Fourteen U S wrestlers win gold medals at the Dave Schultz Memorial Tourn

By Gary Abbott | Feb. 12, 2000, 12 a.m. (ET)
Fourteen U.S. wrestlers win gold medals at the Second Annual Dave Schultz Memorial International Tournament in Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 12

Fourteen U.S. wrestlers claimed gold medals at the Second annual Dave Schultz Memorial International Tournament at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Feb. 12.

The tournament included freestyle, Greco-Roman and women's wrestling and is held in memory of the late Dave Schultz. Schultz was a 1984 Olympic champion freestyle wrestler who was internationally respected as an ambassador of goodwill and sportmanship.

This was the first year a women's division was held.

Stephen Abas (Fresno, Calif./Sunkist Kids) pulled off the biggest upset of the evening when he defeated 1997 World Champion Wilfredo Garcia, 4-3, to start off the finals competition at 119 pounds. Abas is a 1998 Junior World Champion.

The other U.S. freestyle champion was Jeff McGinness (Iowa City, Iowa/Hawkeye WC) at 137.75 pounds. McGinness decisioned Jeremy Ensrud (Springsfield, Ore./Dave Schultz WC), 8-5.

Freestyle foreign World Champions who won were: Yoel Romero (Cuba) at 187.25 pounds and Kuramagomed Kuramagomedov (Russia) at 213.75 pounds. Romero decisioned SajidSajidov (Russia), 3-1. Romero is a 1999 World Champion.

Kuramagomedov decisioned Wilfredo Morales (Cuba), 4-2. Kuramagomedov was a 1997 World Champion.

Six U.S. Greco-Roman wrestlers won a gold medal. They include: Jeff Cervone (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Air Force) at 119 pounds, Glenn Nieradka (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) at 137.75 pounds, Heath Sims (Huntington Beach, Calif./Dave Schultz WC) at 152 pounds, Chael Sonnen (Tualatin, Ore./Dave Schultz WC) at 187.25 pounds, Jason Gleasman (Colorado Springs, Colo./NYAC) at 213.75 pounds and Rulon Gardner (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) at 286 pounds.

Cervone scored a big win with a 10-5 decision over Pata Bitsadze (Georgia) to start adding up the point for the team winner the U.S. Air Force.

Nieradka defeated fellow American Charley Carbaugh (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Air Force) by a technical fall, 14-0.

Sims scored a decision over U.S. Olympic Training Center Athlete Kevin Bracken (Colorado Springs, Colo./NYAC), 4-1. Sims was also named the Outstanding Wrestler in the Greco-Roman division.

Sonnen pinned No. 4 Ethan Bosch (Colorado Springs, Colo./NYAC) at 0:26 to pull off the upset. Sonnen is currently ranked No. 6 in the United States.

Gleasman was a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic team and defeated four-time U.S. Nationals champion Randy Couture (Gresham, Ore./Sunkist Kids) by a decision, 5-0.

Gardner won his second Dave Schultz Memorial International Championship when he won by an injury default over Dremiel Byers (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army).

The Outstanding Wrestler in the women's division was Malissa Sherwood (Rocklin, Calif./Dave Schultz Wc) at 123.25 pounds. Sherwood won by a technical fall over Grace Magnusson (Marshall, Mo./Viking WC), 11-0.

Ranked No. 1 at 112.25 pounds is Stephanie Murata (Boca Raton, Fla./Sunkist Kids). She won by a technical fall over Casey Baranoski (Marshall, Mo./Viking WC), 10-0. Murata placed fourth in both the 1998 and 1999 World Championships.

Eleven countries were represented in freestyle, Greco-Roman and women's wrestling with a total of 215 athletes competing, 97 in freestyle, 75 in Greco-Roman and 43 in womens.

Attending the tournament was Dave Schultz's widow Nancy Schultz, his father Philip Schultz and his mother Jean St. Germaine.

There is no competition at 58 kg/127.75 pounds in Greco-Roman due to the balance of wrestlers participating at that weight class. They moved up to 63 kg/138.75 pounds.


at Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 12, 2000

Freestyle Results

54 kg/119 lbs. - 1st - Stephen Abas, Fresno, Calif. (Sunkist Kids) dec. Wilfredo Garcia (Cuba), 4-3; 3rd - Rene Montero (Cuba) dec. Maxim Molonov (Russia), 8-1; 5th Sheldon Thomas, Bellefonte, Pa. (Dave Schultz WC); 6th - Alexis Vila, Raleigh, N.C. (Sunkist Kids)

58 kg/127.75 lbs. - 1st - Miron Dzadzaev (Russia) won by inj. def. over Jesus Wilson, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm); 3rd - Yandro Quintana (Cuba) dec. Yero Washington, Clovis, Calif. (Sunkist Kids), 5-0 ; 5th - Yoendry Albear (Cuba); 6th - Zelimkhan Gousseinov (Russia)

