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Keystone Classic awaits ASU wrestling in Philadelphia

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State University wrestling team, coming off a 4-0 start to the season last weekend on the road, will head to the East Coast this weekend for its first tournament action of the season as the Sun Devils compete in the Keystone Classic inside the Palestra in Philadelphia, Pa. The tournament, hosted by Pennsylvania, will feature all eastern teams, including No. 13 UT-Chattanooga, No. 23 Penn and No. 25 American.

IN THE TOURNAMENT
Along with the three ranked teams mentioned above, the Sun Devils also could face competitors from Appalachian State, Boston University, Brown, Rider, VMI and Mercyhurst. The field will include 16 different wrestlers ranked among the Top 20 according to the November 13 USA Today/NWCA/InterMat rankings. The more loaded weight classes include 197 pounds, where No. 1 Josh Glenn (American), No. 10 Matt Koz (UTC), No. 15 Jason Trulson (ASU) and No. 16 T.J. Morrison (Rider) could compete with 184 pounds having three ranked competitors, including No. 13 Doug Umbehauer (Rider), No. 17 Lior Zamir (Penn) and No. 18 Brent Chriswell (ASU).

More than just a mini-Olympics

Lee U-Wen
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WITH 3-on-3 basketball and even beach wrestling potentially on the programme, the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010, for athletes aged 14 to 18, is shaping up to be more than just a mini-version of the Summer Olympics.

The menu of 26 sports will be part of an attempt to better "interest and appeal "to youth, said Singapore's International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board member Ng Ser Miang. The Republic is hoping to host the historic event.

Take wrestling, for instance. In addition to conventional indoor events, the plan is to have an outdoor beach-wrestling version, too. As for basketball, different formats may be tried " such as having teams of three, as opposed to five, battle it out and playing on a half-court only. And sailing will likely see a new youth class of boats used that will suit the abilities of the young athletes.

Mr Ng revealed the IOC's plans to Today on the sidelines of a press conference held at the Singapore Sports School yesterday to rally support for the Singapore bid, which was submitted to the IOC in August.

EK’s Bohn learns from overseas experience

By Jeff Chaney

The Grand Rapids Press Jake Bohn said it was a trip to remember, and one that will help him in the future.

The East Kentwood senior wrestler recently returned from Antalya, Turkey, where he competed for Team USA in the World Tournament from Sept. 7-9.

Bohn wrestled in three submission styles at the tournament, Sombo, Beach Style and Grappling, taking fifth place at 145 pounds in Sombo and Beach Style and a bronze medal in Grappling.

"This was the first time I've wrestled overseas, and it was pretty awesome, "Bohn said. "It was quite an experience. There were a lot of different aspects to the trip. I've never done Beach Wrestling before, that was my first time doing that, so it was interesting. The competition was very good. There were a lot of different countries, and everybody was very nice."

All three styles are different from what Bohn competes in at East Kentwood.

"Sombo and Grappling are submission wrestling, "Bohn said. "There are no pins, you just work for submissions, so it is different."

Miyasaki wins sand wrestling bronze

Castle alumnus Tanya Miyasaki won a bronze medal last Saturday, placing third in the women's under 70 kg division at the Beach Wrestling World Championships at Antalya, Turkey.

Miyasaki, who also wrestled at Missouri Valley College, advanced to the semifinals before losing to eventual champion Margarita Montez of Spain 2-1.

Beach wrestling is conducted on a sand surface. The event is part of the World Wrestling Games.

Beach wrestling tourney to raise money

By Brian Kaminski
For the Leader Times

Move over, volleyball. Another sport is about to take over the beach.

And it hopes to help take down diabetes.

The local Pride Wrestling Club is sponsoring a beach wrestling tournament Saturday at Crooked Creek Park in Ford City. Tournament proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in the name of Madison Pollick.

Pollick, 5, was diagnosed with Type I diabetes three years ago. She is the granddaughter of tournament director Steve Joseph.

"For the last two years, my family has participated in a walk for a cure held at St. Vincent's (College) in Latrobe, "Joseph said. "This year, my daughter, Beth, decided she wants to do something herself."

With a father who has organized Kiski Area junior wrestling for over 20 years and four brothers who all wrestled for the Cavaliers, a wrestling tournament was the obvious choice for Beth Pollick.

'"I'm doing a lot of the organizing and planning, but my brothers understand the wrestling,' "Beth Pollick said. '"It's a new sport, and we just thought we'd find a beach and try it out.'"

Lehigh wrestler wins in sand

From Call staff reports

Looking for a way to remain active during the summer months, Lehigh junior Trevor Chinn took to the beach.

Chinn captured the 165 national title at the second annual U.S. Beach Wrestling National Championships on Saturday, winning all three of his matches on Sunday Beach in Rochester, N.Y.

Chinn, wrestling for Team Titan, came from behind to defeat Kevin Sackett 2-1 in the championship finals.

