Beach Wrestling continues this weekend in Oklahoma and Idaho with an event in Virginia in late September

By Gary Abbott | Aug. 25, 2006, 4:30 p.m. (ET)
USA Wrestling has held its first U.S. Beach National Championships, with action in Riviera Beach, Fla. on August 19.

It was a successful first national tournament in the new style of wrestling, as the first U.S. World Teams for Beach Wrestling were determined.

Qualifying for the U.S. Team at the Men's Below 85 kg (187.5 lbs.) were Steve Forrest of Virginia, Dewitt Driscoll of North Carolina and Jonathan Taylor of Florida.

Qualifying for the U.S. Team at the Men's Above 85 kg (187.5 lbs.) were Carlos Dolmo of New York, Frank Workman of Virginia and Angelo Borzio of Pennsylvania.

Qualifying for the U.S. Team at the Women's Under 70 kg/154 lbs. division were World Team Trials champion Leigh Jaynes of Colorado, runner-up Lila Ristrevska of Florida and third-place Ingrid Santos of Florida.

Individual national champions were also determined on the Veterans, Senior, Elite, Cadet and Schoolboy levels.

For complete coverage of the U.S. Beach Nationals, visit

The summer Beach Wrestling schedule continues with two more competitions this weekend, and another scheduled for late September.

The first Southern Sand National Beach Wrestling Championships in Tulsa, Okla. on Friday, August 25 and Saturday, August 26. The tournament will be held on the Beach Volleyball Courts in Tulsa.

There are numerous age groups, starting with Kids wrestling divisions and going all the way up to Senior and Veterans divisions. There will also be live music at the competition, and a variety of family activities.

For more information, visit the Southern Sand National Beach Wrestling website at:

A new event on the schedule will be held in Rexburg, Idaho on Saturday, August 26, the Madison County Beach Wrestling Championships. This event will be held at the Madison County Fairgrounds, and will feature competition in the Junior division and the Open division.

For more information on the Madison County Beach Wrestling Championships, contact Ned Zollinger at 208-356-9309.

The Beach season continues past Labor Day, with the announcement last week of the Neptune Festival Beach Brawl Wrestling Championships in Virginia Beach, Va., Sept. 30-Oct. 1.

This event will have two competitions, an individual tournament Saturday, September 30 and a team dual meet tournament, the "Beach Brawl Duals" on Sunday, October 1. In the dual meet portion, entire teams can be entered, or individuals can be placed on a team through a draft system.

The wrestling tournament is part of the larger Neptune Festival in Virginia Beach, a major family activity held each year on the Virginia shore.

This event is organized by the Virginia Challenge, the same wrestling leaders who presented the North American Beach Championships in Virginia Beach in June.

For information on the Neptune Festival Beach Brawl Championships, visit:

Beach Wrestling was added as a new style of international wrestling, starting in 2005. Athletes compete on sand, in a style that features takedowns within a ring. The sport is gaining in popularity as more people are trying the new style.

For information on Beach Wrestling, contact Gary Abbott of USA Wrestling at 719-598-8181 or via e-mail at


August 25-26 - Southern Sand Beach Wrestling Championships at the Beach Volleyball Courts in Tulsa, Okla. Divisions: Veterans, Senior, University, Junior, Cadet, Schoolboy/girl, Novice Midget, Bantam. Contact John Nix at 972-816-3876.

August 26 - Madison County Beach Wrestling Championships at the Madison County Fairgrounds in Rexburg, Idaho. Divisions: Junior, Senior. Each age group will have three weight classes. Registration at noon and competition starting at 1:00 p.m. Contact Ned Zollinger at 208-356-9309.

September 30-October 1 - Neptune Festival Beach Brawl Wrestling Championships at the Oceanfront at Virginia Beach, Va. Divisions: Elementary 1-2, 3-4, Middle School 5-6, 7-8, HS 9-12, College, Military, Open. On Sept 30 will be the individual championships, with the Beach Brawl Duals on Oct. 1. For information, contact Frank Lipoli at 757-652-7861.