USA Wrestling announces 2000 Winter Developmental Tours lineups

By Gary Abbott | Jan. 20, 2000, 12 a.m. (ET)
USA Wrestling has announced its lineups for 2000 Developmental foreign tours on the Senior level in freestyle, Greco-Roman and women's wrestling.

These tours are designed to provide the U.S. athletes will valuable international experience and help improve the team's performance on the World level.

There will be fewer athlete on these tours than in recent years, because the U.S. will also be participating in a series of Olympic Qualification Tournaments, which will be held all across the world from January-March 2000. The United States must still qualify at two weight classes in freestyle (54 kg, 97 kg) and five weight classes in Greco-Roman (54 kg, 57 kg, 63 kg, 69 kg, 76 kg) for the Olympic Games.

Therefore, athletes from the weight classes which are already qualified for the Olympics will participate in the Developmental tours, as well as a few additional athletes.

In freestyle, the United States will participate in five developmental tours.

The first team will compete at the Takhti Cup in Tehran, Iran, Jan. 18-21. This is only the third time the USA has competed in Iran in the last 20 years. The other two previous trips were in 1997, when the U.S. sent a wrestling team to the Takhti Cup and another to the World Freestyle Championships.

Among the athletes on the tour to Iran are 1996 Olympic Lou Rosselli (Edinboro, Pa./New York AC) at 119 pounds. Joe Seay of Perry, Okla., who coached the first U.S. team to wrestle in Iran, will lead the tour.

A second team will wrestle in the Kiev Tournament in Kiev, Ukraine, Feb. 18-20. Amont the athletes will be 1998 U.S. World team members Eric Guerrero (Stillwater, Okla./Sunkist Kids) at 127.75 pounds and Joe Williams (Iowa City, Iowa/Hawkeye WC) at 167.5 pounds.

A freestyle team will also participate in the Poland Open in Varvosie, Poland, Feb. 25-26. Leading the team will be two-time World medalist Cary Kolat (Rices Landing, Pa./Dave Schultz WC) at 138.75 pounds.

A group of U.S. freestylers will also compete at the Cerro Pelado Tournament in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, Feb. 26-27, led by 1993 World Champion Melvin Douglas (Mesa, Ariz./Sunkist Kids) at 213.75 pounds.

The final freestyle tour will be March 4-5, for the Dan Kolov Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria. Among the stars on the trip will be 1999 World Champion Stephen Neal (Bakersfield, Calif./Dave Schultz WC) at 286 pounds and two-time World medalist Lincoln McIlravy (Iowa City, Iowa/Hawkeye WC) at 152 pounds.

The Greco-Roman tours will be smaller than freestyle, as the U.S. has three weight classes qualified for the Olympics so far. The U.S. is scheduled to participate in the Takhti Cup in Tehran, Iran (Jan. 18-21), the Granma Cup in Pinar del Rio, Cuba (Feb. 22-23) and either the Sweden Cup in Malmo, Sweden (Feb. 25-27) or Vehbe Emri Tournament in Izmir, Turkey (March 11-12).

Among the star Greco-Roman wrestlers on these tours will be two-time Olympians Dan Henderson (Gresham, Ore./Dave Schultz WC) at 187.25 pounds and Michial Foy (Brooklyn Park, Minn./Minnesota Storm) at 213.75 pounds.

The United States will also send two full women's wrestling teams to compete on international tours. The USA is the reigning World team champions in women's wrestling. The first team will compete at the Gilbert Schaub Open in Tourcoing, France, Jan. 22-23. Among the U.S. athletes will be 1999 World Champion Sandra Bacher (San Jose, Calif./Dave Schultz WC) at 149.75 pounds).

Another team will participate at the Klippan Open in Klippan, Sweden, March 10-12. Four members of the 1999 World Championship team will participate on this tour, led by three-time World silver medalist Kristie Marano (Schenectady, N.Y./ATWA) at 165.25 pounds. Other World team members on the trip are Stephanie Murata (Boca Raton, Fla./Sunkist Kids) at 112. 25 pounds, Tina George (Colorado Springs, Colo./Minnesota Storm) at 123.25 pounds andLauren Lamb (Farmington, N.Y./Michigan WC) at 136.5 pounds.



Takhti Cup, Tehran, Iran, Jan. 18-21: 119 - Lou Rosselli, Edinboro, Pa. (New York AC); 127.75 - Eric Guerrero, Stillwater, Okla. (Sunkist Kids); 138.75 - Shawn Charles, Mt. Pleasant, Mich. (Sunkist Kids); 152 - Chris Bono, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids); 167.5 - Frank Trigg, Norman, Okla. (Sunkist Kids); 187.25 - Charles Burton, Bloomington, Ind. (Sunkist Kids); 187.25 - Lee Fullhart, Iowa City, Iowa (Hawkeye WC); 286 - Tolly Thompson, Cedar Falls, Iowa (Sunkist Kids); Coach - Joe Seay, Perry, Okla.

