Media applications available for U S Beach and Sombo Nationals in Florida August 19 20

By Gary Abbott | July 14, 2006, 10:46 a.m. (ET)
USA Wrestling and the Palm Beach County Sports Commission have started the accreditation process for media to attend the U.S. Beach National Championships and U.S. Sombo National Championships, set for Palm Beach County, Fla., August 19-20.

The media will have an opportunity to cover the first U.S. National Championships events in the sports of Beach Wrestling and Sombo Wrestling hosted by USA Wrestling.

Click here to download a PDF file with the accreditation form for the U.S. Beach National Championships and U.S. Sombo National Championships:

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. Although there have been a number of beach wrestling events held in the USA, this will be the first official U.S. National Championships in the new sport.

Sombo is a style of jacket wrestling with submission holds originally developed in the former Soviet Union as a form of unarmed self-defense. It has similarities to judo and wrestling, and has been reinstated as an international style of wrestling this year. Sombo was included in international wrestling until the mid-1980s, when the international wrestling federation no longer recognized the sport.

USA Wrestling will host its first U.S. Beach Wrestling National Championships at the Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront Resort in Riviera Beach, Fla., August 19-20.

USA Wrestling will also host the U.S. National Sombo Championships, August 19-20, at the North Palm Beach Community Center in North Palm Beach, Fla.

Accredited media will be located in a special media area at both venues, and will have access to athletes and event organizers for interviews during and after the competition.

Media accreditation forms must be sent in to Graham Morris of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission via FAX at 561-233-3125 by Monday, August 14.

An official website for the events has been created with more information on the tournaments, as well as Palm Beach County at:

The Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront Resort is offering an exceptionally low rate of only $89.00 a night for those involved in the USA Wrestling events. Call (561) 848-3888 for room reservations before August 8th to receive this discounted rate. MAKE SURE TO ASK FOR THE USA WRESTLING RATE.

For more information on the U.S. Beach and Sombo Nationals, contact Gary Abbott of USA Wrestling at (719)659-9637 (cell) or via e-mail at