USA Wrestling

Dec 13 Online registration deadline for Southern California Grappling Regional in Irvine Calif is WEDNESDAY night

By Jason Townsend | May 08, 2008, 1:34 p.m. (ET)
The first event of the USA Grappling World Team Trials Qualifying Series is fast approaching.

The Southern California Regional Grappling Qualifier will be held at No Limits MMA in Irvine, Calif. on Saturday, May 10.

The deadline for online registration is available for the Southern California Regional Grappling Qualifier is today, WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, at 10:00 p.m. Central Time (8:00 p.m. Pacific).

Online registration cost $50, a substantial savings from the $75 registration cost on site. To register online, visit:
http://www.trackwrestling.com/tw/registration/BasicPreReg1.jsp?tournamentGroupId=419009

A complete flier on the Southern California Regional Grappling Qualifier can be downloaded at:
http://www.themat.com/eventfliers/2008/G_SoCalRegional.pdf

In addition to the Senior-level advanced competition for men and women which serves at the qualifier, there will also be Senior Men and Women's Novice divisions, as well as advanced and novice divisions on the high school level and kids level. All weight classes will be determined by the Madison System after weigh-ins for the adult novice, as well as the high school and kids divisions.

No Limits MMA is located at 1962 Barranca Parkway in Irvine, Calif. The No Limits MMA facility in Irvine has been designated as the USA Wrestling National Training Center for Grappling and Sombo.

For more information on this event, contact Chris Carlino at 714-334-9257 or via e-mail at chriscarlino@mac.com

Beginning with this event, USA Wrestling will host a series of 12 qualifiers to determine the field for the 2008 USA Wrestling Grappling World Team Trials.

These USA Wrestling sanctioned qualifiers will identify the best Grapplers in the United States, and give them an opportunity to try out for the 2008 U.S. Grappling World Team, which will compete at the Grappling World Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland on December 20-21.

The series has been designed to increase the participation level from last year, and encourage the nation's best athletes to try out for the U.S. Team as well as provide less experienced grapplers an opportunity to compete.

"We expect the nation's best Grappling athletes to attend these events, for a chance to make the U.S. World Team. Anybody who has competed in Grappling, wrestling, Jiu-jitsu or other martial arts should attend these outstanding events," said Jason Townsend, USA Wrestling's Manager of Developing Wrestling Styles

In order to qualify for the 2008 U.S. Grappling World Team Trials, which is for Senior-Advanced level athletes, men must place in the top four in their weight class and women must place in the top three of their weight class. Returning 2007 U.S. World Team Trials champions automatically qualify for the 2008 U.S. World Team Trials.

The 2008 U.S. Grappling World Team, which is sponsored by No Limits MMA, looks to maintain their international dominance after last year's performance in Antalya, Turkey at the World Wrestling Games. The USA swept all nine gold medals at the World Championships in 2007.

FILA has announced that the Grappling World Championships will be held separately from other styles of wrestling, in a historic event set for Dec. 20-21 in Lucerne, Switzerland.

All athletes must have a USA Wrestling membership and be U.S. citizens to be eligible to compete in the Grappling World Team Trials Qualifying Series as well as the U.S. Grappling World Team Trials. You can purchase a USA Wrestling membership on www.themat.com.

For more information on the 2008 World Team Trials Qualifying Series contact Jason Townsend at (719)598-8181 or jtownsend@usawrestling.org

For event fliers, event waivers and to register online for any of the 12 USA Wrestling Grappling World Team Trials Qualifying events, visit:
http://www.themat.com/schedules.php?page=grappling
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