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U.S. team in all three disciplines to compete at Dan Kolov/Nikola Petrov in Sofia, Bulgaria, March 2-5

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

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Jennifer Page and Thomas Gilman competition portraits by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors.


A team of Senior-level wrestlers in all three international disciplines will compete in the Dan Kolov/Nikola Petrov International in Sofia, Bulgaria, March 2-5.


A group of 13 men’s freestyle wrestlers will compete, led by a pair of World and Olympic medalists who are currently No. 1 on the Senior National Team, Thomas Gilman at 61 kg and Kyle Snyder at 97 kg. Gilman is a 2021 World champion and 2020 Olympic bronze medalist. Snyder was a 2016 Olympic champion and a three-time World champion.


Another current Senior National Team member, Joey McKenna at 65 kg, will be competing. Ty Walz, a previous National Team member, will wrestle at 125 kg.


A group of seven women’s freestyle wrestlers will also enter, led by current Senior National Team members Alex Hedrick at 55 kg, Michaela Beck at 59 kg, Jennifer Page at 62 kg, Solin Piearcy at 68 kg and Marilyn Garcia at 72 kg.


A group of nine Greco-Roman wrestlers from the Greco-Roman program at the Northern Michigan University National Training Site will also compete. Among the participants is previous Senior National Team member 67kg: David Stepanian at 67 kg.


There will be competition in all three disciplines each day. There are three groups of athletes who will each compete in a two-day tournament. (See schedule below for weight classes on each day). Sofia is seven hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time.

DAN KOLOV/NIKOLA PETROV INTERNATIONAL

At Sofia, Bulgaria, March 2-5



U.S. Men’s Freestyle roster


57kg: Gabe Townsell (NYAC/CARTC)

61kg: Devan Turner (BDRTC)

61kg: Thomas Gilman (TMWC/NLWC)

61kg: Nathan Tomasello (TMWC/CKWC)

65kg: Joey McKenna (TMWC/PRTC)

74kg: Mitchell Mesenbrink (Askren WA)

79kg: Isaiah White (IRTC)

79kg: Michael Kemerer (NYRTC)

79kg: Devin Skatzka (TMWC/Spartan)

86kg: Andrew Morgan (NYRTC)

86kg: Quentin Perez (CARTC)

97kg: Kyle Snyder (TMWC/NLWC)

125kg: Ty Walz (TMWC/SERTC)

National Freestyle Coach: Bill Zadick

Personal Coach: Matt Coughlin (Indiana RTC)

Personal Coach: Frank Perrelli (New York RTC)

Personal Coach: Enkhtur Badamsaikhan (California RTC)

Personal Coach: Jake Varner (Nittany Lion WC)

U.S. Women’s Freestyle roster

50kg: Audrey Jimenez (Sunkist)

55kg: Alex Hedrick (TMWC)

59kg: Michaela Beck (Sunkist)

62kg: Janida Garcia (Colorado/EAP)

62kg: Jennifer Page (TMWC/NLWC)

68kg: Solin Piearcy (Menlo WC)

72kg: Marilyn Garcia (California)

National Women’s Coach - Terry Steiner

U.S. Greco-Roman roster

60kg: Ryder Smith (NMU NTS)

63kg: Aidan Nutter (NYAC/NMU NTS)

67kg: Charles Welcome (NMU NTS)

67kg: David Stepanian (NYAC/NMW NTS)

77kg: Riley Briggs (NMU NTS)

77kg: Mike Higgins (NMU NTS)

82kg: Michael Altomer (NMU NTS)

82kg: DM Hallet (NMU NTS)

87kg: George Sikes (NYAC/NMU NTS)

NMU NTS Head Coach: Andy Bisek (NMU NTS)


Medical: Taryn Pennington

Official: Nolan Meadors

Event Schedule

(local time in Sofia is seven hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time)


Thursday, March 2


10:30 a.m.

Preliminaries (MFS 61, 70, 79, 92 GR 55, 63, 72, 82, WFS 55, 59, 65, 72)


5:00 p.m.

Opening Ceremony and Semifinals (MFS 61, 70, 79, 92 GR 55, 63, 72, 82, WFS 55, 59, 65, 72)

Friday, March 3


10:30 a.m.

Preliminaries (MFS 57, 65, 74 GR 87, 97, 130 WFS 62, 68, 76)

Repechage (MFS 61, 70, 79, 92 GR 55, 63, 72, 82, WFS 55, 59, 65, 72)


5:00 p.m.

Semifinals (MFS 57, 65, 74 GR 87, 97, 130 WFS 62, 68, 76)


6:00 p.m

Finals (MFS 61, 70, 79, 92 GR 55, 63, 72, 82, WFS 55, 59, 65, 72)

Saturday, March 4


10:30 a.m.

Preliminaries (MFS 86, 97, 125 GR 60, 67. 77 WFS 50, 53, 57)

Repechage (MFS 57, 65, 74 GR 87, 97, 130 WFS 62, 68, 76)


5:00 p.m.

Semifinals (MFS 86, 97, 125 GR 60, 67, 77 WFS 50, 53, 57)


6:00 p.m.

Finals (MFS 57, 65, 74 GR 87, 97, 130 WFS 62, 68, 76)

Sunday, March 5


11:00 a.m.

Repechage (MFS 86, 97, 125 GR 60, 67, 77 WFS 50, 53, 57)


12:00 noon

Finals (MFS 86, 97, 125 GR 60, 67, 77 WFS 50, 53, 57)

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