63 kg/137.75 lbs. - 1st - Jeff McGinness, Iowa City, Iowa (Hawkeye WC) dec. Jeremy Ensrud, Springfield, Ore. (Dave Schultz WC), 8-5; 3rd - Eric Larkin, Tempe, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids) dec. Mike Eirman (Unattached) 9-8; 5th - T.J. Jaworsky, Chapel Hill, N.C. (NYAC); 6th - Zelimkhan Akhmadov (Russia)

69 kg/152 lbs. - 1st - Yosmany Sanchez (Cuba) dec. Chris Bono, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids), 4-1;3rd - Orest Skobelsky (Ukraine) dec. Ramico Blackmon, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Team Excel), 6-3; 5th - Adam DiSabato, Columbus, Ohio (Ohio International); 6th - Alan Fried, Beachwood, Ohio (Sunkist Kids)

76 kg/167.5 lbs. - 1st -Chamile Aliev (Russia) dec. Brandon Slay, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Dave Schultz WC), 4-2; 3rd - Glenn Pritzlaff, (Unattached) dec. Thom Ortiz, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids), 6-0; 5th - Chad Kraft, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm); 6th - Daniel Gonzales (Cuba)

85 kg/187.25 lbs. - 1st -Yoel Romero (Cuba) dec. Sajid Sajidov (Russia), 3-1; 3rd - Aaron Simpson, Tempe, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids) dec. Damion Hahn, Lakewood, N.J., 8-2; 5th - Marcus Mollica (Unattached); 6th - Steve Williams, Lauderhill, Fla. (Sea Horse WC)

97 kg/213.75 lbs. - 1st - Kuramagomed Kuramagomedov (Russia) dec. Wilfredo Morales (Cuba), 4-2; 3rd - Serhii Priadun (Ukraine) dec. Tim Hartung, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm), 9-2; 5th - Jason Robison, Greenville, Pa. (NYAC)

130 kg/286 lbs. - 1st -Oleg Khorpiakov (Russia) pinned Tom Erikson, W. Lafayette, Ind. (Sunkist Kids), 0:47; 3rd - Airron Richardson, Shaker Heights, Ohio (Team Excel) won by tech. fall over Lee Lofton (Indiana), 12-0; 5th - Merabi Valiyev (Ukraine)

Team Standings: 1. Russia, 62 pts.; 2. Sunkist Kids, 58 pts.; 3. Cuba, 50 pts.; 4. Tie - Ukraine and Minnesota Storm, 22 pts.; 6. New York Athletic Club, 19 pts.

Outstanding Wrestler - Staphen Abas, United States

Greco-Roman Results

54 kg/119 lbs. - 1st -Jeff Cervone, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force) dec. Pata Bitsadze (Georgia), 10-5; 3rd - Mujaahid Maynard, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army) dec. Joe Dansby, San Louis Obispo, Calif. (Gold Medal WC), 8-2; 5th - Mike Santos, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army); 6th - Justin Weber, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)

63 kg/137.75 lbs. - 1st -Glenn Nieradka, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army) won by tech. fall over Charley Carbaugh, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force), 14-0; 3rd - Glenn Garrison, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Unattached) pinned Scott Munsey, Quantico, Va. (U.S. Marine Corps), 3:23; 5th - Jacob Hey, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force); 6th - Duaine Martin, Quantico, Va. (U.S. Marine Corps)

69 kg/152 lbs. - 1st - Heath Sims, Huntington Beach, Calif. (Dave Schultz WC) dec. Kevin Bracken, Colorado Springs, Colo. (NYAC), 4-1; 3rd - Juan Campomanes, (NYAC) pinned Brian Van Hoven, Quantico, Va. (U.S. Marine Corps), 3:48; 5th - Anthony Hamlett, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force); 6th - Andy Combs, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)

76 kg/167.5 lbs. - 1st -Badry Khasaia (Georgia) dec. Chris Saba, Colorado Springs, Colo. (NYAC), 8-1; 3rd - Steve Woods, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force) dec. Joey Clark, Quantico, Va. (U.S. Marine Corps), 3-1; 5th - Jake Clark, Quantico, Va. (U.S. Marine Corps); 6th - Mike Uker, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)

85 kg/187.25 lbs. - 1st - Chael Sonnen, Tualatin, Ore. (Dave Schultz WC) pinned Ethan Bosch, Colorado Springs, Colo. (NYAC), 0:26; 3rd - Aaron Sieracki, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force) won by inj. def. over Keith Sieracki, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army) ; 5th - James Meyer (Indiana); 6th - Jake Sabo, Albany, N.Y. (ATWA)

97 kg/213.75 lbs. - 1st - Jason Gleasman, Col