Kiev Tournament, Kiev, Ukraine, Feb. 18-20: 119 - Mike Mena, Iowa City, Iowa (Hawkeye WC); 127.75 - Eric Guerrero, Stillwater, Okla. (Sunkist Kids); 138.75 - Mark Ironside, Iowa City, Iowa (Hawkeye WC); 138.75 - Bill Zadick, Iowa City, Iowa (Hawkeye WC); 152 - Terry Steiner, Madison, Wis. (Team Excel); 167.5 - Joe Williams, Iowa City, Iowa (Hawkeye WC); 213.75 - Chad Lamer, Iowa City, Iowa (Hawkeye WC); 286 - Tolly Thompson, Cedar Falls, Iowa (Sunkist Kids); Coach - Dan Gable, Iowa City, Iowa

Poland Open, Varsovie, Poland, Feb. 25-26: 119 - Tim Dernlan, West Liberty, Ohio (Ohio International); 138.75 - Cary Kolat, Madison, Wis. (Dave Schultz WC); 152 - Pat Santoro, Bethlehem, Pa. (New York AC); 167.5 - Sean Bormet, Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen WC); 213.75 - John Kading, Evanston, Ill. (Wildcat WC); 286 - Tom Erikson, W. Lafayette, Ind. (Sunkist Kids); 286 - Airron Richardson, Cleveland, Ohio (Team Excel); Coach - To be announced

Cerro Pelado Tournament, Pinar del Rio, Cuba, Feb. 26-27: 152 - Chris Bono, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids); 167.5 - Steve Marianetti, Urbana, Ill. (New York AC); 167.5 - Sam Kline, Morgantown, W.Va.; 213.75 - Melvin Douglas, Mesa, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids)

Dan Kolov Tournament, Sofia, Bulgaria, March 4-5: 119 - Sammie Henson, Norman, Okla. (Sunkist Kids); 119 - Stephen Abas, Fresno, Calif. (Sunkist Kids); 127.75 - Yero Washington, Fresno, Calif. (Sunkist Kids); 138.75 - Troy Steiner, Madison, Wis. (Team Excel); 152 - Lincoln McIlravy, Iowa City, Iowa (Gateway WC); 167.5 - Dan St. John, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids); 187.25 - Charles Burton, Bloomington, Ind. (New York AC); 213.75 - Joel Sharratt, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm); 286 - Stephen Neal, Bakersfield, Calif. (Dave Schultz WC)


Takhti Cup, Tehran, Iran, Jan. 18-21: 187.25 - Dan Niebuhr, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids); 213.75 - Randy Couture, Gresham, Ore. (Sunkist Kids); Coach - Anatoly Petrosyan, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Granma Cup, Pinar del Rio, Cuba, Feb. 22-23: 187.25 - Quincey Clark, New Brighton, Minn. (Minnesota Storm); 213.75 - Jason Klohs, Maple Grove, Minn. (Minnesota Storm); 286 - Dremiel Byers, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army); 286 - Rulon Gardner, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids); Coaches - Rich Estrella, Colorado Springs, Colo. and Steve Fraser, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Sweden Cup, Malmo, Sweden, Feb. 25-27 or Vehbe Emri Tournament, Izmir, Turkey, March 11-12: 187.25 - Dan Henderson, Gresham, Ore. (Dave Schultz WC); 213.75 - Michial Foy, Brooklyn Park, Minn. (Minnesota Storm); Coach - to be announced


Gilbert Schaub Open, Tourcoing, France, Jan. 22-23: 101.25 - Julie Gonzales, Vallejo, Calif. (Peninsula Grapplers); 112.25 - Malissa Sherwood, Rocklin, Calif. (Dave Schultz WC); 112.25 - Afsoon Johnston, San Diego, Calif. (Sunkist Kids); 136.5 - Tonya Evinger, Bates City, Mo. (Wrestling Central); 149.75 - Sandra Bacher, San Jose, Calif. (Dave Schultz WC); 165.25 - Iris Smith, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Coach - Lee Allen, San Francisco, Calif. and Mike Duroe, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Klippan Open, Klippan, Sweden, March 10-12: 101.25 - Olivia Ocampo, Oxnard, Calif. (UM-Morris); 112.25 - Stephanie Murata, Boca Raton, Fla. (Sunkist Kids); 112.25 - Patricia Miranda, Saratoga, Calif. (Dave Schultz WC); 123.25 - Tina George, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Minnesota Storm); 136.5 - Sara McMann, Lock Haven, Pa. (Sunkist Kids); 136.5 - Lauren Lamb, Farmington, N.Y. (Michigan WC); 136.5 - Megan Andrews, Napa, Calif. (Cowboy WC); 165.25 - Kristie Marano, Schenectady, N.Y. (ATWA); 165.25 - Dominique Smalley, Colorado