2009 U.S. Grappling World Team Trials set for October 22-24 in Phoenix

June 25, 2009, 6:59 p.m. (ET)

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) - USA Judo is pleased to announce that the 2009 U.S. Grappling World Team Trials will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Ariz., October 22-24.  Competition will be held in both gi and no-gi divisions under the rules of FILA, the international federation of wrestling and will be open to USA Judo members.

"USA Judo has been working with USA Wrestling leadership to provide our judo athletes an opportunity to try out for the U.S. World Grappling Team," said USA Judo CEO Jose H. Rodriguez (Colorado Springs, Colo.)  "As soon as more details are available from USA Wrestling we will make this available to our members."

The winners at the U.S. Grappling World Team Trials will represent the United States at the 2009 Grappling World Championships, which will be at the Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Dec. 12-13.

The U.S. Grappling World Team Trials will be an open tournament for senior-level male and female grapplers, ages 20 and up or 18-19 with medical consent. There will be no pre-qualification required to enter the competition.

The competition will be hosted alongside the Sunkist Kids International Open, which is a major international wrestling tournament in the three Olympic wrestling styles. The Sunkist Kids International will be hosted October 23-25.

"USA Judo continues to look for greater opportunities and possibilities for the success of our athletes and the sport," Rodriguez said.  "We would like to thank USA Wrestling for their continuing support of our organization."

For basic information on the events and hotels, download the Save the Date flier by clicking here

The final event schedule for the U.S. Grappling World Team Trials has not yet been finalized. The No-Gi Grappling competition will be held on Friday, October 23 and the Gi Grappling competition will be held on Saturday, October 24.

The United States is the defending World Champion team in both No-Gi and Gi Grappling, after winning team titles at the first FILA Grappling World Championships in Switzerland in 2008.

FILA International Grappling Rules are available for download by clicking here