Beach wrestling was named an international style of wrestling by FILA in 2005. Athletes wrestle on a sand surface inside a circle marked in the sand. Matches last three minutes and can be won by fall or by being the first to accumulate two points.

Chinn earned a 2-0 decision over John Bonaldi in an earlier bout, and also won by fall over Tom Cuppernell.

With the victory, Chinn earned to right to compete in the Beach World Team Trials on Sunday, but chose not to enter. The second Beach World Championships will be held in Turkey in September.

Mariacher brothers draw line in the sand

By Jackie Friedman NEWS SPORTS REPORTER

It was game time.

 

Matt Mariacher got up from the towel on which he had been passed out for the last half an hour, dusted the sand off his legs, straightened out his orange swimming trunks and headed over to the ring.

"It's a relaxing change," Mariacher's father Matt said of beach wrestling. "Normally we're in a gymnasium somewhere. We figured it'd be a little bit different. They could wrestle a little bit, do what they trained hard for, yet enjoy a day at the beach.

"A large part of the public never gets to see [wrestling]. Out on the beach, the sport catches the eyes of a lot of people just walking by, and the wrestlers have a big crowd watching."

Matt and his 20-year-old brother Reece didn't wrestle in the Beach Nationals at Charlotte Beach in Rochester last Saturday to get exposure. The former Iroquois standouts took part in this new venture " the Rochester event was the fifth of six beach wrestling events on the summer schedule " to compete together before they head to their respective colleges.

World bronze medalist Downey defends Beach National title in Rochester, N.Y.

Gary Abbott USA Wrestling

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - 2006 World Beach bronze medalist Ray Downey of East Meadow, N.Y. (East Meadow WC) won the U.S. Beach National Championships for the second year in a row, with an impressive performance at 176 pounds in the Senior division on Sunday at Charlotte Beach

Downey won four matches on the way to the title, including a 2-0 decision over Mike Morone (Unattached) in the championship finals. Downey won all four of his bouts by 2-0 decision, shutting out each of his opponents on the way to victory.

Carlos Dolmo of Bronx, N.Y. (Blast Double of NY) who was fifth at the Beach World Championships last year, captured the individual title at

Dolmo was third at last year�s U.S. Nationals then won the title at the 2006 World Team Trials to earn his spot on the U.S. Team.

The top three place winners in each weight class at the Senior level at the U.S. Beach Nationals earned a spot in the World Team Trials, which will be held on Sunday.

Dolmo�s teammate, Rawle Shewprashad of Bronx, N.Y. (Blast Double of NY) won the 210-pound title, defeating R.J. Hickey (unattached), 3-0 in the finals. Shewprashad placed second last year at the Beach Nationals.

Chinn captures National Beach Championship

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Looking for a way to remain active during the summer months, Lehigh junior Trevor Chinn took to the beach. Saturday, Chinn captured the 165 national title at the second annual U.S. Beach Wrestling National Championships, winning all three of his matches on Sunday Beach. Chinn, wrestling for Team Titan, came from behind to defeat Kevin Sackett 2-1 in the championship finals.

Beach wrestling was named an international style of wrestling by FILA in 2005. Athletes wrestle on a sand surface inside a circle marked in the sand. Matches last three minutes and can be won by fall or by being the first to accumulate two points.

Chinn earned a 2-0 decision over John Bonaldi in an earlier bout, and also won by fall Tom Cuppernell. With the victory, Chinn earned to right to compete in the Beach World Team Trials on Sunday, but chose not to enter. The second Beach World Championships will be held in Turkey in September.

A NCAA qualifier in 2006, Chinn was the Mountain Hawks- starter at 149 before suffering a season-ending elbow injury against Brown. He returned to competition in April, placing eighth at 70 kg at the University Nationals in Akron, Ohio. Chinn finished the 2006-07 season with a 12-10 record, and carries a 32-25 career mark into the 2007-08 season.

Beach wrestling: Sand, sun & takedowns

Athletes compete in beach nationals, World Team Trials

Zane Gilfillan flips Josh Veltre

Nicole Lee
Staff writer

Mike Morone has been a wrestler for more than three decades, but even he was exposed to a new element of the sport on Saturday.

The 49-year-old Chili resident was one of more than 100 athletes who participated in this year's USAW Beach Wrestling National Championships and World Team Trials.

The two-day competition is being held at Ontario Beach Park, 4800 Lake Ave., and was hosted by the Titan Wrestling Club of Penfield and the State University College at Brockport.

For Morone and the other mostly male competitors, wrestling barefoot in sand under the blazing sun was a definite environmental change from the typical indoor match on mats in a gymnasium.

He defeated Mike Poliszuk in a senior division match, one of several matches in which Morone wrestled. Contestants get three minutes to earn points for either pinning an opponent in the sand or pushing the opponent outside the wrestling ring.

"It's very fast; one little mistake could be the end of it. I expect to be beaten up, "Morone joked. "I'm thankful to be healthy. I have to go to work on Monday."

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