Fabiana Rinella (Italy)

Men's Freestyle

66kg Anwar Alli (USA/OH) vs. Daniele Gubbiotti (Italy)

85kg Dante Hutchings (USA/CO) vs. Jacopo Giusti (Italy)


45kg Eric Casula (USA/OK) vs. Alessio Arancio (Italy)

Other members of the American International Wrestling delegation who participated in the training camp include Sofia Holodick (USA/PA), Alex Alli (USA/OH), Gabriel Logan (USA/NJ), Myles Burroughs (USA/NJ), and Ryan Messick (USA/NJ). To start camp, the group got their feet wet with a beach wrestling practice on the Tyrrhenian Sea.

The camp featured wrestlers from the U15-U23 age divisions in all three Olympic styles. The women's camp was particularly large with over 100 participants. Rutgers star Sebastian Rivera, who just recently won gold at the Matteo Pellicone Ranking Event in Italy representing Puerto Rico, also spent the week training in Scalea.

Prior to camp, the AIW delegation spent two nights in Rome seeing the sights and watching matches at the U20 Junior European Championships. American International Wrestling seeks to grow the sport of Olympic style wrestling through international tours, cultural exchanges, and training opportunities. AIW was founded by Greco-Roman U.S. Open finalist Chad Vandiver. Also coaching the group along with Vandiver is Damion Logan of New Jersey, owner of Apex Wrestling, and Chad Casula of Oklahoma.