Ukraine lineup announced for the Dave Schultz Memorial International

By Gary Abbott | Jan. 24, 2000, 12 a.m. (ET)
World Champion Elbrus Tedeev headlines Ukraine team for Second Annual Dave Schultz Memorial International Wrestling Tournament, presented by AdvoCare, in Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 11-12

Ukraine has announced its lineup of athletes that will compete at the Second Annual Dave Schultz Memorial International held at the Olympic Trainin Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 11-12.

Leading the Ukraine team will be two-time World Champion Elbus Tedeev at 138.75 pounds. Tedeev won World titles in 1995 and 1999. He won a bronze medal at the 1996 Olympic Games. In addition, Tedeev also claimed the 1999 European Championships title.

Two other World medalists are included on the Ukrainian team: Alexandre Zakharuk at 119 pounds and Merabi Valiev at 286 pounds.

Zakharuk won a bronze medal at the 1999 World Championships. He has won the gold medal at the European Championships for three straight years (1997-99). He also placed fourth in the 1997 World Championships.

Valiev won a silver medal at the 1993 World Championships, and placed seventh in the 1996 Olympic Games. He was fourth in the 1994 World Championships, and was the 1994 European champion.

Two other past World placewinners are also on the team: Alik Muzaev at 167.5 pounds and Sergei Pryadun at 213.75 pounds. Muzaev was eighth in the 1999 World Championships, while Pryadun placed fifth in the 1997 World Championships.

Rounding out the Ukrainian team are Vasil Fedoryshyn at 127.75 pounds, Orest Skobelsky at 152 pounds and Taras Danko at 187.25 pounds.

USA Wrestling and the Dave Schultz Wrestling Foundation have worked together to create the Dave Schultz Memorial International. The event honors the memory and achievements of Olympic Champion Dave Schultz, who was tragically killed in 1996.

AdvoCare, The Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, Budweiser, 24-Hour Fitness, Asics and Texaco are supporting this historic competition by assisting in the promotion and coordination of the event.

Tickets are available at the door. They are $4 for Session I and II and $6 for the finals. There is an all-session ticket available for $10.

Session I competition is Friday, Feb. 11 at 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Session II is Saturday, Feb. 12 with start times of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The parade of finalists will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and the finals will be at 6:30 p.m.

Top U.S. athletes from wrestling clubs across the nation are expected to participate in the tournament as well. The quality of the competition should be spectacular.

Dave Schultz won an Olympic gold medal in freestyle wrestling at 163 pounds in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Calif. Before that, he was a World Champion in 1983. Schultz won an outstanding seven World/Olympic medals during his career, in addition to titles at the Pan American Games, the World Cup and the Goodwill Games. He was a national champion in both freestyle and Greco-Roman.

For more information, contact Heather Folks of USA Wrestling at 719-598-8181.


Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 10-12

Ukraine lineup

54 kg/119 lbs. - Alexandre Zakharuk

58 kg/127.75 lbs. - Vasil Fedoryshyn

63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Elbrus Tedeev

69 kg/152 lbs. - Orest Skobelsky

76 kg/167.5 lbs. - Alik Muzaev

85 kg/187.25 lbs. - Taras Danko

97 kg/213.75 lbs. - Sergei Pryadun

130 kg/286 lbs. - Merabi Valiev