Gary Abbott/USA Wrestling
The Metropolitan Wrestling Association has posted online an application for competitors, as well as housing information, for the ASICS 2005 East Coast National Beach Wrestling Championships, which will be held in the city of Long Beach, N.Y., on Long Island, Saturday, August 13.
All interested participants should sign up right away and make housing arrangements. Visit the official event website at:
Posted on the webpage is a pdf file of the event application. In addition, detailed information on hotels and camping opportunities are included on the webpage, as well as the official rules and regulations of the competition.
FILA, the international wrestling federation, announced that Beach Wrestling would be added as a new international wrestling style during the 2004 Olympic Games. This will be the first truly national-level event in the United States in the new sport of beach wrestling.
There will be five competition divisions for the Beach Wrestling event:
High School Boys
High School Girls
Registration and medical check for the competition will be on Saturday, August 13 from 9:00 a.m. “11:00 a.m. A rules clinic is set for 11:30 a.m. The wrestling will begin promptly at 12:00 Noon.
Competitors must be members of USA Wrestling. The entry fee is $20 prior to the event, or $25 at registration.
Men must wear athletic swim trunks, and women must wear one-piece or two-piece bathing suits. The tournament will be a double-elimination bracketing format. Athletes wrestle on a sand surface, with a 20-foot diameter circle marked in the sand. Matches start in the standing position and last three minutes.
The MWA has provided information on hotel options, including the Jackson Hotel in Long Beach, N.Y., the Long Beach Motor Inn in Island Park, N.Y. and the Diplomat Hotel in Rockville Center, N.Y. In addition, a special tenters area, with access to restroom and shower facilities, has been organized at the Nassau County Campground. Complete information is available on the webpage.
All excess revenues generated from this competition will be donated to the Metropolitan Wrestling Association’s [MWA] Beat The Streets program. The MWA’s long term goal is to establish folkstyle wrestling in all 150 NYC high schools, while creating a model to introduce and develop the sport in the nation’s urban areas. There are currently 25 high schools with wrestling in New York City.
With train access to and from New York City, an elevated two mile Coney Island-style boardwalk, dozens of local eateries, and miles of surf and sand, Long Beach is an ideal site to introduce the general public to wrestling. Long Beach HS has won numerous state and Nassau County honors in folkstyle wrestling, and the local community is very supportive of the sport.
ASICS America Corporation has been the offical equipment supplier of USA Wrestling since 1984. ASICS is internationally recognized for consistently creating some of the world’s most technologically advanced athletic footwear and apparel.
Applications for the ASICS East Coast Beach Wrestling Nationals, along with the application for the tenting area, should be sent to:
845 Marconi Avenue
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Attention: Sally Schmidt
You can get additional information by contacting Sally Schmitt of TW Promotions, Inc. at 631-588-4343 x104, or by e-mailing [email protected]
Media inquiries concerning the event should be made to Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling at 719-598-8181 or via e-mail at [email protected]
For more information on the City of Long Beach, visit their website at